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Plumbing tip May 2015

Here's our plumbing tip for May 2015.

Unclog you p-trap yourself.  All sinks have a p-trap.  That is, it's literally shaped like a P, and it traps sewer gas.  Water remains in the U shape, creating a "water-tight" block that the sewer gas cannot penetrate.  So, the sewer gas is "trapped" in the pipe.  It's also where hair freqeuntly gathers, and clogs the drain.  Clearing the p-trap is simple:

1. With a channel locking wrench and a a bucket in hand, locate the p-trap

2. Place the bucket under the trap to collect the standing water in the trap

3. Use the channel locks (pliers) to loosen and remove the trap "U" joint

4. Remove debri

5. Put back together

Drain cleared. 

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Radiant Heat and endless hot water

Radiant heat is the most comfortable heat.  Typically, it is installed as a warm floor.  Hot water is heated via a boiler, and circulates through the floor, heating the floor.  Then, the floor radiates the heat upward, warming the home.  For advanced efficiency, add an indirect-fired water heater to heat the domestic water.  Matching a high efficient boiler with an indirect-fired water heater will deliver virtually limitless hot water for bathing, laundry, dishwashing and cooking at a lower operating cost compared to most other alternatives.  When installed as a combination unit, you'll have the most efficient and comfortable heat.  And hot water at twice the peak flow of a tankless.  The photo here shows the boiler and indirect water heater installed in combination. A recent install by Wayne Maples Plumbing & Heating. Win! Win!

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Building Sewer and Cleanout inspection and Repair at Time of Sale

Have you heard about the new time of sale requirements for testing property sewer lines?  In Norcal many municipalities are requiring that sewer lines pass a water test at the time of sale.  The concern is infiltration and exfiltration.  For infriltration, this occurs during heavy rains.  For example, root intrusion into sewer lines results in sewer pipe pentetration, or holes in the line.  When it rains, water enters the city sewer system via the holes left by root intrustion.  This causes undue over capacity at municiple treatment plants.  Simply, the plant is unneccesarily treating rainwater.  For exfiltration, this occurs when a property sewer line allows wastewater to vacate the line into the soil through the same holes left by root intrustion.  Exfiltration and infiltration can occur anytime there is disruption in the line.  This can be from roots, separation or age.  The basic test requires that the sewer line be able to hold water for approximately 30 minutes, then measured for verification.  For this test the house line to the street will need to be isolated via 2 cleanouts.  That is, a cleanout at the house, and one at the sidewalk or street using sewer test baloons.  Then, the isolated portion will be filled with water at the house cleanout until in reaches the top of the same cleanout.  Wait 30 minutes, then measure and verify.  If the test fails, then there is infiltration, and a repair will likely be required.  Stay tuned.  We'll post a video of the process in the near future.  See the March 2015 plumbing tip blog for information on how to locate your property's cleanout. 

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sewer video inspection experts

Sewer video inspection equipment can determine the exact location of a sewer line break, or problem area.  The video monitor shows the situation on the screen, and receives a transmitted signal that locates the area from the surface.  With that, a trained plumber can interpret both and determine 

the appropriate repair or replacement.

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Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

“A MapleService trenchless sewer line replacement can make a new sewer line install invisible.  Well, almost invisible.  A trenchless sewer line replacement requires a small excavation near the city connection, and a small excavation up near the home, normally at a clean-out.  The clean-out is a typical sewer entry point used for normal cleaning and maintenance, usually located just next to the house.  From the clean-out, a cable is inserted and ran to the small excavation at the street, attached to a hydraulic “jack” .  Back at the clean-out, the new pipe is connected to the “fed-through cable”.  Then, the hydraulic jack pulls the cable through and, thus, pulls through the new pipe all the way to the jack location.  This procedure is also known as a trenchless “pull”.  The new pipe guarantees no root intrusion.  MapleService offers trenchless sewer line replacement in Humboldt County and Sonoma County.”

Submitted by Dale Maples, co-owner

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The Mapleservice Jingle

“The Mapleservice jingle has been a great story.  It’s hard to believe the song is 15 years old.  The first draft, however, was nothing like the jingle we hear today.  That is, the first attempt was all about pipes, trenchless sewer lines, water line repairs, and water heaters.  We even tried to get Humboldt County plumbers and Sonoma County plumbers in the lyrics. Nothing rhymed or made any sense.  It was just weird.  So, we threw it out, and started over.   Truth is, on the second attempt, I personally wrote the words.  I chose to write less about plumbing, and more about Mapleservice, and our history.  The words came easier.  It’s a story I’ve lived my entire life.  Delivering “great service” and “building honesty and trust since 1960”.   Sometimes it can be a little fun to be associated with the jingle.  I often hear from my kids, “dad, my teacher was singing the Mapleservice jingle to me today in class.  Thanks a lot dad.”

Submitted by  Dale Maples, Co-owner

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