Checking Toilets For Leaks

A constantly running toilet can waste thousands of gallons a water a year and drive up your utility bills. Check your toilets regularly, and replace any parts that are no longer functioning as they should. Most toilet repair jobs are fairly easy to do yourself. To Check & Repair a Toilet Adjust Water Level in […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 5

In our last part of our Plumbing Issues Series, we’ve included a photo showing water damage to a living room ceiling due to leaky pipes under a sink.  The customer placed a bucket and a couple of rags to catch the slow drip from the water line under the bathroom sink.  When he wasn’t home, […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 4

Low Water Pressure Usually, poor water pressure is caused by clogged pipes. But if you’ve already replaced them or have a newer house with new pipes, try the obvious first. Make sure the shutoff valves near the water meter are fully open. Sounds basic, but plumbers still have to charge for a service call to simply […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 3

Running Toilet This is a very common and annoying plumbing problem that can quickly cost you money. Luckily a running toilet is also easy to fix on your own. Toilets typically run when the flapper valve that lets water pass from the tank to the bowl no longer fits properly, the float is imbalanced or the […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 2

Leaky Pipes Whether your regular inspection reveals a puddle under a pipe or you get an unpleasant surprise when you reach under your sink, leaks can be a costly nuisance. Leaks usually happen at joints, which is why commercial joint fillers and fitting compounds occupy plenty of shelf space in your local hardware store and […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 1

Why would a restoration company write blogs on plumbing issues?  Because 30% of our work comes from faulty plumbing or poor maintenance.  Here’s a few tips in the next blogs to help you possibly avoid major damage caused by plumbing issues. Slow Or Clogged Drains When water in your sink, tub or toilet does not […]

Broken Water Line

Pictured here is a basement where a water broke due to the extreme temperatures.  Luckily, the leak was caught quickly, and thus the damage was limited.  Be sure to insulate pipes and keep even rooms with minimum use warm.

Why Do Pipes Burst?

When the temperature drops below the freezing point, pipes are susceptible to bursting.  Pressure inside the pipes is what causes it to burst.  When water freezes, its molecules crystalize into an open hexagonal form, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form — that is, the water molecules expand […]

Frozen Pipe Precautions & Tips

Every winter season, the pipes in your home are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Low temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze, and in some cases burst. The following tips can help you safeguard your home before, during and after a pipe freezes. Preventing Pipes From Freezing Disconnect all gardening hoses and […]