A Homeowners Guide to Kitchen and Bathroom Drains

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A Homeowners Guide to Kitchen and Bathroom Drains

  • Plumbing

As a responsible homeowner, you probably know that it’s equally crucial to keep those parts of your home that you can’t see in just as good a shape as the parts that are visible. One of those important parts that you can’t see is your plumbing system. If you don’t properly maintain it, all sorts of issues can occur, ranging from leaking pipes and clogged sewer lines to sediment buildup and blocked drains. One of the most important things you can do to prevent some of these issues from occurring is to keep your kitchen and bath drains in good working order. Here’s what you need to know.

Keeping Your Kitchen Drain in Good Shape

If you’re like most households, you make heavy use of your kitchen drain. You use it to wash your hands, wash dishes, and do food preparation. You might even have a garbage disposal you use to get rid of organic cooking waste. However, this heavy use can easily clog up the drain over time.

To prevent this from happening, you should avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain. Instead, you can dispose of this by pouring it into a bottle and throwing it away. Also, don’t throw any food waste down the drain unless you run the garbage disposal, and never throw anything made of metal, glass, or plastic into the drain.

In addition, you should clean the drain around once every two weeks. You can do this with a simple, homemade drain cleaning solution. Boil a kettle of water and pour it into the drain. Then pour in half a cup of baking soda and let it work for about 5 minutes. Next, mix a cup of vinegar with a cup of hot water and pour it into the drain. Cover the drain with the plug, and wait for five to 10 minutes. Finally, flush the drain with another kettle of boiling water. To clean your garbage disposal, you can fill it with ice cubes, cover it, and run it for a couple of minutes. The friction from the ice cubes will remove any grease and sediment buildup. Then rinse the drain with boiling water.

How to Keep Your Bath Drain in Good Working Order

Your bath drain might not be as heavily used as your kitchen drain, but it can still get clogged, especially due to hair and soap. You can prevent this from happening by cleaning it once a week. If you have a bath drain with a stop, remove the stop and clean it. Then use the same method as above to clean out the drain itself. You can also use a commercial drain cleaner, but be sure to wear protective gloves and follow the instructions to the letter.

Of course, it’s always possible that despite your best efforts, you can experience a clogged drain or other issues. If you can’t resolve the issue yourself, you’re best advised to call Papalia Home Services as soon as possible. Remember: Paying a little bit of money for some repairs right now can save you a lot of hassle and expenses instead of waiting until the issue gets out of hand!

If you are experiencing drain problems in your home, call Papalia Home Services today! 

By Dan Burrows

Plumbing Leaks And The Problems They Can Cause

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Plumbing Leaks And The Problems They Can Cause

  • Plumbing

Leaks that are left to worsen can cause serious damages to your home! Whether they’re big or small, the damage can still be done. If you suspect that you have a plumbing leak in your home, it’s important that you call the plumbing experts at Papalia Home Services as soon as possible to prevent costly repairs and damages down the road. Here are some warning signs of a leak:

Warning Signs of a Plumbing Leak

  • Mold or mildew. These are telltale signs of a leak! When enough water accumulates, they can grow easily and rapidly. If you can see it, or you can smell it, it needs to be taken care of immediately. Not only can they result in costly repairs, they can cause breathing related illnesses to pop up in your home.
  • Damaged walls. Whether it’s paint, wallpaper, or wood, it’s possible for water damage to occur. Keep an eye out for any sagging or droopy spots, as well as discoloration.
  • Warped walls and doors. Any type of leak or water damage is very harmful to wood, and wooden walls and doors are no exception. While the damage might be slight at first, it’s a good idea to check your walls for any curved planks, uneven surfaces, or changes in color.
  • Condensation. If your walls appear to be sweating, it’s because there’s a leak somewhere inside your wall. A “sweating” wall or condensation is usually the result of excessive moisture accumulating behind a wall.
  • Damaged flooring. It’s important to not only watch your walls and ceilings, but your floors as well, as hidden leaks can happen beneath tile and wood planks. Be on the lookout for warped wood, stains, soft areas, loose or cracking tiles, peeling caulk, and damp carpet.
  • Foundation problems. House leaks can also happen underground. If you notice there are cracks in your garage floor, it could be due to an underground waterline leak. Broken pipes beneath your house can lead to soil erosion, causing parts of the house to settle at a lower level.
  • Warm or damp floors. A damp floor can indicate a plumbing or foundation leak, but if your floors are both damp and warm, the problem may have to do with your water heater. Hot water leaks are another potential problem, and if your water heater isn’t the culprit, you may have a sewer line leak. Hot water leaks are especially problematic, as mold grows faster with hot water.

How Papalia Home Services Can Help

Papalia Home Services provides leak detection services for both residential and commercial slab leaks. We will determine the problem with accuracy and efficiency. When addressing slab leaks, our plumbers are professionally trained to:

  • Pin-point the source of the damage
  • Determine the best course of action for resolving the issue considering all relative factors
  • The typical approach to slab leak repairs is  to remove flooring and concrete to disconnect the affected areas, then install a new water line. We will  provide other options to help minimize the destructive impact on the affected areas

Don’t wait until your home suffers damage – at the first sign of a leak call Papalia Home Services today! 

 

By admin

The Dangers of an Undetected Plumbing Leak in Massachusetts

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The Dangers of an Undetected Plumbing Leak in Massachusetts

  • Plumbing

The plumbing that makes up your home is a complex system, and sometimes things go wrong. All sorts of wear and tear can cause a plumbing leak in Massachusetts. If you don’t realize there’s a leak in your home, it can cause some major damage to your home and your bank account. Just what kinds of damage can leaks cause?

Here’s a list of just some of the things caused by a plumbing leak in Massachusetts:

 

Mold and mildew

A big sign that water is leaking in your home is the growth of mold and mildew. Both of these things tend to grow in areas with high moisture and can cause health problems for the household.

 

Damaged paint and wallpaper

It’s possible for leaks to happen inside of your walls. If that happens, paint can peel or warp, and wallpaper can crack or become discolored.

 

Stained walls and ceilings

If there’s a leak in your roof, stains may form on your walls and ceilings. The color may be able to tell you what caused the leak. As a rule of thumb dark brown or copper stains tend to be caused by leaking pipes.

 

Musty odors

Mold and mildew have a very distinct scent. If you smell a musty smell that isn’t normally there from older folks living there, it might be a sign of a leak, and you should call a plumber as soon as you can.

 

Warped wood

Any kind of leak is very harmful to wood and can cause it to warp. The damage may be subtle, but it’s a good idea to check the wood in your house for curved planks, uneven surfaces, and slight discoloration. In addition, warping can also affect the doors in your home, making it hard to open or close them.

 

Condensation

Does it look like the walls are sweating? That’s condensation, and it’s a sign that there’s a lot of moisture accumulating behind the wall. If there’s condensation, the most likely reason for this is because something is leaking behind it.

 

Damaged flooring

Leaks can damage flooring other than just wood. When looking for leaks, be aware of warped floors, stains, soft areas, loose or cracking tiles, peeling caulk, and damp carpets.

 

Damaged roof shingles

If your roof is leaking, the simplest way to find it is to check the shingles. If they’re bald, buckling, curling, or missing altogether, it’s likely a sign of a leak.

 

Cracked garage floor

Leaks in your home can also occur underground. If you notice cracks in your garage floor, an underground waterline may be leaking. Broken pipes beneath your home may also cause soil erosion, causing parts of the house to settle at a lower level.

 

Warm and damp floors

Damp floors can indicate a plumbing or foundation leak. However, if the dampness is also warm, the problem may be with your water heater. If your water heater isn’t the problem, you might have a sewer line leak. Hot water leaks are a bigger problem since mold grows better with hot water.

 

Why should I call on Papalia to protect my home from water damage?

If you live in the Boston Metro West Area, you can call on Papalia Home Services to help you with your home service issues. With almost 30 years of service, our technicians know how to deal with a wide variety of issues and are available 24/7. Our service isn’t just high-quality, it’s award-winning, as we’ve been named recipients of the Angie’s List Super Service Award in the following categories for the last three years:

  • Professionalism
  • Price
  • Quality
  • Punctuality
  • Responsiveness
  • Overall experience

If you’re worried about water damage from a plumbing leak in Massachusetts, call on the experts at Papalia right away!

By Brian Renadette