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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...
Caulking Your Toilet Can Prevent Future Plumbing Problems

Caulking Your Toilet Can Prevent Future Plumbing Problems

Many people don’t think about their toilet until a problem arises. However, being proactive and doing what you can to prevent problems will save you headaches and the cost of repairs. One of the best things you can do to prevent water or moisture from getting under your toilet where it cannot be cleaned is to caulk it properly. 0909 Use Silicone Caulking Silicone caulking creates a water tight seal and prevents water or moisture from showers or mopping from seeping underneath the toilet. It may be sold as tub and tile caulking or bathroom caulking and comes in a tube. Resist the urge to buy the cheapest tube available. High-quality caulking may cost a bit more, but it can save you a bundle in the long run. Select the Right Color Caulking comes in a variety of colors. Choose a shade the closest to the color of your toilet for the best results. This enhances the appearance of your entire bathroom and makes your toilet look like it belongs there. Prepare the Area Clean the area where the caulk will be applied and allow it to dry completely to ensure the best seal. Use painter’s tape to mark off the area so that any excess caulking will not mark your toilet or the floor. Applying the Caulking Use a caulking gun (you can buy one at your local hardware store) to apply an even bead of caulking around the base of your toilet. Fill the joint completely and smooth it with your finger or a caulking tool. Keep a cloth moistened with solvent handy to remove any stray caulking. Place a...
Bathroom Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid in Your Home

Bathroom Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid in Your Home

If you are like most people, your bathroom is probably one of the busiest rooms in your house. Making your bathroom layout efficient can save you time and help your entire family get a good start to the day. But before you decide to tackle a remodel, take the time to plan ahead so you can avoid these common bathroom 26plumbing mistakes: Improper Slopes for Shower Drains If you are the do-it-yourself kind, you may think you can install a shower yourself. While it is possible, you need to be aware of the proper slope for the base of the shower so that the water will drain properly. An improper slope may cause standing water to remain in the shower and create the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. You will need to remove the old flooring all the way to the masonry and maintain a slope of 1/4 inch per foot. If you aren’t sure how to accomplish this, consider the services of a professional. Forgetting the P-Trap While it may seem easier to run a straight pipe from your sinks and drains, this can lead to health risks in your home. Your sinks and drains need a P-trap to prevent sewer gases from re-entering your home. These work to trap a small amount of water in the pipe after each use. The water in the trap creates a barrier and keeps the dangerous sewer gases out of your home. Installing a P-trap when you remodel is vital. Forgetting to Vent the Sink Installing a P-trap won’t do you much good if you forget to vent the sink...
How to Troubleshoot Water Pressure Problems At Your Business

How to Troubleshoot Water Pressure Problems At Your Business

If your business depends on consistent water pressure, even occasional low pressure can cause problems. If your water pressure has suddenly dropped or is inconsistent, there are several reasons for that. Some can be easy to correct, while others may require changes to your plumbing. Before you make that call to a plumber, check out these common reasons for low water pressure. High Use Times If you are connected to municipal water, you may experience low water pressure during high use times, such as early in the morning when families are preparing for the day or early evening when water is used for household chores. If you experience low water pressure at these times, try to arrange work tasks that require high water pressure for other times of the day. Leaks If your problems with low water pressure persist throughout the day, it may be a sign that you have a leak somewhere in the building. Check toilets and faucets for leaks first as these are the most common culprits. A toilet that continues to run, even after the tank has refilled, signals a leaky valve that should be corrected. This can put a strain on your water supply and cause water pressure to dip whenever the toilet tank is trying to refill. If faucets and toilets appear fine, check under sinks and along pipes for signs of water damage. A broken or leaky pipe in the wall or basement might be the source of your water pressure problems. Water Softening Systems If your business has a water softening system, it could be the cause of your low water...
Five Plumbing Practices Your Restaurant Should Follow

Five Plumbing Practices Your Restaurant Should Follow

If you run a restaurant, you already know how important water is to your business. It is vital for both cooking and maintaining clean and sanitary conditions in your kitchen and serving areas. It is also probably one of your major costs of operating the business; you pay to bring water into your business, pay to heat it and then pay again to get rid of excess water. Keeping your plumbing in tip-top shape and conserving water when you’re able to can help keep your utility bills down without compromising the health and safety of your business. Consider these ways to make the most effective and efficient use of water in your restaurant. Faucets Check that faucets function properly and do not leak when they are not in use. A small drip can go unnoticed in a busy restaurant but can make a big impact on your utility bills. Look for evidence of leaks around the pipes and under the sinks and repair them as soon as possible. You can also save water and energy by installing low-flow aerators at all your sinks. Switching from the standard 2.2 gallons per minute aerator to .5 gallons per minute aerator can save up to $100 per year for each sink, and it won’t affect the function of the faucet. Water Brooms Water brooms are faster and more efficient for cleaning spray-down areas than traditional garden hose nozzles and can save a bundle in energy costs too. A garden hose nozzles typically uses up to 7 gallons of water per minute, while a water broom uses only 2 gallons per minute. Look for...
Why Does Flushing the Toilet Affect the Shower?

Why Does Flushing the Toilet Affect the Shower?

If you live in a busy household, you may have had the experience of getting a blast of hot water in the shower because another family member flushed the toilet while you were showering. While this doesn’t happen under ideal circumstances, it is a common issue in many American homes. Once you understand what causes the problem, you will be in a position to do something about it. Learn why and how it happens and some easy solutions to the problem: Why Does it Happen? If flushing the toilet in your home causes the water in the shower to get extremely hot, your plumbing is probably set up with a trunk and branch system. What this means is all the water travels through the trunk and then narrows to individual branches that are diverted to each room. When one room calls for water, it can divert some of the water already in use (the shower), to the secondary water use (the toilet tank). Because the toilet is calling for cold water, the shower then has to share the cold water it was using. This results in too little cold water in your mixture for the shower and a blast of hot water until the toilet tank is filled. Prevention Tips To avoid having blasts of hot water in the shower, check out these solutions in order from the simplest to the most complex: Don’t flush the toilet when someone is in the shower. Depending on the cooperation between family members, this solution is often the easiest. It doesn’t cost a thing and eliminates the problem. However, even the most courteous...