One Call Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Durham’

Beware! These Are Signs You Need Whole-House Repiping

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 …

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

water heater tank

If 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.

What Is the Anode Rod?

The anode rod is a component that resides in the tank of your water
heater. The anode rod …

Prevent Drain Clogs with These Tips

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.

Use Drain Covers or Drain Screens

There are a number of things that can get stuck down in your drains.
Soap scum, hair, and objects accidentally knocked down into drains are
among the most frequent sources of drain clogs. But you can stop most of
these from going down the drain by using a cover or a screen.

These drain covers are sold at any hardware or …

“Help! All My Drains Are Stopped Up”

Clogged Drain

Drain 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.

“Wait, Can’t I Just Buy Liquid Drain Cleaner?”

Sure, you can, but if the problem has already reached the point that all your drains are stopped up, this won’t do you very much good at all. Besides, we don’t recommend store-bought drain cleaners to clean out clogs at all, no matter how minor. The main reason for this is because these liquid drain cleaners use corrosive chemicals to do their job.

The chemicals used will eat through whatever is clogging your pipes (albeit, temporarily, because it doesn’t actually remove the clog) but it won’t stop there. Prolonged use of these store-bought solutions will degrade your plumbing itself, to the point that you’ll likely need to replace some or all of it earlier than you otherwise would have.

These chemicals …

Is It Time for Whole House Repiping?

Woman Calling A Plumber Service To Fix Drain Pipe Blockage.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?

Your Pipes Are Old

Let’s get a little more specific, here. Up until the 1960’s, plumbers
were still using galvanized steel for pipe installation. Galvanized
steel is long lasting, but long-lasting means about 40-50 years. So if your home is still using it that means it’s at least 18 years overdue for replacement.

Today’s …

Don’t Let Frozen Pipes Halt Your Plumbing System!

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photo

Freezing 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.

Open Your Faucets

The pipes most susceptible to freezing are the ones located outside of your home. If you have any outdoor faucets that you use for sprinkler systems or hoses, make sure you turn off the water flow to these points. Then, open the relevant faucets, taking care to drain any water that’s left, then leave them open. You may also want to pick up some …

Use Your Water Meter to Detect Leaks

Faucet Slowly Dripping Water

Have 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 …

Don’t Ignore These Signs of Plumbing Repair Needs

White Pvc Pipe With Blue Cloth Tied Around Leak

Plumbing 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.

Decreased Water Pressure

A drop in water pressure is never a good sign for your plumbing system and can mean a variety of things, depending on how severe the loss is and how quickly it drops. Usually, a loss of water pressure indicates that you have either a leak or a blockage somewhere within the plumbing system.

A slow loss …

Are You in Need of a Thorough Drain Cleaning?

Animation of arrows going through a p trap pipe

There’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.

Slow Drainage

Drain clogs are probably the single biggest plumbing problem you’re likely to deal with when it comes to your drain and sewer system. Clogs typically form over time, as waste builds up on the inside of your drain pipe walls. As clogs grow toward the center of the pipe, it restricts the flow of water.

If you …

The Importance of Hiring a Pro for Your Plumbing Job

Portrait of male plumber fixing a sink in bathroom

There 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:

Reliable Training

When you choose to hire just any plumber off the street, you can be left with less than ideal results. The same goes for hiring a general handyman. What you want instead is a plumber who has comprehensive education and training, that which is necessary to handle the worst of clogs, the trickiest of leaks, and busted pipes that can quickly …