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How Can I Get My Plumbing Ready for Spring?

Spring is headed our way, and there are a few things we think you should never ignore if you want your plumbing system to function smoothly all year long. As a first-rate provider of tankless water heater maintenance throughout Summerfield, NC, and the surrounding communities, Go Green Plumbing, Heating and Air understands winter can leave quite the mess behind and in a service area like ours — where winter conditions and older pipes can be an unpleasant combination. 

Inspect Your Sump Pump

If you’ve got a sump pump in the crawl space or basement, it’s imperative that you check and test it at the onset of spring, and about every three months after that. That way, you can rest assured it will work when you need it. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t find out that their sump pump is broken or malfunctioning until after their basement has already flooded. Here’s what to do:

  • Check the drain that leads outside. Remove debris that could block water from releasing from the outlet.
  • Look out for any signs that your pump has tilted or the float valve has moved out of place.
  • Examine electrical wires and battery for signs of damage.
  • Run a test by pouring water into the pit until the float rises. Make sure your system operates as it should.

Clean the Roof and Gutters

Gutters and storm drains are critical components of your plumbing system. These need to be clean if you expect water to move off of your roof, preventing water damage and leaks. It’s paramount to clean your roof and gutters regularly, especially during the spring. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it safely on your own, call on the help of one of our professionals!

Check Your Pipes

Exposed pipes can experience a high degree of damage throughout the winter; Water expands as it freezes, and your piping is at risk of expanding and contracting. Look at any exposed pipes on your property for signs of cracking. If you notice any problems, call a plumber for a complete inspection. Right now, it might be possible to replace a section of the pipe as needed.

Test the Water Pressure

It’s possible one of your water pipes is already leaking, even if you haven’t noticed any water on your property. When you turn on a faucet in your house and see the water pressure seems to have dropped, it could be a sign of a leak or another issue that requires a plumber’s prompt attention.

For more information about how our plumbers will get your pipes ready for spring or to have them install a water filtration system near Summerfield, NC, contact Go Green Plumbing, Heating and Air today!

Prepare Your Home’s Plumbing for Winter This Fall

It’s never too early to begin preparing your home’s plumbing system for the winter. Here at Go Green Plumbing, we provide great preventative plumbing measures throughout the fall to make sure you’re not dealing with frozen or burst pipes in the winter. Learn more in the following video. Continue reading “Prepare Your Home’s Plumbing for Winter This Fall”

What is Trenchless Water Line Replacement?

At Go Green Plumbing, we’re all about providing the highest level of plumbing services to the communities of North Carolina at the lowest prices possible. Whether that means offering affordable tankless water heater maintenance in High Point, NC, or finding new and innovative solutions for larger plumbing problems like burst main water lines, our team is continuously striving to do right by our customers. Continue reading “What is Trenchless Water Line Replacement?”

Count on Go Green Plumbing for Reliable Sewer Line Replacements

One of the most inopportune plumbing issues that many property owners deal with is a clogged sewer line in Summerfield, NC, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, and Winston Salem. But here at Go Green Plumbing, we have over 17 years of experience providing residential and commercial sewer and drain services, which means our plumbers in Greensboro, NC, know how to get the job done right.

When you deal with a plumbing company that owns and operates specialized equipment, you can rest assured knowing that your underground sewer issue will be perfectly pinpointed. Call us today to schedule your sewer line service. To learn more about what our team can do for you, please also visit us online at https://www.gogreenplumb.com/.

Nominate a Family in Need for Go Green’s “Plumber’s Promise” Program

At Go Green Plumbing of Greensboro, NC, we strive to give back to the community in any way we can. Through our “Plumber’s Promise” program, we’re excited to help families and individuals who are struggling by providing the critical help they need, free of charge.

 
If you know a person or family near Greensboro, NC, in desperate need of plumbing assistance, nominate them online today at www.GoGreenPlumb.com/Contact-Us. Just include a brief description of their situation and mention the “Plumber’s Promise” program.

4 Pros of Owning A Tankless Water Heater

There are several benefits of owning a tankless water heater. These heaters are ideal for homeowners because of the fact that they can help them save both money and energy, have a longer lifespan, free up space, and so much more.

Go Green Plumbing offers professional plumbing services in Greensboro, High Point, Summerfield, and Oak Ridge, NC, as well as many other surrounding communities. To learn more about our services, please call 336-296-1100.

Keeping Your Drain Clog-Free (Part Two)

 

Let’s face it, no one likes to hear they have a clogged drain. But there’s good news. You can keep your drain clog free with just a little regular effort. Below are a few more ways to ensure you’re being smart when it comes to preventing drains from clogging and creating bigger plumbing issues down the road.

Remember that your toilet is not a trash can. Yes, today’s toilet’s do a great job of getting rid of whatever we put in them – at least temporarily. But if you’re putting your trash in them, it may come back to haunt you, literally. Things like wrappers, dental floss, paper towels, female hygiene items, etc. should not be flushed, ever. It’s that simple.

Collect your food waste. Whether you’re scraping your plates into the trash or a compost, your efforts will pay off – literally. If you can prevent food from even entering your sink, you are doing your drains and your bank account a huge favor. Keep up the good work.

Pour a little vinegar down the drain. Did you know that vinegar is a powerful cleaning agent? Further, it’s acetic acid makes it a great organic solvent, perfect for helping dissolve organic matter and build up in your drains. Just pour about a half a cup to a cup of vinegar down your drain, let it sit for 30 to 45 min and the run very hot water for a few minutes.

Pay attention if you have regular sewer backups. If you find that you are experiencing sewer backups every few years, you may need to have a professional take a closer look¾literally. Today’s plumbing professionals can send a camera down the line to see what the problem may be. Whether it’s tree roots or rotting pipes, this information is vital in making your entire plumbing system work more smoothly for years to come.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Your Drain Clog-Free (Part One)

 

Preventative maintenance can go a long way in avoiding a clogged drain. And it can pay huge dividends down the road. Fortunately, it’s not that hard. There are just a few key things to remember when it comes to keeping your drain running freely.

Use drain-cleaning bacteria on a regular basis. The most common clogs are caused by organic matter like hair, grease and food. To break down this organic matter, bacteria-based drain cleaning products are one of your best choices. You can find these types of drain cleaners at your local hardware store.

Dump the grease in the trash or a jar. If you are ever tempted to pour that dirty cooking grease down the sink drain, don’t do it! Pouring grease down your pipes is one of the worst things you can do for your drains. When the grease is warm, it will run through your pipes but eventually it will cool and congeal. And wherever there is congealed grease, you have a trap for every other thing that runs by, creating a serious drain clog.

Stop the hair and food before it hits the drain. To keep hair and food from creating a clog, mesh screens designed and suited for kitchen sinks and tub or shower drains are available in most home improvement stores. Another option to consider is a drain stopper that includes a screen. These are made to replace the screw-in drain stoppers. These too can be purchased at your local home improvement or hardware store.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to 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!

 

 

Plumbing Checklist for Homebuyers

 

Believe it or not, prime house buying season is just around the corner and many sellers are already sprucing up their homes to be sold. If you’re planning to buy a home this spring, you’re probably getting a few things in order as well.

While things like identifying a lender is a critical piece of the home buying process, there are a few seemingly smaller things that can make a big difference in your home buying success. For example, using a plumbing checklist for each home viewing is one item that can save you grief down the road.

Why? Because plumbing issues aren’t always obvious. But with a keen eye and a little bit of active observation, you’ll be able to glean a great deal about your future plumbing systems.

Flush Every Toilet in the Home. Listen for gurgling sounds, slow draining toilets and toilets that run too long.

Check the Pipes. Low water pressure is the last thing you want when you’re stepping into your morning shower. So make sure to check the size of each home’s pipes. Look for a minimum of ¾ inches from the water source to the home and a minimum of ½ inch to faucets.

Turn on Each Faucet. Just as you flushed each toilet, turn each sink, bath and shower faucet on to better gauge the type of water pressure you can expect.

Inspect the Water Heater. Locate the water heater and check for any corrosion or other visible issues. Make sure to ask for the service record and year of anticipated replacement.

Spend Time in the Basement. While most homebuyers don’t tend to spend too much time in the basement. It can tell you a lot about the health of the home. Do you see any water damage? Leaky pipes? Repairs to plumbing systems and fixtures that look a little too much DIY?

Look for Lead Piping. Now that consumers are aware of the dangers of lead, it’s in your best interest to stay away from any home that has a lead piping system; that is, unless your budget allows for replacing all of the piping.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to 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!

Is Your Shower Drain Clogged?

 

Have you noticed the water draining slowing in your bathtub or shower? If the answer is yes, then you need to act immediately. A small problem in a drain can quickly worsen, so take steps to keep the problem under control. Otherwise, you may end up with a clogged shower, a foul odor and even mold.

First, how can you know there is a blockage? As mentioned above, your bathtub or shower is draining noticeably slower than normal. Or, the water in the shower is not draining at all, to the extent that the water rises above your feet. Finally, you smell an objectionable odor in the area close to the shower or bathtub. Once you’ve determined that you have a blockage, what next? Here are a few ideas:

Is there is an obvious reason? Has hair built up and clogged the drain? Or maybe their is a build up of shampoo, conditioner AND hair. If yes, remove the hair or obstructing object and see if water will now drain properly.

Use a Plunger. If you are comfortable giving the plunger a try, then by all means go for it. If you’re new to plunging, you’ll need to fill the shower or bathtub with a small amount of water. Once the water covers the bottom of the plunger, begin making up and down movements with the plunger. After no more than 6 plunges, stop and see if the water is draining away.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of warmed vinegar. You will hear, and possible see the chemical reaction and this handy duo doing their job. Let the soda and vinegar sit in the drain for 5-10 minutes and then pour a half gallon of hot water down the drain. You can repeat this method several times if necessary.

Call a Professional Plumber. If neither of the above options works, you’ll need to call a professional to address the issue.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to 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!