It is Time To Utilize Your Insurance Policy
Since most homeowners insurance policies don’t cover the cost of repairs few people think to check with them when plumbing problems occur. Although they may not cover the repair, they will usually cover the value of damaged property including cleaning up after the repair. The scope of this type of project is typically not a diy plumbing repair project so you will want to find any way you can to help pay for it.
A few years ago a client had the misfortune of finding water seeping through a wall in their basement one spring. First this was blamed on a very wet season. Next, when dry weather came around and the leak was still there a basement waterproofing contractor was called in. It was no surprise when this contractor informed me that I had ground water and needed their expensive services. Since the company had a vested interest in me believing this they did not seem to feel the need to offer any other possible explanation. Based on the fact that the remaining 95% of the basement walls had no such problem a third opinion was in order.
The Atlanta plumbing contractor then made an unexpected suggestion – call my insurance company before starting the repair. That was when he explained that the insurance company would not pay for the repair, but they would pay for the cost of jack hammering up the living room, hall, and/or office floor to find the leak and cleaning up afterwards. He was also able to suggest an alternative solution that was cleaner and much less expensive and present it to the insurance company.
Two plumbing repair scenarios were proposed.
The first plumbing project would involve having the plumbing contractor find the leak under the living room slab, repair the drain pipe, and then replace the concrete and flooring to clean up after the project. As would be expected the estimate for this repair was on the high side ($4000+ by the time all the cleanup work would have been completed).
The second plumbing repair was considerably less intrusive – they would cap off the existing drain line (kitchen only) and reroute it through the joists in the basement and re-connect it to the main line outside the house. The only “heavy” work in this proposal was cutting a 6 inch hole in the exterior wall and digging a trench to run the new pipe to be reconnected. The remainder of the work amounted to a fairly simple plumbing repair. The net cost for this repair was about half of the first proposal.
This entire project demonstrated the value of a good Atlanta plumbing contractor. They was able to quickly identify the problem, propose multiple solutions, and help justify the payment by the insurance company.
This repair also demonstrated the value of a insurance company. The insurance company was willing to accept and pay for an alternative solution as well as inform the homeowner of all the expenses that should be recorded for reimbursement.
How to Restore and Increase the Life of Your Septic System
Do you know what a septic system is? Do you know what comprises your system? And, most importantly, do you know how to use and maintain it? Here is a brief explanation of your system and a few points to remember about it.
A septic system processes waste materials and waste water from your house. It is an underground system that has a large tank that is buried on your property. Plumbing runs from your house to the underground tank and through those plumbing lines flow the waste water and material that is either flushed or sent down the drains of your home. The tank is designed to allow the solid material to settle to the bottom while the liquid remains on top. The liquid is pumped out of the tank into a drain field. The bacteria are filtered out of the liquid by layers of rock and soil. Eventually, the clean water is re-absorbed by the ground.
• Do not pave over them. Use care when digging and planning any landscaping around your home.
• Don't ignore abnormally wet areas around the outside of your home. They could be the result of a malfunctioning part of your system.
If properly maintained, your septic system will give you many years of dependable waste disposal. Always be aware of it and be sure to hire the services of a reputable, dependable and knowledgeable septic tank pumping and service company in [post_name].
What Is a Septic Tank?
Tankless heaters are able to sustain a constant temperature while also saving you money in the long run. No more running out of hot water mid-shower.
So How do they work? Electric tankless heaters are very small units, in some cases, leaving you with much needed garage space. They are preset to a specific temperature. When you turn on your hot water faucet, the faucet sends a signal to the unti to start heating the water flowing through it. It only heats it while you are using it. You never have to pay for heating water that you are not currently using. The traditional water heater has to store the water all the time.
Companies: There are many reputable companies out there that make water heaters. Companies such as Noritz, Takagi and Bosch produce a great, quality product that an experienced plumber can install. They offer quality customer service to the homeowner at all times. They also make many venting and connecting parts custom to the water heater for the perfect fit. These parts are available locally for purchase at almost all plumbing supply outlets.
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