One Call Plumbing Blog

Can Your Water Meter Help You Detect a Leak?

December 10th, 2018

pipe with water leakHave you found yourself struggling with or questioning higher-than-normal water bills? It’s natural to expect costs to fluctuate from month to month. But if you find this utility bill skyrocketing with no obvious explanation, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s going on with your plumbing in Raleigh, NC.

Even the seemingly smallest plumbing leaks can significantly impact your water bills over time. In fact, according to the United States EPA’s WaterSense website, if a faucet were leaking at one drop per second, you’d be wasting 3,000 gallons of water per year! Of course, we don’t you’d let a faucet go on leaking for that long just because of the nuisance noise it makes! But, what if there’s a small, dripping leak hidden behind a wall that you don’t know about?

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What You Need to Know about Grease Traps

November 26th, 2018

white question mark on blue circle with white backgroundThe very first thing you need to know about grease traps is that if you own a commercial restaurant or kitchen in Raleigh, or anywhere really, then you need one in place.

Your commercial plumbing in Raleigh, NC shares a lot in common with smaller, somewhat less complex residential plumbing systems. One of these commonalities is that FOG (fats, oils, and grease) can do a lot of damage to the system in the form of clogs. And since commercial kitchens work with such high levels of production, FOG down the drains is something that’s impossible to avoid and is a serious threat.

Commercial grease trap systems are important in preventing clogged drains and sewer systems on your property. They’re also important for helping to protect the municipal plumbing system. More on that below. First, let’s talk a bit more about what these systems are and how they work.

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Signs You Can Use a Thorough Drain Cleaning

November 12th, 2018

Tapwater flowing into a kitchen sink and down the plughole.Your plumbing system isn’t a part of your home you typically give a lot of thought to, right? This may be the case, but when something goes wrong with that system, you’ll be pretty grateful for a highly trained and experienced professional plumber in Holly Springs, NC to manage the problem for you!

This is especially true when the problem is more than just a simple drippy faucet or even a pinhole leak in a visible pipe. Some problems extend far deeper than that, quite literally, into your drain and sewer system. And if this part of your plumbing isn’t properly cared for, it can cause serious problems for your home.

The good news in all of this is that it actually is pretty easy to keep your drain system in good shape, by scheduling annual drain cleaning services. But, what if you’ve never had this service done? Is there a way to tell if you really need it now? Yes, a number of ways, actually. Read on to learn more!

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“What Do I Do with a Plumbing Emergency?”

October 29th, 2018

old pipe that has sprung a leakHandling plumbing emergencies is an essential part of what our plumbers do on a daily basis. But, what exactly constitutes an emergency? Some are obvious—water gushing out onto your kitchen floor from a burst pipe is very clearly an urgent problem that must be managed right away. But, if you notice a slow leak coming from somewhere like your water heater or think you hear water behind a wall, are those emergencies?

(The answer is yes)

The first thing you should do when faced with a plumbing emergency is shut off water to the affected area. The next step is to call a professional plumber in Raleigh, NC, such as any member of our team. The steps you take after this will depend on exactly what plumbing problem(s) you are facing. Keep reading to learn more about a few of these emergencies.

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How to Prepare Your Pipes for Winter

October 15th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoTemperatures are still pretty nice for now, and don’t usually drop below the point of freezing, but it does happen! And when it does, you don’t want to be surprised by frozen pipes. If you’ve been putting off any winter preparation for your household until it gets closer to winter, we urge you to reconsider. The earlier you prepare for this potential issue, the less likely it is that you’ll need an emergency plumber in Chapel Hill, NC  (although, we’ll be there for you if you do!)

If you’re like the average homeowners, your plumbing system really probably isn’t something you give a whole lot of thought to. This is particularly true for plumbing problems, like the aforementioned frozen pipes. Even just a couple days of below 30° temperatures though, and you can not only have frozen pipes, but subsequent burst pipes. So what can you do?

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What Are the Biggest Threats to Your Kitchen Plumbing?

October 1st, 2018

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.More specifically, we’re referring to your kitchen sink.

Aside from your bathroom plumbing fixtures, your kitchen sink is likely the most used Wake Forest, NC plumbing appliance in your home. Therefore, it’s important that you take proper care of it. This starts by scheduling routine plumbing maintenance once a year, and drain cleaning as needed.

You may still run into the occasional problem in between maintenance sessions, but with that professional inspection, major plumbing problems, like the ones we’re about to highlight below, should be a lot less likely.

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The Importance of Hiring a Professional Plumber

September 17th, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWhen it comes to obtaining the licensing, training, and education it takes to become a professional plumber, there are very specific standards that must be met. These standards are in place to make sure that homeowners’ Carrboro, NC plumbing systems work as efficiently and effectively as they should for as long as they should, and that they do so safely.

So when you find your home in need of plumbing services, you needn’t look any further than our team. But regardless of whether you hire us or not, we really have to encourage you to only trust a pro, and not an amateur or general handyman with no proven reputation. This is because, in addition to the safety and liability guarantees that you can only get from a pro, you can trust in the following factors:

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Is Your Commercial Kitchen Fully Equipped?

September 3rd, 2018

Grease trap, pluming device used to intercept greases and solids in Water Treatment System from Household Hazardous.No, we aren’t talking about cooking utensils and safety gear for kitchen accidents. Though, we certainly hope you’re equipped with all that! Rather, we’re asking if your kitchen is fully equipped with all the plumbing fixtures and components needed for you to run your operation smoothly and hygienically.

You may have seen us mention before on our blog how homeowners should never put FOG (fats, oils and grease) down their kitchen sink drain. But in a restaurant kitchen? You have no choice. There is going to be a high volume of food production and therefore a high volume of FOG, which poses a serious threat. So what can you do?

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Tips for Caring for Your Drains

August 20th, 2018

Water running down the drain - shallow DOFThe thought of living without indoor plumbing, for any modern homeowner, is pretty much inconceivable. Why would anyone want to live that way? We get all the water we need from the various faucets throughout our home and our plumbing appliances are fed water directly. We have a drain and sewer system in place that disposes of all the wastewater in an effective, reliable, and hygienic way.

It’s easy to take this all for granted, and therefore, not pay much attention to what all we put or let go down our drains. This is particularly true in the kitchen. To care for your drains and to get the most longevity out of your plumbing system as possible, we urge you to follow the advice below.

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Does Your Business Need Hydro-Jetting?

August 6th, 2018

plumber performing hydro-jettingNo matter what type of business you run, whether it’s a restaurant where you have extensive kitchen plumbing or a basic office with a bathroom and a sink, you have plumbing needs. Perhaps you try to handle those plumbing needs on your own—if a bathroom sink is clogged you can just pour some liquid drain cleaner down it and call it a day, right?

Well, not so much. These are actually pretty harmful to pipes—which we’ll get into more below—and with much higher stakes than in a residential situation, you want to ensure you are taking the best care you can of your commercial plumbing in Cary, NC. Read on to learn more about how chemical liquid drain cleaners can do more harm than good, and how beneficial hydro-jetting can be for your business.

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