When people think about summer-related issues that merit calling an expert, the air conditioner tends to be the first thing that comes to mind. What some homeowners do not realize is that summer temperatures can have a pretty negative impact on plumbing as well. In fact, here are a few ways the summer temperatures could be hurting your plumbing. Backyard Parties Result In Clogs For most people in the United States, summertime means more barbecues, cookouts, and family reunions.
19 September 2016
The hoses that supply the hot and cold water to your clothes washer may have been quietly doing their jobs for many years without any issues. Why should they be replaced if they show no obvious signs of wear or leaking? Unfortunately, supply hoses may not show bulges or minor leaks before bursting and spilling their contents into the room in which the washer is located. Because supply hoses are pressurized, water will continue to flow from a burst hose until the supply valve that controls the flow of water to the hose is shut off.
19 September 2016
Waiting for the heating contractors to come when your furnace is broken is rarely fun, especially when it's cold outside. Following these tips to stay warm can help the time pass more quickly. Weatherize If you didn't weatherize your home when the cold weather began, now is the time. If you don't have weather stripping and caulk to seal your home, some temporary weatherizing measures will help keep in the warm air.
16 September 2016
If you live in a rural area with above-ground electric lines, you may find yourself dealing with frequent power outages as storms or farm equipment damage nearby power lines. For homes that also have well water, power outages can cut off your access to clean water and even prevent you from flushing your toilets. What can you do to keep your well pump operating during power outages -- and if you can't afford a generator, is there anything you can do to prevent damage to your well pump from regular cycling on and off?
16 September 2016
Access to indoor plumbing is a modern luxury that many people take for granted. If your home relies on a septic system to carry waste away from your home, you know how important it can be to ensure that your system is working properly. Heavy rainfall that completely saturates the ground can pose a problem for septic tank users. If you live in an area where the rainy season is significant, there are some special considerations you should keep in mind in order to get your septic tank through the rainy season unscathed.
5 August 2016
Does something taste funny when you get water out of the sink, and you've noticed that some of your clothes or appliances are staining? If so, it sounds like you have a problem with the water in your home and how pure it is when it comes through the lines. It doesn't matter if you have city water or well water, there could be a variety of hard minerals that could be causing the staining.
3 June 2016
Your home's sewer system transports water and waste out of your home, but if it gets clogged up, it can cause some serious problems. Not only is backed-up or clogged plumbing extremely messy and smelly, but the cost to get it repaired can be very expensive. While it's sometimes impossible to prevent all types of clogs, there are a few things you can do to minimize the odds of a clog happening.
14 December 2015
A gas water heater can easily give you years of use without a single problem. But sooner or later, you're bound to experience at least a minor issue. When that time comes, you may not need to call a professional plumber--if you have the right knowledge, that is. Read on to learn more about troubleshooting three common problems experienced by gas water heaters. Hot water has a rotten or fishy smell.
4 December 2015
An 1/8 of an inch crack in a frozen water pipe that bursts can waste 250 gallons a day, which is a good reason you shouldn't forget to protect outdoor faucets from Old Man Winter. Winterizing your outdoor faucet requires some time, but you will save money by not having to hire a water clean up service or plumber. Here are some tips to winterize outdoor faucets. Shut off the Water and Gather Tools
16 October 2015
As the summer heats up, you might notice your energy costs going up with it. Unfortunately, keeping cool during the summer can result in higher energy bills and wear and tear on your heating and cooling system. To help you keep your home cool without sacrificing all of your utility budget, here are some tips to efficiently use your system. Seal the Ducts Your heating and cooling ducts are responsible for funneling cooled air throughout your home.
25 August 2015