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Frozen Pipes Burst: Why It Happens and How to Avoid It.

January 12th, 2012

Frozen Pipes BurstNo homeowner ever wants to discover a water pipe that has burst within their home. Broken or busted pipes cause leaking water that in many cases will do significant damage to the surrounding area effecting a home and most of the plumbing within it.

The reason that many water pipes burst is due to both the weather and the tempurature. Water expands as it freezes and if this expansion occurs in a closed environment, such as a water pipe, there could be substantial pressure placed on the inner walls of the pipe material. Whether the pipes are made out of copper, iron, lead, or CPVC plastic, it does not matter. Even if a pipe is strong enough to handle the occasional stress of frozen water, the cumulative effect can weaken the structural integrity of the pipe and eventually, it will burst as the pipe thaws.

Good news for homeowners is that most pipes are protected from bursting because they are either covered with insulation or are located in places that very rarely reach the freezing tempurature of water. However, there may be sections of pipe that are often exposed to freezing tempuratures or have issues because of insulation failure. The frozen water within the pipes causes blockage, which combined with water pressure and backup, can cause weakened pipes to burst without warning.

We, as professionals here at John C. Flood, highly recommend that you keep water flowing through pipes during cold weather (leave a trickle of water flowing through home faucets during a cold weather event). Also, if you have been having issues with this already, it can prove necessary to shut off your main water supply immediately to minimize any future damage.

Upon discovery of a burst water pipe, please call As Soon As Possible to find the leak and repair the damage.

Some precautionary measures you can take are:

  • Turn off outside faucets. Disconnect the hose. If you are going to be away for the winter, turn off the water from inside your house and drain the pipe.
  • Never completely shut off the heat when you are away. If you are planning to leave your home for an extended period of time and you don’t drain your pipes, lower the thermostat, but never shut it off. The lack of heat can freeze the pipes in the walls and basement. Freezing bursts the pipes and, when the house warms up, the thawing water will cause flooding and significant damage.
  • Patch any cracks and holes in doors, windows, and walls near pipes. When the temperature drops to near zero, a high wind blowing through a small opening can freeze a nearby pipe, even though the temperature in the room is 70°F.
  • Insulate water meters, pipes, and faucets in unheated areas. Wrap pipes with pipe-insulating material, which is available at hardware stores.

Booking your heating system inspections

January 4th, 2012

heating system inspectionsHappy New Year to everyone from John C Flood. Just wanted to drop a note reminding everyone to book your heating system inspections as the cold weather starts to settle in the Metro DC area. It’s pretty typical during the unusually warm weather we have been having to assume all is well with your heating system…until the biting cold sets in. It’s better to have your heating system inspected when you are not using it as much rather than turning it up on the cold days and nights and it not work. Not a good time to discover your heating system doesn’t work or is not working properly.

On the cold stretches we tend to get slammed with calls for heating system repairs and replacements so your wait times will be longer. This coming weekend temperatures are supposed to get back up to the 50′s so it’s a great time to plan your inspections. We have technicians ready to come out to you and make sure your system is working properly. Call today to schedule your appointment – you’ll be glad you did

The tale of the two John C. Flood’s and the pending chasm

November 29th, 2011

John C FloodThere are in fact two plumbing/HVAC companies operating under the name John C. Flood within the Metro DC area. Same name offering the same services, but very different views on customer service. We wanted to let all our previous and current customers know that we work hard to earn your business, and more importantly, your repeat business. We are John C. Flood Inc. (Dba John C. Flood of VA Inc.) with our main office located in Alexandria, Virginia.

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John C. Flood Signs Endorsement Deal With LaVar Arrington

November 18th, 2011

John C. Flood is proud to announce it has signed an endorsement deal with former 3-time Pro Bowl Redskins linebacker Lavar Arrington. LaVar has always been one of the most vocal players in the NFL and he’s not going to stop now. He’s on the other side of the mic, giving D.C. sports fans the real deal behind what happens on and off the field. Arrington is no stranger to broadcasting; he was part of the 2007 and 2008 NFL Season regular line-up on Comcast SportsNet. Read more…

John C. Flood advertising launches ad campaign on mobile only network

July 19th, 2011

John C. Flood of VA Inc. has launched a mobile-only advertising campaign through the xAD Network on July 18, 2011. This program will pass along mobile-friendly ads through the largest portfolio of local mobile directory search, navigation, 411 sites and services. Read more…

Polybutylene “Big Blue” Pipe Replacement

June 23rd, 2011

Polybutylene was once thought to be revolutionary within the plumbing industry in the United States.  This specific form of plastic was implemented in high volume for plumbing pipes and fixtures from the mid 70’s through the mid 90’s.  These plumbing pipe systems were installed in millions of homes before Polybutylene Pipes were discovered to be highly defective. Read more…

How to clean your central air conditioner drain tube

May 11th, 2011

Any home that has a central air conditioner unit installed has a condensate drain line.  Air conditioning units produce one natural by-product, Water!  The warmer air from your home, meets the colder surface of the evaporator coil and naturally, condensation occurs.  The water from your AC unit runs down the sides of the coil and collects inside the condensate pan, eventually reaching the condensate drain and flowing off to the drain method your installer chose during installation.  If the drain line becomes clogged, there is no place for the excess water to go. This leaves your home opened to water damage.   Read more…

Spring equals pollen, a whole-house air purification system equals relief

April 20th, 2011

Spring time is here and in full swing and for many people that means increased pollen and subsequently allergies.  We love plants, or we should, because they provide nutrition and convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into Oxygen.  Not only do flowers and plants provide beauty, as well as a hobby for many they also must pollinate.  And it is this pollination that not only allows for plants and flowers to multiply they also wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. Read more…

John C Flood Plumbing Heating Service

March 30th, 2011

After the onslaught that Mother Nature has brought to the area this winter you can be comfortable in knowing that John C. Flood is ready to assist you with all of your home energy, plumbing and electrical repair needs. We offer home heating and repair services and have a fleet of trucks that are radio dispatched ready to go when the need arises day or night. Read more…

Hug a plumber on World Plumbing Day

March 11th, 2011

Today is hug a plumber on World Plumbing Day.

John C. Flood of VA, Inc. has been serving the plumbing needs for the Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland areas for a long time. Read more…

Refer a Friend to John C. Flood – Get a $50 Gift Card

February 23rd, 2011

We value our repeat customers and therefore we want to reward them with a $50 American Express Gift Card for referring a friend.

John C. Flood has been around for over 100 years and it’s the quality of our work and how we treat our customers that keep them coming back for years. Our customers know we offer great service at a competitive price for all their plumbing, heating, air conditioning, & electrical services. We do it all!

Check out our Customer Referral Program and let your friends know about John C. Flood. We will give you a $50 Gift Card and $25 off your friends first service call.

It’s our way of saying thanks to all our repeat customers over the years.

Health and Air Quality – Improve with an Air Purification System

February 17th, 2011

Complete home comfort is about more than just temperature—it’s also about maintaining a healthy home environment with quality indoor air. Dusty, dirty homes at any temperature can mean discomfort. The air in today’s tightly-sealed, well-insulated homes can become stale as the same indoor air is circulated and re-circulated. In fact, indoor air quality is among the Environmental Protection Agency’s top 3 health concerns. The agency reports that with dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, skin flakes, chemical fumes, and cigarette smoke and more, the air inside your home can be 2-5 times dirtier than the air outside. Read more…

Frozen pipes? Tips and Tricks on How to Avoid

January 12th, 2011

The blistering winter cold can wreak havoc in many ways during the winter season. Frozen pipes in your home and the potential they may burst is one of the more damaging and costly. There are some measures and pre-cautions you can take to eliminate or greatly reduce the potential for pipes to freeze and burst. The following are measures and tricks you can implement and put into place to avoid this potentially disastrous and costly repair: Read more…

Standby Generators – Powering The Powerless

August 18th, 2010

Just a few years ago, the thought of owning an emergency standby generator seemed like an unnecessary waste of a considerable amount of money for the minimal amount of time you will be without power. Read more…

Energy Efficient Air Conditioner Terms

August 9th, 2010

At John C. Flood we often get asked what certain HVAC industry terms mean, so below we offer some common questions along with answers to help you better understand HVAC terms. Read more…