Property Maintenance Managers and Plumbing: What You Should Know

Property Maintenance Managers and Plumbing: What You Should Know

When it comes to property maintenance, there are many aspects to your responsibilities. Not only do you have to make sure the visible parts of the property are functional, but also the hidden parts as well.

Many people think just because plumbing is out of sight, then it’s out of mind. But there are things you should do to make sure everything flows smoothly. For property maintenance managers, here’s what you should know regarding plumbing.

Be Prepared for After-Hour Emergencies

Unfortunately, plumbing emergencies won’t stick to your regular work hours. Chances are, you’ll have tenants calling about after-hour emergencies, such as a burst or frozen pipes.

These types of emergencies will warrant you coordinating with a plumber so those problems can be fixed right away. There are some things that simply can’t wait until morning, so make sure you know this is your responsibility as a property maintenance manager.

Leaks Need to Be Fixed Right Away

Someone may call about a small leak. You’ll think it can wait until tomorrow, so “just put a bucket under it.” However, leaks are indicative of many things.

For one, for it to be visible means it’s bigger than you think. The walls have water damage, and the “small” leak can become bigger at a moment’s notice.

When a tenant calls about a leak, you should get in touch with a plumber, no matter how big it is. Leaks can be a symptom of a bigger problem, so the earlier you get it handled, the better.

Get Pipes Cleaned Often

Just because there are no signs of clogs doesn’t mean your pipes don’t need to be cleaned. Getting something like hydro jetting can clear drains of blockages. This will help your pipes stay in good condition for longer, which will lessen the need for any serious repairs.

Get Regular Inspections Maintenance

There may be no actual complaints from the tenants, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to do anything regarding plumbing. Over time, hair and other debris can clog the pipes, which can then back up the drains and cause bigger issues.

Without regular maintenance and inspections, this can lead to very costly and time-consuming things to fix. Not to mention, all metals will corrode over time, so plumbers can use a video scope to check it from time to time. Keep everything in working condition with the minor inconvenience of maintenance checks.

Property Maintenance Managers Need to Be Responsible

Property maintenance managers need to be proactive about keeping the plumbing in working order. Just because you can’t see anything wrong doesn’t mean there isn’t.

Make sure you schedule regular maintenance to not only prevent problems in the future but to also save yourself some trouble as well. Any minor issues have the potential to become serious ones, so nip them in the bud before they do.

If your property has plumbing issues, get in touch with us now to schedule an appointment.

Basement Floods Everytime It Rains? Here’s What to Do

Basement Floods Everytime It Rains? Here’s What to Do

Find Out Why Your Basement Floods Every Time it Rains

Water can come into your basement in several different ways. Before you can fix the problem, you need to know how the water gets into your basement.

Gutters filled with leaves and debris clog and send water down into the ground where cracks in the basement and foundation can lead to water getting into the basement.

If you’ve had consistent rain, then the ground is saturated and water pressure forces the water through the concrete into the basement.

Do you have windows in your basement? If they aren’t installed correctly, water can get in through there as well. No matter how the water gets into the basement, it can cause structural damage over time as well as problems with mold.

If you can’t find where the water comes into the basement, the contact a plumber and have them look for the source.

Waterproof Your Basement

Once you’ve discovered how the water gets into the basement, it’s time to find ways to stop it. If the water comes into the basement through cracks in the walls or foundation, then find a way to fill them.

There are do-it-yourself ways to manage the cracks in your basement walls, but having it done by a professional is the best route. They’ll be able to find all the cracks and have professional grade products to guarantee a good seal.

Cleaning your gutters is the best way to keep water from pooling and seeping into your basement. You can do it yourself but be safe. The gutters are on your roof, so be wary of falling.

Replace windows that leak and make sure there’s no way water can get in through them.

Don’t Forget Your Sump Pump

Almost every basement uses a sump pump to remove water that enters the basement. The sump pump sits in a hole and the grade of the basement flows all water to it. When the water reaches a certain level inside the hole, the pump activates and removes it from the basement.

If you notice the basement flooding suddenly, then the pump may be malfunctioning. If the ballast doesn’t work, then the pump may not turn on. If the connection to the outside pipes is clogged, the water can’t go anywhere.

Test your pump to make sure it works. If it does, then consider purchasing a higher power pump.

Take Care of Basement Flooding

Every time your basement floods, you risk not only property damage but dangerous mold growth. If your basement floods every time it rains, then find the source and take care of it.

If you want to learn more about basement flooding and other plumbing issues, then explore our site.

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

Use a Plunger
Plungers weren’t made just for toilets, they work well to unclog drains in your bathtub and shower as well. Remove the drain cover, place the plunger right over the drain and let the water run until the top of the plunger is submerged. Then pump it several times to see if that relieves the clog.

Use Boiling Water
If you’re not comfortable using chemicals to clear your drain, there are other options you can try.  Carefully pour boiling water down the drain to see if that assists in breaking up the clog. If that doesn’t work, try mixing 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar to clear up the clog.

Use Liquid Drain Cleaner
There are many available drain cleaners on the market that can help you remove a clog. Don’t be afraid to ask a professional for a recommendation on which may be the best for you.

Use a Snake
With the drain cover removed feed the snake slowly into your drain until you feel some resistance, then wind the snake to break up the debris. Once the snake clears the clog the debris should flow down the drain.

Call Order a Plumber 
If none of the methods prove successful, give Order a Plumber a call at (844) 458-8673. We have both the tools and expertise to find the cause and clear the drain.

Garden Hose Repair

Garden Hose Repair

The gardening season is upon us and homeowners everywhere are tending to flower beds, vegetable gardens and of course lawns. In today’s environment with an emphasis on water conservation, last thing you want is water leaking from a broken hose. If you have leaks in an existing hose, it’s better for the planet to repair before you replace.

Hose Repair 101

Hoses leak for all kinds of reasons. They could freeze and expand too far if left out over the winter, or decay if left in the hot sun for an extended period of time.  Fortunately, no matter why the hose gets broken, it’s a simple process to repair it. All you need is a hose repair kit and a few simple tools.

First identify where the hose is leaking and mark it with a sharpie. Then, turn off the hose and drain it by lifting it in the air from one end to the other, allowing all the water in the hose to escape. Then cut off the piece of hose where it was leaking, making sure your cuts are clean and perfectly straight.

Then slide the replacement end part from your hose repair kit into the end of the hose and make sure it’s snug and inserted in as far as it will go. The next step is to screw on the clamps from the repair kit, and then you’re ready to go. Make sure you give it a test make the repair is all set. If the seal is not holding, you may need to push the ends further into the hose or tighten the screws.

Also if your hose is leaking or spraying at the outdoor spigot, this means the rubber gasket inside has failed and is simply be replaced by purchasing a new gasket found at your local hardware store. It’s also a good idea to replace these gaskets on an annual basis to prevent leaking.

Remember to Call Order a Plumber

When plumbing problems are too big to handle on your own call us (844) 458-8673 to get a Free estimate.

5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know Before Buying a Hot Water Boiler

5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know Before Buying a Hot Water Boiler

There aren’t a lot of appliances that you’ll buy for your home that are expensive as a new hot water boiler.

Typically, you’ll spend between $1,500 and $3,500 on a new boiler — and then add on a few thousand dollars for installation.

Before you make this kind of investment, make sure you do your homework and know what you’re getting into with a new hot water boiler.

What Exactly Is a Hot Water Boiler and What Do I Need to Know?

A hot water boiler heats your home. It’s one of the most common heating systems (aside from a furnace), and they’re often found more often in older homes in the northeast or those in areas that have cold weather.

They heat water and then distribute the hot steam or the hot water to your home through pipes. Steam goes to the radiator and hot water flows to radiators or radiant heat systems. New boilers are extremely energy-efficient (even more so than a furnace). They get their fuel from natural gas, heating oil, electricity, or propane.

Here’s what you need to know before you buy.

1. Boilers Come in Three Types

The most common types of boilers are system boilers, combination boilers, and standard boilers.

System boilers keep hot water in high-pressure, sealed cylinders. It can be distributed to multiple taps within your home at the same time, meaning there is a minimal drop in water pressure if multiple faucets are running at the same time.

Combination boilers are best for apartments or small homes. They heat water on demand, so you get hot water immediately and without delay, but the supply is limited since there is no tank holding the water.

Standard boilers work best in buildings or larger residences. Standard boilers have a hot water tank that heats the pipes that run through it.

2. Boilers Are Condensing or Non-Condensing

Boilers are either condensing or non-condensing.

One that is condensing concentrates water vapor produced during the heating process. This “waste heat” is then used to preheat the cold water entering the boiler, making these very energy-efficient.

Non-condensing boilers operate at higher temperatures and the heat gets vented outside, rather than being used to preheat the water in the boiler. The non-condensing boilers are less energy efficient as well.

3. Boilers Are Sealed Combustion or Non-Sealed Combustion

Sealed combustion units are the better option, as they bring outside air into the burner and direct exhaust gases outside. Non-sealed combustion boilers bring the heated are in and then send it up the chimney, which wastes the energy used to heat the air.

Sealed combustion boilers also won’t release dangerous gases into your home, like non-sealed ones can.

4. Boilers Should Be Serviced Annually

You should have your boiler serviced by a professional annually, just as you would a furnace.

The technician should check the boilers and the upright and baseboard radiators. They can troubleshoot any problems as well as make sure everything is working efficiently.

5. Boilers Only Provide Heat

One important thing to remember is that boilers only provide heat. So if you live in an area that gets hot enough where you’d want to cool your home, you’ll need an air conditioning system as well.

The Bottom Line

Before making a purchase as large as a new hot water boiler, make sure you understand everything there is to know about boilers. This guide will get you started on the right track.

Give us a call today to see how we can help guide your decision. We’re also available for boiler installation and repair.