ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Additional Plumbing Services

Ways to Prevent Future Water Damage

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

Although it doesn't sound very dangerous, leaking water has had a history of causing some serious damage. Damages caused by leaking water range from very minor to catastrophic levels. Even if you have very good homeowner’s insurance, you will not escape all of the costs involved in a major water leak like drywall repairs, carpet restoration, tile or wood flooring replacement, cabinet and furniture repairs or replacement, mold and mildew abatement, and the list goes on. This is why you need a shut-off valve that can help avoid such disastrous occurrences. 
  • 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 shut off valves. Bearing the expense of having to remodel your entire home is something we hope you never have to experience. By contacting our professionals, you can take a step in the direction of avoiding the burden.
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Backflow Preventers

Backflow is the reverse flow of dirty water through clean water lines. This creates a potential for the contaminated water entering the municipal water system, and can 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, drawing potential contaminants into 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. Potential contamination can, then, enter the potable water system.

To make sure that the quality of water that flows through your system is high, we recommend the installation of various types of assemblies using an air gap, check valves, reduced pressure assemblies or vacuum breaker assemblies. It is imperative 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 require a backflow prevention mechanism.

If you are having problems with an existing backflow preventer and need maintenance or repair services for it, or want made on your existing one, or need a new preventer installed, call us. We will have one of our technicians evaluate the need, and take the actions that are required.

High Pressure

While high water pressure is usually considered a good thing, it can also have adverse effects. If the pressure is too high, it can cause considerable damage to your property. Newer plumbing fixtures are designed to conserve water and 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.

If you think you have a water pressure issue, let us perform a test to determine exactly what your water pressure is. If your water pressure is excessive, we can install a PRV for you. A PRV is a pressure regulator that reduces the water pressure coming from the main water line into the house. This brings down the pressure to a safe level before the water reaches your fixtures.

Prepping Home Plumbing Before and After a Summer Vacancy

Our 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 flushing and draining it 
  • Draining the home water supply system
  • Turning all faucets, tub valves, and shower valves on and using compressed air to remove as much water residue as possible 
  • Draining toilets
  • Adding nontoxic propylene glycol antifreeze to all sink p-traps and toilets traps to keep them from drying out 
  • Backwash the water softener, drain the system, and remove the salt or potassium from the brine tank
  • If you have a reverse osmosis system, drain the storage tank
  • Hot water recirculation pumps on water heaters should be unplugged and have the water blown out of the system
  • Draining water from evaporative coolers
  • Make sure irrigation and pool fill is still functional (may require some water repiping)
  • Devices like humidifiers, steam generators, misting systems, and filter systems may need to be considered during summer shutdowns 
When you return home after the summer, be sure to ask us to do the following:
  • Turn all faucets, tub valves, and shower valves off (they were left open during the shutdown) to drain the air out of the water lines
  • Turn on the main water supply to the house
  • If you have a water softener, 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, flush and sanitize the tank, and 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 draining it 
  • Draining the home water supply system
  • Turning all faucets, tub valves, and shower valves to the “on” position and 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 prevent freezing
  • Draining water supply for evaporative coolers
  • Checking and insulating exposed water piping 

When the home is occupied once again, follow these steps:
  • Turn 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 to drain the air out of the water lines
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