Keeping Those Pipes Running Smoothly

Keeping Your Septic Tank System Working Properly: Tips For You

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Septic Tank System Working Properly: Tips For You

Owning a home with a septic tank system rather than a plumbing system that flows into a central city sewage system can be challenging for homeowners who are not used to it. However, if you get to know how your septic system works and what needs to be done to maintain it, having a home with a septic tank system can be simple and easy. Get to know some of the key steps you can take to keep your septic tank system running smoothly, and you will be well on your way to having a well-maintained home without major plumbing issues or incidents. Be Sure Your Water Does Not Run Excessively One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you have a septic system is to allow your water to run or leak excessively. This can be as simple as having a toilet that continues to run after it has been flushed, or having leaky faucets or pipes that constantly add small amounts of waste water to your septic tank. While all homeowners, whether they have septic systems or not, should be vigilant about excess water use, when you have a septic system, higher water bills are not your only consequence. If a toilet runs for hours after being flushed or faucets leak constantly, your septic tank may overflow causing your backyard to become a smelly sewage-filled mess. If this happens, you will need plumbers to come out and drain the tanks and try to clean up the potentially hazardous mess in your backyard, as the septic tank treatment chemicals will also have been released into your lawn and the environment. Get Regular Septic Tank Treatment and Maintenance Your septic tank system will need maintenance and treatment on a regular schedule to keep everything working properly and running smoothly. Having your septic system checked and treated every year can help you to prevent any major issues or repairs that could cost you a great deal of money and involve messy cleanup. Septic tank maintenance and treatment can include ensuring that the chemicals in the tank are at the proper levels, there are no leaks or cracks in the system, and everything is up to code and standards for safety and health. In addition to regular checks, you will need to get the solid waste pumped from your tank on a regular basis. Usually this can be done every few years, although some households may need septic tank pumping more frequently. If you have your system inspected and maintained every year, your septic tank servicing company will be able to advise you on a pumping schedule that will work best for you. With these tips in mind, you can be sure that you keep your septic tank system working properly starting right now. To learn more, contact a company like Tyler Contracting...

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Simple Tips To Keep Your Kitchen’s PVC Plumbing Pipe From Freezing Up

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Tips To Keep Your Kitchen’s PVC Plumbing Pipe From Freezing Up

If you experience freezing pipes in your kitchen every winter no matter what you do, it’s time to take action. When the temperatures drop outside, some rooms in your home may stay colder than others do, especially if the rooms sit under trees. The water inside your kitchen’s plastic plumbing pipe stays cold as a result. You can keep the plumbing warm with the tips below. Open Up the Cabinets Although cabinets protect your sink’s plumbing from dust and other issues, they can make the space beneath your sink cold. By opening up the sink’s cabinets, you allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing pipe. The warm air heats up the plastic pipe and water sitting inside it.  You can also leave your cold water tap running to help keep the water inside the plumbing pipe flowing. However, instead of letting the water pour out of the faucet, only allow a thin stream of water flow through it. The stream of water will push any ice that forms inside the pipe through to the sink. If the space beneath the sink still feels a bit cold, place a portable heater in the center of the room and direct it toward the sink. Turn the heater to low and give it 30 minutes to heat up the space. You don’t want to leave the heater in the kitchen overnight unless you expect to be up. Unattended heaters can start fires. After you complete the tips above, take time to insulate the plumbing pipe. Insulate the Pipe With a Blanket The plastic housing of your plumbing pipe can contract when it’s cold and break open along the elbow joints. If these things happen, water can flow out of the pipe and flood the kitchen. Insulating the pipe with a cotton blanket on extremely cold days and nights may keep the plastic from contracting. Cotton is a great heat insulator, because the material contains molecules that hold on to air. Cotton also absorbs moisture. If the temperatures in the home or outside become warmer, the plumbing pipe can form condensation or moisture on its surface. Once the weather becomes cold again, the pipe develops ice on it. Before you insulate the pipe with the blanket, you may want to cut the material into long strips, then wrap them around the pipe individually. You may cover more areas of the plumbing pipe by doing so. Also, secure the strips of cotton with tape to keep them in place.  If you need more tips on how to keep your kitchen’s plumbing pipe from freezing, contact a plumber today through a site...

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Three Impurities You Could Be Consuming In Your Drinking Water

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Impurities You Could Be Consuming In Your Drinking Water

Coming into your house on a hot day calls for a cold drink of water. When you reach for the cup and turn the spicket on, you expect to see crystal clear water coming out. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case. Impurities can take up home in your pipes and come out in your drinking water. This not only changes the way the water tastes, but it can be harmful to you. It is important to remove any impurities in your drinking water so that you can feel confident you are consuming only the freshest water available. Here are some tips to help clean your water.  Removing Rust Rust is a common impurity that can be found in your drinking water. Rust in tiny amounts won’t harm you, but it can turn your water yellow. Rust comes from a combination of iron and oxygen. When you find rust in your water, this is usually a sign that your pipes are collecting rust. To determine if this is the cause, you can have your plumber run a camera into your pipes to see if rust is present. To help clear out rust in your water, you will need to add a water softener. The water softener uses sodium to mix with the iron and ultimately remove the rust altogether. You can also install an oxidizing filter that makes the iron compounds insoluble. These filters are best used when the pH is below 6.8.  Getting Rid of Carbon The last thing you would expect to be the cause of impurities in your drinking water is the filter itself. Many filters use carbon to help remove impurities out of your water system. If the filter starts to break down, the carbon particles and flow into your water supply. It could also be the result of a filter that needs to be replaced. It is important to contact your plumber to see if your filter is ready to be changed or replaced.  Eliminating Rubber Rubber is great for tires, hoses, and so much more, but it is not ideal for consuming. If you start to notice pieces of rubber flowing through your water supply, then you need to take note quickly. This is likely due to a broken or damaged hose. Many hoses are made of rubber and if you have chlorine in your water, then the rubber can quickly get broken down due to the chlorine. The best way to eliminate the rubber from your water supply is to replace the hose that is damaged.   For further assistance, contact a local water purification service, such as...

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Winterizing Your Vacation Home: How To Prevent Plumbing Disasters

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winterizing Your Vacation Home: How To Prevent Plumbing Disasters

Winterizing your vacation home is essential to preventing plumbing disasters. Even if your home is in a somewhat temperate climate with mild winters, a sudden freeze can leave you with frozen or burst pipes if the home hasn’t been prepared for winter. Follow these steps to protect your home from winter water damage, and be sure to consult your local plumbing service for help with any issues you can’t resolve before it’s time to head home for the winter. Drain Your Water System While it may sound logical to simply turn off the water supply to your home, this won’t prevent frozen or burst pipes. Whenever there is even a small amount of water left in the plumbing, it can freeze. To accomplish this on your own, you’ll need to shut off the water supply, drain the pressure tank, and then turn on all the faucets in the home to drain any water that is still in the system. You’ll also need to remove all the water from the toilet tanks in addition to flushing all the toilets. If this all sounds like a lot of work to handle while you are packing and preparing to leave town, consider calling your plumber to handle all of the details after you’ve left. Hiring a plumber also means that you won’t have to stay in the house without a working toilet. Be sure to call your plumber to restore water and bring everything back to working condition before the start of the summer. Leave The Heat On Some homeowners make the mistake of turning the heat off after they have shut off the water and drained the plumbing system. This can lead to unexpected water damage in the home. Even with a properly drained water system, moisture can still be trapped in your home. Freezing snow and ice can build up over time, allowing moisture to seep into your home. Keeping the heat on can prevent condensation on your walls that can turn into mold or mildew if left unchecked. If you have a gas heating system, consider having your plumbing contractor inspect your gas lines for leaks before winter starts to provide added peace of mind. Inspect Your Downspouts Since you won’t be around the home to notice water entering the basement area, it’s important to do a final check of your downspouts before you head to your winter home. Make sure that each downspout is pointed away from your home. Downspouts that point toward your home can cause flooding as snow and rain begins to melt. Make sure that the downspouts are unobstructed and that your gutters are cleaned to keep water flowing properly to prevent flooding. Your plumbing services can help you with every aspect of preparing your vacation home’s water and drainage system for the winter. Talk to your plumber (like Bobby Jones Plumbing) about inspections and other services you can use to keep your home safe from water damage during the cold winter...

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Four DIY Plumbing Repairs That You Should Know How To Do

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four DIY Plumbing Repairs That You Should Know How To Do

The plumbing in your home can cause many different problems when it fails. Leaks may be a headache, but can be even worse if they cause structural damage to your home. This is why there are some basic plumbing repairs that you may want to know how to do to save your home from catastrophe. Here are some tips to help you do some of the most common plumbing repairs in your home: 1. Getting A Clog Out Of A Bath Or Shower Drain One of the plumbing drains in your home that is most likely to give you trouble is a bath or shower drain. You may want to try plunging a stubborn clog out. If you cannot plunge it, use a plumbing snake. Make sure you remove the overflow drain and use the snake to get the clog out. You can also make a hook with a coat-hanger to get hair and debris out of the trap in the bottom of the drain.   2. Replacing A Leaking Or Broken Kitchen Faucet Another area of your home that gets a lot of use is the kitchen. Eventually, a kitchen faucet will become worn out and need to be repaired or replaced. There are fittings on the faucet that allow you to easily remove it with a wrench. When you put pipes back, make sure to use a Teflon tape to seal up the connections and prevent leaks. 3. Fixing Leaky Pipe Connections With Loose Fittings The plumbing in your home is also full of fittings that can leak. This can be caused by normal wear, and fixing them can be simple. For the fittings with screw connections, you can turn the water off to them and add a strip of plumbing tape around the threads to make a new seal. For soldered connections, you may want to contact a plumber and turn the water off.  4. Tricks To Fix A Toilet That Is Constantly Running The toilets in your home can also give you plumbing problems. A constantly running toilet can not only be annoying, but it can also have an impact on your water bill. You will want to know how to replace the floater valve, which is just removing a couple of screws and adding a new one. If you want to reduce water consumption, you can also try adding bricks or milk jugs with water to the tank. These are some tips to help you do some of the most common plumbing repairs in your home. If you have a job that is too big for you to handle or are having trouble with repairs, contact a plumbing contractor like Hager Plumbing to get the help you need with your plumbing...

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Troubleshooting A Pilot Light That’s Gone Out

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting A Pilot Light That’s Gone Out

If you have an older-style furnace with a standing pilot light, you may run into a situation in which the pilot light has gone out, prohibiting your furnace from kicking on. There are a number of reasons this might be happening. Sometimes a draft can blow the pilot light out and all you’ll need to do is relight it. Other times, your furnace may be in need of actual repairs. Follow this guide to identify the cause of the issue and hopefully get your pilot light working again. Step 1: Check the gas supply. If there is no gas coming to the pilot light, of course it won’t light! Make sure you’ve paid your gas bills; if you’re delinquent, it could be that the gas company turned off your supply. Also, give the gas company a quick call to verify that there have not been any interruptions of service. If you establish that there is a gas supply to your home, but the pilot light is out, move on to step 2. Step 2: Try relighting the pilot. If your pilot light has just blown out, or if it went out due to an air bubble in the gas line, all you’ll have to do is relight it. Start by turning off the gas valve to the furnace; this allows any gas that has accumulated to dissipate, so you don’t have an explosion. Wait at least 5 minutes, and then turn the gas valve back on. Use a long-handled butane lighter to introduce a flame to the area directly above the pilot light. If it catches, your job is over. If it does not, go on to step 3. Step 3: Clean the thermocouple. Often, if the pilot light won’t light, it is because the thermocouple — a safety device in your furnace that stops the flow of gas when the pilot light is out — is dirty. Removing any dirt or soot buildup should restore its function. The thermocouple looks like a 2-branched, thick wire and is generally found directly above the pilot light. With the pilot light off, it is safe for you to reach into this space and wipe off the thermocouple with a dry cloth. Once this has been done, try lighting the pilot light again. If it takes, you’re all finished. Otherwise, you will want to call an heating repair technician, since there is likely a bigger issue causing your pilot light not to...

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Which Type Of Plunger Is Best For Your Clogged Drain?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Which Type Of Plunger Is Best For Your Clogged Drain?

The type of plunger you use will be determined both by the location of the clog and your attachment to your old plunger. There are variations in plunger styles that should be explored that will not only achieve greater success in unclogging your drain, but also allow you to do so with less mess and physical effort. Plunger options include: The cup plunger Most households that own a plunger have one of these traditional style plungers. They consist of a long wooden stick handle with a concave rubber cup-shaped attachment. This attachment is placed over a drain and pressed down to form a vacuum seal. The handle is then pushed up and down repeatedly to force air into the drain pipe and dislodge the offending clog. While this type of plunger is effective on sink and tub drains, which provide a flat surface on which a tight seal can be produced, it is much less effective on toilets. Because a cup plunger can’t form a proper seal on a toilet drain, efforts to dislodge a toilet clog are often met with failure and the additional humiliation of putrid toilet water being splashed into the air, soiling the room and the person doing the plunging alike.  The flange plunger A better choice for plunging toilet clogs is a flange plunger. This style of plunger resembles a modified cup plunger and is used in the same fashion. While the cup shape is retained, an additional flap of rubber is added to form a tube shaped opening that fits snugly into the toilet drain, creating a tight seal for better efficiency and less smelly collateral damage. The pump plunger If you feel confident enough to abandon the stick completely, there is a newer style of plunger that is gaining in popularity. This “pump” type of plunger resembles a small air pump that is used for filling sports balls. It has a threaded end to which a cup or flange shaped attachment can be threaded, according to the location of the clog. The appropriate attachment is then placed over the drain and the handle depressed repeatedly as if pumping air into a soccer ball. The clog is then forced through the drain as air pressure builds inside the pipe. Because the body of the pump remains stable and only the handle moves, a consistent seal can be achieved, providing greater efficiency with less mess. If you need more information, contact a plumber in your area for...

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A Few Reasons To Hire A Plumber To Handle Your Grease Trap Cleaning

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Reasons To Hire A Plumber To Handle Your Grease Trap Cleaning

If you own or operate a restaurant, you will need to have some type of grease trap between your sinks and the main sewage system. This must be cleaned regularly to keep wastewater and sewage from backing up into your kitchen. While you may think this task is something you or an employee can handle, there are a few good reasons for hiring a professional to do it for you. Legal Issues In many areas, there are laws covering the disposal and transportation of inedible kitchen grease and waste from grease traps. You may be required to have records and documentation as to when and how the grease trap was cleaned and what was done with the waste that was pulled out of it. It may not be legal to just add this waste into the used kitchen oil barrel, so you will need to find a place to put it while waiting for the proper authorities to remove it from your establishment. You may have to pay to have it hauled away. Performing Maintenance It might be possible for you or an employee to remove the top of the grease trap and scoop out all the solidified grease and gunk. However, you may not know how to look for any problems in the system or how to fix them. The grease and debris in a grease trap and the pipes leading to and from it are very good at causing clogs. A plumber has the tools and knowledge to clean out the entire system. He or she will not just scoop out the main holding tank and be done with it. In addition, if there are any small leaks or problems that require repair, a plumber, like those at AAA Pumping Service, can do it. Unpleasant Task There are many tasks that go along with owning and running a restaurant that are unpleasant, but few, if any, can compare to cleaning a grease trap. Even when the unit is maintained routinely, the job is nasty. It will have to be done after the restaurant is closed and no customers remain due to the smell. You will need to have adequate ventilation during the task or the smell may still be there when you are ready to open for business the next day. In addition, it is a greasy, dirty, time-consuming job. If you have an employee doing it, you are going to have to pay for the extra hours and should pay him or her more for the unpleasantness of the task. The best way to ensure your grease trap is cleaned and properly maintained in accordance with local laws is to hire professionals to handle the task. You set up the appointment, let the service people into the establishment after everyone else has left, and then come back a few hours later to lock the place back up. The professionals will have cleaned and repaired the grease trap, hauled away the waste, and have aired the building out for...

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How To Remove Hair Clogs From Your Bathroom Drains

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove Hair Clogs From Your Bathroom Drains

Hair is a primary culprit in clogged bathroom drains. While individual hairs are easily broken, collected hair can have tensile strength that requires removing it from drains in pieces. Like the visible tip of an iceberg, the hairs that you see draped across your sink or tub drain strainer may be holding a mass of hair and soap just beneath the surface. Removing a mass of hair from your bathroom drain is not for the faint of heart. It is a slime coated, smelly mess that must be pulled and cut gradually so pieces of the mass don’t fall farther into the drain pipe. What you will need: Scissors They will be used to cut the hair mass into pieces.Smaller scissors are best for this job, because they need to fit inside the sink drain strainer. Screwdriver As you cut the long hairs that are draped across the sink strainer, you will pull them and wrap them around the screwdriver. Plastic gloves Thin plastic surgical type gloves will be more effective than thick rubber gloves, because you will need to grasp and hold wet, slippery hair clogs. Removing the hair clogs from your sink strainer If your drain is running slowly, allow the water to run out before you begin. Start by cutting the hairs that are stretched across your sink strainer. Grasp and pull them as much as possible, then wrap them around  your screwdriver. This will give you additional leverage and a better grip. As you attempt to pull the hair mass through the spokes of the strainer, make small cuts with your scissors around the sides of the mass. Don’t cut the hairs that are wrapped around your screwdriver.  As you trim and reshape the hair mass, grasp it with your fingertips and pull it through the spokes of the strainer. You will need to alternate between cutting and pulling on the mass, while still keeping it secured to your screwdriver so it doesn’t fall into the drain pipe. Eventually, you will be able to pull the balance of the mass through the spokes of the strainer. Preventing hair clogs You can buy hair strainers that are designed to fit over your existing drain strainer. Because they are simple round plastic discs, they may be displaced by being stepped upon in a shower or tub, or removed voluntarily from a sink strainer after being covered with expelled toothpaste. The best way to be sure that the hair strainers are kept in place is to assign hair clog removal duty to offending family members. This is one “hair-raising” experience that no one will want to perform a second time. For professional help with a drain clog, contact a professional like Doctor...

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Clues That The Clog In Your Drains Really Needs A Plumber

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clues That The Clog In Your Drains Really Needs A Plumber

Almost everyone has experienced a clog drain at one time or another. It could have been a buildup of hair in the shower drain, grease in the sink drain, or too much paper in the toilet. For the most part, you can take care of these clogs with the right plunger or some baking soda and vinegar. However, some clogs require professional intervention. These may be due to a broken pipe, tree roots, or a small clog that has grown and stuck since being pushed through to the main drain. Here are a few clues that the clog you are dealing with is more than a simple one and you should call a plumber. Gurgling Sounds in Different Places If you hear gurgling in the kitchen when the bathtub is trying to drain, it usually means the water is trying to find a way out of the house. You may even hear gurgling in multiple places as the water passes by the different drains. Usually, this will happen with all the drains at the same time. In addition, all the drains may be draining slowly. Water Backing Up in Different Places Having water backing up into fixtures that are not currently draining is a sign the clog is not limited to one area. You may see the bathtub filling with water when you flush the toilet or run the washing machine. It is also common to have the toilet overflowing when the shower is being used or the bathtub drains. Water Pooling in the Yard When it Hasn’t Rained If you notice water, or even bits of toilet paper around the house, it is a sign that sewage is backing up through the sewer clean out pipe. Normally, this is located close to the house, where a bathroom is located and often behind bushes or other landscaping. This occurs when the clog is not in the house at all, but somewhere in the pipes buried in your yard. Unless you are using multiple drains at the same time, for example, running the washing machine while someone is bathing and someone else using the toilet, the water may not back up in your home when the clog is this deep. The sewer clean out pipe will allow for the water to leave the building; it will just overflow into the yard. When the clog is not close to a drain, but somewhere deeper into the system, using a plunger is only going to push it further away. Unless you have experience opening up a wall or floor, or digging up the yard, you should call in the professionals. They can pinpoint where the clog is and take care of it quickly and safely, without doing any further damage to your pipes. For more information about protecting your pipes, contact a professional company like Backlund...

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