One Call Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Wake Forest’

“Do I Really Need to Hire a Pro for My Plumbing Work?”

Professional Plumber Doing Reparation In Kitchen Home.Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.

When it comes to jobs around the house, plumbing tasks are the most
likely to be DIY-attempts. You may think that plumbing isn’t that
hard—that you can save money by handling any problems or installation
jobs on your own.

But the truth is, plumbing is not that simple. It requires the work
of licensed professionals to handle most jobs—with the exception of
things like relieving a superficial clog with a plunger or perhaps
changing a washer in your faucet. Keep reading to learn some of the top
reasons you should call a professional plumber when you need work done
involving your pipes.

Professionals are Trained and Licensed

Plumbing isn’t an easy vocation to get into. It takes years of
training to become skilled enough that the plumbing can solve almost any
problem in a home. Plumbers must have a state contractor’s license to
prove they’re professionals. When you hire a plumber, you can absolutely
ask for proof of licensing to ensure you have an individual with
appropriate training and expertise.

They Have the Right …

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 …

Preventing Kitchen Sink Clogs

plumber inspecting kitchen sinkProfessional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.

We 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 …

The Best Way to Fend Off Sink Clogs

Water Flowing Down Sink Drain

There’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.

The Most Common Sink Drain Clogs

First off, it’s helpful to know what types of things most commonly clog up sink drains. When it comes to your bathroom, hair is an extremely common culprit for not only the sink, but also the bathtub drain. And too much toilet paper can clog up your toilet as well, which is a whole other story.

In the kitchen, FOG is a common culprit. This stands for fats, oils, and grease. FOG hardens as …

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

Water Heater Tank

If 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.

What Exactly Is an Anode Rod?

This is a rod that resides in the tank of your water heater and is
composed of magnesium. This material breaks down faster than steel does,
which is what hot water tanks are made out …

What to Consider with Your Bathroom Remodel

Luxury white and grey marble bathroom interior.

If you are reading this post, then there is a good chance that your bathroom doesn’t look the way you want it to. Or, perhaps it’s not as functional as it could or should be. If you have difficulty getting around it, or you just want to freshen up the space, it may do you well to consider a bathroom remodel. After all, next to the kitchen your bathrooms are often the most used rooms in your home, and the right remodeling job can give you a whole new space.

Of course, for a job of this caliber, you’ll want to work closely with a qualified and experienced plumber in Wake Forest, NC. After all, the right planning and preparation will make a huge difference in the results you’ll see after your bathroom remodel is complete. In fact, there might even be factors you haven’t considered at all, which we’ll dive into below.

First, Practicality. Then, Aesthetics

We get it—the main reason most homeowners plan a remodel or renovation of any kind is that they don’t like how the space currently looks. Remodeling gives you a great opportunity to change …

What Are the Biggest Threats to Your Kitchen Plumbing?

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.

More specifically, we’re referring to your kitchen sink.

Aside from your bathroom plumbing fixtures, your kitchen sink is likely the most used Wake Forest, NC plumbing appliance in your home. Therefore, it’s important that you take proper care of it. This starts by scheduling routine plumbing maintenance once a year, and drain cleaning as needed.

You may still run into the occasional problem in between maintenance sessions, but with that professional inspection, major plumbing problems, like the ones we’re about to highlight below, should be a lot less likely.

Stubborn Clogs

The good news is, if this is only occurring in your kitchen sink drain and nowhere else, you probably don’t have a widespread problem (such as a sewage backup). However, it’s still quite the nuisance to have a clogged sink! If using a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease has failed to resolve the problem, then it’s time to call in the big guns.

And no, we aren’t talking about chemical drain cleaners you can buy at the store! These actually do more harm than good due to the harmful, caustic chemicals in them. Rather, you …

Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not the Answer to Clogs!

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.

When you turn on a tap or faucet in your home to discover that water is backing up instead of properly going down the drain, your instinct may be to reach for a bottle of liquid drain cleaner you got from the store down the street. These are marketed toward homeowners and renters looking to quickly clear up a drain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are effective at clearing up drains. In fact, our Wake Forest, NC plumbing experts can tell you—they are not effective at all.

The Problem with Chemical Liquid Drain Cleaners

The problem with chemical liquid drain cleaners is right there in the name: “chemical.” This leads to a number of issues, which we’ve highlighted below.

Most Chemicals Only Dissolve Some Clogs

This is the first thing you should know about chemical, store-bought drain cleaners—they’re formulated to resolve some (not all) sources of clogs. For instance, most can dissolve hair. But grease, grime, food particles, and even soap scum can be hard to completely remove for these “affordable” solutions. Therefore, the clog removal is temporary at best.

The Problem Can Get Worse

The fact is, some of the particles that the chemicals …