Do You Know Where to Find Your Water Shut-Off Valves?

If you have a plumbing leak or emergency, one of the first things you will need to do is turn off the water. This is not the time to learn about where your water shut-off valves – you should know where to locate them quickly to stop water flowing into your home. Here are some tips to help you locate the different shut-off valves so you know where to go when you have a plumbing leak.

Sinks

Most sinks have their own shut-off valves. Look under the sink or behind the plumbing stand for a small shut-off valve. This is useful if the problem is with a sink fixture or is you are replacing components on the sink.

Toilets

Toilets also have their own shut-off valve. Look for a valve attached to the water line coming to the toilet tank. This can be used to stop water if the toilet will not stop running or if you need to replace the toilet, components or wax ring.

Appliances

Hot water heaters, dishwashers and washers may each have their own valves to turn off the water to the appliance. If there is not a separate valve, the main water valve will need to shut-off the water supply if there is a leak or for repair work.

Main Water Valve

For major plumbing leaks, the main water shut-off valve should be used. This is usually located where the main water line coming from the city water supply or well comes into the house. It can be outside, in a crawl space or in the basement.

It is important to know where all your water shut-off valves are in case of a plumbing emergency. This can stop the water flow until a plumber can come to your home to fix your problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.
106-M Oakgrove Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

3 Warning Signs That Your Pipes Are Leaking

A leaky pipe in your plumbing is a serious issue. Even a small drip is nothing to ignore. Leaks do not go away on their own; they only get bigger and put you at risk for more damage. If a small leak turns into a burst pipe, you could be looking at much more than just a plumbing bill. Water and mold damage are expensive. It is best to catch leaks in your pipes right away and get them fixed before they become a large problem. Here are three warning signs that your pipes are leaking.

  1. Water spots on walls or ceilings. A discolored ceiling tile or water spots on your walls can mean a pipe is leaking. Even if it is not your plumbing, you have a leak somewhere that needs to be identified.
  2. Warped floor boards. If you notice the floor boards in your bathroom or kitchen are warped or feel spongy, it is time to investigate. You may have a leak that is ruining your subflooring and needs to be fixed before you no longer have a floor.
  3. Water bill increase. For those on municipal water, the water bill can be an eye-opener that you have a major leak. Sometimes a water main can be leaking outside the house and you don’t even know it, or an outdoor water source has a leak. A big water bill or any increase in usage is a good indicator that you may have a leak in one of your pipes.

At the first indication that you have a plumbing leak, call your local plumber for a water line repair. It is worth the investment to get your plumbing fixed right to avoid more costly damage to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471

Preventing Frozen Plumbing Pipes

Every year, thousands of homes become victim to frozen water pipes, especially in areas that have milder climates. While colder regions construct their homes with careful attention to insulating water pipes, milder or warmer regions may skimp on the insulation. This can leave unsuspecting homeowners with a burst pipe that can cause thousands of dollars in damage to their home when a cold weather snap hits. Here are some tips to prevent frozen plumbing pipes to avoid damage to your home.

  • Add insulation. While it may be expensive to insulate the pipes under your home, it can be a smaller cost than the damage these pipes can cause if they freeze. Talk to your local plumber about insulation options if you have had frozen pipes in the past.
  • Keep the house warm. A warm house can be enough to stop freezing pipes. Set your thermostat for at least 58 degrees to keep it warm enough to prevent frozen pipes, even if you are not home.
  • Wrap exposed pipes. You can wrap insulating plumbing tapes around exposed pipes in your garage, crawl space or outdoor faucets to prevent freezing.
  • Run a trickle of water on cold nights. While wasteful of water, a trickle of water left running on the coldest nights can help prevent freezing by keeping the water in the pipes moving.

If you do get a frozen pipe (no water coming to your faucet), call in an expert water line repair plumber. A plumber can locate the frozen pipe and often prevent it from bursting. While you will still have a small expenditure for the plumber service, it is much less expensive than the damage a burst water pipe can cause.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 884-4678

Preventing Frozen Water Pipes

Burst water pipes from cold weather are not just a problem in the colder regions of the country. In fact, homes in warmer regions can be at higher risk for frozen water pipes due to lack of preparation for unexpected cold weather. Even areas in the deep south have had freezing temperatures in recent years, making it necessary to plan for the possibility of a cold snap wherever you live.

Insulating Your Plumbing

In cold areas of the country, plumbing is wrapped and insulated to help prevent frozen pipes. Even with insulation, pipes burst when there is no heat in buildings or structures with plumbing that is active. If you live in an area where freezing temperatures are rare, you should inspect your plumbing. Especially check pipes that are:

  • Under the house or in crawl spaces
  • In attics
  • In garages or rooms without heat
  • Part of your outdoor plumbing

Hardware or home improvement stores have insulation for plumbing that can help protect your pipes. This extra layer of protection can prevent thousands of dollars of damage to your plumbing if you get hit with a cold snap.

Keep Pipes Warm

Even pipes inside can burst if not kept warm. Remember to keep the heat on in your home if cold weather is moving in. If you are out of town, call a relative or neighbor that can access your home and turn on the heat to avoid frozen pipes.

Even with preparation, if the weather turns very cold, you can experience frozen water pipes. As soon as possible, turn off the main water valve to your home if you have ice in your pipes. Then call your local plumber to fix the issue before a pipe bursts and causes more damage to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283

Is Your Home Being Damaged by a Leaky Pipe?

Have you been putting off the repair of a leaking pipe in your plumbing? A slow drip under your bathroom sink or condensation collecting on your toilet may not seem like a big issue, but eventually it will become a problem. While a putting drip pan under the sink or wiping down your toilet every day is just a slight nuisance, if left unchecked, you may end up with a plumbing emergency or damage to your home.

In most cases, fixing a leaky pipe is quick and inexpensive. Often you just need some new joint sealer or a washer needs replacement. However, the costs can go through the roof if that small leak or drip turns into a broken or burst pipe. Quickly a drip can turn into a flood of water entering your home. If this happens when you are at work or on vacation, you could come back to serious damage to your home. Some of the issues caused by an unexpected burst pipe include:

  • Water damage to floors and ceilings
  • Mold intrusion inside walls, under flooring and throughout the home
  • Expensive water damage repair and mold removal costs

As they say, hindsight is 20/20. Don’t let a small leak turn into a problem by putting off the needed repair. A quick call to your local plumber can get the issue resolved with very little expense and put your mind at ease. Plumbing problems never go away on their own and will only get worse. It is worth the small investment now to have the leak problem repaired before it causes hundreds, even thousands of dollars of damage to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Do You Need a Water Line Repair?

Your home has water lines all throughout the interior, many hidden from view inside walls and under your flooring. Any of these pipes can spring a leak or rupture, causing thousands of dollars in water damage to your home. If left unchecked, even a small leak can release enough water to create a serious mold problem in your home without even alerting you to the problem before it is too late. However, there are signs that you may have a water line that needs repair.

Stains on Walls or Ceilings

A major leak in a water line is very obvious, but small leaks are not as noticeable. Keep an eye out for stains or changes in color on walls or ceilings. This can be a sign there is a small leak that is seeping water into the surrounding materials.

Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew love moisture and thrive when there is water line leak in your home. If you are noticing higher levels of these fungi in your bathroom or other areas of your home, there is a good chance there is a water pipe leak somewhere.

Musty Odor

If your home smells like a musty beach home, yet you are miles from any water, there may be a water leak in your home. That musty smell is old standing water accumulating somewhere out of sight, probably causing damage to your home.

Any of these signs are a good reason to call in a plumber for a leak inspection. The longer you ignore it, the more damage that may be occurring inside the structure of your home. A water line repair is much less expensive than replacing walls, flooring and ceilings due to water or mold damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

What to Do if You Have a Frozen Water Pipe

Every year, when the coldest days of winter hit, there are thousands of people who end up with frozen water pipes. Some of the worst problems happen in areas where cold weather neither common nor expected, leaving many pipes exposed to the elements without any insulation. If you turn on your water after a very cold night and find very little to no water coming out of the faucet, there’s a good chance you have a frozen pipe.

Finding and Thawing a Frozen Water Pipe

One of the toughest issues with a frozen water pipe is determining which pipe has been affected. The first step is attempting to turn on the water in different areas of your house. If all your sinks are not working or have very low flow, you may have a frozen water main. If only one area of the house seems to be affected, a localized frozen pipe is likely the culprit.

The best places to look are areas which are exposed to cold air, such as in a crawl space or in your garage. You can try touching the pipes to feel whether they feel extremely cold. If you are able to find a pipe that is frozen, turn off the main water supply. Then. turn on the hot water faucets in the affected sinks. Often just the flow of water will thaw the pipes.

Although some frozen pipes can be thawed with running water or exposing the pipe to heat from a hair dryer or space heater, many will need a professional plumber to unthaw them safely. Heating a frozen pipe too quickly can burst a pipe, causing even more damage to your plumbing and water damage to surrounding property. It is best to let a professional find and fix your frozen pipes, ensuring the issue is resolved completely.

Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283

Are Your Water Pipes Prepared for the Next Cold Snap?

It’s already been a cold winter in many parts of the country, even though December is only the beginning of the cold months ahead. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to ensure your water pipes are ready for freezing weather. It only takes one cold snap to freeze your pipes, leaving you with no water and the possibility of an expensive burst pipe repair. Frozen pipes can often be prevented with just a little insulation, making this investment worth the effort and expense.

Insulating Water Pipes

If you live in an area prone to cold weather, you most likely already have insulated water pipes. However, freezing weather can and often does happen even in milder climates, and can do a number on your plumbing. The best solution is to add some insulation to your exposed pipes in order to give them protection during those winter cold snaps before the temperatures plummet. There are a few supplies you will need, like:

  • Insulating heat tape
  • Pipe sleeves
  • Newspaper

Any of these can help protect exposed pipes for areas which aren’t prone to long periods of freezing weather. Wrapping the pipes in crawl spaces, unheated basements and garages, plus any outdoor pipes for pools or spas, is good protection against an unexpected cold snap.

If you do end up with a frozen water pipe this winter, be careful when trying to thaw the pipe. Never expose the pipe to direct flame from a torch or other fire; always use a moderate heat source such as a space heater or blow dryer. Be aware that too much heat applied too quickly can cause the pipe to burst. In many cases, it is best to call in your local plumber to fix a frozen pipe so that they can inspect all your pipes to ensure that there’s no lingering damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Do You Have A Hidden Water Leak?

Most plumbing leaks are out in the open and quite easy to detect. A dripping faucet or pipe quickly becomes apparent, making it easy to diagnose and get repaired. However, there are water leaks which can occur in places that are not so easy to notice, causing significant damage over time. A water line leak or a small pipe leak in the basement wall or under your home can go undetected for months. The danger is that a small leak never stays small. Eventually, it will grow and cause bigger problems. Finding these hidden leaks quickly can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Here are a few hints you may have a hidden water leak.

  • Water bill increase. Has your water bill gone up for no apparent reason? Check the water usage and compare it to previous bills. Even a small leak or drip can increase your water usage by a 100 gallons or more. If there have been no other changes in your water usage, a higher water bill could indicate a leak in your plumbing.
  • Water spots, mold or moisture. Keep an eye out for any signs of excess moisture around walls, floors and ceilings. The leak may not be saturating through drywall or other building materials, yet still be causing signs of moisture.
  • Wet areas around the yard. Random wet spots in your yard, especially close to the house, can be signs of an underground water leak. This could be from your main water line or a sewer pipe. Call in a plumber right away to investigate the problem.

A water leak can be very expensive if not repaired quickly. Your home and property can be damaged from water and mold, which can possibly be harmful to your family’s health. At the first sign you may have a hidden leak, call in a plumbing professional to ensure the leak is quickly repaired.

Posted on behalf of Seagraves Plumbing Septic and Sewer

Refrigerator Ice Maker Maintenance

Hot days create a need to have plenty of ice on hand for iced tea, lemonade and other cool, tasty beverages. Nothing makes this easier than having a built-in ice maker in your refrigerator. Most models come equipped with at least the option to have an ice maker added to the freezer for quick and convenient ice access. Still, these devices do require maintenance and repair to keep the ice flowing on those hot summer days.

Ice Maker Maintenance

Like any appliance which works day in and day out, your ice maker needs regular maintenance. This is especially important since you are ingesting the ice made by your device. Some regular maintenance items include:

  • Cleaning the supply lines. Every few months you should flush and inspect your water supply lines. You can do this by disconnecting them and checking them for cracks or pinched areas on the line, then rinsing them thoroughly with hot water. You can disinfect them by adding about a tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of hot water and pouring it through the lines, then rinsing.
  • Replace the water filter. Many ice makers have a built-in water filter which needs to be replaced to keep ice tasting great. Check the manufacturer’s information to determine how often to replace, usually about every six months. If you do not have a water filter for your ice maker, talk to your local plumber about adding one to improve the safety and taste of your ice.

If your refrigerator did not come with an ice maker, but has the option to add one, your plumber can help you get a kit installed and plumbed into your water supply. In no time at all, you will have fresh, ready-to-use ice for all your cold beverages.

Posted on behalf of Seagraves Plumbing Septic & Sewer