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If you have family and friends coming to stay in your Frederick County home this month, the last thing you’ll want to deal with is a messy plumbing problem while they’re there. Take some steps now to ensure your guests have a comfortable Thanksgiving visit.
Here are a few things you might want to have a plumber check before guests arrive.
If your water turn cold when the third person in your family takes a shower, imagine what will happen when four extra people are there. You may have sediment sitting in the bottom of your hot water heater that prevents the water from heating as it should, so it’s a good idea to have a Middletown plumber drain it before guess arrive. If your hot water heater is 10 years or older, you may consider having a new one installed before the holidays. If you have guests stay with you frequently throughout the year, think about getting a bigger hot water heater.
Do you have to flush twice sometimes to get everything down? There may be a clog somewhere in your plumbing pipes, which will become backed up even more with multiple guests using the toilet — and even lead to a messy overflow. Have a plumber check for clogs or broken parts, and then encourage your family not to use flushable wipes. They could be the reason your pipes are getting clogged.
A slow drip can already cause your water bill to add up, so when you add hand-washing, showering, and flushing when guests are there, your bill will go through the roof. Have a plumber fix the leak now so you can keep extra money in the bank for holiday gift giving.
When you’re cooking for a crowd and rinsing dishes, you won’t want a clogged kitchen drain. Liquids should flow straight through when you pour them down the drain, so if it’s taking a few minutes or even seconds to disappear, call a plumber to clear the clog.
If you smell something rotten in the garbage disposal or don’t hear the blades turning when you turn it on, make sure to call a Frederick County plumber. You’ll need to use a working garbage disposal for Thanksgiving and the rest of the weekend!
We want every Frederick County resident to enjoy this season with family and friends. If you have a plumbing problem, give us a call and we’ll take care of it right away!
Halloween is this Wednesday, and hopefully you’ve already enjoyed some of the fun and scary things going on around Frederick County. If you haven’t had your fill of Halloween fun, don’t worry. There are still some events in the area going on this week and next weekend.
Gaver Farm Field Trip on October 31. Meet up with other homeschooling families at this Mt. Airy Farm, where kids can wear their costumes, pick pumpkins, take a hayride, run through a corn maze and play on playgrounds!
Screamland Farms on November 2 and 3. This haunted attraction in Frederick will still be open next weekend, so check it out to experience the Hayride of Horrors and zombie paintball!
SuperHero Fall Kidfest in Leesburg on November 3rd offers a chance for your little ones to wear their costumes again and eat some yummy BBQ.
If your family plans to carve pumpkins this week or you’ll be making pumpkin pie in the near future, it’s important that you dispose of scraps properly. No parts of a pumpkin should ever go in the drain or garbage disposal! Stringy guts can clog drains and wrap around the blade causing it to stop, while pumpkin rinds and seeds are too hard for the blade to cut through, so they can damage the disposal.
Avoid a clogged sink and broken garbage disposal by scooping guts and seeds into a bowl or newspaper, then throwing the scraps into the trash can or a compost pile.
We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween. Plumbing problems can be scary, so if you need any plumbing help from a trusted plumber in Middletown this week or any time, give us a call!
No, there’s not a ghost in your shower. What this could actually mean is that you have a plumbing leak somewhere. If you’re only hearing water constantly running in the toilet, you may simply need to repair a damaged flapper, but if you hear it somewhere else in the house, call your Middletown plumber.
A super scary sound might be terrifying, but there are no demons in your pipes. Pipes may squeal when water from a large pipe flows into a smaller pipe, so your plumber will either need to adjust the pressure valve or replace a worn washer or valve.
This is called water hammer, and it happens when water pressure changes and loose pipes bang into walls. This could lead to broken pipes or appliances, so it’s important that a licensed Frederick County plumber fix it.
This really could be a scary problem, but not one that involves a scary creature. You could have backed up sewer lines or lines that have cracks, and when air gets through they gurgle. Make sure to call Putman Plumbing right away to clear up this problem.
If you’ve lost your appetite for Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins because you can’t get past the rotten egg odor in your home, it’s time to call us. There could be a broken vent or sewer pipe under your house, and besides the terrible smell it causes, it could also wreak havoc on your foundation.
We hope you enjoy some spooky good times in Middletown and surrounding cities. If you need any help with plumbing problems, give us a call.
Now that Frederick County schools are out, the kids are playing in sprinklers, eating more food at home and creating a lot more laundry for mom and dad. These are all par for the course for summer, but they’re also things that can cause potential plumbing problems. Find out how to prevent some of the plumbing problems that can happen when the kids are home, and if you can’t prevent them, call us!
Filling up pools and washing the car with the hose are all classic summer activities. But if you don’t keep an eye on how long the outside water has been on, it can really drive up your water bill. Remind the kids not to splash too much water out of the pool, and set a timer when they’re playing in the sprinkler. If your teenagers are washing their cars with the hose, teach them to turn the water off while they’re soaping up the car.
Your kitchen sink will take a beating with more cereal being poured down the drain and scraps being grinded in the garbage disposal. Remind your kids not to pour food down the drain since it can cause clogs, and that they shouldn’t put hard things like apple cores, orange peels, or chicken bones down the garbage disposal. In fact to play it safe and avoid plumbing problems while young kids are home, you might want to tell them to put all food scraps in the trash.
Clogged toilets are a big concern in summer just because everyone is flushing the toilet all day. It’s important for kids to know how much toilet paper is appropriate to use, so tell them they only need 6 squares or whatever you decide is appropriate. And while flushable wipes are very popular these days, they don’t dissolve in water like regular toilet paper so make sure to tell everyone not to flush more than one at a time since they can clog the toilet. It’s also a good idea to remind girls not to flush any feminine products.
With all the baseball games and time spent at the beach or in the sandbox, a lot of dirt and sand will be going through the washing machine this summer. To avoid the washing machine from breaking or leaking, rinse as much debris as possible out first, and also check pockets for gum, candy, and other sticky stuff. This is not a good time of year to have to run to the laundromat!
Enjoy your extra time with the kids this summer, and if you do have any problems, let us know!
Memorial Day weekend marks the first weekend of summer. As we enjoy barbecues and fun parties, let’s not forget the real reason we’re celebrating: to honor the brave men and women who traded their lives for our freedom. We will be forever grateful for their sacrifice.
If you’re planning to host guests in your home this weekend, plumbing problems are likely to happen. With more people using the garbage disposal, sinks and toilets, it’s just par for the course. But there are some things you can do and encourage guests to do during their stay to avoid some plumbing issues from happening.
If you need any plumbing help for your Frederick County home after the weekend, be sure to give us a call.
Putman Plumbing is thankful for another year in business, and that’s all because of our faithful customers like you! We’re also thankful to have modern plumbing in our country including comfortable toilets, private warm showers, and clean drinking water. These are luxuries that not everyone has, so we should all be thankful for them. (To get a better understanding of how fortunate we are to have the bathrooms we do, check out this article published last week on World Toilet Day).
We wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving filled with great food and warm memories. Here are just a few reminders to avoid plumbing problems this weekend so you don’t end up with a big mess with a house full of guests:
If you plan to do some holiday shopping this weekend, please support your local Middletown and Frederick County businesses!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Putman Plumbing! If you have any plumbing problems, give us a call.
If you’re hosting a big dinner for Thanksgiving, you probably already have a lot on your plate (see what we did there?). But besides grocery shopping and planning where out of town guests will sleep, you should also make sure no big problems will come up with a house full of people. If you notice any of these problems, have a licensed plumber in Middletown check them out well before your guests arrive.
If you’re already having to flush twice to get everything down your toilet, imagine how much flushing that will be all day long on Thanksgiving day – and it could possibly overflow. There’s a reason why your toilet is stopped up. Flushable wipes could be balled up in your pipes (they aren’t really that flushable, after all). And if any parts in your tank are broken, there may not be enough water getting to the bowl to wash everything down. A Frederick County plumber can take a look and fix the problem to avoid a big mess.
Is your water running cold after three people in your family take showers in the morning? Imagine how cold your guests will be when you add them to your household. There could be sediment buildup in the bottom of your hot water heater that’s preventing your water from getting as hot as it should, and a plumber can drain that for you. Or if your hot water heater is around 10 years old, you may consider having a new hot water heater installed before guests arrive.
Lots of stuff will be going down your kitchen sink and garbage disposal on Thanksgiving (although you shouldn’t pour fats, grease, or chunky foods into your drain, and no bones in your disposal). If you already notice that your kitchen sink is draining slowly, it could end up completely clogged during your big dinner. Liquids should flow straight through when you pour them down the drain, so if it’s taking a few minutes for them to disappear, call a plumber now to clear the problem.
Your water bill will certainly go up when you have extra showering, flushing, hand-washing, and cooking going on. If you already notice a leaky faucet anywhere in the house, it’s worth it to call a plumber now to fix it so that doesn’t add to the bill. A trained plumber can tell you if it’s time to replace your faucet and have it fixed before your turkey is in the oven!
Putman Plumbing is happy to help you get prepared so you can enjoy your Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays. Just give us a call!
Carving jack-o-lanterns is a favorite Halloween activity for lots of Frederick County families. But a common misconception is that it’s okay to put pumpkin guts down the garbage disposal or drain. The slimy, stringy pulp can harden and cause clogged drains, and can get wrapped around the garbage disposal blade and cause damage. And just as no nuts should ever go into your disposal, seeds are also too solid to be ground up.
When Halloween is over, it’s also not a good idea to chop up your jack-o-lanterns and put them down the garbage disposal. Just like watermelon or honeydew, pumpkin rinds are too hard and tough for blades to chop up, so it’s very likely that you’ll have to call a plumber to fix or replace your garbage disposal.
Before you start carving, lay out a newspaper under your pumpkin and then grab a bowl. Scoop the pulp and seeds into the bowl and catch the extra stuff on the newspaper. When you’re finished, throw all the pulp into the trash can or into your compost pile. For a special treat, rinse the seeds and lay them on a cookie sheet, sprinkle them with salt and bake at 325 for about 25 minutes.
If you compost, it will take a whole pumpkin quite a while to disappear, so cut it into pieces if you want it to rot down quicker. If you don’t normally compost, here’s a guide to help you get rid of your pumpkin.
We hope you and your family have a safe Halloween and enjoy lots of tasty treats. If you find yourself in a sticky plumbing situation, one of our professional plumbers from Putman Plumbing will be there to save you. Just give us a call.
This weekend as we enjoy pool time and good food with friends, let’s not forget the real reason for Memorial Day: to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. We’re so thankful we have the freedom to own and run a business we love, and we owe so much gratitude to the brave soldiers who fought for us.
If you’re hosting a barbecue this weekend and have a lot of people in your home, you’re more likely to have plumbing problems. Here are some proactive things you can do to avoid having issues:
As you begin to plan next week’s Easter celebration, you’re probably excited to get together with family and share a wonderful meal. But in order to prevent having to call a plumber on Easter, make sure you know what should and shouldn’t go down the garbage disposal. You can get on top of plumbing problems from the start by cleaning your drain before guests arrive. Pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar into each drain to make a foam taht will eat away buildup inside your drains.
Eggs have a membrane inside the shells that can shred and form a web that captures other foods and liquids that go into your drain pipe, which can cause clogs. The membrane lining can also wrap around the garbage disposal’s shredder, causing it to malfunction. So stick those shells in the trash after your egg hunt.