Rental Property Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Plumbing is an essential system in a rental property because it affects its habitability. As a landlord, you are responsible for maintaining the plumbing system. It can be worrisome to receive frequent calls from your tenants complaining about plumbing issues in the house. There are several reasons you should take your plumbing maintenance seriously in your rental property. Regular maintenance helps you to handle the issues early before they become widespread and expensive. Plumbing maintenance will help you to conserve water and your tenants will spend less on energy bills. According to epa.gov., if a faucet is leaking at the rate of one drop every second, you will waste 3,000 gallons of water in a year. This amounts 180 showers. Regular maintenance also prevents the occurrence of frequent plumbing emergencies or water damage to the property. We recommend taking advantage of routine inspections of your rental and focus your maintenance

A kitty under the driveway is worth 2 in the bush!

When it comes to helping those in our communities, A-1 is always trying to go the extra mile – or in this case, the extra-kitty!! We received a somewhat frantic call from our friends at The Pet Connection, and they explained that 2 kittens had crawled into a cavity under a driveway a few days ago, and the Momma cat has been wandering back and forth by the opening, whining and wanting to get them out. They weren’t sure what to do, or even if the kittens were still in there – so how could they possibly figure it out, to even know how to proceed?? This is where A-1 comes into this dramatic story!! We brought our RIDGID Tools SeeSnake camera and mini camera to see what was happening under the driveway. As we ran our camera, we found the Momma cat decided to climb underneath there with the

What is PEX Piping and is it Right For Your Home?

PEX piping, also known as cross-linked polyethylene, comes from different production methods (such as the Peroxide method), and is a form of plumbing tubing that is increasingly being used in commercial and domestic piping systems, for heating and cooling, and insulation for high-voltage electrical cables, even potable water systems. It has become one of the biggest plumbing revelations since the invention of the flush toilet. PEX pipes are being used to replace copper in many plumbing applications, with some estimates placing PEX piping and PEX plumbing as the dominant method of carrying hot water and cold water into and throughout buildings in the next 10 years. There are differences between PEX-A and PEX-B, PEX-C where PEX-A has the highest rate of crosslinking polymers. Many PEX fittings and types can be used for water supply lines and more, all meeting the ASTM standards, and can be used in most home improvement

Four Summer Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Plumbing Tips For Your Kansas City Home Good maintenance helps prevent expensive plumbing problems from cropping up. To prevent major maintenance hassles, and to keep small problems from turning into costly ones, follow these summer plumbing tips: Check your washing machine hoses – Hot summer temperatures may lead to more frequent changes of clothes. Checking your washing machine’s hoses to make sure they’re not cracked or leaking, as water leaks can cause damage to your floor or walls. Prepare for vacations – If you’re hitting the road for the summer, save a little money by turning your hot water heater down to a low setting. Also, have a neighbor check your home while you’re gone to ensure no major plumbing leaks or problems go unnoticed. Inspect your sprinkler system – Check your sprinkler system to ensure it’s working properly and that no leaks are occurring. Clear your home’s gutters –

Why Are My Pipes Leaking? Here’s Seven Common Reasons Why

Leaking pipes are no laughing matter. When your pipes are leaking, they’re wasting water and costing you money. Pipe leaks can also cause water damage to your home, and leaks will almost always worsen over time and become a more expensive problem for your plumbing service to repair, and knowing some of the warning signs can be important to prevent a small leak from becoming a big problem that could have been avoided. . Here are a few common causes of leaky pipes: . Clogged lines – When your pipes become clogged, they can eventually overflow or cause a burst pipe. Keeping your pipes clear of materials that might clog them and addressing clogs when they occur will help keep your pipes from developing leaks or worse plumbing problems where there’s wide open water flow that goes unnoticed, causing massive water bills and potentially terrible water damage. Something else like

How to Maintain Your Septic Tank

Do you know how to maintain your septic system? With septic tank replacement running between $3,000 and $7,000, it’s important to keep your system in the best possible condition. Fortunately, it’s not hard to take care of it, if you follow a few simple tips. First, though, let’s quickly review the basics of a septic system. Two parts comprise a septic system: the tank and the drain field. The septic tank is an underground container responsible for holding solids and scum that comes from your household wastewater. With the proper maintenance, it should last thirty years or so. Once in the septic tank, heavy solids sink to the bottom, and bacteria reduces them to sludge and gasses. Grease and other lighter solids rise to the top to form a scum layer; solids that don’t decompose must be periodically removed by pumping. Effluent, the wastewater that leaves the septic tank, enters

Why Plumbing Makes Burping Sounds

Are you hearing strange sounds come from your plumbing, such as hissing, gurgling or burping? If so, you’re probably wondering why this is happening. Unusual, inexplicable gurgling and hissing noises can usually be traced back to a pressure imbalance that is caused by the water that flows through the pipes. As water flows through the plumbing, it pushes air in front of it, creating a vacuum effect. The plumbing vents, which are located on the roof, are supposed to prevent this from happening. So, if you’re hearing unusual sounds, it means there is a vent issue that needs to be corrected. Understanding the Plumbing Vents Your house has what is called a drain-waste-vent system, a name which indicates that “vents” are an important aspect of your home’s plumbing system. Each house has a vent on the roof, which does more than just dissipate sewer gasses, it equalizes pressure and allows

Stay in Touch with A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc.

For well over four decades, A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. has offered premier service throughout Kansas City. The family-owned firm handles a wide range of services – including drain cleaning, pump tank service, septic tank repair, and more – for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Because our goal is customer satisfaction, we offer 24/7 plumbing services at no additional charge. To learn more, connect with us on any of the following sites: About.Me BlogSpot Facebook Flickr Foursquare LookUpPage MuckRack Pinterest Scoop.It Twitter WordPress Yellowpages Yelp The sites listed above are a small selection of our online profiles and listings. We consider it important to maintain a strong presence on the Web, ensuring that you are never more than a few clicks away from helpful information and quality service. Get started today: leave a review, find helpful tips, or give us a call!

Types of Plumbing Pipes

As with many things in your home, your piping will not last you forever. Your pipes may last you a long time, but after years of use, it is likely that they will need to be replaced before they begin to leak. Knowing what types you have in your home can give you a better idea about whether these pipes should be replaced right away in the future. Common Home Plumbing Pipes Copper Pipe Copper pipe is among the most common pipe, and most traditional. Copper pipes can resist corrosion, and are joined together with solder, like other different types of plumbing pipes and metal pipes such as stainless steel pipes or galvanized steel pipes. You see copper pipe used in many residential plumbing scenarios, and may be required by certain building codes. There are also two main types of copper pipe; rigid copper pipe and flexible copper pipe, or

Your Guide to Common Winter Plumbing Problems & Tips

With Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, and other holidays, winter is starting to get in full swing, and the large parties and vast amounts of cooking that homeowners are looking forward to are sure to come. With all the guests using your faucets, toilets, hot water, and practically every part of your plumbing system, along with the high volume of holiday food being churned out of the kitchen, this could turn into blockages/clogged drains/plumbing issues that shut down the festivities and leave homeowners looking for A-1’s phone number. While you can find the plumbing emergency services help you need at any time with our team of expert plumbing technicians, the best thing would be to avoid these plumbing situations in the first place with some winter months plumbing tips. So here are some winter weather tips on how to enjoy the holidays and the cold winter season without the stress of plumbing

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