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CAUSES OF LOW WATER PRESSURE

MS Leaky faucetMany of us have experienced low water pressure or what is known as low flow in the home plumbing system, and it can be a real hassle. Daily activities, like showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry can be frustrating and can take extra time to complete when water flow is significantly slowed.

Key areas to check when the water pressure drops or fluctuates:

Plumbing Leaks

Leaks in a home’s plumbing system can naturally affect and reduce the water pressure throughout a home, due to the interruption of water flow as a leak pulls water from the system.

Mineral And Debris Buildup In Pipes and Aerators

Debris buildup occurs in the form of sand, dirt, and other pollutants and can enter the pipes of your home or business when a water main fractures. As water travels through a building, mineral buildups naturally occur in pipes from water deposits. Even small amounts of sediment can create a blockage in your home’s plumbing system. One way to address this is to clean the screen on the faucet aerators.

Corrosion Buildup Inside Piping

Steel and galvanized water pipe systems have a life expectancy of up to 20 years. Over the years, a pipe’s natural corrosion tends to block the flow of water in every system.

Malfunction of Municipal Water Supply

There are times when your water flow issues have nothing to do with water pressure at all, and it might have nothing to do with your own piping system. It could be caused by a malfunction in your area’s municipal water supply. Municipal water supply systems are subject to leaks, buildups, and other issues that affect the water supply and water pressure.

Water Softener

Your water softener is another place to look when there is low water pressure in the home or office. Water softeners can fail and backwash water softener resin beads throughout a home’s water pipes. As you can imagine, this can become a huge mess in the plumbing system as it can plug faucets, ruin toilet supply valves, and affect major appliances. A sudden drop in water pressure is a good indication the water softener is the culprit.

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KNOW WHEN TO CALL THE PLUMBER

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Many people don’t even think about the care of their plumbing system until it becomes an issue. As with most other major household systems, every plumbing system needs regular care and maintenance for best day-to-day performance – and most of all to help keep your household running smoothly. Rather than wait until you need emergency service, it’s good to know the key areas of your home to check for leaks.

At Home, Watch For:
• Areas where leaks can occur, such as: kitchen and bath faucets, pipes under sinks, showers and bathtubs. Check these areas periodically. The sooner water leaks are detected, the better off you are. It’s best to have plumbing repairs taken care of immediately so as not to incur additional damage and expense. Allowing small leaks to continue, there is greater potential of damaging floors, drywall and fixtures.

When to Call Your Plumber:
• Once water pressure is noticeably low, there is a change in the color of water, or when there are slow draining sinks, showers and tubs… Call your plumber at Marlin Services for professional service and repair 24/7.

What to Watch For:
• Excess water on the floor, loose tiles on tub surround, or damp walls hours after a bath.
• Kitchen sinks and toilets with discolored water, or faucets making rattling sounds when water is running.
• Plumbing leaks can be a substantial expense, when left untreated. We encourage you to check for signs of leaks and plumbing concerns regularly and especially before leaving home on vacation.

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So Many Reasons to Conserve – As the California Water Crisis Shows Us

If you watched the video from World Plumbing Day 2015, which was March 11th, you saw that California (and other parts of the world) are in crisis with their water supply. It’s a big story in the news these days and the water supply shortage is a big problem that will be difficult to solve. This crisis is a reminder to everyone, not just California residents, that we must be vigilant about water conservation now. Let’s not wait until it’s a crisis here in Arizona.

Check out this link for a very cool interactive display which shows you many simple ways to conserve water. Here are a few of these tips:

http://saveourwater.com/what-you-can-do/tips/

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Here is a sample of just a few (and very simple) water conservation tactics. Be sure to check them all. You will be surprised at how easy they are to do:

  • Kitchen: Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.
  • Bathroom: Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving. You can save approximately 10 gallons/day.
  • Outdoors: Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. You can save 25 gallons/each time you water.
  • Work: Monitor your bill and water meter to determine unusually high use and possible leaks.

Be sure to check out all the tips on the interactive website. You may be surprised at how many easy changes you can make that will impact your water consumption.

Take a look at these videos and you will learn about the water supply crisis throughout the world. It is a good reminder for all of us to take efforts to conserve water.

Video message from the Chairman of the World Plumbing Council:

Video: The Water Crisis is Here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLMn2P5q1ho&feature=youtu.be

Water.org
http://water.org/water-crisis/one-billion-affected/

 

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Let’s Celebrate World Plumbing Day – March 11, 2015!

World Plumbing Day is March 11th every year!

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Many of us don’t think much beyond our own plumbing needs and likely do not spend a lot of time thinking about plumbing at all. World Plumbing Day, however, really brings forward all the plumbing and water issues we have globally. Again, it’s not something we think about very much but when you hear the statistics about available clean and healthy drinking water globally, they are a bit startling.

Did you know?

  • China has 20% of the world’s population, yet has only 7% of the world’s fresh drinking water.
  • 39% of the water in China’s rivers are considered to be too toxic to drink.
  • 1/3 of Spain is at risk of turning into desert as a result of poor water management.
  • India lacks a sustainable water management system and only has 20 years until its aquifers reach what will be considered critical condition.
  • More than 76% of California is currently in extreme drought.
  • Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada are also facing extreme droughts in 56%-87% of the state.
  • 750 million people (approx.. 1 in 9) lack access to safe water globally.
  • 5 billion people (approx. 1 in 3) don’t have access to improved sanitation.

The importance of professional plumbers is clear and it is important globally. Water conservation and healthy, safe water is vital in the coming years and our plumbers play a big role in this. Wish your plumber a HAPPY WORLD PLUMBING DAY!

For some additional information on World Plumbing Day and the World Plumbing Council and their mission. 

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/WorldPlumbingDay

Video message from the Chairman of the World Plumbing Council:

Video: The Water Crisis is Here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLMn2P5q1ho&feature=youtu.be

Water.org
http://water.org/water-crisis/one-billion-affected/

 

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Our Best Laundry Room Plumbing and Maintenance Tips

laundryWe are all so busy these days. Laundry is something that seems to keep piling up with no end in sight. We want to get it done as quickly as possible and get in and out of the laundry room so we can enjoy the sunshine of Arizona. It’s easy to become complacent and overlook simple steps which keep things running smoothly in the laundry, conserve energy and keep your family safe. Sometimes these simple steps seem so minor, we feel like they cannot really make a big difference in our lives. But they really do help and can prevent trouble prematurely, like having to replace your washer and dryer earlier than expected. 

  • Run the washing machine only when it has a full load.
  • Inspect washing machine hoses for signs of wear. Replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses. (Available from your Marlin Service Tech.) They last longer and are resistant to leaks and cracks.
  • Ensure that all drains have strainers to keep hair, soap and debris from entering and clogging the drain lines.
  • Use a strainer on your washing machine hose. Marlin has strainers specially designed to fit laundry hoses.
  • Check exposed pipes under sinks for signs of leaks.
  • Apply an enzyme drain cleaner (available from Marlin Services) to laundry drain lines once each month to keep lint and detergent scum from building up and causing clogs.
  • To prevent sewer gases from backing up into your home through your laundry sink drain or other infrequently used drains, periodically pour a bucket of water down the drain to keep the trap seal full.
  • Install a flood alarm to warn of water from the washing machine or water heater leaking from the appliance or overflowing sinks.
  • lower the hot water heaterConserve energy and prevent scalding by checking the temperature setting on your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or medium setting on older models.
  • Consider replacing a worn out washing machine with a more efficient front-load model.
  • Never store flammable liquids such as gasoline, adhesives or solvents near the water heater, furnace or other gas-fired appliance as they may ignite.

You don’t want to be in the market for a new washer and dryer very often. The average life span is somewhere between 12 and 13 years. Follow these simple tips and maybe you can extend the life of these appliances even longer.

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How You Can Do Your Part with Water Conservation

Water conservation is a “hot” topic these days, as many states in the U.S. face water shortages. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has worked hard over the past couple of years to instill the belief in everyone that we need to take conserving water seriously. They have developed strategies and driven federal water efficiency requirements to get people to make water conservation a way of life.

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Did you know the population of the United States has doubled over the past 50 years? And our need and use of water during this same period of time has tripled! (Source: EPA)

In past blog posts and social media posts, we have talked about leaky faucets and leaking toilets and it’s always shocking to hear how much water is wasted in the average household every year. That wasted water translates to two very important things – wasted resources that are already becoming scarce and higher water bills.

Here are some great plumbing and water conservation tips that will help you do your part in conserving water and helping our country stay ahead of the curve:

  • Don’t use excessive amounts of detergents, bleach or chemicals that may kill the natural bacteria in your septic system.
  • Use biodegradable soaps and detergents.
  • To prevent excessive watering of your lawn in the summertime, purchase an inexpensive spring-loaded timer which attaches directly to your outside faucet. This will prevent overwatering in case you forget to shut off the sprinkler.
  • Water pressure in your home above 60 pounds per square inch is harmful to your plumbing system and will cause excessive water usage. Contact Marlin and schedule a twelve point plumbing inspection check which includes a system pressure test. If it exceeds 60 pounds, consider installing a pressure reducing valve that will limit the water pressure within your home.
  • Check your water meter during a period of time when no water is being used. Make a note of the meter reading and check it 8 to 10 hours later. If the meter has moved, there is an indication that you may have an undetected water leak, which should be corrected.
  • Leaky toilets consume more than 40% of your total water usage. Installation of a new toilet flapper and fill valve will keep your toilet running efficiently.
  • Conserve energy by checking the temperature setting on your water heater. It should not be above 120°F or medium setting on older models.
  • Replacing an old shower head can save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute without sacrificing full spray action at low or high water pressures.
  • A leaky faucet that drips once per second can waste more than 8 gallons a day. That’s 3,000 gallons per year!

These all are very simple steps on the road to water conservation. Everyone can do it!

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‘Tis the Season! Tips for a Smooth Holiday

The holidays are coming, bringing together family, friends and a few plumbing emergencies. A majority of Americans take part in holiday parties with 11 or more guests around Thanksgiving and Christmas. These extra guests put a serious strain on a home’s plumbing system, which results in more emergency calls to plumbers. The last thing you want to do is call a plumber before, during or after a big holiday gathering.

Big holiday meals require a busy kitchen. Too much grease and food finds its way into the kitchen drain. Foods that shouldn’t go into the garbage disposal sometimes find a way there. Holiday guests also equate to extra showers, bath and lots of extra toilet flushes. It all adds up to potential plumbing disasters.

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Pipes clog because of a gradual buildup of grease, hair, soap or food particles. All it takes it one major overload, like a house full of guests, to exasperate the situation and create a clogged drain. Follow these tips to avoid a plumbing disaster.

In the kitchen:

  • Avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain because liquid fats solidify in the pipes and create clogs.
  • Wipe congealed grease from pots.
  • Never put hard-to-grind, stringy, fibrous waste into the garbage disposer (poultry skins, carrots, celery, pumpkin pulp or banana peels). The disposer can’t sufficiently grind these items and they will clog your sink drain.
  • Run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposal to flush waste down the main line.
  • Turn on the disposal before adding food debris.
  • Before putting dishes in the dishwasher, scrape food bits off the plates, pots and pans. Winter/holiday cooking can be tough on dishwashers.
  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine at night or at off times to conserve water temperature and pressure for your guests.

In the bathroom:

  • Plan ahead, spread out showers throughout the day; wait 10 minutes between showers rather than taking one right after another.
  • Turn up the water heater slightly to retain hot water. To avoid scalding, do not exceed 125°F.
  • If shower pressure is weak, pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag, place it over the showerhead, and soak. Use a twist tie to hold it in place overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off the mineral deposits to help restore water flow.
  • Provide a trash bin in the bathroom so the toilet isn’t used as a garbage can. Never flush cotton swabs, cotton balls, hair, facial scrub pads, diapers, sanitary products or similar items down the toilet. These items will not easily dissolve and are responsible for most clogs.

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This are simple tips and very easy to do. A little pre-holiday thought and planning can go a long way in ensuring that your gatherings and celebrations go smoothly and are problem-free.

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Where Are Your Water Valves?

In the case of an emergency like a leaking faucet or a bursting pipe in the bathroom or kitchen, you can turn the water valves to stop the flow of water which stops the water from getting all over the house. It is also a good idea to teach children, who are old enough to stay home by themselves, where the valves are located.

Each sink in your house has a water valve. There are water valves for the toilets in your house as well. And your washing machine also has water valves. The question is – do you know where they are located should you need to turn them off in an emergency?

We are showing you the individual water valves for the sinks, toilets and washing machine. There is a main house valve, when you need to turn the water off in the entire house. However, shutting off these valves, directly connected to the fixture will give you time to call a professional plumber and get him to your house to fix the problem.

When turning off these water valves, you want to turn clockwise (or to the right). When turning the valves back on, turn counter clockwise (or to the left). Typically newer valves will require only a ¼ turn to close however some valves will require several turns to close. Unfortunately some of the older valves requiring several turns have a high failure rate and may not actually stop the flow of water. It is recommended that these valves be replaced with a ¼ turn valve.

Under the Kitchen Sink

Here are a couple of photos that show 2 different types of turn-off valves. This will help you recognize them, if you have one or the other. They are easy to locate when you look in the cabinet under the sink.

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Under the Bathroom Sink

As with the kitchen sink, they are easy to locate in the bathroom as well. These samples are open, pedestal type sinks but when there is a cabinet in the bathroom the valves are still easily identifiable if you need to turn off the water quickly.

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Washing Machine Water Valves

A burst washing machine hose can discharge 500 gallons of water in one hour, which will cause flooding problems quickly. The water valves are easy to locate. It may be behind the washing machine or it can be located above the washer. See the two samples below.

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Toilet Water Valves

They are located right behind the toilet. You will have to get down on hands and knees to reach it but it is easy to find.

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Hopefully you will not have an emergency with leaking faucets or burst pipes, but if you do, you know where to find the valves to turn off the water.

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Fall Tips for Staying Warm

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In the summer, you do all you can to stay cool in the hot summer days of Arizona. In the fall and winter, even though we do not get bone-chilling cold days like the east coast and mid-west, you still want to get the most out of your HVAC system (air conditioner in the warm weather and furnace in the colder weather). You want to save energy and be sure the heat is not getting out, causing your utility bills to skyrocket. There are simple things you can do to stay warm and save energy:

  • Install a programmable thermostat – If you haven’t done so already, consider a programmable thermostat. As you do in the summer, you can control the temperature in your house by reducing the energy usage during the daytime hours, while your home is empty during school and work time.
  • Replace your filters each month – As you do in the summer months, clean air filters will allow your heating system to work well, as efficiently as possible and even help extend the life of your system. With an efficient system, this will help you save money on monthly utility bills.
  • Schedule your bi-annual preventive maintenance servicing – A great time to do your preventive maintenance servicing is when the weather is not too hot or too cold, so that you prevent issues that may arise. You don’t want to be forced to call your HVAC professional in the 100+ degree weather or, conversely, on the coldest day of the year.
  • Seal air leaks – You want to be sure no heat is escaping through windows, doors or at the base of doorways.
  • Keep curtains and shades open during the day – And close them at night. Take advantage of the natural sunshine during daytime hours when you have the thermostat set for minimal heat.
  • Change thermostat batteries – The change of seasons (fall and spring) are a great time to change the batteries in the thermostat to be sure they are operating properly.

As you can see, these steps outlined above are simple. They can make a difference in your comfort at home.

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How to Keep Your Washer and Dryer Running at Their Best – They Need Some Love Too!

One word says it all – maintenance. In order to keep your washer and dryer running as well as it should be, and to get the most out of your purchase, proper and regular maintenance is key. It is also what will help you avert some costly “adventures” such as flooding and fire.

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It’s easy to forget about your washer and dryer because they are usually tucked away in the back of the house somewhere, out of site and out of mind. And there are certain times of the year, like the recent back-to-school time, where your appliances get a real good workout. Lots of sports uniforms, dance clothing, sweatshirts, sweaters, sweatpants and school clothing – all need a good washing.

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Some simple steps you can take to care for your washer and dryer:

  • Keep the washer door open after every load – it allows the moisture inside the drum of the washing machine to evaporate.
  • Set the water level at the proper setting for the amount of clothes being washed – it is hard on a washer’s motorized components when not at the correct setting.
  • Check your manufacturer’s recommendations for the amount and type of detergent you should be using – you can actually damage some models by using the premeasured pods.
  • Empty clothing pockets – items left in pockets have the potential to damage the machine’s pump.
  • Don’t overload your washer and dryer – it will cause your appliances to perform inefficiently. The right size loads will extend the life of the motor and use less energy.
  • Check the hoses connected to your washing machine – if it’s bent and your washing machine is older, you may want to replace those hoses (recommended every five years) to prevent a leak which can cause a flood. Check for tight fittings, bulges, cracks, and leaks. Tighten loose fittings. Replace damaged hoses.
  • Replace the washer’s rubber hoses – steel-jacketed hoses won’t split open and are available from Marlin.
  • Replace vinyl dryer exhaust ducts with metal ductwork – it will help to reduce fire hazards.
  • Regularly inspect visually the dryer exhaust duct – you are looking for crimps, obstructions, and unnecessary bends.
  • Clean out the lint filter – before (or after) every dryer load.
  • Wash the lint filter with detergent every 3 months – it will help remove invisible chemical residues that can restrict airflow.

Very much like a car, bike, a musical instrument or your air conditioning system, if you take care of your washer and dryer it will work efficiently and well and have a longer life. Thoughtful maintenance will go a long way in saving you money during the life of your appliances.

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