Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog

Do You Know About Your Home’s Grinder Pump? It’s Important!

August 13th, 2018

water-line-repairPeople don’t really want to think much about the sewage removal system for their homes. Of course not, it’s sort of icky. Hey, as long as it works, you don’t want to spend much time on it.

But you need to give some occasional thought to the different components of your sewage system to make sure that they’re working in the best possible condition. Failure in the sewage system will turn into a nasty problem, and you’ll require the services of a professional plumber in Frederick, MD to fix the problem. But if you call the plumber early to fix problems when they’re small or replace older components, you can keep the sewer system working the way it should so you can go back to giving the sewage system only a thought here and there.

And this brings us to the grinder pump…

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A Sewer Line Problem or a Simple Drain Clog?

July 30th, 2018

leaking-p-trapNobody wants to have a drain in their house that clogs up or drains so slowly that it’s leaving a few inches of water at the bottom of the shower. There are many reasons for slow drains and drain clogs, ranging from something as simple as an object that was accidentally knocked down the drain (or put down the drain in the case of small children in the house) to as extensive as damage in the sewer line that connects the home’s plumbing to the municipal sewer line.

If you’re going to be stuck with a clogged drain, you’d much rather it be something simple and easy to fix. But it’s important to be aware of the possibility of a major sewer issue. You’ll need plumbers to handle any sewer line trouble, and you may also need them to handle obstinate clogs. Let’s look closer at the signs of how bad a slow/clogged drain might be.

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Watch for Warnings You Need Bathroom Plumbing Work

July 16th, 2018

bathroomThe bathroom has the most plumbing of any room in your house: more pipes than the kitchen, and more taps and fixtures as well. More than 40% of indoor water use goes to the bathroom toilet alone. The plumbing in your bathroom handles an enormous amount of work—and sometimes this leads to it needing repairs.

Cleaning silt out of an aerator in a faucet or getting rid of basic clogs with a plunger are bathroom plumbing fix-it jobs you can tackle on your own. Anything more complicated will take the work of licensed professional plumbers. Below are a few of the warning signs that you have bathroom plumbing in need of some expert work.

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Things to Consider for a Heat Pump Water Heater Installation

July 2nd, 2018

cold-showerTime to get a new water heater. No, this isn’t as exciting as “time to get a new flat screen UHD television and pre-order the 50th anniversary 4K Blu-ray of 2001: A Space Odyssey.” (Seriously, who isn’t excited for that? Have you ever seen the film in a crystal clear large format? A-MAZ-ING.) However, getting a new water heater is one of the most important things you can do for your home, since you use hot water every day and a good portion of your monthly utility bills goes toward powering the water heater.

Now that you’re thinking of getting a water heater, you may be considering a heat pump water heater rather than a conventional model. This technology may be new to you, so let’s look closer at some of the facts of heat pump water heaters to think about.

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You May Need Backflow Prevention Assistance in Your Home

June 18th, 2018

sprinkler-irrigation-systemBackflow prevention is a service that homeowners often don’t realize they need. When people think of “backflow preventers”—when they think about them at all—they think of the large assemblies sitting outside of commercial and industrial buildings. The purpose of these backflow preventers is civic: they stop the wastewater from the business from flowing the wrong direction through the plumbing, leading to bacterial contamination entering the public fresh water supply.

With homes, backflow prevention is a bit different. There are fewer places in a house where there are direct cross-connections between the wastewater and freshwater sides of the plumbing. For example, there’s a natural air gap in a sink between the drain and the faucet—the wastewater in the drain won’t leap up and go the wrong way down the faucet! But there are places in your home’s plumbing where you’ll need backflow prevention devices, and our certified plumbers can help you with ensuring your freshwater supply is protected from stale water getting into it.

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Strange Things That Can Cause Drain Clogs

June 4th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugIn the years we’ve been in business, we’ve unclogged a lot of drains. A lot. That comes with the territory of being a professional plumber: slow drains and drain clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems in homes.

There are some basic causes for drainpipe obstructions. Hair caught in the p-traps of shower and bathroom sink drains. Accumulated fats, oils, and grease in kitchen sink drains. Soap scum residue in almost any drain. However, we’ve also seen our share of unusual reasons for drain clogs. Below are some odd reasons you may have a clogged drain or toilet in your house. No matter what it is, the services for your plumbing in Rockville, MD, that will clear out the drain are right here at Mallick Plumbing & Heating. You can reach us 24/7 for emergency service.

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Off-Season Is a Good Time to Replace Your Gas Boiler

May 29th, 2018

boiler-residentialWhen warm weather arrives, one of the last things you want to think about is providing warmth to your home. Most of the time, you’ll be focused on how to keep it cool. But the middle of the year is the right time to make any major upgrades to your home’s heating system. If you use an old, unreliable gas boiler in Chevy Chase, MD to handle your home heating requirements, we recommend using late spring and summer to schedule an upgrade to a new boiler system.

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Can Hard Water Be Harmful?

May 21st, 2018

closeup-hands-under-waterDrinking water is something we often take for granted in the U.S. We turn on a faucet in our home and out pours potable water. But a large number of homes in the country face trouble with hard water, which is water that contains a high level of mineral content suspended in it. Hard water minerals include calcium and magnesium—the primary causes of hard water—as well as aluminum, barium, iron, zinc, strontium, and manganese.

All those minerals may sound a bit concerning when you read about them. If your home has hard water, does it pose a significant health risk to your family? And is there anything you can do about getting rid of it?

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How a Tankless Water Heater May Malfunction

May 7th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterWe often recommend the installation of a tankless water heater to our customers who are looking to have a new water heater system put in, either as the first water heater for a house or as a replacement for an aging tank water heater. There are numerous advantages to using a tankless water heater, such as lower energy bills, longer equipment life, and an unlimited hot water supply.

Another advantage of tankless water heaters is that they encounter fewer repairs on average than storage tank water heaters. This is because they don’t deal with the stress of water stored in a tank and the continual need to use energy to keep the water heated. A tankless water heater simply does less work, and that means it doesn’t wear down as fast.

But … tankless water heaters may still encounter repair needs that will require calling on a professional plumber.

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Strange Plumbing Fact: World’s Oldest Toilets?

May 1st, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushThe toilet is one of the basic parts of any residential or commercial plumbing systems. It’s one of those items you know you can’t live without!

Of course, there were centuries when people did live without them—and it was a much less sanitary or comfortable time. The first flushing toilet was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harrington, which included a flush valve and wash-down mechanism—convenient and sanitary. But it wasn’t for almost another 200 years that the flush toilet as we know it was invented, and only in the 19th century did its use become common because of increased city living, where sewer systems made toilets beneficial for hygiene. This was also the period when being a plumber became a professional occupation. You needed skilled individuals to help out whenever something went wrong with a household toilet. Plumbers were important heroes for public health! (And they still are.)

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