What Plumbers Wish You Knew

It’s likely that at some point, you’ll have to call our plumbers in: whether it’s for a leaky faucet, pipe replacement or a new bathroom in your basement. However, you can reduce likelihood of major damage. Here are some ways to reduce the number of visits from plumbers and the severity of your repairs:

Never hang anything from your pipes

The weight can break them and cause a flood. Even if you think it’s something small and light, there’s no guarantee that the pipe can withstand it. You also introduce the risk of the item snagging on a passerby and rupturing the pipe. 

Use a strainer to keep hair and other items from clogging pipes

It might seem easy to let hair and food disappear down the drain but at some point, the accumulated effect will cause it to back up your drainage system. Check drains regularly and remove any items that may have slipped past your strainers.

Be careful what you flush down the toilet

Even items labelled “flushable” like flushable baby wipes can cause a problem. Your best option is to stick to waste and toilet paper. Everything else should be discarded in the garbage. 

Avoid abrasive cleaners that can corrode your pipes

If you’re not sure what material your drain and sewage pipes are made from, have a professional take a look. Harsh cleaners can destroy piping, sometimes so slowly you don’t even know it’s happening until it’s too late. 

Turn off and drain your outdoor faucets before winter arrives

Avoid burst pipes by draining outdoor pipes that can freeze when the temperature falls. These taps have a drain valve that you open to empty the water inside the pipe. Ensure you do it before the cold weather sets in and not after the first freezing night. 

Don’t wait until a leak is severe before calling a plumber

It’s easy to procrastinate when you see the first few drips, but a small leak is much easier (and cheaper) to fix than a flooded house. Not to mention the money you’ll save on your water bill. 

Know the location of your main shutoff valve

Knowing this is not only beneficial for the plumber when he arrives, but can reduce damage if you turn off the main supply as soon as a major leak happens. Take the time to show everyone where it is to reduce the potential for a huge, costly disaster. 

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AC 101: Why is My Air Conditioning Unit Leaking?

A leaking Air Conditioning Unit poses several concerns and is a major sign that something is wrong with your system. Leaking AC units can cause water damage and even a fire if it gets near electrical equipment.

So why do leaks happen in an Air Conditioning Unit anyway?
Here are some possible reasons:

-Frozen evaporator coils

If the evaporator coils form ice on them, this build-up can melt and overflow from your drain pan.

There are three main causes of a frozen coil:

1. Dirty filter: If your filter becomes dirty, it will slow the airflow through the coil, causing it to get too cold and possibly form ice on the surface. An easy way to avoid this outcome is to replace your filter as recommended by the manufacturer.

2. Low pressure in the refrigerant lines: If there is not enough refrigerant in your unit, the pressure will lower. This will reduce the coil’s ability to remove heat from the air, which causes the coil to freeze. Low refrigerant levels can cause some serious damage to your compressor so you will need to turn off your Air Conditioning Unit and call us immediately!

3. Issues with the fan: If you notice low airflow coming through your vents in addition to the frozen coil, issues with your fan are likely the cause. Shut off your Air Conditioning Unit right away and call us to correct the problem. 

-Condensation issues

Air Conditioning Units do more than simply keep the air in your home cool. They also help Air Conditioning Unitremove the humidity as well. This is done by removing condensation. If condensation is building up and overflowing, you might have condensate drainage problems. Here are three possible reasons why:

1. A blockage in the condensate drain: a blockage will cause a backup. Clear the drain if you can or call us to clean the line for you.

2. A damaged drain pan: your drain pan might be cracked and leaking condensation. It is often best to replace a damaged drain pan, to avoid future issues. 

3. A broken condensation pump: depending on where your Air Conditioning Unit is located, you might have a pump that removes the condensation. If this pump becomes broken, water can build up and overflow. Which means you will need to replace the pump.

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Air Conditioning Unit is Leaking!

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