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There is no greater nuisance around the house than faulty plumbing. It can be noisy, messy and costly if left unattended. Large problems like burst pipes require extensive work inside the walls to repair. But for a simple dripping sink a small repair job by a qualified professional is all it takes. The work can be done quickly and will eliminate the annoyance while keeping your water bills down and your sink clean and dry when you want it that way.
Sounds like the start of bad joke, doesn’t it? But it’s no laughing matter. A running toilet can waste thousands of dollars and gallons of water a year. Seriously. A “running” toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month.
Last month, we discussed the importance of knowing when to call in a professional plumber. But…. do you know the best time to call an emergency plumber?
Consider the following questions before deciding whether or not you need an emergency plumber. How much water is it? Is it gushing or is it just a drip? If the water is gushing from a source such as a busted waterline, then the first thing that you need to do is simply cut off your main water supply valve. This will stop the water from coming out and you can simply call and request that a plumber come and explore what caused the gush to begin with. If the issue is simply water dripping from a pipe or a ceiling, then an easy solution is to just place something to catch the water under the leak and you can wait until the next day for a plumber.The time for an emergency plumber is when you have a large amount water leaking and you are not able to cut off the water supply to the leak. The last thing you need or want is for your home to flood. If you are not able to shut off the water or if the valve itself is the cause of the leak, then it is definitely time to call a plumber for emergency service. If the plumbing issue is one that is causing sewage to back up into your home then you would also want to call in an emergency plumber due to sanitation issues.
When dealing with a plumbing issue, take the time to question whether it is in fact a real plumbing emergency. By waiting until the next day, you may save yourself up to 50% on your repair bill.
Let’s be honest, no one wants to call a plumber. Nowadays, the introduction of How-Tos on YouTube and throughout various online mediums makes us feel as though we’re certified plumbers ourselves. There’s no job we can’t handle if we have the right instructional video on our computer. However, if you attempt to fix a problem on your own, you may find that you are making the situation worse!
Not all plumbing projects are ideal for the do-it-yourselfer. Here are a few tips to help you understand when it’s best to call in a professional plumber:
When permits are required
Moving existing plumbing, bathroom remodeling, or adding a new gas line for your BBQ all require permits. It’s important to have a professional plumber there who knows the process and building codes to ensure the inspection goes through.
Water heater work
It’s not recommended to work on your own water heater. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, which can make the process dangerous. Trust repairs and service maintenance to a professional.
Shower valve replacement
Don’t let online blogs and tutorials fool you, replacing a shower valve is complex and time consuming for an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Trust an expert to help you choose the right valve and replace it without damaging the shower walls.
Basically, when a permit or extensive work is required it’s more cost effective and less frustrating to contact a professional plumber to handle the task. The plumbers at Metro-Rooter are certified, professional, timely, and affordable – why waste your weekend when you have us?
Sometimes, internet searches and your wrench aren’t your friend. Although Google may make you feel as though you are a professional plumber at heart, it can often lead to expensive repairs when you have to call us in. We want to help. Here are some do’s and don’ts of home plumbing to help get you started on the right path to repair.
- DO – Run water at full pressure when you use your disposer.
- DO – Check caulk line on walls around tubs and showers regularly
- DO – Open drain on water heater twice a year to remove sediment
- DO – Spray oil or WD-40 on seldom used valves to prevent seizing
- DO – Turn off hot water systems when leaving for vacation
- DO – Pour two or three gallons of boiling water down shower or tub drains once a month
- DO – Use a blower dryer to thaw frozen pipes
- DO – Have a diagram of your sewer system handy in case of emergency
- DO – Oil parts in toilet tanks that are above water level
- DON’T – Put coffee grounds in your sink drains.
- DON’T – Hang a knick-knack shelf over your toilet.
- DON’T – Throw sanitary napkins in toilet.
- DON’T – Use drain cleaners containing lye.
- DON’T – Hang a shelf for heavy objects over a sink.
- DON’T – Pour fats or cooking oils into your sink.
- DON’T – Leave water turned on to hoses for washing machines, dishwashers, and garden hoses when not in use.
- DON’T – Dig deep holes or trenches in your yard before locating water, gas, and sewer lines
- DON’T – Plant trees or large shrubs over sewer lines
Most importantly, don’t attempt to handle large plumbing projects on your own. The better investment is to seek the professional care of a plumber rather than break something that would be costly to repair. Email us today to learn more Do’s and Don’ts that will help you as a homeowner!
We’ve all heard the bad joke, “Is your refrigerator running?” But what happens when it’s your toilet in question? If your toilet is running with no indication as to why then you could be wasting more money and water then you think. Just how much? A running toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month. It’s time to diagnose the cause of that running toilet before you throw any more money down that drain.
A running toilet could be caused by one or more of the following issues:
- Sticky flush valve. Does the water continue to run after you flush and until you wiggle the flush handle up and down? The problem may be the link between the flush handle and tankball.
- Sticky tankball or flapper valve. The tankball or flapper valve is sticky if isn’t falling into the drain properly.
- Floatball problems. A misadjusted or damaged floatball could be the cause of water dribbling into the toilet tank, running out the overflow tube into the toilet bowl, and entering into the drain.
- Ballcock problems. A ballcock that doesn’t close completely is an additional probable cause of a leaking toilet.
Diagnosing a running toilet can be tricky, especially if you have little experience in plumbing repair. To get the quickest results in treating your running toilet, contact the qualified plumbers at Metro-Rooter. We’ll provide an on-site estimate, discuss the options with you, then work to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible.
It’s inevitable that every homeowner will eventually have a dreaded bathroom or kitchen clogged sink. A clogged sink is the result of built-up scum in the pipeline that has occurred over time. When you pour sticky or oily substances in the sink, then the build-up can increase more quickly. Here are some at-home remedies to try that are considered safe and effective.
With everything you need to maintain and service in your home, it is often easy to forget about your trusty hot water heater. Although it is an important tool in your home, it is easily neglected until that one day when you get into what you expect to be a hot, steamy shower only to jump into a frigid wake up call.
Tom, founder and president of Metro-Rooter, is noted as a “back-to-basics kind of business owner.” The magazine goes on to praise McLaughlin and the superior service of Metro-Rooter.
The magazine article goes on to commend McLaughlin’s beliefs and mission statement. “He believes in superior customer service, disciplined cost control, conservative cash flow management and projecting a positive image in all his company’s interactions with the public.”
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