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The Best Touchless Fixtures for Your Bathroom

The Best Touchless Fixtures for Your Bathroom

People always look for new ways to innovate and increase their efficiency in all aspects of day-to-day life. Touchless fixtures are an innovative choice and make the bathroom experience more beneficial for anyone who uses the restroom and those who embrace this technology for their home or business — going hands-free is a safer, more efficient and cost-effective option. You have probably witnessed the convenience of hands-free faucets and touchless toilets in many commercial businesses, and these same fixtures will make a statement in your modern residential bathroom. Competitive businesses looking to level the playing field can similarly benefit from touchless fixtures. Save time and money when you invest in touchless fixtures for your business or home. Standard Touchless Fixtures for Your Business and Home As the name implies, touchless fixtures are any plumbing fixtures that do not require the user to physically touch a handle, button or knob to turn them on. These fixtures automatically complete everyday tasks and eliminate unnecessary touchpoints related to manual control. Touchless fixtures provide regulated, hands-free control and ensure efficient water usage. It’s no wonder business owners have installed touchless faucets and toilets in their public spaces. In addition to public restrooms, touchless fixtures are becoming more prevalent in residential units and houses. Touchless fixtures may offer the perfect solution for your next home improvement renovation. You can install bathroom fixtures with the latest touchless technology in your home today. Over recent years, manufacturers have perfected multiple hands-free options to create the most valuable, advanced designs for your benefit. How Do Touchless Fixtures Work? Touchless fixtures use built-in sensors to detect when a user is...
How Long Should My Sump Pump Last? 5 Signs It’s Time to Replace

How Long Should My Sump Pump Last? 5 Signs It’s Time to Replace

A sump pump is a basement waterproofing system that prevents water damage. While this system is generally reliable, at some point it will not perform as well as it once did and will need to be replaced. This guide goes over common signs of sump pump failure and decline so you’ll know when to replace your pump. 1. Your Sump Pump Is Old How long your sump pump lasts will depend on the quality of your unit and how well it has been maintained. The average life span of a sump pump is between five and seven years, although some units last several decades. Certain pedestal pumps can even run for as long as 30 years. However, whether the estimated life span of your sump pump is five years or 20 years, you should always keep tabs on the performance of your unit, even if it is still relatively new. 2. It Runs Constantly If your pump runs constantly — even in sunny weather — you’ll likely have to replace it. If your sump pump is always running, this means it can’t handle the amount of water coming into the unit. Many factors could cause your pump to run excessively: You might have a problem with a switch or float arm mechanisms. You might have a missing or broken valve. Your sump pump might not be the right size to accommodate the needs of your home. Your sump pump might have shifted in the basin, making the float unresponsive. Constant rainfall is causing your sump pump to go into overdrive. Sump pumps that constantly run will be unable to...
A Professional’s Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes This Winter

A Professional’s Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes This Winter

As temperatures plummet, your pipes can freeze. Freezing pipes can be dangerous — a frozen pipe can expand and contract as it thaws. As water flows, pressure builds, which can result in bursting. Burst pipes mean flooding, standing water damage and expensive, urgent repairs. Avoiding frozen pipes is much less hassle than cleaning up after burst pipes. To avoid frozen pipes, take a few preventive measures. You can do a few things to get your house ready for those frigid temperatures. Learn how to keep your pipes from freezing and what to do if you discover frozen water lines. How to Keep My Pipes From Freezing As a homeowner, you can follow a few tips to prevent frozen pipes. While some measures require a professional’s help, others are simple DIY tasks. For instance, keeping your heat on and your garage door closed can help keep your pipes warm enough to prevent freezing. Follow these steps to keep your pipes from freezing this winter. 1. Keep Your Garage Door Closed Garages tend to be one of the coldest parts of a house, with concrete floors and minimal insulation. One way to avoid frozen pipes is to keep the garage door closed when it’s cold outside. This tip is especially valuable if you have water supply lines that go through your garage. Keeping the garage door closed will also preserve the heat in your home, reducing your energy bills. You may also choose to add a little more insulation to your garage to keep the space warmer in the winter. It can keep pipes from freezing and make your garage a...
Four Signs You Need to Install a New Water Service

Four Signs You Need to Install a New Water Service

Your water service is one of the essential components of your house. While all pipes are important for keeping your household running, your water service is particularly important because of the integral role it plays in supplying water for your home’s plumbing system. Your water service runs underground from your house to the street, connects to the municipal water main and brings in fresh, clean water for drinking, bathing and other use. Water lines can usually last for decades, but at some point, even these sturdy pipes will wear out. When they do, they can diminish your water quality or damage your home and yard. Fortunately, a few telltale signs can alert you to a problem with your water line. Four Signs That Can Suggest an Issue With Your Water Service What are some signs your water service isn’t working? Below are four critical signals that might indicate a problem with your water service: 1. A Soggy Lawn A soggy lawn is a sure signal that your water line needs replacement. The reason is that your water service runs underneath your yard, so if it springs a leak, it can slowly flood your lawn with water. If the ground feels squishy or you see standing pools of water in your yard, you may need a new water service. Especially in the summer, when hot and sunny days mean fewer rain puddles in your yard, you should suspect a cracked water service if standing water appears. Remember that your sewer main also runs beneath your lawn — so if the water in your yard looks discolored or smells like sewage, call a professional immediately...
The Danger of Dumping Grease Down the Sink

The Danger of Dumping Grease Down the Sink

You’ve probably heard the old bit of advice to never pour bacon grease down the drain (if you haven’t, now is the time). This isn’t just about saving bacon fat for later use, but it’s about protecting your drains. And while bacon grease is one of the worst offenders, you should never put any fat or grease down your drains at all, at any time, no matter how convenient it is. Here’s why it’s important always to pour or wipe grease straight into the trash. Grease Doesn’t Dissolve We know it looks like grease dissolves. Grease is naturally very reactive to heat, and when heated up it starts to resemble a liquid. It can become very tempting just to pour that liquid down the drain, or heat up your faucet water so that it brushes extra grease away in seconds. But you aren’t changing the nature of the grease! As it cools down in your pipes, it will congeal back into a thick mass and linger there. Water will wash some of it away, but grease is excellent at clinging to pipes and sticking around. Grease Mixes Easily with Other Debris It’s bad enough that grease sticks in your pipes, but it would take a whole lot of grease to actually form a clog. The problem is that grease isn’t alone. It’s very good at mixing with other debris in your pipes, forcing them to stick around too and form clogs. It can also get even worse. Over time, various greases and oils can mix and interact with trace amounts of calcium in water or pipes. This creates some...
5 Things You Shouldn’t Place Down Your Disposal

5 Things You Shouldn’t Place Down Your Disposal

You may already know that there are some things you should never flush down your drains or put in your garbage disposal. The wrong materials can cause damage and long-lasting problems that may need professional work. That’s why it’s always good to have a reminder about what things you should never, ever put down a garbage disposal, no matter how easy it may be to handle trash this way. Check out these materials to learn why they don’t mix with disposals. Any Type of Grease or Oil Grease may be easy to pour down the disposal when it’s heated up, but grease doesn’t stay hot forever. Instead, it cools down in your disposal and forms a fatty mass. Over time, this fat can build up and cause major obstructions that are difficult to remove, dull the disposal equipment, and cause big problems. Grease is one of the worst things you can put down any drain and can build up over long periods of time. Always take the time to wipe the grease off and throw it in the trash. Seeds and Pits Generally, any type of seed or pit doesn’t do well in a garbage disposal. Instead of being crushed and going away, they tend to linger, jamming mechanisms and causing clogs. Never put any of these hard leftovers down the disposal. Garbage disposal crushing components aren’t designed to deal well with them, and it’s easy to toss them in the trash instead. Fibrous or Starchy Foods What do we mean by fibrous and starchy? Let’s break down these two important categories. First, fibrous foods are any stringy, durable foodstuffs,...
How to Know if Your Pipes are Worn Out

How to Know if Your Pipes are Worn Out

Whether you use your plumbing occasionally, such as a vacation home, or every day, your pipes can wear out. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to prevent the pipes from disintegration over time. However, you can be proactive and look for the early signs that there might be a change and take action. Here’s what you should watch for. Look Out for the Color of the Water Discolored water is usually a cause for concern. There are a few exceptions: if you’re under a boil order, you have well water, or you live in a rural area. However, if you see the color of your water change to brown or dark water, it’s a strong indication that there is corrosion in your pipes, leaving rust as the water runs through them. If left untreated, deposits can clog pipes, which in turn will build pressure. Continual pressure can result in the pipes eventually bursting, which will cause a huge mess to clean up and damage that needs to be professionally repaired. Too Many Drips from the Faucet Drip. Drip. Drip. That sound can keep you awake at night. But worse than that, it can ruin your pipes. That’s because the water pressure in your pipes is too high or water that’s no longer needed after you turn off the tap isn’t properly drained. This may seem like a minor issue at the beginning. However, constant dripping is not only annoying, but it can permanently damage your plumbing. Get that looked at early, and save yourself headaches, and your sleep. Low Water Pressure There’s nothing worse than taking a shower with a dribble of water. Unfortunately, low water pressure could sign many problems. There could be a...
3 Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tasks to Tackle

3 Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tasks to Tackle

Spring is officially here! As excited as you are to spend more time outside, there is some plumbing maintenance you’ll need to put on your to-do list before the fun can begin. Here’s what you’ll need to do.  Check Sump Pump April showers bring, well, lots of things, including a wet and soggy basement. Most of us don’t have the luxury of a dry basement, but we do have the blessing of a sump pump to assure that our basement is dry and our houses don’t get musty. To ensure that your sump pump is working properly, you will need to check it in early spring. Unplug the pump and then plug it in again. If the pump doesn’t start you’ll need to call a plumber. Another way is to pour enough water to raise the float until the pump kicks on, make sure it drains. At Crawford Mechanical Services, we suggest having a backup sump pump just in case your main sump pump fails, or you lose power to your house; this will help you guarantee that a potential flood won’t happen in your basement. Give Your Drains More Attention You shouldn’t have a bog of stench in your drains or slow draining water. With a bit of attention and checking to clear the debris from your drains, your pipes can flow smoothly once again. Check to make sure there are strainers placed in all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. This can be solved with a drain cleaner, but sometimes a plumbing snake handled by a plumbing professional is required. Outdoor Faucets...
The Importance of Flood Alarms in Your Home

The Importance of Flood Alarms in Your Home

A flood in your home is one of those devastating home emergencies you will probably have to deal with at least once in your life. Although your insurance may compensate you for the loss of your belongings and the financial cost of getting your home back to normal, no one can ever help you regain the time you spend dealing with a flood’s aftermath. Sadly, no matter how careful you are, you may not be able to prevent a flood caused by the bad weather or faulty plumbing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t lessen the impact a flood will have on your home. You can when you install a flood alarm. What is a Flood Alarm and Why Should I Install It? Flood alarms are small sensors which can detect an excessive amount of moisture and warn you while it is still a minor problem. Early warning is important because homeowners do not typically discover water in their homes until the damage is extensive. From 2011 to 2015, the average insurance claim for flood damage was more than $45,000. And that is even if the homeowner has flood insurance. Many flood victims are surprised to learn that their homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover floods at all and they have to pay for everything out-of-pocket! Major Advantages of Installing a Flood Alarm When you take the precaution of installing a flood alarm in the high-risk areas in your home, like the basement, near your water heater and in the same room as your washing machine, you can feel confident that you are doing as much as you can to safeguard your home and your family. Here are just a few of the significant...
Why You Need a Backup Sump Pump Battery

Why You Need a Backup Sump Pump Battery

Spring brings rain and winds. Unfortunately, this means that your sump pump may have to work harder to remove water or may go offline due to a power outage. Unfortunately, both of these issues can cause your sump pump to fail. Should either happen, they do not have to cause a plumbing disaster. Having a backup battery for your sump pump can help to prevent many bigger issues that can occur if the sump pump would otherwise be down for some time. Here is some information every sump pump owner should know about sump pump batteries.  Who Should Have a Sump Pump Battery? Sump pumps are most commonly placed in basements or lower spots of a home where water may be able to get in. The sump pump can pump water away from the home, so this type of space does not flood. However, most rely on power to work. If your sump pump loses power or is not functioning properly, due to its age or a lack of maintenance, the battery backup may help your sump pump to function or alert you to the fact that there is something wrong. As such, it is recommended that those who have a sump pump also have a backup battery. What Does a Sump Pump Battery Help to Do? As was mentioned above, the battery backup on a sump pump helps it function and provides you with alarms or alerts if the electric components on a sump pump are not working. This helps to lower the water in the pump, which in turn, helps to prevent flooding that can otherwise happen if...