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 3 Signs You Need Water Heater Repairs

November 25th, 2019

water-heaterThanksgiving is around the corner and we are all excited. All the food and family and fun memories to enjoy; all the good parts almost make all the dishes well worth it. Almost.

With that said, washing dishes is likely to be a lot less easy, and less pleasant, if you don’t have any hot water. Additionally, getting ready for the day will be harder when you are facing a shower with no warmth. If you start noticing that your water heater is unable to deliver anymore, it is likely that you need emergency plumbing in Chapel Hill, NC to get it repaired quickly!

Hopefully, however, you can get your water heater repaired before it stops producing hot water. But to do that, you need to know what the warning signs are.

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Preventing Thanksgiving Day Plumbing Problems

November 11th, 2019

mother standing over kitchen sink washing food with her young daughterThe family is on their way, the turkey is in the oven, the table is set, and everything will go off without a hitch. It is Thanksgiving and this is a time to focus on family, food, and fun. It most certainly is not when you want to be worrying over an incredibly stubborn clog in your kitchen sink.

Thankfully, if you do discover yourself faced with a sink filled with water that refuses to drain, you can rely on One Call Plumbing for help with your plumbing in Cary, NC. Our trained plumbers can get your issue fixed fast so you can get back to enjoying the important things.

In the interim, however, we also want to help you out by giving you a few tips on what you want to avoid putting down your drain so you can avoid that nasty clog, to begin with.

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When Cold Weather Strikes Your Pipes

October 28th, 2019

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoCooler temperatures are right around the corner for us. With your water heater having been checked already you feel prepared for the drop in temperature. There is nothing a warm shower and an extra cozy sweater can’t handle.

But are your pipes prepared?

The plumbing that takes water to and from your home is vital to your everyday life. Unfortunately, these pipes can’t throw on a coat when the air turns chillier than normal. What’s more, cold weather can have a negative impact on your plumbing that can bring that warm shower to a screeching halt.

The question is, are you prepared to handle the issues that cold weather can cause for your pipes?

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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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