While you may be already dreaming of white sandy beaches in preparation for your winter vacation, I bet you are also dreading the day you have to fly home – back to the brutally cold Northern Michigan winter.
If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, you know that it’s a great appliance that makes household duties less demanding. But if not operated or maintained properly, a garbage disposal can easily break down, block and clog the drains and cause a long list of expensive plumbing and drain nightmares. Below is a list of Do’s, Don’ts and Did You Know!
Hard water (calcium & magnesium) is a common problem for many homeowners and businesses. When hardness minerals are combined with heat it forms troublesome scale. Scale causes costly build-up in your plumbing, water heater and other water using appliances. The solution may be a water softener.
Sometimes your home is literally telling you that there is something wrong… all you have to do is listen to it. Here are tips for plumbing leak detection and possible air conditioning and heating issues. Call MacGregor if you hear or see any of the following since larger issues could be lurking.
A successful future used to require a minimum of four years of college. Not anymore. In fact, current statistics show that 53% of college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. The Secretary of Education, William Bennett, said that many four year colleges may not be worth the money. Whether a person is college bound or not, the goal is the same: to get the proper training to allow an individual to pursue their path to a successful future.
Your water heater is probably the most ignored of your major appliances. As long as it works, you aren’t going to give it a lot of thought. But it only takes one cold shower when old faithful finally conks out for you to be on the phone asking for repair or a replacement so tomorrow’s shower will be hot!
Sewer Stent is a process to repair cracked or broken pipes underground without extensive excavation. The problems that occur in sewer lines, especially those several decades old, are that the pipe joints between sections of pipe or clay become shifted due to the ground freezing in the winter and thawing in the spring. What that does is offset the joints and then you have water infiltration, which is rainwater coming into the line. Exfiltration can also occur, which is the sewer water leaving the line and being absorbed in the ground water.
If you own a house you probably own a water heater. If you’re like most home owners, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the water heater until, one morning, you go to take a shower and there’s no hot water. Then you probably think about it a lot. Despite their almost constant use all day, every day, water heaters generally stay maintenance free for years with average water heaters lasting 8-12 years. The water heater is one of the most critical parts of a home heating system. Some homeowners, however, may not realize the importance of keeping their system clean on a regular basis. Cleaning the hot water system is a critical part of maintaining the unit. Potential problems can include:
Many people find their water too hard, too cloudy, too odorous, too funny tasting, or they have health concerns for themselves and their children.
Many people today have become concerned about the quality of their drinking water. A growing number of contaminants are regulated by the government's safe drinking water standards. These contaminants enter water supplies through landfills, deteriorating underground storage tanks, industrial waste, agricultural fertilizers and pesticides, sewer discharges reaching other sources of water supply, and leaching from pipes, solder and connector joints.
Lots of things can block, restrict or damage water and sewer lines. Shifting soil or freezing ground can crack or collapse pipes. A build-up of grease, paper, waste and foreign objects can prohibit proper flow. And the passage of time can cause pipe corrosion or breaks in pipe seals.
If you think traffic jams and backups on the expressway are aggravating, then you haven’t experienced a backed-up sewer or water line!
When water freezes, it expands. That's why a can of soda explodes if it's put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage can result.
Why Pipes Burst
Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs. It's not the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the break. Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream -- between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end.