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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.

Schedule A Consultation

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?

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

Winter Plumbing Tips

Winter can be brutal on your home’s plumbing system. You need to be prepared when the temperatures begin to drop. Water can freeze in your pipes causing them to burst from the inside out. Here’s a checklist to help you get prepared for the winter season to come.

Plumbing Leaks

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Small leaks can turn into big problems when temperatures fall below freezing. Don’t wait until the last minute to check your pipes. You should check all exposed pipes – both indoor and outdoor. Even if your pipes are insulated, you still need to check for moisture. If you find moisture in the insulation, there may be hidden leaks in your plumbing. Stopping the leaks will save the pipes and save you money.

Pipe Insulation

Making sure that your exposed pipes are insulated is another preventive measure that you can take to protect your plumbing against freezing weather. Exposed pipes are located in:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Attics
  • Garages
  • Basements
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens

Exposed pipes need to be wrapped with plumbing insulation foam. Pipe wrap insulation is inexpensive and easy to install. It will help to save on your heating costs and keeps the warm air in the house.

Outdoor Spigots and Faucets

Beginning September through the end of October is a good time to remove any garden hoses that are connected to outdoor spigots or faucets. The last thing you want is to have any remaining water in the hose freeze. If water trapped in a hose freezes, it can damage your plumbing. If you have a shut-off valve, (usually located in the basement) just turn the water to the spigot or faucet off. If not, simply drain the water from the spigot and cover it with a hose bib cover that you can purchase from a local home improvement store.

Know Your Water Main Location

Last but not least, everyone should know where the water main in the home is located. If there is ever an emergency such as a busted pipe, you will need to be able to shut off the water to minimize or stop further damage to your home.

Guardian Plumbing Services is here to help you winterize your home’s plumbing. We are fast, efficient and affordable and provide 24-hour emergency services for both commercial and residential properties. Contact us today for a free quote.

Posted in: Burst Pipe, commercial plumbing annapolis, Commercial Plumbing Contractor, Frozen Pipes, Guardian Plumbing, Guardian Plumbing Services protection plan, Plumber Annapolis, Plumbing Winterization Maryland, Residential Plumber, Uncategorized

Do You Have A Leaky Faucet?

Is your faucet leaking?

One of the most common plumbing issues that homeowners face—is a leaky faucet. Plumbing issues can cause unnecessary problems and an increase in billing if not handled promptly and effectively. In this post, we will discuss some of the most common reasons you may develop a leaky faucet.

Common Reasons For A Leaky Faucet

  • You need to replace your O ring: An O ring is an airtight seal that prevents water from leaking out of the faucet. If the O ring is damaged or loose, the faucet may begin to drip water when it is not in use. Replacing the O ring may prevent further leakage.
  • A broken or damaged seal: The inlet and outlet seals prevent water from leaking. If the seals are damaged or broken, your faucet may leak.
  • Your plumbing system is dysfunctional: If your plumbing system is dysfunctional, it can lead to a wide range of plumbing disasters. A professional will need to inspect your plumbing system to be sure that it is functioning effectively.
  • The water pressure is unstable: If the water pressure is too high, it can cause a backup and may eventually lead to a leaky faucet. A professional will need to examine your plumbing system to determine if your water pressure is too high.

If you are experiencing a leaky faucet, be sure to contact our team at Guardian Plumbing. Our experienced, friendly team can perform a full inspection of your plumbing system and create a treatment plan that works for you. Contact Guardian Plumbing for all of your plumbing needs.

Guardian Plumbing offers a full range of plumbing services for commercial and residential buildings. We proudly serve clients in Anne Arundel County, DC Metropolitan area, Baltimore, Eastern Shore, and Northern VA. To learn more about our services, call  301.685.5017 or contact us online.

Posted in: Leaky Faucet

Is It Time To Replace Your Toilet?

Unfortunately, your toilet does not last forever. Most homeowners may need to replace their toilet at one time or another. Identifying the common signs that your toilet needs replacing may save you time and money in the long run.

At Guardian Plumbing, we offer a full range of plumbing services to ensure your systems are running safely and effectively. Our plumbers and technicians are highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to helping you receive the service you need.

Guardian Plumbing: Services We Offer

  • Sewer line repair
  • Sump pump repair and replacement
  • Water heater maintenance and replacement
  • Clogged Drains
  • Leak repair
  • Testing and repairing water pressure
  • Testing and repairing water temperature
  • Winterization
  • Bathroom remodeling services

In this post, we will discuss some of the signs you should recognize for toilet replacement. If you have any questions, contact Guardian Plumbing in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Signs You May Need To Replace Your Toilet

  • You toilet constantly clogs. Repeated clogging may be a sign that there is something wrong deep within your plumbing system. If you get clogs every once in a while, that isn’t a cause for alarm. However, if your toilet clogs often, you may want to contact a professional.
  • Your toilet shakes or moves. A shaking toilet may just mean you have loose screws. In a more advanced case, a shaking toilet may mean you have water damage under your toilet.
  • Your toilet is visibly damaged. If your toilet cracks or chips, you may want to consider replacing it.
  • Your toilet is old. If your toilet is no longer running efficiently, you may want to replace it.

Request A Consultation

Our team at Guardian plumbing can work with you to assess your plumbing needs. We also offer remodeling services for clients who may want to replace their toilet. To learn more about our services, contact our office today!

Posted in: Toliets

Summer Plumbing Tips

Maryland Plumbing services Summer is on the horizon, so it is probably time to make sure everything is in order before your summer vacation. Keeping your plumbing running efficiently is an important part of managing your home. When plumbing disasters strike, it can be time-consuming, costly, and damaging. Ensuring that your plumbing is running smoothly ahead of time can help you avoid costly problems in the future.

Make sure you enlist the help of a trusted company like Guardian Plumbing to ensure your plumbing system is operating effectively. We offer a full range of plumbing services for commercial and residential properties.

Our Services Include:

  • Sewer line repair
  • Sump pump repair and replacement
  • Water heater maintenance and replacement
  • Clogged Drains
  • Leak repair
  • Testing and repairing water pressure
  • Testing and repairing water temperature
  • Winterization
  • Bathroom remodeling services

To learn more about our services, contact Guardian Plumbing.

Summer Plumbing Checklist

To ensure your plumbing is up to date, you want to make sure these factors are running effectively.

  • Check for leaks. leaks can happen anywhere in your pipes. A leaky pipe may cause a pool of water or you may hear the sound of running water. If you notice any of these signs, contact Guardian Plumbing.
  • Check your sump pump. If you notice your sump pump is not running correctly, you may want to have it inspected.
  • Check your water heater. Your water heater should be inspected and serviced every six months. Debris can build up inside of the water heater, so it is important o have it cleaned regularly to avoid water heater damage.
  • Clean out your drains.

Schedule An Appointment

If you are seeking a trusted plumbing company in Upper Marlboro, MD, contact Guardian Plumbing. Areas of Service include Anne Arundel County, DC Metro, Baltimore, Eastern Shore, and Northern VA. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 301.685.5017 or get a free quote online.

Posted in: clogged pipes, Commercial Plumbing Contractor