Home for the Holidays: Time for Your Plumbing Wish List

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Kids are looking forward to their gifts. Family members are coming. Guests are paying a visit. Undoubtedly, this is your household’s busiest time of the year. Well, not to mention the preparations you make every morning and the tasks waiting for you at home from work. Before you get involved with all the chaos surrounding the holidays, make sure to add plumbing preparations to your to-do list.

 

We have prepared a list of items that are worth checking out to ensure that everything goes smoothly according to your plans and nothing will spoil the celebration.

  • Is your water heater functioning? Does the pressure relief valve operate properly? If you have not flushed your water heater tank for a year, try it now to remove sediments and deposits.
  • To save on time and energy, simultaneously replace the anode rods (as this requires draining of water), or what is sometimes referred to as sacrificial anodes, because they help keep water heaters survive for a longer time.
  • Dispose of grease and other debris properly. While this will require additional time and energy, consider the costs you will have to incur if your drain gets clogged.
  • Consider putting a mesh strainer over your shower drain and kitchen and bathroom traps to stop unwanted materials from blocking water passage.
  • Double check your toilet’s handles, flappers and flush valves. The bathroom will be one of the most visited areas. Take care to ensure that guests will not come running out because of clogged toilets or foul smells. Regularly keep an empty wastebasket inside the bathroom to discourage guests and children from flushing unwanted items through your plumbing system.
  • Insulate exposed pipes. If your family is planning to leave home for some time, turn on your outdoor faucets and drain the pipes. This is to prevent trapped water from freezing.

If you would rather seek the assistance of a professional, schedule a maintenance check with a plumbing expert to ensure that every possible plumbing issue is accounted for. Now it’s time to prepare your holiday wish list.


Slab Leak Detection and Repair

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

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Leaks are a household’s common plumbing problem. Once we hear running water from the bathroom or see a dripping faucet, there is already a clear manifestation of water leak. However, not all leaks are visible right away. A slab leak may just be waiting to be recognized. Slab leaks are pipe leaks in the concrete foundation of a home. They usually occur in older homes and have the potential to be costly and cause huge damage if left unnoticed.

Here are some slab leak signs that you should pay particular attention to in order to prevent unnecessary major slab leak repairs:

  • Warm spots on the flooring
  • Increasing water bills
  • Water building up around the foundation
  • Damp carpet or flooring, particularly in the basement; or presence of mildew or excessive mold
  • Sound of water running even when all water is turned off

Some of the most common causes of slab leaks include a shift in the ground, faulty wrapping of the pipes, nicked line, poor pipe installation, and pipe erosion, which may result from electrolysis (happens when the copper in the pipes interacts with mineral in the soil beneath a home).

Do not ignore these slab leak signs. Do not act on your own as well. A plumbing professional can better manager this problem and would know the best way to execute the solution. They may use slab leak detection equipment such as water leak locator, acoustic equipment, radio detector for metallic pipes and other utilities, and an air system that can simultaneously detect pressure and leak.

In case you are wondering if slab leak insurance is possible, depending on your policy, it may or may not be covered. Most of the time though, if the insurer can prove that negligence is the culprit and not due to sudden and catastrophic leaks, they are likely to deny your slab leak claims. Put this additional inconvenience to rest and get in touch with a plumbing expert now.