Here in the United States, most people take working toilets for granted but around the world many don’t have access to proper sanitation. World Toilet Day brings awareness to the commitment to make sewage disposal available to everyone around the world to reduce illness and prolong lives.
Your sump pump is essential in preventing flooding from heavy rainfall or storms. The pump is usually located in the basement in a designated hole, or sump, because that is the first place groundwater will appear before it reaches the first level in your home. If your pump fails, you could be at risk for water damage or other costly repairs. Click here for more information to know if you need to install a sump pump if you do not currently have one in your home.
About Sump Pumps
You should be able to find your home’s sump pump in a dedicated space in your basement floor. The pump works by detecting elevated water levels and pumping the excess water out through a discharge pipe. Some homes with high groundwater levels prone to flooding may have more than one sump pump in the basement.
While sump pumps can last up to 10 years, they require regular maintenance to work when you need them to. This yearly maintenance includes testing the pump, clearing the lines or drainage pipes, and testing the unit to guarantee it works in case of an emergency. A professional should perform this maintenance to evaluate whether or not the pump needs replacing in the future.
It’s essential to ensure your sump pump is in good working condition at all times, so it’s ready to work correctly in case of an emergency. The certified staff at Putman & Son’s Plumbing know what to look for on all types of sump pumps and can recommend replacement or back up units if necessary. Our team offers service for the life of your pump, from installation to maintenance, repair, and replacement. Contact us today to have your pump inspected.
Putman & Son’s Plumbing is Rochester Hills’ and the surrounding areas preferred plumber for sump pump installation and maintenance.
The water heater is one of the most-used appliances in your home. From climate control to laundry machines, dishwashers and showers, your water heater is under constant use. Here are a few ways to know if you have a faulty water heater.
If you hear new noises from your water heater, it may be time for professional servicing. Your water heater may be making noises for various issues, including sediment buildup or defective heating elements. Call our professionals for guidance on possible ways to resolve the impending problem.
Water Quality Issues
Is your water showing a rusty or muddy color? Or, does it have a smell? These indicate that there may be something wrong with your water heater. Sediment buildup in your heater can impact the color of your water. You may also be smelling dissolved compounds from the heating element.
Leaks and corrosion are surefire signs that your hot water tank is failing. As water escapes the tank and corrodes the metal on the outside, you may see leaks and drips around your system. Take note of these leaks, and call us to arrange a replacement soon.
Reduced Hot Water
No one likes to take cold showers, especially when they’re not planning for it. If your water heater suddenly can’t keep up with your demands for hot water, there may be a problem with it heating effectively.
Low Water Flow
Sediment buildup in the pipes connecting to your heater, or in the heater itself can restrict water flow through your home’s plumbing, causing a decrease in water pressure.
Putman & Son’s Plumbing is Rochester Hills’ go-to source for information on a wide range of water heaters. Contact us today for more information about popular and efficient water heaters. Our master plumbers are experts regarding water heater repair, removal, and installation. If you think you have a faulty water heater, call Putman & Son’s Plumbing at (248) 652-0990.
As the weather cools off, many homeowners are looking for fall plumbing tips to prepare their homes for winter. During autumn, evening temperatures can dip to below freezing, putting your plumbing at risk for cracks or damage. Make sure to prevent these problems before they happen by adding these plumbing maintenance tips to your fall to-do list.
1. Prepare your Outdoor Faucets
Outdoor faucets are potentially the most vulnerable pieces of plumbing when the temperature drops. Before it gets too cold, disconnect your hose, and inspect your outdoor faucet to make sure it’s not leaking.
2. Insulate Exposed Pipes
If you have pipes entering your home, or in exposed areas like your garage, it’s essential to insulate them from the cold. You can accomplish this with a kit from a hardware store. Insulating your pipes prevents them from freezing and cracking in cold temperatures.
3. Clean your Gutters
Make sure your gutters can effectively divert water away from your home by clearing them from leaves and debris.
4. Check your Sump Pump
Freezing temperatures can damage your sump pump or cause it to work less effectively. Take fall as an opportunity to inspect your pump and ensure that it can weather the winter.
5. Prepare your Hot Water Heater for Winter
Ensure your hot water heater is in good shape to handle the cold months ahead with a brief inspection. Flush the water in the system, and ensure that the temperature is set to 120°F for the best results.
Putman & Son’s Plumbing is here to help you tackle your fall to-do list. Contact us today at (248) 652-0990 to schedule a visit to see how we can help prepare your home for winter.