Save Money – Fix Leaks!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,

  • The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day!
  • Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.

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In many cases, household leaks are easily fixed in about 10 minutes. This can mean BIG savings for your wallet as well as the environment.

How Winterization Can Save You a Fortune in Repairs

Although we would rather not think of it, cold winter weather is right around the corner. Winter comes with its benefits – hot chocolate, snow sports, holidays – but it also can bring some destruction. Even the mildest of winters in the Northeast bring freezing temperatures, which can be bad news for your irrigation system.

Winterization allows your irrigation system to be ready for the season. To prevent your lawn sprinkler system from being damaged, it is important to thoroughly drain the water from the pipes. If you don’t, the water in the pipes can freeze, causing it to expand as it turns to ice and crack the pipes. There are several draining techniques:

• the manual drain

• the automatic drain

• the compressed air blow-out

The best method to use depends on the set up of your lawn sprinkler system. If you are not trained in winterizing your sprinkler, we strongly recommend hiring a professional – we’re happy to help!

The manual drain method requires that your manual drain valve is installed at the lowest point on your system’s mainline. If your system’s mainline has multiple low points, be sure that you have additional manual drain valves installed where water may collect, and not overflow. The mainline should also be sloped properly to drain. If your drain point is inside the home, be sure that you have a sizeable container to accept the volume of water without flooding.

The automatic drain method is to be coupled with the manual drain of the mainline. Automatic drain simplifies the process (if you have automatic valves) by draining every time the sprinkler system is active.

The compressed air blow-out can help ensure that there is no excess water in the pipes. It is very important that you are knowledgeable about the process as well as your system because excessive air pressure can cause a lot of damage. Air pressure should not exceed 50 pounds per square inch of air pressure at any time.

To ensure your safety as well as that of your lawn sprinkler system, please contact us regarding winterization services at 203-629-8050.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner! Below are a few tips included in our recent Newsletter to ensure a safe and fun time.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

  • · Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Make sure your kids know that they are never to go into a stranger’s house.
  • · Remind your kids to be careful when you cross streets and stress that they must look both ways.
  • · If your kids are old enough to be out without a parent, make sure you know their plans so you can keep track of them on Halloween night.

Costume Safety

  • · Purchased costumes should be made of flame-retardant material.
  • · Every trick-or-treater should have a flashlight or glow stick for safety in the dark.
  • · Make sure costumes and masks fit well, with eyeholes that allow for clear sight and no dragging capes or dangling pieces that cause you to trip.

Candy Safety

  • · Examine candy for choking hazards and tampering before eating [2]. Parents get first dibs on the best candy as a reward for taking kids out to trick-or-treat.
  • · Never, ever feed Halloween candy to your pets. Dogs are especially sensitive to a chemical in chocolate and it can be deadly for them.

House and Yard Safety

  • · Good outdoor lighting is the key to safe trick-or-treating. A well-lit entry welcomes little ghosts and vampires and directs them to where you plan to hand out candy.
  • · Accidents with candles are the leading cause of Halloween mishaps so make sure that you keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and porches where they can accidentally be knocked over or touch a costume.
  • · Consider using a flameless LED light or battery operated candle to avoid the issue of candles altogether.

Please visit the website Halloween-Safety.com for many more safety tips and ideas for a secure Halloween.