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Of all the foul odors you can come across in your home, one of the most concerning is the stench of rotten eggs. It’s a clear sign that it’s time to clean out your fridge or, in emergency situations, that you may have a gas leak.
But what does it mean if your tap water smells like rotten eggs? Read on and we’ll explain.
What causes water to smell like eggs?
The odor that you’re noticing is typically hydrogen sulfide, which can be naturally occurring or produced by sulfur bacteria. While hydrogen sulfide is generally not dangerous in water, it can contribute to clogged plumbing and other bacteria growth. Plus, it’s very unpleasant to smell and taste, so it’s a good idea to find and fix the cause as soon as possible.
How to find the source of the smell
To locate where the hydrogen sulfide is coming from, ask the following questions.
Is the odor only coming from hot water? If no, then it’s likely that bacteria are growing in the water heater. The tank may …
If you’ve watched a home renovation show, you may be intrigued about the benefits of a tankless water heater. Maybe you even have a friend who raves about their long showers and low energy bills. But would a tankless water heater work for your home? In this article, we’ll cover some of the most important aspects to consider to help you make the best choice.
What makes tankless water heaters different from traditional units?
When thinking about a water heater, we usually picture a giant tank that stores 30 or more gallons at a time. A tankless water heater works completely differently by only heating up water when needed – such as when you turn on the shower or dishwasher. As water passes through the small unit, it’s heated up immediately and then continues on through the pipes. That’s why tankless systems are sometimes called on-demand water heaters.
They are usually more expensive to install but save on energy bills
The biggest benefit of a tankless water heater is improved energy efficiency, which means you …
On a list of the most annoying things in life, a clogged shower drain ranks somewhere between getting stuck in traffic and your neighbor playing their music too loud. But the one good thing is that it’s a nuisance you can actually do something about.
Read on to learn how you can resolve most shower clogs on your own with a classic plumbing tool – the plunger.
What causes shower clogs?
The real question should be, what DOESN’T cause shower clogs? Think about how much soap, shampoo, hair, body oils, dirt, and other gunk goes down the drain while bathing, and it’s not surprising that they can get stuck together. The majority of clogs occur in the trap, which is a curved part of the pipe right below the drain.
The blockage can start off small – and you may notice the drain is flowing slower than normal. But eventually, it will build until there’s a complete clog and no water movement. Not only does this …
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