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Rooter-Man, a national plumbing and drain cleaning franchise, has been ranked the #1 Plumbing Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for the 11th consecutive year (2003-2013). Entrepreneur magazine also ranked Rooter-Man#174 among the top 500 franchises. Entrepreneur Magazine determines a company’s rank by their cumulative scores in financial strength, stability, number of franchises, growth rate, years of operation, start-up costs and company-provided financing.
“We are honored by being recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine. Our Rooterman dealers deserve most of the credit for this continued accomplishment – it would not have been possible without their success and support over the years!” said founder and CEO Donald MacDonald. The continuously-growing service business has over 400 locations across the United States and Canada, uses a superhero theme, and 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week service motto for promotion. “Before expanding, we did a lot of planning and testing to develop proven systems for growth and profitability. Now that everything is in place, we are well prepared for the success we’ve been experiencing,” Donald stated.
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If you don’t want to put out hundreds or thousands of dollars over the winter season for busted pipes now is the time to prepare. As you think of what it takes to prepare your plumbing, you will need to get some supplies together. Insulated covers, pipe sleeves and other insulating material will be needed. If you don’t know what type of material you need, the answer is as close as your local hardware store. Once you have the materials together, it is time to get to work.
Storing Your Hose
Starting on the outside of your home, get those summer water hoses drained and stored properly for the winter. If you are not lucky enough to have a garage or a shed, you will need to find another location that stays relatively warm throughout the winter months to store the hoses. By keeping the hoses in a warmer climate, you will not only save your pipes, you will also lengthen the life of the hoses.
Along with those water hoses, you also want to remove all water for sprinkler lines and possibly even pools. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions on these steps as not doing so could void any warranty you may have on the products. Using insulated covers, you can protect outdoor faucets. You will then want to wrap insulating material around any backflow systems you have. Check your meter, well or any other unprotected outdoor plumbing and use pipe sleeves, or insulating material.
Move on to the attic, basement, or other unheated areas of your home. Protect pipes in these areas by using pipe sleeves or insulating materials. Do not forget your hot water pipelines as well. They can also freeze when the water is not flowing.
Once all pipes are covered, you will want to continue winterizing by blocking any drafts in your attic, crawlspaces or basement. In the basement, a cracked window is a perfect example of a hidden draft in your home. Fix those windows, and any areas under doors that could cause drafts.
If you have a garage close the doors if you have plumbing in the garage, also open cabinet doors under sinks so that warm air can get into that area.
Keep your heat above 55 degrees and keep those sinks with a small drip to ensure constant flow to prevent freezing. One afternoon of preparation can prevent a huge mess, loss of hundreds of dollars, and many headaches.
These tips have been provided by the experts at Rooter-Man. Rooter-Man provides scheduled and emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days week. Rooter-Man has grown to service more than 350 locations across the US. Give your local Rooter-Man a call today!
Leaks seem to happen at the most inopportune times. Pipe leaks are amongst the worst, as the overall situation can quickly stem out of control. Burst pipes can result in flooded homes, high water bills and enormous repair bills. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can familiarize yourself with so that if this ever happens you know how to fix a leak. Below, you will find steps to keep the spraying water under control until a professional can make it to your home to repair the pipe leak effectively.
Using Tape to Fix a Pipe Leak
Ultimately, the quickest way to fix a leak would be to locate the leak and wrap it with electrical or duct tape. This will hold for a while, but it is not a permanent fix, and neither are the above steps. Therefore, a professional will still need to be called to come out and repair the leak right way to avoid future problems.
It is important not to wait too long to call a professional for help, as the longer you wait to repair the pipe – even if the leak has stopped – the pipe could rupture again resulting in a much larger, and possibly uncontrollable, situation.
Let Rooter-Man Fix Your Leak
Located all over the United States with experienced and certified plumbing professionals, Rooter-Man is the go-to source for all home leaks be it faucet, tub or pipe leaks. If you have water spraying everywhere from a pipe leak, call Rooter-Man at any time, day or night, seven days a week, to fix your leak before it causes any serious damage to your home or runs your water bill sky-high.
Having trouble keeping the pilot light on your gas hot water heater lit? More often than not, when the pilot light on a gas hot water heater will not stay lit, it is because of a defective thermocouple, which is a device that will turn off the gas should the pilot light ever go out. It is a piece of tubing that connects the pilot on the hot water heater to the gas controller.
Sometimes, the problem can be some sort of blockage within that the small tube that provides the pilot with gas. If this is the case, the blockage can be cleared by blowing air into it or using a very thin piece of wire.
Ultimately, though, if your pilot light on the water heater will not remain lit, the thermocouple is the culprit. If so, it will need to be replaced. Luckily, they aren’t expensive and you can usually find one for under $10. What’s even better is that the thermocouple is incredibly simple to install. Here’s how:
If your hot water heater is still not working after checking for blockage and replacing the thermocouple, you may need to call an expert plumber to check it out. Available 24/7 and for emergency calls, the local experts at Rooter-Man are skillfully trained and experienced in all plumbing problems, can easily determine the culprit of your plumbing problem, and provide a reasonably priced solution. If you need a new hot water heater, Rooter-Man can install the most suitable energy-efficient hot water heater for your home.
A leaking toilet tank is a common plumbing problem that can generally be repaired on your own. If your toilet is constantly running and you’ve already tried to repair it by replacing the flapper and adjusting the water level, then you may need to consider options. A leaky tank might be the culprit, which means that water is leaking out of the tank or into the toilet.
The repair of a leaky toilet tank is made by changing the spud washer and the rubber gaskets that are around the tank bolts. These often deteriorate with time due to minerals and hard water.
Tools you’ll need:
Once you have your tools ready, here are the steps you need to take to fix a leaky toilet tank:
Call Rooter-Man If You Need Help
If you run into any problems or discover a more serious plumbing issue, give Rooter-Man a call. With locations all over the country, Rooter-Man is a leading plumbing service provider in the United States – and for good reason. They offer quality service at a reasonable price. If you have a plumbing issue, no matter how small or large, Rooter-Man can get the job done.
The holiday season is a fun and exciting time for families, but it can also be a stressful time for your plumbing system. Having extra guests means more people using the bathroom, which can certainly impact your plumbing system. Below are some of the top holiday tips provided by the folks at Rooter-Man:
Don’t Pour Oil or Grease Down Drain
Try to avoid pouring oil down your sink’s grain. The reason pipes tend to clog is because grease, oil, and other particles build-up. After long enough, these pipes can’t endure anymore and end up clogging
There are certain foods that should not be thrown in the garbage disposal. This includes:
Putting these items in your garbage disposal can actually cause severe damage, not to mention a major clog in your drain. Avoid an emergency mishap, but paying attention to the foods and items that should not be disposed of in your garbage disposal.
Other Disposal Tips
-Turn on the disposal system before adding any leftover food
-Don’t put any bones in the disposal system
-Avoid pouring oil down the drain
Other Drain Tips
While we are discussing proper disposal habits, it is important to mention ways to avoid clogging the drain in the first place. One way to avoid clogging the drain is by maintaining a clean plumbing system. There are certain products that help clean your plumbing system, including CLR, and the Liquid Rooter® Drain Cleaner.
Liquid Rooter® has bacteria blasting ingredients that safely remove build up. It’s environmentally friendly and stops blockages before they hit the source and deodorize the surrounding drainage system.
Plumbing Emergency Over the Holidays
The folks at Rooter-Man understand plumbing emergencies happen all year round. That’s why we have a fully equipped team of plumbers on call every minute of the day. Rooter-Man services commercial and residential locations across the United States. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Rooter-Man go to www.rooterman.com today.