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Additional Plumbing Services

Ways to Prevent Future Water Damage

  • Automatic emergency water shutoff valve and alarm system installation
    • Washing machines
    • Water heaters
    • Water filters
    • Sinks
    • Ice makers
    • Dishwashers
    • Toilets
  • Backflow preventer installation and repair
  • Installation of water pressure-reducing values

Shutoff Valves

While it may not sound dangerous, leaking water can lead to serious damage. The damage caused by water leaks can range from minor to extensive. However, even minor water damage should be avoided whenever possible. If you allow a leak to continue, it can easily result in widespread damage. Even if you have homeowner’s insurance, you will not escape all of the costs involved in a major water leak. These costs may include drywall repairs, carpet restoration, and tile or wood flooring replacement. They can also include cabinet and furniture repairs or replacement, and even mold and mildew abatement. That’s why you need a shutoff valve to help you avoid these issues. This is the surest way to protect your home from water damage.

  • Washing machine valve shutoff kit – Onsite Pro FS3/4H90
  • Water heater valve shutoff kit – Onsite Pro FS3/4NPT
  • Water filters, ice makers – Onsite Pro FS1/4C
  • Dishwashers, water filters, toilets – Onsite Pro FS3/8C
  • Sink – Onsite Pro FS3/8CD
  • Automatic alarms by Honeywell

Let Wood’s Plumbing save your home from catastrophic damage by installing highly reliable shutoff valves. Bearing the expense of having to remodel your entire home is something we hope you never have to experience. By contacting us for professional plumbing services, however, you can take a step in the direction of avoiding the burden.

Backflow Preventers

Backflow is the reverse flow of dirty water through clean water lines. This creates the potential for contaminated water to enter the municipal water system, and it can also cause serious health hazards. This can occur in two ways: through back siphonage and back pressure.

Back siphonage is when there is a sudden reduction in the water pressure in the system. This can create a suction effect. As a result, contaminants can enter the clean water system.

Back pressure, on the other hand, is created when pressure in a non-potable system exceeds the pressure in the municipal system supplying the water. This can force water in the reverse direction of flow through the cross connection between the two systems. Contaminated water can, as a result, enter the potable water system.

If you want to make sure that the quality of water that flows through your system is high, then we recommend installing various types of assemblies using an air gap, check valves, reduced pressure assemblies or vacuum breaker assemblies. It is essential for commercial and multi-family residences⁠—as well as some single family residences⁠—to have backflow prevention systems. Single family homes that have swimming pools or irrigation systems also require a backflow prevention mechanism.

If you are having problems with an existing backflow preventer and need maintenance or repair, or if you need a new preventer installed, then call us. We will have one of our technicians evaluate your needs and take the actions that are required. You can always count on us for safe, responsible plumbing services, so don’t hesitate to call us today for the services you need. 

High Pressure

While high water pressure is usually considered a good thing, it can also have adverse effects. If the pressure is too high, then it can cause considerable damage to your property. Newer plumbing fixtures are designed to conserve water, so the excess force can cause wear and tear in the internal parts of your fixtures.

A common symptom of excessive water pressure in a home is recurring leaks in your water fixtures, such as faucets and shower valves. High pressure can also cause "hammering or banging" noise from water piping inside the walls of your house when you turn off a faucet, shower valve or flush the toilet.

So, what causes the water pressure to increase? Usually, it is the municipal water company. Getting water to multiple family dwellings requires the company to supply water at a high pressure. Water pressure in some neighborhoods can be as high as 100 pounds or higher. The maximum recommended water pressure for a residence is around 60 pounds.

Prepping Home Plumbing Before and After a Summer Vacancy

Our plumbing technicians would be happy to help you with these summer shutdown steps:

  • Shutting off the main water supply to the house
  • Turning off the electricity or gas to the water heater and then flushing and draining it
  • Draining the home water supply system
  • Turning all faucets, tub valves, and shower valves on and then using compressed air to remove as much water residue as possible
  • Draining toilets
  • Adding nontoxic propylene glycol antifreeze to all sink p-traps and toilet traps to keep them from drying out
  • Backwash the water softener, drain the system, and finally remove the salt or potassium from the brine tank
  • If you have a reverse osmosis system, then drain the storage tank
  • Draining water from evaporative coolers
  • Make sure irrigation and pool fill is still working (may require some water repiping)
  • Devices such as humidifiers, steam generators, misting systems and filter systems may need to be considered during summer shutdowns
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When you return home after the summer, be sure to ask us to do the following plumbing services:

  • Turn all faucets, tub valves, and shower valves off (they were left open during the shutdown) in order to drain the air out of the water lines
  • Turn on the main water supply to the house
  • If you have a water softener, then fill the brine tank with salt or potassium that was removed during the shutdown and turn the water on to fill the system
  • Fill the water heater(s)
  • Be sure the water heater is full of water before turning on its electricity or you will burn out the heating elements
  • Turn on the electricity or gas supply to the water heater(s)
  • If you have hot water recirculation pumps on water heaters, fill the system with water, then plug the pump into the electrical supply and bleed air from the pump
  • If you have a reverse osmosis system, first flush and sanitize the tank, and then replace the filters

Winterizing Vacant Homes

Follow these steps, or call us to do it for you:

  • Shutting off the main water supply to the house
  • Turning off the electricity or gas to the water heater and then draining it
  • Draining the home water supply system
  • Turning all faucets, tub valves, and shower valves to the “on” position and then using compressed air to remove as much water residue as possible
  • Draining toilets
  • Adding nontoxic propylene glycol antifreeze to all sink p-traps and toilet traps in order to prevent freezing
  • Draining water supply for evaporative coolers
  • Checking and then insulating exposed water piping

When the home is occupied once again, then follow these steps:

  • Shut all hose bibs, faucets, tub valves, and shower valves off (they were left open during the winterization)
  • Turn on the main water supply for the house
  • Turn on the electricity or gas supply to the water heater(s)
  • Be sure the water heater is full of water before you turn on the electricity to it or you will burn out the heating elements
  • Turn on each faucet, tub valve, shower valve, and hose bib in order to drain the air out of the water lines
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