If your method is using chemical, store-bought drain cleaners, then the answer is, “yes.” But please, allow us to explain…
First off, we get it. One of the most frustrating plumbing problems a homeowner can deal with is a clogged or backed up drain. You might be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth and all of the sudden have an overflowing sink. Naturally, you want a quick and easy fix. Nothings is quicker and easier than that bottle of liquid drain cleaner, right?
Unfortunately, quick, or even affordable, doesn’t always mean effective.
The Problem with Store-Bought Drain Cleaning Chemicals
It seems like drain cleaning chemicals would be the easiest way to unclog your drains. But most of the time, they don’t even really work. This is because the chemicals in these store-bought “solutions” may be formulated to dissolve things like hair, but not other common blockages like mineral build up from hard water, or grease or food particles if we’re talking about a kitchen sink drain.
Liquid drain cleaner might not do anything but push the clog further down the drainpipe.
This isn’t the only reason to avoid using them though—these chemical drain cleaners are toxic and caustic. This means not only can they be harmful to your health, but also to the health of your plumbing system. They slowly but surely will eat away at the lining of your pipes until you’re dealing with corrosion or a pipe rupture.
“Can I Unclog My Own Drain without Liquid Drain Cleaner?”
In many cases, yes! Especially if it’s a superficial clog near the opening of your drain. If you have a plunger, this is a go-to for most types of clogs, particularly for the toilet and kitchen sink. Plunger help you create suction, which enables the blockage to loosen up and make its way down the drain. You’ll just need to be persistent.
“What about Cleaning My Drain?”
What if you don’t have a clog or blockage, but your drains smell bad? Well, there’s a DIY solution for that too—a little bit of baking soda and vinegar! First, you add ½ cup of baking soda to the drain. Follow that up with a cup of vinegar. You’ll likely notice bubbles, which means it’s working. Give it about 5-10 minutes before pouring boiling water down the drain.
What If You Can’t Unclog or Clean Your Own Drains?
Then it’s time to call in a pro. We have many tools at our disposal, and ensure you that we can effectively remove your clog.
Motorized Drain Augers: Professional-grade drain augers are motorized, allowing them to reach further down in the pipes and break up tougher clogs with auger attachments like a rotating blade.
Video Pipe Inspection: A video pipe inspection allows us to get a closer look at the clog to determine what action will be most effective.
Hydro-Jetting: Hydro-jetting involves using a long, thin hose to blast water into the pipes and clear away clogs, in addition to any debris or greasy residue that might be sticking around.
Water heaters are designed to last a very long time, so long as they are regularly maintained and repaired promptly when needed. You have probably had the same water heater working away in your home since you moved in, right?
Well, unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Eventually, your water heater will require replacement as it simply won’t be able to do the job it’s supposed to anymore. Sure, you could have repairs scheduled, but as we’ll highlight below, there comes a point where repairs just won’t cut it anymore—your water heater won’t work as efficiently as it once did and you’ll be paying far more than you should for it to run.
What Signs Should You Watch For?
Remember, none of these signs is a definite indication that you need water heater replacement. The best thing you can do is contact our professional plumbers so we can do an assessment and see what’s really going on with your system.
From there, we’ll be able to recommend the right options, whether it is a repair or replacement. In the meantime, we’ve provided a guideline below that highlights some instances where you may very well decide that replacement is your best option.
Your Water Heater is Old
How long has your current water heater been in your home? Most water heaters—that is, tank water heaters—can last about 15-20 years. If yours is older than this, replacing it is typically the most cost effective choice you can make. A decline due to age will begin soon, and it’s best to get ahead of it rather than waiting for the day that you have nothing but cold water!
You Have Less Hot Water throughout the Day
Are members of your Household complaining that there’s not enough hot water for them to take a comfortable shower? Have these complaints just started? If so, you may be dealing with a failing water heater whose heating elements aren’t adequately doing their job.
Your Energy Bills Are Rising
Did you know that hot water actually accounts for most of the heating energy you use in your home? If your water heater begins working inefficiently due to an increase in age, then it’s a good idea to have it inspected by a professional to see if it might be time to consider replacement.
You See Reddish Discoloration in Your Hot Water
Have you turned on the taps to notice a reddish tint to your hot water? This likely means the inside of the tank is rusting out. There truly is no other option if this is the case—replacement is necessary if you want to continue having safe and healthy hot water provided to your taps.
You Have Too Many Repair Needs
Do you find yourself calling for water heater repairs more than twice a year? This is too often! Rather than continuing to throw money at your water heater problems, it may make more economical sense to replace the system altogether.
There aren’t many repairs in your home that likely cause more alarm than that of plumbing repairs. With most of your pipes hidden behind the walls or running beneath your property, the smallest problem can quickly turn into a huge emergency, particularly if you don’t notice signs of a problem right away.
In the past, when this hidden portion of your plumbing needed relining, repair, or replacement, if often meant plumbers had to uncover the entire length of the pipe in order to repair leaks or clogs. Fortunately, there has been advancements in the world of plumbing that has made these jobs far easier for professional plumbers. Namely, trenchless pipelining.
“But, When Do I Need This?”
Do you need trenchless pipelining for every leak or pipe issue you might have throughout the lifespan of your plumbing? No, not necessarily. For instance, if you had a leak in a pipe under the sink in your bathroom, that portion of plumbing can easily be replaced.
But what if that leak is in your sewer line, running beneath your yard, or in a water line running under another part of your property? If the leak is minor enough and major corrosion hasn’t required full pipe replacement (which we can determine through video pipe inspection), then it’s probably time for trenchless pipelining!
More About Trenchless Repair
Trenchless pipelining and trenchless pipe repair cuts down on the inconvenience and expense of sewer line repairs, considerably. You won’t need to worry about renting construction equipment, or unearthing the entire pipe. Our plumbers use tiny video cameras that run inside the pipe to pinpoint the exact cause and location of the problem. The technician can then dig two small holes on either side of the issue, then come up with a solution.
And in many cases, that solution is sewer pipe relining, or pipelining. What exactly is relining, you ask?
A component resembling a balloon, made of a rugged material that can easily withstand the pressure of material and water moving through your sewer line, is use for relining. Your plumber lowers this into place through those two small holes we just mentioned, then inflates this “balloon” until it lines the inside of the affected pipe, covering the leak in the process. In many cases, the outside of this pipe lining can be covered in a sealant that is designed to strengthen the bond between the lining and the pipe—this ensures that the leak stays sealed no matter what.
“Can I Do This On My Own?”
The most important part of pipe relining is ensuring that this lining is properly in place. Our pros are highly skilled at doing this, without any excavation of your yard or landscaping. Our plumbers will make sure that everything goes swiftly. We’ll cleanly seal the holes and restore water flow to your system, sparing you the cost of equipment and the inconvenience of a torn up yard. You’ll breathe easier knowing your sewer line is functional again, and won’t need to worry about the future repair needs that a DIY or amateur plumbing job can create.
No, we don’t mean to ask if you’re abusing your water—we’re asking how your treating it literally. Are there contaminants that you’re taking care of? How about hard water?
Did you know there are a number of water treatment systems on the market that can help with just about any problem you have? One in particular that’s growing in popularity is the reverse osmosis system. Reverse osmosis (RO) is a water purification technique that uses a partially permeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from your drinking water. Read on to learn more about these systems.
The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis
Osmosis describes the movement form an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration. A reverse osmosis system uses pressure areas that are created when your plumbing forces water through a filter that would otherwise prevent water flow.
A reverse osmosis system separates the water coming from the municipal supply into two compartments, with a semi-permeable membrane between them, as we mentioned above. The water coming in from the supply side is placed under heavy pressure, which forces the water to push through the membrane toward the low-pressure side. The membrane finely filters out the particles and pollutants suspended in the water, trapping far more contaminants than a standard filter would be able to.
Reverse osmosis is very helpful for the quality of your water. Because these systems are great at filtering out salt to balance pH levels. They’re often installed along with water softeners (more on that below), which place salt into the water to counteract the hardness of minerals. Sometimes, the salt levels become too high, and a reverse osmosis system can restore the pH balance, along with removing numerous other undesirable particles.
Tackling Other Water Issues
We mentioned a water softener above—but what is hard water? Hard water is water with high levels of minerals in it—namely calcium and magnesium. These minerals are harmless to ingest, however, they can be bad for your plumbing. What happens is that they build up within your pipes, and can create damage to them as a result.
There are a few ways to spot if you have hard water. Have you ever noticed white water spots on your glassware and dishes after it comes out of the dishwasher? Or maybe you’ve rinsed your hair in the shower only to have it feel slimy when you get out. These are just a couple of signs that you have hard water. Fortunately, this is easily resolved with the installation of a whole-house water softener.
What Type of Water Treatment System Do You Need?
Is a reverse osmosis system right for your home? How about a water softener? The best way to find out is by scheduling water testing with our team. We will help determine what issues are impacting your water supply, and help you make an educated decision about the best next steps.
Need water treatment help? Contact the super friendly team here at Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC in West Palm Beach, FL. We offer exceptional service!
The sewer line of your plumbing system is the main line that removes wastewater from your home and move it into the civic sewer system hygienically away from your property. Sewer lines are typically buried beneath your yard, which keeps them safe from damage that can come from weather-related wear and tear or animals. Unfortunately, though, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to all problems. After all, your landscaping could grow roots that infiltrate the sewer pipe. Even a shift in the ground can cause instability and damage.
Fortunately, all you need to do to get a qualified plumber in Lake Worth, FL is contact our team. We have the up-to-date equipment and methods needed to access your sewer line in order to repair leaks, clean out clogs, and address any other problems without needing to excavate the pipe. Of course, in order to know you have a problem with your sewer line, you have to know how to spot the signs. This can include (but isn’t limited to) the following:
Puddles in the Yard: A sewer line leak can produce odd puddles in the yard. They’ll often appear in areas that have no other corresponding cause.
Excess Greenery: The plants and grass in your yard will use a leaking sewer line as a source of fertilization. As we mentioned above, it’s even possible for tree roots to break through and create fissures in your pipes.
Slow Moving Drains: A clogged pipe or backup in your drains isn’t that uncommon in your home. When your sewer line is backed up, though it’ll probably leave all the drains in your house slow or nonfunctional. This is definitely not something that should be ignored if it happens in your home!
Mold and Bacteria Growth: Leaks in your sewer line can mean an explosion in mold growth and bacteria in your home. It’s never a good sign to have this on your property as it can make you ill, particularly if you already suffer from allergies or asthma.
Running Water: A sewer line leak can produce the sound of running or dripping water sometimes. The sound will usually be localized somewhere where there shouldn’t be any running water.
Foul Odors: As you’re probably very well aware there is a high level of gasses and similar odorous components that travel through your sewer line. If there’s a blockage or backup with this plumbing pipe, you’ll probably pick up on these strange odors.
Cracks in Foundation: Any liquid released from a sewer line can create pressure that damages the concrete of porches and pools, and may even impact the foundation of the home itself. Cracks typically indicate a problem that’s been around for awhile.
Sinkholes and Divots: If the ground around your sewer line is saturated with too much fluid, like form a leak beneath its surface, it can easy shift, resulting in divots in your yard—or even worse, a sinkhole, which can be dangerous.
Should a plumbing job ever be a do-it-yourself (DIY) endeavor? Maybe in some cases it can be okay. For example, maybe you have a superficial clog that’s close enough to the drain surface of your since that you can just eliminate it with a plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease.”
So no, we don’t always discourage DIY-jobs. But when it comes to your plumbing, it can be unsafe or further damaging to try to handle all problems on your own. You could even leave yourself more susceptible to problems in the future. There are 2 problems in particular we really encourage you to call in a pro for.
1. Deep Drain Clogs
Why do we discourage homeowners from handling deep drain clogs on their own? After all, couldn’t you just easily resolve it with some store-bought drain cleaning solution? Here’s the thing—drain clogs can be temporarily relieved by that bottle of liquid drain cleaner you snagged at the hardware store.
However, the chemicals used in these drain cleaners do more than each through a clog—they can eventually eat through your pipes too. Aside from that, these solutions don’t actually remove the clog, so you could find yourself facing the same problem just a few months later.
If your clog can’t be removed with a plunger or homemade cleaning solution of baking soda and vinegar (also a great way to clean your garbage disposal naturally), then your next best step is to call a professional for drain snaking or hydro-jetting.
2. Drop in Water Pressure
Depending one what’s causing the problem, low water pressure might not be that detrimental. Sometimes, the solution is as simply as removing the aerator from the affected faucet or tap (a small screen at the end of the opening) and cleaning it out. However, this is typically only an appropriate fix when the low water pressure is only impacting one tap or faucet in the home.
If you’ve notice an entire portion of your plumbing system had a sudden or even gradual decline in water pressure, there’s something more happening. You may have a clog or obstruction deep down in the sewer line that necessitates professional drain cleaning or repair. Or, you might have a leak somewhere throughout your plumbing system that’s enabling water to escape behind a wall, or beneath your property.
If you notice a drop in water pressure and it’s not resolved by cleaning out your aerators, then it’s time to give our professionals a call.
When DIY Plumbing Goes Badly
As we discussed above, we don’t mean to discourage you from any and all “DIY” plumbing jobs. Sometimes a plumbing fix may require something like tightening a nut when your sink is dripping or a drainpipe is leaking from a joint.
The fact of the matter is, however, that many DIY projects do go wrong, and you could wind up paying for your initial attempt at repairing the problem and a follow up visit from a professional plumber to actually resolve the issue. The best way to save this inconvenience as well as your time is by contacting a pro at the first sign of a plumbing problem.
Imagine this scenario: You jump into what should be a hot shower to discover that either there is no hot water, or the consistency of the heat is off. You check your water heater to discover that it’s sprung a leak. Water is pooling up on the floor, and it’s time to take action! What do you do next?
In most cases, there is nothing you can do on your own, you will need a professional plumber with training and experience with all types of water heaters in Stuart, FL. However, we can offer some advice on what to look for to determine where the leak is coming from, so you won’t have to waste any time when a plumber gets to your home.
Shut Off the Water if It’s Gushing!
If a small puddle is forming, it’s not normally a cause for immediate panic—in which case we encourage you to follow the steps we’ve outlined below when we talk about sources of water heater leaks. If you have water gushing out, however, shutting off the water heater altogether is the first step in stopping even more damage from occurring.
You’ll likely find an on/off switch on the unit itself if you have a tank water heater. You’ll also need to shut off the water that leads into your water heater. You’ll find a valve that you’ll need to turn clockwise, with a handle located above or off to the side of the water heater.
Sources of Water Heater Leaks
If there is water gushing from your water heater, it’s important to narrow down the source. This is something our plumbers will be able to do, however, doing it on your own gives you the opportunity to tell your plumber the moment they arrive at your home.
A Leak from Your Pipes: Does the water appear to be coming from the point where the hot and cold water pipes meet the water heater tank? You might be able to tighten connections with a wrench to temporarily stop the leak, if this is the case, but don’t cancel your repair call—we still want to take a look!
Leakage from the Valve on Top: the valve near the top of your water heater is what’s known as the temperature and pressure valve. It is designed to allow water to leak out to relieve excess pressure in the tank, but that doesn’t mean water is meant to leak from this component. What it does mean is that you either need a valve replacement or the water heater tank needs to be flushed.
Leakage from the Valve on the Bottom: This is a drain valve, so naturally, another area where you may expect to see water come from. But there shouldn’t be water pooling around your water heater in any scenario, so if the leak is coming from this area, you likely need the drain valve replaced.
Leaking from the Tank Itself: If water is coming from a crack in the tank itself, sorry to say that corrosion has impacted it to the point of no return—you’ll need a new water heater. Fortunately, you can count on our team for quality water heater replacements and upgrades. Ask us about tankless water heaters to see if one is right for your home!
Many of the plumbing blog posts you read today tell you what to do when you have a plumbing problem and when to call on a professional. This advice should be followed, but we’re going to take a little different approach on the topic today. We want to tell you what not to do when it comes to your plumbing. Many homeowners unknowingly put their pipes at risk doing seemingly minor things, and that’s what we are going to cover today. Read on!
Do Not Use Store-Bought Chemical Drain Cleaners
We get it, these drain cleaners are marketed as being able to effectively remove drain clogs. And for the most part, they do. There are a few different problems with these “solutions,” however.
First off, the chemicals in these drain cleaners are caustic. This means that not only do they eat away at whatever is clogging up your pipes, but they also eat away at the lining of the pipes themselves, slowly causing corrosion.
“But I only used it once!”
That brings us to the second problem with store-bought drain cleaners. They only offer a temporary solution. They don’t actually remove the clog from the drain, they just make it easier to cut through the clog. So a few months later, that clog will just build right back up, and you’ll find yourself reaching for another bottle of that stuff.
Lastly, the chemicals found in these drain cleaners are not good for you. The fumes from them along can cause eye irritation and respiratory distressed. If you’re using chemical drain cleaners in a poorly ventilated room, such as a bathroom in the middle of your home without a window, you are putting yourself and your family at risk.
Do Not Skip Plumbing Maintenance
Plumbing maintenance performed by a trained professional allows for a careful inspection of your pipes. Our plumbers will use video pipe inspection to look deep down into your plumbing and check for any problems. This may include signs of corrosion, clogs that are building up, or damaged piping that can use relining or perhaps even replacement.
Do Not Put FOG Down Your Kitchen Sink
FOG stands for “fats, oils, and grease,” and is a cooking byproduct. You may think this is harmless, as it is a liquid. The problem is, however, this liquid hardens as it cools off. So when you poor it down your kitchen sink, it enters the pipes, begins cooling, and hardens. If you keep doing this, the clog formed by FOG will just keep closing in until it’s completely blocked up your plumbing.
Instead, we urge you to put FOG in a disposable container and throw it away once it cools and hardens. This may be a bit inconvenient, but your plumbing will thank you, not to mention your wallet will thank you!
Do Not Trust an Amateur Plumber
Whether you want to schedule plumbing maintenance or need a professional drain cleaning, we urge to you to contact our pros. Trusting the work to an amateur plumber doesn’t guarantee that the problem will be solved, nor does it allow for effective drain cleaning methods, such as hydro-jetting. You may end up leaving your pipes further damaged than they already were without a trained and experienced plumber on hand.
West Palm Beach, FL, 1/21/19—Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018.
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Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.
Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC has been listed on Angie’s List since 2014, and we are very proud to have received this honor again for 2018.
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Our job here at Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC is to make your plumbing system and your water-using appliances and fixtures as efficient and durable as possible. We do this by working directly with you and listening to your needs.
Contact our team today to schedule your plumbing services in the West Palm Beach, FL area. We pride our company on nice people and super service!
When most people hear the term water heater, they envision a huge storage tank with water in it, kept in the garage or a utility closet in the home. This is, after all, the most common type of water heater found in U.S. homes. But many people have chosen to go another route and have installed a newer, often more efficient, model of water heater—the tankless unit.
Perhaps you are one of these homeowners. We definitely encourage our customers to do their research and see what type of water heater is most efficient for their homes. We also want to stress though, while there are many benefits to going tankless, they are not immune to problems. This is why it’s essential to schedule regular maintenance for tankless water heaters in Boca Raton, FL.
What Does Maintenance Do For My Tankless Water Heater?
In many ways, tankless water heater maintenance isn’t that much different than maintenance for a traditional storage tank system. It receives a professional inspection, the natural gas burners are cleaned, and our technicians check for problems with leaks. Also, just like any other natural gas appliance, your tankless water heater will be inspected for potential gas leaks from the combustion chamber.
Storage tank water heaters need an occasional flush, but tankless systems should actually be flushed once a year, during maintenance. This helps to remove mineral buildup inside the unit. Even the smallest amount of mineral deposits in a tankless system can block water from moving through the unit, and result in a drop in water pressure.
Catch Repairs Early
One of the most important parts of maintenance is finding areas where repairs need to be done in order to prevent bigger repairs later on. Your tankless water heater might seem to be running “just fine,” but can still be developing problems.
For instances, a small water leak inside the tankless system will lead to the worst problem you can have—corrosion. Water traveling across the burners can and will cause rust and efficiency issues. If corrosion escalates enough, your entire tankless water heater will need replacement. But proper inspections will catch trouble like this early on so it can hopefully be repaired before you have a more serious problem on your hands.
Contact Our Team for Tankless Water Heater Maintenance, Any Time
There are some systems in your home that require maintenance during a certain time of the year. Take your air conditioner for instance—it would be pretty inconvenient to shut it off for a couple hours on one of the hottest days of the year for maintenance to be done. That’s why AC maintenance is typically done in the spring—or late winter sometimes in our climate!
Water heater maintenance, however, can literally be done any time of the year, so there is no reason to delay! It matters a lot more that you have this service done regularly, once a year, than it does it be any certain time of the year. We want you to have exceptional performance from your tankless water heater, so be sure to contact us today to schedule your next tune-up.