Protect Your Property from Flood Damage

Sump pumps remove unwanted water from homes and commercial buildings by flushing water before it floods a basement or crawl space. Electric pumps are placed in the lowest portion of a building, typically in a pit or well where ground and rain water is diverted, where a float valve causes the sump pump to activate and flush out the water. Many areas of Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia are affected by storms, seasonal flooding or high water tables and require sump pumps to protect lower levels of buildings and their contents from water damage.

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Sump pumps need to be tested occasionally, especially in areas where they function only periodically in flooding or high water situations. If your sump pump is not functioning, water will back up and flood your basement or lower level. You can test your sump pump simply by pouring a 5 gallon bucket of water into the pit or well and checking to see that the pump activates and the water is pumped outside.

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In areas of high water tables or frequent flooding, where electricity is likely to go out during flooding events, electric sump pumps often have battery or municipal water pressure back-up units. During big storms, dirt, debris, gravel and other foreign matter can clog your sump pump and prevent it from functioning and protecting your property. Jiffy Plumbing and Heating sump pump experts can provide free estimates on the best back-up sump pump for your location.

Save Money on Energy Bills with a Tankless Hot Water Heater

Available in both electric and gas models, tankless water heaters offer the advantage of heating water directly because they don’t utilize a storage tank. While the initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, tankless water heaters will typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which offset the higher purchase price. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years.

When the hot water tap is turned on, cold water runs into the tankless water heater unit and the water is immediately heated. The result is a constant flow of hot water with no worries about emptying your hot water heater tank and running out of hot water. Because a large tank of water is not constantly kept heated, tankless water heaters typically deliver savings on gas and electric bills. ENERGY STAR® estimates that that in a year a typical family can save $100 or more using an ENERGY STAR® qualified tankless water heater. Energy companies in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area, in additional to the Federal Government, may offer rebates with the installation of these systems.

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