Storm Drain Cleaning

As a homeowner storm drain cleaning is a very important task. In order to be able to drain properly, storm drains need to be free of debris. Your home and street could be flooded if your storm drain is not working properly.

Flooding can cause permanent water damage to your home if it is severe enough. It is not good to have water leak through to your foundation.  The water can affect your dry walls and cause mold and mildew to form in your home.

If you do not regularly clean your drain a flood might ruin the landscape of your home. This could cause more problems if you have a garden because it can erode the soil.

storm_drainStorm drains in most neighborhoods channel water to a water source nearby. In most cases this body of water is a lake or a river. These water sources can be used to provide water to the surrounding neighborhood. You should know that some localities will issue you a fine if you do not keep the storm drains in front of your home clean to prevent them from causing flooding.

It is not good for debris to back up and potentially contaminate this water.  It is also important that you never allow toxic substances or chemicals into these storm drains. Help to prevent this by taking extra precautions when painting your house or washing your car with these chemicals.

The water in your storm drain may carry organic waste.  As the wastes break down over time, these wastes will produce unpleasant smells. No one wants to come home to that.

It is best for you to hire a professional from Rooter-Man for storm drain cleaning purposes.  We can use advanced equipment to make sure that your storm drain is clear. If your drain is clogged we can use the equipment to get rid of the problem quickly. This is not the type of job you want to perform on your own.

Now you know everything you need to know about storm drain cleaning.  Make sure you keep it free from debris so that it does not clog up and cause flooding.  If it does, the structure of your home may be damaged, and the landscaping will almost certainly be affected.  Make sure you never pour chemicals down these drains either since they typically lead to nearby bodies of water that are used as a water source.

To schedule a storm drain cleaning call Rooter-Man at (843) 766-3311. Our dispatchers will help set up an appointment with one of our reliable plumbing technicians to help protect your property from flooding. Remember that once your house is flooded it is too late to try and fix the problem and hurricane season is here!

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ROOTER-MAN TECHNICIAN CERTIFIED

What’s New in the Company: Education

Charleston, South Carolina, August 6, 2015– Recently Rooter-Man’s Jason Spurzem has become certified in Cross Connection Control. He completed his course with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Backflow Prevention helps to preserve the public’s drinking water from being contaminated by spotting and eliminating cross connections. To become certified Spurzem had to take a three day course on how to address and or get rid of cross connections.

What’s New in the Company: Education

Charleston, South Carolina, August 6, 2015– Recently Rooter-Man’s Jason Spurzem has become certified in Cross Connection Control. He completed his course with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Backflow Prevention helps to preserve the public’s drinking water from being contaminated by spotting and eliminating cross connections. To become certified Spurzem had to take a three day course on how to address and or get rid of cross connections.

By law backflow preventors must be tested annually by a certified backflow tester.

“Spurzem makes two; he is the second Rooter-Man plumbing technician to recently become backflow certified. Spurzem came to us with irrigation and backflow experience. He has been in our apprentice program. Part of his training was to complete his backflow certification. He is now certified to test backflows in the tri-county area,” says Nelson Huggins of Rooter-Man Plumbing.

Rooter-Man can now provide more services to the families of the greater Charleston area dealing with the testing and prevention of backflow because of Spurzem’s continuing education. This means that we can provide a peace of mind that families are drinking safe water.

About Rooter-Man: Rooter-Man has been in business for over 40 years and has over 480 locations throughout the United States as well as Canada. Nelson Huggins opened Rooter-Man in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006 and has been providing reliable drain cleaning and plumbing service to the greater Charleston area since then. Current employees include two dispatchers, five plumbing technicians, and parts manager.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nelson Huggins at 843-766-3311 or email at dispatch@rootermansc.com.

By law backflow preventors must be tested annually by a certified backflow tester.

What’s New in the Company: Education

Charleston, South Carolina, August 6, 2015– Recently Rooter-Man’s Jason Spurzem has become certified in Cross Connection Control. He completed his course with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Backflow Prevention helps to preserve the public’s drinking water from being contaminated by spotting and eliminating cross connections. To become certified Spurzem had to take a three day course on how to address and or get rid of cross connections.

By law backflow preventors must be tested annually by a certified backflow tester.

“Spurzem makes two; he is the second Rooter-Man plumbing technician to recently become backflow certified. Spurzem came to us with irrigation and backflow experience. He has been in our apprentice program. Part of his training was to complete his backflow certification. He is now certified to test backflows in the tri-county area,” says Nelson Huggins of Rooter-Man Plumbing.

Rooter-Man can now provide more services to the families of the greater Charleston area dealing with the testing and prevention of backflow because of Spurzem’s continuing education. This means that we can provide a peace of mind that families are drinking safe water.

About Rooter-Man: Rooter-Man has been in business for over 40 years and has over 480 locations throughout the United States as well as Canada. Nelson Huggins opened Rooter-Man in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006 and has been providing reliable drain cleaning and plumbing service to the greater Charleston area since then. Current employees include two dispatchers, five plumbing technicians, and parts manager.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nelson Huggins at 843-766-3311 or email at dispatch@rootermansc.com.

“Spurzem makes two; he is the second Rooter-Man plumbing technician to recently become backflow certified. Spurzem came to us with irrigation and backflow experience. He has been in our apprentice program. Part of his training was to complete his backflow certification. He is now certified to test backflows in the tri-county area,” says Nelson Huggins of Rooter-Man Plumbing.

Rooter-Man can now provide more services to the families of the greater Charleston area dealing with the testing and prevention of backflow because of Spurzem’s continuing education. This means that we can provide a peace of mind that families are drinking safe water.

About Rooter-Man: Rooter-Man has been in business for over 40 years and has over 480 locations throughout the United States as well as Canada. Nelson Huggins opened Rooter-Man in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006 and has been providing reliable drain cleaning and plumbing service to the greater Charleston area since then. Current employees include two dispatchers, five plumbing technicians, and parts manager.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nelson Huggins at 843-766-3311 or email at dispatch@rootermansc.com.

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PAPERLESS PLUMBER

What’s New in the Company: Paperless

Charleston, South Carolina, August 12, 2015– Rooter-Man is going paperless! No not in the bathroom- but in the office! Recently the owner of Rooter-Man Charleston decided to move away from print. Allowing the Rooter-Man team to pull up job history at any time from anywhere there is internet access. Now the dispatchers will not be required to dig through nine years of information in file cabinets resulting in saved time for on site technicians and customers. The process will help the company become more efficient because the team will now have access to job history at the push of a button.

Owner, Nelson Huggins said, “We hope to accomplish several things: become a greener plumbing company, create more space in the office, and streamline the ability to access important job information. There are many times we get a call late at night or on a holiday when the office is closed. Access to previous job information in a cloud allows the plumber on site access to important information that may help him provide a faster service for our customer.”

The company has purchased a scanner to help to speed up the transition to a paperless office. The scanner can scan up to 50 pages at a time. The company will scan the old hand written invoices.  Once complete, Rooter- Man’s next move will be to create paperless invoices on site.  This will help the company to eliminate spelling errors (who said plumbers can’t spell?),  bad handwriting and instantly email invoices to off-site customers with pictures attached.

About Rooter-Man: Rooter-Man has been in business for over 40 years and has over 480 locations throughout the United States as well as Canada. Nelson Huggins opened Rooter-Man in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006 and has been providing reliable drain cleaning and plumbing service to the greater Charleston area since then. Current employees include two dispatchers, five plumbing technicians, and parts manager.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nelson Huggins at 843-766-3311 or email at dispatch@rootermansc.com.

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ROOTER-MAN MODIFIES TRUCK LETTERING

Charleston, South Carolina, July 24, 2015– Rooter-Man Plumbing in Charleston has recently added a new service truck with a modified truck wrap. The new service truck symbolizes another step forward for the company.

Owner, Nelson Huggins said,  “Having your logo on the truck is one way to advertise. This modified truck wrap allowed us to dress up an older truck. The truck is mechanically sound. It just did not look good enough to put back on the road to run service. We decided to wrap it instead of buying a new vehicle. Decisions like this help us keep our plumbing prices affordable for our customers.”

With the addition of new trucks to the company Rooter-Man will be able to handle more service calls per day meaning the company can help save customers time and be available for same day plumbing service. The new truck wrap, designed and created by Charleston Sign and Banner, shows that Rooter-Man is continuing to grow and develop into the twenty first century.

About Rooter-Man: Rooter-Man has been in business for over 40 years and has over 480 locations throughout the United States as well as Canada. Nelson Huggins opened Rooter-Man in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006 and has been providing reliable drain cleaning and plumbing service to the greater Charleston area since then. Current employees include two dispatchers, five plumbing technicians, and parts manager.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nelson Huggins at 843-766-3311 or email at dispatch@rootermansc.com.

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July 22, 2015

Rooter-Man Opens Plumbing Parts Department

What’s New in the Company

Charleston, South Carolina, July 22, 2015– Rooter-Man Plumbing has always stocked their plumbing trucks with  minimum plumbing parts necessary to service their customers. Recently Rooter-Man Plumbing of Charleston hired Web Bundt to help build up the company’s parts department in effort to save time, fuel and money. The addition of Web as the Parts Manager will enable Rooter-Man to provide faster more efficient re-stocking and service for their common Moen, American Standard, Delta, Toto, Kohler, Zurn, Sloan, and disposer parts, resulting in savings to their customers.

Nelson Huggins, President of Rooter-Man of Charleston, said, “ We are excited with our current growth. It is time to expand our support for our plumbers in the field. The plan is to keep our plumbers out of the supply house and streamline the service time on each job. Ultimately we want to provide a better service, and save money so we can keep our plumbing repair prices affordable.”

This new department will save the customers time and money as there will be fewer trips made to get the plumbing supplies needed to complete jobs allowing the company to perform more service calls each day.

About Rooter-Man: Rooter-Man has been in business for over 40 years and has over 480 locations throughout the United States as well as Canada. Nelson Huggins opened Rooter-Man in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006 and has been providing reliable drain cleaning and plumbing service to the greater Charleston area since then. Current employees include two dispatchers, five plumbing technicians, and the new parts manager.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nelson Huggins at 843-766-3311 or email at dispatch@rootermansc.com.

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Preventing Plumbing Emergencies

prevent plumbingPlumbing emergencies never happen at a good time. Just this morning I realized that I had no hot water and today was not a good day for an emergency plumbing repair. Here are a few tips to help you prevent an emergency plumbing call and save money too.

Keep an eye out for trouble. When it comes to plumbing, little leaks don’t fix themselves. The only get bigger and can lead to emergency leaks and property damage. Here are some things to look for and repair when noticed: Leaking faucets, damp cabinets, rocking toilets or dripping refrigerators all signal problems that need prompt attention.

Repair problems early. Again a  leaking faucet won’t fix itself; the moisture it releases puts wear on sink fixtures and can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Make repairs fast to keep the household clean and dry.

Know where to go when trouble happens. Should plumbing fail, will you know how to shut the water off? Know where the main shut-off valve for the home water supply is located, test it occasionally so you know how to use it and that it works. There’s nothing like the frustration of a misplaced shut-off key when water’s pouring down the stairs from a broken pipe. Make sure everyone living in the home knows how to shut the water off too. Knowing how to shut the water off can save you the expense of calling a 24 hour plumbing service out in the middle of the night.

Shutting off appliances. You and everyone in your home should  know how to shut off water to sinks, toilets, washing machines and water-using appliances. These valves should also be tested on a regular basis to assure that they are functioning properly. Knowing this will save the day and a lot of wet cleanup.

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Don’t Flush

D7CEB14DWe are in the business of unclogging pipes. Much of the clogs we find can be prevented. There is a list of items that should never be flushed especially if you are living in an older home with cast iron pipes.

Here is a list of some non flushable items: paper towels, baby wipes (even if they say flushable), rags, sanitary products, disposable toilet brushes, anything plastic, dental floss, dental picks, cooking oil, fats, grease, cat litter, and aquarium gravel.

This short list is an example for a few things that always seem to cause problems. Please note that even if some of the above items say that they are flushable, it is best to put them in the trash can.

Sometimes you make think the item flushed with no problem but is gets stuck and collects paper and waste over time creating a clog that only a professional and remove.

Some items can not only clog a line but they can harm the environment. These are items like oil, grease and medications. these items can contaminate the water in the treatment plant.  For more information on how to safely dispose of medications you can visit www.fda.gov.

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TAP WATER PROVIDES FIRE PROTECTION

Did you know that the same pipes that carry water to your home and business also provides water for the city’s fire departments.

The city’s infrastructure is designed to provide enough to provide enough water at a moment’s notice in case of a fire emergency.

Charleston Water systems owns and operates more that 9000 fire hydrants in our service area.

That is a lot of hydrants to maintain.

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Time to Replace That Old Water Heater!

charleston-sc-water-heater-568x1024Have you been putting off the replacement of that old water heater? If so, you need to know at after April 15th, 2015 it will cost you much more to replace many models. In some cases this will be hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars.
Why? After that date, water heater manufacturers will be required by the US government to modify the design of many water heater models. The new designs will be more expensive, and in many cases they will not fit in the same space as older heaters. That means, quite often, future water heater replacements will actually require significant re-piping of water and or gas lines or even remodeling just to get the new heater to fit.
If you think your water heater may need replacing within the next few years, you might be wise to tackle the job within the next few months.
If you need help or just have questions, feel free to call us.
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Water Leak Detection Procedures Charleston SC

Did you step inside of your Charleston SC house or basement and smell foul, moldy smell? Have you noticed some parts of the house showing signs of damages? These signs may not seem serious, but your house may have leaking pipes, which will require you to hire water leak detection expert such as Rooter-Man to find the problem and fix it immediately.

Pipes leaking continuously means impending damages inside your house. Although these pipes are hidden, an expert Rooter-Man plumber can detect the issue with the following procedures:

  • Initial Inspection- Initial inspection refers to the very first assessment conducted by our plumbers. We will look around your Charleston SC house and see any potential signs of leaking pipes. Examples of these are areas with a strong concentration of moldy odor and severely water-damaged walls or wood panels. Seeing these sites give our experts an idea where to start checking up for leakages. Chances are these sites have problematic pipes behind them that require immediate attention and repair.
  • Second Level Inspection- The second level of water leak detection refers to tearing down some parts to prove the presence of leakage or not. Of course, property owners would not want plumbers to tear down the house. Hence, these professionals will only concentrate on sites like wooden walls that can be removed easily to see these damages. They can bring them back again in case the area is not the leakage site.
  • Video Camera Inspection- This technology gives way to deeper inspections using cameras and sensors. Video cameras are equipped with several attachments that can detect various pipe damages that contribute to leaking like oxidation, obstructions, root invasions, and other damages. The system’s components can fit in small and hidden places and pinpoint the problem site accurately.

A non-invasive moldy smell may not a problem, but the problem brought by leaking pipes can be significant on your Charleston SC property. Consult a Rooter-Man water leak detection expert today and let these procedures save your home and your family from damaged and leaking pipes.

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