Plumbing March Hints Tips & Reminders

Plumbing March Hints Tips & Reminders

Hints: How to Spot Common Heating Repair Problems Before They Turn into Nightmares

There many various reasons that your home furnace or heating system will need to be serviced or replaced, but most of these problems can be avoided with proper preventative maintenance. This will not only save you money in the long run from avoiding costly repair bills but will keep your home running smoothly and efficiently saving you additional money. Read more

What To Do About Frozen Pipes

What To Do About Frozen Pipes

Frozen water pipes can wreak havoc on your home. One burst pipe can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage in a matter of minutes. That is not even mentioning the possibility of mold mitigation that may follow a burst pipe. For a burst pipe to happen, the water must first freeze and then expand, putting tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it. Pipes that freeze the most often are usually ones that are exposed frequently to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas in basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Here are some ways to prevent your pipes from freezing:

Prevention

The first action you should take in frozen pipes prevention is to locate and identify all valves in your home and to make sure they work correctly. Next, you should identify any potential problem areas, such as any place where your pipes might be vulnerable to the cold. Seal any gaps around your house where freezing air may find its way in and come into contact with your pipes. In severe cold, even the tiniest opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze. You should also make sure to turn off and drain any outside hose bibs.

Be Aware When The Temperature Drops

Make sure you keep watch over those problem areas! Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Whenever the temperature outside dips dangerously below freezing, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through pipes, even at the smallest amount, helps prevent pipes from freezing. You should also keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and at night. If you are going away during colder weather, leave the heat on in your home set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What To Do If You Have a Frozen Pipe

If you’re experiencing a ‘no flow’ situation, immediately turn off the main water valve to your home and leave the faucets open. Never use any type of flame to try and thaw the pipe. Apply heat in the form of an electric heating pad or towels soaked in hot water until water pressure is restored.

If you cannot thaw the frozen pipe, call a licensed plumber immediately.

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Plumbing Tips to Save Your Holiday

Plumbing Tips to Save Your Holiday

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s inevitable that someone will have a plumbing emergency with the entire family over and a feast is freshly prepared. It happens around this time every year. It’s probably the busiest season for plumbers because drains are clogged, toilets are over-flowing and garbage disposals are breaking left and right. Read more

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

Your water heater provides you with important things like clean dishes and hot showers. However, without proper maintenance, your water heater may not provide those warm showers you’ve come to love and expect.

Tankless water heaters are durable and designed to give you years of quality performance, but you can’t neglect them and expect hot water without hiccups. Use this guide to learn more about why it’s so important to keep up with your tankless water heater maintenance. Read more

Signs That You Need Sewer Line Repair

Signs That You Need Sewer Line Repair

The average person pays between $500 and $1000 per year on their home insurance policy. But there’s one major problem that your standard policy just won’t cover: sewage backups.

The main cause of sewage backups is due to a damaged sewer line. While it’s preventable, you may not always know you have a problem on your hands.

Here are a few tell-tale signs that it’s time to schedule a sewer line repair appointment to keep your home safe from damage. Read more

How to Cut Your Water Use in Half

How to Cut Your Water Use in Half

These water-saving products and practices will save you money, too

Water managers in 40 states say that even under normal weather conditions, they expect water shortages in some part of their state over the next decade. That’s according to WaterSense, the water conservation partner of the Environmental Protection Agency.

There are lots of water-saving ideas floating around, but two of the best ways are to replace water-wasting appliances and fixtures and to modify your lifestyle and habits.

Neither is easy. Updating appliances requires an up-front expense, and creating new habits a long-term commitment. But do both and you can cut your usage in half or more. That’s as good for your budget as it is for Earth.

Outdoor watering accounts for almost 30% of your water use, according to WaterSense. And toilets (24%), showers (20%), faucets (19%) and washing machines (17%) also use substantial amounts. Then there’s the 12% of water lost to leaks that you might not even know about. Read more

Professional Plumber for Your Bathroom Remodel

Professional Plumber for Your Bathroom Remodel

Doing a bathroom remodel is no easy task. It involves plumbing, electrical, and ventilation work. You have to make a lot of big choices, work hard, and spend a lot of time on your new bathroom. You have to choose tile, fixtures, paint, toilet, and more. Before you know it, what you thought would be a simple project starts to feel overwhelming. Read more

How to Keep Your Dishwasher from Clogging

How to Keep Your Dishwasher from Clogging

There are few things as unpleasant as a dishwasher that doesn’t work properly. Seriously, what’s worse? Stepping on legos? Old, microwaved cups of coffee? Black licorice? Sure, ok–but that’s about it. A clogged dishwasher is not a happy dishwasher. When food, paper, and other scraps build up, they create clogs and other plumbing problems. These problems will also prevent your dish-washing appliance from draining properly. Nobody wants the mess, smell, and inconvenience that comes with that. Read more