10 of Our Favorite Plumbing Jokes

10 of Our Favorite Plumbing Jokes

Plumbing has been around for a long time and is nothing short of a miracle. Think about it: with a simple turn of a knob or press of a lever, germs from your hands and body are sent down the drain, or your body’s wastes are flushed away, leaving you and your bathroom clean and healthy. And although a very important profession, everyone deserves a good joke. Plumbing humor can be used to fix even the messiest situation with some laughter!

Where there are bathrooms, there’s bathroom humor...and these are some of our personal favorites.

  1. Q: Why was the plumber so tired after a day's work? A: Because the work had been too draining!
  2.  Did you hear that someone broke into our local police station and stole the toilet? Right now the cops have nothing to go on...
  3. Q: How are bodybuilders and plumbers alike? A: They both love pumping iron.
  4. Q: What’s the one thing professional poker players and plumbers can agree on? A: A royal flush is better than a full house.
  5. A plumber is the only guy I know who can take a leak and fix one too!
  6. Q: What do plumbers have when they fall asleep? A: Pipe dreams!
  7. Don't you just hate it when you call a plumber and all he does is eat mushrooms and kill your turtles?
  8. I feel bad for plumbers who install those fancy water heaters that hang on the wall...It’s a tankless job.
  9. Q: What is a plumber's least favorite vegetable? A: Leeks
  10. Q: What do you call it when a few plumbers get together for a sleepover? A: A slumber potty

If it leaks, clogs, drips, or bursts (or if you need to hear a good joke) – call Severson Plumbing first! Severson Plumbing provides both residential and commercial plumbing service and repair for the entire Central Oregon region including Bend, Redmond, LaPine, Prineville, and Madras. We are here to help with all of your plumbing issues and emergencies. If you are in need of plumbing help, contact our team today, 541-382-3720!


Plumbing Tips for the Holiday Season

Plumbing Tips for the Holiday Season

With the holidays just around the corner, plumbing emergencies are inevitable. Hosting the entire family and making elaborate meals means you are taxing your pipes, toilets, showers, drains, and garbage disposal. While everyone else is busy snagging deals on Black Friday, plumbers across the country will be working overtime. Why? Because Thanksgiving causes more plumbing problems than any other day of the year, prompting many day-after calls to the experts. 

Let us help you this holiday season! Read on for our proactive suggestions to prevent any plumbing problems. Here are our holiday-saving tips that could prevent any plumbing catastrophes this season.

1.Schedule a Pre-Holiday Home Plumbing Inspection

Expecting tons of guests this season? Call our experts to ensure your fixtures are ready for extra use with a home plumbing inspection. This will help you avoid any major problems that could arise over the holiday.

2. Do Not Treat the Garbage Disposal Like a Trash Can

We know you have a lot of leftovers, but this doesn’t mean you can throw anything into the garbage disposal. Avoid throwing poultry bones and skin, fruit or vegetable peels, and cornhusks into the disposal. This will clog the unit in no time! You can prevent garbage disposal clogs by watching the quantity and the substance of the things that go down your drain. While some manufacturers may make claims to the contrary, garbage disposals are vulnerable to many objects. Be careful what goes down your garbage disposal this Thanksgiving.

3. Keep The Grease (and anything greasy) Away from the Drain

Avoid pouring fats, oils and grease down your drains this season. When these substances go down the drain, they harden, causing your sewer pipes to clog. This includes turkey skins too, throw the turkey skins in the trash and wipe out your frying pans before washing them in the sink.

4. Avoid Clogged Toilets & Sinks 

With additional guests in your home, your toilets will be working overtime. We encourage you to advise family and friends not to flush cotton balls, swabs, feminine products, hair or facial scrub pads down the toilet. These items won’t dissolve and will cause clogs.

Your bathroom sink is taking forever to drain. What do you do? Most of the time, it is quite easy to unclog a bathroom sink yourself. While there are some nontoxic drain cleaning methods, such as baking soda and salt, boiling water, and wet/dry vacuums, the best way is probably with a drain snake. 

5. Keep your Toilet from Running Overtime

If you have a constantly running toilet, you are wasting around 200 gallons of water every day! Most toilet leaks can be attributed to blocked, worn-out, or ill-fitting toilet flappers. Open up the lid of your tank to see if your flapper is creating a seal. If the chain simply got caught on something, or the flapper failed to close, you can make a quick adjustment to fix the running toilet. If the flapper is down all of the way, but there is still a leak, you probably have to replace the flapper and/or flush valve seat. Make sure you find an exact match. If you can’t find the specific make and model for your toilet, then a “universal” model should work fine.

If you try any of these plumbing tips and notice problems, you may need to call a plumber. Severson plumbing provides both residential and commercial plumbing service and repair for the entire Central Oregon region including Bend, Redmond, LaPine, Prineville, and Madras. We are here to help with all of your plumbing issues and emergencies. If you are in need of plumbing help, contact our team today, 541-382-3720!

 


What to Consider Before Hiring a Commercial Plumber

What to Consider Before Hiring a Commercial Plumber

Being a property owner means you’ll have to be responsible for ensuring that everything is in place or in good condition. So, when your establishment’s plumbing system needs repair, hiring qualified commercial plumbers is of utmost importance. Listed below are some things you’ll need to consider before hiring a professional.

Professional Experience
Consider hiring plumbers with years of professional experience. Newer plumbers may be capable, but they also need to further hone their skills and attain field knowledge. Seasoned plumbing experts can effectively evaluate your workplace’s needs and provide solutions that are specific to your situation. They may even offer better warranties and exceptional customer service.

License and Insurance
Every professional plumber must be licensed to work. Be sure to check with the plumbing service providers if their field workers have valid licenses. This is important because plumbers that have active work permits would have needed to pass the standards of a regional accrediting body.

Additionally, do not hesitate to ask if the plumbers you want to hire are insured. They must have liability and worker’s compensation insurance at hand. This protects you if they have an accidental injury while working on a plumbing project on your property. Any damage to your property would be easily covered as well.

Industry Knowledge
Consider hiring plumbers that are very knowledgeable about the specific plumbing project you need to get done. Do not hesitate to ask if they have worked in different commercial plumbing areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Also, if their services are needed for your home, ask if they are familiar with your specific type of residence. For example, plumbing for apartments, single-level homes, and condos each have very distinct layouts.

Reviews
Another thing to consider would be company reviews. You may ask your friends, family members, and co-workers if they have had a great experience working with a specific plumber. Research reviews online as well. You may use any search engine to look up previous customer’s opinions about the plumbing service providers you want to hire.

Leave Your Worries to Severson Plumbing
When your property needs expert plumbing, look no further! Severson Plumbing has you covered! Our commercial plumbers will ensure that you’ll have a better plumbing system in no time. Reach out to us to learn more!


How Long Will Your Garbage Disposal Last

How Long Will Your Garbage Disposal Last

Quality garbage disposal units keep your sinks and pipes clean. They typically last for over a decade if properly taken care of. However, due to age, and the wear and tear of your garbage disposal, it starts to break down.

One of the most common aspects that affect the lifespan of a waste disposal is quality. The newer models of garbage disposals are much stronger than the old ones. Getting a more recent garbage disposal unit will pay off in the long run.

Another practice that extends the life of your garbage disposal is being mindful of its limits. Use it solely for biodegradable food scraps in small quantities.  For example, pouring a large amount of grease or oil into your unit can lead to accumulation and impede its grinding ability. In addition, non-food items can damage the blades and motor. Here are more ways of proper garbage disposal maintenance:

Use It Regularly

Regular use of your garbage disposal helps avoid build-up. It also helps when you use soapy water while your appliance is running. Doing this removes clogs and cleans the blades of your unit.

Fill Your Sink With Water

Every week, fill your sink with clean water. When the sink is full, remove the plug to let the water rush into your drain. Doing this can help remove any materials that are stuck in your garbage disposal.

Use Ice Cubes

Once a month, toss a tray of ice cubes into your sink and let your garbage disposal crush them. After turning the ice into slush, pour in cold water and let it fill the drain line. Let the ice melt away while it cleans your entire appliance. The ice helps with sharpening the blades of your disposal, and the water helps with removing dirt and clogs.

Break Big Chunks Apart

Break big chunks of food scraps before putting them in your garbage disposal unit. This allows the disposal to run smoothly and avoid clogs.

Grind Citrus Fruits to Eliminate Bad Odor

If your garbage disposal emanates a displeasing smell, try grinding citrus fruits to remove the odor. Using the peels of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can naturally freshen up your unit.

Getting Professional Help

It’s always good to seek professional help. Severson Plumbing in Central Oregon can help you with your waste disposal and plumbing needs. Call us today to learn more.

 


Money Saving Plumbing Tips

Money-Saving Plumbing Tips

If you’re thinking about making some upgrades to your home, it might be time to put your plumbing system on that list. Just a few simple plumbing tips can keep your household budget in check and save you money. Maximizing efficiency, reducing water waste, and maintaining your plumbing system will help you save substantially over time. Besides lowering your water bills, effective plumbing maintenance can also prevent major breakdowns that can put a big dent in your wallet. Check out these five money-saving plumbing tips to save money on plumbing in Central Oregon.

Drop the Drips

If you have a dripping faucet, you may think the amount of water wasted is negligible. But in some cases, a faucet can drip at a rate of up to 15 gallons a day. Reduce water waste in your home by making a conscious effort to turn your taps all the way off. If a faucet continues to leak even after being fully closed, take time to repair or replace it. You’ll prevent wasting water and leaking money down the drain.

Eliminate Drain Build Up

Many homeowners don’t pay attention to their drains until they become clogged or damaged. Place strainers over your sink, shower, and bathtub drains to prevent soap and hair from getting into the pipes. To keep your drains in good working condition and prevent buildups, pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into them regularly. Avoid using a drain cleaner that contains harsh chemicals, it can damage your pipes and harm the environment. 

Update Your Faucets

Your faucets do more than enhance the appearance of your sink. They also adjust the amount of water passing through. Over time, this can cause an increase in your water bill. Newer eco-friendly designs help control how much water is being used and reduce water flow by up to 30% or more. Look for products with the WaterSense label backed by the EPA. 

Take a Look At Your Toilet

You may take your toilet for granted every day, but it actually works hard to keep your home's plumbing system flowing properly. A sticky flapper valve can cause more water to push through your toilet than what is needed. Inspecting your toilet for flow issues and valve leaks can help to reduce the risk of future plumbing disasters and overflow. If your toilet is over 10 years old consider replacing it with an eco-friendly one that uses less water.

Upgrade Your Water Heater

One of the best ways to lower your utility bills is to replace a hot water tank that is over 10 years old. Older models can drain your electric and gas bills each month. An on-demand gas water heater can save on your utility bills each year. Because you’re only using water that is heated as needed, there is no need to keep stored water warm. If you decide to keep your old water heater, consider having it drained every six months to flush out impurities and improve its performance.

If you try any of these plumbing tips and notice problems, you may need to call a plumber. Hiring a plumber early on can be a great way to ensure you avoid spending money later on costly repairs. Severson plumbing provides both residential and commercial plumbing service and repair for the entire Central Oregon region including Bend, Redmond, LaPine, Prineville, and Madras. We are here to help with all of your plumbing issues and emergencies. If you are in need of plumbing help, contact our team today, 541-382-3720!


What Causes Low Water Pressure

What Causes Low Water Pressure?

We’ve all been there...your faucets are taking forever to fill the bathtub, your showerhead is not giving you that strong spray you want after a long day. Maybe your dishwasher or washing machine is taking much longer to run a cycle than it should. The average in-home water pressure is about 40 to 45 pounds per square inch (or PSI). If you feel like you’re dealing with low water pressure, chances are your pressure has slipped below this number.

When only one fixture has low water pressure, it's likely that the problem can be remedied if you just focus on fixing that one fixture or the pipes serving it. Widespread water pressure issues, however, can affect the whole house and signify different problems. If your home water pressure seems low, then the first thing to do is to narrow down the cause. Read on to learn our top 5 causes for low water pressure in your home. 

1.The water meter valve is not fully open

If your water pressure is low throughout your house, especially after some work has been done on your plumbing system, it's possible that your water meter valve is not fully open. If you have recently had a repair done and are now noticing a reduction in the water pressure throughout your house, check the meter valve. It can be located on an outside wall of the house, in an underground box between the house and the street, or in an interior utility area, like a basement or attached garage. The valve is fully open when the valve handle (which may be just a metal tab that is turned with a special wrench) is parallel with the water pipe. If the handle is set at an angle to the pipe, it is not fully open.

2.The pressure regulator is failing

A pressure regulator is a control valve that reduces the input pressure in your plumbing system to a safe level that will not damage your pipes. Not all homes have them, but for those that do, a failing pressure regulator can cause a serious upward spike in water pressure. It can also have the opposite effect: a sudden reduction in your water pressure. When the pressure regulator fails, you will notice the effect on all of the fixtures in the home, and it can happen suddenly. Although a pressure regulator can sometimes be replaced by yourself with the same brand and size, in most cases is it better to call a professional to take care of it. Replacing it requires shutting off the water to the home at the water meter shutoff valve. 

3.The pipes are clogged

Believe it or not, clogs don’t just build up beneath drains. They can actually form in the depths of your piping, and even a small clog can reduce your water pressure. Because this kind of clog could be anywhere beneath your house, this is another one of those times where you’re going to want to call a plumber. The last thing you want to do is start pulling pipes apart and not being able to put them back together. Additionally, you may not know what you’re knocking loose or contaminating your pipes with. It’s one thing to put dangerous chemicals down your drain to eat away clogs, although that’s not always advisable. It’s another thing to use any questionable or hazardous chemicals in the pipes that are pumping in your drinking water, which is definitely dangerous. 

4.The pipes in your home are corroded

How much do you know about your house’s piping? Is it original to the house or was it updated recently? What material is it made from? Pipes, especially galvanized steel pipes, have an expiration date. In fact, galvanized steel pipes can begin to corrode after only 20 years. Copper pipes are usually good for 50 or more years and brass pipes should be fine for anywhere between 40 and 70 years. The possibility of corrosion increases if you have an older house. Newer pipes aren’t often made from galvanized steel and their plumbing should be fine for years to come, but older houses that haven’t been modernized may need to be re-piped. Corrosion may also be an issue if you have added plumbing fixtures to your home, like an extra bathroom or a washing machine, after the house was built. When you add plumbing fixtures to an already complete house, you are generally supposed to enlarge the branch lines of your piping. Otherwise, those portions of your pipes are working overtime and are going to corrode faster.

5.Your pipes are leaking

If your basement or foundation is flooded you already know your pipes are leaking. But it doesn’t always take a leak of that size to impact your water pressure. The leak is misdirecting your water supply so that even if everything else is working properly, you’re not getting the full flow. If you can access your pipes, go and take a look around and see if you find any wet spots or pooling water. Figure out which pipe is leaking and try to patch the leak if possible. However, even with a quick fix in place, call a plumber as soon as possible. Leaky pipes can damage your foundations but they can also contaminate your drinking water. If you’re noticing a big change in your water pressure as a result of leaky pipes, it’s very likely you’re probably dealing with more than one leak. 

Need help with your water pressure issue? Our plumbing service areas include Bend, Oregon and most of the Central Oregon region including Redmond, LaPine, Prineville, and Madras. If you’re in need of leak detection in Central Oregon, we would be happy to help!

 


Common Plumbing Problems & Plumbing Repair Tips to Solve Them

Common Plumbing Problems & Plumbing Repair Tips to Solve Them

Plumbing problems cause a lot of headaches to homeowners. It can cause disruptions in your daily schedule and even turn into a disastrous mess. That’s why acting fast with plumbing repair is your best bet before things get worse. Here are some common plumbing problems and how you can fix them:

Faulty Faucets
Not only are faucet leaks annoying, but they can also increase your water bill. Here are some causes of a faulty faucet:

Worn O-Ring

This is the small rubber ring that goes on top of the stem screw and helps keep the handle in place. If you have a leak at the base of the handle, you might have a worn-out O-ring. Luckily for you, it’s pretty easy and cheap to replace.

Old Aerator

The aerator is a removable mesh filter at the end of the faucet’s spout. Eventually, mineral deposits can build up and clog it. This can lead to lost water pressure and stress on the seals and gaskets. Replace your aerator every couple of years to avoid a faulty faucet.

Bad Valve Seat/Washer

The valve seat and washer are located between the faucet and spout. If they become loose or worn out, it can cause leakage at the spout. Check for corrosion and mineral deposits and if they’re the right size and replace as needed.

Leaking Pipes
Most plumbing problems are due to bad pipes, especially in old houses. This is because older pipes are mostly made out of copper, performing poorly under extreme temperatures and susceptible to corrosion. Modern pipes made out of PEX (Cross-linked polyethylene) plastic are more flexible and perform better. If you still have copper pipes, it might be time to replace them.

Clogs
Clogged sinks, drains, and pipes cause a lot of frustration to homeowners. It can be tempting to use drain cleaners, but refrain from pouring these substances down your drain as they can be just a waste of money when you have serious blockage. They can’t melt the cause of your problems, which could be brush bristles, toothpaste caps, or other things sitting in your pipes.

Your best choice is to reach in and remove the blockage. Sinks typically have a drain catch for you to have easy access to things that fall down their drain. If you can’t reach for the object blocking your drains, you should call a professional.

Not sure what to do? Call an expert.
If you find yourself unable to fix plumbing problems yourself, it’s best to leave it to the experts. Since 1977, the skilled plumbers of Severson Plumbing have been providing excellent services to clients. We also offer a broad range of plumbing products and fixtures should you need replacements. Call us today for help. We’ll be happy to serve you.


Why are fire sprinkler systems important?

Why are Fire Sprinkler Systems Important?

As most of us know, many commercial buildings come equipped with professional sprinkler systems. Many cities and states mandate that structures of a certain construction type or specific types of business must, by law, have a sprinkler system installed. In fact, fire sprinklers have been commonplace in commercial buildings since the 1960s and in commercial-residential structures (hotels, apartment buildings, and condos), since the 1990s.

While sprinklers are pretty mainstream and common knowledge, we want to get into the details around why they’re so essential to life safety, fire safety, and avoiding massive fire damage. There are many benefits to having a fire suppression system in your home or business. Read on to find out our top 3 reasons for installing and properly maintaining a fire sprinkler system. 

1. They save lives

More than anything, the protection of life should always be the number one priority in any situation. When it comes to fire safety systems, nothing protects life more than a properly maintained automatic sprinkler system. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has stated that there has never been a record of more than two lives having been lost inside of a building where a full, automatic sprinkler system was in place that was well maintained. This single statistic perfectly illustrates their effectiveness.

2. They can cut property damage in half

The aftermath of a fire can be devastating to a family or a business, but sprinklers improve things dramatically. Businesses unprotected by sprinkler systems can literally burn to the ground. Even in cases where insurance covers the cost of rebuilding, the loss of patronage can sometimes be so devastating that the business never reopens. According to the NFPA, fire sprinklers have been found to greatly reduce damage from fires in restaurants, schools, health care facilities, offices, homes, and stores. Damages from fires cost on average $53,000 in restaurants without sprinkler systems, compared to $13,000 in restaurants with sprinkler systems.

3. They help contain fire damage in the moment

Smoke detectors, heat detectors, and flame detectors can all warn building occupants of a fire, but they can’t do anything to contain the situation. As soon as an automatic sprinkler head is heated to a specific temperature, it will open and start flooding the flame with water, this will not stop until the fire department turns off the water supply. A sprinkler system can completely suppress the fire before it has a chance to spread, or it can significantly slow down the spread of the flames, giving firefighters the critical time needed to save property and lives. In either case, it increases safety while decreasing property damage.

According to the NFPA, having a residential fire sprinkler system installed in your home can increase your survival expectancy during a fire by 80%. Residential fire sprinklers are effective because they activate faster than any other response mechanism and help to control the fire immediately at the point of origin. While fire sprinklers have been around for over a century and have proven themselves time and time again in saving property and lives, they still have more potential as their use is expanded across all types of structures, from commercial to residential. At Severson Fire Protection we specialize in all areas of fire protection installations, from residential homes to large commercial and industrial facilities. Contact us today, 541-382-3720.


Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19 When Receiving Plumbing Services

Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19 When Receiving Plumbing Services

Many people are affected by COVID-19. Health protocols such as social distancing and the wearing of masks are being followed to prevent the spread of the virus. In this regard, people also avoided letting other individuals in their home. It’s why when plumbing problems arise, they opt for DIY repairs instead.

However, your plumbing needs a technician’s expertise. Relying on the DIY method may lead to bigger problems later on as it can do even more damage to your system. And in this time of the pandemic, your professional plumbers got you covered. They make sure to follow safety guidelines for the health and safety of their clients. But in turn, you have to take these COVID precautions to protect yourself and your family:

Wear Masks

According to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines, people two years and older should wear masks. So, when plumbers enter your home, be sure to follow this guideline. Expect professional plumbing specialists to be equipped with PPEs (personal protective equipment) as well. This will help protect you and your family from potential exposure to COVID-19 while receiving plumbing services.

Steps for properly wearing masks include hand washing or using a hand sanitizer first. And then, place a mask over your nose and mouth, making sure to cover your chin. Finally, place the loops around your ears for a secure fit.

Social Distancing

Before hiring any technician, it is ideal to discuss any plumbing issues you may have over the phone. This reduces the risk of contracting the virus, which may occur when meeting in person.

Per CDC guidelines, it is important to stay at least six feet away from someone who is not usually in your home. Follow this guideline while technicians work to resolve your plumbing issues.

Clean and Sanitize

When plumbers are done performing repairs, they clean up and sanitize the area for you to ensure you and your family stay safe. However, it’s best to clean and disinfect the area once more after the technicians leave. This adds another level of protection from viruses or any pathogen from affecting your family.

Cashless Payments

One of the safest ways to pay for any goods or services today is to make payments online instead of paying in person via cash or card. This can be easily performed through e-transfers or via apps. But for those who prefer to use credit or debit cards, these can be accepted as well. Just know that your card information may be requested before the technicians arrive.

Severson Plumbing Cares About Your Health and Safety

During this unprecedented time, it’s vital to follow health protocols. You’re not only protecting yourself but others as well. When you need high-quality services for your plumbing needs, turn to Severson Plumbing! Our experienced plumbers will make sure to provide the plumbing services you need, while also guaranteeing your safety. Call us to learn more!


Leaving for vacation? These are Your Plumbing Priorities

Leaving for Vacation? These are Your Plumbing Priorities

 

Before you head out of town for the holidays, here’s our checklist to prep your plumbing for a getaway and ensure you aren’t coming home to a flooded home, ruined carpet, or thousands of dollars in water damage. The best part? Most of these steps will only take a few minutes.

Shut off Your Water Supply

This single, simple task is the best way to prevent a major flood in your home. If you happen to have a faulty pipe or plumbing fixture that bursts or leaks while you are away, turning off the main water supply ensures no additional water will leak into your home. If you have a sprinkler system or pool pump at your home that would make turning off the entire supply impractical, you can still turn off the water at each individual fixture to minimize flooding in case of an emergency.

Drain Your Outside Faucets & Disconnect Hoses

Once you’ve turned the water off, run your outside faucets and disconnect the hoses to remove all of the water from your pipes. You don’t want to go through the trouble of turning off the water, only to face a flooded home thanks to leaking pipes.

Drain or Turn off Your Water Heater

If you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your water heater yet, before leaving on vacation is a great time. A professional plumber can inspect it for leaks and help you drain it. If you don’t have time for an inspection, you can turn it off or set it to “vacation” mode. Traditional water heaters that run on electricity or natural gas are likely one of the largest energy consuming appliances in your home. Turning it off while you are away will not only reduce your chances of flooding your home, but it can significantly lower your utility bill.

Clean Your Drains

Without water running through them, any minor clogs or gunked up drains may start to smell. If it’s been a while since you’ve given your drains a thorough cleaning, now is the time.

Avoid Sink Stinkiness

The last thing you want to come home to is a foul odor emanating from your drains! Run some ice cubes and cold water through your garbage disposal before you leave.  This will push any food particles down the drain so they can properly wash away. Make sure to empty your dishwasher and washing machine too. Emptying these appliances will help prevent mold, mildew, and unpleasant odors, especially if you leave the doors open to air them out.   

Our list should help you spend your vacation relaxing and enjoying your holiday, instead of worrying about your home. If you need assistance in preparing your home before you leave, or handling any issues when you return, please don’t hesitate to reach out: 541-382-3720.