One Call Plumbing Blog: Archive for February, 2018

“Help! All My Drains Are Stopped Up”

Clogged Drain

Drain clogs are among the most common service calls our team receives. When it’s just one drain, you may be able to relieve it with a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease. When all the drains in your home are stopped up, however, then you have a much more serious problem on your hands—a sewer line drain clog that requires professional Durham, NC drain cleaning.

“Wait, Can’t I Just Buy Liquid Drain Cleaner?”

Sure, you can, but if the problem has already reached the point that all your drains are stopped up, this won’t do you very much good at all. Besides, we don’t recommend store-bought drain cleaners to clean out clogs at all, no matter how minor. The main reason for this is because these liquid drain cleaners use corrosive chemicals to do their job.

The chemicals used will eat through whatever is clogging your pipes (albeit, temporarily, because it doesn’t actually remove the clog) but it won’t stop there. Prolonged use of these store-bought solutions will degrade your plumbing itself, to the point that you’ll likely need to replace some or all of it earlier than you otherwise would have.

These chemicals …

Exploring Your Water Heater Options

Pipes of a water heater

Your home is already equipped with a water heater, but is it in good shape? If it’s a couple decades old, and/or you haven’t had maintenance done and repair needs keep piling up, then it’s likely time to consider a water heater replacement. Are you aware of all your options?

If not, we urge you to give a professional Chapel Hill, NC plumber a call—our team is standing by! In the meantime, we’d like to go over two of the most frequently talked about options in water heater systems, the storage tank system, and the tankless water heater.

Storage Tank Water Heaters

These are still the most popular types of water heaters on the market today. You can get a gas-powered system or if you do not have access to natural gas you can choose to go the electrical route. Some folks choose electrical for safety, too, although gas water heaters are built safer now than ever before.

Tank systems are on the more affordable side to purchase, especially when compared to tankless water heaters. So does this make tank water heaters better? Well, it really depends on your specific …