After 30 years is this business, we’ve seen it all ─ leaks, clogs, cold showers and floods. The good news is that some of these issues are avoidable. But even if you cannot avoid them, we’ve got you covered; you’ll find tips for choosing a good plumber here, as well. Follow our blog for more helpful tips!
How to avoid frozen pipes
- Drain water from outdoor faucets and water systems. Prevent standing water from freezing in unused pipes by draining the water from the pipes before the season’s first freeze. Not sure how to do this? Follow these helpful steps from DoItYourself.com.
Top tips for preventing common plumbing problems
- Leaky toilets: At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is pink, water is seeping through from the tank, and you should replace the tank ball and its connectors.
- Malfunctioning water heaters: Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, first shut off the power and read your owner’s manual. At least once every three months, drain water from the tank to rid the tank of built-up sediment. Periodically, you’ll need to check the water heater burner. It should appear blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow, or if it’s sooty under there, your flue may be clogged. This is a dangerous situation, and you should call a technician to inspect the appliance. Have your water heater serviced by a professional technician at least once every two years?
- Clogged sink or shower pipes: To help prevent clogs, avoid rinsing fats and cooking oils down the kitchen sink, and fit all your tub and shower drains with a strainer that will catch hair and soap chips. If left to go through the pipes, these items solidify and cause clogs.
- Garbage disposal problems: Extend the life of your garbage disposal by using cold water when running it, avoiding overloading it, never disposing of hard items like bones or corn husks and never using a caustic drain opener (like Liquid-Plumr). If the disposal stops working, try the reset button located on the bottom of most disposals before calling a technician.
Things to look for when choosing a plumber
We’ve been listening to our customers for more than 30 years, and we’ve learned a lot about what people want (and don’t want) when they have plumbing issues. We’re happy to share these 8 things to look for when choosing a plumber:
- 24-Hour Service. When you need it; where you need it. Your stuff doesn’t break on schedule, so why should we make you wait while a flood builds in your basement?
- On-Time Service Guarantee. Tired of waiting on “no-shows?” You want service when you want it! We’ll be there within 24 hours (usually way less), or we will recommend another company to serve you more quickly. This is our commitment to service and your satisfaction.
- A Company That Stands By Its Work. When we install a new plumbing upgrade for your home, your technician will go over the warranty options available to you.
- “Fixed Right” Guarantee. You don’t have time to chase down the guy who “almost fixed” your home service problem. If we didn’t fix the issue the first time, we’ll come back until it is — at our expense, not yours. We’ll get it done right, guaranteed.
- Hassle-Free Maintenance Agreement Plans. Take something off your to-do list. Get a Home Maintenance Agreement to put your home plumbing maintenance on autopilot. You get regular system services, scheduled reminders, significant savings, priority service and more.
- Fast, Effective “Drain Relief.” We send your standing water away where it belongs! Fast solutions to your drain problems are one phone call away.
- Pressure Problems? It’s no fun to have your faucet slow to a trickle just because someone else is using the plumbing. We can fix that for you.
- Hot Water Right Now. From conventional water heaters that always gush plenty of hot water to “state-of-the-art” instant hot water systems that are as fast as that last luxury hotel you stayed in, we can hook you up. Just call for details.