7 Common Signs That You Need a Holiday Drain Cleaning

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7 Common Signs That You Need a Holiday Drain Cleaning

  • Plumbing

Clogged drains can be a frustrating nuisance, but having a dirty drain during the holidays could mean bursting pipes in your home. The winter season already puts enough strain on your plumbing, freezing your pipes and wearing down your water heater. No homeowner wants a home flooded from a burst pipe, which is why it’s important to keep your drains clear this holiday season. Here’s our list of signs to watch for that you need a holiday drain cleaning.

When You Should Clean Your Drains

Plumbing problems can be frustrating, and a dirty drain can disrupt your daily activities. It might be tempting to overlook one clogged drain, but a clog left untreated can result in costly damages. Your plumbing is complicated, but you can avoid most plumbing catastrophes by thoroughly cleaning your drains and routine maintenance. The more you clean your drains, the better, as it never hurts to be proactive with your plumbing. Clogs however, can happen despite how often you clean your drains, which is why it’s important to know the warning signs of a dirty drain. To avoid needing holiday drain cleaning here’s what to look for:

  • Water starts to back up. When using the faucet, bathtub, or shower, the water should always drain. Water should never go up your drains, but if you notice after flushing a toilet or running the faucet that water starts to back up versus drain down, it could be a clogged drain.
  • Foul odors. One of the most unpleasant warning signs of a clogged drain is the foul odor of sewage. A drain that’s clogged accumulates all the waste that’s flushed down the drains until the odors come back out the drains. Kitchens with garbage disposal can also be notorious for foul sewage odors, especially when enough food particles build up inside your drains.
  • Odd sounds. Listen carefully to your drains. When a drain is blocked, water is then forced through small spaces or to change course which can result in bubbling or gurgling sounds. If you start to hear odd gurgling sounds from your drain, it’s time to clean your drains. 
  • Frequent clogs. Clogs can be a common plumbing problem, but if they happen often enough, it could be caused from a clogged drain. Some clogs can be resolved with a plunger or drain cleaner, but if you notice the same fixture keeps clogging regardless, you’ll need a plumber to professionally clean your drains.
  • Multiple clogs at the same time. Not all clogs require calling in a plumber, but multiple clogs at once is problematic. If you notice multiple different fixtures have clogged all at once, it means there is a clog deeper inside your sewer line and requires a professional drain cleaning.
  • Slow drains. A slow drain is one of the most common signs of a clogged drain, as no water fixture should have a slow drain. Watch your sinks and water appliances. If you notice it takes more time than usual to drain the sink or your washer or dishwasher is still full after the cycle, it’s time to clean your drains.
  • Fruit or drain flies. Any buildup of food or waste inside your drains will attract flies. Tiny fruit flies are more than just an annoying pest; they can become a health risk, and are usually attracted to the scent of a clogged drain. Drains flies are another pest to watch out for, as they like to breed in drains and sewer lines. If your home has some clogged drains, you might start to notice drain flies buzzing in your bathroom.

How to Clean Your Drains and Keep Them Clogged Free

Knowing when to clean your drains is a good place to start, but it’s best to start habits that keep your drains clean and prevent future clogs. A clogged drain left untreated can result in costly plumbing problems, but luckily they can be avoided with proper care and cleaning practices. Here’s what you can do to keep your drains clean this holiday season.

  • Avoid chemical drain cleaners. Although chemical drain cleaners can be an easy and instant fix for some clogs, they’re incredibly toxic and eat at your pipes over time. There are several non-toxic drain cleaners available such as vinegar and baking soda, which work naturally well to eliminate odors and flush down any stuck waste.
  • Avoid flushing down food waste. Garbage disposals are great if you have them, but contrary to what you might think, it’s to flush down as little food waste as possible. Most foods will clog your drains and break down the blades. Kitchen sinks without a garbage disposal are even less equipped to handle any food waste that goes down the drain. Do your best to avoid flushing food down by scraping and rinsing your plates. Avoid flushing down fats, greases, and oils, as well as starchy foods.
  • Use drain strainers. It’s not just food waste that clogs your drains, but hair, soap scum, and other random debris, which is why it helps to place drain strainers on top of your drains. Make sure to periodically clean out your drain strainers so that your drains can drain properly.

Keep Your Holidays Fun and Festive with Clean Drains

A clog can be a frustrating, if not common plumbing problem, but the winter season adds the additional threat of your pipes freezing. No homeowner wants a flooded home in the dead of winter, that’s why it’s important to keep your drains clean and clear this holiday season. Not all clogs, however, can be cleaned yourself, and that’s where the professionals come in. Papalia can treat your drains and guarantee your holidays stay dry and happy. Don’t wait until you smell sewage, call a Papalia Plumbing today for holiday drain cleaning!

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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

4 Advantages to Using a Sump Pump in Massachusetts

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4 Advantages to Using a Sump Pump in Massachusetts

  • Plumbing

A sump pump is a kind of pump used to remove water build-up in basements and other crawlspaces by depositing it into a building’s wastewater system. They are useful for any home or building located somewhere with a high water table. Sump pumps require professional help to install but are simple to operate once it’s hooked up to your drainage system. If you’re looking to protect your basement, we can help you install a sump pump in Massachusetts.

Here are four of the benefits you can expect from installing one:

  1. Prevent flooding damage. While sump pumps are good at dealing with gradual water build-up, they really shine when dealing with large-scale flooding. If torrential rains cause your basement to flood, you could easily have over a foot of flooding. This could be disastrous if you store anything valuable in the basement. Fortunately, a working sump pump can prevent this problem.
  2. Reduced mold and mildew. If you have stagnant puddles of water and constant dampness in your basement, molds, and mildew are likely to grow there. Not only can this damage building materials and other goods, but it can also cause various health problems. Having a sump pump can keep your basement dry and avoid heavy mold and mildew growth.
  3. Increase property value. This may be an obvious advantage, but homeowners like it when their homes, current or future, are protected from damage. Consequently, installing a sump pump in your home can help maintain its value and keep the structure of the house from being compromised by water damage.
  4. Reduced fire risk. “Less fire” may sound like a strange benefit for owning something that keeps your basement dry. However, flooding is a big cause of electrical fires. The water that builds up in your basement can cause short circuits in any appliances you might have down there, like washing machines and heating systems. Even if the water doesn’t cause a fire, your appliances will be ruined. A sump pump can protect your appliances from water damage and electrical fires caused by said damage.

Why is Papalia the one to install a sump pump in Massachusetts?

Since 1990, Papalia Home Services has helped people in the Boston West Metro Area with their homes. This area of the States has a high water table and frequent issues with run-off, so it’s important to get flood protection. Here at Papalia, we can offer 24/7 service from trusted professionals who know all the latest technology. If you need to install a sump pump in Massachusetts, call on Papalia today and protect your home!

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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! 

 

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Ways to Cut Costs While Using Your Hot Water Heater

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Ways to Cut Costs While Using Your Hot Water Heater

  • Plumbing

Think about how often you use hot water in your home. Every time you take a shower, scrub the dishes, or throw a load of laundry into the washer, you are using your hot water heater. Frequent use may be necessary, but it can potentially cause your water bill to skyrocket. Here are a few ways to cut costs while using your water heater:

Use Less Water

This is the most obvious way to save money. People use a great amount hot water when they shower. By tweaking your shower habits a little, you can save a good amount of money. Try taking warm showers instead of cranking the heat all the time. You can also use cold water to wash your clothes. Not only does it help to preserve your clothing, so they last longer – it cleans just as well as hot water!

Turn Down the Temperature

Your hot water stays the same temperature 24/7. That means that the water is constantly hot and ready to be delivered to you through your pipes. As you can probably imagine, this requires a lot of energy. By turning down the set temperature on your water heater, you can save. This cuts energy usage drastically and can help you save on your utilities. If you’re unsure about how to go about setting the temperature, as a professional for assistance.

Switch it Off When Appropriate

If you’re going on a trip or you know that you will be away from your home for a lengthy period of time, its perfectly find to switch off your water heater. Most models only take an hour to reheat after cooling completely, so be sure to give it time before hopping into the shower. If you’re not around to use the hot water, why should it have to stay hot?

Insulation

Your tank should be insulated! Any tank that isn’t can suffer massive heat loss which is a major waste of energy. Insulation is inexpensive and can save you on your utilities. Try touching your tank – if it’s warm to the touch it means you’re losing heat.

Set a Timer

Programmable timers on electric models can shut the heat off when you don’t need it. You don’t need hot water while you’re asleep in bed or away at work for the day. Again, it’s important to remember that it does take a while to heat back up. Just be sure that your timing is thought out and you won’t even notice that its off!

Invest in a Newer Model

Most hot water heaters have a lifespan of 8-12 years. With the modern technology of the past few years, it’s almost guaranteed that your older model is outdated. It may seem like it’s working perfectly, but all models lose efficiency as they age. An inefficient machine requires more energy to operate, which can put a dent in your wallet when its time to pay your utilities. Investing in a new machine will save you money in the long run, so call Papalia if you have any questions about selecting a replacement.

Go Tankless With Papalia!

With a tankless water heater, water is heated instantly, only when you need it. Instead of wasting money and energy with a constantly heated tank, the tankless water heater creates hot water the second you turn on the faucet. Because the water is heated on demand, you’ll never run out!

If you are thinking about making the switch to a tankless water heater, call Papalia today! We’re ready to help! 

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5 Problems Professional Drain Cleaning Solves

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5 Problems Professional Drain Cleaning Solves

  • Plumbing

No plumbing drain is safe from the inevitability of clogs. Most of the time, you can clear these clogs out with store-bought drain cleaners or homemade remedies. However, some heavy-duty clogs can take these fixes and still gunk up your drains. When you get this sort of problem, you have to call for professional plumbing help to assist with your drain cleaning. Let Papalia Home Services help you recognize when it’s time to call for the heavy artillery.

Here are five problems you won’t have to deal with if you get professional drain cleaning help:

 

Slow draining

One of the most obvious signs of a clogged drain is when it drains slowly. When washing up in the morning, does the water take its sweet time going down the drain? That’s a likely sign of a drain problem, and you might need to get professional help.

 

Sewage odors

Most clogs have a good bit of organic material in them. Over time, that stuff can start to rot and release some nasty smells. The smells can become even worse when it gets hot out. If your drains start smelling like a sewer, give us a call.

 

Drain back-ups

Drains that have been clogged for too long may spit up sewage that’s been stuck down there. You shouldn’t have to allow sewage in your home, so call us if this happens. In extreme cases, backed-up drains can completely prevent draining.

 

Lots of flies

Sewage smells tend to attract certain kinds of insects. Fruit flies, for instance, are attracted to sewage and can cause health problems if they go after the fruit in your kitchen. Meanwhile, drain flies (also known as filter or sewer flies) will make any place with sewage their breeding grounds. If there are more flies in your home than usual, ensure your drains are in good condition.

 

Weird noises from the pipes

Clogged drains can make all sorts of odd noises. When drain pipes get clogged, the blockage can make water go through small spaces or change course. These interruptions can cause the water to make strange bubbling or gurgling noises.

 

What makes Papalia my best choice for cleaning my home’s pipes?

When you choose us, you’re choosing a top-rated commercial and residential plumbing service. We’re proud to share that we’ve been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award due to our professionalism, prices, quality, punctuality, and responsiveness! And every day, we work to improve our services even more!

That’s why all of our plumbers are highly trained and experienced, and why we only work with the best quality materials. We’re also fully insured, licensed and bonded, plus, we offer warranties on labor and parts, so you can rest assured you’re always getting a secure deal. Call Papalia today to learn more about our plumbing services!

By Brian Renadette