It’s a strange phrase. How can a liquid be hard? The “hardness” of water refers to the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium therein. Groundwater picks up such minerals on its way into your plumbing system. The more dissolved minerals therein, the “harder” the water. But is this an issue in your household? Should you be concerned for your health or the safety of your plumbing system? Continue Reading
Leaking pipes are one of the more difficult of plumbing problems to solve. The first trouble is actually locating the leak in the first place: since most pipes are disguised behind walls, floors, and under building foundations, it’s difficult to know the exact location of the leak unless water is pouring out through a crack somewhere. Usually, there are only warning signs to show that there is leak, such as elevated water bills, the water heater running at unusual times, and warping floorboards.
Backflow prevention is a necessary part of both residential and commercial plumbing systems. The purpose of a backflow preventer is to stop the bacteria and other contaminants in the wastewater side of the plumbing system from entering into the freshwater side and polluting it. A backflow prevention device makes certain that sewage can only flow one way through the plumbing system; a valve closes to prevent wastewater from rising the wrong direction when there is a change in pressure from either the freshwater or wastewater sides. Continue Reading
A water heater from a quality manufacturer that received a professional installation should work for many years without requiring major repairs. To help prevent crippling issues, it should also have annual maintenance sessions from experts to see that it stays free from corrosion, loss of power, the development of sediment in its tank, and other potential setbacks. Continue Reading
You use your kitchen every day for a variety of tasks, and that means an immense amount of water goes down its drains. If these drains become slow or develop clogs, it will mean large inconveniences and may even bring kitchen work to a halt until you can get a professional plumber out to the house to resolve the trouble. Continue Reading
The technology behind water heaters has advanced a significant way since the only type of water heater available was a storage tank system. The standard storage tank water heater is still around and can still do an effective job for a home. However, if you are in the market for a new water heater, you should know about some of the newer types of models available, such as a hybrid water heater. Continue Reading
Regular drain cleaning is an important part of routine maintenance for your kitchen and bathroom plumbing. Over time, organic and inorganic build-up will develop along the inside of these pipes, such as food particles, grease, hair, and soap scum. With enough build-up, the drains will become slow and eventually clog.
Drain clogs are an unfortunately common occurrence in homes; almost everyone has, at one time or another, had to deal with a drain that simply won’t drain. If a sink plunger doesn’t clear out a clog, you will usually need to contact a professional plumber to fix the problem using a mechanical drain snake or hydro-jetting equipment. (Never use store-bought drain cleaners to unclog a drain. These chemical concoctions can damage your plumbing and leave toxic residue in your home and in landfills.)
If you have lived with the same water heater in your home for long enough, you will have a good idea of the volume of heated water you can expect to receive from it. The usual test of this is during the morning, when multiple people take showers. If you start to notice that the hot water supply from your storage water heater is running out sooner than it used to, there are a number of possible problems that could be causing it. Repairs can fix some of these malfunctions; in other cases, it may be better to have the whole water heater replaced, especially if it is a few years over its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan. Continue Reading
When we list off the most important tools used for drain cleaning, one item we include is video camera inspection equipment. Although it may sound odd mentioning a video camera in a list that includes hydro-jetters and mechanical drain augers, these pipe inspections cameras are an invaluable asset in drain cleaning services. They can make a huge difference in the time and effort requires to clean residential drains, as well as repair them. Continue Reading