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

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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How to Prepare Your Pipes for Winter

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Tips for Caring for Your Drains

Monday, 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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Is Your Sewer Line Suffering?

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsWhen you hear the word “plumbing,” chances are you think about visible plumbing fixtures and appliances—your faucets, drains, and perhaps even toilet. This is understandable, as these are components you see every day. But there is one plumbing component you don’t see that warrants some considerable attention, and that’s your sewer line.

While out of sight, your sewer line should never be completely out of mind. If any issues develop with this section of plumbing, you could have a seriously inconvenient and messy problem on your hands. Early detection of sewer line issues is advantageous, so you should be aware of warning signs that something is amiss, which we’ve highlighted below, and be sure that when you do have a problem, you contact a professional plumber in Fuquay Varina, NC.

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Prevent Kitchen Sink Clogs with This One Tip

Monday, July 9th, 2018

mother standing over kitchen sink washing food with her young daughterThere’s one tip out there that if every homeowner followed, there’d be a lot fewer calls for clogged drains and drain cleaning. That is, “don’t put FOG down the drain!” FOG is one of the biggest threats there is to your plumbing system, which we’ll get to below.

Of course, when you do need effective and efficient Raleigh, NC drain cleaning, we are the team to call. But, we’d like to help you avoid problems with your kitchen sink to begin with, whether that’s through routine plumbing maintenance (which we recommend you schedule once a year) or alerting you to the dangers of FOG and other common drain clogging culprits.

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Is Your Plumbing Problem an Emergency?

Monday, June 25th, 2018

blue cloth tied around pipeComprehensive plumbing companies usually offer emergency services for those times when a plumbing problem just can’t wait. And as much as we may like them too, instances of clogs, leaks, and other plumbing problems don’t often wait for a “convenient” time to hit.

Since your home’s plumbing system is so essential to its operation, it’s likely that you can’t just sit on the problem until you can make an appointment. A reputable emergency plumber in Holly Springs, NC will ensure your plumbing problem gets fixed right away and that your plumbing system is back up to speed in no time.

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Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not the Answer to Clogs!

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When you turn on a tap or faucet in your home to discover that water is backing up instead of properly going down the drain, your instinct may be to reach for a bottle of liquid drain cleaner you got from the store down the street. These are marketed toward homeowners and renters looking to quickly clear up a drain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are effective at clearing up drains. In fact, our Wake Forest, NC plumbing experts can tell you—they are not effective at all.

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