A.H. Jordan Plumbing & Mechanical, LLC

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AH Jordan Plumbing & Mechanical has been serving the Washington Metropolitan area for over 20 years. We are licensed, bonded and insured. AH Jordan Plumbing & Mechanical can assist you with all your plumbing needs. Our goal is to provide outstanding plumbing and mechanical services to residents and businesses within the Washington Metropolitan area by meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations. All while conducting business with integrity, honesty and respect. Customer service is our #1 priority!

SAFETY MESSAGES ABOUT SMOKE ALARMSSmoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke sp...


Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
Safety tips

Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home. A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove. People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.
Plan your escape Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. Get everyone in your household together and make a home escape plan. Walk through your home and look for two ways out of every room. Make sure escape routes are clear of debris and doors and windows open easily. Windows with security bars or grills should have an emergency release device.
Plan an outside meeting place where everyone will meet once they have escaped. A good meeting place is something permanent, like a tree, light pole, or mailbox a safe distance in front of the home. If there are infants, older adults, family members with mobility limitations or children who do not wake to the sound of the smoke alarm, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the event of an emergency.
If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go, remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself outside quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.

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What to do about Frozen Water Pipes

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The damages caused by frozen water pipes can be catastrophic. Just one burst pipe in a home running at 4-8 gallons a minute from a burst pipe can do tens of thousands of dollars damage in a manner matter of minutes, let alone the following mold mitigation problem. Once you have had a major water leak in your home, your insurance company may even cancel your coverage and you may lose your ability to obtain homeowners insurance. Contrary to belief, the pipe freezes and bursts 1st, then the water starts to flow once the ice thaws. For a burst to happen, the water super cools a couple of degrees lower than freezing in the pipe causing ice to form. It is the growth of the ice water to flow after the thaw.

AH Jordan Plumbing’s policy is to educate the public on what they can do to help prevent the possibility and what to do, if it does ever occur that builds up excessive pressures in excess of 3000psi. This excessive pressure splits the pipe that causes the

1 – Prevention
Locate and identify any and all shut off valves in your home and make sure they work
Everyone should know where their “Main water valve” is and how to operate it
Identify any potential problems
Areas where pipes may be on outside walls, ceiling, crawl spaces, attics, etc.
Seal any gaps around the home where cold air may penetrate and become in contact with piping. In the severe cold, especially wind driven, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
Dryer vents, windows, cable penetrations, etc.
Turn off and drain all standard outside hose bibs.
2 – When the temperature is expected to drop
Open kitchen sink and any vanity doors of any potential problem area
With pipes that are on outside walls that may be a freeze problem, leave a small trickle of both the hot and cold water running.
Temporarily seal off any crawl space vents that may be around the foundation.
Keep the house warm
3 – What to do if you experience a frozen pipe
(The first sign of a “frozen” pipe is reduced or no flow at a plumbing fixture.)

If you experience a “no flow” situation.
Turn off the “Main” water valve” to the house and leave the faucets “open” **
DO NOT use any open flame to attempt to thaw the pipe
DO NOT use any electric heater, hair dryer applied directly to the piping as any leaking water may cause electrocution
Turning the water back on is best handled with (2) people. One person turning on the water “slowly” and the other walking about the house to be sure no water is running. Heat and patience is the best way to get the pipes to thaw. We do however recommend that if a freeze occurs, find the source and correct it so it will not happen again. If you were lucky enough that it did not burst the first time, you may not be so lucky the next time. The pipe(s) that froze may already be fatigued so the next time they may burst.
If water is flowing, turn off the Main water valve immediately and open the lowest hot and cold faucets in your home, I.e. basement laundry tray.
** Be aware that if the water to your house is shut off, it may also turn off any fire protection system you may have.

4 – What to do if you leave your home in the winter
Turn the Main water valve off to your home ***
Leave the heat on to the house and set no lower than 60*
Have a neighbor stop by daily, especially when the temperatures are in the 20s or below.
*** If you have “hot water and/or steam heat, the water must remain on even when you are not there.


Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets. Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate. Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.) Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls. Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently. Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows. Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home. If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.
Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing. The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet. Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces. These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions. Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes.

If a Pipe Freezes
If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.) To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes. When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out.

If a Pipe Bursts
Shut off water at the main valve. If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
Call Us Today. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.

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Common Plumbing Problems And How To Fix Them

There are many different plumbing problems that can spring up in the average home. Some plumbing problems are more common that others. Some of the most common plumbing problems are also quite easy to fix. Doing the repairs for these common plumbing problems yourself can save you hundreds of dollars.

1. Low water pressure
When someone complains about having low water pressure it is usually at the sink faucet. The first thing to check is if the low water pressure is affecting both the hot and cold water. If both the hot and cold have low pressure the most likely cause is the aerator. Calcium deposits slowly build up in the faucet aerator and reduce the water pressure. A blocked aerator is a very easy thing to fix. To clean out a faucet aerator carefully remove the aerator, clean out any debris and build up on it and put it back on.

2. A Slow Draining Sink
A sink that is draining slowly is a very common plumbing problem. Often the pop-up that is used to stop up the sink can collect a lot of hair and debris over time. To get the drain flowing smoothly again the debris needs to be cleaned out. One way to do this is to use the Zip-it, a handy plumbing tool, to clean out the drain. Another option is to remove the pop-up and clean it out. Most pop-ups are held in place with a nut attached to the drain just under the sink and can be unscrewed by hand or with pliers. Once the nut is removed the pop up can be cleaned and then reinstalled.

3. Slow Draining Tub
A slow draining tub is another very common plumbing problem that can be easily fixed. Often the tub drain is full of hair which slows the water down as it drains out of the tub. Once again the Zip-it tool or a pair of needle nose pliers are great tools that can be used to reach in and clear out the debris in the drain. If there is a tub stopper in the drain you may have to remove the tub stopper before getting to the hair clog. It is a good idea to clear out the debris in the tub drain on a regular basis even if the tub is not draining slowly. If it is left too long it could end up clogging the drain completely.

4. Running Toilet
Another common plumbing problem that many people are familiar with is a running toilet. There are various things that can be causing the toilet to run but they are easy to fix. The first step is to figure out what is the cause of the running toilet. Once you know which of the working parts of the toilet is causing the problem you can replace it or repair it and stop the running water.

5. Jammed Garbage Disposal
A jammed garbage disposal is high on the list of common plumbing problems. Many people loose the nifty key that comes with the garbage disposal to help unjam it. Fortunately an Allen wrench can be used to unjam a garbage disposal. At the very bottom of the disposal there is an opening to insert the key. Using a 1/4 inch Allen wrench simply turn in both directions to free the motor.


Black History Fact…..Do you know Martin Luther King real name?

Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King's legal name at birth was Michael King, and his father was also born Michael King, but the elder King changed his and his son's names following a 1934 trip to Germany to attend the Fifth Baptist World Alliance Congress in Berlin. It was during this time he chose to be called Martin Luther King in honor of the German reformer Martin Luther. King had Irish ancestry through his paternal great-grandfather.

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Black History Fact

Willie Barrow
Known for: civil rights activism, active role in the Church of God, Operation PUSH leadership, campaign manager for presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson
Dates: December 7, 1924 -
Occupation: minister
Also known as: Rev. Willie Barrow, Willie B. Barrow, Willie T. Barrow, Willie B. Taplin Barrow, "Little Warrior," "Princess of Protest"

Willie Barrow Biography:
Willie Barrow was raised in rural Texas on a farm with her six siblings. Her father was a local pastor. She was called to ministry when she was sixteen. While studying ministry in Portland, Oregon, she organized the first African American Church of God. She was also a welder in a shipyard, where she met Clyde Barrow, whom she married, and where she became involved in the labor movement.

From Portland, Clyde and Willie Barrow moved to Chicago in 1943, where she studied at the Moody Bible Institute and the Central Conservatory of Music, in addition to her work with the Church of God. In the 1950s she became active in the civil rights movement, working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a field organizer for marches and demonstrations.

Operation Breadbasket, Operation PUSH and Jesse Jackson:
Willie Barrow helped found Operation Breadbasket in Chicago, which grew into Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity, later People United to Serve Humanity). Barrow was a key "lieutenant" of Jesse Jackson in his Chicago-based activism. They worked on many projects and in many organizations together, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and a long association with Operation PUSH. When Jackson ran for president for the 1984 election, she served as his campaign manager.

Willie Barrow was the first woman to serve as a national vice president of Operation PUSH, and in 1986, became the president of Operation PUSH, retiring in 1989. She served as a co-chairperson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition (RPC), and in 2009 was the RPC chairperson, emeritus.

Willie Barrow was also active in working against US involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1968, Barrow and two others led a delegation to North Vietnam.

Willie Barrow was also active in the National Urban League and the NCNW. She's also been involved in women's issues and in gay and lesbian issues. In 1983, her adopted son, Keith, died of HIV/AIDS, and Willie Barrow made one of the first AIDS quilts.

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The first black astronaut was Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., but he died before he could travel to space. The first black as...

The first black astronaut was Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., but he died before he could travel to space. The first black astronaut in space was Guion Bluford in 1983.

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Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African Ameri...

Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

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How do you replace a seal under a toilet?This really is a good do-it-yourself project because it isn't hard and you can ...

How do you replace a seal under a toilet?

This really is a good do-it-yourself project because it isn't hard and you can head off damage if you replace the seal as soon you can, rather than waiting for a plumber. You can do the task with a little bit of knowledge and some fairly simple steps. The seal, on the bottom of a toilet, where it rests on the floor, is a gasket made of a ring of wax. You can buy a replacement at a hardware store. This inexpensive seal can help prevent damage to flooring and sub-flooring...expensive items to repair if a leak is not repaired right away. Be sure to do this procedure when the temperature is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit so the wax will be pliable. If you are replacing a leaky seal on an existing toilet, you will want to wear rubber gloves and start at Part 1; if you are installing a toilet in new construction, skip to Part 2.
Part 1
Be sure to shut off the water supply. You might be able to do this at the toilet, but you might need go into the crawl space or basement to cut off the water. Flush the toilet once or twice to empty the tank and bowl. Use a sponge to soak up and remove any remaining water in the tank and bowl. Remove the caps over the nuts that hold the base of the bowl to the floor. Remove the nuts. You might need to use penetrating oil and pliers. Disconnect the water supply line.
Gently rock the toilet back and forth to break the seal and any caulking present. Use care to grip the bowl and not the tank. If you grab the tank, you could break or crack the tank where it is bolted to the bowl. Remove the remnants of the old seal from both mating surfaces.
Part 2
Unwrap the new wax seal, and place it over the flange on the floor with the round side up, exactly centered over the opening. Be sure both bolts are in place. Lift the toilet and place it over the flange and seal, keeping the toilet as level as possible. Sit on the toilet to help the new seal do its actual sealing. Ensure the bowl is level.
Replace the nuts removed earlier. Tighten the nuts by hand to avoid cracking the base of the bowl. Reconnect water line. Turn on water supply to let tank fill. You can turn the water supply on part way to let the tank fill with lower pressure. This will take a bit longer, but the part-way setting helps prevent the dreaded "Who just flushed?" scream from another household member that may be scalded in the shower because of a surge in the cold water going into the toilet tank. Flush and check for leaks. Apply silicone caulk as needed to junction of bowl and floor. Wash hands with an anti-bacterial soap.


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