One Call Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Durham’

What’s the Point of the Anode Rod in My Water Heater?

Monday, April 30th, 2018

water heater tankIf we were to ask you what the most important appliance in your home is, what would you say? If you’re like many homeowners, you’d probably reply that it’s your water heater. This system is, after all, a true workhorse. It provides you with the hot water you need to shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and much more. And if you use a tank water heater, then you rely a lot on a particular component that you might not even know exists. We’re talking about the anode rod!

While the anode rod certainly isn’t a household name, it really should be in those homes outfitted with tank-style water heaters. The anode rod provides an essential function in order to protect your tank water heater from harm. The anode rod doesn’t last forever, though, so it’s important you know the condition of yours, and give our team a call for Durham, NC water heater services when you need them.

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Prevent Drain Clogs with These Tips

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.You might not be surprised to learn that the #1 most common plumbing problem is the drain clog. Everyone has dealt with a clogged up or slow drain at some time or another. Our professional plumbers offer Durham, NC drain cleaning to rid homes of these clogs all the time.

But what if you could avoid drain clogs altogether? While we’re here to relieve your drain clogs in the most effective ways possible (liquid drain cleaners you can buy at the store are not the answer) we also love to help our customers out. That means sharing some tips with you to help you avoid plumbing problems to begin with.

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“Help! All My Drains Are Stopped Up”

Monday, February 19th, 2018

clogged drainDrain 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.

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Is It Time for Whole House Repiping?

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Woman calling a plumber service to fix drain pipe blockage.For many plumbing problems, such as leaks or clogs, all you need to do is give our professional plumbers a call for quick repair. However, at some point, your plumbing system will age to the extent that replacing or repairing just one section of piping isn’t going to cut it—what you’ll need instead is whole-house Durham, NC repiping.

Whole house repiping is the safest way to protect your home from leaks and water damage once your plumbing system ages to a certain point. It’s often the last resort when it comes to fixing plumbing problems, but definitely necessary sometimes. But how do you know if your household needs it?

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Don’t Let Frozen Pipes Halt Your Plumbing System!

Monday, December 25th, 2017

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoFreezing pipes are an unfortunately common occurrence during our chilly winters. And they can cause a good deal of damage if they’re not dealt with properly. This is because as water in the pipes freezes, it expands, putting pressure on the walls of the pipe.

As you’ve probably guessed, this can cause openings for leaks, and even burst plumbing pipes. To protect your plumbing system from freezing in this manner, there are a few things you can do. Keep reading to learn more, and contact our experienced staff for Durham, NC plumbing services if you end up with damaged plumbing or if you’d like to learn more.

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Use Your Water Meter to Detect Leaks

Monday, December 11th, 2017

faucet slowly dripping waterHave you found yourself with unnaturally high water bills that can’t be explained? It stands to reason that your water bills will fluctuate somewhat from month to month depending on your use. However, when your utilities skyrocket for no apparent reason, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s going on with your plumbing system.

Even the smallest plumbing leaks can waste a significant amount of water—in fact, according to the US EPA, a faucet leaking at just one drop per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water per year! But you may have that “small” of a leak anywhere in your water line, including places you can see such as the pipes that run underneath your slab to the ones behind your walls.

So what if you suspect you do have a leak? Is there anything you can do? When it comes down to it, the best thing to do is give our team a call so we can perform professional Durham, NC leak detection services. In the meantime though, the following may help you determine on your own if you have any reason to be concerned about a leak.

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of Plumbing Repair Needs

Monday, November 27th, 2017

white pvc pipe with blue cloth tied around leakPlumbing issues can be very difficult for the average homeowner to detect on their own, without professional equipment and the know-how to use that equipment. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and the problems that arise within it are almost always subtle when they begin. This is part of the reason why we strongly advise preventive maintenance at least once a year.

However, you should also familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having some kind of issue. In the rare event that something does happen between your plumbing maintenance appointments, you’ll be able to detect if fairly quickly and have it repaired. Keep reading to learn about the signs of plumbing repair needs, and call on a trained Durham, NC plumber when you need those repairs performed.

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Are You in Need of a Thorough Drain Cleaning?

Monday, November 13th, 2017

animation of arrows going through a p trap pipeThere’s one particular component of your home’s plumbing system that you likely do not give a whole lot of thought to, and that’s your drain and sewer system. If this system isn’t properly maintained, however, it can create serious problems for the entire plumbing system.

Fortunately, it’s not hard to keep your drain system in good shape. All you need to do is make sure you schedule Durham, NC drain cleaning services on a regular basis—once a year—with a professional plumber. That doesn’t mean you won’t need drain cleaning outside of your maintenance appointment, but routine maintenance does help to reduce the chances of a huge plumbing emergency. That being said, keep reading to learn about the signs that you do, in fact, need a drain cleaning.

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Steps to Take in a Plumbing Emergency

Monday, October 30th, 2017

an old pipe with a pinhole leakIf you need to improve your water pressure, would like to look into upgrading your faucet, or are wondering how a water treatment system would benefit you, then all you’d need to do is set up an appointment with a plumber. Quality plumbing contractors will have time available and will be more than happy to make this a convenient experience for you.

But what if you have an emergency with your pipes, drains, or plumbing fixtures? Then you need someone to show up fast. You may also need to take some steps on your own to prevent property damage and damage to your plumbing system. We’re here for your reliable Durham, NC emergency plumbing services, and to provide some advice on steps you should take when an emergency hits.

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The Importance of Hiring a Pro for Your Plumbing Job

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Portrait of male plumber fixing a sink in bathroomThere are specific standards for professional plumbing services in Durham, NC. These standards are in place to ensure that your plumbing system works as effectively and efficiently as it should for as long as possible, and does so safely. When you find your home in need of professional plumbing services in the Durham area or in one of our surrounding service areas, you needn’t look any further than our team—but we feel it’s very important that we tell you to trust in a professional plumber, only.

In addition to the safety and liability guarantees that you can only get from a licensed professional plumbing company, hiring professionals for the job also benefits you in many other ways:

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