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
One of the major dangers for any metal appliance that comes into contact with water is corrosion. This chemical reaction when water meets metal in the presence of oxygen will rapidly weaken the metal to the point that it flakes away. Yet water heaters—large metal appliances that are in constant contact with water—very rarely develop rust until the end of their services lives. Continue Reading
You see them on the shelves whenever you go grocery shopping and head down the “cleaning supplies” aisle: Bottles of liquid drain cleaners that advertise themselves as a fast, inexpensive, and easy way to clear out slow drains and aggravating drain clogs. These products are so ubiquitous that many homeowners will turn to them as a first resort when they need to have their drains cleaned. Continue Reading
If you are asking this question, then you probably have some reason to believe that you are not receiving the quality of water that you want from the municipal system. Are you experiencing issues with flaky deposits on the plumbing? Does the water exude an unpleasant smell or have a metallic taste? Do you think that an increase in the number of illnesses in your household are coming from the water supply? Or do you just have the suspicion that your home’s water could be better?
Replacing all the pipes in a home is a major task, and probably the largest plumbing repair that an residence may require. But there are many cases where it is the best solution to numerous plumbing problems. If it is done right, it will ensure a plumbing system will work with few repair problems for many decades to come.