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Plumbing Problems in Rented Homes

When you are the homeowner and you live in your own home, you should have a good understanding of how your plumbing system has been maintained over the years. After all, you and your family are the ones living in the house. As the homeowner, hopefully, you have taught your family, guests or roommates how to properly take care of the plumbing. For example, you don’t flush cat litter or paper towels down the toilet, and you don’t pour grease down the kitchen drain. But what if you rent your property out? Or, what if you’re renting your home? Whether you rent your home out to tenants, or if you’re a new tenant, you don’t exactly know how well the plumbing has been maintained while it’s been rented out. Plumbing Concerns for Tenants If you’re a tenant, it’s your responsibility to understand how to properly maintain a home’s plumbing system.

Sump Pump Tips for a Dry Basement

Basements are great; they serve as home gyms, “man caves,” craft and sewing rooms. But, what use are they if they flood out every time there’s a rainstorm? If your basement has flooded before, you know what it’s like to sit through a heavy downpour, panicked that the power will go out or that your sump pump will break down. Many homes were designed so rain and natural groundwater are funneled into a catch basin in their basement. From there, a sump pump routes that water outside and flushes it through pipes. During a storm, you may hear the pump going off constantly as it’s working hard to flush the water out as fast as it comes pouring in. Here are some tips to keep your sump pump in tip-top shape once it’s installed! Older homes: If you have an older home with a basement that’s prone to floods, consider

Save Energy: Insulate Your Hot Water Heater

Just as you should insulate your plumbing pipes, your walls and roof, insulating your hot water heater is an easy and inexpensive way to improve efficiency and save money each month. If you have a new unit, it’s probably already insulated. But, if you have an older hot water tank, we recommend checking it out to see if it has an insulation with an R-value of at least 24. If it does not, you may want to consider insulating the hot water tank. Why? Because by insulating the tank you can: Reduce standby heat losses by as much as 45% Save up to 9% on your water heating bill The insulation should pay for itself within a year It’s easy to find pre-cut jackets or blankets that are in the ballpark of $20. If you aren’t sure of your water heater’s R-value, all you have to do is touch it. If

Clogged Drains 101

When you’re a homeowner, drain clogs are inevitable, especially when you live in a house with toddlers or children, or you have a large family. Before you call the plumber to handle a clogged drain, there are some things that you can do to try and remove the blockage on your own. Toilets: If you have a clogged toilet, the trusty plunger is your first line of defense. Plungers do more than just unclog toilets, they can be used to unclog bathtubs and showers as well, but just be sure that you fill the base of the shower or tub with at least one inch of water, this way there is a seal before you begin plunging. If the plunger doesn’t do the trick, try a drain auger, also known as a “snake.” This is a flexible cable that is pushed into a drain to manually break apart the clog.

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

What is the Best Way to Clear a Clogged Drain?

Homeowners can agree that indoor plumbing is one of the best modern inventions of all time. Having water, let alone hot water, on demand, is something we’ve all come to expect in our daily lives. However, all plumbing systems may eventually develop clogs and plumbing problems, there’s no candy-coating that. We’ll give you tips on clearing stubborn clogs in kitchen sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and floor drains. Whether you’re battling a backup with baking soda and boiling water, using drain cleaners to stop the clogging or grabbing a plunger to try and clear the blockage, a clogged drain is never fun. These time-tested techniques can dislodge almost any clog and buildup. If the clog won’t clear after you’ve made a few attempts, you’ll have to admit unclogging defeat and turn the job over to a licensed professional plumber and drain cleaning specialist. Beware that if you exert too much force, it

Should I Insulate My Water Heater Tank?

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably put some thought into the insulation in your walls and roof. What about your hot water tank, can insulation help you save energy and money there too? The short answer is yes, absolutely. You already know that it’s smart to insulate your walls and roof, and the same goes for your hot water tank. Insulating your water heater is a simple and inexpensive way to save money each month, all the while improving energy efficiency. If you have a brand new water tank, it’s probably insulated. On the other hand, if you have an older unit, you’ll want to check to see if it has an insulation with an R-value of at least 24. If it doesn’t, we suggest insulating the water tank. By doing so, you could easily reduce the standby heat loss by as much as 45%, and you can save as

Should I Get My Sewer Drains Cleaned?

Should you get your sewer drains cleaned? Should this be a part of your regular maintenance, or should it be done on an as-needed basis? If you’ve never thought about a sewer drain cleanout in your years of home ownership, you may want to consider this service. Usually, sewer drain cleaning is done on an “as-needed” basis – that is assuming that the cleaning is done before a clog gets so bad that it causes a drain backup that leads to raw sewage being spilled into the home, resulting in costly cleanup and repairs. Fortunately, clogged sewer lines usually give some clues before a complete backup. The most common signs to look out for, include: Gurgling sounds that come from drains or toilets. Water that backs up or pools around drains or toilets. The smell of raw sewage coming from the drains. Most of the time, we can unclog a

Handy Plumbing Tricks to Save You Money

The integrity of your plumbing systems comes down to quality installation, maintenance, and naturally, wear and tear. At A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc., we’re here when you need repairs or emergency services, but our role goes beyond that. We want to help you save time and money over the long haul. By following these handy plumbing tricks, you can save both money and headaches down the road. Each of these tips is rather inexpensive, and shouldn’t cost you more than around $20 at the local hardware store. 1. Put an end to sink-sprayer snags. Do you find yourself jiggling the hose every time you pull out the kitchen sink sprayer? If so, it’s probably catching on the shutoff valves under the sink. To stop this from happening, slip 1/2 inch foam pipe insulation over the pipes and the shutoff handles, and tape them so they’ll stay put. It shouldn’t

Preparing for Spring Cleaning: Get Your Plumbing in Line

While winter is a cheerful season full of fun holidays and time with family, it is always exciting to look towards a colorful spring. With the new season approaching quickly, it may be a good idea to start getting your spring cleaning list in line. One of the most important things to check-up on after a cold winter is your plumbing! Making sure all pipes and faucets are in line for the spring season is a must, especially if you want to prevent future plumbing problems. A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. is here to look out for you by providing helpful tips for your spring cleaning plan. Remember, if you ever run into complex plumbing issues, be sure to give us a call to avoid dealing with a big DIY headache! Spring Season Plumbing Tips Though a beautiful and lush season, spring can bring some unique plumbing problems of

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