Have High Water Pressure Issues in Johnson Ranch San Tan Valley, Phoenix, Chandler or Gilbert?

Effects of High Water Pressure in Your Home or Business

Typically when we think about the water pressure in our homes or businesses, we think “The higher the better” Because who wants to take a shower with water just trickling out of the shower head? The truth is however, high water pressure in your home can lead to leaks, plumbing breaks and costly water damage.

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What causes high water pressure?

The main cause of high water pressure is the municipal water supplier. The water company must set and adjust the water pressure to meet the needs of their customers. Multi-family dwellings, apartment buildings, and high rise buildings all put a strain on the municipal water system. In addition, when there are large booms of new construction like what the Phoenix valley is experiencing now, the local water companies must compensate for the new buildings and do so by increasing the water pressure to meet the higher demand. The maximum recommended pressure for a residence is around 60 pounds, however the water pressure in some valley neighborhoods are 100 pounds or higher.

Water pressure isn’t necessarily consistent and varies throughout the day. For example in the morning when you and all of your neighbors are showering and getting ready for work/school, the water pressure is lower because of the greater demand. During the day when most people aren’t home or at night when most people are sleeping, the water pressure may increase due to the lack of demand.

Why is high water pressure bad?

Simply put, water is a highly erosive substance. High water pressure causes wear and tear on all plumbing fixtures, but especially the newer fixtures that are designed to conserve water by having a considerably lower flow rate. This is also the case for plumbing pipes, the higher the water pressure, the greater the wear on the pipes, especially plumbing joints and valves.

Symptoms of high water pressure

If you are noticing recurring leaks in your home from water fixtures such as shower valves and faucets, you may have an issue with high water pressure.

If your toilet starts running without being used (especially during hours of peak pressure like at night), you may have an issue with high water pressure.

If you can hear a hammering or banging noise from the plumbing in your walls when you turn off a faucet, shower or flush the toilet, you may have an issue with high water pressure.

What can we do if we suspect we have high water pressure?

If you think you may have high water pressure in your home, we recommend either having a licensed plumber come out to your home to determine what the water pressure is, or you can purchase a water pressure gauge that screws on to a hose bib to check the water pressure yourself.

If you determine that you do have high water pressure, you can we recommend that you contact a licensed plumber to install a pressure reducing valve on the main water supply coming into your home. A pressure reducing valve will reduce the water pressure from the main line to a safe level before it reaches any of the internal plumbing pipes or fixtures in your home.

We get a lot of calls and help a lot of people with their homes and businesses experiencing water damage due to High Water Pressure in Johnson Ranch San Tan Valley, Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, and Gilbert.

If you have a water damage or flood restoration issue because of High Water Pressure call our experts today at 480-500-5481

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What should I do if there is water damage in my home or business?

Water damage can occur from a flood stemming from any number of factors; such as a burst pipe or an overflowing sink or toilet. In addition, floods can range greatly in their size and amount of damage caused. Regardless of the source or size, water damage is serious business and should be taken care of as soon as possible.

If the water in your home or business is still flowing, your number one priority should be to shut it off, if possible. If you cannot tell where the water is coming from, it’s a good idea to shut off the main water supply to the entire house or business. You may also want to shut off the power in order to prevent any electrical shocks, especially if the floodwater is in danger of reaching any electronic devices.

Immediately after this, call a water damage specialist. Fixing water damage after a flood—whether major or minor—is a huge ordeal and should be taken care of by a professional. At the very least, if done incorrectly, mold can grow in any of the affected areas and cause severe health problems. In addition, a water damage specialist will ensure that special attention is paid to your unique situation, because some types of water damage require more treatment than others.

Because not every situation involving water damage constitutes an insurance claim, it’s not absolutely necessary that you contact your insurance company immediately after a flood. Generally, a water damage professional will give you information on how to proceed in terms of insurance claims. In any case, though, make sure that you try to leave everything in your home or business the way it was before being damaged by water. If certain items require immediate removal, make sure that you have video or photo documentation of the process, as well as full documentation of all damages incurred. This will greatly aid you in the event that an insurance claim does need to be made. Again, pictures and videos are great ways to easily keep a record of the damage, and they serve as hard evidence for your insurance company.

You should also keep receipts from all purchases made related to the cleanup process; such as professional services, rented equipment, or repairing tools.

It may be tempting to try to fix water damage in your home or business entirely by yourself, and thereby spare the expense of professional services. The reality, however, is that the damages incurred from only an inch of water can be catastrophic if treated improperly— and end up costing significantly more to fix than if they had been addressed professionally from the get-go. Remember: when remedying water damage, always call a professional water damage specialist.

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What should I do if my toilet overflows?

Everyone’s worst nightmare—your toilet becomes backed up, the contents overflow onto what seems like every surface, and you’re so panicked you don’t even know where to start to try to fix the problem! If it’s any comfort, this is a relatively common problem that most people go through at least once in their lifetime. It’s usually an easy fix, and once you have cleaned and sanitized all the items that were saturated by toilet water, your bathroom will be back to normal; as if the incident never happened.

If your toilet begins to overflow, the first step should be to lift up the cover on the back of the toilet and push the flapper down. Many people think that shutting off the water should be your initial reaction, but that will only stop water from flowing into the tank, and any water still in the tank will continue to flow into the bowl and increase the overflow. Pushing the flapper down will immediately stop water from flowing from the tank into the bowl. Once you’ve done this, then you can shut off the water to the toilet. Look on the wall to the left of the toilet, and turn the water valve clockwise. It’s common to want to start cleaning up the mess as soon as it happens, but these first steps are very important to limit the amount of damage done by the overflowing toilet.

Now that your water is shut off and there is no danger of the toilet overflowing more than it has, you can survey the damage. It’s a good idea to pick up any rugs or towels that might have been victims to the onslaught of toilet water, and while you do this the hope is that the water in the bowl will start to go down. If it doesn’t, you will want to try to bail some out so that when you begin attempting to unclog the toilet, no more will splash out and ruin what you’ve cleaned up. It’s also important to try to identify what the cause of the clogged toilet could be. If you suspect that it’s just a wad of toilet paper, you will need to try to plunge the toilet until the clog is removed. Some people say that using a solution of hot water and dish detergent will automatically break down the toilet paper, but the reality is that this almost never works—not to mention the fact that hot water can damage the

porcelain. Instead, use a plunger that is meant for toilets, not sinks. A toilet plunger has a cone on the bottom of it, instead of just a flat edge. Remember to start plunging slowly and work up the intensity so that you don’t risk creating a bigger mess. You can also use a toilet auger or snake, but make sure it’s one specifically meant for the toilet. Once you have successfully unclogged the toilet, the water in the bowl will go down and you can turn the water back on.

If you know that a foreign object fell into the toilet and is causing the clog, plunging it is a bad idea. Instead, get a pair of rubber gloves and try to reach into the toilet and get it out. Don’t force your hand too far in—if you can’t reach the item but the space around your hand is getting tight, it’s time to give up and move on to a new course of action: call the plumber. The clog might be farther into the pipes than you can reach, and a plumber will easily diagnose the problem and solve it.

Cleaning up after a toilet overflow will be unpleasant, but it’s important that you do it as soon as possible to keep the spread of bacteria to a minimum and therefore make the cleaning job easier. Use old towels to mop up the mess, and throw them and any other fabrics that have been saturated into the washing machine on a hot cycle with a few tablespoons of bleach added to the water. Cleaning up the tile around the toilet is relatively easy—you can mop it using hot water and soap, or spray disinfectant on the surfaces and wipe it up after letting it sit for about 10 minutes.

Remember, if your toilet starts to overflow, try not to panic! Keep a clear head and remember that it’s almost always an easy fix. Even if you do end up requiring the services of a plumber, the damage in most cases should be minimal and your toilet and bathroom will be back to normal in no time.

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How do I get rid of odors in my house?

Removing unpleasant odors from your house can be done using several different methods, depending on the source of the smell. Some are more time-consuming than others, but it’s always worth the effort to keep your home smelling clean and fresh.

The first step towards removing any odors is to first identify and remove the source of the smell. Put the smelly food into a secure container, take out the trash, wash any clothing or linens, clean out the fridge—there are a million potential sources of bad smells, and there’s no way you can make any room smell good again if you don’t locate and remove the source of the stink.

After you have gotten rid of the source of the smell, there are several simple things you can do to improve the room’s overall fragrance. Opening windows to let the room air out will aid in further removing any unpleasant smells. There are also several natural, odor- absorbing products you can use to soak up any leftover smells. Baking soda is one such product that you can sprinkle on carpet or furniture, mix with water to pour down a drain, or put in a sachet to leave inside a trash can or Diaper Genie. Activated charcoal or coffee grounds are also great alternatives to baking soda. White vinegar is effective at absorbing and neutralizing smells, but it does give off a strong—albeit temporary—smell of its own. If you’re looking to fill a room with sweet smells after removing the bad odor, there are several methods which are chemical-free and highly effective.

Burning all-natural soy candles is an awesome way to infuse a room with sweet scents that are free of harsh chemicals. Soy candles also give off a stronger and more pleasant scent than regular paraffin candles, and they burn cleaner; meaning that they won’t leave soot behind.

Going back to the sachet idea, you can create a small packet which will absorb unpleasant odors and replace them with a good smell. You can do this by filling a coffee filter with products such as baking soda, coffee grounds, or activated charcoal—to remove the bad smell—and adding a cotton balls infused with essential oil. It’s up to you to pick the particular oil, but some good options are peppermint, orange, lemon, or lavender. After you’ve filled the coffee filter with these products, simply tie it off and place it in a small, enclosed space such as a trash can, cabinet, or drawer.

Again, removing unpleasant smells from your home is a process which depends highly on the potency and source of the smell. Some smells are going to be more complicated to remove than others, but these methods are a general guideline to make your house smell clean and fresh again.

If you have exhausted your efforts to remove the odor, but the smell persists, call Lotus Contracting Services today.

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How do I prevent a house fire?

The harsh reality of house fires is that, while everyone believes it won’t happen to them, no one is safe. There is no guaranteed way to completely fireproof your home, but taking preventative measures can greatly reduce your risk of a house fire.

Cooking fires

Most commonly, a house fire starts because of an accident in the kitchen; so it’s important to educate yourself on safe kitchen practices and to understand what to do if a fire does break out.

  • Keep your stove clean and free of grease and other flammable materials, as this will greatly reduce the chances of a fire starting and/or spreading.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and make sure that you and the members of your household know how to use it.
  • Know what to do if the fire is a grease fire. Whatever you do, don’t douse it with water—the superheated water and oil will spray everywhere, and the fire will spread with it. Smother a grease fire with baking soda, a pan lid, or a fire blanket.

Electrical fires

Often, a house fire is triggered by a fault in the house’s electrical system. However, through regular maintenance and being able to recognize and repair damaged electrical parts, you can lower the risk of an electrical fire to almost zero.

  • Look for signs of faulty or damaged wiring. This can manifest itself in ways such as flickering lights, power surges, tripping breakers, or frequently blowing fuses. When you see any of these problems, chances are that your house’s electrical system is impaired. Fixing these problems as soon as possible will both prevent an electrical fire and allow you to maintain good usage of electricity in your home.
  • Be aware of damaged cords or wires and the ways in which they can become damaged. Never let your pets or small children chew on cords, and if you do see a cord in which the plastic has been chewed through or damaged, remove and replace it as soon as possible. The wires in your attic are also at great risk of being damaged, because insects or rats can chew through the plastic coating. Remember to regularly check and maintain these wires.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use. Commonly, hair products such as curling irons and straighteners are left plugged in—sometimes still on. Simply unplugging an unused appliance, especially ones that produce great amounts of heat, is a simple way to help reduce the risk of an electrical fire.

Additional Preventative Measures

Thanks to modern technology, the risk of a house fire is significantly lower than in the past— but we often forget to maintain or properly store household items, leading to a tragically preventable fire.

  • Always make sure that the smoke detectors in your house are in good condition, as well as adequately numbered. There should be one outside each bedroom, and at least one for each level in your house.
  • Always store flammable products in a cool, dark place, or dispose of them properly. Paint thinner is a highly combustible material, and may ignite if not taken care of properly. Don’t let it sit in the sun, even if it is indoors and the sunlight is coming through a window. Never store rags saturated with paint thinner, as they are at a high risk of spontaneously combusting.
  • Consider investing in a home sprinkler system. They can be costly, but it’s important to keep in mind that sometimes the benefits outweigh the costs—and in this case, the cost can be your home, or the life of someone in it.
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