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!
The Sump Pump Solution For Leaks Under Your Foundation
When it rains, it pours – or at least that is how it can feel when it floods under your house. Having to remove water from under your foundation can be an overwhelming task, and no one wants to do it more than once. Fortunately, such unpleasant catastrophes may be prevented with the installation of a quality sump pump by a certified plumber.
What is a sump pump?
The most important job of a sump pump is to keep your foundation dry. “Sump” comes from the German word “sumpf,” meaning swamp. The sump pump works in tandem with a well or reservoir, sometimes called a sump pit or sump basin, whose purpose is to collect the water. The sump pit is installed under your house along with the pump, which can be placed either above or below the ground. The sump pump then pumps the water from the basin through a pipe to the outside, directing it away from the house.
Why do I need one?
It’s important to keep the space beneath your home free from moisture that can contribute to structural damage, attract unwelcome critters, and lead to mold and mildew known to cause serious health issues. All it takes is one flood or rise in your property’s water table to know you have a serious problem. From then on, prevention is the key. A quality sump pump may well be your best investment for avoiding any problems in the future.
A well-maintained sump pump in good working order can add value to your home. Sump pumps can even help stabilize the soil, which, in turn, stabilizes the foundation, particularly in commercial buildings built near aquifers.
Choosing a Sump Pump
- If your sump pit has enough room, pick a submersible pump in favor of a pedestal pump. Submersible pumps allow for the sump basin to be covered, which reduces noise and the likelihood that debris can fall in.
- Consider a mechanical switch rather than a pressure switch, and make sure the float is solid so it doesn’t become waterlogged or fail to switch off.
- Invest in a sump pump with an alarm to let you know when the water reaches a certain level.
- Consider installing a secondary, back-up sump pump, just in case the first one fails, especially if your basement is a living space or is used for storage.
- Always test your sump pump regularly and make sure the check valve functions correctly so water cannot flow back inside the basement or crawl space.
Especially as winter approaches, now is a good time to avoid potential water damage. Save $100 on your new sump pump installation by mentioning this article. Call Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today at 707-451-4970, 530-795-4325 or 916-374-8442 to schedule your appointment.