Last updated 3 days ago
Owning a home is a joy and nearly every American’s dream, but maintaining it can be difficult. Between plumbing fixtures, HVAC systems, home appliances, lawn care, exterior winterization, and general interior upkeep, it takes a real juggler to master the art of home maintenance.
If you would like to be that homeowner who is on top of every home improvement and maintenance task at all times, then you need the help of an Android-powered smartphone app like House Maintenance Schedule. Designed by Cooloy.com, this app uses a calendar-based setup and checklist to alert you of tasks that need to be carried out on a monthly, quarterly, semiannual, and annual basis.
Many home maintenance projects can be carried out by DIY-oriented homeowners, but plumbing inspections and major repairs are best left to trained plumbing professionals. To hire a skilled plumber with 40 years of experience to work on your Greater Sacramento home, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783.
Last updated 10 days ago
Broken sewer lines prevent us from enjoying the conveniences of modern plumbing and, left unattended, can pose a number of health risks. If you discover that your home’s sewer line is broken, you will want to have it repaired as soon as possible. You may also be wondering whose responsibility it is to alert a plumbing professional to the problem and pay for repairs.
In most parts of the country, repair of the line is a liability that falls on the municipal water supplier if the damage done is to the sewer main. If the damage is not to the main pipeline but to the smaller line that connects your home to the municipal sewer network, repairing the damage is likely to be your responsibility.
If you think that your sewer line has been damaged and would like for a trustworthy plumber to locate the damage and restore your home’s sewer and plumbing systems to working order, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783. Drain and sewer repair are our specialties, and we serve the entire Greater Sacramento area.
Last updated 17 days ago
Brought on by either natural causes or plumbing disasters, home flooding is something that no homeowner wants to have to deal with. In addition to causing expensive structural damage, a flooded home can be the catalyst for numerous health hazards. Depending on the type of water a home is flooded with, the water damage and excess moisture left behind will pose one of the following three sets of hazards:
Clear Water Hazards:
If your home is flooded with rainwater or water from a burst pipe, chances are that the type of water you are dealing with is clear water. The lack of toxins and other contaminants in clear water makes it the safest of the three types discussed in this article, but clear water can still cause damage and foster the growth of mold and fungi. It is always in your best interest to contact a water damage restoration specialist immediately after discovering that your home has been flooded, even if it is flooded with clear water.
Grey Water Hazards:
Water that has been run through the dishwasher or washing machine is called grey water. If one of your home’s water-consuming appliances fails and your home is flooded as a result, it is most likely grey water you are dealing with. Grey water generally carries more bacteria and is more contaminated than clear water, but less so than black water.
Black Water Hazards:
Black water, in short, is wastewater. It poses numerous short- and long-term health risks to those who are exposed to it. If your toilet overflows or your sewer system backs up, it is black water that will flood your home. Even after only a minor black water flood you should contact a damage restoration specialist and an emergency plumber to thoroughly clean and dry affected areas, as well as conduct sewer repairs.
No matter what type of water is involved, you should contact a damage restoration professional to efficiently and safety dry and clean your home following a flood. If your home’s plumbing was affected by or the cause of the flood, you will also want to contact an experienced and reputable plumber in your area. To arrange to have an experienced drain and sewer repair expert inspect and repair your Sacramento home’s plumbing, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783.
Last updated 24 days ago
More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Even so, water is one of the most precious resources humans have. If you care about the environment or live in an area that is expected to face water shortages before long, employ the following plumbing and water use tips for cutting back on your household’s water consumption.
Reduce Shower Length
Long, warm showers can be relaxing, but they tend to require a great deal of water. Cut the length of your average shower, and you will save a lot of water. Another water-saving tactic to use in the shower is to briefly turn off the water while you lather. The blast of warm water you experience when turning the water back on will feel great, and you won’t have to worry about cutting your overall shower length by too much.
Install Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
Low-flow showerheads and low-impact toilet flushes can reduce a household’s water use by hundreds of gallons per day. These fixtures are efficient, ingeniously designed, and inexpensive.
Turn Off the Tap
And not just when you are done using a sink. Turn off the tap also when you are brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your hands, or washing dishes. By only running the water when you are actually using it, you can noticeably reduce your water consumption.
Use Sprinklers Only as a Rainwater Supplement
If your sprinklers run on a timer system, override that system to shut them off after periods of heavy rainfall. In addition to reducing your home’s water usage, this will prevent overwatering.
Run Full Loads Only
Dishwashers and washing machines make two of the most common and traditionally most arduous tasks easier and more resource-efficient. In order to minimize water use, however, both types of appliance should be run only with full or mostly full loads.
If you live in the Sacramento area and are looking to retrofit your home with low-flow plumbing fixtures that will help you reduce your water consumption, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783. Environmental stewardship is one of our hallmarks, and in addition to providing sustainable plumbing solutions we also offer eco-friendly drain cleaner, septic solutions, and other plumbing products.
Last updated 1 month ago
A garbage disposal is designed to break up food wastes so they can be flushed safely down your plumbing pipes. However, a garbage disposal should never be treated as a second trashcan in your kitchen. While garbage disposals can successfully handle many types of foods, there are some items that should never be put down your disposal. Trying to break up some of these items will cause clogged drains and other plumbing problems.
Grease and Fat
It can be very tempting—and very easy—to pour cooking greases and fats down the drain. However, these wastes should never go into your disposal. Although grease and fat are liquids when they are still hot, they congeal into sticky solids when cool. Grease and fat can quickly clog your disposal and drain, leading to backups in your sink.
Beneath your sink, the plumbing contains a U-shaped drain trap designed to prevent sewer gas from escaping into your home. However, this trap is the perfect place for coffee grounds to collect and form a stubborn clog if you consistently flush them down your garbage disposal.
Pasta and Rice
Pasta and rice expand when they are wet, making them “puff up” when you cook them. These foods retain their expansive properties when you are done cooking, however, and will continue to expand inside your disposal or plumbing if they are flushed down the drain. Never put pasta, rice, or any other “instant” foods that are made with water down your kitchen disposal.
Stringy, Starchy Vegetables
Although many vegetables can easily be handled by your disposal, veggies that are particularly stringy or starchy can get caught in the blades or drain. Vegetables to avoid putting down your disposal include potatoes, celery, asparagus, chard, kale, artichokes, and rhubarb.
Are you experiencing disposal or drain troubles in your home? Rapid Rooter offers both regular and emergency plumbing services for residential and commercial customers in the Sacramento area. Call us today at (916) 248-8783 or click on our web contact form to reach us.