PDM’s Preventive Maintenance Tips

Preventive Maintenance

Emergency response is overrated compared to emergency avoidance. Maintenance works!

Dirt is the #1 cause of higher utility bills and repairs. Putting off maintenance is inviting an inevitable emergency, and a more expensive, frantic outcome! Since everything wears out, emergency repairs are going to occur unless you’re willing to avoid them with preventive maintenance.

PDM specialists can inspect and evaluate your systems, advise of any maintenance or repairs needed, and provide the optimum settings needed for safe, efficient operations, all of which can help you avoid any unwanted breakdowns this winter and help lower your operating costs.

PDM maintenance service works to remove worry, lower your blood pressure and operating costs. Let the PDM Clean Team check for hidden plumbing and HVAC maintenance problems before a breakdown occurs. Every connection matters. Learn about our Health & Safety Maintenance Plan.

Did You Know?

90% of breakdowns are due to poor maintenance.

Your furnace and air conditioning can start 70 times a day to keep you comfortable. Dirt can raise energy cost 10-30%, increase breakdows by 70-75% and add 5-20% to repair costs.

And if it’s been years since your last check-up, you can be sure the accumulated dirt and neglect are impairing your unit’s efficiency and putting you at risk of an uncomfortable breakdown.

Order a complete HVAC or plumbing physical check-up. Ask about PDM’s no breakdown guarantee.

Home insurance typically does not cover flood damage.

Stop periodic water problems, prevent the spread of mold with a new sump pump.

If everything in your basement was ruined in a flood tomorrow, could you afford to replace it all?

Water generally seeps into the basement because water pressure was building up around your foundation. Water naturally seeks the path of least resistance and enters through cracks in your walls or floors. And if it stays wet you may see unhealthy black mold growing. Our job is to design a way to collect water seeping from the walls, or floor drain, through a series of pipes that empty into a sump pit. The sump pit is placed at the lowest point in the basement. A sump pump then expels the water and keeps your basement dry.

A 2nd option is to replace drain tiles outside the foundation. Check your insurance policy before a problem arises and learn what disasters are not covered by insuranceCall PDM for free flooding advice.

Water Problem

Critical Home Plumbing Maintenance Tasks

Check for Leaks

  • Why it matters: Water does more damage to houses than anything else, since persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.
  • What you need to do: Inside, keep your eyes open for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips. At least once a year, inspect the roof. If you find leaks, fix them immediately. Otherwise, call in a plumber.
  • Maintenance cost: Negligible for a simple fix, such as a new washer. However, a roof repair, could cost a few hundred dollars to $1,000
  • Worst case if you put it off: Drips ruin the cabinet under the kitchen sink, and run down into the floor sheathing and joists underneath, so you need a structural repair, plus new cabinets and new kitchen flooring. Or the roof rots, so you need a new roof and repairs to rooms directly beneath.

Test Your Sump Pump & Backup Pump

  • Why it matters: The middle of a storm isn’t the time to discover your basement sump pump is clogged, nor is it the time to begin planning for a backup pump. You need them ready before the water arrives.
  • What you need to do: Fill the sump pump pit with water and make sure the pump switches on and sends water out the discharge line. If you have a backup pump, repeat the test, but unplug the main pump first. If the backup pump runs on batteries check water level a few times a year. Batteries can last 3 to 5 years.. If you don’t have a backup pump and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.
  • Maintenance will tell you the condition of your pump system.
  • Worst case if you put it off: The pump or pumps don’t work when you need them and your basement floods, damaging everything. Remember if your furnace or water heater are flooded, get them inspected! They can be dangerous to operate!

Does your air filter look like a furry cat?

Dirty air filter can restrict air flow by 60 percent and cause costly breakdowns. Make replacing filters a habit and stay more comfortable.

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