One Call Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumber’

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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The Best Way to Fend Off Sink Clogs

Monday, June 24th, 2019

water-flowing-down-sink-drainThere’s no doubt that one of the most annoying things for homeowners to deal with is when a plumbing fixture or sink in the home isn’t draining as it should. You might be simply brushing your teeth when suddenly you have to deal with a backed up sink. Or perhaps you’re taking a morning shower when suddenly it looks like you’re drawing a bath instead.

You’d probably like a quick fix, and we get it! But this isn’t always the best idea. Keep reading to learn more about how to not only prevent drain clogs from forming in the first place, but also what do when drain clogs do happen.

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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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What’s an Anode Rod and What Does It Do?

Monday, April 1st, 2019

water-heater-tankIf we asked you to name the most important appliance in your home, what would it be? We’d argue to say that it’s your water heater. After all, your water heater is one of the only systems in your home that gets used every single day—it works hard to provide you with the hot water you need to shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and more. And if you’re using a storage tank water heater, there is one component, in particular, that is integral in allowing this to all happen seamlessly—the anode rod.

This isn’t exactly a household name, but the anode rod is very important in all households with a storage tank water heater. It provides an essential function in protecting your tank water heater from harm. The anode rod doesn’t last the lifetime of the water heater, though, so it’s important you know the condition of yours.

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Need a New Water Heater?

Monday, February 4th, 2019

water-heaterWhen it comes to purchasing any major appliance or piece of equipment for your home, there are a lot of decisions to make, not the least of which is what model of the appliance to get. The water heater is no exception. Sure, if you already have a storage tank water heater, it would be easy to just get another one and call it a day.

But this isn’t your only option. Today’s water heater choices keep efficiency in mind, and while a tank water heater may be the way to go, you’d do well to consider a tankless or direct vent model before making your purchase. Keep reading to learn more!

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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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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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Should You Worry about a Running Toilet?

Monday, May 14th, 2018

toilet in nice bathroomOne of the most annoying problems you might face with your bathroom plumbing is a toilet that won’t stop running. The noise is a nuisance, and eventually the excess water you aren’t using will add up in water costs. A running toilet also means the inability to flush.

But if it’s a guest bathroom or a bathroom you don’t otherwise use on a regular basis, you may be tempted to wait and not worry about it too much. We urge you to reconsider. Be sure to call a professional Raleigh, NC plumber as soon as you notice a running toilet, as it can be caused by any of the following factors.

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