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!
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.
Contact us online or call us at (888) 937-3350.
Protect Against Pipe Corrosion in Your Home
Over the years, corrosion can develop in your plumbing fixtures. To protect against damage and potential health risks, learn how to identify and prevent pipe corrosion in your home.
In essence, metal pipe corrosion is a continuous process of ion release from metal to the water. While the process involves a complex electrochemical electron exchange, the usual causes are pretty straightforward. They include:
- Water pH
- Oxygen in the water
- Chemical makeup of the water
- Water temperature
- Water velocity
The cost of corrosion can be considerable, especially when it’s ignored for years. It can affect a person’s health by releasing toxic metals, such as lead, into a home’s drinking water. Water from corroded pipes can reduce the efficiency of hot water heaters and other appliances. Corrosive pipes can also lead to odors, stains and foul tastes, while causing premature failure of plumbing fixtures and systems.
Many older homes have solders, pipes and plumbing fixtures made from lead or other metals. Corrosive water may dissolve enough of these materials to create health risks and aesthetic problems in a homes potable water.
Prevention and Repair
If your house is over 25 years old, you should keep a watchful eye for corrosion. Inspect exposed pipes for stains, discoloration, pimples, dimpling and flaking. Look for leaks, poor water pressure, foul smells and discolored water. If you notice a problem, contact a professional to assess the situation.
If you have an older home, you may need to replace your zinc-coated galvanized pipes with copper repiping. If your water is especially corrosive, you may also want to consider installing a whole-house water softening system or reverse-osmosis unit to filter contaminants from your water. This can help protect your appliances, your health and the lifespan of your plumbing system.
Same Day Service technicians are fully trained and experienced to solve your corrosion problems. For more information on our copper repiping services and water treatment units, call us at 1-888-937-3350 for an estimate today!
Locate Minor Leaks Now to Avoid Major Repairs
A dripping fixture can do a lot more than keep you up at night. If water pools below a sink, you can end up with serious damage and hefty repair charges. Bathtub fixtures can also leak behind walls, which can increase the risk of toxic mold. These hidden leaks and drips may not present any noticeable warning signs until the problem worsens. That’s why it’s important to regularly schedule maintenance for your plumbing fixtures and do your part to look for water stains on floors and ceilings to catch unseen leaks early.
Just about every plumbing fixture will need maintenance at some point; however, some leaks are unrelated to natural wear. It’s important to remember that plumbing fixtures are not designed to hold weight. For instance, a bathtub spigot should not be used as a footrest and outside faucets shouldn’t be used to hold rolled-up garden hoses. Likewise, shower heads shouldn’t be used to hold caddies filled with heavy bath products. Over-tightening can also lead to dripping faucets, while possibly causing extensive damage to the faucet seat and stem.
Should I Repair the Fixture Myself?
While it is possible for an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer to repair a leaky faucet, there are some risks. First, with four types of faucets: compression, ceramic disk, cartridge (sleeve) and ball type, repair procedures can be complicated. In some cases, the fixture may only require a simple O-ring. In other cases, it may require more complex repairs. If the leak is not properly diagnosed and repaired, it’s not uncommon for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers to turn a simple leaky fixture into a major plumbing problem that could’ve been avoided. For this reason, it’s generally best to leave these plumbing issues to our trusted Same Day Service plumbing technicians.
When a plumbing problem arises, you need a reliable company to repair it fast. Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air has three decades of experience providing plumbing services including fixture repair in homes and businesses. We are available seven days a week. Call us today at 888-937-3350 or request an appointment.
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.