Design Comfort Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

How to Avoid Drain Clogs

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

sink-faucet-with-water-going-into-drainWhat do you think about when you hear the phrase, “plumbing problems”? if you’re like many homeowners, you probably immediately think about drain clogs or slow drains. Almost every homeowner at some point has run into the problem of a clogged drain, and this is a problem that impacts homes a few times a year.

Often, the instinct here is to reach for store-bought, chemical drain cleaners. Unfortunately, these drain cleaning “solutions” are very caustic and can actually eat away at the inside of your pipes, leading to unexpected needs for pipe replacement. Professional drain cleaning is the answer here—our plumbers have the tools and methods to effectively remove clogs and prevent them from coming back.

But what if you could prevent drain clogs? The good news is, you can! Keep reading as we uncover a few of the most common drain clog types and how you can avoid them.

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What You Can Do to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Monday, October 28th, 2019

icicles-hanging-from-pipeIf you’ve lived in the Holladay area through even just one winter, then you know we’re notorious for our cool and dry temperatures during the winter. You also, of course, know that colder weather comes with snow, and ice!

The development of ice means you need to move fast to protect and prepare your home before winter arrives in earnest. Do you have drafty doors allowing warm air to escape from your living space? Is your indoor air quality in good shape, or could you use a whole-house humidifier this season? Last but certainly not least, is your plumbing system prepared for the season? Just a couple of consecutive days of below 30°F temperatures can result in frozen pipes, which create a huge problem. We’re going to discuss below how you can prevent this, but first, why is it such an issue?

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How to Determine If You Need a Water Softener

Monday, October 14th, 2019

tapwater-flowing-into-sinkToday, most municipal water supplies have a heavy level of filtration and conditioning before they get to your home plumbing. And if you’re using ground water through a private well, then you may have your own water treatment system on-site to filter out contaminants. Something most homeowners don’t realize, however, is they may be missing protection from hard water.

What’s hard water, you ask? It’s water with a high level of minerals in it—namely, calcium, magnesium, and iron. They’re all harmless to ingest, but can do a whole lot of damage to your plumbing system over time. Hard water should be taken care of with a whole-house water softener right when the water enters the home, before it has a chance to put your pipes out of commission. Keep reading to learn some signs that you may be suffering from hard water, and therefore would benefit from a water softener!

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These are the Biggest Threats to Your Plumbing System

Monday, June 24th, 2019

plumber-using-wrench-to-fix-plumbingNo matter what time of the year it is, there is one system in our homes we use to stay comfortable—our plumbing system. Between your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets, could you even imagine going without your plumbing system for a day?

This is why we stress how important it is for homeowners to take good care of their plumbing systems. It’s easy to forget. After all most of your pipes are hidden behind walls, beneath flooring, and in cabinets under sinks. But yearly maintenance from a trusted and reputable plumber will help ensure the entire system performs well and doesn’t suddenly fail on you throughout the years.

Of course, it’s up to you, as well, to avoid some of the biggest threats to your plumbing system. These include:

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Will Frozen Pipes Thaw On Their Own?

Monday, March 18th, 2019

pipe-with-icicles Yes, but you don’t necessarily want them to.

What do we mean by that? Well, frozen pipes lead to burst pipes. Most homeowners aren’t aware of this (unless they’ve experienced it already) but as the ice inside frozen pipes thaws out, the water caught between the ice and the closed faucet creates an increase in pressure within the pipe. This leads to your plumbing pipes shattering from the inside out.

Therefore, as temperatures warm in preparation for spring, right now is when you should be the most concerned about running into a plumbing problem.

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Now Is the Time to Check Your Sump Pump

Monday, February 4th, 2019

sump-pump-in-basementIn some areas of the country, homeowners have no idea what a sump pump even is, and they never really need to know. Their homes may be in a position that flooding is unlikely, or that their home doesn’t have a low enough point that it would be impacted—such as a basement or crawlspace.

We aren’t so fortunate though—flooding is an issue where we live and basements are prone to its impact. Spring temperatures begin thawing out the snow and can send water into your home faster than you know it. Fortunately, you needn’t look very far for professional Salt Lake City sump pump services. In the meantime, we want to help you perform a little sump pump maintenance on your own to make sure your home is ready for the change of seasons slowly but surely on its way!

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“Help! My Pipes Froze—Now What?”

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoThe weather is getting progressively colder and drier, leaving many homeowners to scramble to make their HVAC maintenance calls if they haven’t already, or ensuring their indoor air quality equipment is in good shape to get the through the season. But as temperatures drop, be sure you don’t forget one other very important system in your home—the plumbing system.

We recommend that if you haven’t already, you take precautions now to help prevent pipe freeze. This can include disconnecting outside homes and faucets, insulating your host bibs, and checking to ensure any exposed pipes in your home are insulated—this includes indoor pipes that are under your bathroom and kitchen sinks! If you’re looking for more tips on how to best prepare your home for winter temperatures, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for professional Salt Lake City plumbing services.

In the meantime, what do you do if you’re reading this post and your pipes already froze?

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Be a Hero to Your Drains: Toss That Chemical Solution

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.First, let’s get one thing straight. A professional plumber is going to clear your drains more successfully than you can. We understand that clogs happen and that they’re annoying when they do. However, when homeowners try to handle clogs in their homes, they reach for a store-bought drain cleaner, which is not going to do them any favors.

In fact, they can end up causing more trouble! It is always better to contact a professional plumber for blockages. Design Comfort offers Salt Lake City drain cleaning, so you’ll never have to use a store-bought cleaner.

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Tap-tap-tap: Where is That Plumbing Leak Coming From?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Pouring water in the kitchenWhether it’s a “tap-tap-tap” you hear, a slow drip, or a quiet rush of water even though no plumbing appliances are running, you know it means you probably have a leak—one of the most annoying problems for homeowners to face. After all, even a “minor” leak such as a dripping faucet can waste gallons of water over time. Small leaks trick you into thinking they really aren’t a big deal—until the costs on your water bill start to add up.

Bigger leaks waste even more water, of course, but can also do extensive damage to your property. Leaks that start behind walls or beneath floors and above ceilings, can develop without you even noticing them right away. Since so much of your plumbing system is hidden from sight, and since leaks really can form anywhere within your plumbing system, it’s essential that you learn how to spot them. And once you do, the next step will be to call a professional Salt Lake City plumber. In the meantime, we’ve given you some pertinent signs to watch out for, below, which indicate it’s time for you to go ahead and call that pro.

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Can Store Bought Drain Cleaners Hurt Your Pipes?

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

water-drain-in-stainless-sinkThe short answer to this is “yes,” but we’re sure you’d like to understand why.

After all, when you find that one of your drains in your home has clogged up, it’s only natural that you reach for the chemical drain cleaner beneath your sink. But we really have to discourage this—it’s actually the worst thing you can do when it comes to thlong-termrm health of your drains and pipes. Sure, it will solve the issue in the short term, but it only magnifies the problem.

Keep reading to learn why chemical store bought drain clears are not your solution, and why you should call for professional Salt Lake City drain cleaning instead.

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