Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Believe in Tomorrow 5k - Sept 30th

Don't forget to sign up for the Believe in Tomorrow 5k on Sat Sept 30th.  Can't make it to the race?  You can still donate by clicking here.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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, August 16, 2017

Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting

Garbage disposal problems can be either plumbing or electrical.  First things first, never attempt to reach your hand into a garbage disposal for any reason!! Serious injury can occur.

If you turn on your garbage disposal, and no sound occurs at all (no "hum" or any sound of the cutter wheels turning), your problem could be electrical.

Try pushing the red reset button on the bottom of the garbage disposal.  If you still get no results, check your electric breaker in your electrical panel to make sure that it is not "tripped."  If this doesn't resolve the issue, then there may be a physical clog of debris preventing your flywheel from turning.  Most units provide you with a wrench that you can insert into the bottom of the garbage disposal to manually "unstick" it.  Keep in mind that the electric needs to be turned off to the garbage disposal before you try this step.  If your unit does not respond to these actions, then it is likely that it needs to be replaced.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Does my plumbing system really require maintenance?

This is a common question that many homeowners have, and the answer is most definitely YES! Maintaining your home’s plumbing system is a must to keep everything in working condition and prevent larger issues down the road.  We have the luxury of clean, drinkable water at our fingertips, along with proper waste disposal.  (Almost half of the world’s population does not have these luxuries that have become so second nature to us, we can sometimes take them for granted.)  But, when there is a problem we are very quickly reminded of how important indoor plumbing is!

Water heaters – Arguably one of the most important appliances in your home (especially on these cold winter days!)  Without regular flushes and maintenance, the internal components of your water heater can start to malfunction, or the bottom of the tank can begin to rust out.  This can shorten the life of your water heater, leave you without hot water, or even flood your home.  Regular maintenance can keep your unit operating properly, prolong its life and also ensure that your manufacturer’s warranty stays valid (they can void it if you haven’t kept up with their recommended maintenance). 

Leaks – Unattended leaks can damage your home and in extreme cases cause mold issues.  They can also waste water, leading to higher water bills (in addition to depleting a precious resource!).  As a homeowner, there is a lot you can do to prevent leaks:
  • Make sure any drafty or exposed areas are insulated to prevent freezing pipes
  • Do a periodic visual inspection of your piping in the crawlspace and your fixtures
  • If you call a plumber for any other reason – ask if they can also do a quick once over, or complete a maintenance checklist to alert you to any issues. They look at pipes ALL day so they can certainly identify any areas of concern. (Just be sure to let the plumber know ahead of time, when you call to schedule service.  Most plumbers are on a tight schedule so if you wait until they show up, they may not have time to complete additional items without being late for their next call – this is one of your plumber's top pet peeves!)

Keeping an eye out for these smaller issues, can prevent them from turning into emergencies.  In an emergency situation, not only will most plumbers will charge you higher rates, but availability could be limited (particularly during cold snaps), and damage could occur to your home. 

And lastly, the #1 item you should take from this blog post, know where your shut off valves are located!  Click here for help in identifying them, or call your favorite plumber.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Reduce Your Summer Water Usage

Household water usage increases significantly over the summer months with an estimated 30-70% of water being used outdoors according to the EPA.  Consider purchasing a rainwater catchment barrel to curb your outdoor water usage and save money on your water bill.  

It's also estimated that 50% of water is wasted through evaporation due to poor watering practices.  In order to reduce evaporation, avoid watering your garden during the heat of the day. Generally, early morning or late afternoon are the best times.   

Lastly, consider upgrading your toilets and fixtures to newer low flow options to save money on your water bill and reduce your overall usage.