WATCH: Lance shares fall plumbing tips on Indy Style
As you prepare for pumpkin picking, leaf raking, and all things fall, add a quick plumbing check to your to-do list. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, visited the TV show Indy Style to share plumbing a few plumbing tips for fall. Fall is a great time to check your pipes, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures to ensure your home is ready to handle the cold weather ahead.
Check your water heater
If it’s older than 10 years old, now is the time to consider a replacement to guarantee warm
water. For energy savings, set the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.
Disconnect outdoor water hose
This prevents freezing pipes and damage to your plumbing in the winter months.
Schedule major sewer line or drain repairs
No one wants to replace sewer pipes in winter. It’s no fun. Temperatures affect your sewer
pipes. Even if you have a small crack in your pipe right now, freezing temperatures can create a
bigger problem if not treated such as a flooded home or blockage. If there are any concerns
about sewer line, schedule an inspection to find leaks or cracks and treat those issues to ensure
your pipes are winter-ready.
Make it easy to access your shut off valve
This is very important for homeowners, especially if you have winter vacation plans. The shut-off
valve turns off water flow to your home preventing significant damage to your home in case
there is a hard freeze or flooding while you are away. Make sure you know the exact location of
your shut-off valve and have a plan for how to access it if there is heavy snow.
Check all pipes
Inspect all pipes in your home to make sure they are in a conditioned area and crawl space
vents are closed. Also, make sure no siding or insulation has been removed or damaged that
would allow cold air in.
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Tips to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly
The holiday season is here. That means dinners and gatherings with lots of food that might end up in the garbage disposal. Before you start to prep the turkey and side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, check out the video above to hear what Lance has to say about foods to keep away from your garbage disposal. He also dispels a few myths about maintenance.
What's that sewer smell in the basement? Lance explains.
It's not uncommon to walk in your basement and inhale a sewer smell. Homeowners often panic and call us thinking there's a need for a sewer line replacement or repair. Lance Smith, the owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, solves this mystery. The problem could be in your P-Trap, which prevents gases from entering the home. If faucets and toilets in the basement have not been used for a long period of time, the P-Trap becomes dry, causing a sewer smell. Check out Lance's video to learn how to solve this common problem and reduce the sewer smell.
If you believe the sewer smell is part of a larger problem in your home, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers. Learn more about our services here.
A clogged toilet is very common. Lance Smith, the owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, explains how he and his team of Indianapolis plumbers search for the problem, which could range from too many flushable wipes flushed down the toilet to kids toys. Yes, toys! If clogged toilets are a frequent challenge in your home, contactus today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed plumbers.
During our plumbing repairs in Indianapolis, we still find lead water pipes, particularly in older homes. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, shares where to look to see if your home still has lead pipes. Lead pipes often affect the water supply in your home. Contact us if you have questions or need lead pipes removed from your home.
Hard water is common in the Indianapolis area. It not only affects the performance of dishwashers and washing machines in your home, but causes buildup in water heaters. Check out this video from Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, as he shows sediment buildup in a water heater. In need of a water softener in Indianapolis? Contactus today to schedule an appointment or ask questions about your water softener.