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Common plumbing problems you shouldn’t ignore

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Leaky Pipes

While leaky pipes are common in older homes (because they often have galvanized steel pipes), they can happen in any home. If you see wet spots on the ground, ceiling, or under a sink, don’t wait to locate and repair the leak. While tightening the joints may be all that’s needed, if this is a recurring issue, contact Washington Energy Services. We can take a look and re-pipe where needed.

Dripping Faucets

Drip, drip, drip, drip…. We all know the sound and the dreaded anticipation of the next drip. Don’t ignore this annoying, surprisingly harmful issue. A dripping faucet doesn’t just waste a valuable resource—it wastes money. Check out this tutorial for fixing the leak and regaining your non-dripping solitude.

Clogged Drains

It’s no secret that clogged drains aren’t just irritating—they can be pretty gross. Before you opt for the Drano, which can be damaging to the environment and your pipes, try a drain stick. This is typically a plastic tool with “teeth” along each side. After removing the stopper or strainer, slide and twist it down the drain. The goal is to grab hair and other blockage.

For substantial clogs, contact us. Our drain cleaning services are quick and cost efficient.

Running Toilets

A running toilet is a big deal. In fact, it can waste up to 200 gallons a day. We don’t need to tell you that this is expensive and should be fixed ASAP. Check out this article from Family Handyman to stop your running toilet from running away with your wallet.

Failing Water Heater

There’s nothing like an ice cold shower to wake you up in the morning… right? Wrong. If your water heater hasn’t been heating properly, is leaking, or is causing poor water pressure, it may be in need of repair or replacement. If your water heater is less than 8-10 years old, give us a call. We can perform maintenance to get your hot water flowing again. Consider replacing an older water heater with an energy efficient tank or tankless water heater.

If you know you’re experiencing plumbing problems, but can’t pinpoint them, call Washington Energy Services. Our plumbing experts can perform an in depth plumbing inspection to help you avoid potential flooding and other issues before they take you to the bank.

If you have a plumbing issue or want to schedule a plumbing inspection, contact us for an estimate.

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Simple prep list for “northwest” winter

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Thinking about disaster is never fun, and it often hits the back burner, so if time is limited just start by taking this short list of basics to the store. Stock up yourself or use it to create a great holiday gift for someone you love.

Condition Prep List
Winter Driving Chains & instructions for putting them on*
Snow shovel and ice scraper in the car
with space blanket
Check tire tread. Consider winter radials if you travel over the passes.
Have your insurance card in the car, especially if you have emergency road service coverage.
Winter Sidewalks Rock salt is environmentally safe and melts ice on driveways, sidewalks and front steps.
Flooding
(non-river)
Check gutters to clear debris and ensure they direct water away from the foundation of the house.
Clear drains, a much city flooding comes from clogged drains.
Add weather stripping to doors to prevent water from coming in under them.
Test sump pump to ensure it is working.
Seal walls in basement with waterproofing compounds.
Power Outage Consider getting a gas powered standby generator or another alternate heating source.
Stockpile wood now for fireplace/stove.
Long burning safety candles
Batteries for the flashlight.
Keep car fueled up as power outages disable gas pumps.
Trim or remove trees on your property that could fall on your house or power lines.

Safety first! Never use portable generators or barbeques in the house – they produce lethal carbon monoxide. You can’t smell it and it can kill you.

Learn more about preparing for disasters at www.ready.gov. Washington Energy is here 365 days a year to help you stay warm and dry this winter. For more information on standby generators, or for plumbing and drain cleaning, give us a call at 800-398-4663.

*Note: chains are not recommended for use on some models of all wheel drive vehicles. Consult your auto maker.

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