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Summer’s here! Time To Check Your Sump Pump!

Summer can produce some of the year’s most severe storms and a flooded basement can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare.  Guardian Plumbing of Annapolis, Maryland would like to remind homeowners to check your sump pump frequently over the summer months when there is potential for flooding.  By following a few simple steps you can avoid a common home disaster.

Insurance house concept.

Following these steps to check the working condition of your sump pump:

  1. Make sure the exit pipe is free of clogs or debris.
  2. Check that your sump pump is plugged into an electrical outlet and check its basin for any clogs, removing any debris.
  3. Slowly pour about 5 gallons of water into the sump pump basin, not exceeding the level of the basin itself.  The sump pump should turn on and begin to pump out the water.
  4. If your sump pump contains a float, make sure that it is free from any obstructions.

If the pump does not turn on then it is possible that the pump needs to be replaced. This maintenance should be done at least twice a year so you know your pit is clean and will have an early indicator if the pump may malfunction. It is much cheaper to replace a pump than to replace your personal items that can be damaged in a flood.

Guardian Plumbing services all of your residential plumbing needs including sump pump replacement.  They are a trusted plumber that is family owned and operated, serving Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.  They offer frees quotes on all residential plumbing needs and offer 24 hour emergency response services.

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Cold Shower? Call Guardian Plumbing 24/7!

Bare Woman Reacting While Taking Cold Shower

Even though temperatures are heating up outside no one wants to be forced to take a cold shower!  But, it happens, usually when you least expect it.  You turn the shower knob towards “H” and minutes later you get nothing but frigid cold water.  Only now do you realize that it’s been an eternity since you’ve even laid eyes on your water heater.

Luckily, there’s Guardian Plumbing in Davidsonville, MD that offers 24/7 emergency services for plumbing problems like a broken hot water heater.  In fact, water heater repairs are the most common service call that we receive.

So, how do you ensure that you will not be taking a cold shower again in the near or far future?
1. Service your water heater annually by flushing it and checking the pressure value for proper working condition.  Don’t feel up to the task? Call a Professional.

2. Prevent future plumbing problems by signing up for a Homeowners Protection Plan. With Guardian Plumbing this bi-annual service includes inspection and routine maintenance of your residential plumbing system.

With our Residential Plumbing Preventative Maintenance Plan no one needs to take a cold shower.  We service our contracted customers first and give them priority repair attention in addition to regular service rates and 10% off any parts or materials.

All of our repair work is approved by our customers prior to service and we supply our customers (and potential customers) with a free quote.  If you live in the Annapolis,MD   don’t left out in the cold.  Get peace of mind with Guardian Plumbing.

Posted in: Plumber Annapolis, Residential Plumber, Uncategorized, water heater repair maryland

Guardian Plumbing Is At Your Service 24/7!

Plumbing emergencies can happen to anyone.  Even the most diligent homeowner can not control external  factors such as the weather.  For example, spring and summer storms along with heavy downpours can cause dirt, leaves, and other matter to build up and block outside drains; causing sewage back-ups in your home.

Stainless steel sink plug hole close up with water

Other plumbing emergencies such as frozen and burst pipes can also be caused by mother nature.  Even as a pro-active homeowner, it can be difficult to plan for and anticipate all of the situations that life throws your way.

Finding a solid, reliable plumber when you need one can sometimes be a real challenge. Whether it’s for your home, or your business, you need someone you can trust, with a reputation that makes them stand out. Licensed, bonded, and insured, Guardian Plumbing Services has been serving the Baltimore-Washington Metro area for over two decades with professional service and 24 hour a day availability, because plumbing emergencies know no schedule.

If you need residential service, Guardian can handle any problem that may come up; clogged drains, leaks, water heater issues and a lot more. While responding to these emergencies is great, the better solution is to prevent them from occurring in the first place by taking advantage of their Residential Preventive Maintenance Plan. This will eliminate most plumbing issues, but should an emergency arise, you will receive first-priority service, you will save 10% on parts and material if repairs are needed, and you won’t have to pay after-hours or weekend rates.

Posted in: Emergency Plumbing, Plumber Annapolis

Spring Plumbing Maintenance For Your Home

Young Plumber With Clip Board

Spring is here and most homeowners are focused on cleaning up the yard and getting their home interiors in tip top shape.  Spring cleaning is an important part of maintaining a home but many homeowners tend to neglect the upkeep on essential systems that makes a home run effieciently.

Your plumbing system works hard to supply your family with clean water to drink, cook with, and bath in. Many homeowners and property managers lack the knowledge to properly service their residential plumbing needs.

Depending on your specific system, plumbing maintenance could include the following:

  • changing your water filter
  • cleaning your sump pump exhaust line
  • cleaning your air conditioning condensate line
  • flushing out your water heater
  • checking your hose bibs (outside faucets) for dripping
  • check all the shutoff valves in your residence

These simple items that go unchecked usually are the cause of very costly damages requiring expensive repairs. A simple yearly cleaning and inspection of these few items can save you unbelievable amounts of money not only on your utility bills but also from having emergency repairs and other collateral damage (mold and mildew being just two).

Most of these maintenance items are described in the owner’s manual of your different appliances. Also, a good resource would be the internet for finding out the proper maintenance instructions.

If you do not have the time or energy service these items yourself, or perhaps you have several rental properties where it would be impossible to do it all yourself, feel free to give Guardian Plumbing Services a call and we can handle it for you.  We also offer 24- hour emergency plumbing services and a Preventive Maintenance Plan that includes a bi-annual inspection and service for your residence.

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Guardian Offers Bathroom Remodeling Services

Plumber hands fixing water tap in a bathroom

Guardian Plumbing Bathroom Remodeling Service provides clients with a complete array of five star services designed to address the most difficult plumbing problems. Servicing the Northern Virginia, DC, Delaware, Annapolis and greater Maryland areas; we continually ensure a level of customer satisfaction that has made us one of the most successful operations in business today.

We service both commercial and residential properties and provide 24 hour live response. In addition to unclogging drains, fixing leaks and offering standard service repair; we provide services that may be unfamiliar or surprise new and prospective clients. Not only do we install plumbing for newly constructed homes and businesses, we also craft and design plumbing systems to ensure your operation functions sensibly and easily. We also service water heaters and conduct video plumbing inspections. To date, this is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to diagnosis a plumbing issue short of demolition.

Our hydro jetting serves a dual purpose as it allows us to use our high pressure wash to blast gunk and garbage that accumulates in piping over time. It also works as a preventative tool to ensure pipes remain clean significantly reducing the likelihood of developing a clog in the first place. Today, all homes and businesses are required to maintain working backflow devices. Backflow devices prohibit your plumbing entrance into municipal water supplies. We regularly test these devices to ensure they are in proper working condition. Should your device fail the test, we repair and file applicable paperwork on your behalf.

Please visit our website for a free quote, and read what our many, satisfied customers have said about us. Our professional staff seeks to build long term relationships and understands the value of a happy client. We guarantee your satisfaction long after the visit is over. Contact us today.

Posted in: Plumber Annapolis, Residential Plumber, Uncategorized

Prevent Freezing Pipes In Your Home This Winter

Water freezes as it leaves a tap

Your home’s worst winter nightmare–frozen pipes. As the Mid Atlantic prepares for freezing temperatures, make sure your home’s plumbing is prepared by winterizing it with the appropriate steps.

In recent years it is estimated that a quarter of a million homes’ pipes freeze each year. A crack 1/8th of an inch can leak as much as 250 gallons of water a day, destroying your home’s interior and its contents. Inadequate insulation is often to blame but poor line installation can also make any exposed plumbing pipes freeze in cold temperatures. Pipes that run outside your home, at exterior walls, need to be insulated including ones in unheated areas such as basements, attics and crawlspaces.

If you are away from your home keep the heat at 60 degrees or more and be sure to turn water off at the main valve and open faucets to prevent freezing and bursting pipes. This holds true for instances when your home’s heat fails for an extended amount of time. In this case, open faucets allow for the thawing water to expand and drain out instead of bursting. In contrast, your outside garden hose faucets should always be turned off during winter months on both the exterior and interior to avoid freezing.

If you detect a frozen pipe or a water leak, turn off the main water supply– it is best to leave a burst pipe problem for a professional plumber to fix. Be sure to contact your insurance company if there is any sort of water damage to your home. Do not try to thaw any suspect pipe on your own, especially with an open flame. This could cause further damage to your pipes or, in the worst-case scenario, even start a fire.

Guardian Plumbing of Annapolis, Maryland has the experience and technical knowledge to service all of you home’s plumbing needs. We also offer emergency service for any potential plumbing diasters–including frozen pipes.

Posted in: Emergency Plumbing, Plumber Annapolis, Plumber Maryland

Guardian For All Your Plumbing Needs in 2017

ThinkstockPhotos-455288951With 2017 quickly approaching many home and business owners will be looking ahead to improve upon their investments in the new year.  A home or business’ plumbing system is a vital part of its daily operation and when a problem occurs you need a trusted company to service and maintain all your plumbing needs.

Guardian Plumbing provides a range of services to many residents and restaurant owners in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and the District of Colombia.  They are family owned and operated with a focus on providing excellent customer service.

In addition to quality service Guardian Plumbing offers 24 hour emergency service with a live operator. Guardian also provides only the most skilled, professional technicians to meet your needs.

They offer a Restaurant and a Home Protection Plan so that you can rest assure your plumbing system will be maintained throughout the year.

With these plans, Guardian Plumbing will always respond immediately to unexpected plumbing issues. One bonus is that there are no late-night or weekend emergency rates to pay. Not only that, but clients get 10% off all parts and materials. No repairs are made without the approval of the client.

When your home or business is in need of plumbing services, maintenance, or improvements, Guardian Plumbing or Davidsonville, MD can take care of your investment.

Posted in: Emergency Plumbing, Plumber Annapolis, Residential Plumber, Uncategorized

Prepare For Winter With Guardian Plumbing

Water freezes as it leaves a tap

Because your home is the biggest financial investment you’ll ever make, you want to do your best to take care of it. Guardian Plumbing will partner with you to keep your home in tip-top condition, particularly during the pressing winter months which present unique plumbing needs.

Unoccupied homes and other buildings should be winterized to eliminate the costly troubles caused by frozen and burst pipes. If you will be leaving your home empty while you are traveling during the winter months, winterization of your pipes should be at the top of your list of travel preparations. You may have a rental property that will remain empty during the winter; this is another reason to give Guardian Plumbing a call so we can help you protect your investment.

Guardian Plumbing Winterization

Our winterization services include the drainage of all water lines and the addition of antifreeze to all piping. We can also winterize appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers upon customer request.

Guardian Plumbing, located in Annapolis, Maryland, also offers extensive plumbing services to the greater Washington, DC area, Northern Virginia, and the Eastern Shore. We perform sewer repair, provide leak detection, install and repair water heaters, and provide bathroom remodeling services. Our company offers a unique video inspection service which can either confirm the integrity of the plumbing system or detect the site of blockage in pipes without the inconvenience of cutting into drywall or digging to access pipes located underground.

We take pride in offering state-of-the-art services to our customers. We offer a hydrojet service which uses water under high pressure to clear out clogged sewer lines. We recommend this process as a regularly scheduled, preventative measure to avoid the difficulties caused by sewer blockages.

Contact Guardian Plumbing for a free estimate! Guardian stands ready to help with a 24-hour live response team.

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The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

A plumber is performing maintenance on a residential water heater

The cold weather will soon be upon us in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.  We take for granted the comforts of a hot shower and warm water to wash our dishes and clothes until one day it’s not available.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Home’s Water Heater

Most people will only call a plumber about their water heater if it is need of repair. Water heater maintenance is something that many homeowners tend to neglect. However, neglecting water heater maintenance can result in many problems. If your water heater does not receive regular maintenance, then it will be more likely to break down and may not last as long.

Most water heaters are not maintenance free and will after time, have sediment buildup, causing your hot water to give off an odd smell and taste. Neglecting water heater maintenance can also be dangerous. For example, if sediment builds up inside of the tank, then the pressure relief valve may fail. Your home may flood if this occurs. Although very rare, your water heater can potentially explode from a failed valve.

Your water heater will last much longer if it receives maintenance. A water heater is a big investment, so you want to make sure that it lasts as long as it can. Your water heater should receive maintenance at least once a year to be flushed and to have the pressure valve checked.

Guardian Plumbing of Annapolis MD Can Repair & Maintain Your Water Heater

Water Heater maintenance should only be performed by a certified, licensed, and insured plumbing contractor. 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 hot water heater.

Contact us today for a free estimate 301.685.5017

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Plumbing Problems? When to Call a Professional…

ThinkstockPhotos-455288951Plumbing disasters are one of the most costly home repairs today. When a plumbing problem arises most homeowners will try and resolve the issue on their own to save time and money.  But in the long run calling a professional to fix the problem at the onset may be the better option. Here are a few reasons to call a licensed professional…

Unexplained Moisture or Puddles

These puddles or moist areas could be the direct result of corroded pipes, loose fittings or problems with water pressure. It is important to call a plumbing service quickly before a small problem turns into a burst pipe leaving a huge mess and homeowners without water.

Inconsistent Water Pressure

This can be a sign that there is a clog, leak or problem with the main lines. Improper water pressure can damage pipes and any appliances or systems attached to the pipes.

Slow Drains

Slow drains can be a symptom of many different serious issues. A professional should be called if a drain is consistently clogged.  Store bought liquid drain cleaners are harmful to the environment and can damage the plumbing system.   Typically these problems are located deep within the pipes may require a service called hydro-jetting.

Guardian Plumbing of Annapolis, MD recommends that homeowners call a licensed and insured plumbing contractor for safety, liability and warranty reasons.  A home’s plumbing system is a crucial part of everyday life–it works to ensure safe drinking and bathing water.  Many insurance companies will not cover plumbing damage caused by an unlicensed contractor.  A plumbing contractor can also provide warranties for parts and services to cover your repair for the long term.

If you have a plumbing problem and live in the Annapolis area call Guardian Plumbing for fast reliable service.  They offer free estimates and 24 hour emergency service for residential and commercial needs.

 

Posted in: Emergency Plumbing, Plumber Annapolis, Uncategorized