One Call Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Raleigh’

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, …

What You Need to Know about Grease Traps

White Question Mark On Blue Circle With White Background

The very first thing you need to know about grease traps is that if you own a commercial restaurant or kitchen in Raleigh & Durham, or anywhere really, then you need one in place.

Your commercial plumbing in Raleigh & Durham, NC shares a lot in common with smaller, somewhat less complex residential plumbing systems. One of these commonalities is that FOG (fats, oils, and grease) can do a lot of damage to the system in the form of clogs. And since commercial kitchens work with such high levels of production, FOG down the drains is something that’s impossible to avoid and is a serious threat.

Commercial grease trap systems are important in preventing clogged drains and sewer systems on your property. They’re also important for helping to protect the municipal plumbing system. More on that below. First, let’s talk a bit more about what these systems are and how they work.

The Functionality of a Grease Trap

Residential homes and properties very rarely would have a need for a designated grease trap. However, you should always be careful about not putting FOG down …

What Do I Do with a Plumbing Emergency?

Old Pipe That Has Sprung A Leak

Handling 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 & Durham, 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.

Do You Have an Overflowing Toilet?

This one can easily send you into a panic as not only does it mean
you can’t use your toilet, but that you may have water damage and an
unsanitary mess …

Prevent Kitchen Sink Clogs with This One Tip

Mother Standing Over Kitchen Sink Washing Food With Her Young Daughter

There’s one tip out there that if every homeowner followed, there’d
be a lot fewer calls for clogged drains and drain cleaning. That is,
“don’t put FOG down the drain!” FOG is one of the biggest threats there
is to your plumbing system, which we’ll get to below.

Of course, when you do need effective and efficient Raleigh & Durham, NC drain cleaning, we are the team to call. But, we’d like to help you avoid problems with your kitchen sink to begin with, whether that’s through routine plumbing maintenance (which we recommend you schedule once a year) or alerting you to the dangers of FOG and other common drain clogging culprits.

But, What Is FOG?

FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease—you know, the byproducts of
many of the meals you likely cook in your kitchen. We understand how
easy, and therefore how tempting, it is to just dump your cooking
leftovers down the drain and be done with it, but unfortunately, this
can and does do a lot …

Should You Worry about a Running Toilet?

Toilet In Nice Bathroom

One 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 & Durham, NC plumber as soon as you notice a running toilet, as it can be caused by any of the following factors.

The Refill Tube is Malfunctioning

This is the component of your toilet that replenishes the water
within the tank. The top of this tube should always remain above water
level. If it doesn’t, however, then you might here intermittent running.

Float Ball Problems

The float ball is a small ball that sinks down when the tank empties
with a flush, opening up the inlet valve on the fill tube. When …

Worried about Your Water Line?

Water Line With Leak

The main water line is the most important part of your home’s
plumbing system. Whether you get your home’s water from the city, or
from a well, all water that enters your home comes through a water line.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to ensure your water line stays in good
shape!

There are a number of factors to watch out for that indicates your water line is in disrepair. If you do notice any of the following symptoms, we urge you to give a professional Raleigh & Durham, NC plumber on our team a call for repairs right away.

A Drop in Water Pressure

A decline in water pressure in just one section of your home may
indicate a leak or blockage that’s forming in that part of the system.
When it happens throughout your entire home, then you have a bigger
problem.

A drop in water pressure throughout the home often signals a problem
with the water line itself. Be sure to give us a call right away when
you notice this.

Puddles

Have you noticed puddles seemingly randomly developing …