We offer a wide range of services, including
maintenance services to residential and commercial customers.
Sewer and Drain Repair
Conventional Water Heater Installation
Tankless Water Heater Installation
Whole House Filtration System Installation
Descaling of Tankless Heaters
Garbage Disposal Installation
Video Camera Inspection
Water Softener Installation
Bathroom and Kitchen Remodel
New Service Line Installation
Caring for Your Plumbing System
A&W Sons offers monthly tips for home owners to help care for their pipes so they’ll last longer and prevent a costly plumbing disaster later!
3 Basic Plumbing Maintenance Tips
to Help Avoid Flooding
Basic plumbing maintenance can reduce the potential for household flooding substantially. Though not all causes of home water damage are predictable and avoidable, staying ahead of indoor plumbing issues before they trigger flooding is a preventive step that’s well worth the time and effort. Like all household systems, plumbing pipes and drains incur wear and tear and degrade over time. Basic plumbing maintenance should therefore be an ongoing practice that focuses on the most likely causes of flooding.
Here are three important items:
1. Test all shutoff valves yearly. Everyone should know the location of the main water shutoff valve and how to operate it in case a water supply line inside the house breaks. Because valves may become frozen in the open position due to accumulation of mineral deposits, test-operate the main valve once a year to make sure it turns freely and shuts off the flow of water completely. Also test all individual shutoff valves inside the house such as those installed on the wall behind toilets and under sinks. If any shutoff valve is sticky or difficult to turn, don’t force it — contact a plumber.
2. Insulate exposed pipes. To prevent freezing that causes pipe rupture and flooding, keep frigid air away from water supply lines wherever possible. Insulate accessible spans of pipe with slip-on foam insulation sleeves, particularly in the crawl space under the house. Also seal any openings that allow outdoor air indoors, into areas such as the voids inside exterior walls and underneath the house.
3. No leakage is “normal.” In fact, apparently minor leaks such as pinholes in supply pipes that produce trivial drips are often a serious indicator of internal corrosion that may trigger a burst pipe and severe flooding. Signs of seepage around pipe joints is another red flag that the pipe construction is weakening and could burst at any time. Inspect all accessible spans of plumbing annually for signs of present or past leakage and don’t put off contacting a plumbing professional if you note any.
Ask a professional at AW&SONS about other basic plumbing maintenance to avoid flooding.
AW & Sons Plumbing is available to help with all you kitchen & plumbing services and can offer more drain problem tips to avoid issues in the future.
Call us at (562) 690-1505