Entries by Richard Lichtenberg

Flood Damage

We work closely with home restorations services in the event of damage caused by flooding.  This damage is usually caused by ruptured water heaters, broken water pipes or leaking drain lines.  In addition to addressing the cause of the leak, we must also assess damage to plumbing and heating equipment,  and write the report for the insurance company.  Furnace damage […]

Why Permits Matter

DID YOU KNOW… House insurance comes in very handy in the event of a flood or fire caused by poor installation of gas appliances. Depending on the policy,  they will cover replacement of the appliance, repair to the home, and compensation for any items damaged in the incident.  But insurance companies, like any company, will try to remain profitable; for them, this […]

Water Pressure in the Home

In a residential setting, water pressure is set to approximately 45-50psi, as the valves and seals in your water system and appliances are designed for this pressure.  Water piping systems have been constructed of different materials over time,  some more reliable than others.  As they age, it becomes even more important that the water pressure be set at a […]

The Importance of Regular Water Heater Maintenance

When we get a new water heater today, most warranties are 6 years, with the average life expectancy being around 8 years. Most warranties stipulate, however, that regular maintenance must be performed in order to keep the warranty valid. When we see a tank that has failed early, we can usually determine the cause as one […]

The Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance

Annual maintenance service and safety checks on furnaces are recommended by every equipment manufacturer, as well as the techs installing the units. But as these things go, many homeowners either forget, or they underestimate the importance. As a certified gasfitter and service technician, furnaces are the major share of what I see in a day. […]

Water Pressure in the Home

In a residential setting, water pressure is set to approximately 45-50psi, as the valves and seals in your water system and appliances are  designed for this pressure.  Over time, code has allowed the usage of different materials to construct water piping systems; some materials are more reliable than others.  As they age, it becomes even more […]

Poly B Piping

Poly-B Polybutylene, Poly-B, piping was removed from the market in 1998 and some homes will have it up until the 1990’s. It was used almost exclusively between 1978 till the early 90’s because of poly-b’s inexpensive installation cost compared with copper piping. If you have Poly B piping, your home is at risk of catastrophic […]

How Much Water is too Much?

How much water is too much? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), average North American families with four in a home use about 1500 liters of water daily. This does not include irrigation and gardening. 70% of our water use comes from our homes. According to National Geographic we are using 7500 liters of […]

Cast Iron and clay Piping

Cast Iron and clay Piping Cast iron and clay piping can last fifty years and more when installed correctly and is not abused. Cast iron, when exposed, can easily be checked for deterioration or wear. Depending on how the pipe was manufactured and installed will also help to determine how fast it will wear. Seamless […]

Plumbing Camera Inspections

Today, plumbing and technology go hand in hand. In sewer cleaning the self-leveling, color, head video camera reel along with the drain cleaning machine have become one of the most indispensable tools in the plumbers van today. Drain inspection technology helps us before, during and after we have cleaned out the blockage. Before we clean […]