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Now that the kids are home from school, there are more possibilities for potential plumbing problems. Before you find yourself dealing with a wet mess or paying a sky high water bill, follow these tips.
Set a Sprinkler Timer
Playing in the sprinkler or hose all summer never gets old, but it’s important to put a cap on the amount of time the water is on. Try setting a timer to tell the kids when to turn the sprinkler off, and always double check it to make sure it’s all the way off.
Talk About What Goes in the Toilet (And What Doesn’t)
On an average day, the kids will be flushing at least five times, so clogs are a big concern. Tell (and even show) your kids how much toilet paper is appropriate to use, and teach them not to flush paper towels or other non-flushable items. If you use flushable wipes in your home, warn the kids not to flush more than one at a time since many brands don’t dissolve after flushing.
Rinse the Dirt Before Doing Laundry
Dirt from the baseball field and sand from the sandbox will be constantly going through the washing machine this summer. Make sure to rinse as much debris as possible out of clothes before putting them into the wash, and check pockets for gum, candy, and sunflower seeds. If you notice any leaks around your laundry room, be sure to call a plumber. This is not the time of year to have to be running back and forth to the laundromat.
Keep an Eye on the Garbage Disposal
You’re used to the kids pouring cereal and milk down the garbage disposal before school, but now that they’re home all day they will be eating lunch and snacks. Remind your kids not to put hard fruit rinds and cores, bones or other foods into the garbage disposal, and that greasy or oily liquids should never go down the drain since they will harden and get stuck.
Call Putman Plumbing for Any Plumbing Problems!
Have a great summer, and if you see any leaks or have problems with your water, be sure to call your Middletown plumbing experts!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all our Frederick County plumbing customers! You may have already given your sweetheart chocolate and flowers, but have you paid any special attention to your plumbing? After all, it’s there for you every morning when you wake up, every time you use your kitchen throughout the day, and even in the middle of the night when the kids are sick. When you show your pipes and faucets the love and appreciation they deserve, you can continue to enjoy all the perks of a problem-free plumbing system.
Here are a few ways to show your plumbing some love:
- Listen to it. Your plumbing has a lot to say and will tell you if it’s having problems, so keep an ear out for dripping faucets, gurgling drains, and constantly running toilets.
- Don’t treat it like trash. Garbage disposals are never meant for hard food scraps such as rhinds or bones, and they don’t get along with grease or fats. Most importantly, chemicals, paints, paper towels or anything else that’s not edible should not go into your garbage disposal.
- Restore its flow. Water should instantly disappear down your drains when you’re brushing your teeth or taking a shower. If you see water pooling around your drain, call a Middletown plumber to inspect it instead of using harsh chemicals, which could cause more harm than good.
- Don’t let small problems escalate into big issues. Plumbing problems are a lot like relationship problems: it’s easier to avoid them, but the longer you do, the bigger the explosion. So don’t procrastinate when your toilet has overflowed twice in a week or you’ve noticed this month’s water bill is a lot higher than last month’s. Call Putman Plumbing and have the problem fixed now!
- Promise to keep it happy. High maintenance is never a bad thing when it comes to your plumbing. When you join the Putman Plus Club, you’ll get annual inspection which includes all toilets, faucets, drains, exposed water lines, piping under bathroom and kitchen sinks, and washing machine hoses. We even perform a drinking water test! You’ll also save 10% on all repairs throughout the year, and you’ll get bumped to the front of the line when you have a plumbing problem.
A Happy Plumbing System Leads to a Happy Home
If you’re ready to show your plumbing some love, call the Frederick County plumber you can trust. Putman Plumbing would love to keep your plumbing running as it should all year long!
If you’re buying a home in Frederick County this spring, you’ve probably already made your wish list including the number of bedrooms, preferred neighborhood, and whether you’d like a two-story or a ranch. But a lot of potential homeowners don’t realize that even when they find the “perfect” home, they need to pay attention to the condition of the home’s plumbing system.
Here are a few things that should always be checked when looking at homes. Some of them you can look for yourself, but some areas are better left to an expert plumbing technician at Putman Plumbing:
- Make sure the toilets flush right away and don’t keep running for too long.
- Check the base of the toilet for stains which could indicate leaks or water damage.
- Check for a “soft floor” by straddling each toilet and rocking back and forth to see if the floor feels spongy, which indicates rotting.
- Turn on the dishwasher to make sure there’s no loose connections. An improperly installed dishwasher can cause a huge amount of damage to not only the kitchen but also surrounding rooms and all the way into the basement.
- Turn on the faucet to check the water pressure. If it’s slow, there may be calcium and mineral deposits built up in the pipes.
- Check the inside of cabinets for signs of water damage.
- Examine the hot water tank for rust and if you can’t find a date on it, ask how old it is. If it’s over 15 years it’s almost time to replace it, so you’ll need to add that into your budget.
- Check exposed piping for signs of leaking or recent repairs and ask for a full history of leaking or flooding.
- If there’s standing water anywhere outside, it may indicate that there’s an irrigation problem or there could be faulty sewer pipes that are leaking. This could end up with a big price tag, so you definitely want an expert plumber to take a look.
Plumbing in an Old Home
Old houses around Middletown have amazing character, but older homes may require a lot of plumbing maintenance. Old pipes made from iron, steel, clay or copper deteriorate over time, so buying an old home may mean upgrading the entire plumbing system to modern plastic pipes.
Modern plumbing pipes are made from plastic but they used to be made from clay, iron, steel or copper. These materials deteriorate over time and if the home you plan on buying still has its original plumbing, you’ll need to budget for an entire upgrade to plastic pipes.
Why You Should Hire Putman Plumbing to do a Plumbing Inspection
Often, there are problems that can only be detected by a skilled plumbing technician. For instance, if you’re looking at a home on a property near trees, there could be roots in underground pipes that will cause plumbing problems. To check for this and other problems, we can do a video inspection of underground sewer pipes, check your meter, outside hose bibs and gutters, and can detect signs of leakage in crawl spaces and basements that you may not catch. We’ve helped ensure lots of eager home buyers in Frederick County that they were making the right, or sometimes wrong, purchasing decision. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you find the home of your dreams.
September is National Preparedness Month, which FEMA established to encourage Americans to make safety plans so they know what to do in natural disaster emergency situations. Maryland is susceptible to flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms, so it’s vital to be able to take control of your family’s safety if and when one of these natural disasters occur.
Devise an Emergency Plan
If you haven’t already, plan to sit down this week with those who live in your home and come up with a plan that everyone can follow. Ask these questions and come up solutions together:
How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
How will my family/household get to safe locations for potential emergencies?
How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
How will I let loved ones know I’m safe?
How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?
Make a Supply Kit
If there’s a chance that your family could get trapped in your home, you’ll want to have enough supplies to last a few days. Babies or young children will need diapers, wipes, formula, and other age-appropriate snacks. Senior citizens will need daily medications. Everyone will need clean drinking water and non-perishable food items. For a list of emergency supply suggestions, see the list on ready.gov.
Learn About Safe and Unsafe Drinking Water
In a disaster, plumbing pipes can get cracked and drinking water can become contaminated. If you hear reports of broken water or sewage lines or if local officials advise you of a problem, you will all need to know how to turn off the water at the main valve. So before an emergency, locate the shut-off valve for the water line that enters your house – usually in the basement or other area of the home not far from the water heater – and label this valve with a tag for easy identification.
If an emergency strikes, drink water that you know is clean first, including water that comes from the following sources (list courtesy of ready.gov):
- Melted ice cubes.
- Liquids from canned fruit or vegetables.
- Water drained from pipes. To use the water in your pipes, let air into the plumbing by turning on the faucet in your home at the highest level. A small amount of water will trickle out. Then obtain water from the lowest faucet in the home.
- Water drained from the water heater. To use water in your hot-water tank, turn off the electricity or gas first then open the drain at the bottom of the tank. Start the water flowing by turning off the water intake valve at the tank and turning on the hot-water faucet. After you are notified that clean water has been restored, you will need to refill the tank before turning the gas or electricity back on. If the gas is turned off, a professional will need to turn it back on.
Make sure everyone knows NOT to drink water from these sources:
- Hot water boilers.
- Water from the toilet bowl or flush tank.
- Water beds. Fungicides added to the water or chemicals in the vinyl may make water unsafe to drink.
- Swimming pools and spas. Chemicals used to kill germs are too concentrated for safe drinking but can be used for hygiene.
If you run out of water that is safe to drink, you can boil, chlorinate or distill the water. You can find instructions on how to do each of these methods at ready.gov.
Call Putman Plumbing if You Have Questions
Hopefully we won’t run into any of these natural disasters in Maryland any time soon. But if you’re still uneasy about how to deal with the main water valve or other water safety issues in potential emergencies, we’d be happy to give you a further explanation.
Take time with your family this month to discuss these important emergency preparation issues. It’s always better to do it now, before it’s too late.
In hot, sticky weather, even kids who hate baths can’t avoid bathing at the end of every day. If you have a large family, water usage can really add up to create a much bigger water bill in the summer. We’ve put together a list of ways you can conserve water in your bathroom this summer so you have more money to spend on fun stuff.
Take Showers Instead of Baths
Yes, it’s hard to get toddlers to give up splashing in the tub. But as soon as your kids are old enough, have them switch to showers. The average bath uses 35 to 50 gallons of water, whereas a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses 25 gallons. Multiply that by 30 times a month, and you’ll save 300 gallons per person.
A low-flow showerhead may cost you up front, but you will save money down the road. Conventional showerheads flow at around 5 gallons per minute while low-flow showerheads typically flow at 2.5 gallons per minute.
Reduce Water Usage at the Sink
That constant drip you’ve been dealing with since spring isn’t just annoying – it’s wasting tons of water. You can lose 20 gallons per day from just one drippy faucet. Instead of just fixing the leak, consider having low-flow faucet aerators installed in your sink. Conventional faucets flow as high as 3 gallons per minute, but low-flow faucets flow at 1.5 gallons per minute.
And remember to remind your kids not to leave the faucet running while brushing their teeth!
Consider a Low-Flow Toilet
Flushing uses more water than anything else in the house. The average person flushes five times a day, so with kids home all summer long, that can really add up. Older toilets use 5 to 7 gallons per flush, but low-flow models use as little as 1.6 gallons.
Call Putman Plumbing in Frederick County
We can help you with leaks and clogs, install new faucets and toilets, and answer any other questions you have about summer plumbing. Just give us a call!
Last month, a Florida woman who needed an electrician called a company she didn’t know much about. The technician who was sent out came into her home and attacked her in her garage – which could have led to a terrible ending if her neighbors hadn’t heard her screaming. Investigators later discovered that the electrician had a long criminal history – including manslaughter – but the owner of the electric company he worked for knew nothing about it because he hadn’t performed a background check.
It’s scary to think about things like this happening when you invite strangers to work in your home. But when you call Putman Plumbing for help with your plumbing system, you are guaranteed to work with employees who have been background checked and are completely drug-free. We check for criminal history before we hire anyone, and we perform random drug tests on all of our employees.
Don’t risk inviting a criminal into your home. Call the plumbing company in Frederick County that you can trust to keep your family safe.
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.
Leaks in the Plumbing System
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.
Corrosion in Piping
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.
Debris and Mineral Buildup
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.
Water Problems in Frederick County Cities
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!
After watching shows on HGTV, you might think all it takes to install a basement bathroom is a weekend with the help of a few buddies. But there’s a lot more to consider besides what kind of shower, toilet and sink you want to install. And a lot more work than you think.
Adding Underground Plumbing Requires Expert Help
Your basement may already have plumbing roughed in for a bathroom. If it does, you’ll want to consult with a plumber about the right kinds of fixtures and ask for his help installing them. The last thing you need is a sink that leaks all over the place because it wasn’t hooked up correctly.
But if you don’t have plumbing hooked up and your current sewer line isn’t deep enough, you may need to have a plumber install a pump or research other ways of removing wastewater from the basement bathroom. You’ll also need drains, pipes, and much more that you may have no experience with.
Another thing to keep in mind is that in order to install below-grade plumbing, you are required to follow Frederick county building codes. A professional plumber knows what these codes are because they do this kind of work every day.
Ventilation for Showers
The easiest installation is a powder room, where you only have a sink and toilet. But if you want a shower for guests to use, it’s a necessity to install a ventilation system. Basements are already damp, so a vent will prevent mold from settling in and mildew from building up.
Putman Plumbing Has the Tools and Knowledge to Install Your Basement Bathroom Right
A new bathroom is an investment, but it will add value to your home if it’s done the right way. There are so many little things to consider in order to get to that beautiful “big picture.” Our plumbers are licensed, insured, and experienced and have been installing new bathrooms for many years. You can avoid water damage to your home and start enjoying your new bathroom sooner by leaving it to the experts. Give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
Since the majority of homeowners are right-handed, most contractors don’t think about how inconvenient traditional kitchens are for lefties. So if you’re left-handed and are building a home or renovating your kitchen, make sure to voice a few preferences that will make your kitchen more functional for you.
When washing dishes, a lefty usually sets the dirty dishes in the right side of the sink and puts the clean dishes to the left. Make sure there’s enough room on both sides, but you may want to make the counter space on the left side a little bigger.
If your faucet has a side-mount lever, have it placed on the left, if available. You can also ask for a soap dispenser to be placed to the left of the faucet.
It’s probably easier for you to rinse or empty a cup in the sink and put it in the dishwasher if it’s on the left of the sink instead of to the right.
Have your pot and pan cabinets placed to the left of your stove. You’ll also be reaching for potholders in a drawer on the left side of the oven.
We can talk to you about options in left-handed faucets, and can install that dishwasher for you. Give us a call at Putman Plumbing. We’re happy to help!
Can you believe it? It’s already 2014. While you’re making resolutions to improve yourself, don’t forget to make goals to improve your home. Some of those things may be ways to maximize water efficiency and save on bills – which will make you a happier homeowner throughout the year.
Schedule a Plumbing Inspection
If you haven’t had a plumber check out the water heater, pipes and other fixtures in a while, you should do it as soon as possible. Even if nothing seems wrong with the way your water flows, it’s a good idea to have someone come in once year to check that everything is working as well as it should. Chances are your plumber can help you save on water and heating bills with a few suggestions.
Conserve More Water
Talk to your family about how everyone can help cut back on your water bill. Tell the kids not to let the water run when brushing their teeth, and encourage them to take shorter showers. Load up your washing machine and dishwasher as full as possible, and don’t water the lawn when rain is in the forecast. You’ll see lower water bills before you know it.
Consider Going Green
By replacing your current water heater with a tankless model, or installing fixtures like eco-friendly toilets and low-flow shower heads, you can help conserve water and energy. And with certain green improvements to your home, you might also qualify for tax rebates.
Make Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades
Whether you’ve added more children to the family or the kids have grown and left the nest, certain plumbing changes can make your home function more comfortably. If the kids have trouble pulling out the old rickety faucet in the shower, you could replace it with a new one. Installing a commercial-style faucet with a pull-out sprayer in your kitchen sink could make rinsing stacks of dishes a lot easier. And if you’ve dreamed for years about soaking in a jetted tub, maybe this is the year it will finally happen.
We at Putman Plumbing wish you a safe and Happy New Year. Let us know if we can help you meet your plumbing needs in 2014.