Ten Tips to Keep Your Plumbing System in Good Working Condition

Ten Tips to Keep Your Plumbing System in Good Working Condition

Ten Tips to Keep Your Plumbing System in Good Working Condition If you own your home, you will at some point encounter plumbing problems that require a professional. There are simple things you can do around your house to help keep your plumbing in good shape for years to come. 1. Clean your Shower Heads Sediment buildup in your shower heads can lower your water pressure.  Fortunately, it is easy to remove shower heads and soak them in a calcium/lime/rust agent to remove any clinging sediment. 2. Leaks Leaks are sometimes easy to find and other times they can be within the walls themselves or even in your sewer pipes. It is a good idea to keep on a regular lookout for leaks throughout your home and property, so that you can prevent small problems from growing into larger problems.  To find leaks, simply look for wet spots in the walls and ceilings, puddles on the floor and wet spots in your yard. 3. Leaky Faucet Tighten all of your faucets as much as you can and make sure you don’t have any water leaking out of them. 4. Mildew  This problem is a health hazard, and is often the result of a puddle of standing water that has dried up.  Standing water may be indicative of a leak, so watch for mildew. 5. Drainage Water should drain fast enough that it swirls around when going down.  Watch for the swirl, and listen for bubbling which will alert you to whether or not your drains are getting clogged. 6. Corrosion Not only can corrosion contaminate your water, but it...
How to Save Money on Your Water Bill

How to Save Money on Your Water Bill

How to Save Money on Your Water Bill With the downturn in the economy, financial times are tight for most people these days. We could all use a little help when it comes to cutting our monthly expenses down.  Fortunately, there are some very simple things you can do to conserve on your water usage and save extra money each month on your water bill. Plumbing Fixtures Did you know that your shower head may be using as much as five and a half gallons of water per minute?  By switching to a low-flow shower head, you can conserve up to three gallons of water per minute.  That’s a considerable savings.  Low-flow shower heads are relatively inexpensive, and super easy to install, so you simply cannot afford to not make the switch now. Have a few bucks to spare? Install a new toilet with low flow technology to reduce the amount of water used when flushing the toilet. The savings you will get on your water bill will pay for itself quicker then you think. Displace Toilet Water Don’t have the cash to get a new toilet? Here is a cheaper alternative that will help you use less water when flushing the toilet. Lift the cover of the toilet chamber and place a brick or large rock in there to displace the water so that you use less with each flush. Turn Off Water This may seem like common sense, but the truth is that there may be times you are unnecessarily using water that you are not even aware of.  For example, if you are brushing your teeth...
5 Benefits of Using Copper Plumbing

5 Benefits of Using Copper Plumbing

5 Benefits of Using Copper Plumbing If you are weighing out the pros and cons of all the plumbing material options available to you, then you should consider using copper plumbing to outfit your home’s plumbing.  For over seventy years, copper plumbing has been the gold standard of plumbing materials and is installed in over eighty percent of today’s homes. Here are five benefits of using copper plumbing: 1. Durability Copper is a naturally occurring material, not a synthetic one so it does not break down over time the way synthetics plumbing materials do.  Copper plumbing materials are so durable that it’s not unusual for copper plumbing to actually outlast the building it is installed in.  Copper plumbing materials will not begin to sag over time like other plumbing materials do and copper plumbing joints are tight, resistant to  corrosion, and most likely never to leak water over the lifetime of the plumbing. 2. Clean Water Copper is manufactured without lead, so there is no risk of lead poisoning from water that travels through copper piping (as opposed to galvanized piping).  Copper has a biostatic property, meaning it does not enable the growth of bacteria.  It maintains a healthy pH level (perfect for circumstances in which the water supply may be too acid), and is resistant to corrosion and ultraviolet light. This translates to safer and better tasting drinking water for your family. 3. Easy Installation Copper is a naturally flexible material and can bend making it easy for installers to fit it into awkwardly shaped areas.  Copper piping is also thin, which means it can handle a lot...
Why A Drain Cleaning Service is Better Then DIY

Why A Drain Cleaning Service is Better Then DIY

Why A Drain Cleaning Service is Better Then DIY Most homeowners give little thought to their plumbing until a problem happens. If you do not have regular maintenance like you would with your car, you will experience much bigger problems down the road. Like a vehicle, your plumbing system must be kept clean so it can function optimally. Your plumbing intake pipes do not pose a problem since they only carry clean water, however your drain pipes and sewers will be extremely dirty. If left untreated, dirty pipes can cause a complete sewer break that will require much more money and time to fix. You can avoid potential future problems by getting your drains cleaned each year by a professional local plumber. You may not be aware that your pipes are dirty since we do not see them, but a top indicator that you may have a problem it the smell. Fumes from these pipes can sometime come up through the drains and leave the house smelling like a sewer. Another concern is the germs, molds, and bacteria that your dirty pipes can harbor. These microorganisms come with serious health hazards and can cause a number of illnesses to your loved ones. Homeowners can take preventative measure to keep your drain pipes relatively clean. Be careful of using harsh chemicals that line the aisle at your store, as these chemicals can do more harm then good as they have caustic ingredients that can actually erode and damage your piping system. They can also cause rashes on skin contact and are very harmful to the environment. The best way, however,...
Symptoms of Sewer Repair Problems

Symptoms of Sewer Repair Problems

Common Indicators of Sewer problems Sometimes it is difficult to tell whether your slow drains or backed up toilet are just a matter of too much hair and build up in your pipes or if you have a more serious problem. If you are having an issue inside your house with your drains, look for whether the problem is isolated to one drain or all of the drains. If you notice that there are several parts of your house with plumbing issues this is a big indicator that your sewer system may be in need of repair. Your toilet will often present the first indicator of trouble by flushing slowly or not all. If you have eliminated a clogged toilet and all of the other drains are also slow, your next step is to have a plumber diagnose your sewage system for a possible blockage or break that may require you to do a sewer repair job. Your local plumber may be able to do a visual inspection of your pipes in the home as well as use a special fiber optic video camera to inspect the underground sewage lines for any clogs or breakage. Older sewage lines are usually made out of clay which is will break down over time. Clay pipes only have a short lifetime of fifty to sixty years as opposed to the newer PVC piping which has a lifetime of one hundred years. This means if your home was built before the 1980’s you likely have clay pipes and will be dealing with a pipe repair or replacement at some point during the duration...
Help for Plumbing System Problems

Help for Plumbing System Problems

Help for Plumbing System Problems Most, if not all, homeowners should expect plumbing and water system issues to be a problem sooner or later. A toilet will clog, the kitchen sink may stop draining properly or the basement will flood; saturating the inner walls and weakening the foundation of the home. Any and all of these issues may happen at any given time. If one or more of these water system emergencies happen to you: this advice will help you when its your turn to experience a plumbing catastrophe. Sediment and other foreign particle buildup is a very common problem effecting your home’s water system pressure. Though a good cleaning of your faucets aerator will do the trick to remove the sediment, most professional plumbers will perform this task for a minimum fee. Natural and chemically based cleaning solutions will lend a helping hand in breaking up difficult or stuck particles. If you’re willing to risk not replacing the parts correctly and spending much more in plumbing fees to fix it; you can remove the aerator yourself and clean it. Materials for the task include: vinegar or another suitable cleaning agent, a wire brush and gloves. After removing the aerator, clean it of sediment and other foreign material, rinse the piece and replace it on the faucet. If done correctly, the water pressure should be stronger. As water travels through metal, copper pipes they usually expand. The fittings holding the copper piping into place may not be able to hold them once hot water has passed through. Damage and warping can occur resulting in degradation of the pipes and...
Plumbing Tips to Save You Money

Plumbing Tips to Save You Money

Plumbing Tips to Save You Money Good plumbing in a safe and healthy home is important to every homeowner. Problems with a home’s water system is always unexpected. When money is not available or a professional plumber is too expensive, these plumbing tips will help any homeowner save money and maintain a safe plumbing infrastructure. In most cases of a water system leak the caulking or grout the water has accumulated on is damaged. Fortunately, replacement caulking and grout are fairly priced at local hardware stores and are applied with simple instruction. When removing old and damaged caulk or grout, ensure you remove and replace all damaged material; mold will continue to develop if parts of moisture-damaged sealants remain in the troubled area after the repair. Another common problem involving poor drainage or water system leaks is a build up of grout, lint, hair and other foreign material. Pressure can build within the piping, causing the fixtures holding the pipe in place to shift. If a shifting of the pipe fixture occurs, damage to that entire water system line can mean big problems and big money to fix it. A simple step to prevent this is regular lint trap cleaning. Before a load of laundry is started in the dryer, ensure the lint trap has no tears or holes as a accumulation of lint will develop in the water system. Improper disposal of building supplies such as grout, caulk, paint, etc. can and will cause a dangerous build up of unwanted chemicals. Safety is the priority for parents and homeowners; make certain these kinds of waste products never pass...
What You Need to Know About Plumbing

What You Need to Know About Plumbing

What You Need to Know About Plumbing There are too many supplies, techniques and professional methods to fully understand the complex subject of a home’s water system. With as much information available today on the wide array of subjects related to plumbing water systems; it can be confusing to resolve your plumbing problems. Here are some cost-effective suggestions any home or business owner can use on their plumbing projects. Routine inspection of your home or businesses’ important water system appliances is a good place to start. Any give or movement under a tile or water fixture is a sure sign of rot and deposits. You should repair them immediately and it goes without saying: don’t dispose of grout, caulk or other sealant material down the drain. Inspecting the performance of your home or businesses’ water heater appliance will save a good amount of money by the time winter’s cold weather arrives. If an early inspection reveals performance issues, expensive repairs can be avoided with routine maintenance. The harder the water tank works to heat the water, the greater the monthly utility cost will be. The most frequently used water appliances in any home are always the toilets. Simple repairs may include removing old, damaged caulk and applying a new seal; they may need a part replaced in the function area of the toilet as well. A common part to become damaged from regular use is the flapper and stopper. The flapper controls when the toilet shuts off and the rubber stopper prevents the full bowl from leaking down the sides of the toilet. Regular inspection and replacement of these...
Fall Home Plumbing Tips

Fall Home Plumbing Tips

Instead of waiting until the last minute to start winterizing your home, get a jump start in fall before it gets really cold. All summer you’ve enjoyed playing, keeping your lawn green, and not worrying about things like frozen pipes, but as the leaves start to drop in fall, turning your attention towards preparing your home for winter is good practice for homeowners. Read through these fall home plumbing tips top make sure your house rides out the winter with no plumbing mishaps. When water freezes, it expands. If you’ve ever filled up a bottle of water and popped it in the freezer for a cold treat later in the day, it only takes once before you learn that you can’t fill it full. Same rule applies to gutters and pipes. Frozen water can tear apart eaves on your roof and even tear gutters right off your house! The more leaves in the way, the more likely your gutter will clog (and then freeze when the temperature drops). Quick Tip: Instead of pulling out leaves by hand or trying to balance with a small broom, try using a leaf blower! If the leaves are dry they should just fly out without a long hassle of an unwanted chore. Once the weather has fully cooled down and you’re not looking to use your water hose anymore, unhook the hoses around your house. Once you know it’s fully drained, store them somewhere inside for the winter. Plastic and rubber can still freeze (and thaw) during colder weather, causing cracks along the way. After your hose is disconnected, make sure that your...
Diagnose Low Water Pressure Problems

Diagnose Low Water Pressure Problems

Having low water pressure at home can make even the simplest of tasks annoying and tedious. When only one or two fixtures at home suffer from low pressure, you can easily remedy the problem by focusing on getting just that fixture fixed. However, a variety of different plumbing issues can affect the water pressure to the whole house. For instance, every time you run the dishwasher the toilets don’t flush well and you can’t take a shower if anything else is running. A long hot shower is no fun when the water pressure is too low. Waiting for the toilet to refill so you can run the water for a bath. Choosing between starting the wash and flushing a toilet or taking a shower. Low water pressure is always a huge pain. We get a lot of service requests for fixing low water pressure in homes. If you experience low water pressure in different areas of the house, the first thing you need to do is to narrow down the root cause of the problem. Check your water pressure symptoms against this list to see if you have a problem that you can fix easily or if it’s time to call in the professional local plumber. Here are some great plumbing tips to help diagnose your low water pressure problem. 1. Check your water meter. Make sure that the water meter is turned on all the way. Sometimes, when people make sewer repairs they turn the water back on slowly and just a little bit at a time. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that they forget to turn it...
Fix a Clogged Drain Fast With These Easy Steps

Fix a Clogged Drain Fast With These Easy Steps

Easy Ways To Fix a Clogged Drain Some plumbing problems you just can’t avoid, due to faulty materials, poor installation, or simple wear and tear over time. However, there are certain plumbing problems that you can avoid by taking proper precautionary measures. To save yourself from unnecessary spending (and unwanted headaches), you should uphold some basic practices to protect your plumbing from future costly repairs. One of the simplest plumbing problems – and easiest to prevent – is that of clogged drains. How do you keep from clogging your drain? 1. Use Drain Screens These are very simple and affordable devices that can go a long way in protecting your drains from clogs. Drain screens are exactly what they sound like: screens that cover your drains. They are generally made of metal or plastic, and can be found in any chain retail, hardware, or home improvement store. Simply place the drain screen over the drain to block hair and soap scum from drains, and be sure to clean the screens frequently. Use them in your kitchen, showers and anywhere else debris and hair can accumulate in your drain. 2. Boiling Water Even if your drains don’t become clogged with things like hair and other debris, you can bet that there is a collection of buildup from things like soap scum, water calcium, and other substances that grow on each other to form a nasty, mucky build up. One of the best and easiest ways to clear out this buildup and keep drains free and clear of clogs is to pour boiling water down your drains once every other week....
3 Proven Methods to Prevent Frozen Pipes

3 Proven Methods to Prevent Frozen Pipes

3 Proven Methods to Prevent Frozen Pipes When winter is on the way it is important to winterize your home to prevent plumbing problems.  Every homeowner needs to prepare their plumbing pipe work for the freezing cold weather. If your pipes freeze during winter the result can mean bursting pipes which leads to extensive water damage.  Avoid this common winter mishap by adhering to these three proven methods to prevent frozen pipes: 1. Keep Pipes Warm Every home usually has exposed pipes in the crawlspace and/or attic area.  Simply wrap pipes with insulation material to keep them warm.  If you live in an especially extreme winter weather area, then you may even want to wrap your pipes with heat cables (controlled through your thermostat) or heat tape.  Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper installation method.  Additionally, when the temperature drops, make it a point to open all of your cabinet doors in order to allow the heat into the back wall spaces where your pipes are located. 2. Seal Air Leaks Even the smallest leak from outside can let in enough cold air to freeze your pipes in colder climates.  Examine your home thoroughly for any spaces that might be vulnerable to an air leak (spaces around outdoor-to-indoor pipes, electrical wiring, air ducts, and dryer vents are the most common culprits, as well as attic spaces and crawl areas). Once you have located potential areas of leaks, seal off any leaks you find with a combination of caulk and insulation, as is appropriate for the space. The Water System It is a good idea to leave a faucet running...
Winter Plumbing Tips

Winter Plumbing Tips

  You can trust the team at RooterNow with your winter plumbing tips. During the coldest months of winter, it’s important to keep your home warm and cozy, but it’s also important to keep your plumbing and heating system in good shape as well. Taking precautions and following these easy winter plumbing tips can help keep your heating and plumbing run more effectively and efficiently, potentially saving you on costly repairs down the road. Keep water running at a trickle in areas where the pipes are in or near an outside wall Open cabinet doors where pipes may be to allow heat from your home to get to the piping Make sure furnace filters are clean to maximize the efficiency of the system Turn up the heat a few degrees to get ahead of the drafts. Also place towels or blankets under outside doors to keep the drafts out. Make sure sump pump lines are not connected to flexible hoses that can freeze Clear snow drifts so they are not covering outside wall venting from high efficiency water heaters or furnaces Keep garage doors closed as much as possible, even while shoveling your driveway. There may be pipes above or in walls connected to the garage that can freeze and burst. You can also put a space heater in the garage. Check the insulation near pipes in the attic, basement, and crawl spaces in your house Close the vent from the fireplace when not in use Locate the main water shut off in case of a pipe burst Winter Plumbing Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes One of the most expensive plumbing repairs and issues that face homeowners...

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