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Why Should You Clean Your Downspouts and Gutter Drain?

Why Should You Clean Your Downspouts and Gutter Drain?

It’s easy to forget about the gutters and downspouts on a home when the weather is nice and sunny. But when it rains, they need to be functioning well to prevent you from dealing with water-related problems around the house. Let’s take a closer look at why it’s a good idea to periodically clean the gutters and downspouts to keep the water flowing away from your home.

Take Precautions to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Take Precautions to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Nearly everyone knows that frozen and burst pipes can wreak havoc on your home in the middle of the winter. Preparing your pipes in the fall before old man winter arrives may save you a bundle on costly repairs and will alleviate the aggravation of replacing outside pipes and spigots in the spring. Follow these simple steps to prepare your home inside and out for winter and say goodbye to worries about frozen or burst pipes.

Damaged Sewer Lines Can Be a Real Drain on Your Resources

Damaged Sewer Lines Can Be a Real Drain on Your Resources

There are few things in life more terrifying to homeowners than the words “broken sewer line”— a phrase that brings to mind horrible thoughts of wastewater flooding your home and ruining personal belongings. While most sewer line emergencies are not this drastic, they are definitely something that you want to get taken care of sooner rather than later. Here are some of the main causes of damaged sewer lines and how you can get them fixed by a certified plumber quickly. Cracked Pipes Cracked sewer lines are one of the more common problems that homeowners are likely to encounter with their homes and one that can cause a significant amount of expense and damage. There are several reasons that sewer pipes can become cracked or damaged, including: Movement of the earth from settling or small earthquakes Ground temperatures that are above or below the stated limit for the pipe materials Corrosion of metal pipes Pressure from the waste water and the ground No matter what kind of problem you’re having with your sewer lines, professional plumbers at Crawford Mechanical Services can help you get them resolved quickly. If the problems are under your home, there are several options for trenchless pipe repair that may reduce or eliminate the need for costly and intrusive digging. Most sewer pipe problems will require a trained professional plumber to diagnose and treat the problems. Signs of Plumbing Problems How can you tell if you’ve got a plumbing problem? Not every issue is signified by wastewater shooting into the air from your sinks. Many problems start small and can be fixed inexpensively as long as you catch them soon enough. If you...
Check Your Home’s Plumbing Before You Sell to Get Top Dollar at Closing

Check Your Home’s Plumbing Before You Sell to Get Top Dollar at Closing

Proper staging, curb appeal and competitive pricing are all things you need to keep in mind when you’re putting your home on the market. However, did you think about the fact that the inside of your home might need a little work to get ready to pass inspection as well? Depending on the age of your home, giving a little love to your plumbing may save you from the need to make costly upgrades at closing. Keep reading to learn plumbing tips to save money and get your home’s pipes in tip-top shape for sale. Bathroom Refresh Bathrooms are a huge selling point for houses. Since they can absorb (pun intended) a great deal of damage from moisture, you’ll want to pay special attention to this small room. Replacing leaky faucets and inspecting groaning pipes are items that are best done by a professional plumber, but you won’t need a pro to replace aging shower heads or add a little caulk around the sink or tub. Know Your Pipes Understanding what type of pipes your home has is key to knowing whether or not your buyer will request an upgrade before agreeing to make the purchase. While nearly all metal pipes are good for 70-100 years, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes only last 25-40 years and may need to be replaced or repaired even sooner if they haven’t been well-maintained. If your home is 50+ years old, having a reputable plumber come to examine your pipes is a smart idea so you can avoid surprises when it comes time for your home’s final inspection. Look for Leaks Look out for leaks and corrosion...
How To Detect Leaky Pipes

How To Detect Leaky Pipes

Nearly everyone can find a leaky pipe when there’s an annoying drip in the night or a big puddle under the sink. But some leaks aren’t as easy to find. Hidden leaks in your pipes take a little more detective work to identify. Follow these tips to locate leaky pipes lurking in your walls or other out-of-the-way locations. Floors Your floors can alert you to plumbing leaks in several ways. Watch for these signs that there is water damage under your flooring: Spongy Floors: This is most common around the toilet, bathtub or laundry areas, but you might find spongy floors in other places. The surface of the floor typically looks fine, but when you step on the flooring you will feel the sub floor give slightly. It may feel a bit like walking on soggy grass when water is trapped beneath. The water from the leaky pipe has soaked into the wood and makes it feel spongy. Loose Tiles: Sometimes water beneath the tiles will dissolve the adhesive and cause your floor tiles to loosen. If you notice loose tiles in your bathroom or laundry room, or even around the dishwasher, there is a good possibility you are dealing with a water leak. Remove the tile and check for moisture in the sub flooring. Cracked or Buckled Tiles: Sometimes tiles crack or buckle instead of loosening. If you notice cracked or buckled tiles around the tub, shower or toilet, it’s time to check for water leaks. Walls Your walls may alert you when a pipe in the walls, or from the bathroom above, springs a leak. Looks for these signs that...
The Importance and Timing of Flushing Your Water Heater

The Importance and Timing of Flushing Your Water Heater

If you are like most people, you probably take your water heater for granted as long as it produces hot water for your shower and kitchen sink. You may be surprised to learn that your water heater needs routine maintenance to keep it operating at peak performance. One of the tasks required is flushing it regularly to get rid of sediment. Here’s what you need to know. Why flush a water heater? Sediment from your water collects in the water heater and settles to the bottom of the tank. This is especially true if you have hard water. Calcium and magnesium, two common elements found in hard water, also bind together to form scale, which is a sticky, white substance that can clog pipes and line the inside of your water heater. This makes it more difficult for your water heater to operate efficiently and may decrease the water flow from your water heater. How do you flush the water heater? Most people call in a plumber to flush the water heater, but you can do it yourself if you are up to the task. You need to turn off the water heater and the water supply to the tank. Attach a hose to the drain on your water heater and drain out all the water from the tank. This will remove most of the sediment in the water tank. Turn off the faucet and remove the hose. Turn the water supply back on to refill the water tank with clean water. Turn the water heater on when the tank has refilled. Your plumber can go a step further and clean the inside of the...
Easy Ways to Conserve Water in Your Yard

Easy Ways to Conserve Water in Your Yard

Growing concerns over water conservation have led to restrictions on water use in many neighborhoods across the U.S. That means learning effective ways to water your lawn without wasting water benefits everyone. You can rely on natural rainfall during some parts of the year, but when drought sets in, you may have no choice but to water your lawn or risk it dying. Follow these tips to conserve water while keeping your lawn healthy and green. Use Rainwater While you may not be able to rely on rainfall to keep your lawn watered at all times, you can collect rainwater and use it to water the garden when the weather is dry. While some people use a large water-collection system, you can probably get by with a rain barrel set under the eaves to catch the run off from regular rains. Check with your homeowner’s organization to make sure rain barrels are permitted in your neighborhood. Use Greywater Collecting greywater and using it on the lawn is also an option. Greywater is the water from your sinks, laundry and showers and is safe for watering lawns and gardens. Your plumber can set up your plumbing system to divert greywater into a collection system for watering the lawn. Talk to your plumber about any restrictions on the use of greywater for watering lawns in your area. He can advise you of the best system for your needs. Plant Drought-Resistant Grass Seeding your lawn with drought-resistant grass is an effective way to reduce your lawn’s need for water. Because these tough grasses can survive under drought conditions, they require less watering than traditional...
Sump Pump Tips to Keep Your Basement Flood Free

Sump Pump Tips to Keep Your Basement Flood Free

Your sump pump can be a godsend when the flood waters come pouring into your basement, but that only applies if your pump is working efficiently. To keep it in tip-top shape so it can do the job it is designed to do, you need to perform some routine maintenance throughout the year. Follow these tips for keeping your sump pump ready for flood waters whenever a big storm strikes.