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    Winter Plumbing Tips: Preventing Frozen Pipes

    Last updated 9 months ago

    When water inside of a pipe freezes, it expands the pipe. Oftentimes this causes the pipe to crack or even burst, which allows water to leak out of it once it thaws. Fortunately, there are a number of measures that you can take to prevent frozen pipes and the damage they cause. Read on to find out about winter plumbing tips that will prevent your pipes from freezing.

    Mitigation

    If you see that the temperature in your area of Atlanta is forecast to be below freezing, let the water from your faucet drip. Letting the faucet drip doesn’t necessarily prevent frozen pipes. Rather, having a slow flow of water helps relieve the pressure inside the pipes when freezing occurs. This preventative measure only needs to be taken if the pipe is particularly prone to freezing. If you are going out of town this winter, drain all of the water out of the pipes by shutting off the main water valve and turning on every water fixture until no water is left.

    Insulation

    Many pipes can be wrapped with an insulating sleeve that helps reduce the likelihood of freezing. In addition to insulating the pipes, a plumber can look for holes in the wall that allow freezing winter air to reach your home’s pipes. These holes should be filled with caulking to provide an extra layer of insulation for your pipes.

    Placement

    In some cases a pipe will always be prone to freezing because it is poorly placed. For example, pipes located in the attic, outside walls, or crawl spaces are particularly prone to freezing because of their exposure to outdoor air in the winter. If your pipes freeze often, call a plumbing company and ask them to relocate the piping within the building’s insulation.

    For plumbing services that will protect your home or business from burst pipes this winter, call Delta Plumbing at (678) 228-8810. We are a family owned and operated plumbing company that has been helping our customers in the Atlanta area since 1974. Visit us online to learn more about our plumbing services.

    What You Need to Know About Preventing Sewage Backup

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Sewage backups are not fun, to say the least. A backed-up sewer hinders a household’s ability to enjoy many of the conveniences of modern plumbing. It can also generate foul odors that can further detract from your quality of life. If you would like to prevent sewage backups or at the very least keep the impact a backed-up sewer has on your home to a minimum, you need to know:

    The Lingo

    A sewer main, or main line, carries wastewater to a sewage treatment plant and is generally located deep underground. If your home or business is connected to a main line, then the piping that connects your property to the sewer main is called the service line. The point at which your building’s plumbing connects to the service line is called the access point.

    Causes of Common Problems

    In order to keep the likelihood that you will experience sewage backup to a minimum, it is helpful to know how sewage backup occurs. The vast majority of sewage backups are caused by pipes that are clogged by waste that should not be poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet. These include oil and grease, hair, paper towels, and garbage. After clogged pipes, tree root expansion and structural defects occurring in the service line are the most common causes of sewage backup.

    How to Identify a Problem

    If multiple drains in your home are clogged, waste finds its way back into your toilet after it is flushed down, or running your bathroom sink causes air bubbles to rise up through your toilet, there may be a backup in in your sewer connection.

    How to Respond to a Problem

    If you suspect that your sewer is backed up, the best course of action is to call a plumber. A plumbing professional can locate the source of the backup and repair it or contact the necessary authorities if the problem happens to be in the main line.

    For more than 35 years, Delta Plumbing has been maintaining plumbing and attending to sewer line problems throughout the Greater Atlanta area. If you want to ensure that your sewage backup is attended to in a timely manner and by the best in the business, then give us a call at (678) 228-8810.

    Tips for Conserving Water This Fall and Winter

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Water is currently in short supply in Atlanta, and can be very expensive to use. Thankfully, practicing water-saving habits and using an efficient water heater can decrease your water use, reduce your water bill, and help save the environment. Read on for water-saving advice this fall and winter.

    Do Not Over-Water Plants

    In the fall and winter in Atlanta, the water needs of your plants and grass drop drastically. Avoid over-watering plants to save water and reduce the likelihood of plant disease. Place mulch around your winter plants and trees to keep them moist and healthy.

    Repair Leaky Faucets and Toilets

    According to EPA estimates, a leaky faucet can waste up to 3,280 gallons of water annually. Call a plumber to inspect your faucets, showers, toilets and other water appliances for leaks. Replace old toilets, shower heads, and faucets with low-flow models to save up to several thousand gallons of water each year.

    Reduce Your Water Use

    Simple habits can greatly reduce your water use. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full. If you wash dishes by hand, fill up one side of the sink with washing water and the other side with rinsing water. Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. And practice composting rather than using garbage disposal.

    Install a Tankless Water Heater

    Replacing a conventional water heater with an efficient tankless water heater will save water and money and even increase your availability of hot water. And because tankless water heaters last 20 years, twice as long as conventional water heaters, you’ll enjoy an extra decade of substantial savings on your water bill.

    For plumbing services, sewer services, and water heater installation services that will save water and money for your family, call Delta Plumbing. We have more than 39 years of experience serving Atlanta homes and businesses as a family-owned and -operated plumbing company. Call us at (678) 228-8810 or visit our website to learn more.

    Signs a Septic Tank is Failing

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The life expectancy of a septic tank is around 25 years. But a septic tank can also fail due to external factors, such as excessive rainfall, which can cause the septic tank to flood and back up into your home. Sometimes tree roots can grow into the septic tank and create holes. If a large vehicle or piece of machinery drives over the septic tank it may over-compact the soil or ruin the septic tank’s drain fields. So how do you know if the septic tank is failing? If you see muddy soil above the septic tank that doesn’t dry, or bright green grass over the septic tank’s field lines, the unit may be failing. If toilets, bathtubs, and sinks inside are not draining, this is another indication that the septic tank is failing. In some cases, you may even smell a foul odor coming from above the septic tank.

    To have your septic tank serviced, call Delta Plumbing, the plumbing experts of Atlanta. We inspect, maintain, pump, repair, and replace septic tanks. Call us today at (678) 228-8810 or visit our website to learn more about the plumbing services we offer.

    Understanding How Septic Tanks Work

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Nearly one-fourth of Americans rely on septic systems to process and treat their wastewater. Septic systems are capable of giving property owners who are not connected to sewer mains all of the benefits of modern plumbing afforded to those who are hooked up to a municipal sewage network. In order to sanitarily and effectively treat wastewater in a home or business, a septic tank must be properly cared for. In order to properly care for a septic tank, one must have a basic understanding of how the system works.

    The Septic Tank

    Septic tanks vary in size, but they all have a relatively high holding capacity and work in essentially the same way. They process wastewater as it leaves your home’s bathrooms and kitchens, separating the waste by type. Inside the tank, waste particles that are heavier than water sink to the bottom to form a layer of sludge. Meanwhile, light waste floats to the top to form a layer of scum. The bulk of the volume in a tank should always be made up of the water layer in between the scum and the sludge.

    How Wastewater Enters the System

    Wastewater enters a septic system the same way it does a sewage system: through the pipes, with gravity’s assistance. In order to promote the smooth flow of wastewater to the septic system, nothing should be poured or put down a drain that could clog the pipes.

    Drain Field Filtration

    Once the scum and sludge have been filtered out, the water in a septic tank is relatively clear. As the tank reaches its water capacity, new water entering the system pushes existing water out of the tank and into the septic system’s drainfield. As water seeps into the ground beneath the drain field, contaminants are filtered out before it rejoins the groundwater supply beneath your property.

    The Pumping Process

    As scum and sludge collect in a septic tank, the space for water retention becomes smaller. Well before the layers of scum and sludge can meet in a septic tank, the scum and sludge need to be removed via the septic pump process.

    Sewage backup is dangerous and smelly, and an overflowing septic tank is the septic system equivalent. To arrange to have an experienced septic pumping professional pump your septic tank or identify and remedy the source of your plumbing problems, call Delta Plumbing at (678) 228-8810. 

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