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Plumbing Tip: What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Monday, January 21st, 2013

We’ve all been there. The toilet is backing up or you have waste water flooding into your basement from a drain pipe in the ceiling, and you aren’t sure what to do. There are a few things you can do to help prevent further damage to your Woolwich Township home or plumbing system. Here are some common plumbing emergencies and what to do if they happen to you.

Water Line Break

How do you know if you have a water line break? One of the first signs of trouble with your water line is a drop in pressure. Washing machines and tubs take longer to fill; sinks and toilets don’t seem to function the way they normally do. Other signs of trouble are pools of water or saturated areas in your yard that never seem to dry up. A wet spot around your slab or basement could also indicate water leaking from your main line.

Unlike water leaks inside your home, leaks in the main water line can be difficult to spot. For inside leaks, the water meter will spin even when all the sinks and other plumbed appliances are off. There will be no sound of running water or puddles under the sink or on the floor. If the water line break occurs in your home, call a Woolwich Township plumber, but you can turn off the water supply to your home to prevent flooding.

Broken Sewer Line

A broken or damaged sewer line would cause waste water and sewage to leech out into the soil beneath your property. The water would gradually rise to the surface, creating puddles or patches of unexplained dampness. A foul, sewage odor would probably be noticeable. If raw sewage works its way to the surface, it will attract flies. Waste water flowing underground can also cause a sinkhole to form. Depending on the contours of your yard and other factors, the water might flow to the boundary of your property before it becomes noticeable.

Another sign might be slow or uneven drainage of your sinks, toilets, and other appliances. Water may empty down the drain fast, and then back up or gurgle.

If you observe any signs of a possible sewer line break in your Woolwich Township area home, don’t flush toilets, use the shower, or other drains and call SPS Mechanical right away. A broken sewer line must be repaired immediately, and it must be done according to accepted standards and local codes.

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Heating Tip: Unusual Energy Saving Tips for the Winter

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Are you looking for more ways to reduce your energy and save on heating bills in your Woodbury, NJ area home this winter? Here are some unusual energy saving tips from the home efficiency experts at SPS Mechanical.

Insulate your tank water heater with a water heater jacket.

Part of your heating bills is taken up by heating your water. If you have a storage tank water heater, you can easily find jackets to fit over the tank and reduce standby heat losses, which saves energy and money.

Close the flue when your chimney is not in use.

Chimneys are necessary for proper ventilation in many homes that are heated by fireplaces and wood stoves. If you are not using your chimney, use the damper to keep it closed to prevent heat loss.

Insulate electrical outlets.

Electrical outlets are another hidden source of heat loss. If you stand by your outlet on a wall that leads to the outside, feel for cold air or a draft around it. Adding a little extra insulation behind the outlet or buying a special cover can prevent some of this.

Lower your hot water temperature.

If the thermostat on your hot water heater is above 120°F, turn it down to this temperature. While you may enjoy extremely hot showers, you could save a lot of energy used to heat your water by lowering it even by five degrees.

Use ceiling fans in reverse.

You can save energy in the winter by reversing the direction of your ceiling fans to a counterclockwise direction. This pushes the any warm air that rises back down into the living spaces.

Call the Woodbury, NJ heating specialists at SPS Mechanical if you have further questions.

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