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We’ve waited long enough to enjoy the summer weather outside our homes. For many activities – from playing in sprinklers to gardening – you will need access to water. This is where the hose bib becomes one of your summer BFFs.
In this article, we’re talking about hose bibs – what makes them different than inside faucets and potential problems to look out for.
What is a hose bib?
A hose bib is a type of water faucet that is found on the exterior of your home. Most commonly, this is where you attach a hose to water the lawn, wash the car, fill the pool, or a variety of other uses.
What makes things confusing is there are many alternate names for a hose bib, including spigot, hose valve, outdoor water faucet, sillcock, and more. No matter what you call it, odds are that you use it more frequently in the summer.
Parts of a hose bib
Because of the outdoor elements, a hose bib is built differently than other water faucets you’d …
With toilet paper becoming a hard-to-find commodity over the past few months, we’ve seen plenty of jokes about having to use other items to do one’s business. In reality though, plumbing problems are no laughing matter. Any time you flush a product other than toilet paper, you risk causing a clog.
That leads us to a hot debate – what about “flushable” wipes? You may notice that we put that word in quotes, which could give you an idea of where we stand.
How toilet paper works differently than wipes
Standard toilet paper is specifically designed to dissolve in water. This prevents TP from creating a blockage in your plumbing, as well as when it reaches your sewer or septic system. Not all toilet paper is created equal, however. Products with multiple-ply counts or lotions will break down a bit slower than your run-of-the-mill single-ply varieties – but they still do the job.
On the other hand, the majority of adult or baby wipes do not break down quickly enough to be safe for plumbing systems. One clue is that these products are pre-moistened, so they obviously are able to maintain strength …
Most plumbing systems are designed to bring water into your home for drinking, bathing, cleaning, flushing, and other uses. However, there is a plumbing system that is specifically designed to keep out water that you don’t want. And if you ever deal with a wet basement, it’s one that you should consider having installed in your home.
Today, we’re going to talk about sump pumps – what they are, how they work, and signs you may need one.
What does a sump pump do?
Water has a way of finding its way to the lowest point of the ground. Unfortunately, that means it often ends up uninvited to below-grade indoors spaces such as basements. A sump pump is designed to divert water away before it ends up inside.
A sump pump is submerged into a basin that is dug below the floor level of the basement. Water that is either rising up from the water table or seeping down from the ground ends up in the low-lying basin. Once the basin fills to a …
You may not think about it often, but we rely on our home water heater for many of our daily tasks. Everything from bathing to laundry to washing dishes calls for reliable hot water. However, the average water heater only lasts for 10-15 years. So if yours is nearing the end of its expected service life – or you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home – it may be time to plan on upgrading your unit.
By now you’ve probably heard of tankless water heaters, either from a friend or on a home improvement TV show. Ever wonder how they work or if one would be right for your home? Read on because today we’re covering the ins and outs of tankless water heaters.
The traditional – tank water heater
For a long time, the most common types of water heater have been tank storage units. As the name implies, these systems have tanks that store large amounts of water – 30 gallons or more. Water is heated and held in the …
One of the most frustrating issues for a homeowner to deal with is when a fixture or sink won’t drain properly. You could be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth when suddenly you notice your bathroom sink is backing up with water. Or you could be taking a shower when it turns into something that resembles a bath instead.
Chances are, you’ll look for a quick solution, such as chemical, store-bought drain cleaners. But we encourage you to contact our professionals instead.
“Why Not Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners?”
After all, it seems like these drain cleaning chemicals would be the easiest way to unclog backed up drains, right? But half the time, they don’t actually work. This is because the chemicals in drain cleaning liquids may be formulated to dissolve some types of clogs, but not all of them—like grease. Chemical drain cleaners might only move the clog further down the drain.
There are other reasons to avoid these chemical “solutions,” too. They’re highly toxic and can wear down the lining of your pipes if used too often.
“So, I Can Never Relieve Clogs on My Own?”
Well, we …
might seem odd to imagine a water heater without a tank but they do
exist. And what’s more these types of systems are known for being quite
reliable and efficient. Tankless water heaters are being used around the
country to provide hot water when it is needed while using less water
and energy than their multi-gallon-holding predecessors.
If you are in the market for a new water heating system, or you are trying to choose a water heater for your new home, we would urge you to consider a tankless water heater in Raleigh & Durham, NC as one of your options. And we want to explain how this water heater could help meet your home comfort needs.
How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?
A tankless water heater, in simple terms, heats water as it is
requested. This means that when you turn on the shower or start washing
dishes, water is filtered through your tankless heater to be heated and
then sent to its destination. Unlike the tank water heater which stores
gallons of water and keeps that water at …
Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.
It is fairly common practice for people to discover certain plumbing
services only after they encounter an issue that requires them. This is,
again, a widespread practice but it is also less efficient because it
is reactive. We like to encourage people to be proactive because it
saves them time, money, and stress in the long run.
So, how exactly can someone be proactive about taking care of their plumbing in Raleigh & Durham, NC? You look ahead so you know what you can expect. Think of it this way: would you walk into a salon or a barbershop just hoping they have someone who can fix the issue you want to be resolved? Probably not–you likely call ahead or check online to make sure they can do what you want.
One Call Plumbing is proud to be a reliable source for your plumbing
services and, in the interest of helping you be proactive about caring
for your home plumbing, we want to give you a quick look at some of the
Tell us if this sounds familiar. Someone goes to the bathroom in your home and flushes the toilet. The water in the tank runs to fill everything back up. But it just keeps running…and running…and running. That isn’t just the sound of water being wasted, it is the sound of money being washed down the drain too.
Sometimes the handle or button on your toilet might get stuck and you simply need to give it a little nudge to solve the problem. Other times, however, that running water is an indicator that you have a bigger problem on your hands. Namely, your toilet may have a leak somewhere within it that you need to deal with.
Our team of plumbers in Raleigh & Durham, NC is here to get your toilet fixed. But first, let’s explore some of the indicators you should be keeping an eye out for to make sure that the issue is in fact a leaky toilet and not a different plumbing problem.
Causes of a Running Toilet
So what might be causing your toilet to keep running? Well, there are several different parts to …
Planning to come to the Downtown Raleigh Home Show this year? So are we!
The Raleigh Home Show is the event to be at when you want to find the best possible products and services for your home.
Come visit One Call Plumbing at Booth 738 during
this event which will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from
January 24-26, 2020.
We can’t wait to see you!
Imagine this: It is the busiest Friday night your restaurant has had
in a while. Your servers are wearing pathways into the floor they are
moving so fast and the kitchen is a cacophony of activity. But then it
all comes to a screeching halt because of one issue: a clogged drain.
A backed-up drain may not seem like such a big issue but it really
can bring everything to a stop. No draining means no clean dishes which
means nowhere to put the food which means no customers are getting fed.
See what we mean?
But wait! Before you pour that caustic drain cleaner fluid into the sink, you should know there is a better way to get the drain clear. When you reach out to One Call Plumbing for help with your commercial plumbing in Raleigh & Durham, NC, one of our professional plumbers can come back to not only clear that clog but make sure your pipes are clean enough to prevent another back up for a good long while.
Why You Should …