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

Preventing Kitchen Sink Clogs

Monday, July 8th, 2019

plumber-inspecting-kitchen-sinkWe addressed the causes of some of the most common sink drain clogs and what to do about them in our previous blog post. Today, we want to talk about preventing kitchen drain clogs altogether. Kitchen sink clogs come in many forms. And if you have a garbage disposal, you’re even more likely to run into this problem.

“What?” You might be thinking, “shouldn’t it be the other way around?”

Well, yes. Technically, garbage disposal use should make it less likely that you’ll develop kitchen sink clogs. After all, they’re there for you when you have unfinished meals, kitchen scraps, and even spoiling leftovers that you don’t want stinking up your trash can and your home. But it’s the dependence on these systems that gets some homeowners into trouble.

Think about it—have you ever been frustrated by a garbage disposal that seems to keep jamming up? Or maybe you’ve had to call in a plumber one too many times, to pull something out of the mechanism to get it to work again. Perhaps you just want to check up on what items do and do not belong in your disposal system. The latter is what we’re going to get into below—following these garbage disposal tips will help you fend off many types of kitchen sink clogs (and we’ll get to even more ways later on):

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Have a Plumbing Emergency? Here’s What to Do

Monday, June 10th, 2019

concerned-woman-looking-at-leak-under-sinkThere are probably plenty of plumbers out there who do a great job but don’t offer emergency services. The thing is, however, a truly comprehensive plumber understands that plumbing problems rarely happen at a convenient time—meaning they don’t always happen “within business hours” (wouldn’t that be nice?). Because your plumbing system is so vital to the functionality of your home, you might not be able to just sit on the problem until you can schedule an appointment.

But what exactly should you do? How do you know when a plumbing problem warrants an emergency call? This depends largely on the specific situation you’re dealing with. For instance, a small leak or drip from a single faucet, while annoying, isn’t an emergency. However, if there’s a burst pipe causing water to spread across your kitchen floor, this is clearly a different situation. Regardless of what kind of plumbing problem you have, here are a few things you can do until a plumber gets to your home.

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Need a Plumbing Fix? Hire a Pro!

Monday, May 27th, 2019

plumber-working-on-kitchen-sink-faucetWhen you need a plumbing fix, there’s a pretty good chance you need it fast. Therefore, you’re likely tempted to contact the first person you can find who will do the job for the cheapest price. So, should you just go with a general handyman, whose services you would pay less for?

We know this seems like a quick fix, but the experience you have with this person simply won’t be the same as if you’d gone with a pro. Our plumbers have been in the business for years, and we know what can happen when homeowners choose an amateur to complete work in their home. Even something as simple as unclogging a drain can turn into a much bigger problem if not handled correctly. Keep reading to learn more about why it’s important to only work with a pro, and how to determine if you are working with a pro.

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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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