In anticipation of summer rain, you may want to have your sump pump serviced and upgraded for added protection and capacity. A battery back-up sump pump is your last fail-safe to preventing catastrophic flooding and water damage to your home. It is an effective and viable (but short-term) back-up solution to preventing flooding in your home while a plumber fixes or replaces the primary pump.
It is well known that most people like to save money on home repairs. But it’s important to know which plumbing issues require a professional plumber, one with the technical training, skills and experience to diagnose and repair the problem. Here are some common issues homeowners tend to experience, and why you should leave the repairs to the professionals.
Pipes wear down. Water heaters break. Plumbing fixtures leak. It’s not a question of “if;” it’s a matter of “when.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of wasted water each year. And with leaks in your home equating to roughly 10 percent of your water bill, having a smart home product, such as a leak and flood detection and prevention system like the LeakSmart Pro, will help protect your investment and provide peace of mind.
Sometimes our customers experience a bit of sticker shock around the cost of installing a new gas water heater. To the consumer, it appears as a basic piece of machinery: a tank of water, a connection to an incoming water source, a connection to the main hot water line and a connection to the existing gas line. Take the old unit out, pop the new unit in and go have a nice hot shower.
It’s convenient to dispose of freshwater fish tank water, kitchen byproducts and other unwanted materials by flushing them down the toilet, running them through the garbage disposal unit, or pouring them down the basement drain. But sending some common household materials down your drains can lead serious plumbing issues. Below, we list 10 things you should never send down the drain and explain why these items are harmful to your own plumbing, your community’s water processing infrastructure, and to the whole ecosystem.
You’ve just discovered a large puddle of water next to the water heater in your basement. You are understandably alarmed and scour your local listings for a plumber to put things right. Naturally, you are also concerned about the cost of doing business. How can you ensure that your plumbing bill is fair?
We like to assume an uninterrupted, endless supply of hot water in our homes, but eventually all water heaters wear out and must be replaced. Your local big box home improvement store will sell you a replacement and will offer the services of an independent contractor to install it. However, Atlas Home Services strongly recommends that you call a local plumbing company to select and install your new unit instead. Read on to learn why.
Wikipedia defines The Internet of Things as “the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.” In other words, your state-of-the-art devices and appliances can share the information that their embedded sensors accumulate. In the example above, your fridge’s sensors, which are connected to your home wireless network, will recognize that the milk shelf is nearly depleted and share that information with you via your mobile phone or e-mail service.
It’s time to ensure that your home’s plumbing pipes are protected against freezing. Frozen pipes can have a catastrophic outcome, flooding your residence, damaging your plumbing system and creating long-term headaches such as mold and compromised structural integrity. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to avoid calamity.
Sooner or later, most homeowners ponder the age-old question: “Do I need to add a sump pump to my home?” We’ll help you answer that question and more!