We’ve all been there: you’re in a rush while cleaning the kitchen and need a quick fix for unclogging your dishwasher or getting rid of grease. It’s easy to use popular drain cleaning products to unclog your drain or to quickly pour that pan grease down the kitchen sink. Unfortunately, these “quick fixes” can actually lead to more time-consuming and expensive problems.
Having a well-maintained older home is something to be proud of. Knowing that the plumbing is still in great shape is icing on the cake. How do you know, though? There are a few ways to spot aging plumbing, and you don’t have to be an expert to see them. If you notice any of these, it’s time to make a call. Rusty Water Ruins Your Day Your pipes can actually give you hints that the plumbing is damaged or on its last legs. Rusty water could be one of the first. No matter what kind of material you have for your plumbing, unless you use a well, the water should come through clean and clear. While this may also be caused by a buildup of sediment your water heater or older galvanized waterlines, water that is brown, grey or otherwise discolored may contain flakes of the pipes that are coming off. This level of corrosion shows you that the pipes are seriously wearing out. Water Pressure Is Down to a Trickle You turn on the faucet, but water only trickles through. While you may be able to deal with this problem for a little while, weak water pressure throughout [...]
Now that Spring has arrived, it’s tempting to think that the worst of potential plumbing problems are behind us. Sadly, that’s wishful thinking. Here’s a look at some common plumbing problems that often occur in the Spring, and what you can do to avoid them.
As winter gradually comes to an end, it’s time to think about gearing up for spring and summer. For home and property owners, a major to-do on your list during season changes should be making sure your plumbing system is functioning properly. Start the spring season off right by checking these four elements of your plumbing system: Inspect Faucets, Appliance Water Supply Hoses, and Pipes for Leaks Inspect all of your indoor and outdoor faucet and pipes to ensure that there are no leaks. A small hole may not seem like a big deal until you get a water bill. Inspect pipes that are closest to outside walls to make sure that excessively cold winter temperatures didn’t cause minor damage to your pipes. Inspect your washing machine and dishwasher supply hoses for anything out of place. It’s a lot cheaper to replace hoses before something happens than having to deal with the aftermath of an easily avoidable disaster. Be Kind to Your Water Heater Water heaters work hard for us, and if you want it to continue to take care of you, you need to take care of it. One way to do so is to have our expert plumbers flush it. [...]
One of the easiest things you can do for your home value and curb appeal is to plant trees. However, many factors should be considered prior to planting. Before you head off to the nursery, take these steps to avoid future problems.
While trees add elegance to your landscape, their roots can give you a $4,000 headache if they invade and break your main sewer line. Roots grow towards sewer pipes because they hold water, nutrients and oxygen—things roots crave. And if the root finds a crack or leak in the pipe, they’ll creep in the pipe wall and grow into the pipe, blocking off the flow of waste into the sewer.
A broken sewer line can lead to costly problems in your Atlanta-area home. Knowing the signs that you have one can help you prevent further damage, keeping costs to a minimum. Here are 3 signs your sewer line may be broken.
If you use your sink, toilet or tub only to find water backing up into your home, you are probably experiencing one of these three common sewer problems.
Once roots have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting considerable pressure at the crack or joint. This increased pressure can cause the pipe to break or collapse, in which case it will need to be repaired or completely replaced.
No one wants to be faced with a flooded basement - ruined carpet, furniture, and drywall, not to mention all of the other boxes and items that you store. A primary electric sump pump is your first line of defense, but should this fail it is important to have a sump pump backup system in place. This one-time investment gives you added flood protection and peace of mind.