You Come Back Home and Your House is Flooded

what to do if your house floodsThe only reason we are writing an article on this topic is because it happens. More often than you may think. Here is what to do if this ever happens to you.

You and your significant other go out for dinner and a movie. When you come back home there is an inch or two of water covering the entire floor. Ughh.

Step 1: Don’t Panic.

Step 2: Find the source of the problem. Yes this mean walking through your water covered floors. Its a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.

Step 3: After you have identified what is leaking, shut off the house water supply. Continue reading

How to Unclog Toilet if Plunger isn’t Working

Diagram of a Toilet90% of all toilet clogs can be solved with the standard toilet plunger. This is an item you can buy at the dollar store and is worth its weight in gold when you really need it.

But there are times where you have a clog and the plunger isn’t working. This is a terrible feeling but remain calm. There are some steps you can try before you have to call a professional plumber.

In this article we list the step you can try on your clogged toilet before you have to call in the pros. Below are those steps: Continue reading

Increasing Home Retail Value with Plumbing Upgrades

Modern low flow shower head to improve home valueWe all know that upgrades of any type can increase your home’s value. But if you are really looking to give it a large boost in value, you should start with plumbing upgrades.

Many of these are items that people can see and touch. Modern plumbing fixtures brings a lot of value in the eyes on the home buyer. They know that they will not have to worry about replacing or working on these items anytime in the near future.

Low Flow Toilets

These toilets, also known as Low Flush Toilets, save the homeowner money in the long run. They are engineered to get the same flushing power at much less water consumption. Plus, some of the newer styles of toilet are very impressive looking. Continue reading

Reasons My Floor Drain is Backing Up

floor drain back upA floor drain backing up can be very frustrating and annoying. They can be baffling too. People will run all types of drain cleaners and potions through their floor drain trying to get it to work properly. But it may not be the drain itself that isn’t functioning properly. It may be your plumbing system.

The floor drain is the lowest drain in the home so this will be the first place waste water will go if there is a problem with it exiting the premises. In other words, a clog elsewhere may be causing the floor drain to back-up.

This is true of any drain back-up. The lowest drains in the system will routinely start to back-up if there is a problem with the main sewer line. Continue reading

3 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Plumbing for Hurricane Season

hurricane plumbing tipsUnfortunately, its that time of year where big swirling storms arrive from the lower Atlantic. This is all part of nature’s way of redistributing heat from the equator. Florida just happens to be in the way a lot of the time.

There are some simple steps you can take to help prepare your plumbing for the oncoming storms. In this article we will go over what you can do. Continue reading

Tips to Reduce Allergens and Mold in Your Home

Mold prevention tipsPlumbing directly involves the bringing in of freshwater to a home and the removal of wastewater. Many times we run into areas around leaking plumbing that has mold. Mold is a leading cause for allergies. With this in mind we decided to write this article on tips that will help prevent mold and other allergens from being present inside your home. Continue reading

Different Kinds of Plumbing Noises and What they Mean

loose pipes may cause noisePlumbing makes noise. Most of the time it is just the plumbing doing its thing. It is carrying water to an appliance, or it is carrying waste water away from a receptacle. Sometimes, plumbing noises are not normal and can be a sign is something wrong.

Here we list some sounds and what they mean:

  1. Whooshing – If you hear a whoosh from your pipes that starts up out of nowhere this may be a sign of mineral deposits. The especially happens in galvanized and copper pipes. The buildup is causing the water to whoosh around inside the pipe.
  2. Banging – This usually means the pipes were installed improperly behind the walls. The way to fix them is have a plumber expert fasten them down properly. If not done, these pipes could come apart behind the wall and that is an entirely new headache for you.
  3. Whistling – Have you heard whistling in your home? Usually this has to do with the toilet. An improperly sealed toilet fill valve may be the culprit. Remove the back of the toilet and give the mechanism and adjustment. If it still whistles, you may need to replace it.
  4. ┬áRumbling – This is probably coming from your hot water tank. The tank can fill with sediment over years and now the device is not regulating heat properly. The tank needs to be drained.

There are some sounds that we have missed. Feel free to comment below and we will go over any that we missed.

The Problem With Ignoring Slab Leaks

slab leak problemsIf there is water leaking from under the concrete in your house you may have a slab leak. Slab leaks can occur for a variety of reasons. Among the reasons a slab leak occurs are:

  1. Improper construction
  2. Outside pressure
  3. Poor water chemistry and quality
  4. Old age
  5. Damage from settled earth

The problem with ignoring a little leak is that it will eventually become a big leak. As a result of a bigger leak you can suffer from more property damage and higher repair bills.

Also, the water may be dissipating into the ground and your water bill may be edging upward slightly every month.

So, basically the sooner you address a slab leak and have it fixed the better. The cost to repair it increases exponentially over time.

If you have a newer home, you may have some recourse. If the construction was shoddy, you may have a legal case to recover the costs of the repair.

If you live in the middle -upper middle part of the state of Florida, it is a good idea to get the base checked for sink holes. You definitely don’t want to fall victim to a sink hole.

Do You Need a Water Heater Tune Up?

water heater tune upHaven’t heard of this before? Don’t feel ashamed, many people do not know that you could tune up your water heater. But this maintenance can save you money and time down the road. So, what exactly is done during this tune up?

Flush

Flushing out the water heater basically get rid of any sediment that has built up within the unit. The sediment makes the heater less efficient and taints the water you are using. I saw a water heater unit that was half way full of copper colored sediment. This was in an area of Palm Bay that still had well water. The water heater was not salvageable. Continue reading

Whole Home Water Filtration – Is It For You?

whole home water filtration

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When the water comes from the city water treatment plant it is highly chlorinated. This is to prevent bacteria from forming on its way to your house. And although the chlorination levels are safe to drink, it can cause the water to taste bad and be hard on the skin.

Many folks already have a water filter on their faucet for their drinking water. But, have you ever considered a whole-home water filter? This filter treats the water before it enters your home’s main pipe system. Continue reading