Tips to Avoid a Sump Pump Failure
If it’s been a while since you checked your sump pump, then it’s probably been too long. It’s easy to take your sump pump for granted, but doing so puts you and your property at risk. It stands to reason: A sump pump can only do its job if it works.
A sump pump’s sole purpose is to keep your foundation dry. Whether your basement is used for living space or serves as an extra room for storage, your valuables can be ruined without a functioning sump pump system in place. This is particularly important if you live in a low-lying area that’s a flood risk. Flooding can also be a result of poor drainage surrounding your property or can happen unexpectedly, such as when pipes burst.
Routine maintenance can prevent unnecessary damage to your home. We recommend you troubleshoot and test your sump pump system regularly, say, once a quarter at least. Periodically clean, examine and maintain it when the weather is dry. Check the valves to be sure they’re working. We also suggest inspecting it prior to a rainy season or when heavy storms are in the forecast. Make sure the pipes to the outside are clear, and when temperatures drop below 32 degrees, make sure no lines connected to the pump are frozen.
The float switch is one of the most common causes for sump pump failure. This device detects when the sump pump’s water level has risen too high and will trigger a signal to activate the pump. This one part alone has saved millions of homes from extensive flood damage. While the sump pump itself is built to last approximately 7 years, the float switch is not. Also, be sure to invest in a sump pump with a float switch that can be replaced, as not all of them do. There are different kinds of switches, including one that doesn’t actually float, so be sure to consult your plumber for the one that’s right for your system.
Electrical failure is another potential cause for concern, and for that reason, many homeowners install a back-up sump pump, just in case. Another issue can be debris, such as leaves, mud and pebbles, which can clog up the system. Make sure the check valve functions correctly so water cannot flow back inside the basement or crawl space, and inspect the pipe that leads from the pump to the outside to make sure it’s clear.
Water near your foundation can seep through the walls. Make sure that the land surrounding your home is graded away so water won’t drain downhill back in its direction. If need be, install gutters with downspouts that lead the water away from your house.
A good time to clean your sump pump and pit thoroughly is when the filter needs to be changed. Start by unplugging the system, then, take the unit outside to hose it down. Disconnect its hose and flush it out with water, as well as the entire unit. Same Day Plumbing Service is happy to help you with this.
One of the simplest ways to minimize foreign objects getting into the system is to invest in a cover. It can also protect you and your family by preventing hazardous radon gas from escaping into the air. The cover may not be able to take care of the gas leakage totally, but it will help minimize the exposure until you can get it fixed. A cover is inexpensive ($20-$35), improves the look for your unit, and is an investment that’s worth every penny.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out your equipment malfunctioned as a result of overdue maintenance. Instead, make sure your sump pump is in proper working order before a catastrophe rains down.
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Are you contributing to your own plumbing disasters?
There are so many things that we do to with little thought to how it will affect our plumbing system… until that dreaded day when your pipes burst and your toilet overflows and your shower refuses to drain properly. What a nightmare!
Are you doing any of these?
Using Commercial Drain Cleaners – This seems like the go-to fix when your drains are clogged but it can do way more harm than good. The chemicals that make up the drain cleaner actually erode your pipes, leading to much worse damage down the line.
Mixing Metal Pipes – When two different metals are used in the plumbing of your house, chemicals reactions can cause the pipes to corrode. This is usually the result of an inexperienced plumber or DIYer taking on plumbing repairs.
Using Your Toilet as a Disposal – Your toilet is meant for one use and one use only. Flushing anything but the obvious can result in a flood!
Abusing Your Disposal – One of the biggest problems with a garbage disposal is that people think it’s an all-powerful waste-chopping machine of wonderment. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a whole lot to break one. Grease should NEVER be dumped in your disposal and hard food items like popcorn kernels should be avoided as well!
DIY Repair Fails – Plumbing repairs aren’t as simple as tightening joints or popping in a new pipe. It takes proper training and lots of know-how to be able to adequately complete repairs. The best course of action is to call your local plumbing professional (that’s us!) for help.
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Tips for Keeping your Home Safe While on Vacation
It’s hard to enjoy your vacation if you’re worried about what might be happening to your home. Unfortunately, thieves commonly target properties while the owners are traveling. If you’re planning to get away for spring vacation, the following tips can help keep your home safe while you’re away.
- Add Security Lights: Motion-activated lights are a great way to give burglars second thoughts about targeting your home.
- Maintain Appearances: If your house appears uninhabited, it could become a target for burglary. Pay someone to mow your lawn, and keep a vehicle parked in your driveway. You should also make sure newspapers and packages don’t pile up on your porch.
- Go into Lock-down Mode: Secure your home with deadbolts, dowel rods and locking pins for windows and sliding glass doors.
- Don’t Advertise Your Vacation: While it may be tempting to brag about your trip on social media, you could inadvertently tip off a criminal.
- Strategically Position Curtains: Leave your curtains and blinds in their normal daytime positions without directly exposing valuables.
- Disconnect Power Cords: Unplug coffee pots, computers and any other electronics. You should also turn off your garage door in case thieves try to open it with a universal remote.
Inspecting for Leaks
While they may seem like minor issues, plumbing leaks can erupt into a full-blown catastrophe at any time. If you notice leaky fixtures, water stains, warping floors, wet spots or high water meter readings, consider getting a professional assessment before leaving town. The last thing you want is an uncontrolled leak in your home while you’re away. It may seem unlikely, but unchecked water damage can lead to substantial repair bills. Make sure you eliminate any risk by getting a professional leak assessment before you travel.
At Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, Inc., we have all the necessary equipment to detect leaks of any size. Let our specialists provide you with professional leak detection and repair services, so you can travel with peace of mind. Contact us today.
Preparing for Spring Allergy Season
Most people welcome warmer weather, especially after months of cold temperatures. For people with allergies, however, spring means sneezing, stuffy noses and red, watery eyes. If you’d like to minimize the impact of springtime allergies, consider these useful tips.
To fend off allergic reactions, it’s important to avoid troublesome stimuli that cause or worsen attacks. These include:
- Avoiding alcohol: Because it dilates the blood vessels inside the nose, alcohol can worsen asthma and hay fever.
- Cooking fruit: Many people are shocked to find out that fruit pollen can prompt an immune response. You can minimize this by cooking your fruit.
- Staying inside after storms: Since they stir up pollen, rain storms can worsen allergies in the short-term.
- Going easy on hair products: Sticky hair styling gels behave like pollen-attracting magnets.
- Reducing stress: Research suggests that stress can intensify allergy symptoms by upping the body’s production of allergy-triggering proteins.
- Cleaning fans: Regularly clean the blades of your fans to keep them from propelling dust into the air.
- Showering before bedtime: This rinses allergens from your body and keeps them from building up in your bed.
- Bathing pets: Your pet’s coat attracts a lot of pollen. Be sure to clean it regularly.
- Maintaining your AC: Make sure your air conditioning unit is properly maintained.
Purifying Your Home’s Air
Even the best strategies can’t completely keep pollen out of your home. Fortunately, you can drastically reduce interior allergens with the help of a whole-home air filtration system. Not only do these innovative devices eliminate airborne pollen; they also trap bacteria, mold spores, viruses and other pollutants.
Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, Inc. can equip your home with an affordable, state-of-the-art air purifier system. Let one of our skilled technicians provide you with a thorough analysis of your indoor air to identify any unseen allergens and pollutants that may be lurking beneath your nose. Contact our office today at 1-888-937-3350 for your assessment and quote.
Helpful hints about your drain line
Many homeowners do not know that their kitchen sink and laundry drains are connected in multiple places and that what happens in one can affect the other. Your toilet, sink and tub all share the same drain. If you have a drain line blockage and not a fixture blockage, it could affect more than one drain. If something like a ring or small toy goes down your kitchen or bathroom sink drain, all is not automatically lost.
You can retrieve it in three easy steps:
- Immediately turn all water off;
- Put a bucket under the drain pipe big enough to catch about a half-gallon of water; and
- Unscrew the two joint nuts near the bottom of the “J” trap.
Your missing item should be there.
Important: Do not use acid-based products to clear grease clogs in your sink drains. At best, they will just melt the grease which will re-solidify farther down the line. A bleach-based product or a product that will change the grease into CO2 + water is far superior, and these types of products are much safer to keep under the sink with small children and pets around.
Tips for finding interior leaks
Leaks can happen anywhere inside your home, but they are most likely to occur where water pipes and drains connect to appliances. That means your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room are the most likely problem areas. Look out for the following signs of potential leaks:
- Water stains – Do you have stains on your drywall or ceiling? These are the most obvious sign of interior water damage.
- Warping or buckling floors – Buckling or warping of your wooden floors, vinyl, or tile surfaces and carpets.
- Meter readings – Check your water bill and meter for signs of a leak.
Contact us today if you are noticing any of these issues.
Big changes to water heaters you need to know about
The U.S. Department of Energy has put into effect new regulations that require all manufacturers of water heaters to meet a higher energy factor (EF) rating. Based on the new requirements, there will be significant changes to water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015. This includes gas-fired, oil-fired, electric, tabletop, instantaneous gas-fired and instantaneous electric. Tankless water heaters already meet the new requirements.
How does this affect me?
Some of the changes that affect you as a consumer are as follows:
- Higher priced units – up to 35% more expensive.
- Larger units – 2” tall and 2”wider, and in some cases units may be even larger.
- More complicated installation requirements
- Possible significant home remodeling costs if your water heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic.
These new regulations will improve the efficiency of water heaters, however, resulting in energy savings for the homeowner.
Why should I care?
According to manufacturer’s suggested service life, the average lifespan of a water heater is about 8-12 years. Homeowners with water heaters 10 years old or older need to seriously consider replacing it now, before the regulations go into effect and costs go up.
What do I do next?
Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc. recommends you book a consultation with one of our experts who will answer any questions you may have about the new regulations, evaluate your current water heater and provide you with options on the next steps. Then, if you decide you want to install before the new regulations take affect we’ll reserve your water heater from our inventory.
We’ve been installing water heaters for over 37 years. We can answer all of your questions, tell you about promotional financing, schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you, and professionally install your new water heater for years of reliable service.
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- Response to complaint(s) filed against business
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How house drains work?
Home drainage systems are made up of a specific series of pipes that get water, carry it throughout the home, and remove the waste and other water from the home as well. These pipes bring in the water that you use and carry away the waste that you do not use. There are several different sections of the home drainage system.
The house drain is the lowest piping in a house drainage system. This is the pipe that gets the discharge from the soil, the waste, and the other pipes that are drainage pipes. The house drain carries this waste to the house sewer. The house drain will end just outside the front of a building, and works by gravity.
When you need to install new drainpipes on your house, it is important to hire a professional. Like many home improvement projects, just because you think you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Hiring Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, Inc. will save you time, money and headaches. Call us today.