COMMON PLUMBING REPAIRS
If you’re like many busy homeowners on a budget, your plumbing always gets fixed as soon as it becomes an emergency. How many seemingly minor plumbing repairs are needed around your home at this very moment? If this is the case call The Original 718 Sewer & Drain Cleaners before your inconvenience turns into an expensive, life-disrupting emergency. Take a mental tour of your home right now. Do you have any of these plumbing disasters in the making? Here are some of the most delayed and ignored common plumbing repairs and problems.
WELL AND SUMP PUMPS
Sump pumps re-route water away from your home to protect your basement and crawl space, sending the water to someplace where it won’t cause damage. Your main sump pump is often hardwired into your residential electrical system or plugged into a wall outlet. Ideally, sump pumps are equipped with a battery backup to make sure the pump works when it is most needed, like during a severe rain storm when the power goes out to keep pumping water away from your house. The battery backup also kicks in to work alongside the main sump pump. For example, if the main pumps sump pit overflows or cant keep up with the water flow, the battery helps the pump work.
Most sump pumps are equipped with battery powered water level alarms to warn you of potential flooding if the pump is malfunctioning or overwhelmed. Test your sump pump regularly to make sure its ready for the next downpour. Pour a bucket of water into the sump pit and make sure it removes the water and shuts off. The sump pump should be cleaned and inspected annually. Our technicians will get to your home on time. We’ll diagnose and explain the cause of your problem and recommend the best solution. We carry all specialized plumbing tools and commonly needed parts right in our service vans.
CLOGGED TOILETS, DRAINS, SHOWERS, and SINKS
What are the signs of clogged drains?
- Water backs up out of a sink drain.
- Water pools around a shower drain, then drains out slowly.
- Toilet bowl water bubbles when you run the sink.
- Slow draining of water from your bathtub, sink or other fixture can indicate a clog, even if there’s been no backup yet.
- Gurgling sounds from drains, especially after running a washing machine or dishwasher.
- A mysterious puddle of water on the floor near tub or sink.
- Rotting food smell from the kitchen sink drain or disposal.
What are the signs of a clogged toilet?
- Toilet clogs and overflows
- A constantly running toilet that may spontaneously refill
- Poor flushing or no flush at all
- Leaks around your toilet
- A hissing sound or water trickling inside the toilet tank
Your Original 718 New York plumber will get your home back up to speed quickly! Our courteous plumbing professionals always respect your home and we always clean up after ourselves. You can call on us anytime, 24/7, in an emergency.
A leak can be annoying with the constant running or dripping. That continual water flow can lead to high water bills and over time cause pipe or fixture corrosion.
Signs of a water faucet leak:
Drips: In often-used rooms of your home, youd likely see or hear a water faucet leak, but it pays to check now and then. Give special attention to rooms where you dont go as often or where its normally rather noisy.
Rust or water puddles: These can show up at the base of your faucets and around drains in sinks, tubs or showers if you have leaks.
Higher water bill: If your water bill seems to be going up for no apparent reason, dont assume its just inflation. Take it as a reminder to check around the house for signs of leaks.
Squeaky faucets: Faucets that make noise when you turn the taps off and onand are difficult to turn off completely.
Mold or rotten food smell: You may smell the effects of a leak before you see or hear anything.
Signs of a leaking toilet:
Noises: If you hear bubbling noises or groaning sounds coming from pipes behind or beneath the toilet, chances are your house isn’t haunted. You may have a plumbing leak.
Mysterious water on the bathroom floor: It could be a small amount well away from the bowl or right where the toilet meets the floor or wall. Small amounts of water from leaky toilets can run down the grooves between floor tiles or get soaked up by a rug. You can miss the early stages of a plumbing problem this way.
Uneven floor or tile: Homeowners sometimes notice a bump in the floor or tiles coming up around the toilet only to find a slow leak has been happening.
Moldy or sewer gas smells in the bathroom.
Signs that your hot water heater is leaking:
- Small puddles or excess moisture near the water heater tank.
- Raised floor tiles or uneven flooring near the base of the water heater.
- Noises like dripping water or unusual sounds from the water heater.
- Lack of hot water or a restricted supply.
When you notice water dripping from your faucet in the kitchen or bathroom sink, bathtub, laundry room or elsewhere, it’s time to call on The Original 718. You’ll get fast, friendly and skilled professional plumbing services every time.Other Leaks
Natural Gas Line Leaks
While not a water issue, the natural gas that heats the water in your boiler can be very hazardous. Carbon monoxide gas is the most common and is both highly flammable and fatal if inhaled in large quantities. A sign of a natural gas leak is a rotten egg odor, which has been added to the gas since it is odorless and impossible to detect in its natural state. Keep carbon monoxide monitors outfitted with new batteries and located in range of your hot water heater and any other appliance that utilizes natural gas.
Broken Water Lines
A broken water line can cause immediate damage to your property as well as a sudden spike in your water bill. Because water lines are located in your walls or under your home, sometimes a leak isn’t detected until signs of property damage begin to show. Regularly scheduled plumbing maintenance is the best way to prevent a broken water line, along with preventive measures during extreme weather conditions.
- Motor hums but disposal doesn’t grind
- Disposal’s grinding is much noisier than usual
- Disposal runs but stops before you’ve turned it off
- You notice leaks below the disposal
- You have standing water in the sink
How to maintain your garbage disposal to prevent clogs or breakdowns:
DO NOT dispose of potato peels, eggshells or coffee grounds in garbage disposal. These foods turn into sticky sludge, creating a pipe clog.
DO maintain and freshen your disposal by grinding pieces of lemon peel and ice cubes.
DO treat your disposal monthly with vinegar and baking soda to remove buildup and bacteria. Pour a cup of each and let the mixture sit in the disposals hopper chamber with the unit turned off. Once foaming subsides, rinse disposal and drain with running water.
Hydronic heating uses flexible plastic tubing to circulate hot water or other liquids beneath your home’s flooring. The tubes may be integrated into the concrete slab under your house or between the floor joists. In this system, heat radiates uniformly under the floor, heating the surface and/or supplying baseboard heaters or radiators to heat the rooms of the house.
Major benefits of hydronic heating:
- Energy efficient for long-term savings on monthly utility bills.
- Added comfort of walking across a pre-warmed floor.
- Consistent level of heating throughout the home.
- Zone control included in hydronic systems enables the flexibility to heat specific rooms to desired temperatures.
The boiler also fills the homes hot water needs
- Installation costs may be cheaper than other heating systems, eliminating the need for multiple heat sources, exhausts, electrical hookups and fuel supplies.
- Eliminates the need for a bulky duct system, which can accumulate dust and mold.
- However, you might need ducts for a central A/C system, unless you use a ductless mini-split cooling system.
- Quiet operation.
- Clean heating with less distribution of airborne contaminants and dust than forced air.
- Can combine different heat emitters like floor, radiator and baseboard in the same home.
Possible issues you might experience with hydronic heating:
- Pump or boiler: Malfunctions possible if not properly maintained.
- Boil-over: This can occur if the system runs low on water or controls fail.
- Pipe leaks: Leaks can be avoided with proper professional maintenance.
- Pipe freeze: If you lose power, freeze-up is a possibility. Depending upon climate considerations, anti-freeze may be used as a preventive measure.
- Neglect of maintenance: Regular inspection and maintenance are crucial for a healthy hydronic system, including boiler, pumps and controls, to maintain performance and avoid breakdowns.