October 29, 2015 Plumbing Services Newsletter - Water Damage

"I sure appreciated how quick and cost effectively you guys took care of my leaking copper pipes under the house this past summer. Highly recommend you to anyone I know who needs plumbing service!"

Andy Krivy, owner of Infinity Signs, Boise, Idaho

Projects to not DIY

Many homeowners attempt to conquer DIY tasks around the house to save some money. However, if a mistake is made, it can cost them a lot more than they originally planned. This is especially true with electrical and plumbing projects.

Here are five home projects that are better left to the professionals:

1. Tree Removal

Using power tools several feet off of the ground always leaves room for something bad to happen. As part of their restoration services All Star Plumbing and Restoration can help with tree and stump removal.

2. Structural Additions

Tearing down walls could potentially damage electrical wiring, pipes and plumbing. This could cause a lot of damage to the house and cost homeowners a lot of money to fix it. Calling a contractor is definitely worth it.

3. Plumbing Repair

Most homeowners can handle unclogging a toilet or drain, but when it comes to messing with major plumbing things can get out of hand quickly. Major plumbing issues should be handled by a professional to avoid water damage. Give All Star a call when a major plumbing issue pops up.

4. Roof Repair

Working on the roof by oneself is a dangerous undertaking. It’s easy to slip and become injured. Improperly repairing or installing roofing could also cause damage to the home’s structure.

5. Creating an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are a great way to entertain during the warmer months, however they aren’t easy to install. The gas plumbing is the hardest part of building an outdoor kitchen. For any plumbing project, give All Star Plumbing and Restoration a call.


Replacing Old Pipes

Eventually the pipes in the house will need to be replaced to prevent leaks from forming over time due to wear and tear. When is it time for a replacement? That largely depends on the type and age of the plumbing in the house.

Supply pipes are constantly under pressure and more likely to spring a leak. Here’s the breakdown of lifespan according to material type:

Brass: 80-100 years

Copper: 70-80 years

Galvanized Steel: 80-100 years

For the drain lines here are the recommendations:

Cast iron: 80-100 years

PVC: 25-40 years

If the house has lead or polybutylene pipes, they should be removed immediately. Lead pipes can cause lead to seep into the drinking water and cause health issues. Polybutylene pipes are prone to breakage and should be replaced to avoid leaks and bursts.

If homeowners are unsure if their pipes need replacing, just call All Star Plumbing and Restoration. They can check the quality of the pipes and make sure all is well. If necessary they can repair or re-pipe as necessary.


Avoid Water Damage on Wooden Floors

Water damage to hardwood kitchen floors is unfortunately common in homes with side by side fridge/freezer combos. Most often, the culprit is the supply line that brings water to the ice maker.

This type of leak can result in damage very quickly causing wood floors to buckle. If water damage does become a problem from a fridge leak, All Star Plumbing and Restoration can help. As part of their restoration services All Star is equipped to handle water damaged floors, walls and more.

While it’s easier and cheaper to prevent water damage than fix it after the fact, it does happen. If a fridge leak happens while homeowners are away from the home, on vacation for example, the damage can quickly spread through the kitchen and into other rooms.

Whether it’s a leak from the refrigerator, sink, toilet or more All Star can fix water damaged wood floors and return the kitchen or bathroom to its original state. Contact them for water damage or other restoration projects.


Benefits of a Garbage Disposal

For those who don’t have a garbage disposal there are a number of advantages in getting one installed. The motorized kitchen appliance attached below the sink grinds up food waste and sends it down the drain. Some of the benefits of having a garbage disposal are:


Garbage disposals making cleaning up a breeze. Most food waste can be put into the garbage disposal while rinsing off plates before washing them, thus eliminating the need to scrape plates off into the garbage.

Less Waste:

Because most food waste can be put into the garbage disposal, there is less waste going into the trash can. The trashcan doesn’t fill up as fast and homeowners can help reduce the waste heading to the landfill.

If taking out the trash less and easier clean up sound good give All Star Plumbing and Restoration a call. They can install a garbage disposal or repair one that is broken. Visit their website to learn more about how to properly care for garbage disposals.


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