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Your Pre-Holiday Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

November 13th, 2017

 

During the Holidays you may find yourself doing a lot of entertaining. Some would argue that this is the most wonderful time of the year. Whatever side of the fence you stand, this is a busy time of year. Its busy everywhere; the grocery store, the mall, the freeway, the post office… As family and friends get together to spread some holiday cheer, it is also a busy time for your plumbing system. Which is why, as the countdown begins to turkey day, the kickoff of the holiday season, it is a good idea to get some holiday plumbing maintenance done, before your in laws check in.

 

#1 Preventative Drain Cleaning

Preventative drain cleaning is one of the best things you can do for your holiday plumbing maintenance. Regular drain cleaning helps remove buildup and debris that can get lodged in your pipes and cause clogs and drainage issues. If you holiday plumbingplan on entertaining for the holidays, then you will probably be cooking up a storm, which can put undue pressure on your plumbing. Get ahead of the clogs and drainage issues, and have your drains cleaned by a professional. This will help keep things moving.

 

#2 Check the Plumbing in Your Guest Bathroom

Guest bathroom tend to not get used a lot, which means that you might be unaware of an existing issue. Inspect your guest bathroom before your guests arrive as part of your holiday plumbing maintenance. Look for leaks around the faucet, showerhead, under the sink, and around the toilet. Make sure that the traps aren’t dried out, which can happen in restrooms that aren’t used that often and can result in the offensive smell of sewer gas creeping in through your plumbing. Also make sure that your toilet is up to the challenge. Run some test flushes, and inspect the inter working parts of the toilet. Replace parts as needed, a new flapper may be in order if the toilet continues to run.

 

#3 Water Heater

Holiday entertaining could put your water heater on overtime. Which is why it’s a good idea to inspect your water heater and make sure it is ready. Look for any leaks, or signs of corrosion. Inspect the pilot and make sure it is strong. Check the thermostat and make sure is set no higher than 120 degrees. If your water heater is showing signs of excessive wear and tear, it may be a good time to invest in a new one. Contact your plumber to discuss your options.

 

#4 Be Prepared

holiday plumbingThe holidays always bring a log of surprises, some of them great, while others not so much. Which is why it is important to be prepared for plumbing surprises. Make sure you have the proper tools on hand to prevent damage. We recommend having an at least 2 plungers, one dedicated to the sink and the other dedicated for the toilet. A pair of tongue and groove pliers is also good to have on hand. Keeping a roll of plastic is also a good idea to protect your belonging and surrounding area in the event of a plumbing related flood.

 

Being prepared is the best line of defense against a holiday plumbing disaster is holiday plumbing maintenance. Find a plumber in your area with our plumbing directory.

 

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Why Routine Plumbing Maintenance Can Help Prevent Expensive Plumbing Repairs

October 21st, 2013

Most plumbing repairs are completely preventable. Taking preventative measures and providing routine plumbing maintenance can save a home owner thousands of dollars, not to mention the stress that goes along with a major plumbing repair. Have you taken the time to educate your customers on routine plumbing maintenance and how to prevent costly plumbing repairs?

 

One of the most costly plumbing repairs and one that can be avoided is root damage. Trees and shrubs can wreak havoc on a lateral line causing clogs, damage to pipes, and even structure damage to a homes foundation. When it comes to landscaping decisions it is important to choose very wisely. Avoid anything that grows really quickly and plant trees and shrubs a good distance away from a lateral line. This can end up saving the homeowner lots of money down the road in plumbing repairs. 

 

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SF Gate, http://homeguides.sfgate.com/kill-roots-septic-lateral-lines-86718.html, 10/21/2013

Clogs and damaged pipes can also come from what goes down the drain. Some people think that they can put anything down the drain. As a plumber you know that this is not true. Trash, plastic, toys, hazardous chemicals, grease, large pieces of food you name it, can cause blockage which can cause a back flow or a leak. These can be costly plumbing repairs that could have been avoided.

 

Frozen pipes can also be a very expensive plumbing repair. When water freezes it expands which in turn can cause cracks and leaks. A pipe that has sprung a leak can cause other problems including water damage which can make an already expensive plumbing repair even more expensive. To avoid this expensive plumbing repair ensure that pipes are properly insulated and check for any structural cracks that will allow cold air to reach pipes.

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Ocean City Fix, http://www.bizbrag.com/braggit/frozen-broken-pipe-and-plumbing-services-ocean-city-md, 10/21/2013

 

Routine plumbing maintenance helps keep plumbing systems in proper working order and prevents expensive plumbing repairs. Some routine plumbing maintenance tasks that should be performed on a regular basis are: cleaning shower drains, checking for leaking faucets, cleaning faucet aerators, repair running toilets, check the caulking around bathroom fixtures, check for signs of mold under and around cabinets, perform regular snaking on main lines that may have tree root damage, and have septic systems inspected on a regular basis.

 

By offering routine plumbing maintenance to your customers you help them prevent expensive plumbing repairs. Offering plumbing maintenance also helps your book of business. 

 

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Plumbing Myths and Fun Plumbing Facts

September 17th, 2013

As with many other industries, plumbing has it’s share of myths. Where do plumbing myths originate from? Most plumbing myths originate from tall tales that pass down from one generation to the next; the further removed from it’s original source the more it is accepted as fact. Here are some of our favorite plumbing myths, while some merit the truth others couldn’t be more far fetched. Comment below with your plumbing myths or fun plumbing facts and we will add it to this page!

1. Plumbing Myth – Water flushes counter clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere 

This is our favorite plumbing myth. As a child this was not a plumbing myth but a plumbing fact; everyone saw Bart Simpson make a long distance phone call to specifically ask this question.

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In reality this is one plumbing myth that simply isn’t true. The direction water drains in a plumbing fixture has to do with the shape of the sink, or toilet et.. This plumbing myth was given life by a complete misunderstanding or the Coriolis Force Effect, which is based on the Earth’s rotation. In the Southern Hemisphere the Coriolis Force Effect can effect air masses however the effect is minimal and hardly noticeable and can only be measured over long distances.

 

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Williams Class, http://www.williamsclass.com/EighthScienceWork/Atmosphere/AtmosphereWind.htm, 09/16/2013

 2. True Plumbing Fact  – Varmints and rodents can crawl up the drain and into your home.

As gross as this sounds this plumbing myth really can and does happen, particularly in plumbing systems that aren’t regularly used. Rodents, cockroaches, and even snakes can invade a home through pipes, drains this can be a scary thing. To prevent this there are special traps and valves that can be installed, also consider the condition of the plumbing stack. If the seal is damaged this could be an area of entry.

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3. Plumbing Myth – Ice cubes sharpen the blades of a garbage disposal

This is a common household plumbing myth. The truth is that ice does not actually sharpen the blades but instead helps remove buildup and derbies that may prevent the garbage disposal from working properly. In fact ice cubes are recommended for regular routine maintenance of a garbage disposal. To sweeten the deal you can use cut up pieces of lemon to help deodorize a stinky garbage disposal.

 4. Plumbing Myth – Thomas Crapper invented the flush toilette

This is a common plumbing myth and misconception. All though Thomas Crapper didt improve the functionality of the toilet. Once called the flushing closet this concept was actually invented by a man named Sir John Harrington. He engineered the idea of the flushing toilet and actually installed a flushing closet for Queen Elizabeth the l. The idea was patented by Alexander Cummings in 1775.

Plumbing myths can be far fetched at times, but most have some basis of truth to them. Regardless plumbing is a lot more interesting than some might think!

 

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