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Avoid Plumbing Problems during the Bay Area Covid-19 Shelter in Place

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Tips to Minimize Plumbing Emergencies During the COVID-19 Bay Area Shelter in Place Order.

Many people are working from home, children are out of school during the Corona Virus Shelter in Place mandate. Our plumbing technicians continue to provide essential services in the community to commercial, municipal and residential clients.

Here are some tips to avoid plumbing problems during the coronavirus pandemic and increased household plumbing usage:

In the Bathroom

Clogged Sewer

As you remind your children to wash their hands regularly, also remind them to conserve on toilet paper usage. Warn them about flushing too much toilet paper down the drain at once.

The bathrooms in your home are getting used a lot more than they would on a daily basis. Motivate them to shut the lid in order to avoid toys, and things from falling in the toilet.

No Hot Water

If you are using a regular water heater. Hot water may run out if you have a large family and everyone is showering or taking baths at the same time.

Space out shower times with at least 30 min to an hour between each person. With an instant water heater, you’d never have to worry about running out of hot water.  Learn more about Tankless Water Heaters.

Clogged Drains

With a lot more showers, comes a lot more hair going down the drain. Place small screens, or covers over the drains to eliminate hair from clogging your drains. Clean them regularly.  Easily found at local grocery stores or hardware stores.  Remember to keep a social distance when shopping for essentials.

In the Kitchen

A family at home means the kitchen is getting used a lot more and on a consistent basis. Pay close attention to what you or your children are putting down the kitchen drain and in the garbage disposal.

Wipe plates clean before rinsing and placing them in the dishwasher.

Slab Leak

They say when it rains it pours. We have received many calls relating to slab leaks which can wreak havoc on the foundation and structural integrity of any home.  Slab leaks are not clearly visible to a homeowner, they can often go undetected for long periods of time. Now that you’re spending more time at home, you may take notice.

How Can You Tell It’s a Slab Leak?

  • Sudden spikes in your water bill
  • The sound of running water when pipes aren’t in use
  • Moisture or mildew under carpeting
  • A moving water meter dial when pipes aren’t in use
  • Standing water around the perimeter of your house
  • Unusually low water pressure
  • Cracks in your baseboard or walls
  • Damp or warm floors
  • Mold Problems / Moldy smell

We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and other local and national health organizations.

Our thoughts are with you during this COVID-19 pandemic and we hope you and your loved ones are safe. We want you to know that our team is here to take care of all your essential plumbing needs.

Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

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Water Saving Tips for Homeowners

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Water supplies are limited, we are urged everyday to be water wise by reducing the amount of water we use in and around our home.  Use some of these water saving tips to help you conserve water, and lower your bills at the same time.

Now, we all know that water is essential to our everyday lives, but here are some minor changes we can each make to change our daily habits.


Saving Water Inside The Home

  1. Wait until you have full loads of laundry instead of running the machine half full.  This can save up to 50 gallons per week.
  2. Get plumbing leaks repaired fast, the longer you have a water leak, the more water you are wasting.  Fixing a leak quickly can save up to 20 gallons per week.
  3. We all enjoy a nice long shower, but cutting down the amount of time we spend in the shower by 5 minutes, can result in 8 gallons of water savings per week.
  4. Being water wise can be as simple as turning off the faucet instead of leaving it running while we brush our teeth.
The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) offers multiple water conservation rebate programs to help you use water efficiently indoor and outdoor. Visit: http://bawsca.org/conserve/rebates

The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) offers multiple water conservation rebate programs to help you use water efficiently indoor and outdoor.
Visit: http://bawsca.org/conserve/rebates

Water Saving Tips Around the Home

  1. If you’re in California, you more than likely got the memo from your local city urging you to water your lawn a maximum of two times per week instead of everyday.  This water saving tip can save up to 840 gallons per week.
  2. Inspect your sprinkler system regularly to make sure there aren’t any leaks, this includes the sprinkler heads on your hose.  It’s best to turn the water off at the source and not let it sit in the hose with a broken sprinkler head.  Over 400 gallons per month are saved if you make this simple inspection a habit.
  3. Water plants early in the morning, this is better for your plants, a great water and money saving tip since it results in a savings of up to 40 gallons per day.
  4. Another great outdoor tip would be to alternate the use of a broom instead of a hose when cleaning the driveway.  Every Time you use a broom instead of a hose, you can be saving up to 25 gallons of water each day.

If you’re doing your part, tell your friends and neighbors about it, and urge them to do the same.  

As a respected Bay Area Plumbing company in San Mateo CA.  We’ve been serving our local community since 1989.  We are always providing our clients with tips, product options, and advice that help them conserve our much needed water and save them money.

Do you have other ideas and tips you’re implementing that can help others? Send us a quick message and let us know, we’d love to tell everyone else to do the same.

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