Plumbing Maintenance 101

Plumbing Maintenance 101

Be aware Even small leaks can create big problems for your home plumbing system. Be aware of smalls signs of trouble such as leaking faucets, damp cabinets, rocking toilets and dripping refrigerators. These small issues signal bigger problems that need prompt attention. Be proactive with repairs The longer you wait to repair plumbing problems, the more damage you could be doing. Not fixing a leak promptly can create mold and mildew, something we recommend avoiding. For a clean, dry and safe home, repair leaks early. Have a disaster plan Just in case something goes wrong, it’s always a good idea to have a disaster plan. Make sure you know how to you shut the water off and who to call if the problem isn’t an easy fix. Knowing how to shut off your water can stop a flood, saving you from cleanup time and potential damage. Be prepared for the cold Prevention is the easiest and most cost-effective way to manage your home plumbing. It is possible, and easy, to prevent freezing pipes and the costly damage that goes with them, but only if you plan! Pay attention to where your pipes are located, insulate pipes that need it, crack cabinets overnight and know who your go-to plumber is in case something does...
How to Love Your Plumbing

How to Love Your Plumbing

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! When shopping for your special someone, save some love for your plumbing. Seem odd? Well to keep your pipes in the best working order, you need to show them some TLC. Because February falls in late winter, there are some steps you can take to avoiding surprise plumbing issues. Here are some simple and easy home tips for a beautiful plumbing system. Insulate Plumbing Pipes – Adding pipe insulation can help you prevent frozen pipes, especially in cold parts of your house like the garage, basement and crawl space. Depending on the location of the plumbing, pipes can be wrapped in newspaper, foam, towels, etc. Crack Your Cabinets- When the cold dips below freezing, leave the doors of your sink cabinets open overnight. Exposing those pipes to the heat inside your home can make a big difference. Keep in mind that if you have any chemical cleaning supplies under your sink, keep it away from pets or children while you leave your cabinets open. Locate Your Water Shut Off Valve –Knowing where your main water shut off valve is located will help prevent water damage in an emergency. If you ever experience a plumbing leak, you will be able to quickly turn off the water to your home to prevent flooding and damage until a plumbing technician arrives. Correct Small Leaks – If you notice a leak, don’t let it go uncorrected. Even a small leak can make pipes corrode more quickly. Small leaks can lead to water damage and mold. Correcting a small leak now can save you from paying for a large...
ABS vs. PVC Pipes: The Differences

ABS vs. PVC Pipes: The Differences

Even if you are not a plumber, you’re probably familiar with PVC pipe. But have you ever heard of ABS pipes? If you’re a homeowner, starting a new project or just want to know some plumbing basics, here is some good information on two common types of piping. ABS Pipes: One easy way to tell ABS and PVC apart is that ABS is black and PVC is white. But since pipes aren’t meant to be seen, plumbers are usually more interested in other qualities. Made from acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene(ABS), ABS pipes are used for residential and commercial sanitary systems. ABS pipes are lightweight, safe to handle and easy to install. ABS pipes are easier to install compared to PVC pipes, but also more likely to deform when exposed to the sun. They are also easier and less expensive to install than metal piping, feature superior flow due to smooth interior finish and don’t rot, rust, corrode or collect waste. Lastly, ABS is better at handling severely cold temperatures, but again, it can warp with exposure to direct sunlight. PVC Pipes Both ABS and PVC are used in pipes because they are non-toxic and resistant to abrasion. PVC is more flexible than ABS and is thought to be better at muffling the sound of running water. PVC pipes are easy to install, strong, durable and when they eventually reach the end of their service life, they can be recycled back into new PVC pipes. As a result, PVC pipe systems are very cost efficient. The plumbing experts at your Churchwell can tell you which type of pipes are ideal for your home,...
4 Ways to Avoid Frozen Pipes

4 Ways to Avoid Frozen Pipes

It is possible, and easy, to prevent freezing pipes and the costly damage that goes with them, but only if you plan! 1) Be Aware The location of your pipes can influence how prone they are to freeze. If you want to find where you are most at risk, call us at Churchwell, and we conduct a thorough check of your plumbing system for freezing risks. Typically, pipes most likely to freeze include: Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home. Pipes located in exterior walls. Plumbing on the exterior of the home. 2) Insulate Protect your pipes by insulating them. Some pipes inside the home, like the basement, can be insulated by wrapping newspaper around them. However, in colder areas, it’s better to invest in foam tube insulation. For extreme cold temperatures, you may need to use heated tape specially designed for pipes. 3) Crack Your Cabinets When the cold dips below freezing, leave the doors of your sink cabinets open overnight. Exposing those pipes to the heat inside your home can make a big difference. Keep in mind that if you have any chemical cleaning supplies under your sink, keep it away from pets or children while you leave your cabinets open. 4) Be Prepared for the Worst If you do have a broken/ frozen pipe, you need to know how to shut off your home’s entire water supply. Doing so can save you from major flood damage. Make sure you know where your main shut-off valve is located and be prepared to use it in the case of a frozen...
Thanksgiving Traditions That Will Ruin Your Holidays

Thanksgiving Traditions That Will Ruin Your Holidays

For many plumbers, when they hear the words “Holiday Season” they are most likely thinking about garbage disposals. Why? Because the garbage disposal often clogs, jams, or become entangled when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around. To avoid this plumbing disaster, follow these simple tips for a worry-free Thanksgiving dinner! 1.  Don’t feed your Thanksgiving dinner to the garbage disposal. Here are some things that should never be put in the garbage disposal. No corn husks No grease No bones No potato skins No eggshells No lettuce No metal 2.  Avoid stuffing your disposal like your Turkey. Clogs can happen when too much food is stuffed down the disposal at once. Do a little at a time with plenty of running water. 3.  Don’t try to fix yourself. Your garbage disposal is not a DIY project and should be looked at by a professional. 4.  Keep your garbage disposal clean by pouring a small amount of dish soap inside and run it with water. Always run cold water when you turn your garbage disposal on. 5.  Don’t run the dishwasher. If you suspect a problem with your garbage disposal, don’t run the dishwasher. The dishwasher discharges into the disposal, so if the disposal is broken your problem will only get...
Leaks & Bugs

Leaks & Bugs

Mosquitos, Booklice, Camel crickets, Carpenter ants, cockroaches, mice, rats, silverfish, and termites all have one thing in common. They love moisture! Small and large plumbing leaks are pest’s best friend and probably your worst nightmare. Plumbing leaks are undoubtedly an inconvenience, but they can cause more problems than you probably realize. In addition to wasting water, plumbing leaks can create a paradise for household pests. You dread plumbing leaks, but cockroaches and other uninvited guests really love them. Who would have ever thought that your plumbing could be the reason behind why you have so many insects and rodents living inside and outside of your home? In order to avoid pest infestations, make sure your plumbing system and all of its fixtures are inspected, serviced, and repaired when needed. Some leaks are obvious, such as dripping faucets and leaking water heaters. Unfortunately, many leaks go undetected for years because the source of the leak is not visible. Plumbing you should keep an eye on include faucets, basement plumbing, water utilizing appliances, and water heaters. Consider taking time to walk around your home and property to look for any standing water in flower pots, old tires and birdfeeders, as standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. If you know you have some household leaks and are looking for a reliable plumber, Churchwell Plumbing has been helping customers acknowledge, detect, and repair plumbing leaks in Lubbock for 28 years! We are committed to bringing our customers the highest quality service, technicians, products and industries leading technology. Give us a call today, we’d love to hear from...
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