Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Don't Forget to Unhook Your Outside Hoses

With temperatures hovering around freezing recently, it's important to unhook any outside hoses.  Leaving hoses connected can cause water to freeze all the way back into the crawlspace of your home. You also may want to consider having any outdoor plumbing items (including outside showers) winterized by a licensed plumber.    

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holiday Plumbing Tips

The holidays are often the busiest time of year for plumbers. Sometimes issues can arise when you are not home, or because you have too many people in your home. Here are a few tips to reduce your chances of becoming victim to frozen pipes and common clogs:

-If travelling for the holidays, do not turn your heat below 60. It's also a good idea to turn your water off at the main shut off valve - if a leak should occur while you are gone, this will minimize the damage.

-Try not to put any fats, oils or fibrous/tough materials (including sweet potatoes, egg shells and poultry skins) down your drain or into your garbage disposal.

-Turn your disposal on before throwing any food scraps into it.  Also let your disposal run for at least 10-15 seconds before and after using it to be sure that all of the food waste has flushed through.

-Avoid using flushable wipes - they are often not as 'flushable' as the manufacturer makes them out to be and can commonly cause backups.

-Keep a trash can nearby toilets and make sure it's visible to discourage guests from flushing unwanted items.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Why You Should Flush Your Water Heater

Flushing your water heater once a year can greatly increase the life and efficiency of your water heater.  Over time, mineral deposits can build up which can not only damage your water heater, but also affect your water quality.  Many manufacturers will not cover damage caused by sediment or mineral build up, and in some cases it can void your warranty.  A little preventative maintenance can save you lots of money in the long run, whether you have a tanked water heater or tank-less water heater - both should be routinely flushed and inspected by a licensed professional.  

Click here for more information on the importance of flushing your water heater.  Or as always, you can contact us with any questions! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Preparing Your Home For Winter

So there you are. Pipe wrench in one hand, flashlight in the other hand, and 2” of standing water soaking into your brand new loafer shoes. You’ve just had a frozen pipe burst in your home!  Chances are, it may be due to lack of a proper winterization of your plumbing system. 

Every spring we see homes with damaged plumbing, floors and ceilings due to lack of, or improper winterization. But don’t worry, Seaside has you covered! See our list of simple items you can do yourself to help protect that beach-home investment. If you don’t feel comfortable DIY (do it yourself), please contact a local licensed plumber to help you. A small amount spent protecting your home will save you in the long run!

Year-round residents:

  • Unhook outside hoses from the spigot. Leaving hoses connected can cause water to freeze back into the piping of your home (this is one of the most common causes of frozen pipes!)
  • Have water piping in any exposed areas insulated.
  • Have any outdoor plumbing items (including outside showers) turned off and drained down. Depending on your piping layout, this may not prohibit a frozen pipe….. but it will prohibit a flood!

Vacation Homes:

  • If the home is vacant during the winter months, contact a licensed plumber to have it winterized. Turning off the water main and leaving the heat on is unfortunately not enough! A licensed plumber using non-toxic antifreeze pumped through your water piping system is a sure way to ensure you are protected.

Seaside Plumbing Inc. offers winterization agreements for all types/sizes of homes, and of course we would love the opportunity to earn your business. Give us a call today at 410-641-1368.