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4 Signs Your Commercial Drain Needs Repaired

4 Signs Your Commercial Drain Needs Repaired

As a company owner, you rely on all the systems in your commercial property to operate properly so that you can conduct your business. One of the most important systems in your building is the plumbing. When the system backs up, it can affect your employees and your clients. Below are four signs that your commercial drain may need to be repaired or unblocked. If you experience any of these symptoms, then contact a Crawford Mechanical Services plumbing specialist today. Bellying Bellies are low spots within your sewer line. When this occurs, paper and solids can settle in the low spot and cause what is known as a “soft blockage.” This is a common problem with sewer lines that use PVC pipe, but it can be easily fixed by a plumber. The Drain is Backed Up The most obvious sign that there is something wrong with the drain is that the water is backed up and won’t flush. There could be numerous reasons for this that range from tree root penetration to substance buildup. In a commercial building, drain backup can lead to flooding quickly since multiple people are using the plumbing system throughout the day. Flooding If you own a building that has multiple floors, and you notice water spots or worse, running water anywhere in the building, then it’s a safe bet that there is damage somewhere in the drain lines. The damage can be caused by pipes that are corroded, punctured or have loose connections. If you notice that water is present in areas where it shouldn’t be, then you need to hire a certified plumber to fix the problem immediately. Leaky drains...
How To Keep Your Pet’s Drinking Water Safe

How To Keep Your Pet’s Drinking Water Safe

Summer typically means more outdoor activities for both pets and their owners. That also makes access to clean drinking water vital for both you and your pet. Under ideal circumstances, clean, filtered water is the best choice for your pets. While you can’t eliminate all sources of standing water in the environment, especially if you take your pet on excursions to the park or on runs on nature trails, monitoring when and where your pet drinks can go a long way toward keeping them safe and hydrated. Problems with Standing Water Your pet may be tempted to grab a quick drink from standing water in mud puddles and ditches, but this can pose a health risk. Standing water can contain chemicals or contaminants from the surrounding area and may contain harmful bacteria, such as Giardia or Leptospirosis. Giardia can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration that can even lead to death if untreated. Leptospirosis causes lethargy, muscle tremors, jaundice, fever and can lead to renal failure. Carry fresh water with you and offer it to your pet frequently while you are away from home and watch them closely to prevent them from drinking sources of standing water. Advantages of Water Fountains If you haven’t purchased a water fountain for your pet yet, it may be time to head out to your local pet supply store. Consider these advantages of providing fresh water for your pets via a water fountain. Pets prefer to drink from moving water. Both cats and dogs seek out sources of running or moving water over stagnant water and enjoy drinking from a fountain where fresh water is always moving....
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. Gutter Design and Installation Gutter systems are installed onto the house to catch water from the roof and move it out away from the house. Otherwise, the water flows straight down where it can soak into the ground next to the foundation. This can cause erosion of the soil around the foundation of the house. Water can also leak into your basement and ruin carpet and wall materials. To prevent this, gutters are mounted at a slight angle along the roof to the downspouts. The downspouts direct the water away from the house into drains or other areas that slope away from the property. Anything that prevents the flow of water through this system can cause flooding and erosion around the house. Tips for Cleaning Gutters This is a good activity to plan during the spring and fall as you get your home ready for the spring rains and fall leaves. The gutters may need to be inspected several times throughout the year, depending on the type and amount of rainfall in the area. Here are some reasons why clean gutters are important and where to focus your attention when cleaning them. 1. A basic cleaning removes any organic material building up...
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...
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...
The Dangers of Natural Gas Leaks

The Dangers of Natural Gas Leaks

Our lives are powered by the electricity and fuel running through the wiring and piping that surround our homes and businesses. For all the benefits of these services, they are not without their risks. In particular, the ability of natural gas to combust makes it hazardous when even a small leak occurs. Keep reading to learn how gas leak explosions happen and how to prevent them. What Causes a Gas Leak Explosion? The most common cause of a gas leak is a faulty connection between the pipes that are carrying the gas and the appliances that use it. When the fittings are improperly sealed or installed, the small particles can slip out and invade the surrounding area. Many of these fittings are located in enclosed or obscure locations, such as a closet, which allows even a small leak to create a buildup of gas. Once that happens, all it takes is a hot day or a random spark to set off an explosion that can destroy property and damage lives. Preventative Care and Inspections An old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most problems are easier to deal with in advance instead of when they become a serious issue, and the piping that carries your gas is no different. A robust inspection by a professional gas line plumber can identify all of the piping, fittings, and appliances that comprise your building’s system. With a clear picture of how gas is moving throughout your home, it becomes easy to check and verify that all of the disparate pieces are working as intended before they become...