Emergency Plumbing Tips: Finding the Main Water Shut-off Valve

Posted on 07 September 2018 (0)

Anyone could have a malfunctioning washing machine, leaking pipe, or a plumbing disaster that would require you to shut off the water to your condo or home. In most cases, the plumbing emergency is usually time-critical, and taking instant steps to shut off the main water can help you save so many gallons of water in your monthly water bill, and it also prevents damage caused by flood in your home.

Depending on the level of leak or other problems in your house, the period being spent to look for the main water shu-off valve may cause so much water to begin to flood your home; volume of water that may be enough to fill a bathtub to the brim, or even more.

Tackle Plumbing Emergencies Immediately

If a burst pipe is the plumbing emergency you are experiencing, if you decide to call for plumbing repair services, you have to know it can’t stop the flow of water as fast as the emergency needs, but what you can do is to avoid any other form of damage while the plumbers arrive; this is only possible if you have a knowledge on locating the water shut-off valves in your home.

There is always a main water shut off valve in every home, no way there can’t be one. Depending on the way your home has been constructed or sized, there can be local water zones situated in separate areas, and this would also have separate valves to stop or lower the flow of water in such area. Shutting off valves to the exterior water faucets for instance, doesn’t necessarily require shutting off the water throughout the whole house.

Do you know where your pressure tank or water meter is located? There are some huge chances that the water shut-off valve has been installed near that. If it is not so, you should check the piping system in your basement if it can be seen. What you should do next is to do some investigative work and find all the connections that lead to the main pipe. It is considered a good idea to purchase an extra piece of pipe wrench or a channel lock that can be kept right near you main valve at all times. This way, there won’t be a need for you to spend your valuable time that can be used for other productive things looking around for the right tool to shut off the running water.

If you are still finding it difficult to locate where the main shut-off valve in your home is installed, then you should call up a plumber now to help you identify its location before an emergency that would cause you so much loss of water occurs.

When the Scores Don’t Tally: Stadiums and Sports Sites Threatened by Water Damage

Posted on 27 June 2018 (0)

It’s easy to imagine that sports fans like their venues dry and good unless it’s a water sport one that’s water themed. Below are a few sports stadiums and sites which received red cards from nature’s slippery referee.

U.S. Bank Stadium (United States): In 2016 the U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings football team, was rampaged by a Viking of a different kind. Water leaks in the snow gutter system were responsible for a pause in operations there. The snow gutter system is designed to collect snow falling off the steeply inclined roof onto a heating panel, converted to water and tunnelled away.  This damage was enormous and was projected to cost $4 million-dollar in repairs.

Tacoma Stadium Bowl (United States): In 2015 Tacoma’s Stadium Bowl was inundated with flood waters from a torrential downpour which even went as far as eroding the soil beneath a stairwell that leads into the facility. The extent of the damage was pronounced when the stadium’s managers discovered that the water had ruined the artificial turf with significant deposits of mud and debris, creating a trench-like dip at the Northern end of the bowl.

Carleton Davidson Stadium (United States): Home of the Champion City Kings but also subject to the effects of fierce rainfall. In 2017 8 cars, players’ equipment, thousands of Dollars worth of food, and the stadium’s field were devastated by water damage. Although the facility’s managers were quick to respond to the incident, it is fair to say that locals will remember this event for quite a while.

Suncorp Stadium (Australia): The Suncorp stadium which hosts three teams namely:  the Roar, Brisbane Broncos and the Queensland Reds, was victim to a hostile act of nature in 2011. The entire field looked like an Olympic-size swimming pool as intense rainfall overwhelmed the facility. Extensive structural and electronic damage required an overhaul investment worth over 16 million Australian Dollars.


Various Factors that can lead to Water Damage

Posted on 24 April 2018 (0)

In preventing or even solving a problem, an important first step is being able to understand what led to the issue in the first place. This will help to gain proper perspective by enabling a proper cause and effect analysis, then helping to decide on the best approach to dealing with the issue at hand. This is exactly the case with Water damage. In order to ensure that you do not experience the debilitating effects of water damage, we have compiled different factors that are often responsible for getting your home, office, or any building at all getting overrun by water.

Faulty Equipment or Misuse: Household appliances that deal with a lot of water in their operation e.g. refrigerators, dish washers, washing machines etc. are often the culprits in cases of water damage. The damage may arise from careless use, such as sleeping off while filling up a washing machine or dish washer with water or unwittingly switching off the power supply to a refrigerator, allowing the frozen ice within to melt and the resulting water to seep out of the fridge, spilling all around the house, and if left unchecked causing serious damage. The other possible way by which these appliances can cause damage is when a fault occurs in their operation, for example a failed sensor allowing water to overflow, thereby flooding the building.

Leakages and Plumbing Problems: Leakages in any part of the building are another frequent cause of water damage. A leaky roof allowing water in if unchecked may lead to serious problems especially during storms or heavy rains. Also, leakages in pipes can be very subtle, going unnoticed over a long period of time, and eventually allowing water to seep into unwanted places thereby leading to damage. Finally, plumbing issues like clogged toilets and blocked sinks are another big source of water damage. In some cases, it may be as basic as hair blocking a bath tub sink, this combined with leaving the tap turned on overnight is enough to cause catastrophe by the time it’s finally noticed.

Foundation Cracks: This is by far the most dangerous among all the possible causes of water damage as its consequences will definitely be very drastic. When there are cracks in the foundation, underground water can easily seep up through the floor, making various objects damp and potentially damaging them. However, a more dangerous repercussion is that with water seeping through the cracks, the foundation may become weakened thereby threatening the building itself as a whole.

These are the different possible factors that can lead to the onset of water damage. In the next post, we will discuss steps to take to counteract these and prevent water damage.

Four Common causes of water damage in Homes

Posted on 02 November 2017 (0)

It is at times hard to describe the destruction and anxiety a homeowner faces after a water damage disaster. Most homeowners can’t tell if their home is slowly falling apart as a result of undetectable moisture buildup. In most cases, water damage takes the form a more gradual deterioration resulting from a leak or stagnant water. This form of damage can cause the deterioration of your home without your consent. Water damage can be attributed to several causes, some which can be controlled and the disaster prevented while others relate to external causes and there is little one may be. To make sure your house is well maintained and protected, here are some of the common causes of water damage that you need to know.

Faulty pipes and Plumbing

This is one of the most common causes of water damage. It happens when the plumbing pipes in your attic, bathroom or kitchen leak or break as a result of temperature fluctuations or tear and wear. While leaking pipes may not cause much damage if they are found and fixed immediately, burst ones can have ruinous results. Pipes installed in the exterior walls and those in the basement are highly susceptible to break because they easily freeze during winter and therefore they should be regularly inspected.

Clogged gutters and downspouts

If your gutters get clogged, water will have to get into your house by seeping through the inner part of your ceiling. You should maintain your gutters regularly so as that water and ice won’t back up with debris. Keeping the gutters clean is the best way to prevent this cause of water damage. Adding gutter guards can help prevent debris buildup in your gutters.   

Malfunctioning household appliances

Malfunctioning appliances is another cause source of water damage to a home. Some home appliances such as washing machines, dishwasher, freezers, and fridges are the appliances likely to leak especially when growing older. Their tubes and pipes tend to wear out as the yoke where these gadgets join begin to crack. These appliances need regular check and maintenance to avoid water damage in your home.  

Clogged HVAC pipes

The HVAC system is installed inside the house and is a potential threat of not keenly inspected. The HVAC system collects water which should be transported to the outside through a small drain line. If the unit breaks or the pipes get clogged, water will back up and get into your house.  Details