5 Steps to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

Preventing frozen pipes is of course much easier than dealing with them after the fact!   When pipes freeze, the water inside expands and the expansion leaves them at risk of bursting. This is of particular concern for those that winter in the warmer climates or are away for an extended amount of time.

Here are some steps to help prevent pipes from freezing during the winter months, especially if you are traveling.

  1. If you are planning to be out of town for an extended period of time, to prevent pipes from freezing be sure to turn off the main shut-off valve to your water supply and drain your faucets. If your home has separate shut-off valves for each outdoor faucet, do not forget to turn each one off as well as the main supply valve.  Remember to turn your hot water heater off before turning of the main water valve however.
  2. Another good rule of thumb to prevent pipes from freezing is Read more »

Heating System 101

Your heating system is a warming system that provides heat to your home or business from a primary heating appliance, typically a furnace or boiler often located in the basement or utility room. The heat is then distributed to other locations in the building through a network of pipes, tubing or ducts.

While central heating systems date back to the Roman Empire where they used what was called a “hypocost” which pushed warm air from furnaces throughout empty space under floors and through pipes in walls, today the most common types of central heating systems are “Dry Central Heating” (or “Forced Air”) and “Wet Central Heating” (or “Hydronic”). Read more »

Sewer Camera Inspections

How does a sewer camera inspection work?

In the past, sewer issues were difficult to pinpoint because in order to identify the problem plumbers typically had to excavate the entire length of the sewer pipe in order to determine where the repair was needed. Thanks to advances in plumbing technology, by conducting a sewer camera inspection experienced plumbers can pinpoint sewer line problems more rapidly and cost-effectively.

What is the most common cause of sewer line issues?

Tree roots, collapsed  pipe lines, clogs, cracks in the pipe, and faulty installations.  If you are experiencing issues such as sewage backups or your household drains are all slow, Read more »