Are you contributing to your own plumbing disasters?
There are so many things that we do to with little thought to how it will affect our plumbing system… until that dreaded day when your pipes burst and your toilet overflows and your shower refuses to drain properly. What a nightmare!
Are you doing any of these?
Using Commercial Drain Cleaners – This seems like the go-to fix when your drains are clogged but it can do way more harm than good. The chemicals that make up the drain cleaner actually erode your pipes, leading to much worse damage down the line.
Mixing Metal Pipes – When two different metals are used in the plumbing of your house, chemicals reactions can cause the pipes to corrode. This is usually the result of an inexperienced plumber or DIYer taking on plumbing repairs.
Using Your Toilet as a Disposal – Your toilet is meant for one use and one use only. Flushing anything but the obvious can result in a flood!
Abusing Your Disposal – One of the biggest problems with a garbage disposal is that people think it’s an all-powerful waste-chopping machine of wonderment. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a whole lot to break one. Grease should NEVER be dumped in your disposal and hard food items like popcorn kernels should be avoided as well!
DIY Repair Fails – Plumbing repairs aren’t as simple as tightening joints or popping in a new pipe. It takes proper training and lots of know-how to be able to adequately complete repairs. The best course of action is to call your local plumbing professional (that’s us!) for help.
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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.
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 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!
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.
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.
Tips for finding interior leaks
Leaks can happen anywhere inside your home, but they are most likely to occur where water pipes and drains connect to appliances. That means your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room are the most likely problem areas. Look out for the following signs of potential leaks:
- Water stains – Do you have stains on your drywall or ceiling? These are the most obvious sign of interior water damage.
- Warping or buckling floors – Buckling or warping of your wooden floors, vinyl, or tile surfaces and carpets.
- Meter readings – Check your water bill and meter for signs of a leak.
Contact us today if you are noticing any of these issues.