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Three Common Plumbing Emergencies

clock October 24, 2012 03:05 by author Chris Vigna
The hectic lifestyle that most lead can be overwhelming enough. Add a plumbing emergency to your busy lifestyle and you have the makings of one of the more frustrating situations a homeowner can face. Since a major plumbing emergency typically happens at the most inopportune time, why not think ahead and get the contact information of All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc.?
 
The gas leak is one of the most dangerous home emergencies a person can face. As the smell of rotten egg wafts through the air, you could perhaps ignore the severity of the problem for a while but not an extended amount of time. That smell serves as an indicator that there is a gas leak that needs to be thoroughly investigated by a plumbing emergency professional, like All About the Pipes. As soon as such this smell is detected, you should seek out an immediate consultation. 
 
A sewer backup is another example of a plumbing emergency that could cost thousands in repairs. While the city may be responsible for the sewer lines they maintain, they are not in any way responsible for any damage done to the foundation, landscaping or basement of a property caused by a sewer blockage tied to the homeowner’s internal plumbing. When called, the guys at All About the Pipes Plumbing can inspect your lines carefully, identifying the source of the blockage. If a backwater valve is required, an expert plumbing professional can definitely handle the installation.
 
Lastly, your aging water heater can break at any time. When the minor annoying leak occurs, having the heater inspected by plumbing professionals, like All About the Pipes, is something most people put off doing for an indefinite amount of time. There are often telltale signs that a water heater may be on its last leg, and it’s up to you to take notice of this before it becomes a major problem. When the minor leaks becomes a larger one and the water begins to seep into the home and saturate the carpet the problem becomes a costly, urgent matter. The water damage, the carpet restoration fees, cleaning costs and labor for all of these services can add up rather quickly. We can check the health of the water heater as soon as a leak is detected.
 
When it comes to residential plumbing, minor problems can quickly become costly. It is better to get the contact information of All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. on hand to contact in case of an emergency or when inspection work is promptly needed.

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Plumbing Tips to Ensure Your Vacation Property Pipes Survive the Winter

clock October 15, 2012 03:58 by author Chris Vigna

 

Frozen and broken water pipes are among the most claims and the highest claims paid by insurance companies in the U.S. With the winter chill full steam ahead, here are just a few tips to keep you vacation property plumbing systems in tip -top shape: 

• Insulate your pipes - Foam sleeves are an excellent way to avoid having your pipes accumulate frost or even worse having them split from the expansion of ice.

• Disconnect hoses from outside faucets - This prevents hoses from freezing, expanding, and leaking. If your house has interior shut-off valves for outdoor faucets, shut them off and drain the water from the faucet. If you don't have interior shutoffs, the installation of a shut-off valve or a frost-proof faucet may be a great investment to prevent water damages.

• Flush your water heater - Since your water heater works harder during the colder months, by flushing your water heater, you can remove deposit build-up that shortens the life of your water heater. A typical water heater last between 8 to 12 years.

• Make sure your main shutoff valve is in good operating condition - This allows you to turn off your water in a timely manner in case of an emergency. Locating and turning off shutoff valves in your vacation property can save you thousands in case of an emergency.

• Check to ensure snow and ice are not restricting water drainage or vents from your vacation home - This is important because if the water discharge (i.e. sump pump) is blocked by snow or ice, freezing could occur as well as water backing up in your home. Also, make sure your water heater vent is clear of any restriction of snow or ice to maximize the efficiency of your water heater.

By utilizing these tips for your vacation home during winter, you can save time, money and energy for costly repairs. If you are still experiencing frozen and broken water pipes, it may be best to contact plumbing professionals like All About The Pipes Plumbing to do the job for you.

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Cleaning Plumbing Pipes

clock October 15, 2012 02:24 by author Chris Vigna

Most home owners spend little time thinking about their drains, but when a stoppage occurs, it can be frustrating. You don’t know how it happened, nor do you know how to fix it.

There are a variety of reasons that a drain can become clogged, and much of it depends upon where the stoppage occurs. Unlike plumbing pipes, drain pipes have no pressure. They are slightly inclined and use gravity to move the waste. They begin at a specific point such as the kitchen or bathroom sink. The drain pipe then extends to the main drain line that extends out to the street. This is where the main sewer line of the city is located.

When you see only one drain clogged, it is because the stoppage occurs before the drain pipe connects to another pipe. Sometimes all the drains will be clogged. This will mean that there is a stoppage that occurs in the main line to the street.

There are different ways to clear the stoppage. The most common is the use of a drain cleaning machine. These consist of long flexible rods that rotate as they are pushed through the drain. They have cleaning fixtures on the ends to ensure the drain is cleaned as well as the cleared of the stoppage. 

There are large versions of these machines designed to clear the main line. Often this line is clogged because of the roots of trees nearby. Over time the roots grow through small seams in the piping connections and debris collects on the roots causing a stoppage. These drain cleaning machines can be equipped with cutting blades to break through the roots.

Most stoppages occur simply because drains need to be cleaned from time to time. Build up of waste in the line will occur, and you will need the drain pipe cleaned. The main line, however, is another issue. A persistent problem can be from trees and other vegetation. If this is the case, the trees will have to be removed, or a cleanout can be installed.

If you are experiencing a slow or clogged drain, do not attempt to clear it yourself. Simply contact All About The Pipes Plumbing, and they can clear the drain as well as make future recommendations for your drainage system.

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Tips for a Safe Return from your Summer Vacation

clock May 17, 2011 03:52 by author Chris Vigna

Going on vacation this summer? Want some quick tips to safeguard your home so you don’t come home to an underwater house?

Turn the water off at the main whole house shut off valve. If you can't find your valve or don't have a whole house emergency shut off valve give us a call at 704-559-5288. With the water off open a faucet for a few seconds to relieve pressure then turn back off. This will relieve any pressure and may prevent potential flooding while you are away. Turn  your water heater to away mode or turn off all together. http://www.ehow.com/how_4906355_turn-off-hot-water-heater.html

A common source of flooding is from your ice maker supply line and laundry supply hoses. This is a great time to visually inspect your laundry hot/cold hoses, they tend to get stress cracks over a long period of time.

While you are at it, consider turning off any other non essential devices like your television, computers, HVAC etc. Just know that things like your refrigerator are obviously going to need to stay on.

These are just some helpful hints to prevent costly and catastrophic leaks while you are away on vacation. Bon Voyage!


 

 

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