Prevent Sewage Drain Back-Ups

Just as your body requires attention to prevent illness and maintain health, so does your home – especially when it comes to ensuring your home’s main drain system keeps on doing its job.  What comes in must go out, and half of plumbing is about getting rid of waste.  Drains, waste, and vents – commonly called the DWV system – are the last visible and least glamorous elements of your home’s plumbing. The trunk of the DWV tree is the soil stack; all drains and vents feed into it.

Here is some preventive maintenance steps that will help you guard against future problems with your home’s main drain.

Kitchen Sink

 Reduce the amount of cooking grease and fats going down the drain.

 Wipe greasy pans with a paper towel before washing.

 Use a degreaser regularly to prevent grease and sludge build-ups.

Garbage Disposer

 Follow manufacturer recommendations for proper usage.

 Run ample water before, during and after disposer use.

 If the garbage disposer is not functioning properly, depress the unit reset button, typically located at the bottom of the unit.

Bathroom Sink

 Run ample water washing soap, shaving cream and toothpaste down the drain.

 Use degreasers or enzymes to prevent build-up of body oils and soap residue.

Tub or Shower

 Install strainer to catch hair and foreign objects.

 Use degreasers or enzymes to prevent build-up of body oils and soap residue

Toilet

 Avoiding storing or placing small objects on the toilet tank or around the toilet.

 Keep the seat cover closed.

Laundry

 Keep your washer’s lint trap clean.

 Install a lint catcher on the laundry drain hose and clean it regularly.

 Use degreasers or enzymes to prevent build-up of body oils and soap residue.

Water Heater

 Follow manufacturer recommendations for proper use.

 Drain regularly according to manufacturer recommendations.

 Inspect for signs of leakage and rust.

 Listen for unusual noises.

Because it’s really never seen, your home’s drain can easily be forgotten. That is, until it’s not working properly!   If it did get clogged and found you now have an overflow… Contact ServiceMasterac.com to clean and sanitize. 610-374-1881

Driveways and sidewalks need periodic maintenance, too.

• Remove any grass or weeds that are encroaching or growing in cracks on the driveway or sidewalk.

• Continue this by giving a thorough cleaning with a pressure washer or the high stream setting on your garden hose to remove dirt and grime.

• Once your driveway or sidewalk has dried, patch any cracks or holes in concrete surfaces with a concrete resurfacer.

• If needed, asphalt drives can be restored by applying a coat of latex asphalt sealer to make them look good as new.

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Catagories of Water

Water intrusion that causes damage to properties is classified into (3) seperate catagories:

(1) Catagory 1 – This catagory of water originates from a sanitary water source such as a supply line to a sink.

(2) Catagory 2 – This catagory of water contains significant contamination with the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans such as water that overflows from a washing machine.

(3) Catagory 3 – This catagory of water is grossly contaminated such as sewage water.

The clean up and restoration processes and procedures used when water infultrates your home or business are developed based on the catagory of water.

Spring Home Improvement and Maintenance Tips

With warm weather quickly approaching, it is imperative to perform some important maintenance items on your most prized possession. In today’s housing market it is imperative to keep your home in the best condition possible to assist in maintaining its value!

ServiceMaster Assured Cleaning put together a few helpful tips to take a look at.

The Berks County and surrounding areas experienced a few big storms this past winter, including a Super Storm. We highly recommend an inspection of the roofing shingles or whatever roofing product that is installed on your home.  Any loose or missing shingle tabs should be either re-installed or replaced to ensure that interior water damage will not occur. The roofing system is the single most important material on your home; we strongly recommend hiring a professional roofer or a Certified Roof Inspector to inspect your shingles, especially if you are not comfortable walking on the roof.

Help keep your roof in good shape, clean out the fall and winter debris from the gutters and downspouts. A clogged downspout can create a water damage situation to the interior by water backing up into the gutters, then overflowing, and possibly gaining access through an opening in the siding or an adjacent window. Clogged gutters could also cause severe water damage to the basement area of your home due to the lack of proper drainage away from the home.

Due to the severe winds from the recent storms it would also be a good idea to check the exterior of your home such as siding, soffit, fascia metal, and also shutters. Heavy winds can loosen these items, which in turn could cause water damage to the interior of the home.

When the heat of the summer months arrives, you will want the air conditioning to cool you down. Now is the time to get the systems serviced, filters changed and ready to go. It is not easy to get an Air Conditioning service man out on the first hot day of the year. Don’t be a procrastinator and schedule it right away.

Hopefully these tips will help you get ready for the warm weather!

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