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Plumbing Leaks Can Make Pests Feel Welcome

Plumbing leaks may seem like a nuisance problem that can ‘just wait’. However, did you know that water leaks can also attract pests?  Just like all animals, cockroaches and mice need three basic things – shelter, food and water.  In fact, they can go without food for an extended period of time, but just days without water.

So, how do they get water?  It can be a leaky pipe, a dripping faucet, cracked fixtures, even the condensation tray under your refrigerator.  Check the shut off valves under the sink to make sure they seal properly.  Replace them if you find water leaking from them.   If you have an open water source you can bet the pests will find it.

In your bathroom check the grout around your tub or shower to ensure that you don’t have water leaking behind the fixture.  Also make sure that the caulk ring where the pipes come out of the wall is intact.  If the wax ring around the bottom of a toilet isn’t sealing properly, you could create a watering hole for critters every time you flush.

In fact, most mouse poison baits cause the rodent to seek out water.  This is good for your if your home is leak free because it will force the rodent outside in search of water.  But, if you have leaks, it will cause them to die in your house, and likely in places that you can’t access like inside of the walls.  And that can lead to a whole separate set of problems.  By fixing leaks proactively, you not only reduce the chances of an infestation, you also save water and money.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!

When Should You Replace Your Sump Pump?

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If you have a basement with sump pump, you have likely spent the last few months worrying about its stability in the face of the heavy rains we’ve had lately.  So, how do you know when it is time to replace your sump pump?  There are a few key tip offs that the time is close.  Consider these scenarios:

  • Do you have a pedestal style sump pump? These are the old style pumps that have since been replaced by the submersible sump pump.  If you have one like this consider going ahead and replacing it before your find your holiday ornaments floating in Lake Basement.  You will find newer models to be more dependable, with automatic battery backups and warning buzzers that can alert you early to any troubles.
  • Does your pump seem to run forever? Pumps are rated based on their ability to clear needed water volume over distance.  If you either have more water than would be expected, or have to pump it further than expected, your pump may be undersized.  Consider a replacement.  Pumps should run no more than just a minute or so in any given cycle.  And it shouldn’t cycle every five minutes.  Consider your basin depth when looking for a replacement.  You want to protect your home and your new pump, so invest in determining the proper size.
  • Does you pump fail to turn on when needed? It may be a float problem, but it also maybe the result of a faulty pump.  Consider replacing if you can’t easily reset the float or if you are unable to monitor it closely.  Better safe than sorry.
  • Does the pump wake you up at night? A mere annoyance during the day because of the noise? Noise is a sure indicator or trouble.  Even if it is not particularly annoying, any noise is a sign that there is a loose, worn or lost part.  You don’t want to find out the hard way that your pump isn’t working.  Replace it now to save you restless nights later.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!

Noisy Faucets – What to do!

 

Do you have a faucet that is absolutely driving you up a wall with the noise it makes?  Maybe it is a high pitched squeal or screech.  You’ve probably tried to ignore it – after all, maybe it will go away on its own – right?  Unfortunately, it likely won’t go away on its own.  It is a sign that there is something broken in your plumbing and you will have to repair it in order to save your sanity!

So, what do you do?  If your facets are making noise, there is something broken.  Most problems with faucets occur in the stem, which controls the flow of the water through the faucet.  In order to replace the stem by taking off the handle.  You can do this by removing the set screw with a screwdriver or Allen wrench.  Next, unscrew the stem which is right under the faucet handle.  Remove any nuts with a regular wrench.  If it is an old fixture, consider replacing the seat, or changing out the faucet.   Seats will age over time and may benefit from replacement if you are hearing noise out of your faucets.

Insert the seat in the handle pipe, tighten it with the seat wrench until very tight, and then screw the seat on with the bath socket. Tighten the seat and stem securely.  Test the repair by turning the water on.  If it is still making noise remove the handle again and retighten until you test it without hearing anymore noise. If in doubt or if this repair is too daunting, consider calling in a professional like the ones at Go Green plumbing.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!

Does Your Economy Setting Really Save You Money?

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If you have purchased a water heater, dishwasher, dryer or washing machine recently, you have probably seen that most models contain a setting that promises more economical operation. In fact, most of these appliances purport to save you money through decreased water consumption as well as lowered electrical or gas use.  But, does it really save you all that money that you think?

First, consider that while economy settings may reduce water and electrical usage, if they are ineffective in cleaning your clothes or dishes and you have to run the cycle twice in order to get the items clean, you won’t actually save any money – in fact you will spend more. So, how do you sort through all the noise and determine which appliance will best suit your needs and your wallet?

First, check out the reviews from other owners.  They can tell you whether or not the pots and pans cycle actually cleans those pots and pans.  Many users will share photos as well so you can gauge how well they work.  Read reviews from multiple sources.  Brick and mortar stores usually have an online presence that you can use to see their consumer reviews.  If you have a model number recognize that many big box stores have model number that are only available in their stores, so you won’t be able to directly compare across sites.  Instead make a list of key features to compare across sites.  Second, look at the energy guide labels.  They will guide you in term of the amount of money required annually for a ‘normal’ household to run the appliance.

Finally, recognize that you determine how well your appliances work.  It all comes down to scraping the scraps off your dishes before loading your dishwasher, don’t overload the washing machine or dryer and maintain your water heater.  Simple measures that determine you appliance’s performance.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

Don’t Buy a Home Without Inspecting the Septic System

Your home is one of the biggest investments you make.  For most homeowners your mortgage accounts for over 30% of your monthly income.  So, you know you need to get an inspection before investing that kind of dollars. However, most homeowners overlook one often overlooked, but really expensive piece of equipment crucial to the smooth running of your home – the septic system!

While city dweller and those lucky enough to live in the suburbs who are hooked up to the municipal sewer service, many of those who live in rural areas or some suburbs may not have that option.  For those folks the septic tank is the only option. Checking out the septic system early on in the home purchase can save a ton of money in the long road.

A septic tank system consists of a septic tank into which waste flows, a distribution box into which excess water flows, and a drain field which is made up of a series of buried pipes that are perforated.  When waste flows into the septic tank, it accumulates with solids sinking to the bottom (this includes solid human waste and paper products and other refuse.  Water than floats to the top.  There is an outlet above the in flow connection that decants the excess water into the distribution box.  This distribution box then serves to distribute the excess water to the drainage field.  The drainage field will distribute this water across a large area of lawn or field so that it can either evaporate or be absorbed my surrounding plants in the soil.

So, what can you do to protect yourself? Start by asking the current owner what maintenance, if any, they have done in the past, including any pumping of the tank.  Next, hire a professional that knows how to evaluate the system.  Often systems can be overwhelmed when to much water volumes is running through the system.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

Preparing Your Plumbing for a Vacation

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Are you planning a long weekend in the Bahamas?  Maybe a week in Mexico or the Catskills?  While you are busy planning your action packed (or nap packed) vacation, take a minute to care for your home as only you can.  The last thing you want to happen after your relaxing vacation is to come home to a damaged home.  So how can you prevent this from happening?

First, when you leave your home recognize that the water in your home still maintains its pressure in your pipes.  This can potentially lead to leaks, and the damages that they can cause.   One easy way to prevent this damage is to shut the water off at the main control valve.

In most homes, the main shutoff valve is located right next to the water meter. Sometimes this valve is a knob that can be turned by hand, but other valves may require a wrench to turn on and off. If you’re having trouble locating or turning your shutoff valve, you should contact a plumber for help; even if you’re home in the event of a plumbing emergency, knowing where the valve is and how to shut it off may help you prevent thousands of dollars in damage!

This simple step will prevent future problems from leaks.  When you get back home simply cut it back on.  Do take into account that it will also shut down your irrigation system.  If this is an issue ask a neighbor or landscaper to come by, cut the water on and give your lawn and plantings the irrigation they need before shutting it back off.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!