Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Archive for April, 2017

Is It Time to Test Your Residential Backflow Preventer?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Backflow is a term used to describe the cross-contamination of a freshwater supply with bacteria and contaminant-filled sewage water. Backflow is a major concern for commercial buildings, where cross-connections between the freshwater supply and the wastewater system can lead to water flowing the wrong direction and sewage entering the potable water. This can occur because of a sudden drop in pressure on the freshwater side—an event known as backsiphonage—as a result of an abrupt large demand on water, such as from firefighting or sprinklers. However, backflow can result from an increase in pressure from the wastewater side as well.

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The UV Water Purifier: How It Works and Its Benefits

Monday, April 24th, 2017

water-and-tapPeople are more worried than ever before about the contaminants that might enter their home’s drinking water. Although lead is the first worry of the majority of homeowners, bacterial and microbial infections are often the bigger danger. Microorganisms that can lead to health problems can seep into a home’s water supply in a variety of ways, and unfortunately they often slip through water treatment systems such as charcoal filters designed to trap larger particles.

Our plumbers recommend our customers look into the installation of UV water purifiers in Potomac, MD or elsewhere in Montgomery County for their homes. We offer many types of water treatment systems, and we’ll see your home receives the protection it needs.

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When Slow and Clogged Drains Mean Something Worse

Monday, April 10th, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramThe drain clog. The slow drain. We all know them, and we all find them an annoyance. Although we can take steps to prevent them by being careful of what goes down the drains and remembering to arrange for routine drain cleaning from plumbers, clogs are still going to happen from time to time. And in most situations, the reason for a clogged or slow drain is an obstruction or build-up in the drainpipes. This is a basic fix for a professional plumber.

But slow and clogged drain can also point to deeper plumbing problems: a busted sewage pump, a broken sewer pipe, or root infiltration into the sewer line. These are serious situations that call for professional repair work before sewage starts to back up into the house.

Below are signs that something worse than a standard clog is blocking up your drains or making them drain slowly. Don’t hesitate to contact us for sewer cleaning in Chevy Chase, MD when you have a bigger issue than basic clogged drains.

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