One Call Plumbing Blog

How to Accelerate Your Repiping Needs

August 19th, 2019

plumber-installing-new-plumbing“Wait, what?”

You might be scratching your head–why would you want to accelerate your home’s need for repiping? Surely, there is nothing fun about replacing part or all of your plumbing system. It’s inconvenient, costly (our prices are reasonable but let’s face it, unexpected plumbing repairs are never a welcomed hit to the wallet), and no matter the time of year, an interruption to your home comfort.

But if you’re one of those homeowners who use store-bought chemical drain cleaner, you may very well already be accelerating your repiping needs. Read on to learn more!

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How You Know You Need Hydro-Jetting

August 5th, 2019

drain-cleaning-illustrationThe last time you had a slow drain, you may have reached for a simple solution—store-bought liquid drain cleaner. Either that, or a plunger and nothing else but a little “elbow grease” (which hopefully solved the problem!)

Of course, not only is liquid drain cleaner actually bad for your plumbing system, it will do nothing for really large backups like a severe limescale buildup, pipe damage, or even tree root infiltration in your sewer line. A better solution may be what’s called hydro-jetting [more on that below!]

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Signs of Sewer Line Problems

July 22nd, 2019

split-drainage-pipe-with-rootsYour home’s sewer line is its method of removing waste and wastewater from your plumbing and moving it to the civic sewer system. This is something we all know but may take for granted.

Sewer lines are typically buried under the ground in your yard, keeping them safe from damage and from inclement weather. Due to being out sight, though, they’re often out of mind. This means that when trouble arises, it may not be immediately obvious.

This means it’s important that you know how to spot the signs of trouble with your sewer line, so you can call for help from a professional plumber right away. What are these signs, though? Read on to find out!

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Preventing Kitchen Sink Clogs

July 8th, 2019

plumber-inspecting-kitchen-sinkWe addressed the causes of some of the most common sink drain clogs and what to do about them in our previous blog post. Today, we want to talk about preventing kitchen drain clogs altogether. Kitchen sink clogs come in many forms. And if you have a garbage disposal, you’re even more likely to run into this problem.

“What?” You might be thinking, “shouldn’t it be the other way around?”

Well, yes. Technically, garbage disposal use should make it less likely that you’ll develop kitchen sink clogs. After all, they’re there for you when you have unfinished meals, kitchen scraps, and even spoiling leftovers that you don’t want stinking up your trash can and your home. But it’s the dependence on these systems that gets some homeowners into trouble.

Think about it—have you ever been frustrated by a garbage disposal that seems to keep jamming up? Or maybe you’ve had to call in a plumber one too many times, to pull something out of the mechanism to get it to work again. Perhaps you just want to check up on what items do and do not belong in your disposal system. The latter is what we’re going to get into below—following these garbage disposal tips will help you fend off many types of kitchen sink clogs (and we’ll get to even more ways later on):

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The Best Way to Fend Off Sink Clogs

June 24th, 2019

water-flowing-down-sink-drainThere’s no doubt that one of the most annoying things for homeowners to deal with is when a plumbing fixture or sink in the home isn’t draining as it should. You might be simply brushing your teeth when suddenly you have to deal with a backed up sink. Or perhaps you’re taking a morning shower when suddenly it looks like you’re drawing a bath instead.

You’d probably like a quick fix, and we get it! But this isn’t always the best idea. Keep reading to learn more about how to not only prevent drain clogs from forming in the first place, but also what do when drain clogs do happen.

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Have a Plumbing Emergency? Here’s What to Do

June 10th, 2019

concerned-woman-looking-at-leak-under-sinkThere are probably plenty of plumbers out there who do a great job but don’t offer emergency services. The thing is, however, a truly comprehensive plumber understands that plumbing problems rarely happen at a convenient time—meaning they don’t always happen “within business hours” (wouldn’t that be nice?). Because your plumbing system is so vital to the functionality of your home, you might not be able to just sit on the problem until you can schedule an appointment.

But what exactly should you do? How do you know when a plumbing problem warrants an emergency call? This depends largely on the specific situation you’re dealing with. For instance, a small leak or drip from a single faucet, while annoying, isn’t an emergency. However, if there’s a burst pipe causing water to spread across your kitchen floor, this is clearly a different situation. Regardless of what kind of plumbing problem you have, here are a few things you can do until a plumber gets to your home.

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Need a Plumbing Fix? Hire a Pro!

May 27th, 2019

plumber-working-on-kitchen-sink-faucetWhen you need a plumbing fix, there’s a pretty good chance you need it fast. Therefore, you’re likely tempted to contact the first person you can find who will do the job for the cheapest price. So, should you just go with a general handyman, whose services you would pay less for?

We know this seems like a quick fix, but the experience you have with this person simply won’t be the same as if you’d gone with a pro. Our plumbers have been in the business for years, and we know what can happen when homeowners choose an amateur to complete work in their home. Even something as simple as unclogging a drain can turn into a much bigger problem if not handled correctly. Keep reading to learn more about why it’s important to only work with a pro, and how to determine if you are working with a pro.

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Would Your Home Benefit from a Direct Vent Water Heater?

May 13th, 2019

hand-turning-on-faucet-of-water-heaterThere are a number of options to consider when choosing your next water heater installation. For instance, do you want gas or electric? If you’ve already been using a gas-powered water heater, or if your home came with an electric water heater already in place, you’d probably like to go the gas route to save money on operational costs each month.

Next, you will choose either a tank or tankless water heater. But wait, there’s one more option! A direct vent water heater. This isn’t a well-known system, relatively speaking, but it’s a very efficient and safe water heating system.

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What to Do about a Running Toilet

April 29th, 2019

toilet-in-bathroomThe short answer to this would be “call a plumber.” But we don’t expect you to accept this at face value—we’ve gone into more detail below on what exactly might be causing this problem, and what can be done about it.

A running toilet is a nuisance to listen to, and can also cost you significantly in excess water you aren’t using—something that will reflect on your monthly water bills. A running toilet also means you have an inability to flush. Be sure to call for system repairs as soon as you notice this problem. In the meantime, read on for a further explanation.

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The Best Way to Prevent Drain Problems in Your Business

April 15th, 2019

bathroom-sinks-in-commercial-buildingWhether you run a commercial kitchen or own a business that has a small kitchen in it in addition to bathrooms, there is one system in your building that needs the right kind of attention and care—and that’s your plumbing system. Let’s say you have a problem with one of the drains in your building. At home, you’d just go out and get a bottle of drain cleaner, pour it down, and call it a day, right?

Well, the best way to prevent drain problems in your business is by not employing this same tactic there. The thing is, these store-bought, cheap, chemical drain cleaners are not the right solution for home drains or for your business. Keep reading to learn why, and to learn about professional drain cleaning methods.

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