One Call Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

What to Do about a Running Toilet

Monday, April 29th, 2019

toilet-in-bathroomThe short answer to this would be “call a plumber.” But we don’t expect you to accept this at face value—we’ve gone into more detail below on what exactly might be causing this problem, and what can be done about it.

A running toilet is a nuisance to listen to, and can also cost you significantly in excess water you aren’t using—something that will reflect on your monthly water bills. A running toilet also means you have an inability to flush. Be sure to call for system repairs as soon as you notice this problem. In the meantime, read on for a further explanation.

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The Best Way to Prevent Drain Problems in Your Business

Monday, April 15th, 2019

bathroom-sinks-in-commercial-buildingWhether you run a commercial kitchen or own a business that has a small kitchen in it in addition to bathrooms, there is one system in your building that needs the right kind of attention and care—and that’s your plumbing system. Let’s say you have a problem with one of the drains in your building. At home, you’d just go out and get a bottle of drain cleaner, pour it down, and call it a day, right?

Well, the best way to prevent drain problems in your business is by not employing this same tactic there. The thing is, these store-bought, cheap, chemical drain cleaners are not the right solution for home drains or for your business. Keep reading to learn why, and to learn about professional drain cleaning methods.

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One Possible Water Line Problem to Be Aware of

Monday, March 18th, 2019

burst-pipe-with-water-leakingThere are a plethora of things that can affect the various components of your plumbing system, from a faucet leak to tree root infiltration in your sewer line. But there’s one issue, in particular, that’s especially important to be aware of, and that’s a decline in water pressure coming into your home.

The thing is, when your water pressure suffers, so to do your showers, your dishes, and any daily task that requires a pressurized stream of water. If you’ve discovered the problem of low water pressure in your home, it’s time to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Read on, for guidance.

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Beware These Potential Plumbing Emergencies

Monday, March 4th, 2019

homeowner-with-plunger-by-toiletPerhaps the best way to keep your mind at ease about your home’s plumbing system is to have an emergency plumber’s number ready for whenever you might need it. Knowing you can reach out to a trusted, licensed professional if a disaster strikes your home’s plumbing system is one of those things you’ll hope you will never need but will be glad to have it if you do!

Remember, no matter what type of plumbing problem you have, whether an emergency or not, you should not attempt to repair it on your own. It’s particularly crucial that you leave emergency service to the pros, who can act fast and get the job done right. Our team has dealt with many plumbing emergencies throughout the years, and we’ve put together a guideline of some of the more common ones you might run into, below.

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Beware These Signs You Need Whole-House Repiping

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Clogged drain pipes Smaller pipes. Originally shot for a copper pipe replacing company, but never used. These clogged pipes came out of an old apartment building that was having water drainage issues.It goes without saying that the average plumbing system in any given home is very large. Yours snakes its way through your household to your bathrooms, kitchen, garage, and more. Most of the pipes involved are hidden from plain view—on purpose. This means, of course, that when you have a plumbing problem, you might not be able to easily detect it. In fact, you probably can’t detect it on your own at all unless it’s evident by water gushing out from behind a wall. If you suspect you have a plumbing problem, you can call our professional plumbers.

But that suspicion has to come from somewhere, right? You have to know what you’re looking and/or listening for. There are a number of signs that indicate you might need pipe repair, or even whole-house repiping in Durham, NC. True, sometimes only partial repiping is needed. But in most cases, at least when we are looking at an older home, a whole-house job would benefit you more. Keep reading to learn more about the signs that you may need whole-house repiping!

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What to Consider with Your Bathroom Remodel

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Luxury white and grey marble bathroom interior.If you are reading this post, then there is a good chance that your bathroom doesn’t look the way you want it to. Or, perhaps it’s not as functional as it could or should be. If you have difficulty getting around it, or you just want to freshen up the space, it may do you well to consider a bathroom remodel. After all, next to the kitchen your bathrooms are often the most used rooms in your home, and the right remodeling job can give you a whole new space.

Of course, for a job of this caliber, you’ll want to work closely with a qualified and experienced plumber in Wake Forest, NC. After all, the right planning and preparation will make a huge difference in the results you’ll see after your bathroom remodel is complete. In fact, there might even be factors you haven’t considered at all, which we’ll dive into below.

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Plumbing Jobs That Should Never be “Do It Yourself”

Monday, December 24th, 2018

homeowner looking very concerned under bathroom sinkWe’re really not trying to challenge you with that blog title. We’re simply trying to help you avoid unnecessary costs and panicked calls to an emergency plumber in Raleigh, NC. While we’ll be there quickly to help with whatever your plumbing problem may be, we’d like to assist you in preventing a problem to begin with. That said, what are some plumbing problems and plumbing jobs that should simply be left to the pros?

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Can Your Water Meter Help You Detect a Leak?

Monday, 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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Signs You Can Use a Thorough Drain Cleaning

Monday, 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?”

Monday, 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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