SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

Everything You Need to Know about Frozen Pipes

Monday, October 7th, 2019

You don’t need us to tell you that pipe freezing is a problem. In fact, it’s usually homeowners who tell us how bad of a problem it is. We see these problems every winter and if we can help just one family avoid having their pipes freeze, then that’s enough for us.

For any new homeowners or those who don’t understand the gravity of a pipe freezing problem, we’d like to give you the lowdown. In this post, we’ll go into the specifics about why pipes freeze, why a frozen pipe is a major problem, and some solutions that can help keep your home from experiencing this disaster during the coming winter. We promise that after reading some of this information, you’ll be more confident about how you can deal with winter plumbing problems.

If you’re still anxious about your pipes, you can always call us for plumbing in Sewell, NJ. That being said, let’s get into it.

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FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About a Backflow Preventer

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Let’s take a step back for a second. If you’re like any normal homeowner, you’re probably just wondering why you should even know what a backflow preventer is! Before you click the “x” on your browser window, let us at least tell you what a backflow preventer is and how it can help you. Once we’ve mentioned that, perhaps you’ll be inclined to read more and consider the implications of a backflow preventer in your own home.

To put it simply, a backflow preventer just allows water in your pipes to flow in one direction and never in another. That’s a pretty nifty function, especially because without a backflow preventer, some terrible circumstances could lead your drinking water to be contaminated with the sewage that gets affected by backflow. Water should only travel through your pipe system in one direction. You’ve got pipes that go inward and pipes that go outward. If you’re constantly calling for an emergency plumber in Sewell, NJ because you’re experiencing backflow problems, consider picking up a backflow preventer for the following good reasons.

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Video Pipe Inspection Saves the Day

Monday, July 1st, 2019

pipe-flowThere are a lot of reasons why you should always hire a professional plumber in Washington Township, NJ. Professional plumbers have the tools and training that they need to get the job done right the first time, and in a timely fashion. They also have the diagnostic skills to recognize and define problems accurately in order to resolve them promptly. And, they understand that certain issues may not seem like an emergency, but they may require more advanced solutions than homeowners realize.

One of the greatest tools that modern plumbers have at their disposal is video pipe inspection equipment. While a clogged drain may not sound all that complex, the information gathered through a video pipe inspection is invaluable in many instances. If you’re having trouble with your drains or suspect an issue with your sewer line, you want a member of our team equipped with video pipe inspection equipment at your home ASAP! Contact us when trouble is brewing.

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Tank vs Tankless: Which Water Heater Is for Me?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

water-heaterIt’s easy to take our water heaters for granted, despite them being one of the appliances that we rely on the most (can you imagine bathing without hot water?)

When it comes time to replace your water heater—or if you’re installing one for a brand new home—then you’ll want to trust in an expert of plumbing in Sewell, NJ to help you decide.

There are many differences between the two units. The “best” unit is the one that can serve your needs best! Here’s a brief rundown on both systems:

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Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, December 12th, 2016

It can be difficult to detect leaks in your plumbing system, given that so much of it is hidden from view. This can be a bit of a problem, since plumbing issue can inflict quite a bit of damage before they cause obvious symptoms. Fortunately, if you know what to look for you can identify plumbing problems much earlier. Read on for some of the ways to tell that you have a plumbing leak.

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How Corrosion Affects Your Copper Plumbing Pipes

Monday, August 15th, 2016

During the first half of the 20th century, the majority of plumbing pipes were either iron or lead. This was changed to copper in the 1960’s for a number of reasons. Iron rusts and lead is highly toxic, but copper is both resilient and safe. Though copper doesn’t rust in the traditional fashion, it is still susceptible to a number of different corrosion types. It’s important that you be aware of these corrosion types, so that you can protect your plumbing system from them. Read on to find out more about how corrosion can affect your copper pipes.

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Why You Need Your Backflow Prevention Device Checked Once a Year

Monday, August 10th, 2015

You may not even realize it, but there is a pretty good chance that your home is equipped with a backflow prevention device. Backflow is a potentially serious plumbing problem, caused when a sudden shift in pressure sucks sewer water back up through the house’s plumbing pipes and into your home. This contaminates your household’s plumbing system with waste water, requiring that the whole thing be cleaned out. In the interest of public health, most cities require a backflow prevention device to prevent this from happening. Read on to find out why you need to have your backflow prevention device checked at least once a year.

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Problems that Lead to Repiping Your Home

Monday, July 20th, 2015

If you own a home that’s younger than 50 years, most of your pipes are probably made of copper. This is a good thing, as copper pipes are designed to last up to 100 years. This means that you probably won’t ever have to deal with repiping your home. However, there are a number of problems that can severely shorten the life of your pipe systems. It’s a good idea to be aware of these problems, and to take steps to address them. Read on for more information.

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How to Tell If You Need Drain Cleaning

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

It can be difficult to tell when your drain system is having problems, primarily because it is designed to be as hidden from you as much as possible. If you know where to look, however, you can identify a need for drain cleaning long before any serious problems develop. The sooner you get your drains cleaned after you notice a warning sign, the better shape your pipes will be in. With that in mind, have a look at these signs that you need drain cleaning.

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3 Plumbing Installations You May Need

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

You plumbing system consists of many important components that work together to provide you with all of the conveniences that go along with modern plumbing. You may feel as if your plumbing system works adequately as-is. However, there are a few plumbing installations that could greatly improve not only your plumbing system but your quality of life as well. Call the plumbers at SPS Mechanical Inc. for more information about how you can get these plumbing installations in Sicklerville and check our guide.

Water Heater

Of course, you probably already have a water heater installed in your home. However, you may not have the most efficient water heater for your particular needs. If your water heater is oversized, it will use up more energy than your family needs to use. But if it’s undersized, you may not get enough hot water in your home. We can resize your new water heater unit in order to make sure it accommodates your family members’ needs. We can also help you select between a tank and tankless model if you’re considering more options for your home.

Water Treatment System

A water treatment system can improve the quality of the water throughout your entire home. While many homeowners rely on localized filters that remove contaminants from only one area of the home, this ignores the reality that these contaminants exist throughout the entire home. Filter contaminants from the entire water supply with a filter or specialty cartridge, or a reverse osmosis system, one of the most effective water filtration systems. We also install chemical feed pumps to eliminate contaminants from the water in your well.

Garbage Disposal

If you need a new garbage disposal unit, the installation cannot wait. Garbage disposals protect your plumbing from clogs that can eventually allow waste to backup through your drains. Make cleanup and cooking easier by installing a new garbage disposal unit for your kitchen sink. You can even upgrade your existing unit to one with better horsepower if you want yours to be more effective.

Call our plumbers at SPS Mechanical Inc. for plumbing services in Sicklerville. We offer new installation or repairs and maintenance for your existing units.

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