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Nashville, TN

by: BARTLEY BURNETTE

JACK WARD & SONS PLUMBING

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Tips for Protecting Your Home From Flooding – Plumbing Services Nashville, TN

Many times, an unexpected natural disaster like hurricanes or heavy rain downpour hits and it leaves home owners distraught and in a panic, usually because of the flooding. Luckily, most flooding comes from the nuisance of leaky, faulty, cracked or broken plumbing and appliances. The good news, this means it’s preventable on your end. We are going to give you a few tips and tricks in order to protect your home from flooding. If you feel that your house in Middle TN is in immediate need of plumbing assistance, don’t hesitate to call us at Jack Ward & Sons at 615-227-2811.

Determine Flooding Risk

First, determine your area’s risk of flooding. According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), all 50 states have faced flooding in the past 5 years. Check their website here to check your area’s flood risk. Another thing you can do if you are particularly new to the area is ask around. Asking neighbors if they have had to deal with flooding or damages from flooding can help get a precise depiction of the area’s flood risk, to prepare for long term.

Get a Sump Pump Installed, like Yesterday!

Next, it is a good idea to get a sump pump installed in the lowest point of your basement or crawlspace. After a heavy rain, groundwater can collect in these places and ruin your home’s foundation. With a sump pump, it will flow into the sump pit and get pumped out and carried away from your home. Waiting until your crawlspace or basement is flooded to give us a call can be pricey. Act now!

Prevent Frozen Pipes

In the Fall months, the weather gets colder and this is a great time to prepare and prevent your pipes from freezing in the Winter. Frozen pipes can oftentimes result in bursting and cracking, leaving you with a mess, a high water bill and larger plumbing bill than you would’ve had, had you just prevented those freezing pipes in the first place.
To prevent those pipes from freezing, you should:
1.    Keep the doors inside your house open, which will maintain nice warm airflow throughout the house. Sometimes pipes are located in cabinets, so it is an excellent idea to keep those cabinets open.
2.    Keep that garage door closed, and this will do two things: it will keep your house from trying so hard to stay warm, and it will keep the heat in your garage (keeping pipes warm if they are in your garage).
3.    Ensure that there are no drafts by your pipes. Feel around and if you feel a draft, if one is felt, then caulk any cracks that could be letting the cold air in.
4.     Lastly, insulate those pipes. Special sleeves made from fiberglass or foam can be found at local home improvement stores.

Hopefully, these tips can help you to protect your home from potential flooding. If you suspect your Nashville home may have a leak or flooding and are unsure of what to do about it, don’t hesitate to give Jack Ward & Sons a call at 615-227-2811. We will make sure you get it solved, because no plumbing job is too big or too small! Whether residential or commercial plumbing, we are here to serve you.

Common Reasons for Dripping Faucets Plumbing Repair – Jack Ward & Sons Nashville

There could be quite a few reasons why your faucet is leaky. Some common reasons are loose parts, worn-out O-rings, and broken parts. However, if your faucet goes unrepaired it can become a major issue in your pocketbook. It is always better to be safer than sorry, so never be afraid to call your local plumber if you have any questions. 

Need a plumber? Call our team Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. at 615-227-2811 for 24/7 plumbing help!

Loose parts

Faucets have several small parts that operate together to deliver water flow and throughout the time they can become loose. A faucet that is leaking at or near its base could be a sign of a loose packing nut or adjusting ring. These parts can be tightened or replaced to fix this issue. If your faucet still is leaking, then it might be a good idea to call your local plumber. 

Worn Out O-rings

Rubber O-rings are located around the valve stem. Sometimes the O-ring can become loose causing a leak. Although, if it is damaged it can leak as well. This can happen throughout time and usage. Luckily if this the case, then it is a simple fix. All you have to do is get an O-ring replacement. 

Broken Parts

Broken pieces can be another reason why your faucet is leaking. Some parts are simple fixes but not all, if there are broken parts such as the pipes underneath the sink, then it is time to call a plumber. 

Emergency Plumbing Issues 

Having plumbing or questions? Call our team Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. at 615-227-2811 for 24/7 plumbing help! No matter what type of plumbing problem creeps into your home or commercial property, you can count on us to take care of it as soon as possible.

The Negative Effects of a Heavy Rain on Residential Plumbing – Nashville, TN

Heavy rain can have many lasting effects on a home, including the plumbing and drainage system. Some of these are easily fixable while others may take a little more time or effort to resolve. The effects of heavy rain can leave plumbing with increased pressure, underground shifting, and backup in pipes. Over here at Jackward & Sons, we believe that nobody should have to deal with these dilemmas alone. If the topics discussed do not hit home and you believe you have a more serious issue from serious rainfall or natural disaster, give us a call at (615) 227-2811! Otherwise, read on to see how heavy rainfall could be affecting your plumbing.

Let us start with Pipe pressure

Heavy rainfall can be the cause for increased pressure on your plumbing system, but what many people do not know is this can be damaging. Sometimes, the immense water pressure might not necessarily be ON the pipes. The rain may collect in the surrounding sand, dirt, or clay, which creates thick mud that will rest heavier on the pipes. Most residences have very durable plumbing systems, but if you experience anything abnormal going on with your plumbing after heavy rainfall or natural disaster, then it could be too much pressure.

Underground Shifting

Just like when we talked about water collecting in the soil and dirt and creating pressure- this can also cause the surrounding earth to soften around the underground pipes. Essentially, when this happens, the dirt will move out of the way, causing the piping to shift out of their original positions. The shifting of the buried pipes can, of course, lead to cracking in your plumbing because the pipes are being forced to bend.
One way to tell if your pipes are cracked is if there is decreased water pressure. Cracked pipes can be a major problem and be the cause for increased expenditures down the road if not resolved right away. It is best to turn your water off immediately and call Jackward & Sons if you are aware of or suspect a cracked pipe in your home.

Unusual Backups in your Plumbing

The damaging affects of water with heavy rainfall can also cause messy backups from rocks and soil. Remember those cracks that can leave a negative impact over time? Well my friend, if you’ve let it go for too long, you may have debris that has gotten into your pipes through those cracks that were a result of your shifting pipes.

The result of this could be toxic to your homes’ foundation, causing a blockage. When there is a blockage and there is nowhere else for water to go, it will seep into other unwelcomed areas like your home’s basement, crawlspace or underground areas.

Another thing to watch out for is tree root invasion into these broken pipes. If there is a cracked pipe, tree roots love to absorb the nutrients from pipes and will persistently find a way to break in and grow, also creating a blockage. If your toilet bowl is filling up after an empty flush or you notice your drains no longer draining the way they should, it could be a sign of a blockage.

Act, Prevention is Key

First and foremost, make sure your plumbing is up to date and in standing order. Any pre-existing issues will only worsen with heavy rainfall or natural disaster, meaning more money out of your pocket. The best time to have Jack Ward & Sons evaluate your pipes is before Winter or during the Spring.

Next, make it a habit to check your gutters! This is key in preventing unnecessary water buildup in the soil around your home and plumbing system. Leaves, sticks and garbage can create a block in water flow, and you do not want that!

If you’re experiencing or suspect and increased/decreased pressure after heavy rain or natural disaster, or any of the other problems described a above, and live in the Middle TN area, don’t hesitate to give Jackward & Sons a call at 615-227-2811. We will make sure you get it solved, because no plumbing job is too big or too small! Whether residential or commercial plumbing, we are here to serve you.

Why Does My Home Smell Like Raw Sewage After A Heavy Rain? – Nashville, TN

There could be several reasons why your house smells like sewage when it rains. Oftentimes, when it rains, our plumbing system isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Usually, we worry about damage to our cars or roof, but rain can also affect other things like plumbing systems. Here are some common reasons why your house smells like sewage when it rains. 

Faulty P-Trap

When the P-Trap breaks or has a malfunction it can often lead to a sewage odor. The P-Trap is there as a very important component in keeping the sewage smell out of your home. If the P-Trap breaks then it can not stop the odors from coming into your home and cause the overwhelming smell. 

Floor Drains

Floor drains are mostly installed in commercial properties but can also be found in homes. If the P-Trap is not installed properly, breaks, or has a malfunction then this could lead to the sewage smell. If you feel like you are having this issue then call our team Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. at 615-227-2811 for 24/7 plumbing help! 

Age of the house

The age of a home is very important because piping can become old and break very easily. If this happens then this could lead to the sewage smell in your home. 

Wax Ring

At the base of your toilet is a wax ring that helps keep a seal between the drain pipe and the toilet. When this seal is broken, it can lead to a leaky toilet which causes the sewage odor. 

Emergency Plumbing Issues 

Having plumbing or questions? Call our team Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. at 615-227-2811 for 24/7 plumbing help! No matter what type of plumbing problem creeps into your home or commercial property, you can count on us to take care of it as soon as possible.

Commercial Plumbing Services and Repair for Businesses in Nashville, TN

Commercial Plumber: Why Your Business Needs One

Businesses are generally more hectic and busier than residences. More people filter in and out of bathrooms, busy kitchens with almost constant running water, excessive disposal of cleaning chemicals, etc., are common factors that can set a business apart from a residence. It is this reason (but not this reason alone) that you should invest in a commercial plumber to cover your plumbing needs. Trusting your business’ needs to Jackward & Sons is a cost effective and preventative way to ensure your plumbing never presents a problems that can ultimately bring your business to an undesirable standstill.

Save Money, Get Back to Business Quick

One of the biggest concerns for running a business is budget accounting and spendatures. Commercial plumbers can help your business save money and reduce costs. Choosing a commercial plumber, like Jackward & Sons, when it’s time for repairs or replacements can offer an opportunity that will, in the long run, improve plumbing system function, water-saving measures, increase convenience, which ultimately saves money and stress. Also, commercial plumbers help you to take proactive steps to keep your plumbing in pristine working condition, saving money so you don’t have to pay for the most common services and repairs.

Understanding for Large, Complex Commercial Plumbing Systems

Commercial Plumbing systems are larger and more heavily used than residential plumbing systems, thus, it is essential that a commercial plumber oversees and deals with the complexities that these plumbing systems lay out. Many times, commercial plumbing includes mechanisms or designs that are rarely, if ever, used in residential, single family homes. Heavy, specific daily use presents its own challenges of wear and tear and potential problems. Commercial plumbers have the ability to not only oversee the upkeep and installation of such complex plumbing systems, but also the ability to identify any problems and guarantee that repairs are detailed and appropriate.

Understanding for your Business Needs

This brings a new level of understanding to the commercial plumber. Since they can understand the complexities and differences of the commercial plumbing, they are also able to better understand how vital your plumbing is to your daily business operations. Commercial plumbers can come from a more empathetic, responsive approach when addressing concerns and issues. Handling issues thoroughly, and quickly, while providing long term solutions will reduce stress on your end so that you don’t have to worry about constant breakdowns, backups, and leaks. If or when you need a commercial plumber to address emergency issues, be assured that problems will be solved in such a way that it will minimize and business losses, while maximizing the long-term value of the solutions you have set forth.

When your business needs plumbing help in the Middle TN area, Jackward & Sons are here to dig deep to find a solution! Take a look at our website to see in-depth, the services we offer. Give us a call at 615-227-2811, no plumbing job is too big or too small!

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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.