Great American Plumbing
Wishing everyone a Safe, Happy Halloween!!
Just a few tips:
· Use a buddy system, trick-or-treat in groups, NOT alone
· Use crosswalks and sidewalks
· Make sure you are visible to drivers, use flashlights, reflectors or glo sticks
· Make sure you can see, don’t use masks that may block your vision
· Check your treats, wait until you are home to eat your treats
As promised here is another tip for the dos & don’ts to the plumbing system of your home:
Pouring grease down the drain can also cause damage to a plumbing system. Grease can harden and can build up in pipes including the septic system (if you have one) over time. This could lead to drainage problems such as slow drains, clogged drains, swelling of pipes, etc. You will need to have the lines cleared and/or repaired.
Many people tend to try to get a quick fix such with liquid drain cleaners but the harsh chemicals in the cleaners can cause damage to plumbing systems. These chemicals often do not solve the problem and then needs to be repeated several times. These chemicals are also very harmful to the environment. Please read the labels carefully if you do choose to use them.If you find yourself with a clogged drain and attempted to clear yourself and still cannot clear, feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment (954) 578-1080.
The plumbing system in your home is usually taken for granted, and yet, it is a vital part of your home that should be cared for properly. The system supplies clean water to your home and also removes waste in your system, (almost like the insides of your body). Mistreating your system can cause damage to it. The next few upcoming blog posts will contain the dos & don’ts (mostly don’ts) to properly maintain/treat your system.
So here is the first tip, and probably most commonly known, but we still find in systems.
Avoid putting things that do not belong down the drains. Throwing trash (ex. Paper, plastic, sanitary napkins, etc.) down the drains can cause the system to clog, sewer system to back up into your home, cause garbage disposals to jam or burnout. Place trash where it belongs, in the garbage can. This will help prevent drain blockage.
If you find yourself with a clogged drain and attempted to clear yourself and still cannot clear, feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment (954) 578-1080.
Hurricane season is upon us, have you prepared? Living in South Florida we all know the drill: Stock up on dry & can goods, water, batteries, have flashlights available, check trees, fuel up, prep generator, have shutters ready and make an evacuation plan. You get the point, but have you ever considered preparing your plumbing for a storm. Many people would not, so here are a few tips to prepare your plumbing for a storm.
Trees – check the trees around your property for tree roots that may cause issues to your plumbing system. Tree roots can wrap around piping causing corrosion to the system. Roots can also invade inside the sewer system. When a storm hits trees may fall, if the roots are wrap around the system, it may cause piping to rip out of the ground.
Drains – check your drains for any slow moving or clogged drains. If you detect any, have them cleared before the storm. Heavy rainfall can cause flooding, which may cause your system to backup into your home if the drains are slow or clogged.
Water Heater – consider shutting down the water heater during the storm. Hot water is not needed during the storm, and using it can cause pressure to the plumbing system. Besides, the stored water it the heater can be a useful usable source of water.
Main Water Supply & Shut off valves – before the storm hits, check your main shut off valve and all emergency shut off valves. Have them replaced if you detect any issues. You also may consider shutting down the main supply just before the storm. This would help prevent contamination to your main water supply. If you do have to evacuate, definitely shut down the system before leaving, to help prevent any flooding and/or contamination while you are not home.
After the storm has passed, inspect your plumbing, look for cracks, leaks, or discolored water. Clear any debris around gutters and sewer drains.
If you have any plumbing issues before or after the storm, a licensed plumber can help inspect, replace and repair your plumbing system. Follow these helpful tips to ensure your family’s water supply is safe.