Plumbing Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Screenshot_1 It’s been with us since Roman times, but today’s homes have a lavish supply of hot and cold water on demand, thanks to modern plumbing systems. The principles are simple — pressure and valves — but if they fail, the household may be faced with a soggy mess. When this happens, act quickly to avert major problems.
Smart homeowners know how to spot and resolve small plumbing problems before they become major issues. Help your plumbing stay dry and happy with these tips:
Remember to call the experts in as well. We are here to help day or night.
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Keep an eye out for trouble.

When it comes to plumbing, little leaks can lead to big problems. Be alert to signs of impending plumbing failures: Leaking faucets, damp cabinets, rocking toilets or dripping refrigerators all signal problems that need prompt attention.
Repair problems early.

A leaking faucet isn’t just annoying; the moisture it releases puts wear on sink fixtures and can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Stay on top of problems so they don’t become bigger ones and to keep your household clean and dry.
Know where to go when trouble happens.

Should plumbing fail, will you know how to stop the flood? Locate the main shut-off valve for the home water supply. If it’s in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach place, gather any tools you’ll need for a quick shut-off, and store them nearby. There’s nothing like the frustration of a missing flashlight or a misplaced shut-off key when water’s pouring down the stairs from a broken pipe.
Shutting off appliances.

Similarly, know how to shut off water to sinks, toilets, washing machines and water-using appliances like the refrigerator’s icemaker. Should they misbehave, knowing the location of the shut-off valve will save the day and a lot of wet cleanup and damage.
Spot the sewer valve.

Finally, hunt down the location of the household’s main sewer valve. It’s there to provide access to correct a clogged sewer line; don’t make the Roto-Rooter man spend pricey labor time looking for it when the toilets overflow.
Learn how to tackle small problems.

With a few tools and a little knowledge, most of us can handle small plumbing emergencies. With a plunger, a pipe wrench and a sewer snake in your tool kit, you’ll be able to take care of small problems like clogged drains, blocked toilets, stuck valves and dripping faucets. How-to books, home improvement stores and adult education classes can pay for themselves when it’s time to call the plumber.
Cold snap: Keep plumbing safe in cold weather

In hard-winter climates, freezing pipes can create a sudden household emergency. Frozen water expands, cracking pipes; when the area thaws, the cracks vent a flood. Plumbing help can be hard to find in a weather crisis, so try these tips:
Prevent frozen pipes before they start.

Best defense: insulation. Insulate exposed pipes in a crawl space or in the garage with easy-to-install plastic insulation. It’s a peel-and-stick solution. Before winter comes, remove exterior hoses, and apply insulating caps to outdoor fixtures, as a frozen exterior spigot can damage interior pipes. Households with automatic sprinkler systems can clear standing water with compressed air.
When cold weather strikes, go into action.

Open the cabinets beneath sinks and bathroom fixtures; warmer household air will help prevent the pipes inside from freezing. Opening taps to a bare trickle keeps water flowing and avoids a frozen blockage.
If pipes do freeze, don’t panic.

First, shut off the water supply to the house, then open a faucet near the blocked area to vent vapors from the frozen water. If you suspect that pipes in the hot water system are frozen, turn off the hot water heater. Use a hair dryer to warm the frozen pipe (never use an open flame to thaw a pipe), starting at the end of the pipe nearest to the tap. (Don’t use a hair dryer in areas of standing water.) You’ll know the pipe has begun to thaw when water begins to trickle from the open faucet. When the flow is restored, check the plumbing carefully for cracks or leaks.
Call us if your efforts are unsuccessful.

Reduce household water usage

A more sustainable and cost-efficient household means conserving water, but green living doesn’t have to be dusty and dry. Try these strategies to cut water use at home:
Load up the dishwasher.

Hand-washing dishes may feel authentic, but it’s wasteful; automatic dishwashers use less hot water and energy than washing by hand. No need to rinse, either; most modern dishwashers are designed to remove food without need for pre-rinsing.
Go with the (low) flow.

Household toilets can be water hogs; replace older models with lowflow alternatives.
Save in the shower.

Keep showers short and sweet to stay sustainable. You can also save water
— and money — by installing a low-flow showerhead, which use up to 50 percent less water than older models.

Take Away Warranty Worries With The Pink Plumber

f you’ve been having plumbing issues with a hot water heater or home filtration system and you’re not sure about your warranty, give The Pink Plumber a call. We keep all of your service contracts on file so we can tell what parts need to be fixed and if there’s an active warranty in place. We relieve the stress for you. For example, we can contact the manufacturer and order the parts quickly so there’s no hassle. Here’s Scott’s story:

I’ve used The Pink Plumber three times now and the most recent time was for checking out my new hot water heater. My hot water heater was on the fritz. It was getting really hot, but not staying hot for very long. There were several times there was no hot water at all, so I knew it was going to have to be replaced. I’ve heard rave reviews about the plumbers and employees at The Pink Plumber, so I decided to give you a call.

I spoke with Tim and he was very helpful. He worked hard to get the issues resolved right away. Tim knew that going without hot water wasn’t something I wanted to do for very long so he worked quickly to get the issue resolved. He called the manufacturer and saw that the thermocouple had a recall. Then, Tim replaced it right away and upgraded my electrical circuit so it wouldn’t overload the system. The best thing is, I didn’t have to pay out of pocket, even though I expected to.

I would recommend The Cure Plumber to my family and neighbors because this company has the best technicians and customer service team. Tim went out of his way to make sure that I was a priority on his work list. To me, it means a lot when a business goes the extra mile and makes sure that their equipment is working top-notch for customers.

If you’re having issues with any newer installations that we or another company has done, give us a call right away and we will check warranty details for you. We want to satisfy your plumbing needs and keep your home’s plumbing system running its best!

Toilet Overflow Could Indicate a Serious Plumbing Problem

Homeowners often face the unfortunate circumstances caused by an overflowing toilet. When this happens, you must act fast and remove or dry up the water as quickly as possible to avoid the potential damage to your bathroom flooring, cabinetry and baseboard. While excessive bathroom tissue or foreign objects being inadvertently flushed down the commode often cause the problem, sometimes the cause can be a serious one that is hidden within the sewage line. The post below will identify the less common, but serious causes of a toilet overflow.

A Restricted Sewage Line
A restriction in the pipe will affect its ability to handle the amount of wastewater for which it was designed. When this happens, the volume of wastewater traveling through the pipe is reduced significantly, which can cause a toilet backup. If ignored, the restriction will act as a catchall, trapping debris and growing larger as time passes until it becomes completely blocked.

An Obstructed Sewage Line
An obstruction within the sewer line renders the pipe useless as wastewater and solids cannot pass. Once the length of pipe fills with wastewater, you could experience a toilet overflow or slow drains. Flushing a toilet under these circumstances can cause a back up as the rushing toilet water is pushed back towards the fixture due to the blockage.

A Collapsed or Damaged Sewage Line
A collapsed or damaged sewage line will experience reduced flow or a complete blockage depending on the severity of the collapse. In most of these cases, your plumbing contractor must replace the damaged section to restore service.

Tree Root Invasion
A common problem with older sewage line—Orangeburg Pipe, clay or cast iron pipe—systems is tree root invasion. Often, as time passes and the material ages, the seams that connect the sections of sewage pipe fail, allowing roots to penetrate the sewage line. Trees, shrubs and other foliage naturally seek out water and are quick to take advantage of a compromised sewage line. While your plumber can buy you some time and restore service by clearing the line with a snake and cutting auger, the roots will eventually return.

If you are experiencing an unusually high volume of toilet overflows, you must contact your plumbing contractor immediately. They can identify the cause and attack the problem at its source, often with a simple drain cleaning or snaking. Keep in mind, sewage line problems will not fix themselves and can often lead to additional home repairs when ignored.