Ahhh, the frustration of a clog. They typically happen at the most inopportune time, like when you have company. Extra people in the house inevitably cause extra stress on your plumbing system. Not all clogs require a call to your plumber, though. Following are some tips you can try before calling in the professionals:
If you have more than one drain that is draining slowly, it is most likely a clog in or problem with your main sewer line, and you should call Able Plumbing, Inc. at 281-532-2253. We, as most professional plumbers, strongly discourage the use of drain cleaning products! They are not only dangerous for the environment, but they can cause costly damage to your plumbing.
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Drip…drip…drip…all night long. It is annoying, costly, and wasteful! There are several things that could be causing your faucet’s incessant drip:
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1. Low Water Pressure
Have you noticed a lack of water pressure in your home? From a less than impressive flow in the shower or a mere trickle from a sink faucet, to it taking too long for your dishwasher or washing machine to fill up, low water pressure is the number one sign that it is time for a repipe. As galvanized pipes age they corrode and rust closes up the inside of the pipe restricting water flow, much like an unhealthy diet does to a person’s arteries.
2. Changes in Water Pressure
Is flushing a toilet while someone is taking a shower a big no-no in your house? The lack of flow in old pipes will result in changes in water pressure. A whole house repipe will fix the problem.
Have you had a pipe leak or multiple pipe leaks? If you have had a leak in your old galvanized pipes, then there is a good chance that there are more leaks to come. Unfortunately, the secondary damage caused by a pipe leak is a real nightmare. Replacing all of the water pipes in your house will assure that you will not have to deal with the messy aftermath of pipe leaks.
4. Rusty or Discolored Water
Does your water have a rust color when you first turn the tap on? If so, then the old pipes in your house are rusting on the inside and more problems are on the horizon. Get your home repiped before the problems occur.
5. Noisy Pipes
Do your pipes make creaking or banging noises when your water is on? If your pipes are making so much noise that you think your house may be haunted then it is time to consider repiping the house and put the pipe ghosts to rest.
6. Water Smells Funny
Does your water have an unpleasant odor? If your water stinks then it is time to get some new pipes for it to flow through so that is doesn’t smell like it came out of the south side of a skunk. YUCK!
7. Corroded Pipes
Have you noticed corroded pipes? If you are seeing corroded pipes, then the pipes that you cannot see are corroded, too. Getting your home repiped before they start leaking will save you a huge headache later.
8. House is 15+ Years Old
Is your house older than 15 years old? Even though 15 is not that old, if you’re having any of the problems listed above and your home is older than 15, then it is probably time for a whole house repipe.
Able Plumbing, Inc. does multiple whole house repipes each week. Our crews have the experience, knowledge, and appropriate tools to get the job done quickly and correctly so that you can get on with your life. If you think that your house may need to be repiped call Able Plumbing, Inc. at 281-532-2253 for an estimate today.
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Cottonelle, Charmin, and Scott are all bombarding the airwaves with what they claim are “flushable” wipes. They sound so convenient and who doesn’t want to walk away from the potty extra-specially clean? Unfortunately, if you want a clean “bum” and not have it affect your plumbing in a less than clean way, then you had better throw those not-so-flushable wipes in the trash instead of the toilet. The claims that these companies make that their wipes are “sewer and septic safe” and “breaks up after flushing” is, to put it nicely, a bunch of bologna.
Consumer Reports has put these “flushable” claims to the test. Using the same tests used to check how well toilet paper breaks down, testers discovered that the so called flushable wipes did not break down at all, even after going to extremes such as running them for ten minutes in a mixer.
Sewer officials in Vancouver, WA decided to test the claims as well after spending $1 million replacing several sewage pumps that were routinely clogged by the offensive little wipes. They dyed some of the wipes bright colors and sent them through the sewer for a mile. When the wipes were retrieved from the system they were still intact and only showed minor rips and tears.
Essentially, every time you flush one of the wipes you are taking a chance that you are going to clog your toilet or your sewer line. Even using them sparingly can still be a problem. It is very common when our technicians clean out a stopped up sewer for them to pull wipes out of the line.
If you’re having a problem with a backed up toilet or sewer line, call Able Plumbing, Inc. at 281-532-2253 and we’ll get your sewer system flowing again.
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As freezing weather assaults southeast Texas folks are going to hear a lot about the 3 P’s…protect your pipes, plants, and pets! Plants and pets are pretty straight forward, right? Cover them up, bring them in, or give them shelter from the cold, but what about the pipes? You can’t just pick them up and move them to a warmer place; however, you can take some simple steps to protect your home from damage caused by frozen pipes.
The pipes at the highest risk of freezing are water pipes that are exposed, for example, pipes in an un-insulated or under insulated attic, crawl space or garage, outside hose bibbs, swimming pool supply lines, sprinkler system supply lines, etc. Failing to properly prepare water lines for the cold snaps that hit the region each year can result in costly repair expenses. A little bit of preparation can make a huge difference in your pipes weathering the freezing temperatures.
Scientific Analysis: How the damage occurs…
When water freezes it expands, unfortunately, your pipes do not…thus, frozen pipes will frequently break. Then when the ice thaws the mess begins.
Plan Ahead: Before the cold weather hits…
Swimming Pool and Sprinkler System Supply Lines- Drain the water according to the manufacturer or installer’s guide lines.
Outdoor Hose Bibbs- Detach and drain the water hose and store it away. Cover the hose bibb with an insulated cover (found at most hardware stores), or wrap it with a cloth and secure it with tape.
Other Exposed Pipes- Insulate the pipes with an insulated pipe sleeve (found at most hardware stores).
Baby, It’s Cold Outside: During the freeze…
Pipes in the Garage- Keep the garage door closed.
Pipes in the House- Open your cabinet doors so that warm air is able to circulate around the pipes and keep your thermostat at a consistent temperature.
Hasta La Vista: Leaving town during the winter…
Pipes in the House- Open your cabinet doors so that warm air is able to circulate around the pipes. Leave your heater on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. *OR* Turn the water to your house off at the main supply near the meter, open up the taps and allow the water in the lines to drain out. If there is no water in the line then it will not freeze.
Uh oh, too late: Thawing frozen pipes…
Locate the main water supply line to your home and be prepared to turn it off if the frozen pipe has already broken. Open up the faucet that the frozen pipe feeds, and keep it open. As the pipe thaws the water will flow out which will help to melt more ice. Use a heating pad, electric hair dryer, towels soaked in hot water, or a portable heater to heat the frozen pipe. Do not use extremely hot heat sources such as blow torches, open flames or propane heaters to thaw the pipe because it will cause damage to the pipe, as well as, present a serious fire and carbon monoxide hazard. Apply heat to the pipe until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen pipe, the frozen area is not within reach, you cannot get the pipe to thaw, or the pipe has broken, call Able Plumbing, Inc. at 281-532-2253, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.