3 Mar

3 Plumbing Problems a Professional Plumber Should Fix

plumbing issues that you should leave to the professionals

A lot of homeowners try to fix their plumbing problems on their own, and there are issues that you can do on your own. But there are some plumbing issues that you should leave to the professionals. We’ll look at three of them below.

  1. Your Pipe’s Knocking – If you’re hearing knocking in the pipes anytime you’re running water, you have a problem. There could be a few causes for this. But since you don’t know what it is, it’s a good idea to call your plumber.
  2. Water Pressure Is Falling – If your water pressure’s falling even when you’re running a shower or tap at full capacity, there’s an issue that you should examine. First, make sure there’s no clog. This can be done by filling a bag with vinegar and then tying it over your faucet for several hours. If that doesn’t do the trick, it’s a good idea to call your plumber.
  3. Continuous Dripping – If you’re finding that your shower or sink spits or bursts when you first turn them on, water pressure may be too high. However, if water’s dripping once the tap’s turned off, you may have a problem with the tap draining properly. If you don’t call your plumber, it can cause damage to the plumbing.

These are three signs that your plumbing needs help beyond what you can do on your own. Yes, calling a plumber may be expensive. However, if you let it go the problem can get worse and lead to a more expensive problem.


26 Dec

6 Plumbing Tips to Keep in Mind This Winter

faucet to make sure it is not freezing.

Pipes and plumbing can be particularly finicky during the colder months. It can be hard to remember what things you can and cannot do as the temperature drops. Here is a list of 6 things you need to remember as the months get colder and colder.

  1. Clear Gutters and Spouts: If your gutter or waterspout is dirty it may block water and cause it to freeze, and freezing water can cause damage as it expands into ice.
  2. Outdoor Faucets: Hoses and faucets should be disconnected to prevent water blockages in your pipes, and you may want to consider running the water through the faucet to make sure it is not freezing.
  3. Insulation: Things that are at risk of freezing and bursting, such as exposed pipes and faucets in cold places may need extra temperature help. Putting covers or heat tape can help prevent freezing and damage on these plumbing parts.
  4. Showers: Colder temperatures may mean less hot water. It is recommended that you allow time between each shower to give the water heater enough time to heat up more water.
  5. Leaks: Make sure to take care of leaks before the temperatures drop below freezing. A place where a leak is occurring may become significantly worse if it freezes over.
  6. Disconnect Water: If you intend on leaving your house alone for a few days or more, disconnect your water supply. If all your water sources are free of hoses and other things that may store water, then cutting off the water will ensure that pipes won’t freeze and burst.

While winter can be a difficult time for plumbing, it doesn’t have to be if preparation is thorough. Just follow these steps and prepare for winter to ensure no plumbing damage occurs in your home.


7 Aug

The 3 Types of Plungers for Plumbing

The 3 Types of Plungers for Plumbing

Not all plumbing is created equal, and some ports into the plumbing system need different plungers to unclog. While the different types of plungers are similar in form, and more similar in function, they have differences between them that specialize them for certain tasks. Here is a guide to the 3-different types of plungers and what their advantages are.

  1. Common Sink Plunger: When you think of a standard plunger, you most likely are thinking of a common sink plunger. These plungers work best on flat surfaces, because the red end can cup over the sink drain completely. The motion of pushing it up and down is able to create negative and positive pressure, as a clog can be pushed and pulled due to this seal. This makes it ideal for sinks, thus earning its name.
  2. Toilet Plunger/Flange Plunger: This plunger looks similar to a sink plunger, but it has a rubber extension at the bottom. Also, these are not typically the classic brick-red like sink plungers. This extra manipulatable flap allows for creating suction in tight spaces, such as a toilet. Since a toilet drain is not flat, this plunger is able to burrow deep into the toilet and unclog the toilet in the same way as a sink toilet. Since it is being used on a toilet, it is recommended you have a separate plunger for the toilet and the sink anyway.
  3. Accordion Plunger: The accordion plunger has a handle like a plunger, but on the end, has a hard-plastic accordion like end. This allows for some intense positive and negative pressure to be created, but it is also not as easy to use. The hard plastic, as opposed to rubber, is hard to manipulate to the shape of the seal it needs to create, but when it is sealed it can do some serious plunging. This plunger is not for the light-hearted.

While all plungers work the same, it is good to know what the differences between the 3 are in case you are ever trying to purchase one.