How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing
Ways to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing in Kansas City You can’t stop the cold weather, but you can prevent pipes from freezing. First, identify where frozen pipes are most likely to occur. Exposed pipes, where there’s no heat, are vulnerable, as a pipe in exterior walls. Plumbing fixtures on your home’s exterior are prone to freezing, too. If not protected, the pipe will eventually burst, and the only thing a plumber in Kansas City will be able to do is to replace it. To keep pipes protected: Install insulation: Wrap pipes in specialized foam insulation covers, available at hardware stores, or even in old blankets or newspapers. Consider this even in warmer climates. The colder months may not be as severe, but pipes may not be as well insulated as they should be. Keep the heat on: Turning down the heat while on vacation lowers the electric bill, but
How to Find a Plumbing Leak
Homeowners know that a water leak, even a small leak or slow leak, no matter how insignificant, can eventually lead to major water damage, and being able to see the signs of a leak to know to call a professional plumber can be critical. Leak detection, and finding the plumbing problems that your plumbing system may have, can take different routes; from listening for hissing sounds, or sounds of water running, looking for water stains, or even simply keeping a close eye on your water usage and your water bill. There are also many different plumbing systems throughout your home that can be the culprit if you suspect you have a leak. Irrigation systems, toilet tanks and bad flappers, washing machines or washer/dryer combos, bad shut-off valves or even hidden leaks from cast iron water pipes and water lines behind the drywall of your home; all of these systems could
Keeping Your Home Drains Clean
Kansas City Drain Cleaning A clogged drain can damage your plumbing, cause burst pipes, and lead to major water damage throughout the home. Drain cleaning in Kansas City can be done professionally with techniques like Hydro-Jet Cleaning. A-1 Sewer & Septic Service uses high-pressure water to thoroughly eliminate blockag/common-issues/drain-cleaning/es and any type of debris. Drain cleaning machines called rooters can unclog drains, too, but there are also ways to keep drains clean to prevent clogs in the first place: Remove debris and rinse bathroom sink pop-up stoppers. Clear debris from shower/bathtub drain covers, using bent wire or a hairbrush. Collect cooking grease in a can or container and throw it in the trash. Dispose of coffee grounds in the garbage rather than down the drain. Install drain screens in tubs and showers. Other techniques for keeping drains clean include: Brushing your hair before showering. Using a quality plunger or auger
5 Tips to Winterize Your Plumbing
The last thing you need during the mad holiday rush is to have something go wrong with your plumbing, right? Unfortunately, if you don’t prepare your plumbing for the winter, you could end up paying a big price, and you don’t need any added expenses during a time that your budget is already stretched to the limit. There’s no such thing as a “good time” for a plumbing emergency. Emergencies often occur when our minds are on something else, like preparing for out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving and Christmas. While you’re stocking the fridge for your annual holiday dinner or the linen closet with new sheets and towels for your in-laws, don’t forget that the colder weather means more than holiday travel, it means temperature shifts that can cause your plumbing to fail at the worst of times – when you have a house full of guests! Here are some of
Preventing Frozen Pipes
As the leaves turn deep shades of orange, red, and brown, the weather is noticeably cooler and pumpkins seem to be adorning the doorsteps of homes all around town. As Kansas City plumbers, the cooling temperatures and fall colors get us thinking about frozen pipes and what homeowners should start doing to prevent them. If you don’t have one already, you should pick up a temporary patch kit from a local home center to seal off any burst pipes as you wait for a plumber to make a permanent repair. You should also know where the water shutoff valve is located in case a pipe does freeze and break. Beyond having a patch kit on hand, the real key is prevention. Here are some ways to prevent frozen pipes: If your home is older and has an uninsulated crawl space, you don’t have time to worry about the heating bill.
What to Do If You Have a Water Leak
As a homeowner, a water leak can wreak havoc on your home and it can lead to costly damage; a plumbing leak can turn into your worst nightmare in the blink of an eye. Left unchecked, a water leak can: Damage flooring Destroy furnishings Damage ceilings and walls Cause hazardous mold Require mold remediation Destroy cabinets Whether you have a small, barely noticeable leak or you have a very obvious leak, such as a burst pipe, it’s important to STOP the leak ASAP. Unfortunately, water leaks are common household events, and they can occur for a variety of reasons during the day or night. For example, a water leak can be caused by an overflowing sink, a leaking dishwasher, or a burst pipe. Once you discover a water leak, you want to respond correctly in order to minimize damage and save yourself time and money. If you ever do encounter a
When Freezing is Not the Cause of Burst Pipes
With summer around the corner, lots of homeowners are thinking that they don’t have to worry about their pipes bursting. After all, the temperatures are slowly rising by the day and the threat of frozen pipes are the least of our worries. If you own a home or commercial building, just because the weather is getting warmer, it doesn’t mean you’re “out of the woods” when it comes to the possibility of your pipes bursting. As someone concerned about their home, furnishings and bottom line, you must know that your pipes can still burst, even in the spring or summer months. What starts as an ominous rumbling sound quickly turns into a nightmare. Next thing you know, a pipe bursts and you’re greeted with the horrifying sight of water everywhere, soaking everything in its path. It could even be gushing from the ceiling onto furniture or even computers below. When
Your Handy Plumbing Checklist
Plumbing is one of those modern-day conveniences that we rarely think about until we have a problem. But, as we all know nothing says pain in the neck more than a plugged toilet or a broken garbage disposal. Or worse, a burst pipe. If you’re not the DIY type, you may not understand your home’s plumbing system all that well, but it’s really not that complicated. The trick is to gain a basic understanding of how everything works so you can maintain your system and prevent major problems before they start. Here’s a basic plumbing checklist. Look it over and ask yourself whether any aspects of your plumbing system may be in need of attention, inspection or repairs. 1. Do you know where the shutoff valves are located? You want to ensure that everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff valves are located and how to operate them.
Should I Insulate My Pipes in the Winter?
Burst pipes are a messy and preventable side effect of frigid winter temperatures. Any homeowner can be forced to deal with burst pipes when the water freezes inside the pipes in their home. If you allow water to freeze inside your pipes this winter, it can lead to water damage, flooding, mold, and mildew. One of the easiest ways to prevent burst pipes is to insulate them with pipe insulation. The process of insulating your pipes involves wrapping the pipes with a special material to keep them form and prevent them from freezing. Such “special” material usually comes in the form of fiberglass attic insulation, or pre-made tubular sleeves that simply slide over the pipes. We recommend looking for insulation with an R-4 rating. Advantages of Insulating Your Pipes The advantages of insulating your pipes are many, and there’s no better time than now to do it – especially since
Signs of a Slab Leak
Are you concerned that you may have a leaking pipe under your foundation? If there is a leak, it’s either coming from a water or sewer line. While repairing the damaged line isn’t too difficult, locating the leak and gaining access to it is another story. Once the leak is located, an experienced plumber will have to cut and chisel their way through the concrete to repair the broken pipes. What are the signs of a slab leak? Sometimes, simply walking around your home barefoot will give you clues as to where the water lines are leaking. There are several signs that indicate a possible slab leak, including: Water spots on the floor Damp spots on the floor A significantly higher water bill The sound of rushing water underneath the floor A leaking sewer line is a whole other problem. Usually, sewer line leaks go undetected for some time until