Using PEX For Hydronic And Plumbing Piping

Founded in 1894, Episcopal Homes in St. Paul, Minn., started out as a small rented home for four elderly women. Now, 121 years later, the senior housing organization offers a full range of care and continues to grow….read more

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How do Sump Pumps Work?

A sump pump is a system designed to prevent water from accumulating in basements or low crawl spaces. Avoiding such water build-up protects buildings from flooding, erosion and excessive molds. The presence of a sump pump can reduce insurance rates in addition to offering protection against some sources of water damage. This is how they work.

The Pump

Sump systems typically use a centrifugal pump for moving the water. These pumps use a motor to spin a fan or screw that will rapidly rotate the accumulated water. Aptly named, the pump will use the generated centrifugal force to push the water against the side-wall of the pump and out through the connected pipe. Usually fitted with a one-way valve, the pipe will carry the water to a place where the water can run safely away from the building’s foundation.


In order for the pump to have access to the undesired water, it has to be stored in the lowest sub region of the building it protects. Beyond this, the pump typically will have its own pit, putting it at the lowest possible point. Typically a gravel lined hole measuring about two feet deep and 18 inches wide, the pit will enable any excess water to drain straight to the pump, which will activate either through a float arm or a pressure sensor. The pressure sensor works when the water exerts more pressure on the switch than air does. The float arm attaches a lever to a buoyant “float”. When the float rises high enough from the water, the arm will activate the pump.

Electrical Safety

Home use sump pumps are typically electrically powered. Because they operate in salinated water, safety precautions are very important to prevent electrocution. A proper ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) can be installed on the outlet to mitigate shock risks. Alternatively a pedestal pump can also avoid electrical accidents. This design raises the pump above the water line of the pit. A pipe stretches from the pump to the water, negating the need to have electrical parts submerged. These pumps typically require more power and are louder as a result. Even so, they tend to be less expensive because they do not require any electrical shielding.

For any building with open space near the foundation, a sump pump is an important preventative care measure. As expensive as water damage can be, the costs of potential disaster easily outweigh those of the pump. Visit this website to find a commercial plumber in Vista to install a sump pump.

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Backed up Bathtub

Backed up pipes lead to a nightmare scenario. As unpleasant as cleaning this mess will be, servicing the pipes that failed will be even worse. Stay proactive to keep this out of your bathroom.

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How to Improve Water Pressure in Your Bathroom

Losing water pressure in the bathroom can be very frustrating. Low pressure showers can add unnecessary challenge to daily hygiene, and low pressure faucets are a headache all their own. There are many potential causes for a drop in pressure, so here is a method to help you get the pressure back up.

Find the Cause

Start by isolating the symptoms. Is the problem just in one faucet, just in one room or in the whole house? This isolation will tell you if you need to fix a filter or head, a piping system or a holding tank respectively.

Case 1: Just One Faucet

If the problem is a single faucet or showerhead then these simple steps will resolve the issue:

  • Detach the head and check for any debris or clogging.
  • Empty the aerator or flow regulator.
  • Replace a faulty shower head.
  • Check for signs of leaking pipes.

Case 2: The Entire Bathroom

When an entire room has low pressure, the issue is either leaking pipes or a pressure regulating valve. To adjust the valve:

  • Loosen the locking nut.
  • Turn the adjustment screw clockwise for more pressure or counterclockwise for less pressure.
  • Tighten the locking nut.

Case 3: The Entire House

When the entire house has flow problems, then either a holding tank or the piping from the holding tank will be the culprit. This can be caused by clogging, pump failure and even suboptimal pipe sizing. In any case, it is important to involve a qualified professional at this point and avoid increasing the damage or violating building codes.

Low-flow problems can be a nuisance, but now you have some tricks to help the cause. For more information on water pressure and drain maintenance in San Marcos, check out this site.

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Lonely Water Heater

This electrical water heater sits unnoticed in the basement. As long as it does the job it’s easy to forget, but one cold shower quickly brings attention back to this essential appliance.

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3 Tips for Conserving Hot Water

If you’d like to save money on your water heating bills, and live in a more environmentally friendly manner, try using less hot water in your home. Check out the following list for a few quick tips on conserving hot water.

  1. Fix Your Leaky Faucets

Sometimes the simplest solution is best. Just by repairing your leaky fixtures (including shower heads, pipes, and faucets), you can save both money and hot water. A fixture that leaks at a rate of one drip a second can cost $1 per month. That might not sound like a lot, but if you have several leaky fixtures that go on leaking for months, those dollars will start to add up.

  1. Wash Your Clothes in Cool Water

Washing machines use up a great deal of water. Instead of washing your clothes less often, just try setting your washer to a cool temperature for all of your loads. You can use cold-water detergents for almost all of your laundry. When you do have to wash in hot water, set the rinse cycle to cold.

  1. Use Cold Water with Your Disposal

Using cold water when you run your disposal can also help to conserve energy. Cold water also solidifies grease, so the disposal itself will work more effectively.

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Hire A Professional

Hire a professional to deal with all of your plumbing needs. Don’t dive into the sewer yourself! Choose a plumber with the knowledge, expertise, and tools to handle the problem for you.

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