From clogged drains and sewer cleaning, to odors and water temperature, if you have a question about plumbing, you may find the answer here:
Short answer: yes. Long answer: definitely yes. Hard water, in short, is water that contains an excessive quantity of dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium, and so on. Soft water, on the other hand, is treated so harmful minerals don’t build up. For comparison, natural rainwater is soft, not hard. Hard water can cause considerable damage to plumbing fixtures, pipes, and the things water in your home touches such as laundry and even your skin. If you suspect you have a hard water problem, we recommend getting in touch with a professional to get it fixed before it causes any expensive, long-lasting damage to your plumbing.
There are many reasons your faucet could be leaking. There could be a problem in the o ring, a small disc that holds the faucet handle in place and, if worn out, can cause leaking. There could be valve corrosion, problems with the washer, worn out seals, or general (and unfortunate) broken pipes or fittings. While this list of potential problems may seem daunting, they’re all problems that can be easily fixed by a proper plumbing expert.
More like what doesn’t clog your drain, am I right? Beauty products, hair, dirt, grease, and food waste are all day-to-day culprits that can lead to blocked drains. At home you can help avoid build up by installing a drain catcher to catch physical debris. After that, a great way to address small clogs is by pouring a mixture of hot water, baking soda, and vinegar down your drains to loosen the build-up. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call in the drain cleaning professionals.
DIY plumbing can be satisfying work and certainly saves you money, but it’s not all sunshine and porcelain. Many plumbing mistakes made by amateurs can be costly in terms of water damage, safety and time wasted. Learning about these common plumbing mistakes can help you plan smarter for future projects.
Not turning off the water: So many projects end in water damage because people forget to shut off the water supply. Before you remove pipes or clear P-traps, make sure to turn off the water, either to a specific fixture or the whole house.
An incomplete toolkit: Oftentimes, if you don’t have the right tools, you can make a problem worse or complicate the situation. Always research the tools you will need for each job and purchase or rent accordingly. Many jobs require a plumber’s wrench, a basin wrench and a plumber’s snake. If you’re planning several extensive DIY projects, the hand tools are worth and the snake is worth renting.
Too much drain cleaner: liquid drain cleaner chemical is fine in moderation, but it can damage some types of pipes, especially if used too often. Instead, try using vinegar and baking soda. No matter what you do, don’t rely solely on liquid drain cleaner, natural or otherwise. First try a plunger and or a hand cranked drain snake for clogs than can’t be plunged. That being said, plunging often solves the problem. If you do resort to chemical drain openers, always use eye and face protection since the chemicals are usually caustic and can inflict burns or even blindness.
Refusing to admit defeat: Often you can be so wrapped up in a DIY project that you don’t know when to call it quits. Sometimes you don’t have the right tools; other times you’ve made the situation worse. At a certain point, the project may move past your skill level or comfort zone. When that happens, you can call us at 614-815-8539. We’re happy to take over where you left off on your project or take the whole watery mess off your hands from the start.
Here’s our first big tip regarding garbage disposals: don’t put actual garbage in them. We’re talking your food wrappers, your tissues, your bills, or your general this-and-that trash. Stuff like this gets caught between blades and causes build-up trouble in no time. Here are things it’s a-ok to put down the disposal: ice cubes, dish soap, soft food, non-grease liquids, and cold water. Avoid fibrous foods, grease, oils, and sticky things to keep your disposal working in tip top shape.
Low water pressure is an annoyingly common and annoyingly… well, annoying… problem that a lot of homeowners face. Here’s the 411: low water pressure is caused by a whole slew of different things, including but not limited to: malfunctioning shut off valves, clogged pipes, crimped water lines, or water meter allocation issues. While there’s no set reason why it happens, there is a set solution to fixing it: contact a professional who can point out the specific cause of your low pressure and, in turn, fix it.