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Preventative Tips and Good Maintenance for the Home

Water Service:

Know the location of where your shut offs for your water are. These include the main valve, fixture valves, hot water heater, water softener, ice maker, and any other area of concern.
Test and confirm that these shut offs actually do shut off 100%.
As a back up precaution, have a water meter key and know how to use it. A water key can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowes, and the instructions should be attached.
When traveling out of town for an extended period of time, shut off the main water service to prevent any unanticipated flooding while your home is unattended. If a house sitter is there, then make sure that he/she knows where the shut off is. If you are on a well, then shut the power off to the pump. plumbing services
Always keep an eye on your water bill. If your usage increases without more demand, then you may have a need for leak detection. This may prevent flooding in the future. Always remember that small leaks usually turn into big leaks.
Drain the calcium and other foreign matter from your hot water heater annually. Use your drain valve and hose at the base of the hot water heater to do this.

Sanitary Sewer (City or County):

Know where your main line cleanout (sewer access) is located.
If you don’t have a main line cleanout, then you need to have one installed. It is a very wise investment in case of any back-up.
Make sure that you have a wrench on hand to remove the cleanout cap. This will put the sewage back-up mess outside of your home as opposed to inside of your home. Test and confirm that the cap is removable.
Use environmental Bio-One drain treatments. NEVER use acid or strong chemical treatments. This can cause more damage than good.
To clean your drains, we recommend high pressure drain restoration which will last a considerable amount longer than the results from traditional cable machines.
Follow up every drain cleaning service with a camera inspection of your sewer line. This will make sure that your pipe was really cleaned efficiently. Make sure that the camera inspection service is included with the drain cleaning, and no additional cost to you is incurred for this service. Plumber

Sanitary Sewer Septic Drainfield:

Pump your septic tank every 3 to 5 years.
Know the location of your main line sewer cleanout.
Make sure that you have a wrench on hand to remove the main line sewer cleanout cap. This will ensure that the sewage mess will stay outside of the home as opposed to inside of the home. Test and confirm that the cap is removable.
If your drainfield is maintained properly, then it should last about 16 years.
Remember that drainfields will only take in a certain amount of water in a 24 hour period of time. DON’T overload your system. Spread out your usage to allow absorbtion and evaporation. Fun Fact – Drainfields evaporate 70% of water.
Use Bio-One treatment. Bio-One treatment has 3 trillion live bacteria that survives on food, fat, grease and oil. This will help maintain your system.
Tips Summary
Know how and where to shut off your water.
Know how and where to access your cleanout.
Clean sediment out of your hot water heater annually.
Use Bio-One treatments for all of your drains.
Have your home inspected by Drain Doctors, Inc. to prevent and inform you of any areas of concern.
Remember the 9 top reasons a home will flood:
A washing machine hose burst.
A hose bib breaks off in the wall, usually due to pulling on the hose when it’s attached to the hose bib.
The supply lines to your fixtures bursts.
The ice maker supply line fails/bursts.
The hot water heater lines bursts, or the heater itself bursts due to corrosion.
A toilet runs and overflows.
The washing machine backs up.
The air conditioning drain clogs and leaks.
The shut offs don’t work and/or the homeowner doesn’t know where they are located.

IMPORTANT: A home inspection with a qualified Drain Doctors, Inc. technician that will fill out an inspection form can be done in most cases for the cost of a service call. This can save you thousands of dollars.



How to Find the Best Electrician for Your Money

If you’re like everyone else, you work very hard for your money every day. When you need to hire an electrician, you want to know you’re getting the best one possible for that hard earned money.

You may need to do small home improvements here and there, or a major remodel or you may even tackle the building of a new home. Whatever the need, it’s important to choose the right contractor.

It’s the wise homeowner who invests a little bit of time into finding the best specialists for the job. There are several types of electrician trades. Here are the most important ones.


These individuals don’t usually come with just one contracting or specialty background. Through time and experience, they’ve come to know a lot about many different trades. Often, their work is excellent but beware that you can pay less money to a handyman and you might not get the quality of work you need.
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– General Contractor. Many of these have a great deal of experience, but they may lack the up-to-date knowledge it takes to keep up with governmental building codes. Contractors generally need a license to be in business, and it’s a great idea to check if they have an electrician’s license as well. These are super people for smaller projects.

The Independent.

A lot of these types of tradesmen have day jobs and only do other odd jobs on the side. They may help you save money since they usually operate with very little overhead. But, they may not be licensed, bonded or insured so be careful. And if they cause any damage to your property or someone gets hurt, you, as the homeowner, will be responsible to put things right.

The Sole Owner.

America is full of small business owners who have gotten the courage to strike out on their own. If you hire one of these, make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured. These safeguards are for the protection of both of you. The downside to many of these is often overextension of their time. Make sure you get a contract ahead of time in order to ensure they’ll finish the job in a timely manner.

There are many great ways to locate a good electrician. Ask for trusted referrals from friends, family and coworkers. Check online as well as your local telephone directory.

It goes without saying how crucial it is you get a written quote before the work even starts. And, sign a contract with all the stipulations and job descriptions discussed at the time of the initial job consultation.

Hiring an Commercial Electrician can be expensive but with your homework done and a written quote on the table; many surprises can be avoided in the long run. With a little foresight, a quality job can be done to everyone’s delight, and you’ll have the pleasure of knowing you hired the best for your hard earned money.

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