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Nashville, TN

by: BARTLEY BURNETTE

JACK WARD & SONS PLUMBING

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Nashville, TN – Have You Checked Your Plumbing Lately?

Spending another day in your home to keep up with the social distancing? Have you been looking for way to spend your time that leave you feeling productive and leaving a good impact for the better of your home and family? This article today aims to help you find an easy and highly useful means to do just that. We are talking about, of course, the plumbing system throughout your home. Not only does your plumbing make up about 15 percent of your home’s total value, but when your plumbing fails, it can cause a large amount of damage to the surrounding areas of your home. So essentially, plumbing repairs not only increase the value of your home, but they can prevent the large cost associated with the repairs that will need to be made when a problem occurs, like a broken or leaking pipe.

The following checklist will help point you in the right direction for plumbing checks you can do to determine potential problems and know how to approach fixing the problems, whether you choose a DIY option, or determine calling a professional is best.

  1. Check your sinks, tubs, and shower faucets for leaks
  2. Check for variants in water pressure and/or irregular spray patterns
  3. Check your sink, tub, and shower drains for clogs.
  4. Check for toilets that continuously run or do not sit stable on the floor.
  5. Check for leaks around the base of your toilet.
  6. Check for intact caulking around your tubs and showers.
  7. Check your garbage disposal for a foul smell or leaks.
  8. Check if your dishwasher is slow to fill or drain,
  9. Check your fridge water supply hose for wear,
  10. Have your septic line and field checked regularly.
  11. Check vent pipes for clogs.
  12. Check your water heater for leaking.
  13. Check if your sump pump is operating properly.
  14. Check your outdoor spigots for leaks.
  15. Inspect your lawn irrigation system.
  16. Check your washing machine hoses for signs of wear.

After you have completed this checklist, do some research on the fixes you may want to try to perform yourself and the fixes you think require professional intervention to be done properly and avoid further damage. If you decide you need a professional’s help, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing a call at (615) 227-2811.

Nashville, TN – Tips for A Stay At Home Plumbing Evaluation

Many families across the U.S. have had a lot more time on their hands than they are used to during this time. Why not take some of this time to evaluate the condition of the plumbing of your home for potential problems? Perhaps you have noticed some problems were present earlier on, like gurgling coming from your sink drain, or a toilet that has been backing up, but got so caught up in your work routine that they fell to the wayside. When left unattended, plumbing problems only worsen over time, and can cause plenty of surrounding damage if something becomes faulty. It may have been nagging at you, so take this time to capitalize on possible opportunities!

The following list of things you can do for your plumbing will either help you when contacting a professional for further help, or to get insight about what needs to be fixed.

The more you look at the visible plumbing fixtures in your home, the better an idea you will get of what is normal and abnormal for them. You shouldn’t see any moisture on them when taking a close enough look. If you notice water spots forming on a pipe’s exterior, you will want to immediately perform a further analysis as you might just find a slow leak somewhere!

Purchasing a slew of small strainers that are designed to be installed at the base of your sink or shower drains can prove to be a beneficial investment. They catch the kinds of debris such as hair, food, or other materials that would otherwise clog your pipes quickly. With the strainers in place, your pipes will clog much more slowly than before, and will prevent them from clogging in more major ways.

A common misconception when dishwashers were first introduced was that the machine could handle any and all of the food that was put inside while dishes were stacked in. This is not the case, however, and the same applies for modern day machines as well. Despite the machine’s ability to capture some food articles, they are mostly filtered through the plumbing during the process of washing. If you know your dishes are usually loaded into the machine without first being thoroughly rinsed and debris removed, you may want to call a professional to take a look inside.

Perhaps you have taken a good look at the pipes inside your home whether they be found under the sink or behind the washing machine, but a very good place to consider looking is the front yard. The mainline for your plumbing often crosses the front yard, allowing wastewater to leave your home and evacuate away from your property. If any unusual puddles have formed in your yard, you may want to contact your local professional plumber as it could be a sign the line is leaking!

Were you able to identify any plumbing problems that are lingering around your home? Have you noticed any signs of possible foundation distress? Consider the variables described above to get the most possible success out of a plumbing repair venture for your home. When the time is right and you have decided to take action to increase the integrity of your home’s plumbing, give Jack Ward & Sons a call at (615) 227-2811.

Nashville, TN – Faulty Plumbing & Virus Contamination Issues

Modern plumbing can be greatly appreciated beyond mechanisms that
function behind the walls of our home when we consider just how much
work they do for how eliminating waste from our home works! Along with
the wastewater, sewage, and other materials that leave our home,
pathogens like bacteria and viruses that are present will go right
along with them. Properly installed and fully functional plumbing
makes it possible for the waste from our homes to be removed cleanly
and effectively.

We could imagine then, that plumbing that has not been installed
correctly or is faulty could then make a mess of that process. One
mess anyone wants to avoid, and that could cause issues that could
affect our health, would be the transmission of that bacteria or those
viruses to those living in the home. An example of one such situation
occurred in Asia in 2003, when the SARS outbreak took place. People
residing in their living complexes were becoming infected due to
faulty plumbing and dry traps that had allowed contaminated air up
through the pipes. In 2016, Hong Kong residents were suspected to also
have contracted viruses due to broken plumbing in their living
complex.

Now families living in the United States in both individual homes and
living complexes like apartments are much more likely to remain
unaffected by issues like the previous examples due to the plumbing
codes that exist for the houses and complexes. However, it is always
important to be sure that the plumbing of your home is intact and
functioning properly to avoid contamination of the soils underneath
your home or other plumbing mechanisms in your home due to issues like
leaks, etc.

If your plumbing is due for an evaluation and you live in the
Nashville area, give Jack Ward & Sons a call at (615) 227-2811. Prevent contaminated
waste from leaking inside your home that can ultimately have a
negative impact on the health of your family. If you and your family
are seeking shelter in your homes during this time in the midst of the
Coronavirus outbreak, be sure you are doing what you can to make your
shelter a safe, clean and healthy place as well! We hope you and your
families are having a peaceful and productive time together as the
current issue continues on.

Nashville, TN – Common Plumbing Problems You Shouldn’t Fix Yourself

Often times people think they can save a dollar or time by attempting to complete a plumbing job themselves. Maybe they’ve been instructed by a friend, family member, Youtube video on how to get the job done. While it may seem simple enough to tackle, there are times when you should just call your trusted plumber to get it done as to not make the problem worse and take more money out of our pocket then need be.

Malfunctioning Sink Pipes

It seems like a simple enough task, being that you can see the pipes under the sink upon opening the cabinet but what you might not realize is that it’s difficult to find out exactly where the problem is unless the pipes are taken apart, which can be risky business. Unless you are experienced in takes pipes apart, they can be very complex and tricky to reassemble, especially when they are in close proximity to something that can be broken in the process, like garbage disposals and dish washers. Unless you have experience with this type of undertaking (knowledge of dismantling, reassembling, locations and specifics), then the best thing you can do is call your trusted plumber. If you are in the Nashville area, feel free to call Jack Ward & Sons for your plumbing needs!

Clogged Drains

Drains can get clogged for various reason, many of which can be preventable such as hair buildup or allowing grease to go down the drain of the sink or bathtub. It may seem practical to use over-the-counter drain-cleaners, but these products are viewed unfavorably by most plumbing experts. They re discouraged because of the fumes and noxious chemical, sometimes lasting hours or days. A good rule of thumb is: if it isn’t safe to drink, it shouldn’t be poured down the drain. These products can cause corrosion is used over and over due to the lining of the pipes being eaten away.

Snake devices, Drain-O and other chemicals come in handy for simple drain clogging, but when you have a septic tank or a bigger problem on your hands, you shouldn’t use them. Actually, you never know how big a problem is and using acids and other materials can make matters worse. Plumbing snakes can not only fail at clearing the obstruction, but it can also cause damage to the drainpipes, causing you to give up a large portion of your pocket book to replace the drain system. Chemicals and acids should only be released by plumbing experts who have safety gear and have been qualified to handle evasive products.

Prevent clogs by keeping food particles, coffee grinds, grease and hair from entering the drains. It may be tempting to allow this even if you have a garbage disposal, but with a garbage disposal you can also get a clog. Also, try using a tub strainer to prevent hair and soap scum from building up and pour 4 cups of boiling water down your drain on a regular basis to melt and dissolve buildup, preventing excessive buildup over time.

Low Water Pressure

Usually, and hopefully the lower waster pressure you are experiencing can be caused from a simple case of buildup of junk in the faucet’s aerator. In such cases, one could simple take off/unscrew the aerator, clean off the nasty residue and screw it back on to place. Sometimes this does not solve the problem and it can be because the issue is much worse than buildup in the faucet’s aerator. There could be a serious issue at hand if that does not solve the problem: such as fractured pipes, erosion/corrosion in the water line and any other problems you shouldn’t fix yourself.

If you are experiencing low water pressure, it is a good idea to give an expert plumber a call, so you don’t end up having to fork over more money than you need. Trying to make a quick solution could cause a long term issue, and Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Broken Toilets

Nobody wants to go a day, let alone a couple of hours without a toilet! This makes DIY projects seem favorable when it comes to solving the problem. What many don’t understand is the pipework and water-flow and how they work together in unison. Whether you need to have the toilet seal replaced or a clog that just won’t budge, these issues need to be handled by a professional. Leaks and other issues from improper placement of materials can lead to more serious damage to the affected and surrounding areas

For starters, the issues that could come into play when dealing with toilet malfunctions — whether they’re due to stubborn clogs or busted pipes — require an in-depth understanding of how the pipework and water-flow work together in the simple yet complex design of this fixture. Even if you just need to have the toilet seal replaced, the job should still be handled by a professional, because leaks could result from improper placement that would likely lead to worse complications, not to mention water damage to the surrounding areas.

Overall, if you have tried the most simple, non-invasive approach and it has not solved the problem, call your plumber. It will be a costly, overwhelming mess if the issue is pushed and it results in a bigger problem than intended. If you need a plumber and are located in the Nashville area, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing a call at (615) 227-2811.

Nashville, TN – How Tornadoes Affect Your Plumbing

Tornadoes seem to be the hot topic in Nashville after a big one ripped right through. Many people are left wondering if their plumbing could be affected, and the answer is “yes”. There are a number of things that can go wrong with your home after a tornado hits your area. Just because your house wasn’t ripped to shreds or you haven’t found obvious things like exterior cracks, broken glass or roofing issues does not mean your home’s plumbing is not at risk. Whether you are looking for some insight because your were just effected by a tornado, or are unfamiliar with the ways in which a tornado can effect your home, read below to have your questions answered.

Is your Plumbing Functioning

When you’ve determined that your home is structurally sound at the foundation level, and you’re ready to check your plumbing, the first order of businesses is to ensure everything’s operating as it should. Inspect each and every room in your house, turning on all the faucets to our sinks, flushing all the toilets. Check that water comes out of bathtub faucets and showerheads. Clunking, banging, low pressure, leaking are signs of a problem.

As you test each fixture, take note of how the water works. Is your toilet slow to flush or drain? Is the water pressure lower than you remember it being before the tornado? Do you hear the pipes making noise when leaving a certain room? It’s necessary to give a professional plumber a call if your answer is yes to any of these questions. You can feel free to call Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing at (615) 227-2811.

Inspect the Equipment

It is wise to inspect any and all equipment that is a part of your plumbing system, which is why it is the next step your take to ensure your plumbing has not been affected. The equipment you will check is water heaters, conditioning systems, pumps, refrigerators, and any other appliances that are connected to the plumbing.

Firstly, you want to be apprehensive with whether the tornado caused a leak in any of the connecting water lines. After you have verified that there are no leaks (visible at least), it is time to make sure that there are no pieces or equipment itself that isn’t bent, cracked or otherwise broken or damaged. Dish washers or clothing washers should be run as to check for leaks or low water pressure or fill time. Be sure to be on standby to listen for leaks and to make sure water to draining and entering as it should.

Don’t Forget: Your septic system

Being that septic systems are down below, it can be hard to consider them in your plumbing checklist. Surprisingly, a tornado can do more damage than one may think. Being that tornadoes are able to pick up extremely large objects and move them miles away, you could quite possibly end up with crushing, huge items and debris covering your septic tank. If this has happened to you and you are in the Nashville area, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing a call at (615) 227-2811.

Look at your septic systems drain field as well because everything from hail to extreme winds to flooding that comes with tornadoes can hinder your drain field from doing it job properly (which is to drain). It’s a good idea to give us a call (if you’re in the Nashville area) to your local plumber is your system seems waterlogged, mushy and/or it was hit by hailstones.

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BIO: Bartley Burnette is the grandson of Jack Ward. He has worked at Jack Ward & Sons for his entire career. Bartley’s uncle, Tommy Ward, purchased the family business from Jack securing the second generation of local plumbers. Tommy ran the company for some time and trained Mr. Burnette in the plumbing trade.

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BIO: Bartley Burnette is the grandson of Jack Ward. He has worked at Jack Ward & Sons for his entire career. Bartley’s uncle, Tommy Ward, purchased the family business from Jack securing the second generation of local plumbers. Tommy ran the company for some time and trained Mr. Burnette in the plumbing trade.