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Time to Call a Plumber? 5 Plumbing Emergencies That Can’t Wait

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Let’s face it: While some plumbing issues can wait a little while, other problems are downright urgent. A good plumber will do anything possible to help you out if you’re in a jam. But first, you need to determine how urgent your need is and what kind of plumbing service will get the job done. Here are five situations when you definitely need to call a plumber as soon as possible.

1. Overflowing Toilet

Dealing with an overflowing toilet can be a nightmare for any homeowner. Often toilets overflow due to a clogged drain line in your house that is preventing water from flowing normally. It could also be a septic issue or a problem with the sewer line. Call a plumber so an expert can properly diagnose the problem.

2. Flooding Below the Water Heater

If you notice pools of water starting to form beneath or around your water heater, take this as a clear warning sign. Cracks form in water heaters as they age, allowing water slowly but surely to escape. Eventually, this problem could lead to very serious flooding if not addressed. Call a plumber who can help drain the water heater and replace the unit.

3. Faulty Sewer System

Are you dealing with multiple drain clogs in your home? Can you smell an unpleasant odor in your house each time you use water? Your sewer system, which is designed to carry wastewater from your home, likely isn’t working correctly. These problems require immediate attention, so your best bet is to call a plumber.

4. Burst Pipes

During the winter, the pipes in your home may freeze and then thaw at a later time. Usually, this cycle doesn’t cause any major problems. But pipes can sometimes burst, causing flooding that can damage your home. Plumbing services are well-equipped to deal with these types of emergencies and can repair burst pipes while also addressing any damage that may have occurred.

5. Damaged Water Lines

The water lines that run through your yard are subject to various acts of nature. Tree roots can grow into water lines, and severe storms can threaten their structural integrity. When water lines become compromised, your home may experience low water pressure or no running water at all. This will interfere with your ability to perform daily activities like cooking and showering, so call a plumber as soon as you can.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, from an overflowing toilet to damaged water lines, the experts at The Pink Plumber are here to help. For answers to all of your plumbing questions, call The Pink Plumber today.

5 Reasons Your Water Bill May Be Too High

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Are you suffering from water bill sticker shock? If your monthly water usage fee seems higher than it should be, there could be a problem with the plumbing in your home or on your property. Even small leaks can add up to a lot of wasted water over time (not to mention the damage they can cause to your home). Your water bill woes are most likely caused by one of these common culprits.

1. A Leaking Toilet

An improperly working toilet can cause an unduly high water bill. A running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water every day it goes unrepaired. If you hear a hissing noise or another odd sound coming from your toilet, you could be dealing with a leak.

2. A Leaky Hose

Every time you water your lawn or garden, you might be wasting water (and money). Inspect the hoses and faucets around your property, along with any other related connections or components. If your faucet or hose is old, it might be time for a replacement.

3. Dripping Faucets

Leaky faucets inside the home are more than just the source of that annoying drip-drip-drip sound you may hear late at night. They can also be the reason for your scary water bill. Even a relatively small leak can cause serious water loss. According to EPA data, a one-drip-per-second faucet leak can waste over 3,000 gallons of water per year. For perspective, this is the equivalent of nearly 200 showers.

4. Broken or Damaged Pipes

Household leaks account for 900 billion gallons of wasted water each year. Keeping your plumbing in good repair helps preserve the planet’s most precious resource and keeps your water bill low. Unlike faucet leaks, damaged pipes may not be as easy to detect. Regular plumbing inspections can help root out any errant plumbing components, stop water loss and prevent future issues.

5. Water-Wasting Habits

While leaky plumbing accounts for the majority of water loss issues, many of us could save money by improving our water use habits. Use water-wise tactics when planning and watering your landscape, and monitor the way your family uses water inside your home. For instance, don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth, and wait for a full load before doing dishes or laundry. Talk to your plumber about ways you can minimize water use, such as installing low-flow toilets.

For answers to your questions about leaks, home water conservation and other plumbing issues, contact The Pink Plumber today. Our experts are knowledgeable and friendly, and a portion of our profits go to breast cancer research.

7 Common Sump Pump Problems

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

As any homeowner with a sump pump will tell you, when these systems fail it can be a disaster that’s as frustrating as it is costly. Fortunately, many of the most common problems come with warning signs that are fairly easy to spot. If you notice any of the below issues, it’s time to call in the professionals.

1. Power Switch Turned Off

The power switch inside the pump can turn itself off due to an overflow or a random malfunction. If you notice your system isn’t working, first check to see whether the switch is off. If your sump pump is turning itself off randomly, schedule a professional inspection.

2. Old/Outdated System

Your system could be merely outmoded. Like any appliance, sump pumps aren’t designed to last forever. If your sump pump is more than 10 years old, it may be time for a replacement. If you don’t know how old your pump is, how long have you been in the house? Did the previous owner keep good records? Watch for other warning signs, but you should consider replacement rather than repair if you notice any.

3. Frozen Pipes

If some of the pump’s elements and discharge pipes are susceptible to the elements, the pipes can freeze. Frozen pipes can lead to terrible backups, and sometimes sump pumps will experience this, especially if they were poorly placed by the home’s original plumber.

4. Wrong Size

Sometimes pumps just aren’t the right size. A too-large pump can be forced to work too hard, and a too-small pump may not be able to keep up with the amount of water that’s being generated. Incorrect pump size can cause serious problems later on.

5. Lack of Maintenance

When was the last time your sump pump was inspected by a professional? Improper maintenance and care can impair proper functioning. If you have no idea when (or whether) your sump has been inspected, it could have any number of undiagnosed problems that could lead to a costly system failure.

6. Lack of Power

Sometimes pumps cannot get a constant source of power, whether from a bad outlet or a failure in the circuitry. A lack of consistent power to the motor will certainly cause the sump pump to grind to a halt.

7. Poor Installation

Systems are improperly installed sometimes. If that’s the case, your pump is more likely to suffer problems that lead to expensive repairs. If you notice shoddy craftsmanship or just want a second opinion, call a professional plumber to inspect your system.

If you’re experiencing issues with your sump pump or notice any of the above issues, get in touch with The Pink Plumber today. Their experts can identify any sump pump problems you may be experiencing.

5 Signs You Need a Plumbing Inspection for the New Year

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

With the new year comes the opportunity to ensure your house is ready for another trip around the sun. While you likely tackle plumbing tasks in response to a problem (such as an overflowing toilet), it’s also important to watch for more subtle signs your home needs maintenance. Keep reading to discover what types of situations signal the need for a plumbing inspection to prevent plumbing disasters and keep your home in tiptop shape.

1. Low Water Levels

Do you notice low water levels in your toilets or find that the water level keeps fluctuating? If so, you may need a plumbing inspection. Seeing low or ever-changing water levels mean you could have a larger plumbing issue that causes irregular water flow.

2. Slow Drains

If you notice that your shower or sink is taking a long time to drain (for instance, longer than it would take due to a simple hair clog), you may be seeing the early signs of a backup or a potential failure somewhere within your plumbing system. Even if you’ve only noticed this sluggish draining just once or twice, it is still a good idea to schedule a plumbing inspection.

3. Musty Smell or Discoloration on Walls

Discoloration on the wall or a musty smell near the discolored area could point to a leaky pipe. A leak of this sort could be causing serious internal damage to your house that can lead to costly repairs if left unchecked.

4. Decreasing Water Pressure

Another sign that your home may be facing a plumbing crisis is a decrease in water pressure. This could be indicative of leaky pipes, a backup or a more serious issue. Whether it’s one faucet or your whole household, low water pressure could point to a problem that is best addressed by a professional.

5. A High Water Bill

An unexpected jump in your water bill is another sign that something may be going on in your home’s plumbing system. This could indicate various issues, including a drainage problem or a leaky pipe that causes you to use more water. If you experience a spike in your bill and can’t point to a single reason, call your water company first. Then, make sure to call a professional plumber for a proper diagnosis.

Whether you have noticed any of the above signs in your home or you simply want to be more proactive about maintaining your home, contact The Pink Plumber today. If you’re worried about irregular water pressure or you are dealing with cold showers due to a plumbing issue, they have the knowledge and experience to provide cost-effective solutions. Call today to schedule your plumbing inspection.

How to Tell If You Need a New Dishwasher

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

If your dishwasher isn’t working as well as it used to, it may be time to consider replacing it. Below, we’ve compiled some pointers to keep in mind if you aren’t sure whether you need a new dishwasher or whether your existing unit can be repaired at a fairly low cost.

Your Dishes Aren’t Hot

Anyone who owns a dishwasher has probably at some point had a few dishes come out a bit dirty. Failing to rinse excessively soiled plates or using the wrong type of soap can cause dishes to come out with a few stains or crumbs on them. Regardless, your dishes should always come out of your dishwasher piping hot. If this isn’t the case, then the heating coil or electric heater may be damaged. These parts are expensive to replace, which means you may be better off buying a new dishwasher.

You Notice Rust

Never ignore rust in or under your dishwasher. Rust flakes under your dishwasher are a warning sign that water is leaking into places it shouldn’t. In this case, you should immediately buy a new dishwater to avoid water damage that can be difficult and expensive to repair. You should also invest in a new dishwasher if plastic or metal in the machine is showing signs of corrosion.

You Hear Strange Noises

Never ignore strange noises coming from your dishwasher. In some instances, odd sounds can be caused by improperly loading dishes. However, in many cases, unusual dishwasher noise on an ongoing basis is caused by a failing motor. Replacing the unit in such instances is usually your only option.

Your Dishwasher is Old

If your dishwasher is more than eight to 10 years old, it is probably time to replace it. Below are a few reasons why replacing an old dishwasher is usually better than fixing an old one:

  • Your plumber may not be able to find important parts (such as replacement latches) for older units.

  • Older dishwashers use significantly more energy than newer, energy-efficient models.

  • New dishwashers are often quieter.

  • You never know when an old dishwasher will completely fail. In many cases, it will be at the most inconvenient time.

If you aren’t sure whether your dishwasher needs to be replaced, have a professional plumber assess the unit. Problems such as broken latches, cloudy dishes and even water leaks can be repaired by a savvy professional. Have an experienced plumber look at the unit as soon as possible to avoid further damage that may result in costly repairs or even the need to replace the dishwasher.

The Pink Plumber offers timely repair services and a 100 percent guarantee on all jobs. We use only the best equipment and donate a portion of all our profits to breast cancer research. Call The Pink Plumber today to get answers to your questions or schedule a visit at your convenience.

Is That Sewer Problem the City’s or Mine?

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

If your toilet, sink or bathtub is clogged and using a plunger isn’t making a significant difference, it’s time to call in a professional. Keep these three tips to keep in mind if you aren’t sure who you need to call for drain cleaning and other plumbing services.

Who’s Responsible for the Sewer Problem?

It is a little-known fact that a homeowner is responsible for all sewer lines on their property. This means that lateral sewer lines (also known as sanitary sewer lines) are your responsibility, even though they connect to the sewer main. The only exception to this rule is if a portion of the line extends beyond your property. In such instances, the portion of the line that reaches beyond your front yard or gate may be the city’s responsibility.

When to Call a Plumber

If any of the drains in your home start backing up at the same time, your lateral sewer line may be clogged. If sewage is pooling in your front yard, your building’s foundation is cracking or pests are starting to take up residence in the house, the lateral lines may be cracked and in need of replacement. You will need to call a professional plumbing service to clean out, repair or perhaps replace any faulty lines.

Call a plumber as soon as you notice sewer problems. The problems will only get worse with time. The longer you wait, the more you will have to pay, and the longer it will take to repair the problem. Furthermore, sewer problems can cause sanitary issues in the home that can put your health and your family’s health at risk.

When to Call the City

A good plumber will usually run a camera through your sewer lines to not only identify the problem but also determine where it is located. Let your plumber determine whether or not your issue is with the city. Unless the problem exists in the city tap (usually located in the street), the responsability lies with the homeowner.

If you need drain cleaning, sewer repair, leak detection or any other services to get your home sewer lines working again, contact The Pink Plumber today. We not only charge for the job instead of the hour but also offer a 100 percent guarantee on all our work.

How a Video Drain Inspection Can Solve Tough Clogs

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Drains become clogged for many reasons. However, repeated blockages that stop up your home’s sinks, toilets and tubs should never be ignored. If your drains keep clogging, it’s time to call a professional plumber. One effective tactic that today’s plumbers rely on is a video drain inspection. This innovative technology helps take the guesswork out of dealing with drain clogs.

What is a Video Drain Inspection?

As the name implies, a video drain inspection involves placing a high-resolution camera on a flexible fiber optic line and running the line through your home’s drains. The camera films all sides of your home’s plumbing lines, clearly showing both you and your plumber the cause of any malfunction and where it is located.

A good plumber will allow you to view the video drain inspection as it takes place. You should also be given a copy of the video for future reference. At the end of the inspection, the plumber will provide a detailed assessment of what needs to be done to fix any problems that the inspection uncovers.

When Is a Video Drain Inspection Warranted?

A good plumber will always try to unclog the pipes before recommending a video drain inspection, especially if you have not had problems with clogged pipes in the past. However, if your pipes consistently fail to work properly and/or you have other serious problems such as foundation cracks and water pooling in your front yard, your plumber will most likely want to inspect the drains with a video camera before doing anything else.

What Might be Found?

Common issues that may cause a clogged drain include:

  • Tree roots growing into your home’s sewer lines
  • Blockages such as tissue and sanitary pads that have been flushed down the toilet and become stuck in the pipes
  • Built-up grease or soap
  • Pipes that have shifted due to ground movement or foundation cracks

What Are the Solutions?

Clogged sewer lines are not hard to clean. However, pipes that have been damaged by tree roots or shifting soil are more challenging to deal with. Thankfully, many plumbers now offer trenchless pipe repair so that you do not have to dig up your entire front yard just to fix your lateral sewer pipes.

3 Kitchen Plumbing Technologies to Consider

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Upgrading your kitchen plumbing can enable you to save money in the long run while making your kitchen cleaner, more comfortable and easier to use. Here are three particularly useful upgrades that are well worth considering.

1. Pullout Kitchen Sink Faucet

There are many reasons why installing a pullout kitchen sink faucet is a good idea. For starters, a pullout faucet makes it convenient to fill large buckets or water plants around the kitchen sink. It’s also far easier to wash large pots and pans with a pullout faucet than it is with a regular one. In addition, you can control the flow of water with one hand while attending to other important tasks with your free hand.

2. Sensor-Activated Faucet

Sensor-activated faucets aren’t just for commercial restrooms. They are also ideal for home kitchens. These faucets not only help you conserve water but also boost your kitchen hygiene. If you have to turn on a faucet with dirty hands, it is inevitable that dirt, germs and grime will get on the faucet. When you turn the water off, you’ll be touching the same germs that you were trying to wash off your hands in the first place. Sensor-activated faucets solve this problem.

3. Water Filter

Not every home needs a kitchen water filter, but many do. Some municipalities have more contaminants in the water than others. If you are concerned about the water you use for cooking and drinking, then installing a water filter under your kitchen sink is a good idea. These types of water filtration systems are more affordable than they were in the past. They are also easy to use, fairly inexpensive to maintain and effective in removing harmful components without taking out helpful components such as fluoride and minerals.

Some homeowners opt to install a whole-house water filter instead of one just for the kitchen. However, the truth is that most people do not need filtered water to shower with unless they have sensitive skin or are in poor health. If you want to save yourself the maintenance of a whole house system but are rightfully concerned about the quality of water you are using for drinking and eating, then a kitchen filter may be your best bet.

Upgrading your kitchen plumbing does not have to be costly or difficult. The new technologies outlined above are not only relatively easy to install but also helpful in creating a convenient, clean kitchen environment.

If you aren’t sure if these or other upgrades are right for your kitchen, call The Pink Plumber today to find out more or schedule an appointment. We have over 50 years of experience in handling all sorts of plumbing jobs. Plus, we not only offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee but also donate a portion of all our profits toward breast cancer research.

Notice Foundation Cracks? Here’s Why You Might Need a Plumber

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Most homeowners know they should immediately call a foundation repair company if they notice cracks in their home. However, it is also important to call professional plumbers in at the same time. Keep reading to learn three important reasons to call a plumbing company if you find one or more cracks in your home’s foundation.

Plumbing Problems May Have Caused the Cracks

If your home was built before the 1980s or has a concrete slab foundation, there is a good chance that cracked or leaking pipes buried in the foundation caused the foundation to crack in the first place. If your home has low water pressure, a foul smell in the air, cold or hot spots on the foundation or high water bills, it’s possible you have a leak and will need a plumber to either repair the leaking pipes under your foundation or reroute them so that they no longer run under your home.

Foundation Cracks Cause Plumbing Problems

On the flip side, cracks in your home’s foundation may also cause new plumbing problems. Any shift in your foundation or the soil in your yard can cause plumbing lines to separate or crack. In such an instance, you will most likely face many of the same problems outlined above unless you have a plumber immediately identify and repair the damage.

If you’re not sure whether the plumbing problems should be repaired before the foundation is repaired, ask both a plumber and foundation repair company about the nature of the damage and the best way to address it. In some cases the foundation may need to be fixed first; in other instances, the plumbing problem will need to be corrected before the foundation is repaired.

Plumbing Problems Lead to Other Problems

Foundation cracks are a serious problem that can lead to major structural damage. However, plumbing problems are serious as well. Cracked home sewer lines may cause mold growth in the home, that can lead to extensive damage and potential health problems. Rodents, roaches and other pests can also get into a home through small cracks in the sewer line.

It is not uncommon for foundation cracks to cause plumbing problems and vice versa. If you notice your home’s foundation has one or more cracks, you will need to not only call a foundation repair service but also a plumber as soon as possible. While plumbing problems related to foundation cracks are not always quick to fix, it is far better to deal with the issue when it is small than wait until serious structural damage occurs.

If you have any questions about issues related to plumbing leaks, contact The Pink Plumber today. We offer guaranteed service, over 50 years of professional experience and emergency assistance to keep your home’s plumbing in good working order.

5 Most Common Places for a Water Leak

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

If you own a home, then chances are you’ve already experienced a water leak or two. To help you stop drips before they happen, we’ve put together a list of the five most common water wasters in your home.

1. Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets

Faucets are arguably the most common place for water leaks to happen. While that steady drip, drip, drip might seem like a simple annoyance, taken together those droplets could represent a significant increase in your water bill. Excess water can also damage sinks and bathtubs by causing rust, mold and premature decay to develop.

2. Shower Hose

High-traffic areas in the home such as showers are often subject to wear and tear. If you have a flexible shower hose rather than a showerhead, the hose can corrode and begin to leak over time. To fix a shower hose leak, simply ask your plumber to install a new hose.

3. Toilet Flapper Valve

Toilets are common offenders when it comes to water leaks. Plumbing experts have estimated that 20% to 35% of America’s household toilets are leaking water. Homeowners can diagnose toilet leaks themselves, though they’ll still likely need a plumber to perform any repairs.

To confirm a leak, take off the top of the toilet tank and listen for the sounds of water hissing. If you hear hissing, add a few drops of food coloring to the water in the tank (not the toilet bowl). After 20 to 30 minutes, any coloring in the toilet bowl means that a flapper valve leak is likely present.

4. Hot Water Tank

If your hot water tank begins to leak, act quickly. A simple leak could soon become a ruptured tank without a plumber’s proper inspection. To prevent water leaks, proper maintenance of your hot water tank is key. Checking the pressure valve regularly and “flushing” the tank each year can help sustain a tank’s healthy lifespan. Ask your plumber for other ways to maintain your hot water tank.

5. Supply Line

Unfortunately, water leaks don’t always happen in the home. If you notice excess water in the meter box or puddles in your yard, your supply line could be leaking water. Leaks are usually the responsibility of local city authorities; however, if the problem occurs between your meter and home, then it’s up to you to call a plumber.

Suspect a water leak in your home? For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today online or by calling 404-222-7465. With over 50 years of combined experience, our expert plumbers provide quick and efficient service 24/7. We’re also committed to our communities: The Pink Plumber proudly supports Breast Cancer Research, donating $160,000 to the cause.