Your Sump Pump, Battery Backups and Summer Rainstorms

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.

Four Plumbing Problems that Require a Professional

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.

Why You Should Invest in a Leak Detection and Prevention System

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.  

10 Things Never to Put Down Your Drains

10 Things Never to Put Down Your Drains

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.

6 Reasons to Have A Plumber Install Your Water Heater

6 Reasons to Have Your New Water Heater Installed by a Licensed Plumbing Company

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.

Plumbing and The Internet of Things

Your Plumbing and The Internet of Things

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.