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The Benefits of a Hydro Jetter

The Benefits of a Hydro Jetter

Fall is officially here! Now is the perfect time to check some items off your fall to-do list. Instead of tackling these chores the traditional way, why not use a hydro jetter to make the job easier? Here’s what you need to know. What is a Hydro Jetter? A hydro jetter is similar to a power washer, but packs four times as much power. This power makes it easy to remove clogs from drains as well as debris from your gutters and downspouts. How Does a Hydrojetting Work? Hydrojetting is a fairly simple concept. The hose is placed at the beginning of your drain or gutter system and the pressure is turned on. This pressure will blast any debris out of its way, cleaning the pipe or gutter as it goes. It has enough power to remove the buildup, but not enough to cause any damage. For long lasting results, hydrojetting is the way to go. When to Use a Hydro Jetter Are you experiencing clogs in your gutters or downspouts? Before using a hydro jetter, there are some things you can try first. Depending on the last time you cleaned out your gutters, the pressure of a garden hose may be able to do the trick. If this option doesn’t work, the next step is to try a drain snake. Still not working? It’s time to bring in a hydro jetter. Because this option has 4 times as much pressure as your typical pressure washer, it can easily remove gunk from your downspouts. Gutters and downspouts lead water away from your home. If clogged gutters are ignored, this...
How Drain Cleaning Can Prevent Plumbing Problems

How Drain Cleaning Can Prevent Plumbing Problems

Your plumbing system undergoes a significant amount of activity throughout the day. From washing clothes and dishes to taking showers, a lot of water finds its way down the plumbing drain. But water is not the only thing. Food, chemicals and contaminants all go down the drain with the water. Over time, these substances build up and cause blockage and deterioration inside the pipes. Regular drain cleanings are the solution to help avoid any unwanted blockage or backup in your plumbing. Caring for Your Plumbing System Like all other components in your home, your plumbing system requires ongoing maintenance and care to operate at peak performance year after year. The best action you can take is to hire a professional plumbing technician to come in and perform a comprehensive inspection of all parts. A plumber can make the necessary repairs and have your plumbing system up and running like new. Preventative Maintenance: Cleaning Your Drain Plumbing repairs can be expensive, which is why preventative maintenance is essential. Caring for the pipes and all other components begins by keeping the drain line clean and clear of blockage and debris. Below is a list of common items that can get caught inside your drain (whether it’s inside or outside your home) and need to be removed on a regular basis. Lime Scale. Lime scale occurs as a result of hard water exposure over a long period. Hard water contains significant levels of calcium and magnesium. The particles from these two substances build up over time and inhibit water flow. Once hardened, it is difficult to remove lime scale from a pipe....
What Might Be Causing Your Yard Leaks?

What Might Be Causing Your Yard Leaks?

If your yard suddenly becomes waterlogged or soggy with no logical reason, it is likely that your plumbing has sprung a leak. Leaks that occur in the summer may cause standing water, sunken areas or even a patch of lush green grass that seems to grow faster than the surrounding lawn. Occasionally, you may even notice a jet or spray of water springing from the ground. Uncovering the source of your yard leak may be easier than you think. Signs of Yard Leaks Standing water and soggy soil are obvious signs of yard leaks, but there are more subtle signs to look for too. High water bill. This may be one of the first signs you notice as it may take a while for the soil to become saturated enough to show signs of waterlogging or soggy soil. Decrease in water pressure. You may notice the water pressure in your home isn’t as strong as it used to be as water constantly seeps out into your yard. Sounds of running water. If you have a leak in the yard, you may hear running water in your pipes inside your home as they work to supply water to the outside source. What Causes Yard Leaks? Yard leaks occur when the plumbing to outside sources breaks or springs a leak. The three most common sources are: Main Water Line Break Sewer Line Break Irrigation System Break How Do You Find the Source? To determine the source of your yard leak, you will need to do a little detective work. The first step is to determine the exact location. If water is visibly...
It’s Important to Sanitize and Clean Your Faucet Aerator

It’s Important to Sanitize and Clean Your Faucet Aerator

The sink is one of the most vital elements in a home, providing the water needed to quench thirst, cook food and wash away grime. For all of the value it brings, the least that homeowners can do is to clean the faucet aerator every few months. Why is the Aerator Important? The faucet aerator is a small and unseen component of your plumbing system that comes into play every time you use the sink. Without an aerator, the water that pours out of the faucet would try to force its way out as quickly as it can, resulting in unstable streams of water that splash into one another and just makes a mess. Once the aerator is installed, gaps of air between the streams help keep them from bumping into one another, reducing any splashing to what happens when the stream hits the basin or a dish. Besides the immediate and tangible benefit, forcing air into the stream cuts down on the amount of water used, effectively lowering your water bill every time it goes to work. It also helps remove small particulates from the water for a healthier drink. Why Do I Need to Clean It? Because the faucet aerator is similar in function to a filter, bits of dirt and other debris can build up around the openings and cause the water stream to redevelop the pressure issues that were fixed by the aerator. These contaminants can also impact the taste and smell of your water by steadily leaching into the stream right before it reaches your mouth. How to Clean the Aerator Remove the Aerator from...
Tap Water Taste Icky? Here’s What You Need to Do

Tap Water Taste Icky? Here’s What You Need to Do

Taking a sip from your tap and recoiling from a peculiar flavor may leave you panicking about the safety of your water. Instead of worrying without direction, use these guidelines to help determine how you should proceed if you suspect your tap water is contaminated. What’s Making Your Water Taste Funny? Our senses of taste and smell developed as a way to identify the chemical compositions of the items around us. Certain biological conditions such as pregnancy or sickness can affect the way our senses perceive the world around us so that they may cause a sudden change in your water’s taste. Even habits like drinking sugar-laden sodas and coffees can impact how you perceive the water’s taste. To rule them out, have multiple people perform a taste test. Once you have a broad sample of taste test results, you can use them to narrow down the potential list of contaminants. A metallic taste may indicate that relatively harmless metals like iron or copper are being leached from the pipes along the water’s path, but it can also be a warning sign of hazardous lead used in home plumbing prior to being outlawed. If there is an earthen or rotting taste, biological matter from algae may be sifting through the water. You might want to ask your neighbors to see if they are experiencing a similar taste. For larger homes and office buildings, be sure to take samples from multiple locations to rule out localized sources of contamination. If your taste testing is inconclusive or you want immediate and clear results, you can skip these steps entirely and purchase...
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. Outside Water Sources It’s easy to overlook outside faucets and spigots in the fall, but neglecting them now may mean replacing them in the spring. Follow these tips for taking care of your outside pipes this fall. Remove and drain garden hoses. Water left in the garden hose can freeze and cause the hose to break or crack. Once it is drained, store the hose in the garage or garden shed until spring. Shut off the water supply to faucets. Look in the basement for the main shut off to all outside fixtures. Open the faucets and let the water in the pipe drain completely. This prevents standing water from freezing in the pipe during the winter. Turn off all faucets. If you have outside spigots, now is the time to shut them off and cover them with a cap. This will prevent ice and snow from building up around the faucet and causing winter damage. Don’t forget lines to pools, fountains and other water features! Inside Plumbing Preventing the plumbing in your home from freezing is important too. Follow these tips for winterizing your inside plumbing. Seal all cracks around the basement...