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Plumbing Preparation for the Summer Months

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Most home plumbing systems withstand a heavy workload during the summer months due to more showers, extra laundry and a barbecue or two. All of this water usage can tax the system, especially if you add summer house guests into the mix. Summer plumbing preparation can alleviate this burden with routine maintenance and inspection. This article will show you how a little preparation can prevent the inconvenience associated with unexpected plumbing repairs.

Service the Septic Tank

If you have a home that relies on a private septic tank system, summer plumbing preparation is even more important. The septic tank system is responsible for treating all of the household waste and sewage. If it fails, you may face the difficult prospect of expensive repairs, some of which can turn into thousands of dollars. Annual septic tank maintenance and cleaning is one of the most crucial aspects of maintaining your home’s plumbing system.

Inspect Plumbing

Temperature swings between winter and summer months can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Fluctuations in temperatures cause your plumbing pipes to contract and expand. This can lead to cracked pipes or minor leaks within the system. A plumbing inspection will identify problems so they can be addressed before causing any major damage.

Service the Water Heater

Don’t forget your water heater during summer plumbing preparation. The water heater should be thoroughly inspected by a licensed plumbing contractor. A typical service call includes flushing the system, adjusting the thermostat, testing the T&P valve and making sure the appliance is operating at peak performance.

Inspect Household Plumbing Fixtures

Check both indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures for leaks. These include faucets, toilets, bathtubs, sink drains and appliances such as dishwashers, garbage disposals and pool pumps. Ignoring even the smallest of leaks can cost you money in home repairs and other damages. Water damage ruins cabinetry, woodwork, drywall flooring and invites the growth of mold and mildew, a known health hazard. Should the latter occur, you can expect a hefty bill to rid your home of this toxic substance.

Have Your Gutters Cleaned

Remember to have your gutters cleaned. Many people don’t realize that a home’s gutter system is considered part of the plumbing. A gutter system plays a substantial role in protecting your home from water damage. Gutters are designed to channel rainwater away from your home’s foundation. After a long winter, leaves, dirt, roof material and other debris can accumulate inside of the gutter system. When this happens, water is no longer able to flow freely through the system and away from your home. The gutters can also hold water or overflow which can damage roofing, roof structure and facial boards, leading to unnecessary repairs.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Plumbing Repair: When to Call in the Professionals

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Many homeowners have attempted a plumbing repair only to fail and actually make matters worse. When this happens, not only do they waste time and money but also subject there home to potential water damage resulting from their faulty repair adding even more cost to the project. Running toilets, leaky sink drains or garbage disposals on the fritz are common plumbing problems handy homeowners try to tackle. The following post will outline some easy repairs you can attempt without the risk of potentially ruining your home as well as the repairs you should never attempt.

The Consequences

While repairing your plumbing yourself can save you a few dollars in repair costs, a faulty plumbing repair can result in costly water damage to your home. For instance, the water resulting from a faulty sink drain, faucet or toilet repair can ruin your cabinetry, flooring, walls and baseboard. In addition, when things get wet, there is a high chance that mold and mildew growth are soon to follow. The consequences can be severe and add thousands of dollars to a project that should have been a fraction of the cost.

Think Before You Dive In

Common household plumbing problems include both easy and difficult fixes. Often a problem that seems simple turns into plumbing nightmare, setting off a chain of events as one problem leads to another. The next thing you know, you are ripping out cabinets and cutting into walls as you discover the shutoff valve you thought was leaking is actually a leaking supply line within the wall. You can avoid adding to the cost of a plumbing repair in your home by simply staying away from most of them. In fact, if there is even a small chance that your repair could fail and allow water to pour into your home, you should call a licensed plumbing contractor immediately.

What You Can Do

There are a few plumbing repairs a handy homeowner can safely do without the risk of damaging their homes. Replacing faucet aerators, shower knobs or faucet handles is not that complicated; however, there are repairs a novice should never undertake.

  • Any repair involving electricity and water is a dangerous mix. Garbage disposal or water heater replacement both qualify as household plumbing repairs best left to the professional.
  • Any repair that could result in home flooding should the repair fail.
  • Repairs that could result in additional damage to household plumbing systems such as drain cleaning and/or snaking.

Why Hire a Professional Plumber

Professional plumbing contractors are required to undergo continuous training and education to maintain their license. They carry the experience and knowledge to make plumbing repairs correctly without the added risk of additional home damage. However, should their repair fail, they also are required to carry liability insurance that protects your home should that unfortunate circumstance occur.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.