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.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Top Signs You’re in Need of a Plumber

Should a pipe in your home burst or begin leaking, this can cause costly water damage throughout your home. Knowing when something is wrong with your home's plumbing can then help to save you money by allowing you to catch problems with your plumbing before they get worse. Here are a few signs you can look out for in your home indicating that your plumbing may need professional attention.

Knocking Pipes

You should consider calling a plumber if your pipes make a knocking sound when you are running water. If your pipes make any unusual sounds when water is running, this could be a sign that there is too much water pressure in your home, or that there is a loose valve. Either way, you should not ignore this problem as it could be the precursor to a leak.

Your Pipes Freeze

During the winter months, you may experience the wintertime nightmare that is having your pipes freeze. If your pipes freeze next winter, it is important that you call a plumber right away before the frozen pipe cracks or bursts. Do not attempt to thaw the pipes yourself, as this is a risky move that could cause your pipes to burst, leaving you with a big mess as well as extensive water damage throughout your home. Frozen pipes are best handled by professional plumbers.

Your Water is Discolored

When you turn on the water in your home, the water coming out of the faucet should be clear. If the water coming out of your sink or shower is any other color, then you have a serious problem. If the water coming out is brown, red, or yellow in color, this means that your pipes are very old and have begun to rust. If the water coming out of your pipes is green or blue, this means that your copper plumbing has become corroded. If any of these colors come out of the faucets in your home instead of clear water, you should contact a plumber immediately as there is a problem with your plumbing that could be harmful to your health.

Plumbing problems can quickly become serious if not addressed. Contact us to learn more about how you can tell if there may be problems with the plumbing in your home.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

5 Potential Causes of Toilet Leaks

If you have a leaking toilet, it will need to be fixed quickly. It's a major inconvenience when your toilet isn't working properly, and leaks can also cause water damage. Here are five common causes of toilet leaks.

Loose Bolts

Tee bolts hold your toilet in place. If the bolts break or become loose, the toilet's seal will begin to leak. To fix this issue, make sure your toilet is centered and leveled, and tighten the bolts. If the bolts are broken or will not tighten properly, contact a plumber for toilet repair.

Damaged Wax Ring

If your toilet has a leak at the base, the wax ring is likely to be the cause. The wax ring seals the pipe connecting the toilet to the floor. A wax ring is inexpensive to replace, but the job will require removing the toilet. You should have a plumber replace the ring for you.

Fill Valve

One of the most common toilet issues is a faulty fill valve. The fill valve can become worn out over time. If your fill valve is damaged, you will hear water constantly running. You can test your fill valve by pouring food coloring into your toilet tank. If the water in the bowl turns the same color, you have a leak.

Flapper

The flapper is located inside the toilet tank. When you flush, the flapper drains water from the toilet tank and into the bowl. If the flapper does not return to the down position properly, water will continue to flow into the bowl. The flapper can become stuck if the flush handle is stuck. A worn or damaged flapper will also cause leaks.

Condensation

It's possible the water around your toilet is simply from condensation. Your bathroom can become very humid, especially when you take a shower. Water that's produced by condensation is not a cause for concern.

For assistance with a leaking toilet or any other plumbing repair, please contact us.

Monday, July 15, 2019

3 Signs Your Water Heater is on the Verge of Breaking Down

Let's be real, the water heater in your home isn't a topic your family usually discusses, at least while the appliance is functioning properly. However, when cold showers become a regular occurrence, the health of your home's water heater quickly turns into a main talking point; especially when deciding whether the appliance needs servicing or replacing. If your water heater is displaying any of the symptoms listed below, it's time to call your knowledgeable neighborhood plumber.

Age Matters

The age of your water heater factors in largely when determining whether your appliance needs repairing or replacing. Most water heaters are expected to last 8 to 12 years. Writing down the month and year you purchased the unit in its owner's manual will help you keep track of the appliance's age. If you weren't the one to install your home's water heater, and you're not sure how old it is, go to the manufacturer's website and use the unit's serial number to find out the month and year the appliance was made. Replacing an older malfunctioning water heater with a new and more efficient unit is best for your home and your wallet in the long run.

A Noisy Water Heater

Over time, as your water heater gets older, more and more sediment falls to the bottom of its tank. Eventually, due to heating and reheating, the sediment hardens, which causes your unit to become noisy and less efficient. As the appliance's efficiency drops, the time it takes to heat the water in the tank grows longer, meaning the metal the tank is made out of acquires more wear and becomes brittle faster, which can lead to small holes in the metal. If your water heater clanks or bangs, its time to contact a professional plumber.

Rusty Water Inside the Water Heater Tank

Rust-colored water coming out of your faucets and your shower heads can mean one of two things, your home has galvanized pipes that are corroded or the inside of your water heater is rusted. If you think your hot water heater is the cause, try draining around 10 to 15 gallons of water out of the tank. Once you reach 15 gallons and you discover the water is still rust-colored, a corroded tank is clearly the issue. Unfortunately, that means it's time to start shopping for a new hot water heater.

Knowing when to repair or replace your water heater isn't always easy. Fortunately, contacting a highly trained plumber can get you the answers you're looking for. If you're worried about your units declining performance, please contact us today and we'll be happy to answer all your questions.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Drain and Sewer Cleaning Tips

When it comes to plumbing issues, one of the most common complaints from homeowners is clogged drains. From the kitchen, to the bathroom, to your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets, drains are bound to become clogged and will require cleaning out. Drains require a continuous flow of water in order to properly function and flush away to the sewer. Most often, homeowners do not realize that clogs are preventable by following a few simple tips.

Clogged Drains are Preventable

Kitchen and bathroom drain clogs are preventable. In kitchen sinks, place a filter/strainer in the drain to prevent large food particles from going down the drain. It is important to remember not to pour grease down sinks, as it will coat the inside of the pipes causing blockages. In the bathroom, a filter can also be used in the tub or shower to help drains from becoming clogged with hair. Finally, to prevent toilets from clogging, ensure that only human waste is flushed. Although there are products labeled as flushable, toilets will become clogged by continued use overtime.

Liquid Drain Cleaners

Contrary to popular belief, liquid drain cleaners should be avoided for clearing out clogs. Although pouring a bottle of cleaner down the drain sounds easy enough, in reality, liquid drain cleaners contain a harmful chemical called hydrochloric acid. This acid, overtime, will eat away and damage pipes. For minor clogs, it is best to purchase a drain snake from a hardware or home improvement store. If the drain is still not functioning properly, it is time to call a plumber. For major clogs, calling a plumber will need to be your first option so as to prevent further issues.

Preventative Maintenance

Although plumbers are helpful in an emergency, they can also help with preventative maintenance for your drains and sewer. With the ability to come out annually and inspect and clean drains, plumbers help to identify any issues before they become costly emergencies. If a problem is identified they can help you with creating a plan to solve the issue.

If your home has not had drain and sewer cleaning, contact The Polite Plumber and let us help you. With our state-of-the-art equipment, we can get things flowing smoothly again. Our drain cleaning services include drain snaking and hydro-jetting, as well as camera inspections and more. As always, we'll never ask how it happened!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Should I Hire a Plumber or Try Doing it Myself?

A working plumbing system is something many homeowners take for granted. However, if you have ever gone a day without your plumbing, that is a day you never want to relive. Do you have leaking pipes? Are you thinking about a kitchen or bathroom upgrade? When was the last time you had your pipes inspected?

Almost every homeowner has done some DIY plumbing work. Maybe you installed a new shower head, fixed a leaking faucet, or unclogged a drain. These tend to be very easy projects. However, major plumbing work requires more knowledge and skills than the typical person possesses. While a YouTube video may make replacing your toilet look easy, you can quickly discover that you don't have the proper training to complete the task.

The reason most people attempt plumbing projects is the cost of a professional plumbing service. Typically, when you receive a bill from your plumber, the bulk of the invoice is labor. The materials are often minimal. So, depending on the repair or upgrade, a person may expect to save several hundreds of dollars.

Yet, if you don't truly have the knowledge and skill set to properly complete a plumbing repair or upgrade, you could cause greater harm and drastically increase your overall cost. When you hire a professional plumber, that person will evaluate the situation and find a permanent solution. They will look for potential issues and problems that the novice DIY-er will not even think about.

If you want to minimize errors and maximize results, hiring a professional plumber is always the best choice. By relying on an expert, you will have the peace of mind in knowing that their attention to detail and talent for diagnosing problems will prevent future issues. Contact our team at The Polite Plumber today to schedule a service.