Weird Stuff Found in Toilets You Have to See to Believe!

Bathtub Basics Before You Buy

The Sump Pump Solution For Leaks Under Your Foundation

Things You Didn’t Know About Your Garbage Disposal

When to consider replacing your HVAC system

Energy Vampires

Never Go Without Hot Water Again

Protect Against Pipe Corrosion in Your Home

Assess Your Pipes Now to Prevent a Future Leak or Burst!

Locate Minor Leaks Now to Avoid Major Repairs

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Weird Stuff Found in Toilets You Have to See to Believe!

Being a plumber might not be the world’s most glamorous job, but it’s never dull. For these everyday heroes, being up to one’s elbows in muck is all part of a day’s work. Have you ever wondered what plumbers talk about when they get together? Let us share a few examples of some of the strangest of the strange finds ever discovered within the bowels of ordinary sewer systems.

Finders Keepers

Most of the time, clogged pipes are caused by some kind of paper build-up. Massive amounts of toilet paper, feminine products, wet wipes and paper towels lead the list of likely culprits. But — money?

Imagine Chamindu Amarsinghe’s surprise when he unearthed $93,000 stashed in the trash and clogging the pipes of a Australian toilet in 2011. The honest janitor immediately contacted the police, but authorities never learned the source of the windfall. As a reward, a benevolent judge handsomely awarded Amarsinghe a hefty $76,000 sum. Now that’s quite a wad!

Dog Clog or Snaking The Toilet

It’s not unheard of for unfortunate animals to wind up stuck in a commode. Internet searches turn up all sorts of creatures, both dead and alive. Snakes and sharks and spiders, oh my! How about coming face to face with a 12-foot python coiled up inside your toilet bowl or seeing a half-drowned squirrel take a swim? While bumping into a boa constrictor in the bathroom may still your beating heart, this story may well steal it.

A British toddler thought his cocker spaniel puppy needed a bath. The toilet was the perfect height for the four-year-old, who decided to add more water with a single flush. In an instant, the poor little pup disappeared down the drain, but fortunately, he didn’t drown. With the help of a snake camera, plumbers discovered the dazed dog in the pipes and retrieved him via a nearby manhole. You can bet when the ordeal was over, that doggie really was due for a bath!

Playing ‘Possum

Another cute creature somehow survived a swim in the sewer. A man living near Dallas discovered a baby opossum in his toilet and figured the lost little guy must have traveled through at least 50 feet of water-filled pipes to arrive at his destination. What should you do if you find a waterlogged opossum or other wild animal in your commode? Probably contacting a plumber would not be your best bet. Instead, consider making a call to your local animal control.

Port O’Potty

For claustrophobic reasons, most people spend as little time as possible in port-o-potties. The smell of raw sewage and overtly pungent chemicals guarantee that the time spent inside these modern-day outhouses will be a few seconds more than how long you can hold your breath. Now imagine this: You’ve locked yourself inside, turn around and glance into the dark, disgusting hole — only to see two eyes peering back up at you. That’s right: Oklahoma police arrested a 52-year-old man crouched in hiding amid the waste. The Port-o-Potty Peeping Tom claimed he had been hit in the head and stuffed inside by his girlfriend, but it turned out his outrageous tale was just a load of doo-doo.

Indentured servant

Clogged pipes rarely make anyone smile, unless you’re Larry Michaels from Texas, that is. The airport plumber has retrieved all kinds of valuables that succumbed to the automatic flusher, including a $10,000 bracelet, a bag of marijuana, a brand new iPhone and the occasional wallet. One day he responded to a maintenance call to fix a backed-up toilet in the airport’s men’s room. To his surprise, what emerged from the pipes was a complete set of dentures grinning back at him.

“What do you do with a set of dentures you find in a toilet,” he says. “Who would want them back?”

Now hanging on a wall in the maintenance room closet are the unclaimed dentures with a pair of orphaned sunglasses resting on top, There’s an obvious name Larry gave his creation, a sort of talisman to the plumbing profession and a nod to the Porcelain God – “John.”

Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air is here to help you whenever you’ve got something stuck in your toilet or if you have a clogged pipe.

Call today at 530-795-4325 to schedule your appointment. (Unless there’s an opossum in your toilet or a boa constrictor, in which case, call animal control. Or a man staring up at you from the toilet ball. Then call 911 right away. Not us.)

Bathtub Basics Before You Buy

Bathtub Basics Before You Buy

When it’s time for a new bathtub, doing your due diligence will keep you out of hot water. Whether it needs to be replaced or it’s an upgrade as part of a bathroom remodel or renovation, there are many factors that need to be considered before making your purchase. What are the tub’s size, weight, style and features? What size is the space where it is to be installed? What will the logistics of the installation be, and of course, how much will all this cost? In addition to the expense of the tub itself, any tub installation, removal and plumbing reconfigurations need to be planned for ahead of time in consultation with Same Day Service Plumbing or another reputable plumbing professional.

The most common bathtub is the alcove tub that makes the best use of limited space. This tub is generally five-to-six feet long and is 30 or 32 inches wide. Three of its four sides are unfinished and will be wedged into the walls at the end of a small bathroom, which may require some sheet rock removal by your plumbing specialist. The alcove tub is often paired with a shower fixture plumbed above from the wall, making the combination of the two the most efficient space-wise and the most affordable option.

Drop-in tubs can either be mounted in a separate frame, usually coordinated with other bathroom features such as the cabinetry or the tile, or they can be installed into the ground, also known as an undermount. The flooring for the in-ground or sunken tub is laid over its lip, much the same way as a countertop is laid over the edge of a drop-in sink. Corner tubs come in drop-in styles, either above-mount or undermount, and are generally meant to accommodate two people.

Freestanding tubs frequently are the focal point of any bathroom and can be installed anywhere, pending a professional plumber’s assessment. The Elizabethan-style claw foot tub is an example. These older cast iron tubs can be refinished and outfitted with modern faucets. Modern oval freestanding tubs sit on a pedestal base or cradle, and they are often quite deep and have high backs. The mid-priced soaking tub is one such style. It takes up slightly less space because it is shorter and deeper than a standard tub, meant for lounging in but not for laying down. These deeper tubs are not practical for bathing children or for those with mobility issues.

A walk-in tub is an excellent option for the elderly or for those with disabilities. They are ADA compliant and come equipped with a non-skid surface, handrails, a built-in seat and a low threshold for easy access. They are built to fit into your existing tub space and are guaranteed not to leak.

For a luxurious, in-home spa-style experience, there are many features to consider. From gentle Champagne-like bubbles to full-force whirlpool jets, hydrotherapy options come with price tags that can climb into the thousands of dollars. Some tubs are equipped with inline heaters to maintain the water temperature or come with concealed speakers that emit sound waves through the water. Still others are outfitted with colored lights or WiFi and one tub even doubles as a stereo system when empty!

No matter what your needs are, Same Day Service Plumbing is here to help. Take advantage now of our walk-in tub special — $250 off for the installation of a walk-in tub. Call us today at 1-888-937-3350 to schedule your free, personal consultation.

The Sump Pump Solution For Leaks Under Your Foundation

The Sump Pump Solution For Leaks Under Your Foundation

When it rains, it pours – or at least that is how it can feel when it floods under your house. Having to remove water from under your foundation can be an overwhelming task, and no one wants to do it more than once. Fortunately, such unpleasant catastrophes may be prevented with the installation of a quality sump pump by a certified plumber.

What is a sump pump?

The most important job of a sump pump is to keep your foundation dry. “Sump” comes from the German word “sumpf,” meaning swamp. The sump pump works in tandem with a well or reservoir, sometimes called a sump pit or sump basin, whose purpose is to collect the water. The sump pit is installed under your house along with the pump, which can be placed either above or below the ground. The sump pump then pumps the water from the basin through a pipe to the outside, directing it away from the house.

Why do I need one?

It’s important to keep the space beneath your home free from moisture that can contribute to structural damage, attract unwelcome critters, and lead to mold and mildew known to cause serious health issues. All it takes is one flood or rise in your property’s water table to know you have a serious problem. From then on, prevention is the key. A quality sump pump may well be your best investment for avoiding any problems in the future.

A well-maintained sump pump in good working order can add value to your home. Sump pumps can even help stabilize the soil, which, in turn, stabilizes the foundation, particularly in commercial buildings built near aquifers.

Choosing a Sump Pump

  1. If your sump pit has enough room, pick a submersible pump in favor of a pedestal pump. Submersible pumps allow for the sump basin to be covered, which reduces noise and the likelihood that debris can fall in.
  2. Consider a mechanical switch rather than a pressure switch, and make sure the float is solid so it doesn’t become waterlogged or fail to switch off.
  3. Invest in a sump pump with an alarm to let you know when the water reaches a certain level.
  4. Consider installing a secondary, back-up sump pump, just in case the first one fails, especially if your basement is a living space or is used for storage.
  5. Always test your sump pump regularly and make sure the check valve functions correctly so water cannot flow back inside the basement or crawl space.

Especially as winter approaches, now is a good time to avoid potential water damage. Save $100 on your new sump pump installation by mentioning this article. Call Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today at 707-451-4970, 530-795-4325 or 916-374-8442 to schedule your appointment.

Things You Didn’t Know About Your Garbage Disposal

Things You Didn’t Know About Your Garbage Disposal

With the approaching holidays and the traditional feasts that accompany them, your garbage disposal will be working overtime trying to keep up with you and the massive amounts of food being prepared. It’s easy to dismiss garbage disposals as the black hole in your sink that whisks away unwanted food scraps in the blink of an eye but they are like any other machine when it comes to maintenance and care.

It can’t take everything. Despite common belief, your garbage disposal can’t stand up to certain items like popcorn kernels, bones, fibrous things like celery stalks and corn husks, etc. These things are better off going in the trashcan or your compost pile (minus the bones!)

Don’t over stuff your disposal. You should never stuff your disposal to the brim because you will just end up with a clogged sink and a bad time. Split your scraps into batches or grind on the go.

Use cold water. Hot water will melt fats and grease that will harden in your pipes later. Cold water will just whisk away food particles. It’s a good practice to let your water run about 15 seconds to make sure everything is gone and not trapped in the compartment to cause nasty smells later.

Clean it properly. Never pour liquid plumbing cleaners into your garbage disposal. Instead, try grinding some citrus peel for a nice scent as well as a natural clean. Some suggest to use ice cubes made of vinegar once a month for a squeaky clean. If in doubt, there are cleaning drops sold at most grocery stores that are specifically for your disposal.

Hopefully these tips, tricks and tidbits will help you understand how to use your garbage disposal to your advantage this holiday season and any other time you need it. As a final bonus tidbit: Did you know that one of the original nicknames for the disposal was “the electric pig?”

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When to consider replacing your HVAC system

Is your air conditioner and heating unit on its last leg or will a good tune up do the job? You’re A/C unit is an investment. Not only because of the cost, but because of the savings it can provide. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with newer Energy Star compliance units could cut your annual energy bill by hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year.

Let’s look at the reasons and you might consider replacing you’re A/C unit.

Consider the age of your A/C

Generally, if your equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, consider replacement unit that has a higher efficiency rating than a standard model.

You can also use the 5,000 rule many HVAC technicians use. This is done by taking the age of the equipment and multiplying it by the repair cost. If the result is more than $5,000, then consider replacing it.

For example, an 11-year-old unit that requires a $275 repair cost equals $3,025. As it is under $5k, it’s OK to repair.

The 5,000 rule

Multiply the age of the equipment by the repair cost, and if that exceeds $5,000, then replace the unit. If less, go ahead and repair it.

Is your unit unsafe?

Older furnaces can develop cracks in their heat exchangers, this allows deadly carbon monoxide (CO) to leak into your home. The older the unit, the higher the risk corrosion has caused a crack to form and release CO. A carbon monoxide detector is the only way to tell if you have a leak. They are easy to install and are not overly expensive. If you think you are at risk, have this checked immediately.

Remember that your units are just like any other electrical device, they have fuses that short out and connection points that weaken over time. You may only risk your air conditioner or heater ceasing to operate, but there is a risk of dangerous fire. Get a regular tune-up and make sure you don’t have an electrical issue developing. If you do, consider replacing your unit.

Consider the rating of the unit

Newer, Energy Star compliant units use up to 50% less energy than models not carrying that logo. Not only are Energy Star appliances more efficient and environment-friendly, but the logo is only awarded if the appliance is either priced similarly to other models or if it will recoup additional costs within a reasonable period.

In addition, the SEER rating of a unit may also indicate why you may be having issues and higher energy bills. A SEER rating is the cooling output during a typical cooling-season divided by the total electric energy input during the same period. The higher the unit’s SEER rating the more energy efficient it is.

If your rating is too low for the size area or is an older unit, you are not getting optimal performance which causes your unit to work overtime to keep you comfortable. This will cause not only temperature issues, but also increase the likelihood of multiple repairs.

A few other points to consider

  • Repair bills do add up. If your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up, then your cooling and heating equipment may have become less efficient. Use the 5000 rule mentioned above to evaluate not just the single repair bill, but the bills as a whole. Repairs + energy costs = your true cost of the unit.
  • If some rooms are too hot or too cold it may be due to poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky ductwork and more can cause the air to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer. An inspection by a licensed HVAC company can help determine the balancing, insulation needs, duct issues or unit problems that may be causing this.
  • If your heating or cooling system is too noisy you could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. This does not necessarily mean you need to replace your entire unit, but does warrant an inspection.

So when is it actually time to replace?

Look for the above telltale signs that indicate it’s time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. Use the formula above and call Same Day to help you make a change.

And, don’t forget to have a contractor do an annual pre-season check-up on your system in the spring and fall to keep your system at peak performance and prevent future problems.


Energy Vampires

6 Ways Energy Vampires Suck Up Your Energy and How to Stop Them

It doesn’t have to be Halloween to see a vampire lurking in your midst. Wasted electricity costs Americans more than 3 billion dollars every year. Old or inefficient heating systems cost billions more. If you are living on a budget or concerned about the environment, then you need to go through your home and find the energy vampires that are needlessly sucking energy and driving up your bills, saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

1. Electronic Devices

“Standby mode” is not the same as “off”! Putting an electrical device into standby mode leaves it continually using power, even while it seems to be doing nothing. A computer in standby mode can use more than 300 kilowatt-hours a year. Keeping your DVD player in standby to record a show keeps the device powered just so it can keep track of the time while it is waiting. These and other standby mode energy vampires could be costing you as much as $400 a year.

You should shut off all your electronic devices when they are not in use. You should also unplug your phone, camera, and laptop chargers when they are not actually being used. Unplug all your adapters as well. These devices keep drawing power as long as they are plugged in.

2. Windows and Attics

Unsealed windows, doors and attics are also often energy suckers as well. states that “The attic is usually where you can find some of the largest opportunities to save energy in your home. By air sealing in your attic, you can stop many major air leaks and help to maintain the desired temperature throughout your home. Combined with attic insulation, air sealing can help to alleviate the formation of dangerous ice dams in the winter.”

Seal them with plastic in the winter prevent warm air from escaping through the gap between frame and window. You should also seal your attic entrance with plastic during the winter. Warm air rises, so sealing off the attic will keep it in the parts of your house that you live in.

You should also check that your windows and door are not leaking air. Caulk, weather stripping, and draft excluders at the bottoms of outside doors during weather extremes can help tremendously.

3. Furnaces

Your furnace may be one of the worst energy vampires in your entire home. Dirty air filters may be impairing its efficiency and wasting power. Check them, clean them, and/or replace them if they can’t be cleaned. You should also run your hands over the heating ducts while the furnace is running, feeling for leaks of warm air. If you find one, seal it with aluminum tape (found at your local hardware store).  It is designed for use in hot areas. Never use duct tape for this repair. As many uses as it has, it doesn’t stick very well to warm ducts.

4. Water Heaters

You should also check the temperature setting on your water heater. Chances are, it is set above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is higher than it actually needs to be. Setting it to 120 degrees will still give you comfortably warm water and it can also saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

Want to save even more? Turn off electric heaters and turn down gas heaters if you are out of the hours for extended periods of time, like vacations or business trips. You should also wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket. By increasing the insulation, you can slow down heat loss through the water heater walls.

5. Thermostats

Buy a programmable thermostat and set it to save you money while you’re asleep or away from house. Modern thermostats have a pre-programmed energy-saving setpoint that you can use as a guide that allows for setting the temperature back in the winter and up in the summer. It also may have a vacation setting to maintain energy-saving temperatures when you are gone for several days.

If you want to save even more. Ceiling fans can help circulate energy. Also, don’t run your heat or air conditioning when the windows are open.

6. Exhaust Fans

You should try to avoid using exhaust fans unless you really need it. These push warm air outside in the winter, and cool air out in the summer. This makes your furnace or air conditioner work overtime.

Need help with optimizing your home?

With a little effort and the change of a few habits, you can cut your energy bills and leave less of a footprint on the environment. You can use the money that defeating these energy vampires can save you for much more necessary or enjoyable purposes.

Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air can help optimize your heating and cooling, and if needed, replace your entire system with an Energy Star compliant unit that will, in the long run, make your investment pay for itself. Contact us for your help in keeping those energy vampires out of your home.

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Never Go Without Hot Water Again

Traditional or standard water heaters come with an in-built water tank that is constantly filled and heated at a set temperature before every use. It takes considerable amount of time to heat water and at times you may get stuck waiting for it to be ready for use.

Instant water heaters are tankless but have a set of coils or a heat exchanger that gets activated immediately when the unit is turned on. The water gets heated rapidly as it passes through the hot coils and you have all the hot water you need available instantly!

If your standard hot water heater is getting old or needs repairs, consider replacing the unit with a tankless hot water heater. Instant water systems make complete sense for homeowners for several reasons, especially for vacation or second homes.

8 Reasons to Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater

  1. Conservation of Energy: Tankless water heaters conserve energy by only heating the amount of water needed at the time. You won’t waste energy heating water when it’s not needed.
  2. Lower Utility Bills: Utility bills get reduced immediately and over the years because instant hot water heaters operate more efficiently, heating only the required amount of water when needed. Additionally, tankless water heating systems can be turned off when the appliance is not in use, to save money. Moreover, tankless systems eliminate heat losses.
  3. Unlimited, On-demand Hot Water Supply: Say No to long waits! Instant water heaters provide hot water immediately, without having to wait for water to get heated, as in the case of conventional water heaters.
  4. Better Quality Hot Water: When you’re not using your standard water heater, the water that stays in the tank for longer duration can gather rust, scale and lead which make the water impure and lower its quality. Such degradation is totally avoided in tankless systems.
  5. More durable & Long Lasting: Instant water heaters do not have a tank and this means lesser need for repairs or leakages. Moreover, these systems can last up to two times longer than a standard water heater.
  6. Protection of your property: Tankless water heater installed in your vacation or second home helps avoid the risk of any hazards, mishaps or flooding from water heater leakages while you’re not there and saves your house property from getting damaged. With the traditional water heaters, there is always the risk of leaking, or rupturing which may cause significant water damage. With a tankless system, there is much less chance of water damage occurring.
  7. Lesser Use of Space: Tankless water heaters have a compact size that utilizes much lesser space than conventional hot water heaters. They are wall mountable, either inside or outside of your home.
  8. Environment friendly: Tankless heating systems provide on-demand hot water instantly without having to waste or run down cold water that runs through the pipeline before hot water reaches the faucets and showers.

Our experts at Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air can help you choose the right unit and provide suitable solutions to help you save energy and money. We are experts in installing, inspecting, servicing, repairing, and replacing all makes and models of hot water heaters. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.

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Protect Against Pipe Corrosion in Your Home

Over the years, corrosion can develop in your plumbing fixtures. To protect against damage and potential health risks, learn how to identify and prevent pipe corrosion in your home.

The Causes

In essence, metal pipe corrosion is a continuous process of ion release from metal to the water. While the process involves a complex electrochemical electron exchange, the usual causes are pretty straightforward. They include:

  • Water pH
  • Oxygen in the water
  • Chemical makeup of the water
  • Water temperature
  • Water velocity

The Impact

The cost of corrosion can be considerable, especially when it’s ignored for years. It can affect a person’s health by releasing toxic metals, such as lead, into a home’s drinking water. Water from corroded pipes can reduce the efficiency of hot water heaters and other appliances. Corrosive pipes can also lead to odors, stains and foul tastes, while causing premature failure of plumbing fixtures and systems.

Many older homes have solders, pipes and plumbing fixtures made from lead or other metals. Corrosive water may dissolve enough of these materials to create health risks and aesthetic problems in a homes potable water.

Prevention and Repair

If your house is over 25 years old, you should keep a watchful eye for corrosion. Inspect exposed pipes for stains, discoloration, pimples, dimpling and flaking. Look for leaks, poor water pressure, foul smells and discolored water. If you notice a problem, contact a professional to assess the situation.

If you have an older home, you may need to replace your zinc-coated galvanized pipes with copper repiping. If your water is especially corrosive, you may also want to consider installing a whole-house water softening system or reverse-osmosis unit to filter contaminants from your water. This can help protect your appliances, your health and the lifespan of your plumbing system.

Same Day Service technicians are fully trained and experienced to solve your corrosion problems. For more information on our copper repiping services and water treatment units, call us at 1-888-937-3350 for an estimate today!



Assess Your Pipes Now to Prevent a Future Leak or Burst!

Homes or businesses that are 25 years old or more were built using zinc-coated galvanized pipes that corrode, decay and become rusty over a period of time. As the pipes age, and the rust begins to build up, the inside diameter of the pipe reduces and restricts the flow of water. This decreases the water pressure and poses potential risks of leakages, pipe bursts and failures. If the pipes are well-maintained then they may last longer and a replacement may be delayed. However, localities with hard water supply may have to replace their pipelines sooner. Lead pipes are even more harmful as they can leak lead into drinking water and create health hazards. Polybutylene pipes are more susceptible to breakages.

Copper pipes are lead free and restrict growth of bacteria. They provide clean water, and high water pressure in faucets and showers. Copper pipes last decades and are the best choice for a long-term plumbing solution.

It is important to understand the type of plumbing in your home along with having periodic inspections, maintenance and replacing deteriorating pipes as needed. Avoiding these system check ups will only result in costly repairs and replacements.

It may be time to consider copper repiping if…

  • Galvanized pipes have started to leak or corrode
  • Pipes have stained, dimpled, or flaked
  • Water leaking or dampness in concrete slabs or foundation
  • Sporadic leakages in some areas
  • The Shower pressure is low or there are sudden temperature changes in the shower
  • Garden hose water pressure is weak
  • Tap water is discolored – looks brown or yellow due to rust
  • Foul odor emanating from taps
  • Drinking water has a metallic taste
  • Washing machine taking much longer to fill water
  • Spots or stains on the laundry

Here are a few tips to ensure your pipes run smoothly all year along:

  • Get an annual inspection and maintenance scheduled every year to keep a watch on potential leakages and repair any existing plumbing problems
  • Consider replacing exposed pipes in the basement, utility room, crawlspace, lofts, and such easy-to-reach areas.
  • Consider replacing any exposed pipes passing through the open walls and floors when you remodel your house or a room. This will give you an opportunity to replace pipes in hard-to-get areas while the project is in progress.
  • Consider replacing your old galvanized pipes with copper pipes to save tremendous cost, avoid major problems and safeguard health of family.

Same Day Service technicians are fully trained and experienced to handle the jobs and specialize in repiping water lines. Our trusted technicians will do a thorough inspection of your current plumbing system to identify any pressing issues and confirm if your pipes need a replacement.

For more information on our copper repiping services, Contact Us or call us at 1-888-937-3350 for an estimate today!

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Locate Minor Leaks Now to Avoid Major Repairs

A dripping fixture can do a lot more than keep you up at night. If water pools below a sink, you can end up with serious damage and hefty repair charges. Bathtub fixtures can also leak behind walls, which can increase the risk of toxic mold. These hidden leaks and drips may not present any noticeable warning signs until the problem worsens. That’s why it’s important to regularly schedule maintenance for your plumbing fixtures and do your part to look for water stains on floors and ceilings to catch unseen leaks early.

Preventing Problems

Just about every plumbing fixture will need maintenance at some point; however, some leaks are unrelated to natural wear. It’s important to remember that plumbing fixtures are not designed to hold weight. For instance, a bathtub spigot should not be used as a footrest and outside faucets shouldn’t be used to hold rolled-up garden hoses. Likewise, shower heads shouldn’t be used to hold caddies filled with heavy bath products. Over-tightening can also lead to dripping faucets, while possibly causing extensive damage to the faucet seat and stem.

Should I Repair the Fixture Myself?

While it is possible for an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer to repair a leaky faucet, there are some risks. First, with four types of faucets: compression, ceramic disk, cartridge (sleeve) and ball type, repair procedures can be complicated. In some cases, the fixture may only require a simple O-ring. In other cases, it may require more complex repairs. If the leak is not properly diagnosed and repaired, it’s not uncommon for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers to turn a simple leaky fixture into a major plumbing problem that could’ve been avoided. For this reason, it’s generally best to leave these plumbing issues to our trusted Same Day Service plumbing technicians.

When a plumbing problem arises, you need a reliable company to repair it fast. Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air has three decades of experience providing plumbing services including fixture repair in homes and businesses. We are available seven days a week. Call us today at 888-937-3350 or request an appointment.

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