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It looks like it’s going to be a rainy week in Middletown. We’ve talked about the importance of a sump pump during rainy seasons to keep your basement dry, and that if you notice your sump pump acting strange you should call us. But there are also some other plumbing problems that can happen in stormy weather that can affect your plumbing system’s health and your family’s safety.
When an excessive amount of water backs up your sewer system, it can cause backdrafting in your home. It’s imperative that you find out how to prevent this from happening and how to handle it if it does in order to keep your family safe.
Appliances such as boilers and water heaters are designed to release harmful byproducts such as carbon monoxide and explosive methane gases through a flue where they safely exit the home. But when excessive rain water backs up your drain system, it can cause negative air pressure inside the home to draw in these dangerous gases. If this happens in your home, you’ll notice a sewer odor in your home. It’s important to identify where negative air pressure could be coming from, particularly during rain, sewer, or storm drain flooding. Some possibilities could be:
If you notice a sewer-like smell after heavy rains, be sure to call us for professional plumbing help. We will run tests to determine if backdrafting is the cause and if it is, we’ll find out why it’s happening. We may need to find a safer place to install your water heater, clear drains, or replace plumbing vents and exhaust fans. You can be certain we are the best plumbing company in Frederick County for the job!
Call Putman Plumbing for your sump pump or ventilation needs today. We’ll be happy to help.
It may be the first day of spring, but it clearly doesn’t feel like it in Frederick County! With up to 12 inches of snow expected in parts of Maryland, there’s a possibility that too much snow could settle on your roof and cause plumbing problems.
Your sewer releases gases through a vent stack located on your roof. After a really heavy snow, that vent can become blocked and prevent air pressure from regulating your system. Smelly, potentially dangerous gases can back up into your living space if the problem isn’t addressed quickly.
Signs that your sewer vent is blocked:
Gurgling in drains. You may hear gurgling or see water bubbling up and out of drains. You may even hear gurgling in your toilet after you flush. This happens because air that should be flowing up and out of the sewer vent has nowhere to escape but through the drains.
If your sewer vent is blocked, you may even hear gurgling in drains other than the one you’re using. For example, if you flush a toilet, you may hear gurgling in the tub. This indicates that these two plumbing fixtures share a vent-and it is blocked. In some cases, gurgling noises indicate that there is no vent for that drain or fixture.
Slow Drains. A single slow drain may just mean the drain or pipe is clogged, but if all of the drains in your home are slow and you’re also noticing the other issues we’re describing, blocked sewer vents are very possible.
Sewage Odors. If you smell rotten eggs coming from your drains and toilets, you’re probably smelling air escaping through the drains due to blocked sewer vents. You may even experience headache, nausea, dizziness and drowsiness due to these gases.
Of course the best solution is to clear snow away from the vent and melt any snow that has made its way into the vent, but that may not be possible right away during a snow like we’re expecting. An immediate way to prevent gases from entering your living space is to add water to basement floor drains, empty shower stalls and unused basement toilets. This helps because a blocked vent stack causes water to siphon from water traps in the drain line between each fixture and the main stack. As water is pulled from the traps to replace existing water/air flow, it will allow sewer gases to enter the home. More water in the traps prevents that gas from entering.
To prevent this problem from happening again, your trusted Middletown plumber can replace your vent pipe with a longer one so it’s less likely to become blocked.
Hopefully this will be the last winter storm in Frederick County. If you have plumbing problems now or any time this spring, give us a call.
We are proud to sponsor Soles of Love in the Garden at the “Wedge” level. In the past 6 years, this charity event has donated over 1,700 shoes to Frederick County area students, and raised additional money to purchase winter boots for these children as well.
This year, Soles of Love in the Garden will be held at Surreybrooke in Middletown on August 4th from 7 pm to 9 pm. The garden party will be a relaxing evening of friendship, conversation, music, and community. Each guest is asked to donate new children’s shoes that will be given to children in need. This year’s theme is “Fruits of Summer,” and guests are invited to dress in the color of their favorite fruit to pay tribute to the “Fruits of the Spirit.”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Soles of Love in the Garden was established in in 2011 after Julie Gaver recognized how many local families were in need of shoes for their children. Julie decided to start a charity in which friends could enjoy time in the garden with her (one of her favorite pastimes) while collecting shoes for these families in need.
Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased here.
We want to wish a Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the awesome dads out there. Whether you’re the dad or you’re celebrating your dad, we hope you plan to spend some fun family time together in the next few days. These hard-working dads deserve it!
Here are some ideas for things to do around town. Hopefully you don’t end up with any plumbing problems that get in the way of your plans!
Take dad back to his childhood as you watch E.T. together Friday in Carroll Creek Ampitheater. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts at 9. Admission is free and snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
There aren’t many dads who don’t love a good baseball game. Head to see the Frederick Keys play the Hillcats Friday, Saturday or Sunday at Harry Grove Stadium. On Father’s Day, you can even play catch with him on the field for 30 minutes after gates open!
If dad is a movie lover, take him to Frederick Community College on Saturday night for the Forbidden Love Movie Themes Concert. Music will be played from Titanic, Romeo and Juliet, Forrest Gump, Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are from $15-$25.
Is your father a Beatle’s fan? On Sunday at Baker Park Bandshell, Abbey Road LIVE! will be playing sounds of the Beatles starting at 7 p.m.
Take dad to sample some of Frederick County’s locally brewed beer. Head to Milkhouse Brewery in Mount Airy, Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, or grab dinner and a drink at Brewer’s Alley Restaurant in Frederick.
Life is busy. If you don’t get to hang out at home with the kids much, have a water fight. Watch a DVD. Just enjoy spending time together.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend without any plumbing problems, and enjoy making new memories with your family. If you do happen to need our services, just give us a call.
Today we thank all the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. We honor your selfless response to the call to defend, to stand beside our country. Your courage will never be forgotten, and we will never take our freedom for granted!
Here is some information about how Veterans Day came to be, courtesy of the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs (va.gov):
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Today in the U.S., there are 21 million veterans. Again, we thank you for your service and honor your courage! Happy Veterans Day, from all of us at Putman Plumbing!
This Mother’s Day weekend, show your mom, wife, or grandma a Mother’s Day she deserves with a little relaxation. Let her nap if she wants to. Have the kids clean up after dinner, or take her to her favorite restaurant. Give her a gift certificate to get a massage, or just encourage her to sit still for a while and be a part of the family’s conversation. Show her how appreciated she really is.
To all of the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Putman Plumbing!
If your dishes aren’t getting completely rinsed in the dishwasher, or your shower seems like it’s not producing enough water, you may have a problem with water pressure. There are several reasons your water pressure could be low. Let’s take a look and see what could be the cause of your issue.
A leak in your plumbing system will reduce water pressure because it doesn’t allow water to flow where it needs to go. Leaks can cause excess water to be used as well, so you may have notice an increase in your water bills. We can come and test your meter to see if we suspect a leak, and then determine the source of the leak to fix it.
Steel or galvanized water piping systems are made to last 20 years, but over time the insides of these pipes start to corrode and can prevent water from flowing as it should. There’s no quick fix for this problem, but we can replace the piping system. You’ll be shocked at how much better your water pressure gets when water is able to make its way through clean, clear pipes.
When a water main cracks, it allows debris including sand and dirt into your home’s pipes. Your pipes are also likely to hang on to mineral deposits that cling to them after going through your home. Buildup of any kind is likely to slow down the flow of your water.
We can examine a section of piping to determine whether mineral buildup is the culprit, and then use plumbing chemicals we trust that will flush the debris out of your home’s plumbing system.
Your problem with water pressure could be caused by a malfunction in a municipal water supply system. Area cities have piping that can leak or be blocked by debris and cause issues with residential water pressure. If you talk to neighbors who seem to be having the same problems, call your local city water supply company to ask if there are issues that could be affecting your water pressure at home. Hopefully it’s something they are addressing promptly.
We’d love to help you get back to enjoying clean dishes and massage-quality pressure in your shower. Just call Putman Plumbing today!
To show our gratitude and support for these amazing families, we will make a donation to Folds of Honor with every service call this month. Folds of Honor is an organization whose mission is to honor the sacrifice of America’s heroes while giving hope to the bearers of their legacy. They provide scholarships for family members of American military personnel who are killed or disabled while serving our country.
Children of service members who are enrolled in grades K-12 may receive funds to be used for private school tuition, educational tutoring, an accredited homeschooling curriculum, required books and school uniforms. High school graduates up to age 24 who are unmarried are eligible for college scholarships.
Spouses of deceased or disabled service who meet specific requirements can also receive college scholarships.
Folds of Honor was started in 2007 by golfers who wanted to raise money for families of these brave men and women. Since then, Patriot Golf Day, held on Memorial Day Weekend throughout the country, has raised over $25 million dollars for this very worthy cause.
Putman Plumbing is proud to show our support to the families who have suffered from the loss or injury of a loved one. With your plumbing service in February, we will donate a portion of your payment to Folds of Honor.
If you would like to learn more about the valiant efforts of this organization or make a donation, please click here. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference.
To see the inspirational story behind Major Dan Rooney and the founding of Folds of Honor, click here.
We all know that freedom isn’t free. So please join us in opening our hearts this month and beyond to those who protect our freedom.