Preparing for the 2018 South Florida Rainy Season

Date February 19, 2018

South Florida Storm DrainsThe South Florida rainy season, which typically begins in mid-May and lasts through October, is only several months away and it’s time to start preparing for those frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms that are sure to come our way. If this year’s rainfall totals are anything like last year’s, it will be essential for all Florida homeowners to be extra-vigilant and prepared.

Gutters are an important, yet overlooked factor to a home. When there is rainfall, water that runs off a roof without properly installed gutters can lead to a whole host of problems. Gutters capture rainwater at the edge of a home’s roof and then connected downspouts direct water away from the structure. This can help prevent flooding, foundation problems, soil erosion, water stains and dry rot.

Be sure your gutters are thoroughly cleaned and free of debris. Also check for damage, cracks or decay.

In addition, drainage systems need to be properly located and inspected on or around a property. If your home is prone to standing water or flooding, installing or upgrading storm drains can further protect your property from water damage and costly repairs. It’s important to remember that even if you are not in a flood zone and don’t require mandatory flood insurance, your home is not automatically immune from damaging flood waters from heavy storms or tropical systems.

Kyle Plumbing is fully licensed and insured and serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. We provide a wide range of plumbing services, including sewer and drain cleaning, video line inspection, underground leak detection, re-piping, and leak repairs.

If you have any questions about any of the above topics or other related products and services, please call 954-425-0770 to speak with a company representative and we will be happy to discuss your needs.

The Kyle Plumbing Team

What Are Shower Pans and Why Are They Important?

Date February 8, 2018

Shower Pan RepairA shower pan is an important, yet often overlooked component within a home’s bathroom.  They are designed to create a waterproof barrier underneath the tile of a shower floor. Their main function is to catch water runoff and redirect it away from tile or grout and prevent mold, mildew and water damage.

However, over time, cracks and aging can deteriorate a shower pan, resulting in leaks and water damage.  Additionally, shower pans that are installed incorrectly (e.g. incorrect sloping) can also create issues.

SIGNS OF A SHOWER PAN PROBLEM

Unfortunately, an issue with a shower pan may not be evident until water damage is visible. There are multiple indicators that may point to a problem, of which include, but are not limited to:

  • Mold and Mildew Accumulation Near the Base of the Shower – If you notice an unusual accumulation of mold or mildew near the shower base, this could be a sign of a potential issue. Faulty shower pans can also create a significant buildup of moisture within adjacent areas, creating mold on nearby tiles and walls.
  • Loose Tiles – Loose tiles around the shower area or on the shower floor could indicate water infiltration underneath the tile and grout.
  • Shifting – If there is a sense the entire shower floor is shifting or unstable while moving around, this could be a sign of a problem with the pan’s overall structural integrity.

It’s extremely important for homeowners to recognize when there are potential problems and not to ignore them. Oftentimes, small problems with shower pans can grow into larger ones later, which end up costing homeowners much more in labor and repairs.

Kyle Plumbing specializes in shower pan installs, repairs and other related work. If you suspect there may be an issue within your home or if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call our office to speak with a company representative.

We service customers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and are available 24/7 for emergency service and repairs.

The Kyle Plumbing Team

2017/2018 Flu Season Continues to Worsen in Florida

Date January 25, 2018

Flu Virus 2018The heartbreaking news of a 12-year-old Palm Beach County resident passing away from the flu this week has been a sobering reminder of the seriousness of this year’s influenza season. Most of the United States, including Florida, is reaching epidemic levels and is expected to peak within the next several weeks.

Here are some tips that can lessen the chances of you or a loved one getting sick and also prevent the transmission to others:

Get a Flu Shot. The CDC recommends getting an annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with either the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended for the 2017-2018 flu season.
Wash Hands Often with Soap and Water. Proper hygiene is essential for avoiding the contraction and transmittal of the flu and other viruses and bacteria.
Clean and Disinfect Surfaces and Objects. The flu is capable of surviving on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. For this reason, it’s recommended that you frequently clean counter tops and other surfaces, particularly in the kitchen. Lysol wipes and other over-the-counter disinfectants are helpful in these areas.
Cover Your Cough. Cover your mouth with your shoulder/bicep region. Coughing in your hands is not advised and will only increase the chance of transmission to others.
If You’re Sick, Stay Home. A person becomes contagious about 24 to 72 hours after contracting the flu and remains that way for up to 5 days after the initial onset of symptoms (usually starting with a sore throat). It’s recommended that you
stay home from work or school until symptoms subside.
Avoid Hand Contact with Your Nose, Mouth and Eyes. Germs that are transferred to the hands by doorknobs and other surfaces are likely to enter the body if you rub your eyes, wipe your nose or place your fingers in or near your mouth. Be sure to keep your hands away from your face unless they have been thoroughly washed and cleaned.
Carry Around a Pocket-Sized Hand Sanitizer Bottle. Despite some concerns about the overuse of hand sanitizers and other anti-bacterial products, they are still very effective at killing germs. In fact, alcohol-based hand sanitizers kill most types of bacteria, viruses and fungi within a few seconds after contact.

In addition to using general common sense, these tips should greatly reduce your chances of getting sick this year.

Be well and stay safe!

The Kyle Plumbing Team

Away For the Holidays? Protect Your Home and Property

Date December 11, 2017

By Airman Dennis Spain [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Public Domain Photo

Christmas is two weeks away and many in South Florida will be traveling to see friends and family away from home. In fact, the number of those taking long distance trips (greater than 50 miles or more) will increase by 23 percent during the Christmas/New Year period, compared to the rest of the year.

Unfortunately, this is also a time when thieves target homes and police reports indicate theft and property crime rates always increase during the holiday season.

For this reason, it is important to safeguard your home and personal property by following some of the helpful tips below:

Don’t Make New Purchases Obvious. Placing boxes from expensive electronic manufacturers on your curb turns a home into a potential target for thieves. Break down your boxes, turn them inside out, and only bring them to the curb on the actual day of trash pickup.

Use Timers. Timed lights are a great deterrent from nighttime burglars. More often than not, thieves will canvass a home prior to striking, and if there is evidence of activity or someone inside, they will be much less likely to target that particular residence.

Notify Your Neighbors. Tell neighbors that you trust that you’ll be away for the holidays. Exchange numbers for emergencies and ask them to retrieve your mail and/or newspaper deliveries and ask them be on the lookout for unfamiliar vehicles or people in the neighborhood.

Close All Shades/Blinds. This will reduce the possibility of would-be thieves peeking into your home for valuables.

Other Important Recommendations for Holiday Travelers:

Take Photographs and/or Video of Valuables. This will make your homeowner/renters’ insurance claim process much easier in the event something happens.

Turn Off Your Water Supply. It’s a good idea to shut off the water supply to your home as a proactive measure in preventing leaks and/or catastrophic flooding while you are away. You can learn how to do that here.

Implementing the above tips will go a long way in ensuring you have peace-of-mind during your travels and will also help avoid any unwanted surprises when you return home.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Kyle Plumbing Team

Kyle Plumbing Continues to Make Customer Satisfaction a Top Priority

Date November 2, 2017

Boca Raton PlumbingSince our inception over 30 years ago, Kyle Plumbing has served countless residential, business and industrial customers throughout South Florida. The primary goal and the central theme of our mission statement is to provide superior service, quality work and 100% customer service satisfaction. Our company would not be where it is today without an emphasis on these three components.

For this reason, we want to tell you yet again how very important our customers are to us and to ensure they are 100% satisfied — from the initial phone call, all the way to the plumbing technician leaving the job site.

We encourage all prospective, current and/or past customers to keep an open line of communication with our team if there are ever any issues before, during and after the work is completed.

Customers can always contact our office toll free (1-888-405-0770) during normal business hours and speak to a company representative about any issues.

In addition, if you are a current customer and are satisfied with our company and our service, we would greatly appreciate you telling a family member, friend or co-worker about us.

Your feedback is so important to us and will be very beneficial in helping us provide the best possible service to all of our customers in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

The Kyle Plumbing Team

Why a Post-Hurricane Home Inspection is Important

Date September 29, 2017

Hurricane Home InspectionWith South Florida and the rest of the state still cleaning up from Hurricane Irma, many homeowners are still assessing the damage to their properties and businesses. For those who were fortunate enough to avoid any major damage, it’s still very important to carefully inspect your home to check for subtle issues that may otherwise get overlooked.

For homeowners who did sustain damage, they will most likely need to file a claim with their insurance company, who will in turn send an adjuster out to inspect the property.

However, if an insurance company is not involved, it is still a good idea to carefully inspect your home and even consider hiring a professional home inspector to come out to your property.

Some of the more common items to inspect include, but are not limited to:

1) Roof. Check for missing shingles/tiles from the outside, water stains from the inside and if possible, climb into the attic to assess potential structural issues and potential leaks.

2) Electrical System. If you lost power during the storm, it is a good idea to have a licensed electrician thoroughly inspect your home’s electrical system to ensure there are no problems. Flickering power and electrical surges during the storm may have caused subtle, yet serious damage.

3) Plumbing. Consider a camera line inspection to ensure the integrity of your home’s pipes and septic/sewer system. Flying debris may have compromised above-ground pipes and uprooted trees may have damaged underground pipes. In addition, flooding in or around drain field areas can cause potential problems for those who have septic tank systems.

4) Air Conditioning System. Power surges can also cause problems to a home’s A/C capacitor and condenser fan. Be sure to have your air condition system checked for these and other issues.

Time is of the essence when dealing with any post-hurricane inspection. Make sure to take photos of any suspected damage and document as much as possible for both your own records and for your insurance company.

If you would like to learn more about our plumbing inspection services, feel free to call our office at 1-888-405-0770 to schedule a service call with one of our experienced plumbing technicians.

We service customers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The Kyle Plumbing Team

Overlooking Septic Tanks Can Be Costly For Homeowners

Date August 1, 2017

Septic Tank Repair Broward

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If you live in a rural area or in an older home in South Florida, there’s a possibility your property runs on a septic tank system. While the majority of homes are now on sewer hookups, there are still a significant amount of homes that still use septic tanks.

Unlike sewer systems (which flow waste out to the street and eventually to local treatment facilities), septic tanks are buried in yards and can only hold a finite amount of content before problems begin to occur.

For this reason, septic tanks require servicing about every three years, which includes proper draining (pumping) to maintain optimal performance.

The buildup of sludge at the bottom of tanks can be the biggest danger to systems and the use of flushable bacteria products will only take a homeowner so far. Eventually, the system will need to be serviced by a licensed professional.

Septic tanks are one of the most overlooked components to a home and leaving them unchecked for an extended period of time can lead to messy and expensive repairs down the road. The cost of pumping a septic system is nominal compared to the 5-figure repairs that can incur when a tank or drain field fails.

If you are unsure whether your home runs on a septic tank or sewer system, the quickest way to find out is to review your most recent water bill. If there’s an additional charge for “Sewer” services, your home does not have a septic tank. In addition, your monthly charges from the water company will be significantly higher if you are on a sewer hookup.

Kyle Plumbing is capable of handling all types of septic system services, which include inspections, pumping and proper waste disposal.

If you would like to learn more about septic tanks or are in need of maintenance and/or repairs to your system, feel free to call our office toll free at 1-888-405-0770 and we will be happy to assist you.

We provide services for residential, commercial and industrial customers in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

How Safe Is South Florida Drinking Water?

Date July 10, 2017

South Florida WaterFor residents living in Florida, tap water safety is a common concern, as evidenced by the continued demand for bottled and filtered water products. In fact, 2016 marked a major milestone when bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States.

With the Flint Water Crisis still on the minds of many, there continues to be persistent concerns as it relates to our drinking water supply.

Water that comes from the tap is highly regulated through strict federal and regional guidelines that frequently test for chemicals, bacteria, human waste and other potentially harmful toxins. However, that does not always guarantee safe drinking conditions.

A recent Miami Herald article indicates that Florida’s drinking water is among the nation’s worst, with multiple violations found under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The report also concluded that more than 7.5 million Floridians were exposed to unsafe drinking water in 2015.

For these and other reasons, it is highly advisable to install some type of water filtration system in your home to ensure harmful contaminants are not inadvertently finding their way in.

Groundwater is the source of drinking water for 90% of Florida residents and the potential sources of contamination are numerous. Power plants, landfills, hazardous waste locations and agricultural farms all have the potential to emit toxins into the ground that can eventually end up in our water supply.

Since prolonged bottled water use can be extremely taxing on the environment, water filtration systems are a relatively inexpensive and environmentally-friendly solution to ensure that the drinking water in your home is safe and free from contaminants.

If you have any questions about water filtration inside your home or are in need of a filtration setup and installation, feel free to contact Kyle Plumbing toll free at 1-888-405-0770 and we will be happy to assist you.

We serve residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout South Florida, which includes Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

2017 Hurricane Season Has Started: Expect Higher Than Normal Activity

Date June 6, 2017

2017 Hurricane SeasonThe Atlantic Hurricane Season began last week on June 1st and with Hurricane Matthew still fresh on the minds of Floridians and residents up and down the East Coast, it’s important to stay prepared.

El Niño will be delayed this year, meaning forecasters are expecting a busier-than-average season. NOAA issued its predictions last week, and included the following:

• Eleven to 17 named storms – including April’s Tropical Storm Arlene.
• Five to nine of which would become hurricanes.
• Two to four of which would become major hurricanes.

For these reasons, it is imperative that residents of South Florida be prepared and begin their planning and preparation now before it’s too late and store shelves are empty. Here are some essential items that should be included in your 2017 Hurricane Kit:

• Non-perishable/canned food items (enough to last at least 3 days)
• Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day for a minimum 3 day supply)
• First-aid kit(s)
• Prescription medications filled
• Extra personal hygiene items and sanitation items
• Flashlights and batteries
• Battery operated radio and batteries
• Waterproof container to store documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, etc.
• Manual can opener
• Lighter or matches
• Books, magazines, and games for recreation
• Special needs items
• Cooler and ice packs
• Propane tank(s) filled
• Red gasoline canister(s) filled
• An evacuation plan in case you need to leave town

Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Official Storm Names

Arlene Emily Irma Maria Rina
Bret Franklin Jose Nate Sean
Cindy Gert Katia Ophelia Tammy
Don Harvey Lee Philippe Vince
Whitney

 

Kyle Plumbing Receives 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Date May 9, 2017

Angie's List Super Service Award PlumbingKyle Plumbing is pleased to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service in 2016.

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have to meet strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The award winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Kyle Plumbing has been a long-standing member of Angie’s List and is subjected to its rigorous ratings system, which are updated daily as verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Angie’s List is an online industry leader that allows its users to read and publish crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses and contractors. With more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

This marks multiple consecutive years Kyle Plumbing has been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award, backing up the company’s commitment to customer service and adhering to its mission statement which includes the following:

“The primary mission of Kyle Plumbing II, Inc. is to provide Superior Service, Quality Work and 100% Customer Service Satisfaction.

Our Company is committed to meeting the needs of our customers and endeavors to make an impact by giving back to the community.

We aspire to select, develop and support individuals who are dedicated to excellence in Customer Service, with Themselves and in their Communities.”

For more information, visit http://www.kyleplumbing.com or call us toll free at 1-888-405-0770.