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Leaving town? Don’t leave the plumbing in your Atlanta, Georgia home

If you are planning to leave your Atlanta, Georgia home for an extended period of time during the colder winter months, or if you have a vacant property, it is important that you take some reasonable measures to protect the plumbing in your home. Frozen pipes are not unheard of in Atlanta, Georgia. And as the weather continues to surprise us, freezing temperatures are becoming more common. There are some simple steps you should take toprevent your pipes from freezing so that when you return you won’t come home-sweet-home to a not- so- sweet surprise. How do pipes freeze? When water reaches temperatures of 32°F or below it freezes. When water freezes it expands. When water freezes inside a pipe it pushes against the wall of the pipe with some pretty impressive force. If the pipe is weak then the pipe or the pipe seals can leak, fracture, break, or burst. If there is a continued supply of water to the pipe it can dump hundreds of gallons of water in as little as an hour. Imagine coming home to that disaster and water bill! The average insurance claim for water damage from a pipe burst is 15,000 dollars. A frozen pipe in Atlanta, Georgia may seem like a bad punch line to a joke, but is isn’t funny when it happens to you. How to prevent your pipes from freezing when you leave home When you are going to leave home for an extended period of time during the winter months, more specifically January and February, make sure you leave your thermostat set no lower than 55 degrees. This...

Don’t Let your Plumbing System Scare you This Season!

Avoid Costly Repairs & Spooky Inconveniences this Halloween in the Metro Atlanta Area It’s the spookiest time of the year and you don’t even have to be in a haunted house to be scared silly! Right around Halloween and the months of fall, your home plumbing system can do some very creepy things… At Fulton Plumbing, we wanted to take a couple minutes to share with you some tips and suggestions so you can keep your plumbing system safe and healthy all season long! A lot of scary hazards can occur in your home so make sure that you are prepared to avoid clogged drainsandclogged garbage disposals, leaky toilets, leaky pipes, frozen and cracked pipes, howling and clamoring pipes, phantom toilet flushing… and more! Let our plumbing contractors at Fulton Plumbing take the scare out of your plumbing system today!   *Click Here to Check Out Our Client Testimonials*   Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls… or Just Some Loud Pipes! Banging pipes in your home can make you think you’re not alone! If you’re home sounds more like a haunted house than the quiet, relaxing place you once knew it to be, call us! Loud pipes are a big annoyance in the home and clamoring, howling and whistling pipes can cause you some sleepless nights. At Fulton Plumbing, we can perform pipe repairs or determine what type of problem you are dealing with to restore a little peace – and peace of mind – in your home today! Check out our Pipe Installation and Relining Services today.   Phantom Flushing: Are you afraid you have ghosts and ghouls using your bathroom?...

A Furnace Tune Up Can Save Money… and Lives!

Avoid Carbon Monoxide in your Metro Atlanta Area Homes I’m sure you hear all the time how important it is to get a furnace tune up  or a boiler tune up  to prepare for the fall and winter months and it’s the truth… but for many more reasons than you may have known. If you’ve never had the incentive to tune up your heating system, we are going to give you one today. If your heating system isn’t working properly in your home, there is a chance that it could be leaking carbon monoxide! Our staff at Fulton Plumbing wants to make sure you are aware of potential dangers that can occur in your home. Take a minute to learn more.   *Get $25 off ANY Repair! Click Here to Print your Coupon* Carbon monoxide exposure in the home can be a result of many different things. Inadequate installation, ventilation or maintenance of your furnace are common problems that cause leaks and safety hazards. Like most things, the older yourheating equipment gets, the more likely it is to cause problems and by having a heating system tune up, you will benefit in many ways.  It will not only ensure that your unit is working as efficiently as possible but more importantly, it will guarantee that the...

Atlanta Home Buyer’s Value Guide to Plumbing

It’s summer, and this is the most common time for home buyers to search the Atlanta real estate market. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of problems that may exist in a home that are not found by inspectors, especially plumbing leaks and poor plumbing systems. Before buying a home filled with plumbing repair needs, be sure to check out the various plumbing fixtures so you know what you’re getting yourself into. In the bathroom, be sure to inspect the floor; look around the base of the toilet for water damage, and test to make sure there are no soft spots in the floor. These are signs of water leaks, typically existing. If you find black and white stains or rolled vinyl flooring, these are also clues that water leaks may have previously plagued the area or are currently a problem. Also be sure to press tiles on the wall to check for leaks and loose tiling. Before you move on, flush the toilet and make sure it works properly, not draining too slowly or causing water to leak. To check for adequate piping and water pressure, turn on a bathtub faucet and the kitchen sink faucet. If the pressure is significantly reduced with both running, the piping may have a large amount of calcium and mineral deposits and need to be replaced. While you are in the kitchen, make sure the connections to the dishwasher and garbage disposal are tight and show no signs of leaks. Also, check within the cabinetry to assure there is no water damage, including stains, rotted corkboard, or sagging bottoms. Be sure to check...

Stop Clogs with Simple Preventive Measures

A clogged drain remains one of the most common plumbing problems reported by residential and commercial plumbing customers in the Greater Atlanta area. All home owners hate the inconvenience created by a clogged drain, and they may try to avoid hiring a professional plumber to fix the problem. The perceived simplicity of a clogged drain does encourage people to attempt to diagnose and cure this messy plumbing nightmare on their own, but results vary widely with the do-it-yourself approach to plumbing repair. Before you encounter a nasty clog, heed this advice from experienced Atlanta plumbers: the number one way to unclog drains is to avoid clogs in the first place. Here are some practical tips to help avoid clogged drains and reduce the need for some plumbing services or repairs: Put solid waste such as grease, food and coffee grounds in the trash rather than down the drain. Maintain sink strainers over your drains and clean them frequently. Run cold water while chopping up waste in your garbage disposal to push chopped solids smoothly down through the pipes. At least once a week, pour hot water down the drains to dissolve soap scum, grease and other organic materials. Keep your entire plumbing system running smoothly by having water pipes, fixtures, water heaters and septic systemsinspected annually by a professional plumber. By following these tips from your local plumbing company, you can reduce many instances that require a plumber’s help. Most common plumbing problems disappear with a steady dose of preventive plumbing maintenance. If problems do occur, avoid potential pipe damage by calling your local Atlanta plumbing professionals at Fulton...

Harsh Chemical Cleaners May Damage Pipes

Your Atlanta area professional plumbers agree that the number one way tounclog drains is to avoid clogs in the first place. Regular maintenance, such as annual septic system inspections, help keep plumbing running smoothly. Even in the best of circumstances, plumbing problems may still occur. Many home owners perceive a clogged drain as simple enough to try and fix on their own. Plumbers recommend taking several precautions to avoid making the problem worse. The first step in opening up clogged drains is immediate action. Expert plumbers in the metro Atlanta area recommend employing gentle unclogging techniques while water is still draining. Do not wait until the pipe stops up completely before applying a solution. The most common clogging materials are food particles and grease, which can be cleared using mild home remedies. Fulton County plumbers agree that running hot water through the pipes regularly can help melt solid materials in the pipes. If you still notice slow drainage, try a homemade drain cleaner. Some of these types of drain cleaning solutions are enzymatic, using bacteria or enzymes that feed on organic waste materials such as hair and food waste. These types of cleaners were originally used in wastewater and septic tanks, because they do not contain dangerous chemicals that may leak into soil and groundwater. Here is one recipe for unclogging pipes: Pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain Follow up with ½ cup vinegar. Allow the two ingredients to interact with foaming and fumes, so replace the drain cover loosely. Let the mixture set in the drain pipe for three hours Run water through the pipe. To remove...
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