Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Archive for January, 2017

Commercial Grease Traps: Why They’re Important

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A lot of grease goes down the drains in the kitchen of a home, which can sometimes end up creating clogging issues. However, this is nothing compared to the fats, oils, and grease that flow down the drains in a food service establishment. From commercial cafeterias to small restaurants, grease is a serious issue that must be addressed differently from what is found in a residential kitchen.

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Why Do Slab Leaks Happen?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

water-leak-from-pipeOne of the most important services that our plumbers offer to customers in Silver Spring, MD and throughout Montgomery County is leak detection. The majority of the plumbing in your house is hidden from sight, and that makes it difficult to tell exactly where (or even if) a leak is occurring. It takes skilled plumbers with the right type of detection equipment to pinpoint where the leak is so it can be repaired or the pipe replaced with the least amount of damage possible.

One particular kind of pipe leak is especially tricky to locate and fix: the slab leak. This refers to a pipe leak in the concrete foundation of a home, either in the cold water or hot water lines. (About 80% of the time the leaks are in the hot water lines.) These leaks not only waste a significant amount of water, they can also lead to structural damage to the house and the development of harmful mold and mildew. Leaks in the hot water lines also lead to the water heater wasting power.

Our plumbers use special equipment such as listening discs, ground microphones, and thermal scanners to find where slab leaks are happening. Fixing a slab leak sometimes involves using a jackhammer to reach the pipes, but less invasive methods such as lateral digging to create a bypass pipe are often possible.

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Ways to Tell It’s Time to Schedule Water Testing

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Water testing does a thorough job of finding out if the water in a home contains unhealthy pollutants. The testing usually takes around a week: a team of professionals comes to the house to take samples from different water sources in the house, and then sends them to a lab. A week later, the lab results return, and the professionals go over the report with the homeowners and offer suggestions for how to improve water quality.

We’re proud to offer water testing services, as well as filters, UV water purifiers, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems to purifier a home’s water. If you aren’t sure if you should have water testing done, here’s a few ways to tell the time has come:

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Times When a Tank Water Heater Is a Good Installation Choice

Monday, January 9th, 2017

We’re proud to offer a number of excellent alternate options when it comes to water heaters. The standard for most homes is a storage tank water heater, but now there’s the choice of a tankless water heater or a heat pump water heater. Both offer many benefits, such as cutting down on energy use and enjoying longer service lives.

In fact, when you look over all the benefits of these types of water heater, it might seem like there’s no reason to go with the conventional storage tank model. However… this isn’t exactly the truth.

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Is It Time for a New Garbage Disposal?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

You probably think of a garbage disposal as a pretty tough item in your kitchen: it can take anything you put in it, and it will keep working for many years without problems.

But although garbage disposals are durable, they won’t last forever. There’s no such thing as “the last garbage disposal you’ll ever need to buy.” At this time of year, after a holiday season when your disposal went through a great deal of work, you should size up the system’s performance and weigh whether it is time to replace it.

Below are some ways you can tell that you should contact us to replace your sink disposal. Our plumbers are ready to help with the garbage disposal services you need.

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Problems You May Encounter with Your Home’s Grinder Pump

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The grinder pump is a part of the sewer system for many homes. Essentially, it functions similar to a garbage disposal, except it is more powerful and located farther along in the plumbing in a tank buried under your property. When the wastewater exiting your home reaches a set level, the pump turns on to move the water toward the civic sewer system—while also grinding down larger solid waste to prevent problems in the municipal sewer lines.

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