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Preventing a Plumbing Emergency Over the Holidays

If you will be entertaining over the holidays the last thing you want is for a plumbing disaster to strike, and we all know that emergencies always happen at the worst times – like when we have a house full of guests! Whether the issue is a toy car clogging the toilet, turkey grease solidifying in the kitchen drain, silverware jamming the garbage disposal, or a broken water heater on Christmas Eve, plumbers are the superheroes over the holidays, that’s for sure! Many households see an increase in activity between November 23rd and January 1st, which places additional stress on the water heater, dishwasher, showers, bathtubs, toilets, kitchen sink drain, garbage disposal, and even the washing machine, which means household plumbing is put the ultimate test. While you can put in an emergency call to a plumber over the holidays, you’d prefer not to have to place a call on

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.

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

Fall Plumbing Tips

As we say goodbye to summer barbeques, family vacations, and fun in the sun, we say hello to work, school and we celebrate the fall. We have a lot to look forward to – pumpkin pie, apple cider, hot chocolate and of course the holidays! As the weather gets colder, homeowners have some plumbing concerns to pay attention to. When it comes to the oncoming winter, from a plumbing perspective the biggest concern is freezing temperatures, ice, and related damage. With it being the fall, you need to prepare for colder weather now, before the winter brings frigid temperatures, especially overnight. If you don’t prepare ahead of time, you could be in for some headaches and costly repairs once winter weather makes its debut. Follow our fall plumbing tips to help you avoid a plumbing emergency once any ice, snow, or freezing temperatures arrive. Getting Ready for Colder Weather Around

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

In the middle of winter, many homeowners may discover that their pipes have frozen over. A-1 Sewer and Septic Service, Inc. recently posted a blog explaining how to prevent pipes from freezing, but in the event that it occurs, it is important to know how to thaw the pipes. Pipes that are not thawed can preventing you from accessing water or rupture the pipe and cause serious damage. Thawing Frozen Pipes on Your Own If you find your home’s pipes frozen, there are a number of ways you can work to unfreeze them and minimize any damage. The first step that should be taken is to open up faucets in the house, allowing the steam or water created by the thawing to escape without putting even more pressure on the pipes. The next step is to begin thawing the pipe starting from the faucet and working towards the other end

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

With the winter months quickly approaching, preventing your pipes from freezing can help you avoid serious, expensive repairs later on. Just taking a few preventive measures can help to eliminate the risk of frozen pipes and make sure you get through the winter without any problems. Steps to Prevent Seasonal Plumbing Problems When water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on whatever is containing it. In your home, that pressure will be placed on your pipes. Whether your pipes are metal or plastic, there is the risk for bursting if the pressure builds up enough. Before the weather gets too cold, there are some steps you can take to prevent freezing: Drain water from swimming pool, water sprinkler supplies, hose lines, and any other outside faucet. Water left inside of these substances can still freeze, even if the lines are not being consistently used. Close indoor values to outdoor water

Prepare Your Plumbing for Fall Weather

As fall approaches, you’re probably preparing yourself for cooler weather, packing up your summer wardrobe and buying a few more sweaters. When preparing yourself for the cold, don’t forget your plumbing! Forgetting to prepare your home for the fall can cause easily avoidable plumbing problems. Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Fall Keep your pipes warm. Keeping pipes warm can prevent these components of your home from bursting in cold weather. Call a plumber to check that pipes are insulated before it gets too chilly. Fix leaky pipes. The sooner these pipes are fixed, the less likely damage will occur during seasonal changes. Water freezing in the pipes can only cause more problems! Drain your hot water heater. This is a good time to clean and examine your hot water heater. If you live in a place with hard water, sediment could build up in the tank. Examining the

Plumbing Terms to Know: Piping 101

Don’t know a Schedule 40 PVC pipe from a Schedule 80 PVC pipe? Or maybe you need to brush up on the different uses for flexible copper pipes as opposed to rigid copper piping. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you are researching for a home improvement or expansion project, or you need to conduct repairs for drain lines or other broken pipes, here is a glossary of some various types of piping has a handy guide. Copper Pipe: Used for water supply systems, this is more durable than plastic piping, and it even fights corrosion. Copper pipes are either flexible or rigid. Flexible Copper Pipes: are generally used for appliances such as dishwashers, feeding water through a more supple form of copper. As it is pliable, it can get warped. To fix this, you have to cut out the twisted portion and put in a new piece

How to Thaw a Frozen Pipe

If water is barely trickling from a faucet when you turn it on, you may have a frozen pipe. This is especially likely if you have pipes outdoors or inside a crawl space. This frozen water can create more than 2,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, which can easily cause your pipe to burst. If this has already happened, then you need to act quickly to make a temporary fix for the burst pipe before you call in the experts. If there is no leak yet, then you can thaw the frozen section of plumbing. Start by leaving the faucet open, and then find where along the line your pipes have frozen. One thing you can NEVER do is use a flame torch, or any other open flame device, to thaw the frozen pipe. Such devices are a considerable fire hazard. Thawing an Exposed Pipe If you find that

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