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Whether at home or in your company, plumbing problems are never a good time to solve them. Of course, the first thing to think about is the potential cost of repairing the pipeline and any other damage.
To help, we contacted Kenny Schwamb of Order a Plumber on Islip Terrace. Schwamb responded with five useful tips to avoid problems and save money.
1. Know your pipeline, or at least how to close it
Every homeowner should know some basic knowledge about plumbing, and the most important thing is where to turn off the water in an emergency.
One of the services we provide to our customers is valve labeling. In this process, we locate and label the most important valves in your home, including main water valve, water heater valve, boiler feed water valve, hose tap, Irrigation valve, appliance valve and standard clamp stop valve.
For customers who want to add an extra layer of protection, we provide a smart valve installed on the main water pipe. This valve can monitor water consumption at any time and understand household water consumption habits. The phone sends an alert.
Installing smart valves in the home may also make them eligible for discounts on homeowners' insurance.
2. Often peek under the sink and spy around
I can't tell you how many homeowners called us because of a leak under their kitchen sink and they finally noticed when they took out a fully wet plastic bag or cleaning products. The problem is that usually when you notice a leak, the damage is already done. It has nothing to do with the pipeline; we can solve this problem. However, when water accumulates, it can severely damage the cabinets, and if it is on the second floor, it can even leak water from the ceiling below.
Sometimes, you may end up with mold.
Just use a flashlight to quickly look under all sinks, toilets, basements and machinery rooms to avoid these types of expensive problems. Challenge yourself to look for leaks or at least things that seem incorrect. Doing this at least twice a year can save you money by spotting major issues before they become problems.
If you see something, say something, or call us in this case, you know this old saying. send photo. When things look wrong, many of our customers will call us, and many times they will even send us pictures of their findings to help us determine the severity of the situation and reassure them.
The first question the water pipe union asked the homeowner was, is it a cesspool or a sewer? You need to know the answer. If the homeowner returns to the sinkhole, the plumbing union tends to check if the sink is full before operating any drainage cleaning equipment.
In addition to knowing where the water will go after rinsing the bowl, it is also important to understand how the water gets there. Many homeowners find it valuable to perform a camera inspection of the drainage system inside and outside the house, to reassure them that the system is working as expected — and there are no deficiencies that could lead to long-term use — deadline issues.
Most importantly, knowing your drains also means knowing what not to let go of them.
The taboo list is long, and some of the most common ones to avoid are: paper towels, any type of wet wipes (even if they are advertised as washable), feminine products, and grease.
Check before you need it to make sure the heat is working properly. Waiting for the first cold snap to hit, only to find that the high temperature does not work will prove costly, because unfortunately, the first cold snap this year will cause a surge in athermal calls. It is a responsible business to turn on the thermostat in early October to make sure everything is working properly.
Combining this procedure with Tip 2 (Spy) can greatly help you avoid running out of heat when you need it most. In addition to checking the system, homeowners should know their heat type. For example, do you have a boiler with skirting board or a forced hot blast stove. I don’t know. Call us and we will help you determine the system. Also, is your system oil or gas? If it is oil, please make sure there is oil in the tank and check it often, even if you deliver it automatically. Automatic delivery does not guarantee that you will not run out of oil.
In addition to destroying holiday decorations and covering outdoor furniture, you also need to take some precautions with regard to plumbing. Make sure to disconnect the hose from the hose socket and close the valve in winter. Protect your irrigation system and any other outdoor plumbing you might like (including sinks or outdoor showers) from the cold.
If you have experienced pipe freezing on indoor pipes in the past, be sure to take care of these areas before the arrival of cold weather this year. Generally, the pipe in question can be insulated or repositioned to avoid freezing.
If this is not an option, be aware of the weather and make sure to let some fixtures in your home drip during the next cold front to avoid freezing of the pipes. If your heating system has ever frozen, please call us and ask if you can add antifreeze to your heating system to protect it from cold weather.
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