The Strange Things That End Up Stuck in Toilet Drains!

May 23rd, 2016

This is a piece of advice we give to all our customers—and to home owners in general: don’t use the toilet as if it were a garbage can! It isn’t equipped to handle the standard trash you throw into a waste receptacle, and it can lead to serious damage to your plumbing system and seriously inconvenient clogs. Any plumber can tell you about bizarre items they’ve had to clear out of toilets. We’ve collected a list from around the web of a few of the more odd things that have gotten sent down household toilets, accidentally or on purpose:

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What Material Should I Use for My Pipe Replacements?

May 16th, 2016

You have concerns about aging pipes in your home, probably because plumbing troubles like leaks are becoming more common. It’s time to arrange to have the pipes replaced—either a few damaged pipes or all the pipes serving the house.

But what type of piping material should you choose to take the place of your older galvanized steel and iron pipes?

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4 Signs You Need Bathroom Plumbing Repairs

May 9th, 2016

The bathroom(s) in your house use the most water of any of its room. The toilet alone can account for 40% of the plumbing system’s monthly fresh water consumption. It’s vital that the plumbing in the bathroom remains in excellent repair. Leaks and other problems will waste enormous amounts of water and can rapidly create extensive damage that is extremely expensive to mitigate.

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Do-It-Yourself Methods for Maintaining Your Plumbing System this Summer

May 4th, 2016

Summer is here, and it’s time to get your home in order for the rest of the year. It’s important that you include your plumbing system in your summer cleaning efforts, since it needs upkeep in order to operate properly. There are plenty of professional maintenance and repair services available for your plumbing system, and we encourage you to take advantage of them as much as possible. However, there are also plenty of do-it-yourself projects that can help keep your plumbing system in good shape. Let’s take a look at some of them now.

  • Completely fill sinks, tubs and showers with hot water, then let the full amount drain. This helps loosen up waste that may be built up on the walls of the pipes, so it can flow through the system into the sewer line. Be careful to avoid burning yourself, though.
  • Pour hot water and vinegar into condensate drain at AC, at each filter change to reduce clogs. Pour 1 quart of vinegar, then follow it with 1 gallon of hot water.
  • Visually check for leaks anywhere you have water appliances in your home. This includes faucets, shower heads, toilet bowls, sink pipes, and the like. There is much of your plumbing system that is hidden from view, of course, and you’re going to need professional help to fix the majority of leaks. Still, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of inspecting your plumbing system as best you can.
  • If your home has a sump pump, you can check to make sure it’s operating properly by pouring water into the sump until the pump turns on. You don’t want to find out that your pump isn’t working when you actually need it, after all.
  • Turn on all the faucets on your property to make sure that water is flowing properly through them. If a faucet is having flow problems, it may be damaged in some way.
  • Be sure to pour around a gallon of water into drains in your home that you don’t use often. This will fill the trap in the pipes, ensuring that sewer gas and such can’t make it up through the system and into your home. You shouldn’t have to worry about this with drains you use often, as they probably still have a steady supply of water to keep the trap full.
  • Inspect your water heater to make sure that it is set properly, and free of leaks. Water heaters are placed under a lot of strain throughout the year, and it’s important that you repair or replace your water heater as soon as you notice anything wrong with it.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can help keep your home’s plumbing system in good condition!

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The Drain Vent and Drain Vent Blockage

May 2nd, 2016

You probably associate the word vent in your home with the HVAC system that circulates air around the different rooms. However, your plumbing system also uses vents, and if something goes wrong with them, it can result in serious trouble for your drains and terrible odors in your house.

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Do I Need a Water Treatment System for My Home?

April 25th, 2016

Because of recent events in the news, people are more aware of the possible dangers for their health in water that comes to their houses from the municipal system. Homeowners want to know if they should have some type of water treatment system installed, such as a reverse osmosis filter, whole-house filter, or water softener.

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Rust and Your Water Heater: When It Happens, What to Do about It

April 18th, 2016

A water heater consists of metal in contact with water. Yet a water heater doesn’t suffer from rust—or at least it shouldn’t until it’s been in service for many years. We’re going to look a bit closer at corrosion in water heaters to see the defenses that they have against rust, and how rush might eventually take hold.

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Common Reasons for Kitchen Drain Clogs

April 11th, 2016

One of the most common service calls that professional plumbers receive is in regards to drain clogs. Having a clogged kitchen sink is inconvenient and can also be time-consuming to take care of. There are ways we can help you maintain your kitchen plumbing in order to keep drain lines clear and free of clogs, but as you know, not all issues are 100% unavoidable. Keep reading to discover some of the most common reasons for kitchen drain clogs.

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Gas Piping and Gas Appliance Installation: Why You Need Professionals for These Jobs

April 4th, 2016

One of the services that we offer to our customers in the Orlando area is the installation of new gas piping and gas appliances, plus repair service for broken gas pipes. Most people think that “plumbing” only applies to water and sewer lines, but working on gas pipes is an important part of the job as well… at least for us, it is.

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Include Your Plumbing System in Your Spring Cleaning!

March 29th, 2016

Spring is just around the corner, and that means that millions of people will soon begin their spring cleaning efforts. Now, you may think of spring cleaning as dusting, vacuuming, spraying copious amounts of air freshener, exterminating all spiders and insects in the home with extreme prejudice, and so on. However, you shouldn’t neglect other parts of your home! Your plumbing system requires consistent service if you want it to continue working properly, and what better time to schedule those services than spring? Let’s take a look at some plumbing services you should schedule during this time.

Video Pipe Inspection

One of the big issues with plumbing pipes is that it’s hard to detect problems with them before they progress too far. Much of the plumbing network is hidden from view, so problems aren’t noticed until they’ve caused damage to the surrounding area. The best way to catch plumbing problems early is to schedule video pipe inspection! This involves inserting a long cord into your plumbing system, with a small camera on the end of it. The camera moves through the system on a pair of motorized wheels, sending images back to the plumber controlling it. This allows your plumber to identify any problem spots in your plumbing system before they become too much of an issue.

Drain Cleaning

The drains in your home serve as a connection point between your plumbing and sewer system. If you want your home’s plumbing to continue to work properly, you need to make sure that your drains remain in good operating condition. One of the biggest threats to your home’s drains is the buildup of waste, which can form clogs and cause other issues over time. So, every so often it’s a good idea to have your drains professionally cleaned out. This is often done using a drain snake, which is a long cord with an auger at the end of it. Hydro jetting is also a common technique, which involves using a high-pressure stream of water to blast all waste buildup out of the pipe. Scheduling drain cleaning once or twice a year is a great way to make sure that your drains continue to serve your home well.

Spring cleaning is a time of renewal for your home, a way to get things in proper order for the rest of the year. Make sure that your plumbing system is in good shape for the coming months, and you’ll make things a lot easier for yourself in the long run.

If you have any questions, give us a call today! Or, schedule service online HERE

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