Advanced Plumbing Service
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Frozen Assets

Frozen pipes are more than an inconvenience. Even a 1/8” crack can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, wrecking floors, furniture and keepsakes. Fixing frozen pipes is not as simple as calling the plumber.
Here are a few simple steps to protect your home:
  • Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic.
  • Use heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables to wrap pipes.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside, near where pipes are located.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.

If your pipes do freeze:
  • Don’t take chances. If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call for help. If you detect that you pipes have frozen and burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the house and leave the water faucet turned on.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or open flame. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house!

Hard Water Is Hard on Your Plumbing System

Hard water can lead to operational inefficiency and early replacement of water-use appliances and plumbing pipes.

You can soften your water. One option is with powder or liquid water softeners that would be used on a case-by-case basis.

Another option is an ion exchange water softening unit. Installed within your plumbing system, the water softening unit is designed to continuously remove calcium and magnesium from your household water.

When you’re ready to talk about this nuisance, give us a call about a solution that’s just right for you.

Lead Consumption

Ahhh. A nice cool glass of water. Tastes great. Pure, sparkling and possibly full of lead. Lead exposure is no small health issue.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lead consumption can cause serious damage to the brain, kidneys, nervous system and red blood cells.

Since you cannot see, taste or smell lead dissolved in water, testing is the only sure way of knowing whether or not your drinking water has harmful quantities. Testing costs between $20
and $100, depending on complexity, but should be considered a bargain versus the potential risk. Minimize your risk by taking some simple precautions. Be smart and be safe. Let us know how we can help!

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