A Few Unusual Causes of Drain Clogs

April 9th, 2018

Orlando Drain ServicesWhat causes the majority of clogs in household drains? There are a couple of usual suspects: hair, food waste, grease, fats, soap scum, and small objects like bottle caps accidentally tipped over into the sink. When people call us for a plumber in Orlando, FL to unclog a drain, we often find ourselves dealing with one of the typical drainpipe blockers. No problem, we’ve got the best equipment (like hydro-jetters) and some of the best-trained plumbers around to clear out that drain in no time.

Of course, life is often weird, and plumbing can be extremely weird. Drains can collect some strange things down in them that lead to tough blockages. We’ve been in the business for a long time—more than 40 years—so we’ve come across some bizarre drain cleaning issues. We can take care of them all, don’t worry about that, but we’d like to go over some of the odder reasons a drain can become clogged.

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What’s That Knocking Sound from My Pipes?

March 26th, 2018

water-waveA strange sound suddenly comes from your pipes—an odd and sometimes surprising knocking noise. Is your house haunted?

No … although plenty of people have jumped to this assumption since the invention of indoor plumbing. What you’re actually hearing is a phenomenon called water hammer. It’s a common occurrence, but it also indicates a problem in your plumbing you may need remedied by a professional plumber. Let’s take a closer look at the truth behind this ghostly occurrence…

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What Sets a Professional Plumber Above the Rest?

March 12th, 2018

wrenchesPlumbing is a part of a house that people often think they can repair themselves. You might be able to change the washers on a sink or put in aerators, but other jobs require a plumber. Not an amateur who makes big promises for low prices! You need to hire an actual professional plumber with the right training and credentials.

What sets a professional plumber above an amateur? It’s more than just training, although that’s a good place to start. There are some important qualities that set a professional plumber apart.

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Why Corrosion Is (Usually) Not a Problem for a Water Heater

February 26th, 2018

water-heater-tankWhen water meets metal, there’s a danger of corrosion starting. Corrosion is a chemical reaction between water and metal in the presence of oxygen, and the damage it causes to metal can quickly ruin many types of appliances as it weakens the metal until it starts to crumble away.

The water heater in your home is primarily made of metal and it stores and circulates water. So why doesn’t it start to rust? Corrosion is rare in water heaters, usually only starting late in the system’s life. there are several reasons for it.

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Why Are My Drains Making Gurgling Sounds?

February 12th, 2018

water-down-drainWhen you pour water down any drain of your house, you’ll expect to hear nothing more than a swish as it vanishes down the drainpipe. But if you hear a gurgling noise soon after, like someone blowing air through a straw into a glass of water, you may wonder if it means anything is wrong.

You’re right to feel concern. A gurgling drain can mean a minor issue, but it could also warn of much larger plumbing troubles. To find out for certain what needs to be done, call a licensed plumber in Altamonte Springs, FL to look into the mystery of the gurgling drains.

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How a Water Softener Can Save Your Water Heater

January 29th, 2018

Orlando-Water -eaterHard water is bad news for a home in many ways. Here are a few:

  • It makes it tough to work up soap lather, turning simple cleaning and showering into hassles.
  • It leaves buildup on the inside of pipes that lowers water pressure and leads to clogs.
  • It stains laundry and dishes and leads to faded clothing.

But worst of all the problems with hard water is what it does to water-using appliances. The water heater is the most vulnerable. Hard water and a water heater are a bad mixture—and it usually ends tragically for the water heater.

We recommend you call a plumber in Apopka, FL if you have hard water in your home. A plumber can install the best solution—a whole-house water softener. This fixes all the problems we mentioned above, and it may save your water heater from an early replacement.

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We Recommend Commercial Jetting for Your Business

January 15th, 2018

commercial-jetterAlmost any business uses plumbing of some type, and so they all need to turn to the services of commercial plumbers when they need repairs done or new fixtures put in.

A commercial plumber is also necessary for regular drain and sewer line cleaning. This is a job that business owners may not think about much, unless they are in the food service industry, but it is vital for any commercial plumbing system. The method we recommend for regular commercial drain and sewer cleaning is hydro-jetting.

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These Are the 4 Main Causes of Drain Clogs

January 1st, 2018

The year 2018 is here, and one thing we can predict for certain about it: our plumbers are going to be dealing with plenty of drain clogs.

Drain clogs are a basic fact of life in plumbing. Any home can take steps to prevent them—in fact, this post will talk about that a bit—but avoiding them all the time just isn’t possible. So much material can go down the drains in a homdrain-with-chain-pluge that may lead to stopping them up that we could make a list of drain clog sources that was just about small plastic pieces from toys and packaging material.

For this list, we’re going to limit ourselves to only the four most common reasons drains might clog. We’re focusing only on clogging that occurs right down in the drain itself, not sewer line issues such as root infiltration. We also won’t include pipe-misalignment, which sometimes occurs in older homes, because this is a pipe replacement issue, not a drain cleaning one.

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What to Do When You Don’t Have Any Hot Water

December 18th, 2017

showerhead-waterFlorida homes have few worries with their heating systems during the mild winters. But there is one residential heating system that works all through the season—and the other three seasons as well. It’s the water heater. You rely on your water heater to bring hot water to taps, showers, bathtubs, and appliances every day.

What happens when you switch on the hot water one day and find that there isn’t any? Is something wrong with the water heater? It’s possible you’ve got a serious water heater issue, but there are some other things to check as well.

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Do You Need to Schedule Water Testing?

December 4th, 2017

water-testing-at-sinkYou want to have clean water in your house for drinking and cooking, as well as to prevent issues with mineral build-up that can harm plumbing and appliances. The way to find out exactly what is affecting your water is to have specialists do water testing in your house. A week after the testing, you’ll receive a complete rundown on all the impurities and contaminants in the water supply so you can choose the right water treatment system to deal with them.

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