Maintenance You Can Do During Quarantine

plumbing maintenanceWe have seen the country on a full lock-down for almost two months now because of the corona-virus pandemic. While some states are getting things running again, many states and industries have not been cleared to do so. We though that writing a blog about plumbing maintenance that you can do while on lock-down would be a good idea.

Clean Your Shower Heads

We often forget about the shower head even though we use it every day. The shower head can get clogged by buildup. A clogged shower head means that the water isn’t able to run smoothly through it and this can put unnecessary strain on your pipes. Continue reading

Pros and Cons Between Septic and Sewer?

septic vs sewerThe two types of systems make up the overwhelming majority of methods to remove wastewater from the home. Fundamentally they work the same but a closer look reveals the differences between the two systems.

Many people have lived in homes with both types of systems and they have their own preferences. There is no clear cut winner in the debate. Continue reading

Snaking Your Own Toilet or Drain

plumber snake

A simple plumbing snake

There are some clogs that liquid plumber and and rubber plungers just can’t seem to solve. (Try these home solutions too). For those really tough stubborn clogs there is a device called a “snake”. I am sure you have heard about this device and know exactly why it is called that. So, I won’t waste time or words on that.

But what is good to know is that you can get a pretty decent snake online for about 40 bucks. There are snakes that work well on the free market and they will deliver them right to your door.

The instructions are simple: Extend the snake coil, shove down into the drain or toilet and make sure it goes around the bend in the plumbing. Twist the snake device a dozen times or so then withdrawal. It can be a god idea to twist the device while withdrawing too.

9 times out of 10 this will solve your simple clog. Make sure to wash and sterilize the snake before putting it in storage. There will be all types of nasty bacteria on it.

For clogs that the snake can’t get, contact your professional plumber. There is probably a clog in the main line and he will need to employ a heavy duty fix. Sometimes this is done by getting on top of the house and getting to the main drain through the ventilation pipe.

Whatever you do don’t panic. Your plumber will solve your issue and you will be back to running normal before you know it.

Thinking of Installing an In-ground Pool?

swimming pool in Brevard

Kids enjoying a swim on a hot summer’s day.

You want to install an in-ground pool. Sounds great. You can spend most of the year floating in your pool, drinking a cold beverage and soaking up the rays. Besides having the right amount of money to put a pool in, there are some good questions to ask, or better yet a checklist of things to consider before doing so.

Do Utility Lines Run Under Your Property

If you have access to the original building plans of your property, dig them out and take a look. If you don’t have them, the local records office will have them on file. You need to know exactly where and where not to dig. Continue reading

Four Reasons to Clean Your Drains Regularly

tub drainCleaning out your drains and keeping them running smoothly has obvious benefits. But, we were curious if we could come up with a list of what exactly these benefits are.

In this article, we will discuss four reasons that cleaning your drains and keeping them clear is beneficial.

  1. Water Will Drain Faster – Perhaps the most obvious effect of having clean drains is you don’t have to put up with standing water. Water backing up from the drain into your sink or shower is not very sanitary.
  2. Drain Life and Leaks – Clearing your drain and keeping it clean helps improve the life of your drain itself and the pipes involved. Regular backups can put undue pressure on your drain system.
  3. Prevent Damage to Your HomeĀ  – Drain backups can cause leaks. These small leaks can be causing havoc behind the walls and end up causing expensive damage to your home or even mold, which is very bad for your health.
  4. Prevent Odors – Drains that are bogged down with blockage will often smell. These smells can be very bad and bothersome. If you have guests over and they get a whiff of your drains, they may not be very pleased.

Continue reading

How Too High Water Pressure Can Damage Your Plumbing

pipe burstingMany people out there enjoy high water pressure for their shower or outdoor garden hose. But there is such thing as too high water pressure. In this article we will look at some of the effects of having too high water pressure.

First let’s set a number for what is too high. Basically anything over 60 pond per square inch is consider too high in the plumbing industry. The industry standard is 45-55 PSI. Continue reading

What to Do if Your Home’s External Pipe Breaks

outdoor plastic pipe repairMany homes here in Central Florida are made from concrete block. Consequently, the external pipes to items such as water sprinklers or outdoor spigots run on the outside of the home and are bolted or fastened against the surface of the concrete. Many of these pipes are made from PVC or other plumbing plastics.

Day after day these pipes are exposed to the rays of the sun. It may seem innocuous but over decades time, the suns rays can have a warping and degrading effect on these pipes. The pipe becomes brittle and one day while you are watering your lawn or flowers the pipe may snap. Now water is pouring out everywhere. What to do? Continue reading

How to Make Your Pipes Last Longer

water pressureWhen you own a home you want to keep your expenses down anyway possible. This goes for the short and long-term. Pipes eventually go bad in a home and replacing them can be very expensive. In this article we will go over methods to keeping your pipes lasting as long as possible.

Checking Water Pressure

This is a big one. Too much water pressure is bad for your pipes. Just a few PSI above the recommended level doesnt seem like much, but over years time it can do serious damage. It is suggested that you keep your PSI below 85. Continue reading

Water Heaters – Tankless vs Conventional

water heater infoThe goal in any industry is to make the product better and more efficient. This holds true for household appliances. There have been great strides made in plumbing as well. However, not all new innovations are the proper fit for every user.

The tankless water heater has been the latest innovation in the water heating business. Many people have installed them and are using them. But, a traditional tank water heater is still the most-used in the home and business. There is a certain reliability and effectiveness you get from a tank heater. Continue reading

Signs it May be Time to Repipe Your Florida Home

replace old plumbingThe dreaded repipe. Many home-owners are aware of the process. Your home’s piping is old and decaying and it is time to replace it. Sounds like an enormous project, one in which there will be workers walking through your house all day and plastic covers are draped from wall to wall.

It really isn’t that bad.

The fact is that you can get a nice repipe for a very affordable price. You don’t have to rip out your existing plumbing system. Many times the plumber can go through the attic and create a work around. Continue reading