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5 Fall Tips That You Should Do Before The Fall Begins

What a summer this year was, not too many thunderstorms, but plenty of beautiful sunny days to go to the beach and activities outside. However, we are now in September, and just like every other year, summer is just about over, and the temperatures are beginning to drop. With this drop in temperature, there are a few things that you need to do before the temperatures get to a freezing point. We have made a simple and easy-to-do list for you to do at your home before those temperatures drop and cause damage to your home.

Gutter Cleaning

  • Along with summer ending and the temperatures dropping, leaves will also begin to fall from the tree’s, and into your gutter system. You always want to keep your gutter’s clear, however, it is extra important to clean the leaves and debris out of them before freezing temperatures as your gutters will not work properly is there are frozen leaves and debris clogging your gutters.

Holiday Travel

  • If you do not host the holidays at your home and instead travel to your relatives home and are gone for prolonged periods of time during the wintertime, then it will be a great idea to go ahead and turn off your water while you are gone. This will help prevent any water lines freezing, and continuous water flows into your home in case of an accident.

Check The Water Heater

  • During the fall and winter months, your water heater will be forced to work a little bit harder give you that hot water shower you need after a hard day’s work. This being said, head on over to your hot water heater, check for any slow leaks of course and make sure it is set to 120 degrees to make sure that your water heater will perform at a peak level during the winter months.

Put Away Your Garden Hose

  • If you have your garden hose on a hose rack out front or in the back yard, you will want to make sure to store it inside a shed or the garage during the winter months to help make sure that your hose does not get damaged in the winter weather. Water can get trapped inside your hose if left outside and will freeze very quickly in cold temperatures causing damage to your hose.

Cover Your Outdoor Faucets

  • Make sure that your outdoor faucets are insulated to prevent them from freezing and bursting the pipes inside your home. If you do not have a shut-off valve for each outdoor faucet, then you may want to cover your outdoor faucets in styrofoam as this is very inexpensive and will work as insulation to keep your faucet and pipes from freezing.

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Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in helping you prevent plumbing issues both inside and outside your home, and responding quickly to fix the issue if something does happen to occur. We also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your household plumbing

Posted in: Holidays, Water Heater, Winterize

Five Signs That You May Need To Replace Your Toilet

A toilet is one of the most important items in your home, and you want to make sure that they are working effectively and efficiently at all times. You want them to be efficient because nothing is more embarrassing than having a guest over and your toilet malfunctioning during use. Also, you want them to be efficient as they can be costing you more money than they need to be as a faulty toilet may end up raising your water bill on a monthly basis. We have a made a list of signs that you may notice about your toilet which is a signal that you may need to replace your toilet.

Constant Running

  • If your toilet does not stop running water after a flush, then something is wrong with the inside mechanics of your toilet. It could be a number of things such as the flusher, the chain, the stopper or another piece of the inside. A running toilet will most definitely cause a spike in your water bill.

Always Clogging

  • A clogged toilet is a part of life and has to be dealt with, however, if your toilet is clogging on a regular basis and with not a lot of waste or paper in the bowl, then this may indicate another issue. You may have a low-flush toilet and need a more high flow toilet. Not to mention, if you have an older toilet, you may want to replace it anyway as technology is a great thing, and the technology has even improved in toilets.

Check For Cracks

  • Checking for cracks is very important as a crack can happen at any time. For example, if you have an overweight guest over, and they sit on the toilet roughly, or just after some normal wear and tear, you may find that your bowl or tank has suffered a crack. If you have a crack in the tank, you may notice if by seeing water on the floor near the tank. A crack in the toilet bowl may be harder to notice, but it is important to check for them. If you have a crack in either the tank or the bowl, you want to replace the toilet immediately to avoid an injury or leak inside your home.

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Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in performing service on toilets and replacing toilets if needed. We also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your toilets and the drains connecting to your toilet.

Posted in: Toilet, Toilet Replacement, Toilet Running

Tips To Keep Your Home Running In Peak Condition This Summer

Summertime can be the best time of year to make memories with your family, as school is out, the pool is open, friends and family are coming over for BBQ, and this can be the perfect formula for a summer filled with unforgettable weekends at your home. On the downside of this, your home will begin to use water differently than it did over the winter time, such as the bathrooms being used more, more laundry, and overall more water use due to cleaning, cooking, drinking, etc. So, we have made a list of steps to take during the summer months to make sure

Vacation

  • Most of us take a vacation in the summer months, which means that no one will be home during the vacations. Who needs hot water when no one is home? We recommended that you turn your water heater down the day you leave for vacation as it will help save energy.

Inspect The Washer Machine

  • Your washer machine gets used a lot, and even more in the summertime as the family is home all the time. So with the extra use during the summer months, make sure to frequently inspect your washer machine for leaks and cracks and your hoses from kinks. Another recommendation is that you make sure that you are home when the washer machine is running so in case of a faulty machine or incident, you are home to immediately take care of it.

Toilet Abuse

  • Just like your laundry room and sink, your toilet will also be frequented more times when you have friends and family over for those awesome summer barbeques. Make sure that your guests are aware of what not to put into your toilet when flushing such as paper towels, bubble gum, candy, etc. This will help ensure that your toilet and its plumbing will remain working properly not only all summer but also year round. Nothing can put a damper on your summer than a clogged toilet or busted pipe under your toilet.

Schedule A Consultation

Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in helping you prevent plumbing issues in your home, and responding quickly to fix the issue if something does happen to occur. We also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your household plumbing

Contact us today for a free estimate 301.685.5017

Posted in: Guardian Plumbing, Summer Home Tips, Summer Plumbing

What You Should Not Put In Your Garbage Disposal After A Summer BBQ

With summertime now in full swing, everyone is firing up those grills for Bar-B-Que’s, whether it is for Memorial Day, Labor Day or just a summer cook-out over the weekend. While BBQ’s in the backyard are awesome for everyone involved, it is important to know what not to put in your garbage disposal during the cleanup of the BBQ. We have made a list of things that you should never put in your garbage disposal because even if you do manage to get it through the garbage disposal, the chances are that it will not make it through the drain pipe causing damage to your home’s drain pipes.

Celery & Asparagus

  • While this may seem odd, both celery and asparagus are stringy when shredded and will tend to tangle and wrap around your garbage disposal blades, making them less effective when putting other items in your garbage disposal.

Egg Shells

  • While some may argue that eggshells can actually sharpen your disposal blades, we advise against it, as the shells can easily stick your garbage disposal blades causing bad odors in your home and making your garbage disposal left effective with stuck egg shells on them.

Fruit Pits

  • While your garbage disposal is very strong and can crush and shred through just about anything, a peach or avocado pit is not one of them. Simply feel one after you cut through an avocado or peach, they are hard as a rock and will damage your garbage disposal and blades.

Grease

  • Not even with scolding hot water running, do not put grease into your garbage disposal, and it may not even have an effect on your garbage disposal; however, it will certainly clog your drains.

Bones

  • Even if they are small bones from a chicken wing, do not put them in your garbage disposal. As your garbage disposal may be strong enough to get a bone in ribeye bone or chicken wing bones down, but later down the road, they will certainly clog your drain pipes, and you do not want that!

Schedule A Consultation

Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in performing service on clogged drains due to wrong items being placed in your garbage disposal. We also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your drains to ensure that they do not clog or break.

Contact us today for a free estimate 301.685.5017

Posted in: Bones, Egg Shells, Garbage Disposal, What Not To Put In Your Garbage Disposal

Helpful Tips For Preventing Clogged Drains In Your Home

Clogged drains can be a headache; however, if you ignore them long enough, they can quickly turn into a nightmare inside your home.

Most of us think of a clogged kitchen sink drain, or a bathroom drain sink when thinking of a clogged drain. However, you must be aware of all your plumbing that can become clogged very quickly, such as your shower and even your toilet. We have listed some helpful tips that you and your family members can easily do at home to help prevent your drains from becoming clogged.

Kitchen Grease

  • Nothing beats a home cooked meal, and with home cooked meals comes unwanted grease. It is an old wives tale to slowing pour the grease down your kitchen sink with scolding hot water. However, this is not ideal. The best way to avoid a blockage in your kitchen plumbing due to grease is to actually collect your grease and dispose of it in the trash. So, instead of pouring the grease down your kitchen drain, pour it into a container that you can dispose of on trash day.

Hair & Soap Scum

  • Hair, soap scum, fingernails, toothpaste, dental floss, and several other yucky hygiene items can easily find there way into your drain. All are bad for your drain. However, hair is the worst. The best way to avoid your drain from becoming clogged from one of the above is to install an inexpensive screen that goes under your pop up stopper. This will help prevent any of the above items getting into your drainage and causing a blockage. Screens are available in all sizes in your local home improvement store and are relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of repair.

Flush Your Drains

  • Most of the toilets and faucets that are sold today are of the water saving variety, which means the use of minimum water to clear the waste. This is great for your water bill; however, it is not so great for keeping your main drain lines clear. This being said, every so often, you will want to fill up a container with about 5 gallons or more of water and let this water go down at one time in your kitchen sink, toilet, tub, and or shower. This will help ensure that your main drain pipes stay clear.

Care For Your Toilet

  • Most of us adults should already know this, and it is imperative that we teach our children and house guest that your toilet is not a trash can. Just because it flushed and you can no longer see whatever it is in your toilet, does not mean that it made it all the way through your drain pipes. So, make sure to properly dispose of hygiene products such as Q-Tips, dental floss, and hair is the trash bin rather than the toilet.

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Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in performing service on clogged drains. We also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your drains to ensure that they do not clog or break.

Contact us today for a free estimate 301.685.5017

Posted in: Clogged Drains, clogged pipes, Clogged Shower

Signs That You May Need A Water Softener

Do you know what hard water is, and what it does to your home and body?Signs That You May Need A Water Softener

A water softener can help your plumbing lines last a lot longer, along with your clothing, and can do wonders for your hair and skin. If you notice stains in your toilet, dishwasher, shower heads or sink faucets, then you may require a water softener. Also, if you are suffering from dry skin or hair, then you may also have a problem with hard water that can be fixed with a water softener.

Also, if you are noticing any of these signs and have a water softener installed, you may want to give us a call as it may not be set up correctly or may be malfunctioning.

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is water that has extra calcium and magnesium ions in it. A lot of places in the United States have this problem, which is why you will see water softeners for sale in your local home improvement stores.

How Does A Water Softener Fix Hard Water?

Water softeners will replace the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium and potassium ions. A water softener will take the water in your home, and run a cycle called “recharging” which is where it will exchange the ions and redistribute the water in your home. It is important to call us and discuss this as a water softener can use up to 25 gallons of water per day, so you want to make sure that your settings are correct, so you are not wasting any water.

Things That Will Tell You If You Have A Hard Water Problem

Noticing Scale Build-Up

If you notice scale buildup in places like your dishwasher, coffee pot, or washer machine, then the chances are that you have hard water. Also, you will notice white stains on your shower heads and sink faucets. This build-up can cause your plumbing lines to become clogged and make water difficult to pass in your home.

Dry Hair or Skin

If you notice that your skin and hair is so dry that you begin to itch on a regular basis, then the chances are that you have hard water.

Schedule A Consultation

Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in performing water softener repairs and installation. We also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your water softener.

Contact us today for a free estimate 301.685.5017

Posted in: clogged pipes, Hard Water, Water Softener

Spring Time Is Coming, What Should I Do With My Sump Pump?

Winter is almost over, warmer temperatures are peaking through here and there, and with the winter and fall that we just went through, you want to make sure your sump pump is in working order to avoid a major issue. Chances are, if you have a sump pump, you know about it, and you also know how quickly your basement can become damaged if your sump pump is not working properly.

As the warmer air makes its way back around our area, the ground will begin to thaw, leaving the ground oversaturated. This will find its way into your sump pump pit in your basement. You should know that your sump pump has a floater device built-in or attached to your pump, and when the water reached a certain level, it will raise your float, and trigger the sump pump to turn on and pump the water outside of your house. You want to make sure that this floated and your pump are in working order, so we have listed a few things that you can do to make sure before the ground thaws out.

  • Check It
    • First, let’s check the sump pump pit. This is the area that your sump pump sits in, and you want to make sure that there is nothing that can interfere with it working properly. Debris from the outside or even bugs can make there way into your sump pump pit. Make sure that this pit is clean and clear of anything that may stop it from operating properly.
  • Test It
    • Once you confirm that the pit is clean and clear, now it is time to test it. Start by pouring a few gallons of water into the pit, and you want to watch and make sure that the floater moves up based on the water level. At some point of the floater rising, you will hear it click. This noise should trigger the sump pump to turn on and pump out the water you just poured in. If it does not turn on, try unplugging and plugging the sump pump back in. If it still does not turn on, give us a call immediately as your sump pump is more than likely faulty.

Schedule A Consultation

Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in performing sump pump repair and installation. We can repair or replace your sump pump is needed as well as offer a battery backup for your sump pump in case your floater becomes faulty. We also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your sump pump

Contact us today for a free estimate 301.685.5017

Posted in: Emergency Plumbing, Plumber, Sump Pump

Water Heater Maintenance

Water heater maintenance is something that many homeowners tend to neglect. However, neglecting the maintenance of your water heater can result in many problems. Your water heater will last much longer if it receives routine maintenance. After all, it is a big investment, so you want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible. You should schedule maintenance for your water heater at least once a year to be flushed and to have the pressure valve checked.

Left unchecked, water heaters will after time, have sediment buildup, causing your hot water to give off an odd smell and taste. It can also be dangerous. Sediment buildup can cause the pressure relief valve to fail. If this occurs you may have a flood on your hands or worse –  a failed valve can cause the water heater to explode.

While it may be tempting to attempt the maintenance of the water heater yourself unless you are a certified, licensed, and insured plumbing contractor, you should never do this on your own. Here are several reasons why:

  • Safety- This is the water that your family drinks and washes with. Using the proper equipment and chemicals can go a long way.
  • Liability- Many insurance companies will not pay for damage caused by an uncertified person installing plumbing fixtures. Reduce your risk of costly errors by hiring a licensed and certified plumber.
  • Warranty- We will warranty our installations for up to one year. We guarantee our plumbing work is done correctly the first time and will last. (restrictions apply)

Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in performing water heater maintenance and repair. They can repair and diagnose all types of water heaters, including gas water heaters, tankless water heaters, and electric water heaters.  They also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your water heater.

Contact us today for a free estimate 301.685.5017

Posted in: commercial plumbing annapolis, Uncategorized, Water Heater Maintenence, water heater repair maryland

Guardian Plumbing Offers Video Inspection Services

Video Inspections Can Help Diagnose Plumbing Issues Are you having plumbing problems at your home or place of business? If you are not a plumber you won’t be able to determine the nature or cause of your plumbing issue. A small issue such as a leaky faucet can turn into a large and more expensive problem over time if not handled properly and promptly.

You can trust Guardian Plumbing when it comes to your plumbing needs. We are dedicated to providing you with the best customer service and plumbing repairs. Our professional plumbers have years of experience serving the Davidsonville and Annapolis, Maryland areas, so we have built a great reputation with the community.

No matter what kind of plumbing problem you may be facing, we can help you get to the bottom of it. One of the most common plumbing issues that home and business owners tend to have is that of pipes being clogged or drains backing up. If this is happening on your property, we may recommend going with our state-of-the-art video inspection services. This entails sending a special, tiny camera down into the affected pipes at your home or business to determine the source of the clog. During the video inspection, we may also be able to detect other issues with your pipes that can be repaired and that can prevent a major problem down the road.

Once we have determined the source of the problem, we can provide you with an estimate for the cost of the repair on site. From there, if you give us permission, we will go on to complete the repair that same day. By the time we are done, you will once again have working pipes and drains. We can remove any clog, no matter how big or small, and we can do so for an affordable price.

About Video Camera Inspection

Video Camera Inspection is the most efficient way to diagnose plumbing issues. This tool allows the plumber to visually inspect the inside of your plumbing system in areas where it would normally be impossible to view without removing drywall or digging up your property. Other than emergency plumbing repairs, the video camera inspection has a multitude of other uses.

  • Renovations: We can track the plumbing system under the concrete slab so you can avoid damaging the pipes.
  • Realtors: We can inspect and videotape the results so you can show your clients the integrity of the sewer system.
  • Insurance agents: Claims that have fire damage or flood damage can often have unseen damage in the plumbing system. A video camera inspection is another tool you can use to make sure your clients are taken care of.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment at a date and time that is convenient for you.

Posted in: Clogged Drains, clogged pipes, commercial plumbing annapolis, Video Camera Inspection

Detecting Water Leaks in Your Home

How to Avoid Common Plumbing Problems Often water leaks go unnoticed or are ignored until significant damage has been caused to an area of the home. What many homeowners do not realize is that those small leaks add up to thousands of gallons of water each year that can result in a hefty water bill.

Water leaks not only contribute to water shortage globally, but it can cause structural damages to your home. If this happens, you’ll not only be paying a substantial water bill, but you’ll also be paying for repairs. A leaky faucet can waste around 2500 gallons of water annually if it is not fixed and left to run and a toilet that is running can waste up to 200 gallons of water daily.

The plumbing system in your home should be periodically checked. Guardian Plumbing‘s professionals will check your home’s plumbing system for water leaks and provide recommendations to improve your plumbing system.

Other Ways to Prevent Water Leaks

Another way to prevent water leaks is to have a water leak detection system installed in your home. There are two types of water leak detection systems:

  • Passive Leak Detection Systems:  Stand-alone, battery-operated devices that produce alarm sounds when the moisture sensor becomes wet. These alarms help the homeowner to find the exact location of the leaks and do the necessary repairs.
  • Active Leak Detection Systems:   Also sounds an alarm when water leaks are detected, and it will automatically stop the water flow. This system uses a moisture sensor or a flow sensor to monitor water leaks.

There are two types of active leak detection systems. Individual appliance systems monitor leaks from a single appliance and automatically shuts off the water supply when leaks are detected. Whole house systems monitor leaks in the whole house and shut off the main water supply to the house when leaks are detected.

Don’t ignore the water leaks in your home. They will only get worse through time. Not to mention the costs you could incur if your home is damaged because of the leaks.  Early detection and repair will save you money and prevent damage to your home.

Posted in: Leak Detection Systems, leaking faucet, Leaky Faucet, slow leaks, Water Leak Detection, water leaks