One Call Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Raleigh’

The Benefits of Switching to a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless Water Heater

It
might seem odd to imagine a water heater without a tank but they do
exist. And what’s more these types of systems are known for being quite
reliable and efficient. Tankless water heaters are being used around the
country to provide hot water when it is needed while using less water
and energy than their multi-gallon-holding predecessors.

If you are in the market for a new water heating system, or you are trying to choose a water heater for your new home, we would urge you to consider a tankless water heater in Raleigh & Durham, NC as one of your options. And we want to explain how this water heater could help meet your home comfort needs.

How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

A tankless water heater, in simple terms, heats water as it is
requested. This means that when you turn on the shower or start washing
dishes, water is filtered through your tankless heater to be heated and
then sent to its destination. Unlike the tank water heater which stores
gallons of water and keeps that water at …

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 …

Get That Running Toilet Fixed

Toilet In Bathroom

Tell us if this sounds familiar. Someone goes to the bathroom in your home and flushes the toilet. The water in the tank runs to fill everything back up. But it just keeps running…and running…and running. That isn’t just the sound of water being wasted, it is the sound of money being washed down the drain too.

Sometimes the handle or button on your toilet might get stuck and you simply need to give it a little nudge to solve the problem. Other times, however, that running water is an indicator that you have a bigger problem on your hands. Namely, your toilet may have a leak somewhere within it that you need to deal with.

Our team of plumbers in Raleigh & Durham, NC is here to get your toilet fixed. But first, let’s explore some of the indicators you should be keeping an eye out for to make sure that the issue is in fact a leaky toilet and not a different plumbing problem.

Causes of a Running Toilet

So what might be causing your toilet to keep running? Well, there are several different parts to …

“Should I Get Commercial Hydro Jetting Services?

Water Flowing Down Sink Drain

Imagine this: It is the busiest Friday night your restaurant has had
in a while. Your servers are wearing pathways into the floor they are
moving so fast and the kitchen is a cacophony of activity. But then it
all comes to a screeching halt because of one issue:  a clogged drain.

A backed-up drain may not seem like such a big issue but it really
can bring everything to a stop. No draining means no clean dishes which
means nowhere to put the food which means no customers are getting fed.
See what we mean?

But wait! Before you pour that caustic drain cleaner fluid into the sink, you should know there is a better way to get the drain clear. When you reach out to One Call Plumbing for help with your commercial plumbing in Raleigh & Durham, NC, one of our professional plumbers can come back to not only clear that clog but make sure your pipes are clean enough to prevent another back up for a good long while.

Why You  Should …

What to Do about a Running Toilet

Toilet In Bathroom

The 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.

Your Refill Tube Is Malfunctioning

This is one possible cause of a running toilet. The refill tube of
the toilet is the component that replenishes water in the tank every
time you flush. The top of this tube should always remain above water
level. If it doesn’t, then you may hear intermittent running.

Problems with the Float Ball

The float ball is a small ball that sinks down each time the tank
empties with a flush. This opens up an inlet valve on the fill …

The Best Way to Prevent Drain Problems in Your Business

Bathroom Sinks In Commercial Building

Whether you run a commercial kitchen or own a business that has a small kitchen in it in addition to bathrooms, there is one system in your building that needs the right kind of attention and care—and that’s your plumbing system. Let’s say you have a problem with one of the drains in your building. At home, you’d just go out and get a bottle of drain cleaner, pour it down, and call it a day, right?

Well, the best way to prevent drain problems in your business is by not employing this same tactic there. The thing is, these store-bought, cheap, chemical drain cleaners are not the right solution for home drains or for your business. Keep reading to learn why, and to learn about professional drain cleaning methods.

Chemical Drain Cleaners Only Dissolve Some Sources of Clogs

And guess what sources they dissolve? Hair! Unless we’re talking about a gym business with showers, or a hair salon, we doubt very much that people are styling their hair in your business, and therefore these chemical drain cleaners would be absolutely useless for a clog in one of your drains. Grease, grime and …

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 …

Need a New Water Heater?

Water HeaterPipes of a heating system

When
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!

Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

The very first choice you’ll need to make about your water heater
purchase is whether you want a gas-powered system—which is typically
more affordable month to month—or an electric one. Next, you’ll need to
choose between a tank or tankless system. Almost all homes can upgrade
to tankless if the homeowner chooses this, and there are many benefits
to doing so. It is …

Plumbing Jobs That Should Never be “Do It Yourself”

Homeowner Looking Very Concerned Under Bathroom Sink

We’re really not trying to challenge you with that blog title. We’re simply trying to help you avoid unnecessary costs and panicked calls to an emergency plumber in Raleigh & Durham, NC. While we’ll be there quickly to help with whatever your plumbing problem may be, we’d like to assist you in preventing a problem to begin with. That said, what are some plumbing problems and plumbing jobs that should simply be left to the pros?

Drain and Sewer Cleaning

We’re not talking about a superficial clog. For instance, if there is
hair near the surface of your bathroom sink drain, you could probably
remove it yourself. If it’s a little stubborn, maybe a plunger and a bit
of elbow grease will help. But for drain clogs deeper in the line that
you just can’t get to, we urge you to call the pros—this is usually the
sign of a much bigger problem—the clog is merely a symptom.

When your drains become dirty and clogged from things like soap scum,
too much hair, FOG (fats, oils, and …