Plumbing. It is everywhere. The plumbing system in your house is a network of pipes and fittings. It's true that several minor concerns with plumbing systems can be handled without calling a professional. Check out these plumbing tips before you start your DIY plumbing project. Plumbing Tips Be mindful of Electricity Since plumbing usually does not involve electricity, many people don't think to turn off the electricity. Keep in mind that water and electricity don't mix. This is especially important if you are doing something near a power source. Never work on a water heater, or garbage disposal with the power [...]
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Should you hire drain cleaners for a clogged drain or use chemical drain cleaners? The first thing some people may grab is a chemical drain cleaner. Although most store bought chemical drain cleaning solutions are affordable and easy to grab in times of urgency, they're not always good for your plumbing system. Here are some reasons why you should cut back on using store bought chemical cleaners. Why? More often than not, clogged drains are a result of buildup hair, grease, soap, human waste, food, and other debris that collect over time. Store bought chemical drain cleaners used chemical reactions [...]
PEX vs. Copper Piping There are a number of reasons why you may choose to use PEX or copper pipe in your home. In order to make the right decision, you should know the advantages and disadvantages of each of these materials. PEX Piping PEX pipe is a type of plastic piping. It is a polyethylene pipe that is cross linked, making it both strong and flexible. It is resistant to temperature changes and does not become brittle when it's cold. PEX piping resists bursting when the water inside the pipe freezes and expands. Express Plumbing Service has the special [...]
Water Conservation: Tips and Tricks With indoor plumbing being a staple in our society, sometimes it is easy to forget that water is a limited natural resource. Not only is water conservation good for the environment, but it can be good for your checkbook as well. Follow these tips and tricks for water conservation around the home. How do I get started? Let's start in the kitchen. Try looking into making your kitchen low-flow. At first glance, a newer, low-flow faucet and dishwasher may look like a big expense, but they will save you money in the long run. Also, [...]
Discolored Water: Has this happened to you? Discolored water is an unsatisfying sight. Have you ever went to your kitchen sink, grabbed a glass from the cupboard, turned on the water and then - YIKES! Either cloudy or milky water is now the color of your clear water. Possibly reddish or brownish. So you start keeping an eye on all the appliances, laundry to running your dishwasher. But it's still not clear. Why does it happen? Discolored water is often the result of controlled and uncontrolled common occurrences. Rust color is the color of much of Americas water unfortunately. [...]
Sump Pump: What is it? What is a sump pump? A sump pump is a sewage system that works using gravity to move solids and liquids down a line. They are in the basements of homes and buildings. Their primary function is to act as an indoor septic system. They are powered by plugging them into an electrical socket close by a battery backup. Regular maintenance is vital to avoid flooding! Sump Pump Sump Pump Maintenance Tips: It is important to keep maintenance up for your pump. This is so that you can reduce your chance of the pump flooding [...]
It's important to consider efficiency in your home. Especially as natural resources continue to get used at an increased rate. This is easy to do with overall water and energy usage. But how are you supposed to increase efficiency when doing your laundry? There are a few simple things you can do. These will make your loads more efficient. This will help in the long run, for both the environment and your checkbook! The easiest change you can make is using cold water. True, some more stubborn loads may demand a hot water cycle. Special detergents are formulated for cold water. [...]
After experiencing one of the snowiest winters in history, most of us in the Treasure Valley are wary of frozen pipes. But, did you know that sometimes plumbers freeze pipes on purpose? It's true you don't want to wake up with your pipes frozen. However, sometimes freezing a pipe is the most efficient way to make a repair. It's not as crazy as it sounds! Although, it does work a little bit differently than Mother Nature's method. Pipe freezing is instrumental to plumbers. They use this method when it is difficult or not possible to shut off the main water supply to [...]
We've had a record breaking winter here in the Treasure Valley. The daily snowfall record was broken after being set in 1952. The overall snowfall accumulation record was broken after being set in 1985! However, now that the temperature is rising, we're starting to see the ramifications of this sudden "winter wonderland". As the snow melts, the water is having a hard time dispersing. So here are a few tips to help protect yourself from snowmelt flooding. The first thing to focus on is snow removal. Remove snow around the foundation of your home to prevent water leaking into your [...]
I wish I could tell you that ice dams were the homes of cold weather beavers. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edges of roofs and prevent melting snow from draining off. The backed up water can leak inside of the home. This could cause damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas of the home. Ice dams are caused by an interaction between the heat loss from a house, outside temperatures, and overall snow cover. There must be snow on the roof. For the ice dam to form, higher portions [...]