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

Major Problems Start With Minor Leaks

When it comes to plumbing leaks, a minor leak is a ticking time bomb. What may be only a small drip today could become a gushing pipe in a matter of weeks, days or even hours. Even a drip can cause major damage, especially when located in walls, above floors or any other part of a building’s structure. There are several good reasons to get a leaky water line  repaired immediately, including:

  • Water damage. A small amount of water can cause expensive damage to drywall, floor coverings and other materials. Even putting a bucket under a drip does not stop the damage, since the excess moisture can lead to harmful mold growth.
  • Leaks only grow. A leak is not going to go away on its own; in fact, it is most likely going to get bigger, sometimes very fast. Don’t procrastinate too long, or your minor leak will become a big headache.
  • Repair cost. Calling in a plumber to fix a minor leak may seem expensive. Still, it’s much less expensive than waiting until you have a major leak or worse, water damage.
  • Water waste. On top of impending damage that a leak can cause, a minor leak can lead to hefty utility bills and wastes one of our most important natural resources. Even a dripping faucet can waste several gallons or more of water each week.

The best solution at the first sign of a plumbing leak or dripping faucet is to call in your local plumber to have the problem fixed. Waiting can lead to costly water damage and a higher plumber’s repair bill when the minor leak becomes a major problem.

Posted on behalf of Seagraves Plumbing Septic and Sewer

Is Your Water Pressure Too High?

Most of us enjoy high water pressure, especially when taking a hot, relaxing shower. However, high water pressure can have its drawbacks, creating excessive stress on your plumbing fixtures and appliances, plus lead higher energy and water bills. A pressure reducing valve (PRV) can manage your water pressure, creating the right balance to save you money.

Dangers Of High Water Pressure

When water pressure is too high in your home, it can cause damage to almost every fixture, appliance and hose that water encounters. This daily damage can lead to premature failure of appliances, bursting water lines and hoses, and many other problems which can cost you a small fortune. Consider these points:

  • Appliances. Your dishwasher, water heater and washer are all high-priced appliances which can be damaged over time by high water pressure. Keeping a lower pressure can reduce wear on these expensive items, making them last years longer.
  • Hoses and pipes. High pressure can make hoses and pipes weak, leaving them vulnerable to bursting. Once a hose or pipe cracks, it can quickly cause thousands of dollars of water damage in your home.
  • Water bills. Higher pressure means more water used, causing your water and energy bills to skyrocket.

Most homes should strive to have a water pressure between 50-70 PSI. However, many municipal water supplies can have pressures close to 200 PSI. To find out where your water pressure is and whether you could benefit from a PRV, call your local plumber to have your water pressure tested. It could save you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on water bills, water fixture replacements and other damages.

 Posted on behalf of Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.