Monthly Archives: December 2012

Professional Boiler Inspections & Tune Ups

It’s that time of year again. With the heating season upon us, but before the bitter cold settles in, it is time to have an annual inspection of your heating system completed. Whether you use a regular furnace or a boiler system to heat your home or business, we can service them all and are available for annual and periodic inspections and tune ups, as well as, emergency service appointments.

The safe and continual operation of your heating system is as important to us as it is to you. Our technicians are experienced and certified to maintain and repair your boiler system. When you call Derksen Plumbing for an annual tune-up on your boiler system there are several things we will do:
· We will inspect all vents, pipes, joints, and connections for leakage and damage.
· We will check the operation of all safety gauges, fluid levels, and start-up performance.
· We will conduct a thorough cleaning of your boiler.
· We will ensure your boiler is in optimal working condition.

Unfortunately, there are times when a boiler system can have a malfunction, in spite of regular maintenance. When it comes to your heating system, consider the following questions:
Do you have any suspicion that your boiler may not be working properly?
Does your home feel cold even though your boiler seems to be working?
Have you noticed any signs of leakage in or around your boiler?
Are you noticing strange or unfamiliar sounds emanating from your heating system?
Has your boiler system been neglected and missed a service call over the last couple years?

If you answered, “Yes,” to any of these questions, you will want to give us a call and get the issue taken care of. Derksen Plumbing is your “go-to” service provider for all your heating system inspection and maintenance needs.

Don’t Put Off Repair of Broken Pipes

The old familiar adage “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” does not mean “If it is broke, don’t fix it,” especially when talking about pipes in your home. If a pipe is broken, get it fixed and get it fixed correctly.

Having a broken pipe means you have the potential for considerable environmental, structural and property damage that could translate into a considerable financial loss. For example, if you have a water pipe break, the resulting loss of water from the system could cause flooding in your home, which means time and money drying out and possibly replacing carpets, flooring, furniture, even drywall and electrical wiring depending on how wide-spread the flooding is.

But, those damages would be considered minor when compared to the damage associated with a broken sewer pipe. In this case you would have to replace or clean everything that came in contact with the contents of the pipe. Depending on where the pipe broke, it could also mean contamination of a whole water supply.

Everywhere you turn, you will hear horror stories of the damage done by broken pipes that dump water, sewer, oil, gas, etc. on unsuspecting people damaging homes, crops, wildlife, everything.

That is why it is so important to get any kind of leak fixed as soon as you notice the leak. Even a dripping faucet will only get worse.

If you notice a leak of any sort, it is advisable to first turn off the source of water so as to minimize the amount of water lost. Then contact your service provider and get that pipe fixed. You will also want to contact your insurance company. While most policies will not cover the repair of the pipe, many will help with the cost of repairing or replacing personal property that has been damaged by the broken pipe.

The best way to deal with a broken pipe is to prevent their breakage before it happens. Since the most common reason for broken water pipes is freezing, take the time to wrap pipes that are susceptible to freezing with heating tape. Taking even this one small precaution will be well worth the time and expense in the long run.