Posts Tagged ‘frozen pipes’


Written by United on . Posted in Commercial Plumbing

Big things like the economy to small things like pesky competitors; there seems to be no end to the things that can impact your business financially. Being able to see what’s coming around the corner helps business be successful for the long run, but unfortunately, commercial plumbing problems aren’t always predictable. Fortunately, a proactive watchful eye can go a long way toward keeping unexpected commercial plumbing repairs in check.

A dripping faucet or leaky plumbing fixtures are easy to ignore. Those drips and leaks don’t appear to be bothering anything and probably don’t increase your water expense too much. Sounds logical enough, but those minor commercial plumbing nuisances do more harm than people think.

Leaky or dripping commercial plumbing faucets do indeed cause water utilities to increase. Depending on the drip’s severity, your business could be billed for hundreds of gallons more water than what’s actually used. Over time, it adds up. On top of higher bills, a dripping faucet, leaky stool or slow running drains can be indicators of more serious commercial plumbing issues.

It’s easy for commercial plumbing molehills to become mountains if not repaired quickly. A blockage in one slowing running drain can continue to grow to the point of serious interior water damage from a burst pipe or water backing up into other areas. And what if it happens Friday night and isn’t caught until Monday morning?  Jetting and camera inspection and commercial drain cleaning can clear any blockages.

Water heaters are another piece of commercial plumbing that do not always receive the amount of attention they deserve. It’s common for commercial water heater to be installed above ceiling tiles, which makes them a victim of “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Water heaters that aren’t maintained properly and regularly can burst and flood everything underneath it.

Keeping a close eye on plumbing fixtures and equipment can help business avert major commercial plumbing problems and repair expense. That way, issues are caught before plumbing equipment or fixtures get the chance to cause serious and expensive damage. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure for commercial plumbing customers.


Written by United on . Posted in Residential Plumbing

Ugh. Plumbing breaks and problems are a pain to deal with. When there’s water damage involved it just adds insult to injury, doesn’t it? Not to mention extra costs for clean up. First of all, everyone should have a trusted, experienced plumber who they can call on a moment’s notice. Second of all, a plumber can give you priceless insights that can save you thousands of dollars and help avoid water damage associated with plumbing problems.

Here are a few tried and true tips from a veteran plumber who has tackled every plumbing problem imaginable.

If your home or building already has a sump pump, make sure it’s a sump pump with battery back up power. The power can go out during severe weather. Torrential rain isn’t the time you want your sump pump to lose electricity. A sump pump with battery back is able to keep up with rising water until the power is restored. This can save you a lot of money, time and hassle by avoiding water damage caused by a dead sump pump.

Make it a priority to check your sump pump for debris and ensure it’s operating. This is an easy plumbing tip that can save your home or business from water damage. Run water into the sump pump to make certain it’s functioning. Check the pipe outside and remove any debris blocking the flow of water to the outdoors. A blocked pipe forces water back inside and creates a mess.

Check your exterior downspouts for debris and clear out the muck. This is important any time of year in the Midwest. Melting snow from the roof in winter and spring and summer rains put your downspouts to the test. If the spouts are blocked, the water can run into your basement creating more water than your sump pump was designed to handle. The extra water has nowhere to go except your basement floor, which causes water damage.

Do a walk through in your basement like you’re a plumber. You’re looking for plumbing valves showing signs of discoloration and deposit build-up. If you see any of these problems, call a plumber to fix the issues sooner rather than later. Plumbing valves in these conditions can burst, creating expensive water damage.