Thursday, April 30, 2020

Why a Professional Touch is Needed For Kitchen Sink Clogs

The sink is the workhorse of your kitchen, and that made so glaringly obvious when you have a clog. Even if you have been very diligent in keeping your drain catch in and never pouring grease down your sink, clogs can happen. Over time, even small amounts of grease and food particles can build up into a clog that stops up your kitchen sink.

When your kitchen sink is clogged, you might first reach right for the chemical drain cleaner. Well, like every licensed plumber will tell you – put that bottle right in the trash. Chemical drain cleaners, while sometimes effective, are caustic to your pipes. Every time you use it, it causes a little more unnecessary wear to your plumbing.

Alternatively, you may look to grab your drain snake. Unfortunately, this won't do great either. It may break up the clog initially, but it will just come right back sooner rather than later. Drain snakes are super effective in bathroom clogs because they break up hair, but less so when it comes to grease. Unfortunately, kitchen sink clogs aren't made up of hair in most cases.

When your kitchen sink has started to clog, what you need is a professional plumber who can hydrojet it. What this does is essentially sprays water at a high pressure along the walls of a pipe. This strips the grease build up right off. It not only breaks up your clog, but it prevents it from coming back for a long time.

If you are diligent with keeping grease from going down your drain, you won't get kitchen sink clogs very often at all, but when you do, you need a hydrojetting because that build up is probably constricting the drain pretty badly. Hydrojetting by a professional company gets rid of all of it so you can have many more years of clog-free use.

Have a clogged drain – or any other questions about plumbing? Call us today for help!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What Can Be Done to Treat Frequent Water Hammers?

Do you often hear a hard thump in your walls when you turn water features off in your house? No, it is (probably) not a ghost or rodents scampering around in there. If it happens in conjunction with the washer changing cycles or turning the tap off somewhere in your home, that is a water hammer. That thump sound happens when there is an abrupt stop in flow or change in direction inside your pipes. Traditionally, air gaps are installed to cushion the blow of water stoppage to prevent a hammer. If there is no air pocket to cushion that blow, it creates the noise.

Water hammers are to be expected sometimes. Residential water pressure can fluctuate sometimes and results in the occasional water hammer in your home. However, if you hear them frequently in your home, something needs to be done. If water hammers are left alone, they cause damage to your pipes. It causes excess wear and can even be responsible for a burst pipe down the line. The older your plumbing is, the more dangerous every water hammer becomes to your plumbing.

Typically, the most common fix for a home with a water hammer problem is a water pressure regulator to control the water pressure that causes the water hammers. However, if you notice water hammers in just one area, they may be caused by something as simple as a loose pipe, or an air gap needs to be installed.

In some situations, the water hammer may not be caused by water pressure, but simply because an air gap could not be installed. Not every area of plumbing is appropriate for an air gap. When installed, a mechanical arrestor should have been put in place specifically to prevent water hammers. If one was not, a plumber will need to come out and put on in.

Contact our team today for more information!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How to Contain a Leaky Pipe as You Wait for Emergency Service

You've noticed that one of the pipes in your home is leaking and have called in an emergency plumber for immediate repairs. However, as you wait, you realize that the leak is getting worse. If left alone, it can flood your home and cause severe water damage to your valuables. What should you do to prevent extensive property damage as you wait for emergency help? Below are three useful measures that will help you to contain a leaky pipe as you wait for a professional plumber to repair the pipe.

Turn Off the Water
Depending on the location of the leak, you may have to turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. In fact, this is the safest option as it cuts water flow in the entire house. Do you know where your main shutoff valve is? If not, look in the following places:

Look around your home's perimeter, especially on the side that's facing the street as this is where your water main line begins as it enters the home.
Check the outside wall of your house, especially in a utility area.
Look for the shutoff valve in the basement.

If you can't find the valve, look through your property inspection report. The valves usually come in two types: a gate valve and ball valve. In both designs, you turn the valve clockwise to cut off the water supply in the entire house.

Once the disaster is managed, ensure everyone in your household knows where the valve is and how to shut it off. This will save you from dealing with a catastrophe in the future if a leak occurs when you're not home.

Clamp the Pipe
Even after shutting off the main valve, the water left in the piping system will continue to leak. You can prevent this by trying to temporarily seal the crack. If you have some rubber sheeting around, it'll come in handy. Wrap the rubber sheeting around the leaking part of the pipe and use a C-clamp and some blocks of wood to hold it in place. This is a temporary fix and will only work for a short time; thus, don't turn on the water before repairing the pipe.

Patch the Pipe
If you have materials such as epoxy compounds and pipe wraps in the garage from your last renovation project, you can use them to contain the leaky pipe. Apply pipe wrap or epoxy compounds around the broken section of the pipe. These materials are effective as they can be used to contain any types of leaks and cracks. However, just like rubber sheeting, pipe wrap and epoxy compounds are also temporary solutions. They'll hold the pipes in place and prevent further leaks until your plumber arrives.

Contact us today for professional plumbing services.

Monday, January 20, 2020

3 Signs Your Drain Is In Need Of Professional Repair

The drains in your home are so important and it is essential that they function properly. If not, flooding issues are sure to follow, which can lead to other problems as well. If you are having drain issues, it is likely in your best interest to contact a professional to come and check out the problem. Here are three signs that your drain is in need of professional repair.

Drainage Is Very Slow

If it takes a great deal of time for water to go down your drain, this is a sign that your drain may be clogged. This could be due to build-up in your pipes or it may be because something was unknowingly stuck in your drain. In any case, calling a professional to come and inspect the issue is the best way to fix the problem in the quickest and safest way possible.

Bad Odor Coming From The Drain

Another sign that you may have a clog in your drain is a bad odor. This odor may be due to waste building up in your drain or it may be slime and sludge that also create an unappealing odor. In either case, this is not only gross to smell, but it can also be unsanitary in your home and should be taken care of by a professional immediately.

Gurgling Noises

If you hear gurgling noises when you are trying to drain water, this may also be a sign that your drain is clogged. The backing up of water and gurgling noises may indicate that there is air in the drain that is trying to work its way around clogs. These clogs generally get worse over time as more and more particles cause them to build up and they generally don't go away on their own.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, call us today at The Polite Plumber to get your drain repaired properly.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Fixing Your Home’s Low Water Pressure Problem

Does your morning shower start as more of a trickle than a bang? Is your sink faucet a lazy river rather than a steady torrent? Then your home has low water pressure. Some have been tricked into believing that some homes just naturally have low water pressure and there is nothing they can do about it, but that simply isn't true. Low water pressure is a plumbing problem and sometimes it is caused by an issue that can and needs to be fixed.

So what are the causes of low water pressure? There are several different issues that can lead to low water pressure in a home. The first thing you should consider is if it only happens in one or two water features rather than the whole house. If you have hard water, this low water pressure could be due to a buildup of lime or other minerals in these fixtures that is preventing the water from flowing efficiently.

If you have a whole house low water pressure problem, you can start by looking to your water shutoff valve. Sometimes when it was shut off last, it may have not been opened all the way again. This obviously leads to a lower water pressure. It is also worthwhile to know that if low water pressure only occurs when using hot water, then you need to check the hot water valve on your water heater.

The most problematic cause of whole house low water pressure is that there is a leak somewhere. This means not enough water is getting where it needs to because it is leaking out somewhere along the way, and that makes it look like you have lower water pressure. So on top of very unsatisfactory showers, you are also accruing water damage somewhere as well. To track this down, you will need the help of a professional plumber who can also help you make the repair. Contact us today for fast, reliable plumbing service.

Monday, November 18, 2019

What to Do When the Dishwasher Won't Drain

Your bathtub or sink aren't the only drains that could manifest clogs over regular use. If you have a dishwasher, you can expect to open it one day and find that the water never drained away after the cycle.

Your dishwasher comes equipped with a filter to catch some of the larger food particles to prevent clogs. Sometimes when the water is backed up, all you need to do is remove the filter and clean it off for the water to drain away. Unfortunately, clogs can form deeper in the system and are not so easy to handle.

Clogs can form in the drain pump itself, the flexible hose that connects to your sink drain or garbage disposal, or in the sink drain itself. A lot can be ruled out by disconnecting the flexible hose underneath your sink to see if the water drains out. If you are able to drain the water away, then the clog is happening past the hose in the kitchen sink or the garbage disposal. If the water does not drain, or drains very slowly, then the clog is happening in either the filter, drain pump, or the hose itself attached to your dishwasher.

Unfortunately, unclogging any of these items can get difficult quickly. If the water does not drain out due to a clog in the dishwasher, it will need to be bailed out and sopped up with a towel so you can investigate further. While you can easily inspect the filter and even disconnect the hose to check for clogs, any clogs in the occasionally difficult to reach drain pump, sink, or garbage disposal should be left to a professional hand so they can be removed correctly.

It is important that you don't turn to chemical drain cleaners. They are very hard on your dishwasher and can lead to contamination. Your kitchen sink drain can stand up to them a little better, but they still wear on your plumbing. Give yourself peace of mind by leaving it up to one of our trained professionals. Contact our team today.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Is Smelly Water a Plumbing Problem?

If you have recently went to your tap or taken a shower only to find that the water kind of has a strange scent to it, then you can be understandably worried. However, in most cases, the smells are easily explainable and may mean you need plumbing service.

Metallic Smell

Does your water smell like a penny or have that distinct metallic scent to it? In most cases, if metallic taste isn't normal for the water in your area, it can mean some mineral is leeching into it from your water heater or your pipes. If it is iron or zinc, it is typically not dangerous. However, if there is the potential for lead to seep into your water, you need to contact a plumber.

Moldy Smell

Water and mold go hand in hand, but typically not in your drinking water. If you have a moldy smell, it could be due to algae growing in your water supply or, more likely, you need to clean your water fixtures.

Rotten Egg Smell

This is not usually a smell that just appears. In areas where the water has a high iron content, that smell will always be vaguely around. Another cause could be hydrogen sulfide in your water, which can happen in wells and may give your water a black color but can also be removed. While this smell isn't exactly the most pleasant thing, it is not dangerous.

Could It Be Contaminated?

Any time your water is smelly or discolored, you are right to be wary. However, typically it is not because it is contaminated with sewage. In cases of contaminated water, it will taste salty rather than be smelly. However, what you can do is look up from local sources as to if there is a boil order in your neighborhood, or contact us with your questions.