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Nine Plumbing Issues That Could Be Signs Of Bigger Problems

Maybe you’ve experienced the annoying drip of a leaky faucet, keeping you up when you’re trying to sleep. But you put up with it and the small bump in your water bill — you’re too busy, got things to do, you’ll get to it later…

But problems with your plumbing shouldn’t be treated lightly. What may seem insignificant or only a minor annoyance could actually be a warning of bigger problems. Even a small water leak in your home can lead to significant damage from mold or rot. With plumbing, you should heed the time-honored advice that “A stitch in time saves nine.” Here are eight common plumbing issues and telltales that could be signs of bigger problems that you should address right away.

Weak Water Flow

Are you experiencing weak water flow with one of your faucets? Or are you having issues throughout your home? In the first case, the solution is usually a simple one; in the latter, there may be some larger systemic issues that need to be addressed right away. Low water pressure at a single faucet is usually caused by a clogged aerator in the faucet. It’s a simple fix, and one that shouldn’t be put off, since if cleaning the aerator doesn’t solve the problem you may have a clog in the pipe.

If your water pressure is low throughout the house you may have a clog in the main water line or a leak somewhere in the system. If this is a sudden issue, consult with a plumber right away.

Spiking Water Bills

If you experience sticker shock when you open your monthly water bill, you may have a serious problem that needs to be addressed right away. In some circumstances, the solution may be as simple as fixing a running toilet, but in more extreme cases you may have a break in your water line.

Here’s a simple way to check. Turn off the water to your home at the main shut-off valve and then examine your water meter. If it’s still running there’s a break in the water line leading into the house. Time to call a plumber right away!

Slow Drain(s)

We’ve all experienced a slow drain or a clogged toilet at some point in our lives. And usually, it’s something that’s pretty easy to handle with a plunger or a commercial drain cleaner. If the problem is limited to one drain, there’s usually nothing to worry about, although if it persists, you should contact a plumber to snake out the affected drain.

But if slow drains start occurring throughout the home at the same time you’re looking at a much more serious problem, most likely a blockage of the main sewer line, often caused by tree roots. Consult a plumbing professional immediately before serious damage or a sewer backup occurs.

Foul Odors

A properly designed plumbing system is a marvel of pipes, traps, and vents, designed to ensure that you receive a steady stream of water while whisking away waste. Sewer gasses are blocked from entering your home by water-filled drain traps, assisted by roof vents that channel gasses to the roof. If you detect foul sewer gas smells in your home, one of these two systems has failed in some way. An experienced plumber can quickly diagnose the issue and take steps to alleviate the issue before it becomes worse.

Rusty or Discolored Pipes

You’ll be hard-pressed to find exposed pipes in most newer homes. But if you have an older home or an unfinished basement it’s not uncommon to be able to examine your pipes. If you notice discoloration or rust on the pipes, particularly around joints or fittings it could be a sign of a slow leak that could end up resulting in a big leak later down the road. Time to get it checked.

Rattling Pipes

Of all the things that might make noise in your home —furnaces, squeaky stairs, noisy kids — your pipes shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re starting to grow accustomed to the rattle of pipes whenever you use the plumbing, it’s time to take stock. It’s not uncommon for plumbing to develop a problem called a “water hammer.” This occurs when the flow of water in your pipes changes direction suddenly, usually because of air pockets that have developed in the pipes. If you let this problem persist pipe fittings may work loose, causing leaks in your plumbing system.

Stained Walls or Ceilings

Have you noticed a change in your home’s decor? Some new spots of color on your walls or ceilings? Don’t break open a can of paint and hope for the best. Odds are you’ve got a leak behind the wall or ceiling. This is a problem that requires immediate attention from professionals who know how to isolate and repair the leak before extensive damage occurs to your drywall, or mold and mildew builds up behind the wall.

A Wobbly Toilet

You’re the king (or queen) of your castle, so it only makes sense that you should be able to sit securely on your throne. If you find that you’re wobbling while using the WC, your toilet needs some serious attention. You may be able to lock things down by tightening the bolts holding your toilet to the floor, but if that doesn’t do the trick, the wax seal underneath your toilet may need to be replaced.

A more serious problem is possible. If you have a leak underneath the toilet the subflooring holding the toilet may have begun to rot and you’ll need structural repairs to your floor. The moral of the story is clear — take care of leaks right away.

Discolored Water Coming From the Tap

Cloudy or discolored water often occurs when water systems perform routine maintenance. But if you have discolored water every day, particularly when you first turn on the water in the morning, the problem is most likely rust in your pipes, often caused by old galvanized steel pipes. To correct the problem the pipes will have to be replaced. Fortunately, you may not need to replace all of the pipes if the discoloration is only occurring at one faucet.

Short Delays, Big Costs

The one common thread to all of these plumbing problems is the potential that each has for creating much more serious problems down the road. Even a small leak in the walls of your home can cause serious damage to your drywall, or create serious issues with mold. Likewise, clogged drains can be a warning of backed-up sewage pipes in the future — a smelly situation.

Talk to the Pros

It can be easy to see that you’ve got a plumbing problem, but diagnosing the root cause and applying the proper solution is often somewhat more difficult. That’s when it’s important to tap into the expertise of an experienced professional who has the knowledge to apply the right solution to your problem.

If you’re encountering plumbing problems in your home, or are looking to make plumbing upgrades in your kitchen or bath, get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to check out the problem and provide you with a free quote.…

Advantages of Hiring a Local Plumber

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When it comes to your plumbing system, it’s best to hire some near you. There are many advantages of hiring a local plumber that every homeowner should know to avoid any serious complications and to build a strong community connection. Find out more about these benefits below.

Fast Response Times

Plumbing emergencies happen—pipes burst, water heaters leak, and rooms flood. Fortunately, plumbers can respond quickly to the needs of their customers, which is incredibly important for local residences and businesses. If you experience any issues, call your local plumber for a faster response. It’s important to note that local plumbers may charge service fees for after-hour requests—check with your local plumber on their hours, rates, and policies.

High Work Quality

On top of that, local plumbers should be certified and possess the right tools for the job. Professional plumbers know the importance of high-quality plumbing services in regard to everything from sinks to underground pipes. Not to mention, local plumbers strive for quality in all their work so that their clients will spread the word about their businesses. This means they won’t cut corners on their job quality. Do your research on different plumbers in your area to see which one offers the best quality service at the best price point.

Local Knowledge and Expertise

Another advantage of hiring a local plumber is that they know the area. Local plumbers understand these specifics and know the proper way to handle any issue. Additionally, local water supplies and municipalities can affect your home’s water system. Old homes, new models, and small or large houses are nothing new to an experienced plumber.

Excellent Customer Service

Lastly, great customer service is a rarity today. With so many box stores selling the same products or services, connecting with a local business can be challenging. In the past, customers knew the owners of local businesses because they were the only one of their type in that location. Due to changing times, this is no longer the case. Still, hiring a local plumber will rebuild that connection and trust. They’ll listen to your needs and expectations. Word-of-mouth is one of the top ways to stay in business, so when your local plumber finishes a job, remember to tell your friends, family members, and neighbors so that they can hire them, too. Commercial buildings can benefit from these local services as well.

Whether you’re looking for residential or industrial plumbing in the Yuba City area, call us at Advantage-Plumbing.com. We value the members of our community, and we’ll ensure that the most dedicated professionals treat your water system. We’re just one phone call away, so contact us with any questions.…

5 MOST COMMON PLUMBING PROBLEMS & HOW TO AVOID THEM

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON PLUMBING PROBLEMS?

The most common plumbing problems are clogged drains and toilets, leaky faucets and pipes, water heater issues, low water pressure, and a running toilet. Each of these issues requires a different solution that we will cover below.

You don’t realize how much you rely on plumbing until you start having issues. A dripping faucet here, a slow drain there — as your home ages, it’s natural to have some plumbing problems. Some of those issues are simple enough to DIY without much difficulty. Others come with some potential dangers and are better left to the professionals. Being aware of the common plumbing problems and solutions helps you know when to grab your tool belt and when to call the plumber.

CLOGGED DRAINS AND TOILETS

You can spot clogged drains when you see water backing up as you empty a sink or take a shower. For a toilet clog, the signs are often more immediate. Instead of flushing normally, the water backs up in the toilet bowl and may even overflow. Clearing the blockage typically restores your drains or toilet back to normal with a little DIY work or a visit from a plumber.

  • What Causes the Problem: Slow or clogged drains occur when something blocks the drain partially or completely. In sinks and showers, hair is often the culprit, but other items, such as a shampoo lid or small toy, may enter the drain and block the pipe. In toilets, the problem often comes when something other than dissolvable waste enters the toilet and gets flushed. Those solid items cannot move through the pipe, so they stay put, making it difficult or impossible for water to flow past the blockage and down the pipes.
  • How to Fix Clogged Drains and Toilets: Start with a plunger to help remove the clog. A plunger works on both toilets and on drains. The simple plumbing tool helps loosen clogs using air pressure. Place the open end of the plunger completely over the drain and move it up and down to create suction. If you can draw the blockage close enough, use tweezers or pliers to grab the clump and remove it from the drain. Chemical drain cleaners offer an option if you can’t remove the blockage with a plunger. Home improvement stores also sell plumbing snakes that can dislodge blockages to get the water flowing again.
  • How to Avoid Clogging Drains and Toilets: Prevent toilet clogs by only flushing dissolvable waste products down the toilet. Watch kids closely so they don’t flush toys or other large items down the toilet. If something falls into the toilet, get it out instead of trying to flush it. In showers, use a hair catcher over the drain so loose strands don’t collect inside the drain pipe. Try to keep loose strands of hair out of sinks to prevent clogging.
  • When to Call a Plumber: Let a professional handle clogged drains or a clogged toilet if you can’t easily remove the blockage yourself. Another time to call a plumber is when you get repeated clogs in the same drain. Using caustic drain cleaners can damage pipes over time with regular use. A plumber may be able to fix the problem to prevent future clogs without damage to the pipe.

LEAKY FAUCETS AND PIPES

Leaking faucets and pipes are common plumbing problems in apartments and houses. Dripping faucets are more of a nuisance and a waste of money than a plumbing emergency, but those drips add up quickly — fixing the leaks in your home could save up to 10 percent on your water bill. A faucet leaking one drip per second adds up to over 3,000 gallons every year — the equivalent of 180 showers. Nationwide, plumbing leaks can account for over 1 trillion gallons of water. Leaking faucets are easy to spot since the water physically drips out of the faucet when it is in the off position. You can usually hear the drips even if you aren’t in the room.

Leaking pipes can cause major damage if you don’t catch the problem immediately. You often spot leaking pipes after a period of time when you see a puddle below the pipes or hear dripping.

  • What Causes the Problem: A dripping faucet typically occurs when the washer that forms the seal on the tap gets damaged. Damage may include tearing, dislodging or stiffening. When this damage occurs, the washer no longer seals tightly, allowing small amounts of water to drip from the faucet. Over time, the valve seat may also wear or corrode. If your pipes are leaking, the most likely location is at a joint. Leaks may occur due to deterioration, shifting, high water pressure or other damage.
  • How to Fix Leaky Faucets and Pipes: In faucets, replacing the washer responsible for the leak solves the problem. This can be a DIY job, but replacing the washer is easier with specialty tools, so you may want to call a plumber. Leaking pipes may be a simple job or a very complex one. Even if you just need to replace a simple U-joint, it’s sometimes easier to let a professional handle the job to avoid a big mess.
  • How to Avoid Leaky Faucets and Pipes: Natural wear from regular use is often difficult to avoid. Over time, leaking faucets are bound to happen. Slow that wear by turning faucets on and off slowly and avoiding excessive pressure on the handles. Leaky pipes are difficult to prevent, but you can spot the problem early with regular inspection. Look for moisture or small drips. Visible rusting or white lime deposits can signal the potential for leaking.
  • When to Call a Plumber: Call a plumber to replace the washer if you don’t have experience with plumbing. For leaking pipes, call a professional when the job is too large or if you don’t want to mess with the clean-up.

WATER HEATER ISSUES

Water heater issues are usually easy to spot. You go to take that nice warm shower but instead get doused by freezing cold water. Dripping water, puddles of water, discolored water and noises coming from the water heater unit are other signs of a problem. In some cases, you can troubleshoot the issues yourself, but many water heater issues and repairs require professional help due to the complexity and potential for danger.

  • What Causes the Problem: Leaks are sometimes the cause of water heater problems, including not having enough hot water. Mineral deposits also cause problems in water heaters. The deposits can reduce the efficiency of the water heater, reducing the supply of hot water throughout your home. Sediment can also cause strange sounds from your water heater, which are caused by heating and exploding of the sediment or build-up of scale on heating elements.
  • How to Fix Water Heater Issues: Check the pilot light if the water heater runs on gas. If the pilot light isn’t on, the unit won’t produce hot water. Look at the temperature setting to ensure it wasn’t turned down accidentally. If you think mineral deposits are the issue, drain the water tank to flush out the sediment. If you see water pooling on the floor, call a plumber, as the tank is likely leaking and may need replaced by a professional.
  • How to Avoid Water Heater Issues: Maintaining your hot water heater helps it run efficiently to prevent problems. Check the pressure valve regularly. Flush the tank periodically to remove sediment. Look around the tank occasionally to check for drips and leaks that could indicate a bigger problem.
  • When to Call a Plumber: Unless the issue has a simple fix, such as relighting the pilot light or adjusting the water heater thermostat, call an experienced plumber when you have water heater troubles. Water heaters can be dangerous and repairs extensive, so it’s better to let a professional handle the work.

If the water heater issues cause water puddles on the floor, take a few immediate steps to ensure your safety. Here is what to do:

  • Shut off the power to your water heater. For an electric water heater, ensure you are completely dry and wear a pair of work gloves to shut off the breaker that controls the water heater. For a gas water heater, use the shut-off valve at the connection point of the unit.
  • Turn off the water to prevent additional leaking. You can shut off the valves to the water heater if they are functioning properly. If not, shut off the main water valve into your home until a plumber arrives to evaluate the situation.
  • Move items away from the water heater.

LOW WATER PRESSURE

Common plumbing problems in old houses often revolve around low water pressure, but the issue can happen in new homes as well. Low water pressure can come on suddenly or slowly get worse over time, depending on the cause. Whatever the reason, low water pressure makes it difficult to rinse things and shower, so resolving the …

5 Basic Plumbing Tips Everyone Should Know

Knowledge of basic plumbing skills can save you a lot of money as well as prevent serious water damage. Some jobs require professional help, but these five basic plumbing tips can help out just about anyone in case of a sudden plumbing emergency:

Bathroom1.  How to turn off the water in the house. A burst pipe or a similar plumbing emergency can do a lot of damage to your property.  As a rule, the quicker you can get the water turned off, the less extensive the damage will be. Make a note of where the water shut-off valve is located in your home, and practice turning it off. In some homes, the valve is located in the garage. Share this basic skill with everyone in the house – even children can manage the task. Turning off the water should be the first step any time you have water leaking.

2.  How to fix a leaky faucet.  Many leaky faucets can be fixed by replacing the washer – a simple part from your local hardware store that will only cost you a few cents. Try tightening the faucet at the base with a wrench first. If that doesn’t work, you can try replacing the washer inside the faucet.  Sometimes these fixes won’t work, and you will find that installing a new faucet could be the best thing. Most new faucets come with installation kits that will guide you through the process of faucet replacement. This can also happen to kitchen faucets.

3.  How to stop a running toilet.  A running toilet is usually the result of the flapper inside the tank failing to close or seal properly. First, turn off the water to the toilet with the shut-off valve located on the pipe behind the bowl. Check to see if the chain is broken or needs to be adjusted to the right length.  If the chain isn’t the culprit, check the arm holding it up. You may need to replace the flapper and arm. Again, this is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix.

4.  How to unclog a plugged toilet.  You should always have a plunger on hand in case a toilet becomes plugged. Use the plunger carefully when the water level inside the toilet has gone down as much as possible. Keep old towels on hand in case of an overflow during the fix. Flush carefully after plunging – you may need to repeat the process a few times to clear it fully.

5.  How to clear a slow or stopped drain.  Drain cleaning chemicals such as Drano can be used to help clear most slow-running or blocked drains. If there is no standing water in your tub or sink, you can try a more natural approach: pour some baking soda down the drain followed by vinegar and then boiling water. In some cases you may need to pull clogs such as hair out of the drain – special tools are available to help you accomplish this task. If a garbage disposal is involved, use extra caution. First, turn off the power to the disposal, and then use tongs or another tool to reach inside and feel around for clogs.  In some cases, the disposal may need to be replaced.

These basic plumbing tips can help you avoid water damage in case of a plumbing emergency, as well as save you a lot of wasted money on your water bill. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the way your toilet and faucet work. If you need to do a repair quickly, later on, you’ll already know what to look for.

Choosing a Plumber: 5 questions to ask before you hire a Plumber.

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General tips on hiring a Plumber.

Below are specific questions and answers but first, it’s best to learn some general tips and suggestions for choosing the ‘right’ plumber for you. This is a significant decision that can bring you joy or heartache. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing a plumber.

  • Consider only licensed plumbers, especially if your state requires licensing, as most US states do.
  • Evaluate only plumbers who can deliver proof of insurance.
  • Ask the plumber how long has he/she been in the plumbing industry. The more experience the plumber or company has, the better.
  • After the professional analyze your plumbing, he/she should be able to give you accurate estimates of what the charge should be for solving the plumbing problem.
  • Ask about the guarantees (your satisfaction with his/her work) included in the pricing estimate, including new parts needed.
  • Ask for a list of satisfied customer references—and check them out–before you hire the plumbing professional.

Now that you know the general tips, here are five critical questions you should ask every plumber before hiring them:

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Are you considering hiring a contractor to solve a plumbing problem? We have the right questions that you need to ask the plumber before you do! The answers will help you choose a plumber who is qualified to solve both minor and major issues. They will also prevent you from hiring the wrong plumber – a mishap that could result in major plumbing issues that could cost you thousands.

1. What is the estimated total cost of fixing your plumbing problem?

Homeowners should be careful, if not skeptical, about quotes they receive over the phone. Good plumbers typically want to see and analyze your piping problem, before giving you an estimate of the total cost of finishing the repairs. Also, experienced professionals include the cost of any new parts needed to complete the repair. You can verify this issue by asking the plumber you’re considering if the price estimate includes both parts and labor costs.

2. Ask who will be doing the work?

If the plumber you speak with uses helpers or subcontractors, ask about the credentials and experience they have. You don’t want to risk having the person who is actually fixing the plumbing have less training or experience than the plumber you initially speak with.

3. Is the Plumber Licensed?

If your state requires licensing, be sure your plumber has passed all tests to get a license. You can ask him/her to show evidence of his/her license. Be somewhat wary of newly licensed plumbers without much experience, but they also may provide a better rate than those with more years of experience.

4. Ask, “Are you bonded and insured?”

A “yes” answer should mean the plumber is prepared to give you evidence of his/her bonding and insurance. If asked, tell the plumber you don’t want to be legally responsible for plumber injuries while on the job or in your home fixing a plumbing issue. You have the right, if not the duty, to ask this question.

5. Is the rate hourly or fixed?

Clarify the estimate you receive to avoid unwelcome surprises when the repair job is finished. If the plumber tells you the rate is hourly, ask him/her, in the plumber’s experience, how long it should take to finish the repairs. The more experience the qualified plumber has the better because it will help the plumber give an accurate estimate of the time it typically takes to complete the repair, assuming the pipes are accessible.

Are you ready to hire a Plumber?

Now that you’re equipped with all the questions you need to ask, you should be ready to hire the best plumber in your local area. Contact the plumbing professionals at Advantage Plumbing to learn more about our plumbing services.

 

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3 Basic Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Does it seem like you’re constantly struggling with slow-draining showers and clogged toilets? Bad habits and a lack of plumbing maintenance can lead to common problems like these.

Use these tips to learn what to avoid, how to start a regular plumbing maintenance plan, and more.

1. Clean Your Showerhead

Dripping, blocked, or dirty showerheads aren’t as effective and can start to leak. Over time, your showerheads accumulate mineral deposits and get clogged up.

Thankfully, it’s easy to clean them. Simply remove the showerhead and soak it in vinegar for around 24 hours.

Perform routine cleaning by filling a spray bottle with vinegar and spraying and wiping down the showerhead.

If this doesn’t seem to make a difference, the problem may be with your showerhead or your water pressure. Try replacing your showerhead or testing your home’s water pressure.

You should regularly check your home’s water pressure, making it a part of your yearly plumbing maintenance checklist.

2. Watch What You Flush

As a rule, the only things people should flush down a toilet include human waste and toilet paper.

There are many things that people flush down the toilet, such as “flushable” wipes, pads, and tissues, that can cause clogs. If you’re flushing these items, you need to stop. Teach your kids what’s safe to flush and what isn’t as well.

Another common cause of plumbing problems? Using too much toilet paper. Large wads of toilet paper can cause blockages.

Avoid using more than necessary or switch to a stronger brand that requires fewer sheets. You also might want to consider investing in a bidet, which can allow you to eliminate or reduce toilet paper usage.

Stuck with a bad clog deeper in the pipes? Our Advantage Plumbing Heating and Cooling repair team are here for you.

3. Unclog Shower Drains And Use Drain Catchers

Common causes of blocked shower drains include hair, soap chips, and other debris. To clean a slow-draining shower, try using a mixture of vinegar and hot water.

For tougher clogs, use a plastic hair clog remover, sometimes called a hair snake or drain snake. These tools have little “spikes” on the sides meant to catch hair. They’re a home plumbing maintenance lifesaver.

To prevent blocked drains in the future, consider using a drain catcher. These handy tools catch hair and other debris before it goes down the drain, keeping your pipes clear.

You can find drain catchers made of stainless steel or plastic. They’re simple to use and can save you a lot of hassle.

Prevent Problems With A Plumbing Maintenance Plan

Regular maintenance and cleaning help keep your plumbing running and in good shape. Start with these tips to avoid issues like clogs in the future.

The best way to prevent issues is to schedule a plumbing maintenance plan. If you’re in the Stillwater, Sapulpa, or Tulsa, OK area, call Advantage Plumbing Heating and Cooling.

Our plumbers will check your faucets and toilets, water heaters, water supply lines, and more to stop a problem before it becomes a bigger issue. Discover the Advantage difference today.…

What are the advantages of steel pipes in plumbing applications?

  1. Durable
  2. Prevents corrosion
  3. Easy installation
  4. Non-combustible
  5. Environmentally-friendly

 

A building’s plumbing system is crucial in delivering a consistent water supply. This resource provides water for different locations and uses — be it sinks, bathrooms, cooling/heating units, HVAC systems, and the like. All of these are made possible by components that allow water transmission such as pipes. However, while different piping materials may also be ideal, there are several advantages of the steel pipe in plumbing that make it the better choice for any kind of water supply system.

Compared to other materials, steel pipes are far more durable and long-lasting. When used in plumbing, the pipes are oftentimes coated with a protective zinc layer in a method called “galvanization”. This improves the material’s corrosion-resistant properties, allowing the pipes to be used in a number of plumbing applications. Continue reading to learn more.The Advantages of Steel Pipes in Plumbing Applications

 

Durable

With minimal care or maintenance, steel pipes can last for as much as 50 years as part of a plumbing system. This has several benefits. For one, you don’t have to turn towards time-consuming and expensive efforts in simply trying to maintain the quality of your pipes. Another benefit is that the water supply passing through steel pipes is free from any unwanted chemicals and substances that can render it unsafe for drinking.

Durable steel pipes won’t form any cracks, even if they’re exposed in high pressure and high-temperature environments. This ensures that the building consistently receives good water pressure, no matter where the supply is being used. The pipes also won’t be prone to damage — there won’t be any leakages that can cause water bills to skyrocket.

 

Prevents Corrosion

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Corroded pipes are one of the main causes of dirty water supply for a building’s plumbing. This is easily spotted when you turn on the tap, for example. Instead of clear, filtered water from the main filtration plant from your location, you’ll spot brownish, almost murky water that won’t be safe for use.

To prevent this situation from happening, homeowners and building owners have learned to optimize their plumbing systems and use corrosion-resistant steel pipes. As mentioned before, steel pipes will usually undergo the galvanizing method so that the pipe’s inner walls won’t chemically react to the content of fluid passing through it.

Non-corrosive pipes also reduce the need for pipe-cleaning. Calcium deposits are less likely to build up inside the pipes, allowing a building to use the water supply for a long period.

 

Easy Installation

Steel pipes are extremely malleable, meaning that they can be formed into a shape in order to meet your plumbing requirements. They can also come in various sizes, such as a ½, ¾, or 1-inch pipe.

With this in mind, you won’t have trouble installing new steel pipes in order to replace old ones. Steel pipes can be bent using different techniques to create a seamless pipe that has uniform wall thickness and will experience only negligible changes in pressure.

Fitting bent pipes with your existing plumbing network won’t be difficult due to their malleability. You could also add your choice of pipe fittings in order to redirect the flow of fluids or join multiple pipes together.

 

Non-Combustible

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Poorly-installed or substandard pipes can be a potential cause of fire damage in any plumbing system. For example, when there is a leak in the pipe, the fluid may come into contact with an electrical wire that can cause the spark for the fire. However, this dangerous situation can altogether be avoided by using steel pipes that are non-combustible and have an excellent fire rating.

Steel has a melting point that can range anywhere from 1370 up to 1500 degrees Celsius. This is a crucial consideration for buildings in the event that a fire emergency takes place. The steel pipes are nonetheless able to withstand the hot temperature since fires usually do not go beyond a temperature range of 800 degrees Celsius.

As a non-combustible material, steel pipes can help make buildings safer during such an emergency. The spread of the fire will only be limited to a small location, making it easier to be controlled and put out.

 

Environmentally-Friendly

Steel is an environmentally-friendly material due to the fact that its manufacturing process does not produce a great amount of waste. It can also be recycled multiple times without losing its original properties. In fact, many steel mills and manufacturing plants make use of only scrap and recycled steel for steel production of pipes, tubing, structural sections, sheet piles, plates, and many more.

If you’re thinking about minimizing your carbon footprint, then steel pipes are a great choice. Unlike other materials like PVC pipes, for example, steel does not release any harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can cause damage to the environment.

 

Key Takeaway

As simple as the material is, the advantages of steel pipe in plumbing cannot be understated. It’s durable and long-lasting, making it a cost-effective option for all types of buildings. Aside from these, steel is also corrosion-resistant, environmentally-friendly, and non-combustible — you can guarantee that your plumbing is using only the safest materials for delivering a consistent water supply.

Looking for high-grade steel pipes for your plumbing? Supreme Pipe’s wide product selection can help you out. Click here to learn more! You may also get in touch with us for other inquiries.…

WHY IS PLUMBING IMPORTANT? PLUMBING SERVICES YOU SHOULD KNOW OF | PLUMBER IN CLEVELAND, GA

Why is Plumbing Important Plumbing Services You Should Know Of

No one likes leaking pipes and puddles of water in their homes. That’s where plumbers become your go-to people. From working in commercial as well as residential areas, plumbers make sure that your drainage system is installed and working properly. Can you even for a moment imagine not having access to clean drinking and bathing water? Plumbers specialize in the maintenance and repair work of your household water systems so that you never have to worry.

Why is plumbing important?

Plumbing is as important to your residential or commercial building as oxygen is to the body. Plumbing services ensure that water comes in and out of your house properly. Although plumbing is widely associated with water-related services that is not all that it pertains to plumbing includes installation and maintenance of heating systems, water boilers, furnaces, washing machines, and much more. A faulty pipe or leakage means excess moisture inside the house which can cause mold and fungus to grow. A clogged toilet or sink can hinder your daily routine tasks. So to ensure that your household is running properly and maintained plumbing systems, you need to get them checked every few months.

Plumbing services

If you reside in Cleveland GA, Metro Plumbing Heating and Air offer a variety of plumbing services which include:

  • Plumbing repairs
  • Drain cleaning
  • Garbage disposals
  • Faucets, Fixtures, and Sinks
  • Hydro jetting
  • Leak detection and repair
  • Clogged toilet repair
  • Mainline cleaning
  • Burst pipe repair
  • Sump pumps
  • Water filtration
  • Water softeners
  • Water heaters
  • Jet Vacuum sewer line services
  • Sewer line camera inspection
  • Septic tank plumbing
  • Mainline camera
  • Sewer line repair
  • Storm drain cleaning

To help you better understand, here are a few details about some services

Drain cleaning

Your sink or toilet drain can get blocked easily and if not fixed in time, it can elevate the problems and can even cause an overflow of water. To clean a drain, it first needs to be inspected to find the cause of the blockage, and then a suitable action to resolve the problem needs to take place. Metro Plumbing Heating and Air provide camera inspection service for a much better inspection.

Garbage disposal

A garbage disposal plumbing system can help you dispose of your waste in an efficient and environment-friendly manner. Powered by electricity, a garbage disposal system is attached to the sink and the trap. It gathers all the waste products and shreds them into small pieces, making it easier for the waste to run through the pipes.

Hydro jetting

If your drainage system is blocked and simple plumbing techniques haven’t worked, then hydro jetting will certainly do the trick — the method is simple yet effective; water is blasted through the blocked drains to unclog them. However, this method can only be carried out by highly professional plumbers.

Sewer line repair

Sewer line damages can be a living nightmare. They can keep you up at night and emit a foul odors that may be harmful to your health. Whether you are certain or not, suspected sewer line damage requires immediate repair. It can weaken the foundation of your house, creating further problems for you. If you sense a weird smell around the house, get in touch with a plumbing professional in Cleveland GA.

Jet vacuum sewer line services

Earlier, the best way to deal with clogged sewer lines was to dig a hole in the ground, locate the faulty pipe and replace it. This method was time-consuming and also damaging to the surrounding area. Then came in an efficient, environment-friendly, and relatively cost-effective way to clean sewer lines: jet vacuum. Through this method, high-powered jets are sent through the lines, ensuring the line is cleaned and no damage is done to the pipe.

Sump pump

Natural disasters such as floods cannot be avoided, but there are ways to ensure that your house is not damaged by excess water. A sump pump takes water from the base of your house and pumps it out. It is placed at the lowest point of your house, covering the entire basement area. It can also prove to be helpful in case of a pipe burst emergency.

Certified plumbing services

The DIY blogs can sometimes be a lifesaver but can also add to your misery. You might come across a plethora of blogs suggesting ways on how you can unclog your toilet, drain and fix a leaking pipe like a plumber but the fact of the matter is that there are certain things that we cannot do on our own and plumbing is one of them. Plumbing is a tedious and difficult task and one wrong step can make matters worse for you; which is why it is highly recommended to get in touch with a certified plumber like Metro PHA. They are licensed and certified plumbing professionals and are dedicated to the work they do. Certified plumbing services also give you the benefit of better cost, a plan according to your needs making it cost-efficient.

Metro PHA provides a wide variety of plumbing services in Cleveland GA. They are a family-owned business and do not talk you into services that you don’t require. What makes their service truly exceptional is the ‘emergency plumbing service’ so if you need an emergency plumber in Cleveland GA, you can get in touch with a Metro PHA professional. It is an insured company and can solve all your plumbing problems.…

WHY IS PLUMBING IMPORTANT? PLUMBING SERVICES YOU SHOULD KNOW OF | PLUMBER IN CLEVELAND, GA

No one likes leaking pipes and puddles of water in their homes. That’s where plumbers become your go-to people. From working in commercial as well as residential areas, plumbers make sure that your drainage system is installed and working properly. Can you even for a moment imagine not having access to clean drinking and bathing water? Plumbers specialize in the maintenance and repair work of your household water systems so that you never have to worry.

Why is plumbing important?

Plumbing is as important to your residential or commercial building as oxygen is to the body. Plumbing services ensure that water comes in and out of your house properly. Although plumbing is widely associated with water-related services that is not all that it pertains to plumbing includes installation and maintenance of heating systems, water boilers, furnaces, washing machines, and much more. A faulty pipe or leakage means excess moisture inside the house which can cause mold and fungus to grow. A clogged toilet or sink can hinder your daily routine tasks. So to ensure that your household is running properly and maintained plumbing systems, you need to get them checked every few months.Paying the plumber – Homemakers Online

Plumbing services

If you reside in Cleveland GA, Metro Plumbing Heating and Air offer a variety of plumbing services which include:

  • Plumbing repairs
  • Drain cleaning
  • Garbage disposals
  • Faucets, Fixtures, and Sinks
  • Hydro jetting
  • Leak detection and repair
  • Clogged toilet repair
  • Mainline cleaning
  • Burst pipe repair
  • Sump pumps
  • Water filtration
  • Water softeners
  • Water heaters
  • Jet Vacuum sewer line services
  • Sewer line camera inspection
  • Septic tank plumbing
  • Mainline camera
  • Sewer line repair
  • Storm drain cleaning

To help you better understand, here are a few details about some services

Drain cleaning

Your sink or toilet drain can get blocked easily and if not fixed in time, it can elevate the problems and can even cause an overflow of water. To clean a drain, it first needs to be inspected to find the cause of the blockage, and then a suitable action to resolve the problem needs to take place. Metro Plumbing Heating and Air provide camera inspection service for a much better inspection.

Garbage disposal

A garbage disposal plumbing system can help you dispose of your waste in an efficient and environment-friendly manner. Powered by electricity, a garbage disposal system is attached to the sink and the trap. It gathers all the waste products and shreds them into small pieces, making it easier for the waste to run through the pipes.50 Plumbing Company Names - ToughNickel

Hydro jetting

If your drainage system is blocked and simple plumbing techniques haven’t worked, then hydro jetting will certainly do the trick — the method is simple yet effective; water is blasted through the blocked drains to unclog them. However, this method can only be carried out by highly professional plumbers.

Sewer line repair

Sewer line damages can be a living nightmare. They can keep you up at night and emit a foul odor that may be harmful to your health. Whether you are certain or not, suspected sewer line damage requires immediate repair. It can weaken the foundation of your house, creating further problems for you. If you sense a weird smell around the house, get in touch with a plumbing professional in Cleveland GA.

Jet vacuum sewer line services

Earlier, the best way to deal with clogged sewer lines was to dig a hole in the ground, locate the faulty pipe and replace it. This method was time-consuming and also damaging to the surrounding area. Then came an efficient, environment-friendly, and relatively cost-effective way to clean sewer lines: jet vacuum. Through this method, high-powered jets are sent through the lines, ensuring the line is cleaned and no damage is done to the pipe.

Sump pump

Natural disasters such as floods cannot be avoided, but there are ways to ensure that your house is not damaged by excess water. A sump pump takes water from the base of your house and pumps it out. It is placed at the lowest point of your house, covering the entire basement area. It can also prove to be helpful in case of a pipe burst emergency.

Certified plumbing services

The DIY blogs can sometimes be a lifesaver but can also add to your misery. You might come across a plethora of blogs suggesting ways on how you can unclog your toilet, drain and fix a leaking pipe like a plumber but the fact of the matter is that there are certain things that we cannot do on our own and plumbing is one of them. Plumbing is a tedious and difficult task and one wrong step can make matters worse for you; which is why it is highly recommended to get in touch with a certified plumber like Metro PHA. They are licensed and certified plumbing professionals and are dedicated to the work they do. Certified plumbing services also give you the benefit of better cost, a plan according to your needs making it cost-efficient.

Metro PHA provides a wide variety of plumbing services in Cleveland GA. They are a family-owned business and do not talk you into services that you don’t require. What makes their service truly exceptional is the ‘emergency plumbing service’ so if you need an emergency plumber in Cleveland GA, you can get in touch with a Metro PHA professional. It is an insured company and can solve all your plumbing problems.…

TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT PLUMBER

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If your water heater is acting up, the garbage disposal is backed up, and drains are clogged (hopefully not all on the same day), you don’t have time to deliberate over finding the perfect plumber. But making a rash decision about the plumber you employ could result in more problems down the road. You want to find a plumber whose advice you can trust and who offers long-term results. While you can’t avoid plumbing problems entirely, you can avoid having to fix the same problem several times. We know that price is an important part of making your decision, but it shouldn’t be the deciding factor. Sometimes plumbing companies offer the lowest possible price over the phone but then add on charges once they get to your home and properly inspect the problem. So how do you find the right plumber for your home? Here are seven tips to help you make your decision:

MAKE SURE YOUR PLUMBER IS LICENSED AND INSURED

This goes without saying but is the most important factor in finding the right plumber so bears repeating.  Ask if they are licensed and make sure they carry insurance in the case of a catastrophe.

ASK HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR

As with most services, you want someone with the most experience performing repairs on your home. A plumbing company that has been established for decades is likely to employ knowledgeable plumbers and have a well-known reputation. They’re also less likely to disappear on you halfway through your repair.

INQUIRE ABOUT WRITTEN ESTIMATES

A reputable plumber often won’t give you an estimate until they have properly assessed the problem in your home.  Once the problem has been determined but before any work is performed, inquire about a written estimate that includes labor and part costs.

CHECK REVIEWS AND REFERENCES

When making your decision, don’t rely on the website or advertisement of the plumbing company alone. A good aspect of the Internet is that it forces businesses to be transparent about their services. If a plumber offers subpar work, a quick Google search will reveal past customer experience. You can also check Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau for reviews.

COMPARE COMPETITION

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You may not know much about plumbing when looking for a plumber, but you certainly know how to look for a company that delivers more than others in their industry. Check to see if the plumbing company has been given awards voted for by their industry and customers. Another good indication of the plumbing company’s values is to see if they take an active part in their community or regularly share their knowledge online.

PERSONAL REFERRALS

Ask your friends, neighbors, and colleagues if they have a go-to plumber or have had positive experiences with a local plumbing company. Often, asking someone you trust for a referral is how you find a hidden gem.

PROFESSIONAL REFERRALS

Don’t be afraid to ask you’re A/C technician, electrician, or construction worker for a referral. Often they will know the best plumbers in your area and mentioning their name may result in a discount!  According to a July 2004 survey conducted for Kohler, about 28 million U.S. households experience a toilet clog each month. 10% of U.S. households have leaks that waste 90 gallons (and more) per day. The IBHS found in a study that plumbing pipes and drain systems were the leading cause of interior water damage, with the average incident costing around $5,000. We’re not telling you this to make you nervous or have you checking your plumbing every 5 minutes, we’re letting you know why it’s important to have the best plumber in Plano on call! You may be thinking “well that’s all well and good, but how do I know when I have found the best plumber in Plano, who can handle any plumbing emergency I may have?” We’re glad you asked because we’ve compiled some tips and strategies that will help you identify the best plumbers in Plano (or anywhere else in the U.S. really)!

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE BEST PLANO, TX PLUMBERS

  • Start looking now. Finding the best Plano TX plumber is easier when you have time to do the necessary research. Eventually, something in your home will spring a leak or wear out, so make sure you’ve selected a reliable plumber while you have the time (not when you’re scrambling to search the phone book as your house fills up with water).
  • Ask your friends and family. Talk to family members or neighbors about their experiences with local plumbers. They will probably be more than happy to share the good and bad encounters with plumbers and will steer you clear of suspicious or unreliable plumbing companies.
  • Ask a trusted professional. If you’ve relied on a trusted HVAC or electrical contractor over the years, ask them for a recommendation. Reputable pros are always glad to share references and your inquiry might net a discount on an introductory service call.
  • Check online reviews. Scanning the local yellow pages might get you to contact numbers, but if you head online and search for local plumbers you’re going to find a plethora of local listing sites that include reviews and recommendations (or warnings) along with the contact information. Check out online review sites that consolidate positive and negative consumer reviews about local plumbers, because the more feedback the company has, the more accurate the general assessment of their service will be.
  • Check the local Better Business Bureau and other business organizations. Sometimes it’s beneficial to check with local business organizations to verify the details of the plumbing companies you’ve found. Local business organizations typically hold their members to higher standards, so if the company you’re checking on is included in the Better Business Bureau or other organizations’ listings, that is a solid vote of confidence in their service.
  • Contact the plumbing companies that interest you. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, fill out emails and contact forms of different Plano plumbers. An established business knows that you want an overview of its services, so most companies will offer a contact form, email, or phone number that is open to calls from people who just want preliminary info. This is how you can find out how many years of experience the plumber brings to the jobs, the area of service they cover, and if they have any specials or discounts.

4 Tips For Finding The Right Plumbing Contractor

You can (and should) spend time doing your research and verifying information on local plumbers, but we’d like to offer you a shortcut!…