Wednesday, July 1, 2020

3 Common Toilet Problems You Shouldn't Ignore

If you're like most homeowners, as long as the toilet still works, you ignore its problems. Like in other aspects of life, it is usually a better idea to address issues head-on, before they turn into bigger problems. Below, we will be detailing some common toilet problems and the reasons you need to deal with these issues.

The Toilet Is Noisy

When your toilet makes noise when it's not in use, it's also wasting water and running up your water bill. Most of the time, a noisy toilet is leaking. If you don't see any signs of a leak outside of your toilet, it's probably leaking inside from the tank to the bowl. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a toilet leak can waste as much as 22 gallons of water a day, which may not seem like much. Yet, if you ignore the leak, that toilet will waste over 8,000 gallons of water in a year.

The Toilet Rocks

Simply tightening the bolts is never the solution when your toilet rocks. (Actually, making the bolts too tight can crack the toilet.) Since the toilet's movement can cause damage, it needs to be removed to inspect the area underneath it. Frequently, a rocking toilet wears down the wax seal. The resulting leak can rot the subfloor. A rocking toilet may also have a cracked flange. Your plumber can repair the damage, find out what caused the rocking, and properly reinstall the toilet.

The Toilet Is Really Old

Older toilets waste water. Government regulations require toilets made after 1994 to use 1.6 gallons per flush or less. If your toilet is over 25 years old, it probably uses between 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush. The Environmental Protection Agency says the average household could save 13,000 gallons of water annually by replacing an older toilet with an efficient one that meets the agency's WaterSense standards. 

If any of these common toilet problems are in your home, a professional plumber can resolve these issues quickly. At The Polite Plumber, we have served the area’s plumbing needs since 1948. Give us a call today to learn about how we can provide you with solutions!

Friday, May 29, 2020

5 Factors to Consider While Choosing a Plumbing Service


The truth is, at some point in life, your drainage system is likely to have hiccups and malfunction. It is a fact we can never run away from – as much as we may try! Having the right person to help with the issue is crucial. You ought to make the right choice in order to save you headaches in the future. 

We want to help you to make the best decisions for your home and family. Below are factors to consider while choosing a plumbing service.

License

Plumbing is a key factor in the health of a household. For this purpose, the state must ensure that each plumber is licensed. It is also encouraging to be sure that an expert is handling your issue.  Before a plumber is given the go-ahead to exercise his or her skills, they first go through a vetting process.  The licensing organization does a background check on the plumber to ascertain that you will be opening your doors to a reliable person.

Liability Insurance

With plumbing works, accidents and incidents are sometimes inevitable. So, you need to consider a plumber who is insured in case of any eventualities. That is a safe way of transferring any liability should an accident come about. In case a plumber causes any damage to your property, the insurance company will be liable.

Communication Skills

Communication is an essential factor in any industry. A professional plumber needs to own exceptional communication skills. As you scout and interview your potential plumber, engage them in a conversation. This way, you will learn more about their communication skills.

Materials Used

It is crucial to consider the materials being used for plumbing. That is so because, unfortunately, a few plumbers use materials that are substandard to get more cash from clients. If you are not keen on this matter, you might as well be a frequent client to dubious plumbers.

Good Reputation

A good name speaks for itself. A plumbing company with a good number of positive reviews is safer to go with. Plumbing services depend on word of mouth. A satisfied customer will always refer to another client. Visit your plumber’s website or social media profiles to see what kind of reviews they are receiving.

At The Polite Plumber, we take great pride in being a source of service that you can rely on. We’ve been a trusted source of plumbing solutions for over 70 years! Give us call today to learn how we can help you.

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.