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Finding the best Plumber for the Job

At some point, every homeowner is going to need a re-pipe. Plumbing may be considered a modern marvel but also can ruin our homes. A simple dripping faucet or a small leak in an ignored pipe can bring devastating and costly outcomes. Some issues are quick fixes and with just a little know-how there are a few common fixes that can be performed. But it’s significant to know when a professional is needed. The work isn’t necessarily difficult. While much of it is beyond the scope and knowledge of the average homeowner and an easy project can end up costing you way more than if you had called a trained contractor. Finding an expert can be the difference between a positive outcome or a complete catastrophe, so it is important – use care while looking for them. Obviously, if your water heater tank is flooding your home or it is time for repiping, you aren’t going to have time to be selective. Your first instinct will probably be to call the first guy you find in the yellow pages and since time is essential you may have no other choice. That’s why no matter where you live it’s a good idea to have contacts before you actually need them.

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Repiping is the process of removing or bypassing your existing pipe system for either freshwater 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 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 as  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 for leaks or pipe bursts. This is when you need to contact the plumbers at our Plumbing Company to 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. Our Plumbing Company 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 trenchless 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 from the process.

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.  

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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 ones. 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 doors, plain glass doors, 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 open look. Sliding glass doors are one of the many ideas for small bathrooms. They give the bathroom a neat look. The following paragraphs will provide you with the required details regarding their installation and removal. 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 a 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 dug, clean the area and hammer the plastic anchors firmly. Plastic anchors are part of the hardware that comes with the door.

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What Services Do We Offer & What Should You Expect?

Maintenance problems in the house normally occur when you need a particular service to work. For example, coming into winter you will likely be switching the heating system on only to find some part of the system is not functioning properly, thereby rendering it inoperable. As it has sat idle over the summer months, it collects dust, the system isn’t being used and so problems occur when it starts up.

Fortunately, any good professional plumber should be able to identify and quickly fix the problem hopefully before it gets too cold.

It’s also important to be aware of the other functions a plumber can perform, as the modern-day plumber is more versatile than ever before. As well as fixing pipes, clearing blocked drains, fitting faucets, and traditional plumbing problems, he can also do the following:

  1. Air Conditioning – This not only includes maintenance and repair but installation too.
  2. Furnaces – As mentioned before, your local plumber will be able to take care of all your heating issues too. In fact, anything relating to HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning).
  3. Water Heaters – These are constantly being used and after a while, parts perish requiring replacements or even a new tank. Through online reviews, you can easily find the best plumber who will easily be able to handle this is well.
  4. General plumbing service  – Installation of pipework, sinks, toilets, baths, showers, etc., and maintenance of said hardware too.
  5. Drains & Lead Detection – With low plumber rates, they will easily be able to clear blocked drains and other similar problems.

If you are building a house, or an extension, having a good local plumber on hand who can cover the above tasks will be of significant use to you. Not only does it mean he should be able to do the job quicker than hiring separate workers for each section, meaning continuity is well established, but it should also save you much more money.

Also, any professional plumber should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to deal with urgent problems and the occasional plumbing emergency. Being fully licensed and insured is a key criterion for professional service.

One overlooked fact of using good plumber contractors is that he should also clear his workspace up after completion and leave things the way he found them (with the exception of fixing the fault). Many plumbers can assist you with any issue depending on your specific location.

A final consideration for finding a good plumber is the number of years he’s been in business. Obviously, the more the better because it shows he is proven and well established.

Very often, people leave plumber reviews and give star ratings and this can be a very informative way to look for a good plumber.

To summarize, a plumber quote is a good start when pricing is a concern, and each provider can do a variety of tasks apart from traditional plumbing services. Look for one that is well established, has a good reputation, and is available 24/7, and you should be able to rest easy with the knowledge that all your plumbing is under careful control.

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