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Even though you may need to call the plumbers to repair your clogged sink, there are some techniques that you may be able to fix yourself without causing any additional problems. Kitchen sinks tend to get clogged with food that is put down the drain on the side that has no garbage disposal. Bathroom sinks get clogged with hair most often. You must never use any of the drain cleaners that are sold in stores because they are corrosive to your pipes and may be harmful to your skin and overall health.

Using a plunger may be your first attempt at unclogging the drain. Make sure to remove the stopper or strainer first, and then place the plunger over the open hole. You can create more of a vacuum by covering the rim of the plunger with some water. Pump the handle up and down no more than ten times. When you release the plunger the blockage may release. If not, it is time to call our plumbers to unclog your clogged drain.

A water leak or high humidity can lead to mold, mildew, or other biological growth. Depending on the severity, conditions can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems. Water can seep into your house from the outside through a leak in your roof, foundation, or small gaps around windows or doors. Water can also come from inside your house from a leaking water pipe, toilet, shower or bathtub. High indoor humidity caused by normal activities of everyday living such as showering, cooking, and drying clothes, can also be a source of mold, mildew or musty odors. Indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% are ideal. You will want to contact us if you have any questions about this.

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Where does the problem occur? Attic? Basement? Below a bathroom? Ceiling? Where the problem occurs can lead to what is causing the problem. If the problem is localized (a spot on the ceiling, wall or corner) it is possibly caused by a water leak. If the problem is in a large area like a whole wall, room or basement then it might be caused by high humidity.

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When your water pressure drops and the tap water appears discolored and rusty, it is probably time to think about copper repiping. Galvanized pipes begin to deteriorate after time and most people prefer to replace these galvanized pipes with copper pipes, a process referred to as copper repiping.

Rust builds up inside of the pipes, restricting the flow of water and causing the added build-up of gunk and slime throughout your plumbing system. Clogged pipes reduce the volume of water that can get through to the fixtures. Copper pipes last for decades and give you the water flow needed in your home or other building.

Your water pressure may have dropped unexpectedly. Washing machines take longer to fill up and your shower may be down to almost a trickle. This means that it is time to call us to discuss repiping your home’s pipes. We will explain the process to you in terms that relate to your specific home or commercial property. Call our plumbers today and get your pipes repiped with copper.

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Copper Repipe

Repiping is the process of removing or bypassing your existing pipe system for either fresh water intake or your sewer system. This is something to consider seriously if you have a galvanized pipe system. You most likely have galvanized pipes if your home or office is more than 25 years old. The main difficulty with galvanized pipes is that they rust. This is what you are seeing when you turn on the faucet and rusty water comes out.

Over a period of 20 to 25 years, these galvanized pipes will become so rusty that you will be barely be able to see from one end to the other if you were to look through one. Your plumbing system consists of pressure vs. volume. The pressure is expressed an P.S.I. (pounds per square inch), which is measured by how much pressure the water department is pumping through your area, while volume refers to how much water can flow through your pipes.

When these pipes are plugged it is very similar to having clogged arteries in your body, and very little water can flow through your pipes. When you see rust on your pipes, have rusty water coming out of your faucets, or have any type of erosion or corrosion, there is the potential of leaks or pipe bursts. This is when you need to contact our plumbers and find out more about installing copper piping.

Copper pipes have a lifetime of up to one hundred years and never rust, build up, or corrode your plumbing system.

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Your sewer lines may need to be replaced at some point in time. If they are old – twenty years or more – the wear and tear may be just too much. Or, roots may have worked their way through the joints of the sewer pipes where they are no longer airtight. If you have had a backup, or numerous backups, then you must have your sewer lines replaced. We can do a camera inspection to determine what the best solution is for your particular situation.

To minimize digging in your yard and driveway, our plumbers may recommend a pipe bursting method known as trench-less sewer replacement and pipe lining. This can be done quickly and easily, with almost no disruption to your routine.

Two small holes are dug at each end of the section that needs to be replaced A steel cable, connected to a high pressure hydraulic pump pulls the cutting head of the high density polyethylene pipe, and your sewer lines are replaced. The existing pipe is destroyed.

Having a septic tank means that you must take some extra precautions in maintaining it properly. Your septic tank will need to be pumped out every 3 or 4 years, but you can maintain it during that time so it stays in good working order and does not clog prematurely. Your septic tank is likely to get clogged if you flush anything down your toilet besides toilet paper or facial tissue. Anything else, including dental floss, paper towels, cotton swabs, feminine products, diapers, or the like will cause huge problems very quickly.

Washing too many loads of laundry during one day will overwhelm your septic tank and cause your system to slow down. Space out your laundry loads to avoid clogs. No more than two loads each day is optimum. Also, be careful what you put down the drain in your kitchen or bathroom. Oils and fats create a sludge that will clog your septic tank. Dispose of these in other containers to prevent sludge and scum from forming in your septic system. This is also good for the environment. Also avoid using solvents or chemicals.

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Showers

Showers form the most important part of our bathrooms and most of us have one. Bathroom shower curtains separate the dry areas from the wet one. Shower doors are the perfect alternative for a shower curtain. However, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to selecting a shower door. There are many different types like enclosed door, plain glass door and sliding glass doors. There is further choice to make between frameless or framed door which best suits your bathroom designs. Frameless sliding glass shower doors can be customized according to your specifications and they give your shower a clean and an open look. Sliding glass doors are one of the many ideas for small bathrooms. They give the bathroom a neat look. Installing sliding glass shower doors is an easy project that can be undertaken at home. They are good to cover your shower enclosures. It is relatively cheaper to install the glass door on your own. The tools needed to complete this job are shower door kit with the complete hardware, caulk, drill bit, hammer, masking tape, measuring tape hacksaw and a center punch. Following instructions will help you to understand how to install them.

Step I: The first step is to measure the width of your shower opening for the door to be installed. Mark this area on the door track. Cut the door track with a hacksaw in the required size.

Step II: The next thing you need to do is install the track and use masking tape to keep it in its place. Install the door jamb in the track. One side of the door jamb will have shorter legs. This side needs to face the shower wall.

You will need a pencil to mark the position of the track on your bathtub surround.

Step III: Once you have marked the position of the track, remove the door jamb and the track. Punch holes in the marked positions with the help of a 3/16 inch drill bit. Once the holes are drilled, clean the area and hammer the plastic anchors firmly.

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