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So Your Home Has Water Damage. Now What?

Leaks and floods are nightmare situations for homeowners. But they do happen! Whether it comes from the sky or a broken pipe, you need to have a plan to address water damage in your home. Here are some tips for quickly and effectively dealing with this issue. Think About Safety If you are dealing with a high volume of water in your home and the power goes out, make sure to turn off your circuit panel. This way, if the power comes back on unexpectedly, you don’t have to worry about major safety concerns like electrical shocks. If the water damage is caused by a plumbing leak, it’s also important to quickly turn off your main water valve to prevent the issue from escalating further. Get the Important Stuff Out and Start Drying Disasters have a habit of bringing friends with them. When dealing with severe water damage, you might end up with some structural issues and the loss of personal possessions. Water and fire are two common reasons experts suggest you keep your important identity, financial, and insurance documents in one place that can be easily moved out of harm's way. Be sure valuables and important documents are not [...]

2019-01-31T21:33:44+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Help & Tips, Homeowner Tips, Plumbing, Uncategorized|

Can You Use Plumbing While The Power’s Out?

Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to use the toilet or shower in your home while the power is out? You may have access to water through your plumbing line, but you should be cautious. Follow these tips to know how you should use your plumbing system during a power outage. Water Heater Water heaters, even those that burn a fuel like natural gas, need electricity to run. Fuel-based water heaters use electricity to start the heating process. No power means no hot water. If you have heated water in a tank, it may stay warm for a little while after the power goes out. But sometimes, hot water is an absolute necessity. In those cases, you might consider getting a generator to run your water heater. Faucets and Sinks Even without hot water, you may notice that your faucets still run fairly normally during a power outage. Homes that are connected to the local water supply should still have access to cold water. People who use an electric pump to draw water out of a well may temporarily lose access to water. If the power outage relates to flooding, you may be concerned about water contamination. Follow the [...]

2019-01-28T17:27:21+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Help & Tips, Homeowner Tips, Plumbing, Uncategorized, Water Heaters|

6 Ways to Save on Your Water Bill

Do you dread opening your water bill every month? You’re not alone. Many homeowners deal with high water bills and look for ways to cut back and save on these costs. Thankfully, there are several easy options when it comes to addressing this issue. 1. Don’t Let Your Faucets Run Many people are guilty of letting their faucets run while brushing their teeth, doing dishes, and cooking. To save water and money, turn off your faucets when you aren’t directly using the water. Once you get your toothbrush wet, turn off the water while you brush your teeth, and turn it back on to rinse your mouth. When you are doing dishes by hand, fill up the wash side of the sink with soapy water and fill the rinse side with clean water. If you are prepping vegetables or meat, try to prep everything prior to turning on the water to rinse or wash your hands rather than letting the water run while you prepare each item for rinsing. To further reduce your water consumption, consider purchasing low-flow aerators for your kitchen and bathroom faucets. 2. Pay Attention to How You Use Water in the Shower Showers can waste a [...]

2019-01-28T17:23:07+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Help & Tips, Homeowner Tips, Plumbing, Uncategorized|

What is a Sump Pump?

Water is a valuable resource that we depend on for life. However, too much of it in your home can spell disaster and cause hundreds of dollars in damage to your home and furniture. In the Atlanta area, one of the biggest culprits of water damage in homes is basement flooding. A sump pump can prevent flooding and help avoid the costly repairs associated with water damage. How it Works A sump is a pit or basin beneath your basement floor. During storms or when the groundwater level is above your basement floor, water drains into the sump pit. When the water level reaches a certain point, the sump pump turns on and pumps the water out of and away from your home, preventing costly water damage and flooding. You May Need a Sump Pump If… In Atlanta, we get a relatively frequent rainfall throughout the year. If you are not prepared, the rain can flood your basement or cause damage to your foundation. Sump pumps are highly recommended if: You have a basement – Large amounts of rain can leave the ground around your basement saturated, often leading to flooding. Without a sump pump to remove the water from [...]

2017-03-31T16:51:56+00:00 July 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|

What Are Some Indications That I Have A Leak In My Plumbing?

Water leaks around the house are often underestimated in their potential to cause serious damage. A trap that's not tight, a toilet seal that's lost its grip, or even a water line with a tiny drip may be hard to see or hear, but every day it continues to wear away parts of your home, causing mold growth and leaving behind any number of problems for you and your home. A stain is one of the few visual clues that can provide a warning. Here are a few places to look for stains; around windows and doors, ceilings and the bottom of cabinets under sinks. If you notice any stains, have them checked out immediately by a professional plumber. A leak will not fix itself and left alone can lead to extensive and expensive damage!

2017-03-31T12:26:23+00:00 September 21st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Energy-Efficient Water Heating

Below are several energy-saving strategies that can help lower your water-heating bill. You can lower water-heating costs by using and wasting less hot water in your home. Fix leaks. By simply repairing leaks in fixtures, faucets and showerheads, you can significantly reduce hot water usage. Water leaks add up quickly. If you see an unusual increase in your monthly water bill, call a plumber immediately!   Install a new energy-efficient water heater. You can save water and money instantly by installing a new energy efficient water heater. High efficiency means more hot water at lower operating costs. If you replace an older water heater, with the efficiencies of new energy-efficient water heaters of today, you’ll see a much quicker payback due to lower energy bills.   Install a tankless water heater. With a tankless water heater, you are only heating the water as you need it, so that you are not wasting energy heating and reheating water in a tank. A tankless water heater heats the water instantly and provides it to you as needed, reducing energy and water costs.   Install low-flow fixtures. Federal regulations mandate that new showerheads flow rates can’t exceed more than 2.5 gallons pre minute [...]

2017-03-31T12:19:34+00:00 June 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Install Your Own Water Heater

Most homeowners don’t have the knowledge and materials required for a water heater Installation. This process involves more than just attaching a water line. A licensed, professional plumber will arrive with all the correct fittings, pipes, parts, tools and venting materials and valves needed to install the job correctly the first time. Many professional plumbers will also include removal and disposal of your old water heater as part of their service.   A professional plumber may be able to repair your water heater instead of replace it. If your water heater’s problem is diagnosed as a defective heating element or faulty valve, it can be fixed. A professional plumber’s experience is the difference between a minor repair and an unnecessary investment in a new water heater.   A professional plumber provides safety and security you can live with. Professional plumbers are licensed and bonded to ensure your safety. Most provide warranties covering each installation.   Homeowner’s may not select the right water heater for their needs and specifications. It’s not as simple as replacing a 40-gallon water heater with another 40-gallon model. There are hundreds of sizes and options available today. Fuel sources, energy efficiency, fast recovery, venting and anticipated [...]

2017-03-31T12:18:52+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Uncategorized|