Last updated 7 days ago
The cool days of Winter have arrived, and it is important to make sure that your home is ready for the shift in temperatures. Your plumbing can be greatly affected by cooler temperatures throughout the fall and winter. As outside temperatures drop, your pipes and other plumbing systems are at greater risk of damage. Here are some tips to help you ensure that your plumbing is ready for cooler temperatures during the fall.
Insulate Outdoor Plumbing
When the weather dips below zero, your pipes are at risk of freezing. As pipes freeze, they can also burst, which will result in a plumbing emergency. To prevent frozen pipes, it is important to insulate all of your outdoor plumbing. Any pipes or plumbing systems that are exposed to outdoor air should be fitted with insulation sleeves.
Schedule a Water Heater Inspection
During cold weather, your water heater will have to work harder than usual to heat water for your home. To make sure that you won’t be caught without hot water on a chilly day, it is essential to schedule a water heater inspection. A technician can clean and check all of your water heater’s crucial components and replace any worn parts.
Clean Your Gutters
With the Winter season comes increased storms and heavy rainfall. To prevent water damage to your home, it is important to clean your gutters before the start of the fall and winter seasons. Your home’s gutters should be clear of all leaves, branches, and any other debris.
At Delta Plumbing, our master plumbers can help you get your home ready for the Winter season. We provide our customers in the Atlanta area with a full range of plumbing services, including water heater repairs and septic pump maintenance. To make a plumbing appointment for your home, call us today at (678) 228-8810. You can also visit our website to read more about the services we provide.
Last updated 8 days ago
Turning off your main water line is one of the first things that needs to be done before a plumbing service, or in the event of a major water leak inside the home. Watch this video to learn about how to turn off your main water line.
On most modern homes, there will be a supply line coming into the home, usually by the garage. The main water line is the largest line coming into the home. To close the valve, pull it down so that it is perpendicular to the pipe. After turning off the valve, water will still need to be discharged from the fixtures in the house in order to relieve the pipes of water pressure. Sometimes the main water line is outside of the home. For more tips on locating the main water line and shutting it off, watch the full clip.
If you need assistance locating your main water line or need a professional plumber to help you with anything, call Delta Plumbing at (678) 228-8810. Visit us online to see all of the residential and commercial plumbing services we have been offering the Atlanta area since 1974.
Last updated 13 days ago
Frozen water pipes are a very expensive and damaging problem in Atlanta. Water pipes shrink when the water inside of them freezes or thaws, increasing the chances of cracking and water damage. To prevent or reduce the likelihood of frozen water pipes, watch this video for tips.
To protect your pipes, open your cabinets to allow heat from your home to warm the water pipes. Check your home’s water meter to make sure that the main valve is functioning. In the event of water damage, turning off the valve can prevent serious water damage. Watch the video for more advice on how to prevent frozen water pipes this winter.
Delta Plumbing, a family owned and operated plumbing company located in Atlanta, has dozens of tips to share with you on how to prevent frozen water pipes. We can insulate your pipes, repair water damage, and more. Visit us online or call us today at (678) 228-8810 for more information.
Last updated 15 days ago
In order for your pipes to drain properly, they must receive an influx of air from the plumbing vent openings. Sometimes, these openings get clogged, resulting in sluggish draining. In some cases, a clogged plumbing vent can allow sewer gases into your home. To learn about how a professional plumber can clean your plumbing vent pipes, read this article.
Reaching the Plumbing Vent Cap
The first step is getting to the roof safely. When a ladder is used, the bottom must be braced securely, and the top must extend three feet above the roofline. Tie the ladder to an eyehook connected to the foundation or extra stability. Once on the roof, the plumber will remove the plumbing vent cap with a screwdriver.
Inspect the Vent Opening
Sometimes the clog is at the opening rather than deep inside the vent, so once the plumber has removed the vent cap he or she will check to see if there is an obstruction at the top. The plumber will clear any leaves and debris that have collected to help restore air circulation.
Spray the Vent Opening
Spraying a stream of water full-blast from a garden hose can sometimes be enough to relieve a clogged vent. If the water moves right through, than the vent is probably clear. But if the water starts to fill the pipe and flow out of the opening, there’s a large vent clog that requires more thorough cleaning.
De-Clog the Vent
To remove a major clog in the vent pipes a plumber will use a long plumbing auger, known as a snake. This cable is fed into the vent opening by means of a handle. The auger will break up the clog and allow the plumber to retract the debris, which is usually the result of years of buildup or even a dead animal such as a bird.
Delta plumbing of Atlanta has taken care of a number of plumbing vent clogs all over the city. Call us at (678) 228-8810 or visit our website to learn about the residential and commercial clog removal and other plumbing services we offer.
Last updated 20 days ago
A clogged drain is a major inconvenience for any homeowner. When a drain is clogged, your faucet or fixture is unusable until the drain is cleared. By understanding some of the common sources of drain clogs, you can prevent plumbing problems before they even start. Additionally, different types of clogs will require different plumbing services in order to remove the blockage. Here is a homeowner’s guide to some of the most common causes of clogged drains.
Small Household Items
Many times, small household items are accidentally sent down the drain. Objects such as small toys, nails, and jewelry can all cause major clogs if they are not removed immediately. As the object travels through your pipes, it can easily become trapped at a bend or smaller area. In order to remove a trapped item, it is necessary to use a plumbing snake that is able to physically pull the object out of the pipe.
While strands of hair seem like they should be able to pass through the drain, human hair is a leading cause of clogged drains. When hair is sent down the drain, it will begin to collect into a serious clog. Hair blockages can be removed using snakes, drain cleaners, or even a plunger.
Food clogs are most common in kitchen sinks, even sinks that are equipped with garbage disposals. Many food items are hard for the garbage disposal to process, and can lead to major clogs and backups. If your garbage disposal is clogged, you should contact your plumber immediately.
If you are experiencing a clogged drain in your home, Delta Plumbing will be there to help. Our highly experienced plumbers will clear your clogged drain, and provide you with a range of other top quality plumbing services. Call our Atlanta location at (678) 228-8810 for more information about how we can help you maintain your plumbing, water heater, and septic pump.