One Call Plumbing Blog

No, That Knocking Probably Isn’t Early Trick-or-Treaters

October 14th, 2019

plumbing-valves-gaugesYou’ve checked your front porch a few different times now simply because you could swear that you heard someone knocking on your door. Each time you look through the peephole though, there is no one there. So where is that knocking coming from?

It isn’t the local kids playing pranks or trying to get their candy early; it is more than likely the noise is coming from within your home’s plumbing. Specifically, that knocking may be coming from the pipes that supply water to the different appliances in your house, like your faucets, showers, or laundry machine.

If you haven’t noticed any issues with your water pressure and the noise isn’t terrible, you might be tempted to ignore the strange knocking in your walls. We would strongly encourage you not to.

If you want to find out why your pipes are trying to tell you something, keep reading! (We would also suggest you reach out to a plumber in Cary, NC while you are reading too, just to be safe!

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These 4 Things Should Never Go Down Your Kitchen Sink

September 30th, 2019

lettuce-being-washed-in-kitchen-sinkFor the sake of this post, we assume that your kitchen sink includes one component that’s very important to most homeowners—the garbage disposal. If you don’t have a disposal system, there are still some items that shouldn’t go down the kitchen sink, and we’ll get to that below.

In the meantime, we want to stress that putting the wrong things down your kitchen sink is not only bad news for your drain system, but you could be a victim to a garbage disposal that jams up way too frequently, and you could find yourself calling a plumber pretty often to come fix it. Keep reading to learn about 4 things that should never go down your kitchen sink drain—especially if it includes a garbage disposal system!

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“Do I Really Need to Hire a Pro for My Plumbing Work?”

September 16th, 2019

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.When it comes to jobs around the house, plumbing tasks are the most likely to be DIY-attempts. You may think that plumbing isn’t that hard—that you can save money by handling any problems or installation jobs on your own.

But the truth is, plumbing is not that simple. It requires the work of licensed professionals to handle most jobs—with the exception of things like relieving a superficial clog with a plunger or perhaps changing a washer in your faucet. Keep reading to learn some of the top reasons you should call a professional plumber when you need work done involving your pipes.

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What You Should Know about Commercial Grease Traps

September 2nd, 2019

commercial-grease-trapIf you own a restaurant or food service establishment, then you likely already know that a commercial grease trap system is a basic part of your business’s plumbing and sanitary system.

You might also know that in order for your establishment to remain up to code, it must have a properly installed and functioning grease trap in place that receives routine maintenance to clean it out. And this is a job for a professional commercial plumber!

What you might not know is how exactly a grease trap functions, and what makes it so important. Read on!

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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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