While performing a walkthrough a few days ago, I noticed a reduced water flow at the bath tub.
This is frequent and can be caused by sediments collecting at the faucet strainer. So I took the aerator out to find it almost completely clogged with small light brown particles. I knew exactly where these are from and it can be a disaster.
These particles are media beads from the water softener. The beads are not supposed to be found in the plumbing but when the media strainer fails, the beads are free to travel through the entire plumbing system and clog up aerators and in some cases plug water lines completely.
I immediately switched the water softener to by-pass mode to prevent this from getting worse and to stop the flow of beads in the system. Then I removed and cleaned aerators and ran every faucet, shower head, bath tubs, toilets, etc. I am sure we will see beads coming out of the lines for months.
The photo shows what came out of the bath faucet when I flushed the line without the aerator. If you look carefully, you will see thousands of small brown media beads.
Water softener service has been scheduled.
The joy of hard water.
Home Watcher LV
The Southern Nevada Water Authority was talking about this for a couple years and now it is official.
From May 1 through Aug. 31, watering restrictions prohibit landscape irrigation between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday watering also is prohibited. During the hottest hours of the day, water is often lost to evaporation from the heat and high winds.
Water your landscape early in the morning, before sunrise, to reduce evaporation caused by wind and heat. Experts agree that running drip irrigation less frequently is much better for plants than daily watering.
We will verify your irrigation timer to set the schedule according to the latest watering restrictions.
JP @ Home Watcher LV.
Yes, sometimes you get what you were wishing for. Unfortunately, the cost and timing is not right.
Home Watching pays off. Who knows, perhaps you'd end up with a lake and a huge water bill.
This is a water leak caused by a cracked plastic water supply line to the irrigation system. Fortunately the problem was found prior to significant damage to the property.
JP @ Home Watcher LV
This is a friendly warning for all the vacant property owners who are not able to or elect not to close the main water valve. Fortunately in this case, someone was home and heard this splashing noise in the laundry room. The washer hose connection had corroded over time and became weak. That morning was the end of its life. The hose popped out and the flooding started. Within a few minutes, there was water everywhere on the laundry room floor and quickly expanding to other rooms.
The washer water supply valve was closed quickly to avoid a significant disaster.
The bottom line is, close the main water valve when the property is vacant AND have a look at the washer hose connections at both ends. Any evidence of corrosion is a sign that the hoses should be replaced.
JP at Home Watcher LV.
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I depend on him so much! He has been very easy to work with, responses quickly, and reports damage to my home as soon as possible. He is awesome.
Thank you very much for the great feedback. It is much appreciated.
JP at Home Watcher LV
Thanks to the NHWA for giving me this certificate. It's been a pleasure to be involved with the Advisory Board and help the NHWA raise the bar in the level of knowledge and services for all members. The NHWA is definitely showing its value and heading in the right direction.
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Here is the scenario, you are not home, you have a "reliable" Pool Service who decides to take a vacation without a backup plan.
What does the Home Watcher find?
The pump is very noisy, screaming for help, sucking air, all strainers are jammed of debris, the pool is dirty and the robot is unfortunately stalled and tangled with debris without water flow.
Without our intervention, the pump would most probably get damaged over time.