Most Common Holiday Plumbing Problems and How to Address Them
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Day – the most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Here’s how to keep the season’s less glamorous side – common plumbing problems – from ruining your family’s holiday celebrations this year.
Damaged Garbage Disposals
The holidays mean lots of delicious food, served to all your favorite people. Unfortunately, not all those people may know how to properly use your home’s garbage disposal. The holidays typically see a major jump in the cases of clogged or broken garbage disposals seen by plumbers, as people drop things that should never be disposed of down their drains. When a back-up or breakdown happens, call your plumber right away to prevent further damage, injury, and nasty odors taking over your kitchen.
Toilets Getting Clogged
Lots of people in a single home mean lots of people using the same restroom facilities. Even if you have multiple toilets in your house, you’ll often find that increased usage leads to an increased instance of clogged toilets. While some of these clogs may be a job for a plunger and some elbow grease, some may be much more severe. If you’re not interested in spending Thanksgiving or Christmas trying to get your toilets to flush, call an emergency plumber for help right away.
Water Heaters Going Out
All those guests that clogged up your toilet? They’ll need to wash their hands after they finish in the restroom. They need to shower, too. They may also need to wash clothes. All of this puts a lot of demand on your home’s water heater.
You may notice water that is slower to heat up or showers that are far quicker to run colder than usual. If this increased demand goes on for too long, you may also notice that your water heater simply stops working altogether. When this happens, it’s time to call a plumber about a replacement – and fast!
When you’re hosting guests this holiday season, don’t feel like you’re on your own. Call Same Day Service Plumbing for help with all your plumbing problems. From the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond, we’ll keep things running smoothly, so you and yours can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!
3 Signs of a Failing Water Heater
Are you having a hard time getting your water up to temperature? If so, you may be dealing with a broken or failing water heater. Don’t wait to see if your heater fails; check this list of signs and symptoms of water heater failure for more information about how to know your system is on its last legs:
While most people see inappropriately cold water as a sign of water heater failure, water that isn’t clean and clear can also be a major indicator. Older tanks will begin to rust and deteriorate, leading to that buildup flaking off in the water inside the tank. While softeners or conditioners can be used to address this, they will only provide satisfactory results for so long. Eventually, the tank will have to be replaced.
If you hear odd noises while you’re using your water – particularly if you’re using hot water – this may be a sign that your heater is on the decline. Listen for a gurgling or bubbling sound after you’ve used some hot water. These sounds often indicate that the sediments that have built up in your heater tank are being stirred up. An abundance of these sediments can be a major problem, so these noises are a sign of trouble on the horizon.
This is perhaps the biggest factor in determining if your water heater is failing. While age alone does not determine function, any other problems that you notice may be a sign that your older tank is at the end of its life.
Any tank older than 6 years should have a visit from a licensed plumber or specialist to check for good working condition and recommend upgrades, repairs, or replacements. Since older tanks often have a lot of sediment, rust, and other buildup concerns inside, replacement may be the best option for your household.
Don’t get left out in the cold (water) this season. If your water heater begins to fail, contact the experts at Same Day Service Plumbing. Whatever is ailing your water heater tank, we can help you fix the problem – fast.
Full House This Thanksgiving? Here’s How You Can Keep Your House Comfortable
Most people don’t think of energy efficiency when they think of Thanksgiving. However, America’s
favorite dinner date doesn’t have to be all about waste. You can enjoy the decadence of delicious food
from start to finish while still minding your energy budget! Here’s how:
Step Away from the Oven
When possible, try using other devices in your kitchen to prepare your feast instead of the oven. From
your slow cooker to your toaster oven – an even your microwave – there are many ways to cook up a
fantastic meal without relying exclusively on your oven and stovetop. (And most of them use much less
It can be tempting to give your turkey and sides a regular peek every now and then as they cook but
consider this: you lose a lot of energy every time you open that door. Your oven has to work overtime to
compensate for hot air escaping, so use the transparent door to check on your cooking – and keep lids
tight-fitting to keep heat working hard where it belongs!
Gather the Family – and the Side Dishes
While your turkey is cooking, try to use that heat to cook other dishes on your menu as well. If you have
casseroles, pies, or other dishes that require the heat of your oven, try to time and place them correctly
so that they can bake right alongside the turkey for added efficiency.
Recruit Cleanup Help
Rinsing dishes may make the washing process easier, but it also wastes a lot of energy. Ask your dining
guests to scrape their dishes as they finish and wash a single load in the washer rather than
handwashing between every course.
Save the Leftovers
Most people agree that leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. They only stay that way if
you store them promptly and properly, though. Be sure to seal all leftover food in reusable containers
and refrigerate promptly. They’ll keep serving up delicious bites for days to come without much
additional energy cost.
Looking for more ways to keep your energy use as efficient as possible this Thanksgiving? Consult the
energy-efficiency experts here at Same Day Service Plumbing. We can help you ensure your plumbing,
HVAC, and more are ready for the demands of the day – and capable of keeping your on-budget for the
5 Tips for Protecting Your Pipes During the Winter
Are you ready for winter? You may be looking forward to the season of snow, but are your pipes
prepared? Here’s how to keep them from freezing this year:
Insulating your pipes will help prevent freezing. Cold air won’t have as much access to the pipes, helping
them stay warm enough to keep from freezing up. This is especially good for metal pipes.
Drip, Drip, Drop
No one wants to waste water, but one of the easiest ways to prevent pipes from freezing in the winter is
to keep water moving through them. Simply turn on your tap and let it drip slowly throughout the
evening. Turn it off in the morning and remember to run water through the system every now and then
throughout the day. The minimal amount of water you lose in doing this is small change compared to
the massive cost of plumbing repair or replacement if you don’t.
Heat Things Up
Applying heat is a great way to keep your pipes from freezing. There are many hardware or plumbing
specialty stores that sell heat tape that can be applied directly to the outside of pipes to help keep them
warm. However, you can also simply turn up the heat in your home or the rooms where your pipes are
Open the Doors
Heat is no good if it can’t get to your pipes. To ensure that the heat you’re running in your home can
help you keep your pipes from freezing, you’ll need to open your cabinet doors. Anywhere you might
have access to pipes inside cabinets, drawers, etc., you should open those doors to allow heat to get to
and help maintain the safety of your pipes.
Make Necessary Repairs
Cracks, ill-fitted pipes, and leaks can make for pipes that freeze much easier than those that aren’t in
need of repairs. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to detect these issues unless you keep a careful eye on
your pipes before, during, and after cold weather comes to stay.
To get your plumbing checked and prepared for winter, contact your local plumbing experts at Same
Day Service Plumbing. We’ll help you keep your pipes safe and working properly all winter long. Contact
us today for maintenance or repairs before old man winter makes a mess of your plumbing!
Why Your Drains are Blocked and What to Do About Them
Blocked drains are a common problem in residential plumbing. Here are some of the most common reasons for blocked drains, as well as what to do if you can’t seem to get rid of them yourself.
Hair is the most common cause of blockages in residential plumbing. Most people shed in the shower or shave over the sink and wash the hair down afterward. This leads to backed up plumbing and difficult clogs to undo. Store-bought remedies can help, but hair clogs become serious much faster than most people realize.
The additives in many hygiene items that make them sparkle, help them moisturize, or aid in exfoliation often do not dissolve on the skin or in water. These additives are then washed down drains, causing plumbing problems later. Baby wipes, diapers, menstrual products, and even so-called flushable wipes are also a major problem when flushed because they do not typically dissolve and often cause major blockages.
Most people know that pouring grease, oil, and other fats down their drains isn’t a good idea, but a surprising number of people do so anyway. These fats will cool and solidify, gumming up pipes and blocking the flow of water through plumbing over time.
In homes with children and pets, small objects that shouldn’t’ be washed down drains or flushed down toilets often find their way there anyway. These objects are a magnet for other debris and can cause major blockages in no time at all.
There are many ways you can cut down on or solve minor blockages in your drains at home, but when they become too frequent or too stubborn to remove, you may need to call a professional. At Same Day Service Plumbing, we offer blockage removal for any kind of plumbing, to get your pipes clean and your water moving freely again.
Scary Plumbing Smells and How to Get Rid of Them
Have you walked into your bathroom or kitchen lately and gotten a whiff of something not-so-pleasant? Those scary smells may be coming from your sink, tub, or toilet. Here’s what may be causing them – and how to get them taken care of, fast!
Where’s It Coming From?
What’s causing that smell? Here are some common reasons for stinky plumbing:
- Pipe blockage or clogs – Think about the things that go down your drain every day. If that gets stuck, think about how bad it will smell after a few days – or weeks – in those pipes. Clogs and blockage are the top reasons for stinky smells in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Sewer smell – In pipes that are used less often, sewage may back up through the plumbing and cause unpleasant smells in the home.
- Something in the water – If there are sulfates in your water, it can have an unpleasant odor.
- The buildup of mildew or mold – Even if your pipes have the smallest leak you can imagine, they can lead to a buildup of smelly mold and mildew in walls, ceilings, or floors.
How to Get Rid of Plumbing Stink
Now that you have a better idea of what’s causing those foul odors in your home, how can you get rid of them? That’s what most people ask when they call their plumber, but the answer isn’t always a simple one. You may be able to flush or unclog your drain yourself; if the stuff clogging it up is close to the surface or easily cleaned with a flushing solution, you’re in luck. Otherwise, it might require a visit from your plumber to get things smelling better.
Don’t wait to see if that stink goes away on its own. Contact us at Same Day Service Plumbing for everything you need to rid your home of those scary smells – and keep them away!
6 Checkpoints for Autumn Plumbing Maintenance
With autumn fast approaching, it’s important to know how to care for your plumbing in the fall. Here are some of our best tips here at Same Day Service for keeping your pipes in great shape as the weather cools off:
Check in with Your Appliances
Once each season, check your home’s appliances that use water for leaks. Check your:
- Washing machine
Cover Exterior Faucets
As the weather cools the potential for freezing in your home’s outdoor faucets increases. Shut off the water supply to these outlets and cover each faucet properly to prevent damage from freezing. This includes sprinkler systems, which should be turned off, drained, and covered for the season when not in use.
Keep Things Warm
The interior of your home should always be kept above 55 degrees during the winter to prevent your pipes from freezing. Even if you are going to be out of your home for an extended period, budget and allow for keeping your heat turned on high enough during your absence to allow for this temperature to be maintained. Replacing your plumbing and cleaning up damage from a frozen, burst pipe is much more expensive than the cost of heating your home!
Cut the Fat in Holiday Cooking
Many holiday dishes such as roast beef and ham are high in fat, and you may be tempted to pour excess fat down the drain in your kitchen sink. Instead, pour fat into a disposable receptacle and throw it away once it cools and solidifies. This will prevent clogs and damage to your pipes caused by draining fat into your sink.
Give Your Sump Pump a Once-Over
For homeowners with a sump pump, your system should be inspected twice a year. Cleaning should be performed during these inspections as well. This will prevent both leaks and clogs in the system, which can cause extensive and costly flooding should your pump freeze.
Warm Up Your Water Heater
Maintaining your water heater during cold weather will prevent freezing and damage to your unit. Wrap your heater in an insulated blanket when fall begins and drain sediment from the unit to prevent rust and damage to pipes.
5 Great Reasons to Consider a Tankless Water Heaters
Looking to get a new water heater installed? Here at Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, we think there are more than a few good reasons to consider a tankless water heater. From saving energy to saving cash, here are several of our favorite reasons to go tankless:
Okay, you really shouldn’t take endless showers, but you might just want to when you realize that a tankless water heater never runs out of hot water. That’s right; since a tankless heater warms your water on demand, there is no tank to run dry. That means that you have as much – or as little – hot water as you need at any time.
Upfront Investment, Long-Term Savings
It’s true that tankless water heaters can cost more up front than traditional storage units. The average cost for traditional units can be twice the cost of a standard water heater model. However, this discrepancy is more than compensated for with energy savings over time and a lifespan that more than doubles from that of a traditional unit, on average.
No Wasted Hot Water
Speaking of “as little” hot water as you need, have you ever thought about how much energy you’re wasting by having a large tank of water heated to 120 degrees at all times – even the middle of the night, or when you’re on vacation away from your home? That’s not a problem with tankless water heaters. They heat your water on demand, rather than holding a tankful of it at a time. So, you don’t ever have tons of unused water, just hanging around being needlessly heated all night.
How Long is a Long Life for a Water Heater?
Traditional water heaters usually last around 10 years, depending on use and care. Tankless water heaters typically clock in at fifteen years or longer! That’s 30% more time with a working appliance that you can take to the bank.
Unlike traditional water heaters – which must be tossed into the landfill when leaks or damage are discovered – tankless water heaters have replaceable parts. That means they can be repaired as needed, making them an eco-friendlier choice with a lifespan that can be extended even further than the initial average of around twenty years.
Contact Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air to find out if a tankless water heater is for you. We can sell or service all brands and offer promotions on many services.
5 Reasons an Air Conditioner Breaks
Dealing with a broken A/C? Here are five reasons you might be melting right now – and how we can help!
Your Thermostat Isn’t Working
The first place you should look when your A/C is not working is your thermostat. This is because many times when an air conditioning or heating unit is malfunctioning, it is actually the thermostat that is to blame. Save yourself costly and unnecessary repairs or replacements by ensuring that your thermostat is working, adequately connected to its power source, and is not in need of replacement itself. Not sure how to check? Contact Same Day Service for inspection.
You’re Having Sensor Issues
Your primary problem when you’re having heating and air issues isn’t always a broken A/C unit. Sometimes, your sensor may be experiencing issues. Some problems that may lead to inefficient air conditioning in your home include:
- A sensor that isn’t working properly or is damaged.
- A sensor placed in a small room that can be closed off or placed directly above or below a vent.
- A sensor that is outdated or otherwise in need of replacement.
Your Filter Needs Cleaned or Replaced
Dirty filters are a common concern with heating and air conditioning systems. Some homes may only need their filters replaced every three months or so, while others may need monthly replacements. Ask your heating and cooling professional to evaluate your system’s needs and advise you on how often to change your filter to keep your A/C running efficiently.
Your Refrigerant is Leaking
Is your air conditioner blowing hot air? You may be lacking refrigerant. Schedule an inspection and ask your provider to check for refrigerant leaks or low levels. This is an easy fix – and better fixed sooner, rather than once damage to your system has been done.
Your System Hasn’t Been Properly Maintained
Having your heating and air conditioning system maintained regularly will help you prevent many of the issues listed above. If you’re concerned that it’s been too long since your last inspection and tune-up – or you’re already dealing with any of the issues listed here – contact us at Same Day Service. We’ll help you get to the root of the problem – and get your home feeling cool and comfortable again!
Keep Your Cool – Recent Studies Show Air Conditioning is Vitally Important to Brain Function
Ever wonder about the heat’s effect on the human brain?
In a recent article, the UK’s Independent compiled the results of some research regarding the topic of heat’s effect on the human brain – and those results were startling. Does heat really negatively impact brain performance? Is air conditioning a necessity for students and professionals, or just a luxury? The answers collected and shared may surprise you.
Heat Waves May Keep You from Making Waves
In the study cited by the Independent, Harvard scientists examined the performance of college-age students. These students – half living in cool, comfortable dorms while the others suffered the summer in dormitories without air conditioning – were tested in the areas of memory, problem-solving and more. The results were clear: those who went without air conditioning performed poorly in comparison to those who were kept comfortable. The apparent reason? The brain’s functions seem to be negatively impacted by hyperthermia – also known as uncomfortably high temperatures.
For scientists, this suggests more than a simple preference for cool, comfortable air during the summer months. It may prove that our bodies are wired to seek that comfort for the benefit of our brains – and therefore, the rest of our body’s systems.
A Universal Problem
Many Americans do not realize the importance of properly-functioning heating and air, since the use of air conditioning is so common in the United States. While Britons may not be as accustomed to air conditioning as Americans are, the research compiled for this article offers a look at a universal issue. This summer has been one of the hottest on record around the globe. Those without air conditioning are suffering from the effects of that heat; those with systems that are in need of maintenance should take heed.
Living in conditions where temperatures reach unsafe levels can be dangerous to very young children, the elderly, and pets. Those who are unable to remove themselves from a closed room that lacks proper air circulation and cooling can become sick from that heat or worse. This is why adequate maintenance of your heating and cooling system is more important than ever.
Don’t let the second half of this sweltering summer catch you without proper cooling in your office, school, or home. Contact Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air for all of your heating and cooling needs and enjoy the sunny weather without melting!