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What to Do When Your Drains Stop Up

Family Washing Hands At Kitchen Sink

One of the most frustrating issues for a homeowner to deal with is when a fixture or sink won’t drain properly. You could be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth when suddenly you notice your bathroom sink is backing up with water. Or you could be taking a shower when it turns into something that resembles a bath instead.

Chances are, you’ll look for a quick solution, such as chemical, store-bought drain cleaners. But we encourage you to contact our professionals instead.

“Why Not Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners?”

After all, it seems like these drain cleaning chemicals would be the easiest way to unclog backed up drains, right? But half the time, they don’t actually work. This is because the chemicals in drain cleaning liquids may be formulated to dissolve some types of clogs, but not all of them—like grease. Chemical drain cleaners might only move the clog further down the drain.

There are other reasons to avoid these chemical “solutions,” too. They’re highly toxic and can wear down the lining of your pipes if used too often.

“So, I Can Never Relieve Clogs on My Own?”

Well, we …

Plumbing Services You Should Know About

Professional PlumberProfessional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.

It is fairly common practice for people to discover certain plumbing
services only after they encounter an issue that requires them. This is,
again, a widespread practice but it is also less efficient because it
is reactive. We like to encourage people to be proactive because it
saves them time, money, and stress in the long run.

So, how exactly can someone be proactive about taking care of their plumbing in Raleigh & Durham, NC? You look ahead so you know what you can expect. Think of it this way: would you walk into a salon or a barbershop just hoping they have someone who can fix the issue you want to be resolved? Probably not–you likely call ahead or check online to make sure they can do what you want.

One Call Plumbing is proud to be a reliable source for your plumbing
services and, in the interest of helping you be proactive about caring
for your home plumbing, we want to give you a quick look at some of the
key …

What You Should Know about Commercial Grease Traps

Commercial Grease Traps

If you own a restaurant or food service establishment, then you likely already know that a commercial grease trap system is a basic part of your business’s plumbing and sanitary system.

You might also know that in order for your establishment to remain up to code, it must have a properly installed and functioning grease trap in place that receives routine maintenance to clean it out. And this is a job for a professional commercial plumber!

What you might not know is how exactly a grease trap functions, and what makes it so important. Read on!

The Job of Your Commercial Grease Trap

The grease trap in your commercial kitchen is there to prevent FOG (fats, oils, and grease, that go down the sink drains from entering into either the public sewer system or the septic tank.

The problem with FOG is that it can quickly clog up pipes and create major obstructions, so as much as possible should be kept from going through your plumbing system’s drain pipes.

Grease traps are particularly important for businesses that rely on a septic system instead of the municipal sewer system, as they can rapidly …

How to Accelerate Your Repiping Needs

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!

Store-Bought Drain Cleaners Can Be Harmful

Have you ever looked at the warning label plastered on a bottle of store-bought drain cleaner? There are a number of warnings listed there and for good reason. Most of these products actually contain some pretty nasty chemicals. They’re highly caustic solutions and most of the store-bought drain cleaners you’ll find have terrible chemicals in them—chemicals that not only eat through whatever is clogging your drain, but eat through your pipes.

That’s right, once the drain cleaning solution is done eating through a clog, it coats the inside of the drain pipe …

How You Know You Need Hydro Jetting

Drain Cleaning Illustration

The 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!]

“I Really Can’t Just Use Chemical Drain Cleaners?”

Any professional plumber with decent experience will never recommend those common drain cleaning chemicals found in many hardware stores and even grocery stores. We know this seems like an easy solution, but here are the facts about these liquid “drain cleaners”:

They are some of the most caustic and toxic chemicals you can buy at the store, with the potential to injure your skin and eyes.They can damage the lining of your plumbing pipes.The chemicals in these drain cleaners aren’t able to dissolve certain types of clogs—they might only push the problem further down in the sewer …

Signs of Sewer Line Problems

Split Drainage Pipe With Roots

Your home’s sewer line is its method of removing waste and wastewater from your plumbing and moving it to the civic sewer system. This is something we all know but may take for granted.

Sewer lines are typically buried under the ground in your yard, keeping them safe from damage and from inclement weather. Due to being out sight, though, they’re often out of mind. This means that when trouble arises, it may not be immediately obvious.

This means it’s important that you know how to spot the signs of trouble with your sewer line, so you can call for help from a professional plumber right away. What are these signs, though? Read on to find out!

Puddles in Your Yard

A leak from your sewer line can, understandably, produce puddles in your yard. If it hasn’t been raining recently and you don’t have a broken sprinkler system head, then there’s a good chance you’re looking at the product of a sewer line or main water line leak—both of which require a call to the pros.

Excess Greenery

The plants and landscaping in your yard will use a leaking sewer line as …

Would Your Home Benefit from a Direct Vent Water Heater?

Hand Turning On Faucet Of Water Heaterhand man opening silver faucet or water tap with white washing sink in public toilet.

There are a number of options to consider when choosing your next
water heater installation. For instance, do you want gas or electric? If
you’ve already been using a gas-powered water heater, or if your home
came with an electric water heater already in place, you’d probably like
to go the gas route to save money on operational costs each month.

Next, you will choose either a tank or tankless water heater. But wait, there’s one more option! A direct vent water heater. This isn’t a well-known system, relatively speaking, but it’s a very efficient and safe water heating system.

What Is a Direct Vent Water Heater?

Essentially, the difference between a direct vent water heater and power vent water
heater (the one many homeowners are used to) is that the power vent
system removes combustion gases from the atmosphere through a powered
venting fan, while a direct vent water heater vent these gases into the
outdoor atmosphere using a chimney or exhaust pipe.

Water is …

One Possible Water Line Problem to Be Aware of

Burst Pipe With Water Leaking

There 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.

Is Low Water Pressure Only Impacting One Faucet?

First, you’ll want to determine whether a decline in water pressure
is coming from a single faucet, or if multiple faucets and fixtures in
your home are impacted. If it’s only one faucet, then you might be able
to resolve the problem on your own with nothing more than a pair of
pliers!

The problem you’re looking at is likely a clogged aerator—this is a
small screen that sits …

What to Do When Your Drains Stop Up

Family Washing Hands At Kitchen Sink

One of the most frustrating issues for a homeowner to deal with is when a fixture or sink won’t drain properly. You could be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth when suddenly you notice your bathroom sink is backing up with water. Or you could be taking a shower when it turns into something that resembles a bath instead.

Chances are, you’ll look for a quick solution, such as chemical, store-bought drain cleaners. But we encourage you to contact our professionals instead.

“Why Not Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners?”

After all, it seems like these drain cleaning chemicals would be the easiest way to unclog backed up drains, right? But half the time, they don’t actually work. This is because the chemicals in drain cleaning liquids may be formulated to dissolve some types of clogs, but not all of them—like grease. Chemical drain cleaners might only move the clog further down the drain.

There are other reasons to avoid these chemical “solutions,” too. They’re highly toxic and can wear down the lining of your pipes if used too often.

“So, I Can Never Relieve Clogs on My Own?”

Well, we …

Can Your Water Meter Help You Detect a Leak?

Pipe With Water Leak

Have you found yourself struggling with or questioning higher-than-normal water bills? It’s natural to expect costs to fluctuate from month to month. But if you find this utility bill skyrocketing with no obvious explanation, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s going on with your plumbing in Raleigh & Durham, NC.

Even the seemingly smallest plumbing leaks can significantly impact your water bills over time. In fact, according to the United States EPA’s WaterSense website, if a faucet were leaking at one drop per second, you’d be wasting 3,000 gallons of water per year! Of course, we don’t you’d let a faucet go on leaking for that long just because of the nuisance noise it makes! But, what if there’s a small, dripping leak hidden behind a wall that you don’t know about?

Leak Detection

Well the good news is, there is a way to test your plumbing
system for leaks by observing changes in your water meter, even if you
don’t actually see or hear a leak occurring. Follow these steps, …