As the winter months approach, so do the freezing temperatures. It is important for you to prepare your home for the colder weather, especially your plumbing.
If you leave your pipes unprotected, you run the risk of having frozen pipes. Imagine waking up on a frosty, cold morning and having no hot water – not exactly an ideal situation for anyone.
Neglecting your plumbing in the winter can lead to a variety of costs – costs that you can avoid by winterizing your home. If a pipe bursts, the cost can be much more than you ever expected.
Cleanup costs from water damage can run anywhere from a few thousand to multi-thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the damage. If you have a pipe burst while you are not home, there is a good chance you will have significant damage, especially if the water is flooding your home. If you are at home when a pipe bursts, you will still have some out-of-pocket expense. In both cases, the sooner you stop the flow of water, the easier road you will have towards recovery. Read more
Whether it’s cheaper gas, sales on groceries, discounts on insurance, or a reduction in monthly bills; we all want to save money. A new trend in the money saving movement has been a transition to more energy efficient household equipment. Consumers can now find just about anything from energy efficient light bulbs to energy efficient appliances.
As you try to go green, save some green, and conserve energy, do you know how to tell if your water heater is energy efficient? Do you know what to look for to help find out?
The Energy Factor (EF) is the measurement for energy efficiency in water heaters. This number measures the percentage of energy that is maintained in the water that your water heater has warmed vs. the loss of energy through heat escaping the unit. A typical new electric water heater has an EF of .95. Ninety-five percent of the energy used to heat the water remains in the hot water. Read more
Sewer problems are a mess – literally.
Having issues with your sewer can lead to a variety of problems within your home. For instance, you could have raw sewage back up into your home, exposing you and your family to dangerous bacteria.
If you are experiencing sewer problems, you have to determine where the problems start. Only by getting to the root of the problem can you begin to make needed repairs. Read more
When you get a glass of water from your kitchen sink, you probably do not think twice before drinking it. After all, your water supply should be safe for drinking, cooking and bathing. We monitor it, right?
However, all water supplies are NOT filtered equally – and there could be a variety of things in your water. Things that you do not know about, and that you may actually question why you are putting it into your body. Understanding what could be in your water supply will help you ensure that your water is safe for your family’s needs. Read more
The faucets in your home can be a source of frustration if they are covered in mineral deposits. These deposits, which come from the water supply, can turn your shiny, new faucet into an unsightly mess.
The deposits can also cause your water to flow slower, especially through your showerhead. The deposits build up over time, making it difficult for the water to flow freely. It can be quite frustrating to lose water pressure because of mineral deposits. Fortunately, there are ways to remove these unsightly deposits. Read more
Imagine traveling down the pipes of your home, and seeing exactly what they look like before you run into a problem. You wouldn’t have to guess where a problem was, or wait for the inevitable problem to occur. You would know instantly, and be able to fix it at the root cause.
That’s the benefit today’s plumber can offer you.
When you have a plumbing problem, it can be difficult to determine exactly where the problem is located. You may have a backed up sink. But the sink isn’t the issue. It may be the pipe just pass the drain, or it may be a larger problem located in the main outside of your home. How do you tell? Read more
Are you in the middle of a construction project? Are you improving your small business, or building a new commercial location from the ground up? Chances are you are overwhelmed with the guidelines, rules and regulations that you have to follow before you are ready to open up for business.
When it comes to public restrooms, there are specific guidelines in place that are designed to make it possible for each toilet to be safe and accessible to those that need them. Understanding the guidelines can help you determine if a public facility may not be adhering to the regulations. Read more