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When it comes to water, the notion is plain and clear; we need it to survive. Many times individuals who own properties will notice their utility bills inflate to an absurd amount; if this is the case, then it is wise to investigate the instance further as this could indicate a plumbing issue that needs quick attention.

 

The longer people wait to get their plumbing pipes checked, the more damage could occur costing possible tens of thousands of dollars to fix.

 

Don’t wait until this happens to you and call Anthony PHC before you become the problem- why the world’s water is being wasted.

 

Before you end up with a water wasting scenario and habit, our experts at Anthony PHC Kansas City highly recommend that you watch out for the following signs discussed in this article; and remember to always preserve your pipes, drains, and faucets. Be cognizant and save water every moment you get.

Faucet Plumbing Drips

 

A never-ending drip that slowly leaks from your pipes is a reason to have your plumbing system looked at.

 

If you experience a faucet dripping at a slow rate, this could mean that you need the components inside of the unit replaced.

 

If you don’t get this looked at, you could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water per year.

 

Plumbing Cracks

 

Do you see signs of cracks that lie around your porcelain toilet, tub, or sink?

 

If you’ve answered, yes, then you will need to call the plumbing experts at Anthony PHC Kansas City and inform us about this problem, before the cracking worsens.

 

Water can slowly leak through the cracks and can sometimes go unnoticed; you’ll have to take a closer look to see if this is causing your water wasting issue.

Plumbing Fungi

Of course, your bathroom is a humid and wet area, especially after you relish in a hot and relaxing shower.

 

Look around, if you notice any green or black fuzziness or sludge around your pipes, drains, or faucets then you will need to contact plumbing experts who can eradicate the mold or fungi.

 

Living with this type of problem could eventually cause pipe deterioration and contamination; you and whoever else resides in the building could be exposed to potential health risks.

 

When fungi is in and around your plumbing system, this wastes water for the mere fact that mold and fungi could be contaminating water supplies; in turn, causing health ailments galore.

 

Stop wasting water and minimize medical bills. If you see black sludge anywhere near your plumbing system, it is best if you call an expert immediately.

Plumbing Water Discoloration

If your water is exerting a strange color then throw in the towel and get expert advice from a certified, insured, and experienced plumber in Kansas City.

 

Your water should be clear and shouldn’t have a strange color or smell. If it does and has particles or rock sediments in it, you will need to call the pros at Anthony PHC Kansas City as this is another plumbing problem and water is being wasted.

If you notice any of the signs above, keep in mind, the longer you wait, the higher the chances you may ingest water not appropriate for consumption.

Click here to learn more about how you can preserve water and stop wasting and destroying our world’s water resources through ongoing and unnoticed neglect.

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Where Does your Responsibility End, and the Local Water Authority’s Begin?  Your Plumber Must Determine

Maintenance of your sewer main is shared by you and your local water authority.  If a back up occurs on your part of the sewer main, or “on-property,” it is your responsibility to fix it and to pay for it.  If it happens on your local water authority’s part of the system, or “off-property,” it is their responsibility to fix it and to pay for it.

It is up to the homeowner’s plumber to make the determination on whose part of the sewer main the back up is located and to let the local water authority know if there is a problem with their part of the sewer system.  So it is important to make sure you hire a plumber who specializes in diagnosing sewer backups.

How Can You Tell if Your Back Up is “On-Property” or “Off-Property?”

The place where your responsibility ends and the local water authority’s begins is in your lateral sewer main.  The lateral is the sewer main that runs from your house and connects to the local water authority’s sewer main.

Every home on your block has a lateral sewer main that connects to the sewer main of the local water authority, which is also called a sewer main, so differentiating between the two in conversation can be confusing.

So at what spot in your lateral sewer main does your responsibility ends and the local authority’s responsibility begin?  It is different in every home, and it is up to your plumber to determine whose portion of the lateral main the back up resides on, yours or the local water authority’s.  That is why it is important to choose a plumber who specializes in diagnosing sewer backups.

A Sewer Back Up is an Expensive Problem, Unless it is Not Your Problem…

Your plumber should be able to tell you which main is affected, your lateral main or the local authority’s sewer main.  And if the back up is in the lateral main, your plumber needs to be able to tell you if the back up is in the “on-property” portion of the lateral, or in the “off-property” portion.

Your local water authority relies on the plumbers hired by homeowners to let them know when there are off-property backups so they can send the proper teams out to correct the problems.

Camera and Diagnostic Equipment are Critical to Determine where the Back Up is Located

Luckily Anthony’s plumbers have cameras to make the job of diagnosing and repairing sewer backups easier.  If your plumber finds that your back up is off-property, they will be able to take pictures to prove where the blockage is.  These cameras also have receivers and digital location systems which identify the location and depth of pipes.

In some cases, it may cost extra for a plumber to use this diagnostic equipment, but it is well worth the money for homeowners if it can determine that backups are off-property.  Cameras allow plumbers to make better and faster repairs to your pipes which can also save you money in labor.

They can quickly tell you where the blockage is, and determine if there are sewer pipe repairs are needed as well, and where, to minimize digging.

The Benefits of Opening vs. Cleaning

There is a difference between opening a sewer main to temporarily resolve a backup, and cleaning a sewer main completely, especially in price.  Many plumbers will advise homeowners to opt for opening a pipe, which involves punching a hole in the back up with a snake, leaving only a partial opening, rather than completely cleaning the pipe.

It is much easier and more affordable to open a pipe than clean it out completely, and homeowners appreciate the cost savings.  To avoid the need for repeated drain openings and to provide a more permanent fix, a sewer main needs to be thoroughly cleaned, not just opened.

When Your Plumber Fixes Off-Property Back Ups, They Need to Tell the Local Water Authority

If your plumber determines that your back up is “off-property,” they will still fix the back up for you and have the local water authority reimburse you for the work.  Even if your plumber is able to correct a back up that is off-property, the local water authority still wants to be informed by your plumber so they can keep an eye on it and make further repairs if necessary.

A sewer main backup can cause devastating damage to multiple homeowners if left unchecked, even so as to require a house to be condemned if waste backs up and ruins electrical and HVAC equipment.  Water levels can rise quickly during a sewer main break before there is time to intercede.  So the role of the plumber in diagnosing and reporting sewer main problems is a critical one.

How Do I Know if My Back Up is in the Sewer Main Lateral or Just the Floor Drain?

Sewer main backups require much heavier snakes to open your 3 to 4 inch lateral than snakes that can negotiate a 2-inch branch line to your floor drain, so it is important to know where your back up resides, so you can call the right plumber.  The easiest test is to check to see if toilet paper or human waste is present in the standing water.  If no waste is present, have a spotter watch the floor drain while you run cold water into a bathtub somewhere else in the house for several minutes.

If the spotter never sees any water rise, then the back up is in the floor drain.  If water does rise, then the back up is in the sewer main lateral or local authority’s sewer main.  Sometimes sewer main backups can cause water to back up in your toilet or bathtub instead of your floor drain, even though the floor drain is lower.

How Do You Clear a Back Up in the Lateral Sewer Main?

You can never clear a lateral sewer main back up through the floor drain, so if the plumber you call attempts to do so you have not chosen the right plumber.  Lateral backups can only be cleared through your home’s main inside clean out which is located on the lower level and capped by a screw on plug.

Occasionally homeowners make the mistake covering up access to clean outs during remodeling; if that is the case, laterals backups must be cleared by removing a toilet and snaking from there.  If worst comes to worst a lateral back up can also be cleared from the stack which extends above the roof where the sewer gases escape, but the cost of hoisting equipment to the roof can be great.

Choose Wisely, and Seek Professional Advice

Sewer backups put your life on hold, but don’t get in a hurry and hire the first plumber available or the cheapest one you can find.  Be patient and qualify plumbers carefully; you will save a lot of money and time and aggravation.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO and we will help you through this process.  For more information on fixing and preventing different drain issues, click here to read our blog on “Easing Drain Pain.

 

Before we get started mentioning the plenty of problems your plumbing system may encounter with time and use, it is important to note that at Anthony PHC Kansas City, safety is very important to us.

Of course, there are many things you can do to maintain and check-up on your plumbing system, but if you do not know what you are doing or have a question, don’t hesitate to ask an expert at Anthony PHC.

Drip, Drip

Faucets aren’t meant to drip unless you have them turned on, if your faucet is, you could have an issue. Not only will your water bill and your bank account suffer from non-stop dripping faucets, but you will be wasting a lot of water every day; let’s face it, water shortages in 2019 are not unheard of.

Tip # 1

Help preserve our resources. If there is a drip, be sure to try and turn the faucets off all of the way; ensure they are tightly closed. If this does not work, then you may want to call a plumbing professional from Anthony PHC Kansas City because this problem may point to an internal issue.

Water Heater Problems

Are you dreaming of taking a warm shower? Perhaps you turn on your shower and only cold water exits…

Tip # 2

This could be a few issues; hopefully, it is as simple as reigniting your pilot light; or it could be composite build-up that needs to be cleaned off by a professional plumber, it could also be that your thermostat may need to be looked at or replaced.

Remember, safety first, do not to touch your water heater if you have no clue what you are doing. If you are comfortable enough, you can light the pilot, but other than this simple task, leave this complicated matter for the professionals at Anthony PHC Kansas City, this way, you’ll receive a proper plumbing diagnosis and fix.

Slow Sink?

Picture this, you are brushing your teeth, the water is on, then all of the sudden, you look down and notice nothing is draining, the water is stuck in your sink and slowly drains; this is certainly not a pleasant sight. At this point, you need to unclog whatever object is blocking the water from freely flowing down the drain.

Tip # 3

You have a couple of options with this scenario, you can try to run extremely hot water to see if this washes away the debris. Next, you could try using a drain snake, or you could resort to buying a chemical agent that will dissolve the unwanted debris (read and follow the instructions carefully, as the cleaning agent should not come into contact with human skin or pets).

If you decide to use the drain snake, you will need to insert it into the problematic drain, you’ll then have to push the tool down further while turning the handle, keep pushing until you feel the obstruction; now push the debris down and free your pipe.

Is your sink still slow after trying all of the above methods? Anthony PHC Kansas City will rescue your pipes and plumbing in an urgent manner.

Bathtub Clog?

So you’re taking a shower, your feet are drenched with overflowing water, considering the tub is not draining…

This is not an ideal experience for anyone, which is why it is important to get to the bottom of this issue immediately.

Tip # 4

If you are brave enough then you can buy or reach for your nearest drain snake, follow the directions, insert it into the bathtub drain and begin to push and twist deep to remove any debris that stands in the way of the water and the outgoing drain.

Dealing with this issue is never ideal as constant water build-up will soon cause mold. Getting your bathtub clog under control is imperative, especially if you don’t want it to affect your main sewer line.

Toilet Backup

The quickest do-it-yourself method is to use a plunger if your toilet is backed up. First things first, see if you can solve this issue yourself before calling a plumber.

Tip # 5

Make sure that you purchase the right plunger that fits your toilet bowl hole. You will need the dome-shaped area of the plunger to cover the entire hole inside of the toilet. There will also have to be enough still water in the toilet bowl, if not, add water.

Wear gloves and personal protective equipment; position the plunger right over the hole, push down to gain suction and keep pushing down and up—do not break the suction. If you’ve gained good suction, chances are, the clog will diminish after several plunging attempts.

If nothing works, including the drain snake, then you may have a large backup in your main sewer line; never attempt to do this on your own as this process is too complex.

Call Anthony PHC 24/7 at 913-353-8444 or click here to learn more about drains, plumbing, and piping systems. We offer expedited service to everyone because no one should be left with problematic plumbing.

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Your sump pump system is your main line of defense against indoor flooding, but only if it is working! If you have a finished basement, or if you are storing valuables in an unfinished basement, you should take regular steps to ensure that your sump pump system is working.

To be well protected against the devastating financial losses associated with indoor flooding, you need to do the following:

  • Test your sump pump now, before the torrential rains and power outages do it for you, AND
  • Invest in a Battery Back Up Sump Pump if you don’t already have one.

How do I know if my Sump Pump is Working?

Sump pumps get a real workout during the rainy season, and they can stop working at any time. But sitting idle without regular use can also cause them to fail. You should test your sump pump frequently by taking these easy steps:

Step 1:  Test the Pump

Fill the pump pit with water and watch to see if the pump activates. If it doesn’t, and you know you have power to the outlet, then the pump needs to be replaced.

Step 2:  Watch the Drain

Watch the pump drain water out of its basin. Make sure there are no leaks in the discharge pipe. Go outside to ensure that water is terminating where it is supposed to.

Step 3:  Test the Shut-off

Stay until the pump turns off, so you know its shut-off feature is working properly. A pump that won’t shut off will eventually overheat and may stop functioning altogether.  If the pump does not shut off automatically, it will need to be repaired or replaced.

If my Sump Pump is Working, Do I Still Need an Additional Battery Backup Sump Pump?

In order to fully defend against indoor flood damage, you need a battery backup sump pump in addition to your regular sump pump. Sump pumps can fail at any time, and they do not warn you ahead of time when this has happened, so a backup pump will provide just that – a second chance at stopping the flood if the primary pump fails. Also, battery backup sump pumps work whether or not the electricity has been lost due to storm activity, and in the Midwest electrical outages are common during the stormy seasons.

A battery backup sump pump will also pump along with your primary pump when there is more water than your primary pump can handle. A backup pump will typically handle 1000 to 2200 gallons per hour. It also has a maintenance alarm to notify you when service is needed.

How Do I Test My Backup Sump Pump?

A battery backup sump pump should be tested in the same way as your regular pump. With the primary sump pump unplugged, run through steps 2 and 3 from above and make sure the pump drains the water and shuts off.

During the testing process, keep an eye on the battery indicator light. If it remains green, it is a good indication that your battery is strong. Fortunately, battery backup sump pumps have alarms that alert homeowners when the battery is nearing the end of its life.

Does the Battery in my Backup Sump Pump require Maintenance?

Some do. Maintenance-free batteries are aptly named, and shouldn’t need maintenance as long as they are being charged. Some backup sump pump batteries are not maintenance-free however; these batteries need to have the water levels checked in their cells every 6 months. If your battery has removable caps on the top of its cells then you will need to keep the water level up. The batteries used for this application are special standby batteries and not car batteries or deep cycle marine batteries. Standby batteries last approximately 5 years.

How Often Should I Replace My Sump Pump?

The average sump pump lasts for about 7 to 9 years. You should replace or repair the pump if it fails any of the tests above.

Here some warning signs that your sump pump might be failing:

  • Makes strange noises
  • Vibrates excessively
  • Infrequent pump usage
  • Runs all the time
  • Irregular cycling
  • Visible rust
  • Seven years or older
  • Motor sometimes gets stuck
  • Motor failure
  • Installed by the builder
  • Frequent power outages

Check Homeowner’s Insurance

Not all insurance adequately covers damaged valuables or the costly repairs necessary to undo water damage and the mold growth that occurs afterward. Flood insurance riders may not cover damage caused by malfunctioning sump pumps unless you have a sump pump rider, and it still may not cover sump pump failures unless you can prove regular maintenance was done on the unit.

Call Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

A qualified plumbing professional can best make the assessment of whether a sump pump system needs to be repaired or replaced and when, and our plumbers are trained to do just that. Anthony stocks both sump pumps and battery backup sump pumps on all trucks to be available whenever you need them. So don’t hesitate to contact us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to schedule a visit.

You never really think of your drains unless you have a problem; this is the case for most people. Although, it is always a good idea to be proactive by keeping your house tidy, pipes and all.

It’s as simple as this, your pipes serve a purpose to move things through and out.

 

Do you smell a bad smell emanating from your house, but you can’t determine where it is coming from? If this is the case, investigate your pipes.

 

You’ll want to look at the obvious—your toilet, sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc. If this smell gets more rancid, the closer you get, then you could possibly have an issue with your pipes.

 

It is important to know that there are various hazardous events that can occur if you don’t properly take care of your piping system.

 

Watch out for:

 

  • Any flooding in and around your residential or commercial property.

 

  • Do you notice any pipes or faucets leaking slowly? Your pipes may need to be tightened.

 

  • If your toilet ends up having a backup, you, your family and co-workers could potentially be exposed to bacteria and contamination that is certainly dangerous for your health; if handled improperly, this could be damaging to your health, if not fatal.

 

  • Are other drains and pipes in your building backed up? Perhaps the water is not draining as efficiently as it once was?

 

  • Does water come out of your shower when you flush the toilet? (We don’t recommend trying to solve this issue, as this is a more complex pipe problem and requires a qualified and licensed professional at Anthony PHC Kansas City).

 

Sometimes a quick fix can be as easy as using a snake or running extremely hot water to unclog your drains that often get filled with everyday debris, which often consists of:

 

  • Hair
  • Toys (if you have young children)
  • Other objects
  • Vegetable skins
  • Bones from meat

 

Other times, the issue could prove to be more complicated; you may need to have your main line cleared out by professionals if scorching hot water and a snake do not work.

 

When your bathroom or kitchen sink gets clogged, you may be able to unclog it yourself; if you are willing to get your hands dirty (wear gloves) and use a plunger.

 

We never advise you to go beyond these steps, if your drain is still emitting an unpleasant smell and you’ve tried everything in this post, then you will need to call the experts at Anthony PHC Kansas City and we will be able to unclog your pipes.

 

Not treating the problem right away will only cause a larger issue down the road in your building owning experience. Waiting too long to address any problem, better yet, your piping system will surely cost you loads of money, hence why this is never a wise idea.

Give our general contractors Anthony PHC Kansas City a call at 913-353-8444 and we will fix and educate you in regards to your pipes and plumbing system; leave it for the experts in Kansas City.

Why You Need a Dependable 24-Hour Emergency Plumber in Kansas City

Customers in Kansas City sometimes need the assistance of a reliable plumber on short notice. Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling offers fast services across the Metro Area. Contact us now for assistance by dialing 816-407-8444 or 913-353-8444!

 

We Offer Vital 24/7 Plumbing Services

Our respected local firm performs emergency plumbing. We answer customer service requests at every hour of the day or night. We hire dependable, well-qualified plumbers.

For your peace of mind, we’ll send you a brief pre-appointment email when you call. It will include a photo of your repair technician. You’ll have the ability to recognize our service technicians before you invite us into your home.

 

Plumbing Assistance Around The Clock

Our company offers 24-hour emergency plumbing assistance. If you’ve searched the telephone directory under “Residential Plumbing Kansas City” you’ve seen our listing. Our plumbers live in this area. We respond to emergency requests quickly!

 

Service on Request

Today, homeowners sometimes require very quick residential plumbing service. A pipe leaking water or a toilet running constantly causes great inconvenience. Call us to obtain cost-effective solutions for plumbing emergencies.

 

Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Offers Full-Service Assistance

We furnish full-service plumbing expertise to help people in Kansas City. (In addition to supplying fast 24/7 repairs, we also offer complete HVAC services.) Customers ask us to perform many different types of plumbing contractor services.

 

How Our Company Helps Customers

If you can’t repair plumbing system equipment cost-effectively, we’ll assist you in finding replacement products. We perform a wide variety of plumbing projects for customers. Think of us as your convenient one-stop plumbing (and HVAC) service center! Contact us whenever you need any of these services:

  • The Installation of Bathtubs, Sinks, Tubs, And Toilets;
  • Hot Water Heater Installation/Repair/Replacement;
  • Garbage Disposal Repair/Replacement Services;
  • The Installation of Water Softeners;
  • The Installation/Repair of Outdoor Faucets;
  • Expert Drain Cleaning Services;
  • Sump Pump Installation/Repair/Replacement;
  • Other Plumbing And HVAC Contractor Services.

We Know Residential Plumbing Kansas City

Our plumbing technicians possess personal familiarity with Kansas City. As local residents, we know roadways in this region well. We’ll endeavor to reach your address quickly, using the most direct routes to minimize travel times.

 

5 Key Reasons to Ask For Emergency Plumbing Services

Many different types of plumbing problems cause customers to request emergency plumbing assistance. A pipe leaking or rattling noisily, a clogged toilet, or a dripping faucet all distress homeowners. Feel free to call Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling on an emergency basis whenever you’d like to receive extra fast service.

 

Certain situations really do demand the services of a skilled repair technician quickly. Asking for 24/7 plumbing assistance helps bring customers greater peace of mind when these types of problems arise. We’ve listed five circumstances in which Kansas City residents frequently prefer to seek a plumber’s help right away:

  • Frozen or Broken Pipe Problems;
  • Unusual Plumbing System Odors;
  • No Hot Water;
  • Running, Clogged, or Leaky Toilets;
  • Sluggish (or Clogged) Drains;

Frozen or Broken Pipe Problems

Bitterly cold temperatures sometimes occur in Kansas City during winter months. An extended period of chill weather may cause some residential pipes to freeze. Ice readily damages pipes. It may cause metal or PEX pipes to twist or bend out of position. When the ice thaws, a household sometimes discovers a broken pipe gushing water indoors. Consider requesting emergency assistance from a qualified plumber in this situation. We know how to unfreeze water pipes carefully to minimize damage. We also provide fast help resolving water leaks.

 

Unusual Plumbing System Odors

If you notice the smell of either gas or sewage, you should consider obtaining plumbing assistance quickly. (If you smell gas in the home, evacuate the premises and contact the gas company or the fire department first for immediate assistance turning off the gas.) Foul odors emanating from the plumbing system may indicate a broken sewer line or a backflow issue, both causes for concern. Your home’s plumbing system should operate in an odor-free condition.

 

No Hot Water

Do hot water taps in your home supply only cold water? If so, it makes sense to contact us for rapid assistance. Sometimes hot water heater problems prevent a plumbing system from supplying a reliable flow of heated water. We install, repair, and replace both water heaters with tanks and newer, energy efficient “tankless” water heaters. This service contributes to the comfort of daily life for residents of Kansas City.

 

A Running, Clogged, or Leaking Toilet

Sometimes plumbing issues affect the operation of residential toilets. Running, leaking, or badly clogged toilets typically require the attention of a skilled plumbing repair technician. Many different situations cause these types of problems. Our company installs bathroom fixtures (including toilets) for customers. Sometimes a leaking toilet simply requires re-sealing. We fix a wide variety of problems with bathroom toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers to assist our customers. Call us anytime to request experienced toilet repair services.

 

Sluggish (or Clogged) Drains

In addition to toilet repair, poorly performing drains frequently cause a high level of distress to homeowners. We offer fast, reliable drain cleaning and rooter services. Living in a residence with poorly emptying sinks and drains proves exceedingly unpleasant. Water should flow quickly and dependably through household drains. Very poor drain performance often indicates a problem elsewhere in the plumbing system. For example, a clog or a break in a sewer line sometimes prevents the rapid flow of dirty water down a drain. Drainage problems may also occur if sludge and debris build up inside drain pipes. We offer fast, expert drain cleaning services!

 

Trust Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling

We hope you’ll choose us whenever you need the skills of talented emergency plumbers. Kansas City today has become a huge metropolis. We offer fast, trustworthy, dependable, friendly emergency service on request!

We value your business. Why should you select us as your emergency plumbers? Customers choose us for several reasons:

 

Read Our Kansas City Plumber Reviews

First, we encourage you to spend some time reading our Kansas City plumber reviews. Research our company. You’ll discover many testimonials about our firm online. We’ve built a solid reputation as a dependable, trusted plumber in this community.

 

Why Customers Prefer Us

Additionally, the advantages we offer our customers please local residents. Some of these benefits include:

  • Fast, Responsive Service;
  • Carefully Screened Employees;
  • Full-Service Plumbing And HVAC Assistance;
  • Friendly, Local Technicians;
  • Courteous Service;
  • Affordable Prices, And More!

 

Contact Us Today

If your home has sustained plumbing system damage, we’ll provide solutions. A skilled repair technician from Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling will visit your address quickly. Rely on us to solve plumbing problems for your household.

 

Our affordably priced company offers fast, responsive assistance. Dial 816-407-8444 or 913-353-8444 now to schedule a visit from a plumbing repair technician. We serve households across the Kansas City Metro Area!

sump pump claim deniedFlood Insurance Does Not Cover Sump Pump Failure

For Midwest homeowners adding flood insurance is common practice, but they might not know that neither flood insurance nor a homeowner’s policy covers sump pump failure. Sump pump failure riders or endorsements are available, but even they won’t protect against sump pump failure if the post-flood inspection finds the pump wasn’t maintained properly.

Sump Pump Riders Don’t Cover Damage if Pump is Not Maintained Properly

When submitting an insurance claim for sump pump failure, claims adjusters look for ways to prove your due diligence so they can prove your case to underwriters. Your pump will be inspected. If it isn’t found to be in good working order or you failed to keep it operational, your claim could be denied based on improper, or lack of, maintenance. You could also face an insurance premium increase.

What is Proof of Proper Maintenance?

Having your pump regularly inspected and maintained by professional plumbers like Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling eliminates sump pump operational issues, and gives you the proof for insurance companies that the pump was inspected by a professional.  Maintenance is critical to a sump pump’s function. But even a properly maintained pump can fail at any time due to age or inactivity, so regular inspections are needed.

Does My Sump Pump Need a Battery Back Up to Satisfy Insurance Companies?

Even the best maintained pumps will cease to run during power outages typical of Midwest storms, therefore battery backup sump pumps are needed as well. Not only do battery backup sump pumps act as added “insurance” during power outages, but they also help carry the load of the regular sump pump if it is unable to pump water quickly enough during heavier rains.  If you have a Sump Pump rider with your insurance company, call them and clarify whether your sump pump has to have a battery backup in order for water damage claims to be paid.

Sump Pump Failure Claims are a Big Burden to Insurance Companies, and They Will Try to Avoid Paying Them

The reason insurance companies will try to avoid paying sump pump failure claims is because of the tremendous financial cost attributed to them. Fixing the damage caused by an indoor flood is a complicated and time-consuming process. Besides the repair or replacement of the sump pump, several steps must be taken before and after the repair to get your home back to normal. All electrical items in the vicinity of the flood will have to be unplugged, and if they cannot be accessed safely, the main electrical supply will have to be shut off. Then a water extraction service may have to be contracted to remove standing water before repairs can begin.

After standing water is extracted, damage to floors, walls and household items must be repaired. Flooring, furniture and electronics that cannot be repaired will have to be replaced, and irreplaceable keepsakes that are damaged may be lost forever. Then the moisture remaining even after the standing water has been removed must be eradicated, by opening windows, running fans and setting up dehumidifiers. Finally, homes must be tested for mold and mildew growth that the invasive water may have caused, and replacement of drywall and insulation might be needed to stop the spread of mold and mildew throughout the home.

Automated Flood Detection Cell Phone Alerts are Extra Insurance

Installing an automated flood detection and prevention system to your home is an easy and affordable way to receive alerts on your cell phone or tablet when flooding starts while you are sleeping or away from home. Flood prevention systems utilize water sensors placed near sump pumps and other water sources that activate an automated system when water is detected sending alerts to your phone, emitting an audible alarm, and providing an electronic water main valve shut-off feature that engages automatically or allows you to do it remotely.  The home automation experts at Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can install our Water Guardian system, which will equip your home with water sensors that will alert you of a possibly failing sump pump.

Don’t Take Chances, Call Us Today

The professional plumbers at Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can take the guesswork out of your Sump Pump Maintenance and handle all your Indoor Flood Prevention and Plumbing needs. For more information Call A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO 913-268-4669. www.AnthonyPHC.com.  And check our Coupons page for specials on sump pump inspections and replacement at www.AnthonyPHC.com/Coupons/.

drain running clear

Your sink, toilet or bathtub is clogged. Is the problem at the trap, or the main line, or somewhere in between? The plumbers on our drain remediation team have the tools to quickly analyze your situation and get your drain open and flowing.  Our drain remediation trucks carry state-of-the-art video cameras and drain opening equipment so we can diagnose and solve your “drain pain” quickly and professionally.

Diagnosing an Impending Clogged Drain

The best way to handle drain clogs is to avoid them altogether through our annual plumbing inspections, where our plumbers diagnose issues with your pipes that will lead to clogs and solve them before clogs can form.  Unfortunately, there are not many warning signs of impending clogs, but if you experience any of these signs you should call in our drain remediation team right away:

Your Drains are Slow

A slow drain is usually the first sign of an issue. As soon as you start to notice your sink, bath or shower draining slower than normal, call us.

Odors are Coming out of Your Drain

Sometimes you will notice an odor due to waste backing up before you actually can see the fluid build up.

Water “Rings” Near a Floor Drain

Sometimes fluid backs up from a floor drain and then goes back down slowly.  You may only see the “ring” around the drain since the fluid has already subsided.

How to Open a Clogged Drain

You can treat slow drains with hot water or baking soda and vinegar and hopefully keep clogs at bay, just never use chemical drain openers, and never pour boiling water down PVC pipes.  But once a drain becomes fully clogged, there are only two basic ways to open it:  plungers (evacuators) and augers (snakes).  Occasionally a homeowner can successfully open drains themselves using these tools, but it often takes a professional plumber to remove drain covers, stoppers, traps and clean outs in order to access the clog and remove it.

Plungers and Evacuators

In order for a plunger to work, a tight seal must be formed between the plunger and the sink, tub or toilet to build up enough suction to dislodge the clog from the walls of the pipe.  In order to know if the plunger to working, there must be standing water; if the water level goes down you can tell that you are having success.  Not all plungers are created equal; if your dollar-store plunger is failing you might try a more expensive version from a home supply store.  Plumbers have access to high-suction evacuators that are even more effective than traditional plungers.

Augers and Snakes

There are many types of augers and drain snakes.  For bathroom sink and tub clogs, a flexible plastic stick with prongs to grab debris can be effective.  For bigger jobs like a clogged toilet, a drain snake can be used.  These devices come with hand cranks or motors, and work by swirling a flexible metal cable around in your pipes until the clog breaks up.

The pipework beneath sinks, showers and bathtubs can be very intricate, and it is possible to damage the components using augers or snakes, especially in older homes.  Even toilets can be damaged by the use of drain snakes.  It is best to have a professional plumber snake your drains rather than risk expensive plumbing repairs.

What Happens During a Drain Remediation Visit

Depending upon where the clog exists, our experts will remove hardware to access the clog.  Sometimes this means removing a drain cover, clean out cap, p-trap or sink stopper pop-up mechanism.

Depending on the severity and placement of the clog, the drain remediation expert will either use a high-suction evacuator or auger to dislodge the clog and open the drain.  Hot water will then be used to flush the drain and make sure it is running smoothly.  A camera will be utilized for major drain pipes to check the integrity of the system. Once the drain is opened and water is flowing freely again, the hardware will be replaced as it was.

How to Avoid a Clogged Drain

There are a variety of different drains around your house that need to be kept open so they work properly and conveniently.  Some are easier to maintain than others.  Always make conscious decisions about what you put down your drains!

Don’t Treat Your Kitchen Drain and Garbage Disposer Like a Garbage Can

Grease, soap and food waste can take their toll on kitchen drains, clogging them slowly (or quickly) over time.  Garbage disposers do not prevent clogs, and they can become clogged or jammed themselves with improper usage.  Never put grease down a drain.  And even if you have a garbage disposer, use it only for tiny bits of food that cannot be gathered and thrown away in a waste can.  Put a strainer on each of your kitchen drains to keep the majority of food waste out of your drains and garbage disposer.  And always have cold water running when you turn on your garbage disposer; this keeps oils hard and moving through your pipes instead of coagulating in them.

Put Strainers on Shower and Tub Drains

Hair is biggest danger with shower and tub drains, so make sure there is a strainer on your tubs and shower drains.  Regularly remove the hair that builds up on the strainer.  Even if you have no hair or little hair, strainers will stop small items like soap pieces, shampoo caps or jewelry from slipping down the drain. There are many different types of strainers, so keep looking until you find one that works for your drain.

Only Flush #1, #2 and Toilet Paper

There are only two items that should be placed in a toilet:  toilet paper and human waste.   Clogged toilets are often the result of flushing facial tissue, cat litter, feminine products, baby wipes or other products that don’t disintegrate the way toilet paper does.

Protect Bathroom Sink Drains

Clogs in bathroom sinks can result from toothpaste, soap, hair, styling products and other grime.  And bathroom sinks with drain stoppers do not accommodate strainers, so extra care must be taken to keep clogging substances out of these drains.  Run water the entire time you are brushing your teeth. Consider spitting into a tissue instead of the sink, and use paper towels to wipe styling products and hair from your hands before you rinse them off.  And if you get sick, run to the toilet, never to the sink.

Keep Debris Out of Floor Drains

Floor drains capture soap from cleaning products and laundry detergent that can build up scale over time.  They are also susceptible to receiving any kind of dirt, debris or trash that kind finds its way to the floor, which can clog them up quickly.  Never sweep anything into a floor drain other than water.

Get Your Sewer Drain Snaked Regularly

If water backs up in your floor drains or toilet after using large amounts of water, it probably means your sewer pipe is clogged.  These are the pipes that run from your house to either the city sewer or to your septic tank.

Sewer drains are at risk of being clogged by the same items that clog your interior pipes.  But an additional risk to sewer drains is plant roots that seek an easy way to water sources through your sewer pipe.  Trees and bushes in your landscaping can clog sewer drains quickly, depending upon the growing season, so regular snaking of outside drains is recommended to keep roots from taking over.  Also pay attention to where your sewer pipes are buried; driving over them or parking on them can cause them to collapse and require them to be replaced.

Get your septic tank inspected regularly.  Opening up your sewer drain will do you no good if your septic tank is not operating properly.  If you have a septic tank, make sure that the motor is running correctly, the laterals are in good shape and the drain pipe is open all the way to the drainage area on your property.  Septic tanks on a routine inspection plan with a qualified septic tank specialist should run properly for years with no major issues.

Install a Water Softener

Hard water is a big contributor to clogged pipes.  Minerals in the water from our public water sources build up in pipes over time and is difficult to get rid of this scale once it is deposited.  There are many types of water softeners; the tanks that require bags of salt are just one of the many options.  Some filters can be placed easily and affordably on your main water intake that will lengthen the life of your plumbing significantly.

Get an Annual Plumbing Inspection

We cannot stress enough how much an annual plumbing inspection can save you money.  Preventing drain clogs is just one of those ways.  Professional plumbers can assess the condition of your pipes, faucets, toilets, water heater, water softener, water filtration system, sump pump, exterior hydrants and even the hoses attached to your washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator, and implement preventative steps to save your home and your plumbing from expensive repairs.

Opening Drains vs. Cleaning Drains

There are two solutions to getting rid of clogs; opening drains and cleaning drains.  Our drain remediation specialists are fully equipped to provide both drain opening and drain cleaning services.

Opening drains is a fast and affordable solution that most homeowners choose, but it may not be the best long term solution.  Opening drains removes all the clogs from a drain, so water can pass freely through your plumbing.

When drain clogs are a more constant problem, we sometimes recommend a full drain cleaning.  Cleaning drains involves removing all sediment from the walls of the pipes instead of just opening them.  Though cleaning a drain is more time-consuming than opening a drain, it generally keeps your drains running smoothly for a longer period of time.

Call Us Any Time of the Day or Night

You are too busy for clogged drains, we get it – that’s why we are here 24/7 to respond, and have plumbers and drain remediation specialist in your neighborhood until midnight, even on weekends.  And remember, we are the “Technicians You Can TRUST with your House Keys!®”, so you don’t even have to be at your home when we visit.

Call us anytime at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO; that’s 913-268-4669 or 816-268-4669. Or complete our Online Scheduling form at https://www.anthonyphc.com/schedule-service/ and we will give you a call.

 

There are some projects that you as the average DIY enthusiast can do yourself. For instance, if your kitchen sink faucet is dripping, you can find some online instructions and figure it out. But there are other plumbing projects that require a skilled professional to do correctly. Homeowners that try to do these projects themselves might end up paying more in the long run if they do it incorrectly.

 

Some plumbing projects are complex, potentially dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, or can even do damage to neighbor’s plumbing. If you want to know how to avoid causing damage or a potentially dangerous situation, check out these signs you need to call a professional, such as Anthony Plumbing, then read Kansas City plumber reviews.

  1. The Hot Water Heater is Not Working

If your hot water heater isn’t working, one of the first things that you should remember is that the water is heated by gas and electricity. Sometimes a water heater can be repaired, but other times it needs replacement. Either way, if you make a mistake with connecting the water heater to the gas or electrical source, you could cause damage to your home or put you and your family in an unhealthy or even dangerous situation. When an experienced professional performs the job, you can feel confident that you and your family are safe. Always call a professional service, such as Anthony Plumbing, to take care of water heater issues.

  1. Burst or Broken Pipes

In the winter, pipes can burst if they become too cold, and they can break if they’re old and worn out. This can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Not only should you call Anthony Plumbing, which is a company that has experience with many types of plumbing repairs, but you’ll also need to make a homeowner’s insurance claim, and you’ll need to talk to a water and fire restoration company.

 

A plumber is necessary because they’ll be able to pinpoint where the leak is coming from, and they’ll be able to fix it with the correct tools in a way that provides long-lasting results. A qualified plumber also understands the building codes of the area, so they know how to ensure that your plumbing is up to date on the current requirements. They’ll also be able to suggest a business that can dry out and replace drywall, cabinets, and anything else that got wet so that you don’t have problems with mold later. Furthermore, your insurance company might require that a professional do this type of work.

  1. You Need to Install New Appliances

If you’re installing a dishwasher or another major appliance that needs a water source, you should have a professional do the work. This is the type of job that, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up paying more in the long run. If your dishwasher or other appliance leaks when you’re gone or asleep, this could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs if you have to replace flooring and drywall, and you’ll need to pay someone to install the dishwasher correctly.

 

On top of that, it’s likely that your insurance won’t cover the damage since you chose to do the installation yourself and the damage isn’t from a flood or another type of natural disaster. When you call in a professional, they’ll have the proper tools and experience to ensure that everything is connected correctly and securely.

  1. Low Water Pressure

Try these steps to know why there’s low water pressure throughout your home. The first step is to inspect the valve next to the water meter for your home. This will usually be on the side or back of your home on the outside, and it can be either a lever or a knob. The color will also usually either be yellow or red. Your problem might be as simple as a valve that is partially closed. You should also check the house’s main shutoff to ensure that it’s completely open. This lever or knob might either be in your basement, laundry room, or another utility room inside of your house. If both of these valves are completely open, you could have one of several problems, and all of them require an experienced plumber to fix. For instance, you might have pipes that are old and have corroded.

 

As most metal pipes age and water flows through them, they begin to oxidize, which is why you might begin to see rust in your water. When pipes corrode, the corrosion gets flaky, and the corrosion begins to expand inside of the pipe. This expansion constricts the water flow. You could also have a failing pressure regulator. This valve will most likely be near the main water shutoff inside of your home. If your home is older, you might not have one since this wasn’t a requirement of building codes a few years ago. One of the plumbing services in your area can save you from further problems later and fix your current water pressure problems.

  1. Brown Tap Water

If you’re seeing brown tap water, there are a couple of possible reasons, and you might need to call a plumber. It could be a problem with your city water, or you might be seeing brown water because the fire hydrants were just drained for the season. Call your local water department to find out if the problem is on their end. Otherwise, simply talk to your neighbors to find out if they’re experiencing the same problems. If only your home is experiencing this, you can run the water for several minutes to see if it clears.

 

While drinking brown water isn’t necessarily harmful to you, it doesn’t taste great, and unless you recently replaced your pipes, it’s likely a sign that your pipes are rusting on the inside. If it’s only hot water that’s brown, the rust might be coming from your water heater. Either way, you’ll need Anthony Plumbing to determine if the rusty water is coming from your water heater. Anthony Plumbing can also do the work for you so that you avoid more repairs later and can enjoy fresh-tasting water that looks as refreshing as it tastes.

If you know that you need a plumber but aren’t sure who to call, check out some Kansas City plumber reviews. Ignoring signs that you need professional plumbing services won’t make the problem go away, and you could cause more damage to your plumbing and home the longer you let it go. It’s always best to fix problems early rather than let them become worse.

Caring for Your Plumbing System 

 

If you are looking for a plumber in the Kansas City area, and are a little overwhelmed by all of the different plumbing services available, take a look at what we’re all about at Anthony Plumbing. We teach our valued clients proactive habits that they can take to better care for their plumbing, as well as offering our expert services for any repairs or installation projects. Unlike some plumbers in the Kansas City area, we strive to develop a long-lasting relationship with our customers, instead of aiming for expensive, and sometimes unnecessary, repairs. Let’s look at different aspects of your home’s plumbing system and talk about some of the things that you can do to make them more efficient, as well as some of the plumbing services that Anthony Plumbing can take care of for you.

Main water shut-off valve.

This is one of those things that you’ll wish you knew the location of if there’s ever a water emergency, and you need to turn the water off. It will stop all water from flowing into your home.

Clogged Drains

It’s the most common plumbing issue that homeowners face. Your drains connect to all of the pipes that direct waste water out of your home. Here are a few things to know about clogged drains.

Salt and hot water: Believe it or not, it usually works. If the clog hasn’t been neglected for too long, pouring a little salt and flushing with hot water can clear it.

If your sewage is clogged: Barring any structural issues with broken pipes, sewage that is clogged is usually because of something that was flushed that shouldn’t have been. Only toilet paper can be flushed. If plunging won’t unclog the blockage, give us a call at Anthony Plumbing. Our technicians are available 24/7 to take care of all of your plumbing needs.

Ways to prevent clogs: Here are a few things that you can do to keep your drains free from clogs.

  • Don’t overload your disposal. It’s only for scraps.
  • Keep food scraps out of drains.
  • Keep hair out of shower drains with screens.
  • Never pour grease down drains.
  • Don’t flush feminine-hygiene products.

Water pressure

While you want to have sufficient water pressure for your showers and some appliances, you don’t want to have too much pressure. It will cause more wear and tear on your pipes and fixtures. You can buy a bib gauge from your local hardware store and check the pressure yourself. It should be between 40 and 85 psi. Or, we can come out and check it for you, and reduce the water pressure, if needed.

What if the water pressure is only low in certain areas?

If you are noticing some sinks or showers that have reduced water pressure, it could be a problem with the aerator, located at the end of the tap on a sink faucet. The shower-head would function as the aerator in the bathroom. You can take the aerator on a sink tap apart and clean it with vinegar and a stiff brush. Shower-heads can be soaked in a vinegar and hot water solution overnight. You can either do this yourself or have it as a part of your annual professional plumbing maintenance program.

How do I prevent frozen water pipes?

If water pipes are located too close to outer walls and are exposed to the cold weather, they can freeze. Worse yet, they can burst causing a serious flood when the frozen water pipes thaw. Having insulation installed and wrapped securely around the pipes is the best way to keep them from freezing. If you have pipes that haven’t been protected yet, and they are prone to freeze in the winter, you can also leave a trickle of water running to keep them from freezing.

Chemicals

There really aren’t any chemicals that are good for your drains. Drain cleaners might unclog a drain, but some of the clog will remain, and it will happen all over again. The chemicals are also highly abrasive on your fixtures and pipes, causing them to erode if used repeatedly. It’s much better for your pipes if you have them snaked to get rid of clogs.

Even the chemicals advertised for your septic systems are not going to be the best answer. These solutions can actually interfere with the bacterial balance in your septic tank and make matters worse.

How do I know if I have hard water, and what’s the best way to deal with it?

Typically, if you have city water, it will already be softened by your municipality. Although, it still might not be soft enough. But, if you have well water, you will want a water softener to filter some of the harmful minerals out of the water. Hard water will leave a white residue on your plumbing fixtures, cause white clothing to turn yellow in the laundry, and can cause health issues for some people.

How do I know if I have a broken water heater?

Just because you don’t have hot water doesn’t mean that you have a broken water heater. There are a couple of things that you can check.

Traditional water heaters with tanks can only supply a certain amount of hot water before they run out. Then, they will heat up more water. So, you may have to sometimes wait for more hot water to be available.

The pilot light on the water heater can also burn out occasionally. In some cases, a sudden breeze can blow the flame out. If you don’t see the lit flame when you look into the opening at the bottom of the water heater, it will need to be lit. You can relight the pilot, or give us a call at Anthony Plumbing, and we’ll be happy to do it for you.

Outdoor spigots in winter

Make sure that all garden hoses are disconnected before it starts to freeze outside. The residual water in the hose can freeze causing the spigot to expand and burst. You’d have a flood outside that might not be noticed right away.

Take care of your pipes.

As one of the premiers plumbers in the Kansas City area, we’ve seen a lot. Too often, we visit homes for maintenance or repairs and see the overhead pipes in the basement being used to hang clothes or for other means of support. Too much weight pulling on pipes can cause issues over time.

Call Anthony Plumbing today for all of your plumbing needs. Let us show you how we have earned our reputation for being one of the most trusted plumbers in the Kansas City area. We can take care of anything from clogged drains to sewer cleaning, damaged pipes, and appliance installation, just to skim the surface of the capabilities of our multi-talented team of technicians. We can even set you up on a regular maintenance plan to keep all of your plumbing systems operating efficiently for as long as possible.