We have had a few articles on our site about the different types of plumbing services and how to go about hiring them. If you had not read some of these articles, we suggest that you do so before reaching this page.
We understand how important it is to get your plumbing issues dealt with fast and effectively, which is why we will be bringing you another article on this topic.
It’s time to talk about the different types of residential plumbing services that you may need for your home, and how to go about hiring them.
Types of Plumbing Services
Clogged Drain Cleaning
If you have ever experienced a clogged drain, then you know just how much it can be irritating. It might even start to smell if not attended in time! But before rushing off to your local plumber for help, know that getting rid of an obstructed drain is fairly easy to work for anybody with some drain-clearing tools. You should start by pouring down liquid grease or liquid drain cleaner after blocking the overflow opening with a rag or stick (so as not to splash). The liquid may end up clearing the drain on its own, but if it doesn’t you can try a plunger to dislodge some of the clogs. If this does not work, get yourself a cable auger from your local hardware store and feed it down into your drain. You might have to do some wiggling of the cable in order to get everything moving again. Once the obstruction is removed, make sure that you wash away any remaining liquid with boiling water.
Sewer Line Repair
Sewer lines can break for a number of reasons, such as tree root invasion or shifting ground. Whatever the reason may be, you should know that hiring a local plumber to fix this issue will cost you quite a bit of money. Most people in their homes will try to take up sewer line repair themselves instead. Everything you need to do it yourself is already within your reach: A video camera (to see where exactly the problem is), a shovel, and a drain snake or cable auger. When seeking out the source of the leak, make sure that you pay close attention to how far down it goes so that you can feed your drain snake properly when doing the repairs yourself. After using either your drain snake or cable auger, replace everything back to where it was and start digging. Be sure not to damage the surface of your lawn when digging around for the broken sewer line. Once you have found all of the parts with your auger, apply a liquid sealant into any crack that is within the line and then covers it up with some dirt or grass seed for immediate repairs. If after several attempts you still cannot find the source of the problem, cut open a nearby manhole cover to see what’s going on down there.
Another common residential plumbing service that needs regular attention is tub installation and replacement. Many people like to install tubs in rooms such as their bathrooms and basements where they can relax now and then without worrying about filling up an entire spa. Once you have chosen the right tub for your bathroom, feel free to install it yourself if you are confident with your hands. You should start by turning off the water that is running into the room which contains the bathtub. Next, locate the cold water shut-off valve and cut off its supply of cold water before moving on to draining any excess water down using a bucket or sink plunger. Then take up the old tub and remove all of the clamps and mounting hardware out of it before carrying it outside along with other materials needed for installation (such as new sealant). After properly cleaning up any remaining messes caused by old plumbing fixtures, apply some caulk around where you will be setting up your new bathtub.
Water Heater Repair
Water heaters are the most expensive household fixtures to replace, so many people who have them in their homes tend to hold onto them for as long as they can. When your water heater passes its performance level or starts acting up, it is time to think about getting a replacement. Most people in the market for a new water heater will find that there are multiple types available including tankless combustion-based models and standard storage gas-electric units. A standard electric water heater works by using an endless stream of energy from your home’s electric grid to heat up cold water inside the unit which flows out through faucets when needed. Once you have successfully installed your new water heater, make sure that you never forget to turn off the power whenever working on any water heater-related issues.
Install Automatic Toilet Tank Flapper Valve
A common toilet problem that almost everyone faces is the stubborn behavior of an ill-performing tank flapper valve. This device is responsible for keeping your toilet’s tank filled with clean, fresh water in order to flush the waste down along with it when you press the right button. If your tank flapper valve keeps leaking or clogging up, all you have to do is replace it with a new one and avoid making the same mistake again in the future. You can either install an automatic toilet tank flapper valve or take out your old one manually after shutting off the incoming water supply into your house. Begin by testing out your old to see what exactly needs fixing on it before bringing it over to the hardware store or purchasing a brand new one online.
Hiring a Plumbing Service
Before going shopping for a plumber, arm yourself with all relevant information about your plumbing issues. If there are any repairs or replacements that need doing then know exactly what they are before reaching out to plumbers in your area. Otherwise, you could end up paying a lot for a simple drain cleaning.
Once you have all the information that you need, contact three different plumbers to get quotes from each of them. While one company may offer you a decent quote, another might be able to do it at a lower price, so make sure that you compare all your options before making a final decision. You can also ask people you know for recommendations or refer to online reviews in order to find the best possible prices. If you already know which plumber is going to come over then look up his/her license and insurance policy (if required in your area), and check whether they are insured for drain-clearing work like ours. This way should anything go wrong during the process, it will be covered by the insurance company instead of resulting in a financial loss for you.
Water Line Replacement
If your water line has become corroded or is leaking, you can either call a plumber or attempt to fix it yourself if you are experienced enough. Before doing anything drastic like digging up your lawn, you should first check your water meter and any shut off valves near the area to ensure that there is no incoming or outgoing flow. Once you have confirmed that there is no water flow to your house, you can decide whether it is worth it to go ahead with the replacement process.
While digging up the area for replacing the water line, clear out any rocks or roots growing in your yard since they are likely to cause further issues. If there are any parts of the pipe that seem corroded, cut them out and use PVC pipes which can last much longer without developing leaks. The best way to get rid of old water lines is by cutting them into small pieces and taking them out in pieces using a hammer through the walls. When it comes time to attach newer segments of copper tubing make sure that you put some primer on them before fitting them together tightly with plumbing clamps (we recommend purchasing a set of hog rings for this task). Attach the new lines using the same technique and then turn on your water supply before verifying that there are no leaks from any section.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Whether you live in a cold area or you often experience power outages due to inclement weather, frozen pipes are another common plumbing problem that can cause a great deal of damage if left unchecked. During the winter months especially it’s important to keep all exposed pipes warm in order to prevent them from freezing up. To do this, use heat cables with thermostats around your outdoor faucets, garden hoses, and other exposed pipes. You can also use a space heater to keep your garage or crawl space warm, just make sure that there is good ventilation and that you don’t leave it on for too long since this could cause a fire hazard.
Using Heat Cables to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Installing Flood Alarms
If you live in an area where flooding occurs often, then having flood alarms installed near all of the areas most vulnerable to the water damage will give you peace of mind when it comes time to prepare for incoming storms. Even if your house doesn’t end up getting flooded during a downpour, these alarms work like any other smoke detector by going off when they sense moisture (they’re set up to detect both smoke and floods). While you might not be able to get them installed for free, most insurance companies will offer discounts if they are used in your home.
When preparing your house for floods, make sure that all of the appliances are turned off and unplugged since they can easily get damaged when exposed to water. Most importantly you should empty out your basement or turn off the power supply on rainy days if there is a chance that flooding could occur. Make sure that all of the electrical outlets are plugged up with silicone at their openings before covering any exposed wires with rags to keep them dry during high-water periods.
Proper Water Heater Maintenance
If you want to avoid having to put money into an entirely new hot water heater then properly maintaining it is a must. The problem with many water heaters is that they’ll start rusting at the bottom, which can cause buildups over time and make it harder for the heater to fill up with hot water. In order to prevent this from happening, simply flush out your tank after two or three years by draining it before refilling it again.
Eliminate Water Hammer
Many homes have been built using cast iron pipes for their main water lines, but these are especially vulnerable to developing leaks when exposed to excessive amounts of shock and vibration (the best ways to eliminate this type of unwanted noise is by installing traps under sinks and floor drains). To fix this problem you should use insulation around the pipes in your basement as well as install rubber hose washers under your faucets since this will help to eliminate any excess noise.
Properly Repairing Drips and Leaks
Whether you’re dealing with a minor leak or a major water line break, the first thing that you should do is shut off the main valve (if possible) before cutting out the damaged section of the pipe and replacing it with new copper tubing. A great way to prevent having to make these types of repairs in the future is by using limescale remover on your incoming water lines regularly (this works like citric acid and prevents them from building up at all, even if you have very hard water).
Plumbing Installations and Upgrades
When it comes to installing a new dishwasher, garbage disposal, or water heater there are a few different things that you need to know before going ahead with the installation. Make sure that all of your appliances have been properly vented by checking them for air gaps through their exterior vents and then adding an extension if necessary in order to fill in any gaps. You should also add shut-off valves under each sink when upgrading them so that you can easily turn them off without having to find the main valve when it’s time to unclog drains and fix leaks.
Using Compression Fittings in Copper Piping
While using soldering and sweat fittings is fine for copper tubing in homes with low water pressure, compression fittings are more effective for use with higher water pressures. In order to avoid having to make expensive repairs on your line later on you should try and invest in compression fittings if possible during the installation of any new plumbing lines or appliances.
Inspecting Gas Lines
Before doing anything else, turn off the main supply valve to your house before removing the cover from a gas meter and then using a voltage tester to ensure that there isn’t a gas leak present (the tester must not read above 50 volts). If everything is okay then it’s time to test out your connections by opening up all of your faucets throughout the house to see if they’re working properly (they shouldn’t produce any results when tested).