September 12, 2016 Plumbing Services Newsletter - Sewage Pumps

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Installing Sewage Pumps

Typically, sewage systems use gravity to move waste from one location to another. If that isn’t possible, then a sewage pump is needed to help get the waste moving. This would be necessary for a home with a basement bathroom that is lower in the ground than the sewage basin has to be.

Some sewage pumps must be turned on manually to drain waste, while some have automatic switches. The sewage pump with an automatic switch has a bulb, similar to those found in a toilet. Once the sewage in the basin touches the bulb, it automatically turns on to drain and prevent overflow.

Because of the high risk of overflow if left unattended, manual switches are usually not recommended for sewage pumps in basins. If it is not maintained, homeowners might find dark patches in their yard where the septic tank should be and could experience an unpleasant odor.

Sewage pumps are most commonly found in basement bathrooms. When refinishing a basement, homeowners should talk to All Star Plumbing and Restoration about installing a sewage pump to help get the waste up and out of the basement area.

Another use for sewage pumps is for those who don’t have access to public sewers. In this situation, the sewage pump helps to break down and pump waste out and into the septic tank. These sewage pumps need to be made of a heavier material to ensure it has a long life.

Sewage pumps can solve a lot of issues for homeowners. Call All Star Plumbing and Restoration to have one installed today, or have one fixed if it overflows into the yard or is not working correctly.



Preventing Wind Damage

Wind can cause costly damage to a home during a storm. Any wind above 50 miles per hour can wreak havoc on structures. To help minimize the possibility of wind damage to the home, take some precautions.

Garage Door

Garage doors are not the sturdiest structures and can be blown off, especially if it is not completely closed. If it’s an older garage door, it might be a good idea to have it inspected. An inspection can determine its strength and ability to withstand high winds.

Windows and Doors

Before a storm is set to arrive, check the doors and windows to make sure they are locked and sealed. Those who are worried about flying objects or falling tree branches breaking windows may want to consider installing storm shutters.


Inevitably after a storm there are shingles from roofs littered around the neighborhood. When shingles are blown off, it means the house is more vulnerable to rain and snow, which could create a leak and subsequently, water damage. It’s a good idea to have the roof inspected regularly so any loose or broken shingles can be repaired before water damage occurs.


Tree branches can cause a lot of damage when broken off by the wind. Trees themselves might fall over even. Keep trees trimmed and keep vehicles as far from them as possible. Generally, a tree should sit farther away from the home than the height of the tree when fully grown. If a tree is uncomfortably close to the home, consider having it removed.

Anchor Items

Smaller items around the yard should be picked up and put away. Otherwise, the wind might pick them up and throw them around, damaging the property. Make sure sheds, dog houses and other structures are properly anchored to the ground as well.

Nothing is 100% preventable. That is why All Star Plumbing and Restoration provides restoration for homes if they have experienced wind damage. Their restoration team is available 24/7 for emergencies.



Fun Sink Faucets

Modern design has come up with some funky bathroom elements lately. Included in these modern fixtures are sink faucets. The following sink faucets are definitely fun, futuristic, and would make a great conversation piece in any home:

Glowing Ripple Faucet

This faucet has electromagnetic sensors. To turn the faucet to hot or cold, a person has to maneuver an electronically-secured metal ball. The faucet will then turn red or blue to let the user know the temperature of the water.

X-Tough Mixer Faucet

This faucet might look pretty traditional in its shape, but that’s where its traditional aspect ends. Instead of knobs to control the water flow and temperature, this faucet uses buttons. It’s more precise and informative of the water temperature.

Luna Faucet

This softly-curved fixture resembles a Samurai sword more than a sink faucet. Wall-mounted, it is available in polished chrome and brushed nickel and would flow fantastically into an above-the-counter sink basin.

+Shifter Faucet

Know anybody who loves cars more than anything? This faucet would be perfect for them. It’s inspiration is the car’s gearbox, only a little more sleek. It also regulates the amount of water used for those trying to cut back on their water usage.

ThinkGeek LED Faucet

LED faucets are pretty popular. This one again changes color to the temperature of the water, which could be a great safety measure for homes with children. Getting a glass of water at night could be a little easier with one of these faucets.

Considering a new faucet? Maybe it’s time to go modern with one of the options listed above. Either way, talk to the experts at All Star Plumbing and Restoration when installing new sink faucets or other fixtures. They’ll make sure everything is installed properly, and can fix faucets that break.



The Origins of Toilet Nicknames

The toilet has quite a few nicknames like crapper, can, privy and more. This article will explore the origins of three of the more known nicknames: The John, the throne and the loo.

The Throne

This nickname is said to have come from King Louis XIV. Why? Because he often saw to royal business from his toilet, and even deemed it an alternative to his usual throne.

The John

This one has a little more depth to its name. Sir John Harrington could very well be the reason this nickname become popularized. He lived during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and devised Britain’s first flushing toilet. He named it the “Ajax”. This device was installed in his home and eventually one was made for the queen. The toilet itself was not a new concept, but the flushing was an innovation in Britain, which is why some refer to flushing toilets as the John.

The Loo

This one doesn’t have quite as concrete of an explanation of origin. Some say it is called the loo because the toilet was located in Room 100 in English buildings and the “100” looks a lot like “loo”.

Another theory is that when people discarded their waste out of a window, they would shout “Gardez l’eau,” which could be where people were hearing the word loo. The actual origin may never be discovered though.

No matter the nickname, the toilet is an important fixture in the home or business. If it’s broken, overflowing, or just old, talk to All Star Plumbing and Restoration about fixing or installing a new toilet.



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