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

“Do I Really Need to Hire a Pro for My Plumbing Work?”

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.When it comes to jobs around the house, plumbing tasks are the most likely to be DIY-attempts. You may think that plumbing isn’t that hard—that you can save money by handling any problems or installation jobs on your own.

But the truth is, plumbing is not that simple. It requires the work of licensed professionals to handle most jobs—with the exception of things like relieving a superficial clog with a plunger or perhaps changing a washer in your faucet. Keep reading to learn some of the top reasons you should call a professional plumber when you need work done involving your pipes.

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How to Accelerate Your Repiping Needs

Monday, August 19th, 2019

plumber-installing-new-plumbing“Wait, what?”

You might be scratching your head–why would you want to accelerate your home’s need for repiping? Surely, there is nothing fun about replacing part or all of your plumbing system. It’s inconvenient, costly (our prices are reasonable but let’s face it, unexpected plumbing repairs are never a welcomed hit to the wallet), and no matter the time of year, an interruption to your home comfort.

But if you’re one of those homeowners who use store-bought chemical drain cleaner, you may very well already be accelerating your repiping needs. Read on to learn more!

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How You Know You Need Hydro-Jetting

Monday, August 5th, 2019

drain-cleaning-illustrationThe last time you had a slow drain, you may have reached for a simple solution—store-bought liquid drain cleaner. Either that, or a plunger and nothing else but a little “elbow grease” (which hopefully solved the problem!)

Of course, not only is liquid drain cleaner actually bad for your plumbing system, it will do nothing for really large backups like a severe limescale buildup, pipe damage, or even tree root infiltration in your sewer line. A better solution may be what’s called hydro-jetting [more on that below!]

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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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