Friday, April 2nd, 2021
While you are running your business, you may not consider plumbing to be a priority as you manage your products, employees, and other commercial concerns. Your facility and the aspects that make it function should not be discounted or taken for granted. A plumbing emergency can be a disaster for a business, so it’s important to consider plumbing efficiency as you manage your business. Guardian Plumbing Services in Annapolis, MD describes why an annual plumbing inspection is crucial for your commercial property.
Regular plumbing inspections can spot potential issues you may not be aware of. An inspection will find leaks, water pressure problems, corrosion, and water heater issues. The plumber will then adjust and amend any issues they find which will make your business run more smoothly.
If you do not have to worry about plumbing concerns, you can focus on your business strategy and other commercial developments. You can also save money when your plumbing is functioning properly, so you do not have to pay for wasted water. This also makes your commercial property more environmentally friendly.
Reduce risk of emergencies
A plumbing emergency can add a massive headache to your already busy schedule as a business owner. An annual plumbing inspection can lower the risk of this occurring because an expert plumber can spot potential issues and fix them before they become an emergency. Corrosion can eventually lead to a burst pipe, and slow drains can become fully clogged and cause flooding. Fixing a plumbing emergency and its resulting damage can be expensive. Investing in an inspection once a year can save you money in the long run.
Keep your business running
A plumbing emergency can shut down your business while emergency repairs are made. While your business is closed, you cannot earn money which means you are ultimately losing profits. Closing your business when customers are demanding your product can damage your reputation too. You want to be seen as reliable for your customers, and a plumbing emergency can set you back in multiple ways. Annual inspections can help you avoid this disaster and keep your business open and functional.
Contact plumbing services in Annapolis, MD
Guardian Plumbing Services offers residential and commercial plumbing repair and maintenance in Annapolis, MD. Regular inspections from a plumbing professional can be valuable to your business. To get a quote for our services, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 301.685.5017.
Thursday, March 11th, 2021
The arrival of spring means you are ready for spring cleaning. While you are tidying and tackling home improvement projects, you should make sure your plumbing system is in good shape too. Your plumbing requires regular maintenance, but it is a good idea to examine your system for potential warning signs. Guardian Plumbing Services, a plumbing company in Annapolis, MD, offers a checklist for your plumbing system while you are spring cleaning.
Check your sump pump
Your sump pump removes water that collects in a basin in the basement of your home. This device can be put to the test as temperatures warm and winter snow melts. Spring also brings heavy rainstorms which can mean overtime work for your sump pump. To protect your home from flooding, you want to ensure your sump pump is in good condition. You can clear debris, such as twigs and leaves, from your sump pump to avoid clogging. If you see puddles or any signs of water overflow, you should contact a reliable plumber.
Examine your water heater
Your water heater allowed you to have hot showers during cold winter months. With temperatures warming, you still want to have reliable hot water. You should check your water heater to ensure it is set to an appropriate temperature. The surrounding area of your heater should be clear. Puddles or other signs of leakage could point to a problem such as rusting. If you see these warning signs, contact a plumber for an evaluation.
Look for leaks
Major appliances should be examined to keep your home in working order during warmer seasons. But all parts of your plumbing system should be checked for warning signs such as clogging or leaks. This can refer to sink drains, faucets, or exposed pipes, especially under a sink. Low water pressure can also point to a potential leak in your plumbing system. Leaks can cause damage to your home on their own, but they could also signify a pipe is near bursting. Early repairs can save you time and money in the long run.
Plumbing services available in Annapolis, MD
Guardian Plumbing Services can help with all of your plumbing needs in Annapolis, MD. If you have a plumbing emergency in a commercial or residential building or are looking for a consultation, call us today. To get a quote, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 301.685.5017.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
Plumbers are experts at clearing clogs from your pipes. Recent technological developments have made them even more efficient at eliminating stubborn clogs in your water system. The hydro-jetting technique has made taking care of your pipes easier than ever, resolving plumbing emergencies as well as preventing problems before they appear. Guardian Plumbing Services in Annapolis, MD has been using this method for years and addresses some of the most common questions about this service.
What are hydro-jetting plumbing services?
Hydro-jetting is a method of cleaning and clearing pipes with high-pressure water streams. Plumbers use a hose to shoot the water into your pipes, effectively clearing lingering debris. Older tools, such as a toilet snake or plunger, can take days to eliminate a stubborn clog. Hydro-jetting will save you time and money if you have a plumbing emergency. This method can be used preventatively as well, keeping pipes clean before a clog develops.
Who requires hydro-jetting?
Hydro-jetting is recommended for customers with pipes that clog frequently. The technique can be used for toilets, sinks, and outdoor pool plumbing. Multi-family residences and commercial properties can benefit from hydro-jetting too due to the high volume of pipe usage. Restaurants can also use hydro-jetting in their plumbing system, as their kitchens can develop debris build-up quickly with frequent use.
When should I get hydro-jetting?
For a single-family home, hydro-jetting can be done once every two years for cleaning purposes. Higher volume establishments, like commercial properties and restaurants, may need hydro-jetting services once a year. The frequency of use of plumbing systems and the frequency of clogs are taken into account when considering a cleaning plan for your pipes. Your plumber will be able to determine what works best for you during an inspection. You can get hydro-jetting services off-schedule as well if your pipes get a difficult clog. Should a plumbing emergency arise, plumbers like Guardian Plumbing Services can be reached 24 hours a day, every day, to assist you in a crisis.
Get an estimate for plumbing services in Annapolis
Guardian Plumbing Services has been a fixture in Annapolis, MD for thirty years. We specialize in residential and commercial plumbing and serve Maryland, Delaware, DC, and Virginia. To get an estimate for your plumbing needs, contact our office online or by phone at 301.685.5017. We offer a 24-hour live response so that you can reach us at any time.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
We all know that toilets are supposed to be something to get rid of human waste. But many people use the toilet as a disposal for other things, too. There are certain things you have to make sure you don’t flush if you don’t want to deal with a plumbing problem. Guardian Plumbing Services, Inc., a plumber in Annapolis, MD, warns of some items that should never be flushed.
Human waste is just digested food, so it should be fine, right? Wrong. Thinks like pasta and rice continue to absorb liquid and get bigger until they’re completely saturated. As they bloat, they clog pipes and back things up. Grease is another big thing, particularly for restaurant drains. While hot grease is liquid, it solidifies as it cools. This creates problems in all areas of your drains and pipes.
“Water burials” are often done for small pets that pass on, like fish or hamsters. But you should stick to burying the pets in the yard or getting them cremated. If the pets you’re flushing have bones in them, it isn’t going to go well for your plumbing system. Bones don’t disintegrate, and they get caught in pipes and drainage systems.
Paint and Home Makeover Materials
If you’re doing a renovation or painting your walls, make sure that the debris is disposed of properly. You know that paint is designed to be thicker, to make sure it coats your walls or other materials properly. When paint gets mixed in with grease or fat from food, it creates a thick blockage that nothing can get through or pass.
When you’re out and about, you probably see signs that tell you not to flush tampons or pads. This is similar to why rice and pasta shouldn’t be flushed. These products are designed to absorb liquids, and they’re rarely discarded when they’re completely saturated. As they encounter water in the pipes, they balloon in size, causing clogs and pipe backups.
No matter what the packages say, flushable wipes shouldn’t be flushed. Unlike toilet paper, which is made to break down quickly in the sewer system or septic tank, wipes aren’t made the same way. Even when they’re flushable, the material they’re made of isn’t designed to break down quickly. Keep a lined trashcan in your bathroom for items like flushable wipes and feminine products.
Call Your Annapolis, Maryland Plumber
Are you having issues with a leaking pipe or a clogged drain? We can help. Call us or reach out to us online.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
Winter certainly isn’t your plumbing and pipes’ favorite season. You have to make sure that your pipes are ready to withstand temperatures below freezing. The team at Guardian Plumbing Services, Inc., your plumber in Annapolis, MD, points out some common problem issues you should watch out for this winter.
Frozen pipes are one of the most common winter plumbing issues. If you have pipes that aren’t well-insulated and exposed, they’re prone to freezing. This is especially true for many basements, sheds, or garages. These areas are usually less insulated and aren’t heated consistently, either.
When pipes get frozen, they’re prone to bursting. This can lead to hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damage that needs to be taken care of. It’s important to stop this problem before it starts. Do a survey of pipes in vulnerable locations. If you notice frost on the outside of the pipe, it’s likely that there’s water frozen inside it.
Other indicators of a burst pipe include troubles with water flow, faucets acting oddly, or strange odors coming from your drains. If you notice a frozen spot, you can attempt to thaw it with a hairdryer or heat lamp — but definitely not an open flame. If you don’t feel confident or want a professional opinion, we can do a video inspection of your pipes to find any problems.
Everyone experiences a clog in their pipes at one point or another. Small things that may accidentally get washed down drains, like hair and food debris, build up over time. While this may not be a huge problem for warmer months, anything that’s stuck in your pipes can freeze up when colder weather hits.
For a quick solution, you can pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. This can help your drain become usable again and provides a temporary fix. You’ll want to hire a plumber to come out and do a further inspection of your residential plumbing to help you with a long-term solution.
Water Heater Issues
Water heaters are working extra hard in the winter months. People are more likely to take steaming hot showers, and you still have the tasks of dishes, laundry, and other household things. If you’re noticing your shower has been colder lately, or you notice any signs of leakage around your water heater, get it inspected ASAP.
Hire a Plumber in Annapolis, Maryland
Make sure your pipes are going to stand up against the cold. Call us today or get a quote online.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
While plumbers are something we all need, we don’t often interact with customers that much. There are a lot of things you may not know about plumbers and plumbing services. Guardian Plumbing Services, Inc., a plumber in Annapolis, MD, offers some insight into things you may not know about your plumber.
Every Day is Unexpected
When you’re a plumber, every day is something different. We work with both residential and commercial customers. Something that may seem like a simple fix may turn out to require hours of work. You never know what you’re going to get. We want to make sure we make things easy for you and fix your problem right, no matter how big or small it is. We’ll tackle it with the same gusto.
Kitchen Waste is a Nightmare
Many people focus on the fact that plumbers often have to deal with human waste in their job. But that’s not even the worst of it. We’d take human waste over kitchen waste any day. The grease that accumulates in the kitchen is the thing plumbers like dealing with the least. Particularly if you own a restaurant, it’s crucial to keep up with routine maintenance for kitchen waste and avoid the catastrophes of a grease buildup.
Plumbing Can Be Dangerous
Danger is probably not something you think about when you think of plumbing. The pressure that happens when pipes burst is no joke. It’s the equivalent of a fire hydrant spraying directly at the person trying to fix it. Plumbing also requires the use of heavy-duty equipment, chemicals, and exposure to some pretty gross stuff. Safety is essential for us as plumbers and also why we advise calling the professionals when something goes wrong.
It’s Easier to Fix it Now
Keeping up with regular maintenance for your plumbing is going to be both easier and cost way less than something big happening down the road. If you have a septic tank, get it pumped regularly. If you have an industrial kitchen, make sure you’re cleaning out drains and aren’t dumping grease where it shouldn’t be. A little bit of money and time now can save you a lot of both down the line.
Try to Avoid the Garbage Disposal
Many people hear the words ‘garbage disposal’ and think they can dump anything they want down it. They’re very wrong. If you have any questions about putting something in the disposal, don’t do it. They should be used very minimally, if at all.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
As the colder weather hits, it’s time to make sure your plumbing is ready for the freezing temperatures that are coming. Guardian Plumbing Services, Inc., a plumber in Annapolis, MD, discusses what you need to know about winterization.
How Do I Know if I Should Winterize?
Plumbing needs to be winterized in any property that’s going to be vacant for long periods of time in the winter months. If you’re a realtor, property owner, or live your winter in warmer parts, you’re going to need to winterize your plumbing. Without winterization, your pipes are more likely to burst. This can cause problems with insurance and may even involve your property being condemned.
Each property is unique and we’re determined to find the best price for each of our clients. We’ll give a free estimate based on the details of your property and also offer competitive pricing. Winterizing isn’t something you should try to handle on your own. Professionals are used to handling this regularly and can perform services quickly and accurately.
What’s Included in Winterization?
All of the water lines in the property will be properly drained. If we find areas that require drain valves to help the winterization process along, we’ll do so as needed. Then, an antifreeze solution is added to all of the plumbing traps. This is what prevents your pipes from accruing ice buildup and bursting.
Next, we’ll make sure to tag and label all of the water shut-off valves to the hose bibs and main line. All of these need to be clearly labeled and mark in the event that something goes wrong and to keep things organized. It’s a lot easier to monitor the cause of a problem when everything is clearly labeled and you can find things instantly.
Many people forget about their dishwasher and washing machine in the winterization process. These appliances are part of your investment and you want to make sure they’re protected with the rest of your property. We won’t skip over your appliances when winterizing your property. They’ll be winterized so they’re set for next spring.
What to Do for Winter
To protect from winter issues, always make sure your garden hose faucets are turned off both outside and inside. Keep your home heated to at least 60 degrees at all times. If your heat fails, turn off the main water valve. Open up all of your faucets so that the water has a place to expand and go instead of bursting a pipe.
If you suspect that a pipe has burst, turn off the main valve immediately. Don’t try to thaw out a pipe on your own, especially with an open flame. Wait for the plumbing company to check out the damage. If there’s water damage, make sure to contact your insurance.
Winterization Services at Your Annapolis, Maryland Plumber
Make sure your property stays safe over the winter months. Call us or contact us online.
Thursday, October 1st, 2020
As the weather gets colder, your plumbing can suffer. During the fall, the temperature changes can be drastic, which puts more stress on your plumbing. Guardian Plumbing Services, Inc., a plumber in Annapolis, MD, discusses what you should check on this season.
Unhook Outdoor Hoses
You don’t want to forget about the hoses you have hooked up outside. Make sure you take care of them before the temperature drops below freezing. If the water in the hose freezes, it can cause a lot of damage to your pipes. Even if it’s a small crack that develops in your pipe, it can still cost a lot to repair or replace.
Clear Out Your Gutters
As the leaves fall, they can accumulate in the gutters and drainpipes of your house. You may not consider them to be plumbing, but clogged gutters definitely have an impact. Particularly in autumn, you should make sure they’re cleaned out regularly as the leaves keep coming. Clogged gutters can cause damage to your house and cause water to get inside since it can’t go through the drainpipes.
Get Your Water Heater Serviced
Before winter comes, you want to make sure your water heater is up to speed. Winter is the last time you want to lose access to hot water. If you get your water heater serviced regularly, it can save you money in the long run. It’s much cheaper to pay for servicing your water heater than it is to fix a problem with it if something goes wrong.
Water heater servicing involves multiple things. We’ll flush it out and remove sediment buildup. Too much sediment can cause corrosion, shortens the lifespan of the water heater, and can impact how well it heats. The pressure will be set to the setpoint required by the manufacturer. The pressure valve will be tested to make sure it’s working the way it’s supposed to.
Insulate Pipes if it’s Needed
Outdoor pipes in particular are prone to freezing during the cold winter months. It’s important that these are insulated at the very least. Putting foam rubber insulation around pipes can help make sure you’re getting warm water flowing year-round.
Check Your Sump Pump
Depending on where your sump pump is located, it may freeze up and render it unusable during a time when you may need it. Clean out both the pump and the pit. Get your sump pump inspected as well to make sure it’s working the way it should.
Services From Your Annapolis, Maryland Plumber
At Guardian Plumbing, we can make sure your plumbing is ready before the weather gets too cold. Call us or contact us online.
Thursday, August 27th, 2020
When you need plumbing work done to your home, you want to make sure you get someone you can trust. They should know what they’re doing, while also being personable and able to reassure you while the work is being done. Guardian Plumbing Services, Inc., a reputable plumber in Annapolis, MD, lets you know what you should look for.
Make Sure They’re Licensed
While some states don’t require it, in Maryland, plumbers have to have a license to practice. Check to make sure that your plumber is a licensed professional and not a random guy with a toolbox. Guardian Plumbing is a fully-licensed plumber that’s family-run and offers years of experience.
Make Sure They’re Insured
Plumbers should be insured to protect both the client and their business in the case of an injury or accident while working. While we think our testimonials speak for themselves, there’s always the risk that something could go wrong while we’re working. Insurance gives you peace of mind that you’ll be covered if something should ever happen.
Research How Long They’ve Been in Business
You want your plumber to have years of experience taking on residential plumbing work for you. A plumber that was just listed and has no reviews or testimonials means that you’re taking a risk on someone that may not be up to the task. Plumbing is part of the foundation of your house and it’s important that anyone servicing it knows what they’re doing.
Look for References or Testimonials
Past customers are the best way to find out what a business is really like. With the internet, it’s made it easier to see reviews on their website, Google, or Facebook. You should also be able to ask the company for references. If they refuse to give you any, that’s a red flag that they may not be the most reputable choice for your residential or commercial plumbing needs.
Inquire About Pricing
Estimates should be accurate and they should know how much time it will take them and what to charge for quality work. Get estimates from a variety of companies so that you can see how they compare to each other. If you notice that one is much lower than all of the others, that’s not a good sign. They may be cutting corners in order to get jobs with their cheaper estimates.
Test Their Communication
They should be able to respond to you promptly with information for your plumbing services. It’s also a good way to judge how professional they are and how they’ll treat you as a customer. If they’re rude or unable to give you quality information, those aren’t good signs for a future relationship.
A Quality Plumber in Annapolis, Maryland
Guardian Plumbing is ready to give you all the information you need, as well as references and testimonials to our business. Call us or contact us online today.
Friday, July 31st, 2020
If you have a backflow prevention device in your plumbing, it’s required that you get it tested regularly in the state of Maryland. Guardian Plumbing Services, Inc. is both a full-service plumber in Annapolis, MD, and a Certified Backflow Technician. Learn more about backflow device testing and why it’s necessary.
What is a Backflow Prevention Device?
If you’re connected to city water and sewage, or the municipal water supply, there’s a backflow prevention device on your incoming water supply. It’s used to make sure any water in your plumbing won’t be returned to the municipal water supply. You don’t want the entire water supply to be contaminated by backflow from your plumbing system.
What is Backflow Testing?
Backflow testing is performed by a Certified Backflow Technician to ensure your backflow device is working properly. It’s done to make sure that your water is flowing in the correct direction and back-siphonage or back-pressure aren’t returning the water in your plumbing system to the public water supply.
Backflow is caused when low-pressure cross-connections are interacting with high-pressure water systems. When these conditions are present, there’s an increased risk of contamination and backflow. If your tester finds that there’s backflow that isn’t being prevented by your device, you may have a faulty valve that’s causing contaminants to get into the public water supply.
If you live in or own an older building, backflow testing is essential. For commercial and industrial locations, you should be getting your backflow device tested every year. For residential locations, we recommend getting the testing at least once every three years.
Since we’re a Certified Backflow Technician, we’ll test your device and make sure that it’s working properly. We’ll fill out the proper paperwork that certifies that testing was completed, and file it with the required agency for your area.
If we find that your backflow prevention device is faulty, our technician will do a detailed examination of your device to find the problem. We’ll determine if your device can be repaired or if you’ll need to completely replace your backflow prevention device. We can give you a quote on the spot for our device repair or replacement services.
Backflow Device Testing From Your Annapolis, Maryland Plumber
Are you due to get your backflow device tested? Call us today or get a quote online for backflow testing or any other plumbing work that you need to be done.