10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Resolve Rooter, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Come Watch the Roxey Ballet Perform at the Philly Thanksgiving Day Parade!

November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and as always, the Thanksgiving Day Parade put on by the city of Philadelphia will be a great destination to soak up the holiday spirit. Our very own Denise Carr, the Vice President of the Roxey Ballet Company, will be participating with a group of artists in the parade! Come on down and watch the floats, dancers, artists and other talented citizens and celebrate a great holiday with us!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there, and remember, call us today for all of your trenchless plumbing needs in the Bucks and Montgomery areas! Have a happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Resolve Rooter!

Why You Need Professional Leak Detection

November 18th, 2014

Leaking pipes are one of the more common troubles that residential plumbing may encounter. When leaking leads to water spilling out onto the floor of your kitchen or bathroom, you will know that it is time to get on the phone and called a comprehensive and skilled plumber to fix the problem.

However, leaks rarely make it that easy for you to locate them. In fact, most of the time you will only have the suspicion that leaks are occurring. But these hidden leaks need repairs just as soon as the more glaring examples, and for this you require plumbers who offer leak detection services.

To reach an experienced plumbing team in Pennsylvania for leak detection that will get the job done fast and right, contact Resolve Rooter today. We are available 24 hours a day for whatever plumbing services you require.

Is professional leak detection really necessary?

Consider the extent of your home’s plumbing. Most of the pipes are out of your sight, hidden behind floorboards and inside drywall. Even the exposed pipes are usually housed in areas that you don’t often seen, such as basement rooms or under cabinets. This makes it very difficult to tell from direct evidence where the leaks are, or even if they are occurring. It is imperative that you allow plumbers with experience and advanced equipment take care of detecting the leaks and pinpointing their locations.

There are warning signs to look for that can indicate your home has hidden leaks. Watch over your water bills carefully to see if there is a sudden surge in costs. Low water pressure from your taps is another sign that leaking is happening somewhere. Water spots and discoloration on walls, or warped floorboards, are major red flags that should make you call for leak detection from plumbers right away.

Professionals can find where leaks are occurring even through thick concrete slabs. Unless you have knowledge of the detection process and equipment such as listening discs, ground microphones, pressure sensors, and video pipe inspection cameras, you will have no idea where the leaks actually are. Skilled plumbers use all the equipment and talent available to them to zero in on the leaking and reach the problem with the least amount of disruption to your home as possible.

For over 35 years, Resolve Rooter has served the community with excellent comprehensive plumbing services. If you think you need leak detection in Pennsylvania, give us a call right away: One Call Resolves It All!

Is Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Available for Every Home?

November 17th, 2014

The old style of replacing a broken residential sewer line involved using massive excavation equipment to tear open trenches across the yard, a process that could require a few days and leave property looked pretty roughed up. This is still a common method for water and sewer line replacement… but it doesn’t need to be the one used for your home!

Trenchless sewer line replacement in Warminster, PA is available from the skilled team at Resolve Rooter. We use pipe liners, hydraulics, and pipe bursters to take care of sewer line replacement in only a few hours—and your property will remain virtually untouched with almost no sign that our trenchless team was ever there. Give us a call today to schedule trenchless sewer line replacement services, and also trenchless water line replacement and electrical conduit installation.

But will trenchless technology work for my home?

In a word: Yes. Trenchless technology is extremely flexible. It was originally designed for lateral digging in coal mining during the 1930s. It then became a major part of civil engineering to lay power lines and natural gas lines underground without needing to disturb streets. Trained technicians familiar with the technology can provide trenchless line replacement for any home, and deal with any kind of terrain and material necessary for the job.

There is an important caveat here, but it doesn’t actually involve your home or your property. It involves the people you hire for the work. Although trenchless technology is enormously beneficial, the old method for pipe replacement is still often used. This is because not every plumbing contractor has the equipment or the specialized training needed for trenchless sewer line and water line replacement. In order to make this technology available to every house, the people who perform the work must have extensive experience and knowledge. You cannot turn to just any contractor for the job.

We have more than 35 years of experience in the plumbing business, so make us your first and only choice when it comes to trenchless technology that will take care of pipe replacement fast and leave your property looking beautiful.

Resolve Rooter specializes in trenchless sewer line replacement in Warminster, PA and the surrounding areas. We will find the best way to handle the work for your house, no matter the conditions.

How Does High Pressure Water Jetting Work?

November 11th, 2014

There are a number of different methods to handle cleaning drains and removing clogging in commercial plumbing. The worst way is to pour chemicals from a store-bought bottle of “drain cleaner” down into the drains. No professional plumber recommends using these highly toxic and acidic liquids on your commercial drainpipes (or those in your home, for that matter). Professionals prefer to use drain snakes and hydro-jetting to give a thorough and safe cleansing to drains. High pressure water jetting is one of the favored techniques because of how completely it scours drainpipes, blasting through heavy clogs and also removing accumulation along the pipe interior for long-term cleaning.

If you need drain cleaning for your commercial plumbing, call on Resolve Rooter today. We use commercial high pressure water jetting in Willow Grove, PA and the surrounding areas to deliver you a fantastic cleaning job that will leave you with efficient plumbing that will give you few clogging problems in the future.

High pressure water jetting

The pipes in commercial buildings, especially for food service companies, can become filled with organic build-up at a level residential buildings will never encounter. The power of high pressure water jetting is the best way to clean out this contamination.

Water jetting, also called hydro jetting, involves using motorized devices to place water under extremely high pressures. At a minimum, the water is kept at 7,000 psi. A professional plumbing technician then sends down a long hose attachment into the drainage system, and blasts the high pressure water out a nozzle at the end of the hose. The nozzle directs the powerful spray in multiple directions inside the pipe to scour all parts of the pipe interior. The force is enough to knock free the most obdurate accumulation inside drainpipes without harming the pipes themselves.

The nozzles at the end of the hose are interchangeable so that the plumber can alter the spray direction to apply specific cleaning power. Video pipe inspection equipment helps the plumber understand what sort of nozzles are best to use, and where to concentrate the cleaning.

High pressure water is potentially dangerous, so you must entrust this work to commercial plumbing specialists trained on the equipment and wearing the proper safety gear.

When you need commercial high pressure water jetting in Willow Grove, PA, make the call to Resolve Rooter and let our years of experience go to work for your company’s plumbing.

The Importance of Sizing for Water Heater Installation

November 10th, 2014

Water heaters are basic parts of everyday life in a modern home. Without a regular supply of hot water coming to the taps and the appliances of a house, many daily tasks would be difficult if not impossible. Basic hygiene, cooking, cleaning, and comfort would all be difficult to achieve.

However, it isn’t enough just to have a water heater for your home. You need to have a water heater that is the right size to match your needs and prevent energy waste leading to high heating bills. When it’s time to install a new water heater, you can’t simply guess at how large a system you need. You must have professionals do the work to size the unit. Since you will need the professionals for your water heater installation no matter what (this is not the time to attempt “do-it-yourself” heroics), have the experts involved from the beginning to make sure that you have the ideal new system.

For excellent water heater installation in Plymouth Meeting, PA, “One Call Resolves It All” with the team at Resolve Rooter!

Water Heater Sizing

When it comes to a standard storage tank water heater—by far the most common type of water heater—you need to be concerned with both the volume of water and the amount of energy the system uses to heat the water.

A storage water heater keeps a ready supply of water inside a tank which receives steady heat, and the hot water is ready whenever you need it. The hot water supply will eventually run out before more can be heated up if the demand is higher than the amount of water stored in the tank. It’s important that you have a water heater large enough to meet your regular requirements for hot water without depleting the supply. Professionals will help you determine your hot water needs and then locate a storage tank system that will give you a sufficient volume of hot water so you will rarely need to worry about running out and ending up with a cold morning shower.

However, it’s vital that the water heater is not too large, since this is where energy waste will start to play a part. A water heater that is oversized and has far more hot water available than your household can use will become an enormous energy sinkhole in a home and raise your bills. The power required to keep a large tank of water heated and always ready will be tremendous, and it won’t do you any extra good because you will never need to use that much water. To avoid paying steep utility bills, you must have professionals pick out a water heater that is the perfect size to meet your hot water requirements without draining excess power.

Resolve Rooter has many years of experience installing water heaters and making our customers happy. For your next water heater installation in Plymouth Meeting, PA, give us a call.

Should I Have My Water Line Replaced?

November 4th, 2014

One of the vital parts of your home’s plumbing is the water line that carries water from the municipal supply to your taps and appliances. Without it, you wouldn’t have fresh water for cleaning, cooking, washing, or anything else.

The water line from the point where it leaves your house until it crosses the property line is your responsibility to maintain and repair. If the water line breaks, suffers major damage, or starts to corrode (a significant possibility if you have an older line made from steel or iron), you will to call plumber to see if the line needs repairs, or possibly a complete replacement.

If you require work for your water line or complete water line replacement in Easton, PA, call Resolve Rooter. We offer 24-hour emergency service and use the best in modern pipe replacement technology to do the job. One call resolves it all!

Signs of a water line that needs replacement

  • Low water pressure: A number of issues in plumbing can cause a drop in the water pressure throughout a home. Sometimes the problem originates with the utility company, so always check with your neighbors to see if they are also experiencing reduced water pressure issues. If the trouble is limited to your home, call for professional plumbers to investigate and see if you have a deteriorating water line that should be replaced.
  • Discolored water: This is a major warning that an older water line has developed heavy corrosion along it. A constant rusty-brown discoloration from the taps in your house usually indicates that the water line is beyond the point of repair and must be replaced.
  • Wet spots and water pools on the yard: When you notice damp spots on your lawn or garden that don’t come from sprinklers or rain, the issue could be large breaks across the water line. Also pay attention to water seeping up through cracks and gaps in the pavement. Call plumbers right away to fix the line or possibly replace it.

Go with trenchless technology for your water line replacement

Replacing a water line is a major undertaking. The standard method involves ripping open trenches across the yard with digging equipment to access the pipe. This job can take around three days to complete. However, you have a better option for water line replacement in Easton, PA: trenchless “no dig” technology from the team at Resolve Rooter. Trenchless line replacement takes only a few hours and will leave your property almost untouched.

If you detect any of the above signs of a bad water line, and it turns out you do need to have it replaced, contact us and we will take care of the job fast and right using trenchless technology.

Benefits of Grease Trap Installation

November 3rd, 2014

Whether in a commercial kitchen or a residential kitchen, grease is a major enemy of drains. You can take steps to prevent grease, fats, and oils from going down your drains (you should always pour any excess from cooking into a separate receptacle for the trash), but you will still have some amount swirl down into the drainpipes, and can make serious problems for your plumbing in the future.

We can handle putting in small, basic grease traps for residential kitchens, as well as larger ones for commercial establishments like restaurants and cafeterias. You can count on us for all the services you need for grease traps to keep your kitchen plumbing in excellent shape.

Why have a grease trap installed?

A grease trap is a device that is usually located along a drainpipe. Using baffles, it stops liquid grease, fats, and oil inside and lets these heavier materials float to the bottom of the trap, preventing them from going further into the plumbing.

Grease traps are immensely helpful at preventing clogging inside kitchen plumbing. Liquid fat, grease, and oil may look innocuous, but when these materials cool down they change into waxy and thick solids that cling to the sides of drainpipes, lowering the water volume and making it much easier for slow drains and full clogs to occur. If you are experiencing numerous issues with kitchen clogs, you should investigate installing a grease trap to help alleviate the trouble.

Another problem that grease traps help solve is high water pressure. As build-up from grease forms on the inside of a drainpipe, it reduces the volume for the water, creating high water pressure that is bad for the plumbing and can lead to leaks springing up at connectors.

If you have a commercial kitchen, a grease trap is almost essential. The volume of fats, oils, and grease going down the drains is high enough that you need this precaution to keep the plumbing clear. There are also health code issues about what can go into the municipal sewer system, and a grease trap may be necessary for your business to stay up to code.

Service for grease traps in Scranton, PA

Grease trap installation requires trained plumbers, and you’ll find the right plumbing team for the job at Resolve Rooter. We also offer the important maintenance services you will need to keep your grease traps clean. Call us today to schedule service.

If grease, fat, and oil are causing troubles for your drains, leading to clogs and high water pressure, you should look into grease traps in Scranton, PA from the installers at Resolve Rooter.

How Video Pipe Inspection Helps with Sewer Line Issues

October 28th, 2014

Among the repair problems that a residential plumbing system might face, issues with the sewer line are one of the most urgent and difficult to fix. When a sewer lines starts to leak, develop clogging, or suffers from tree root infestation, it can result in damage to a home’s basement and foundations as well unhygienic and unpleasant conditions on the yard. Repair work needs to be done immediately, and it also needs to be done correctly. It is vital that you call on experienced professionals with the best equipment available to handle sewer line problems whenever they occur.

Video pipe inspection in Quakertown, PA

One of the key tools that our plumbers use during sewer line repair is video pipe inspection equipment. These devices are possible thanks to miniaturization and fiber-optic technology, and they allow plumbers an inside view of underground pipes that was never possible before.

A video pipe inspection kit consists of a long fiber-optic cable with a miniaturized digital camera and LED-light mounted on one end, and a connection to a video monitor on the other. The technician feeds the camera end down into a drain; the cable length allows the plumber to send the camera down the entire length of the sewer line, from the house to where the pipeline enters the municipal system. The camera sends back an image of the pipe interior to the monitor.

The data from the camera gives plumbers information about what problems are afflicting the sewer line, most of which they would otherwise not know. For example, video inspection can reveal if root infiltration is the cause of a blocked pipe, where the roots are entering the pipe, and how bad the infiltration is. Using this data, plumbers can plan how to deal with the roots in the most efficient way possible: rapid repairs that will require the least amount of intrusive digging or unnecessary replacement work. Video pipe inspections will also identify where corrosion is occurring and will assist plumbers with determining if a pipe replacement is necessary, or if smaller repairs can take care of the issue.

When you call on a plumbing contractor who uses video pipe inspection in Quakertown, PA, to look into your sewer line troubles, you will receive a fast and accurate solution to the problem, whatever it may be. Turn to plumbers with experience and technology on their side: Resolve Rooter.

Resolve Rooter has more than a decade of experience delivering homes with skilled sewer line repair and replacement work. Contact us today to set up an appointment. 

Why Schedule Electrical Conduit Installation

October 27th, 2014

At Resolve Rooter, we specialize in providing trenchless technology for homes. Trenchless “no dig” technology allows us to replace and repair underground water mains and sewer lines quickly, without tearing open lawns and gardens using large equipment.

But trenchless technology is not only used to handle underground pipes. There are multiple uses for it, and one of them is laying electrical conduits that run from a house’s central electrical system out to other buildings, such as tool sheds, barns, and greenhouses. As with laying outdoor pipes, this work normally require intensive labor and digging large trenches. But with our team and their expertise with trenchless technology, you can have electrical conduits for all the needs on your property done fast and with almost mess. Call us today to ask about our services for electrical conduit installation in Watchung, NJ and the surrounding areas.

The benefits of electrical conduit installation

There are some excellent reasons why you should consider trenchless installation of electrical conduits. Here are a few of them:

  • Safety: Trying to lay electrical cables from a home to an outbuilding above the ground, such as running the lines from support posts, is potentially dangerous. Exposed cables present hazards from high voltages shocks, and the situation can become serious in stormy weather conditions.
  • Reliability: Electrical conduits in the ground are less likely to break or suffer damage from moisture. You should have a steady supply of electricity wherever you need it, without any sudden surprises.
  • Flexibility: With an underground conduit, you can run the electrical power straight out to any outbuilding you need, without needing to run wires around other structures and topographic features, or rigging them on an awkward series of posts.

Call us for electrical conduit installation

If you have barns, toolsheds, and other structures around your home, you shouldn’t have to rely on flashlights, generators, or other power supplies to give you the light necessary to use the buildings at night. It’s far more efficient to have these buildings linked into your home’s reliable electrical power system—and the most efficient and effective way to do this is to hire trenchless technology specialists like the team at Resolve Rooter to handle installing underground electrical conduits.

Resolve Rooter can not only handle your electrical conduit installation in Watchung, NJ, we can also create a custom design for the power needs on your property. Call us today to learn more.