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6 Signs You Need to Call a Plumber

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Plumbing tends to be one of those things you may not think about until there’s an obvious problem. When the problem’s small enough, you can even fix it without worrying much about where it came from. Unclogging a toilet is easy enough, and the occasional clog is nothing to worry about, right?

But what happens when the problem isn’t small enough to fix yourself? If you ignore the less-than-obvious signs of impending plumbing disaster, you could expose yourself to potentially expensive plumbing disasters. To avoid that, you’ll have to pay a little attention to your plumbing, even when its problems aren’t so obvious. Get started by keeping an eye out for these six telltale signs of an imminent plumbing disaster. If you notice one of these, call in the pros fast– before a small problem becomes a big one!

Slow drains

The problem with slow drains is they always get worse. Eventually, the problem causing your sink to drain slowly could lead to a complete clog. Left alone long enough, it could even lead to something much more serious (and expensive to fix!).

If your drains aren’t working as well as they should be, you should call a plumber right away. The sooner we can figure out what’s causing the problem, the faster we can fix it. Solve this simple problem fast, before it turns into something more complicated.

Low or inconsistent water pressure

Low water pressure has two main causes: a singular, fixture-based issue or a whole home issue. You can usually fix fixture-based pressure problems by cleaning the fixture’s aerator.

Whole-home problems are usually bigger and more complicated to fix. If your whole home is having a water pressure issue, you’ll probably need a plumber. We can determine the problem and fix it quickly and effectively.

A dripping faucet

A single faucet dripping once per second can waste thousands of gallons of water each year. It’ll also drive up your monthly water bill by hundreds. As if that wasn’t frustrating enough, dripping faucets cause all sorts of other problems, too. The constant dripping wears out the inner workings of your fixtures, causing additional damage.

Dripping water also wears away at your sink grout and caulk. We recommend you have your plumber fix your leaking faucet as soon as you can. The sound of silence will give you (and your bank account) peace of mind.

Standing water

If there’s standing or pooling water in your home, it means you have a leak somewhere. If water is pooling around the base of your toilet, then your toilet’s loose.

If there’s standing water beneath your water heater, then your water heater could be corroded or leaking. No matter what, standing water is always a sign of a larger, hidden issue.

Discolored or smelly water

Your water should be clear, fresh, and completely odorless. If the water coming out of your fixtures looks or smells funny, then there’s something wrong with it. Brown discoloration could mean there’s too much iron in the water. Green water could be a sign of copper corrosion. Weird smells could even indicate that sewage is seeping into your water.

Long story short: if your water doesn’t seem right, it means your plumbing isn’t either.

Peculiar sounds from inside your pipes

Peculiar plumbing sounds are always a sign that it’s time to call your plumber. Vibrations could mean that your water pressure is too high and it’s shaking the pipes. Thudding or shuddering sounds are often caused by a phenomenon called water hammer.

Squealing when you turn on a faucet usually means that some interior parts are corroded or loose. Gurgling toilets are typically a sign of worn-out or faulty valves.

When you decide it’s time to get help, don’t hesitate to call the pros at The Pink Plumber. We always have technicians on hand to solve your problems, big or small.

The 4 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Obviously, some plumbing problems are more common than others. Evil clowns living in your sewer pipes are particularly rare, for instance. Leaky faucets, on the other hand, are particularly common.

Common plumbing problems happen every day, and they can happen to anyone. Of all the thousands of different plumbing problems we’ve encountered, these are the four problems we solve the most. Here’s what they are, how they happen, and–most importantly–what to do if they happen to you.

Dripping faucet

Aah, yes. Easily the most annoying common plumbing problem, the drip, drip, dripping of a leaking faucet can’t be ignored. Like most plumbing problems, there are several reasons your faucet might be dripping.

Faucet leaks often happen because the faucet corroded around the valve seat or interior washers. Your best bet is to call in an expert. We’ll take your faucet apart, determine the cause, and put it back together good as new.

Leaking pipe

Leaking pipes happen for quite a few reasons. The most common culprits are time, corrosion, high water pressure, and clogs. Pipes naturally wear away or even corrode over time. Eventually, pipes wear away enough to leak or even rupture. High water pressure, clogs, or hard water will all accelerate how quickly your pipes corrode.

Pipe leaks are insidious because they’re difficult to spot and easy to ignore, but they can inflict some serious damage. A leaking pipe inside your wall could hurt insulation or even compromise the structural integrity of your home. Depending on why you have a pipe leak, there are different things you can do. You’ll have to replace corroded pipes, but it’s possible pros could repair other leaks without replacing the whole pipe.

Clogged toilet

Toilets clog because something lodges inside the narrow drain pipe before it can reach the sewer line. Often, small materials may build up on the sides of the drain pipe over time, only eventually leading to a noticeable clog. Other times, something that should never have been flushed in the first place might trigger a clog.

No matter what kind of toilet clog you’re dealing with, we have one important tip: use a flange plunger. Flange plungers have a rubber dome with another rubber piece that folds out from under it. They’re ideal for the sloped bowl of a toilet and plunge toilets much more effectively than other plungers. If plunging your toilet doesn’t fix the problem, it’s time to call the professionals at The Pink Plumber.

Low water pressure

Diagnosing low water pressure can be a headache. First, you need to determine whether your problem only happens in one fixture or if it’s happening throughout your home. If you can do that, you’ll be able to figure out what to do.

If the water pressure problem only occurs in one fixture, you should replace or at least clean that fixture. If it’s happening throughout your home, it’s probably because of a significant clog or disturbance within your water main. To fix a problem of that size, you should call a pro right away.

No matter what plumbing problem you face, The Pink Plumber is ready to help. Our trained technicians have seen your problem before (no matter what it is, trust us), and we’ll know just how to fix it.

Where’s That Weird Plumbing Noise Coming From?

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Plumbing noises are always worth paying attention to because they’re never just noises. Often, an unusual noise coming from your home’s plumbing is your first indication that something’s wrong. You could think of plumbing noises as a kind of early warning system. When you hear a weird plumbing noise, pay attention! You could save your plumbing system–and a fair bit of money, too!

Some “early warning” plumbing noises are especially notable. If you have any of the following four plumbing noises, it always pays to check them out. Here’s how to track down your sound, what’s probably making it, and what you should do about it:

Loud “bang” after turning off the water

This sounds like a loud hammering or banging sound. It happens after you turn off water that was flowing into a sink drain. Your banging sound is actually a specific plumbing phenomenon called “water hammer.” Water hammer happens when water that’s rushing through pipes suddenly stops. The force of the water suddenly stopping creates a shockwave that reverberates through your pipes as the hammering sound. If the pipes rattle and smack against other things during the shockwave, the water hammer sounds even louder.

Water hammer generally starts happening when the devices in the pipes designed to stop it stop working. Most pipes have air chambers built into them. When the water hammer shockwave hits these air chambers, they compress and absorb the force like shock absorbers. Over time, however, the air chambers may fill up with water. When air chambers fill with water, they can’t compress the shockwave, and you end up with water hammer. Draining the water in your pipes’ air chambers should take care of the problem.

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Whistling shower head

This sounds like a high-pitched whistling coming from your shower head whenever you’re taking a shower. It can happen intermittently or constantly while the shower is running. This noise could be happening for a couple reasons. Most likely, something inside the shower head is partially blocking water flow. Minerals and sediment can build up inside shower heads just like any other plumbing component. Shower head clogs are especially likely if you don’t use a water softener. Cleaning the shower head should do the trick.

If your shower head still whistles after you clean it, then there might be a problem with another shower component. Most likely the washer in the shower faucet diverter is worn out or damaged. If you only hear the whistling when you use hot water, then the diverter is probably the problem. Replacing shower diverter washers is a fast and easy job. If the washer isn’t the problem, either, then you should try replacing the shower head entirely.

“Gurgling” in drain

This “gurgling” noise usually happens after you turn off water running in a sink. It could sound like water’s struggling to move through the pipes, or like water is “bubbling” in the drain. The sound could come from the drain itself, or you could hear it further down, near the trap. When a drain gurgles, it’s usually because the pipe vent isn’t working correctly. The sound you’re hearing is air rushing past the water in your sink trap.

When water moves through a pipe it pushes air down the pipe, creating a vacuum behind it. Vents exist to add air back into the pipes after water pushes it down. If vents are blocked, air has to find another way into the pipes–usually through the drain. When air pushes through to fill the vacuum, it distresses the water in the trap. Clearing the drain vent should give air an avenue to enter the pipe and solve your gurgling problem.

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“Popping” noise in basement or utility closet

This “popping” noise can sound like anything from popcorn cooking to a dull thunking noise. It can be very quiet or surprisingly loud. We’re using basements and utility closets as an example, but it comes from wherever your water heater is installed. It’s tough to notice unless you’re listening for it, but the noise probably usually happens after you use your hot water. The popping noise is the sound of water boiling up from under sediment inside the water heater’s tank.

Sediment tends to build up inside water tank tanks naturally over time–especially if your home has hard water. This sediment settles into the bottom of the water heater tank and traps some water beneath it. When the tank heats water, the water trapped beneath the sediment starts to boil. Bubbles from the boiling water struggle to escape from under the sediment. These bubbles “pop” with great force, creating the sound you’re hearing. Flushing your water heater tank should do the trick. If it doesn’t, you may need to replace the tank entirely.

By identifying and doing something about these plumbing noises early, you can avoid larger plumbing problems. Don’t wait! If you’re hearing something strange in your plumbing, look into it right away. If it’s one of these problems, you’ll probably be able to fix it fast!

If you need help addressing your weird plumbing noise, give The Pink Plumber a call any time. We’re alway happy to help figure things out and fix them. Silent plumbing is just a call away, so call today!

Common Summer Plumbing Problems People Face

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

It’s summertime and the living is supposed to be easy, right? Well, that’s not always the case when plumbing problems pop up. In fact, summer sees more plumbing issues than you might imagine because the kids are home and household plumbing gets used more often. Check these common plumbing problems that people face during the summer months and tips for making repairs. (more…)

5 Plumbing Myths That Might Be Costing You Money

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Social media posts and idea-sharing sites can sometimes dispense some good advice. On the other hand, those same sites also spread misconceptions that are not just wacky, but also downright damaging. Below, we’ll debunk five widely believed plumbing myths that might be costing you money.

1. Myth: Putting Lemon Down the Drain Can Clean Your Drains

Reality: We’ve heard this one a million times. Sure, squeezing lemons down your drain might make the sink smell nice for a few days, but it will not clean your drain or protect it from clogs. In fact, the opposite is true: Doing this too much can cause the citric acid from the lemons to corrode your pipes, meaning that you will require maintenance more frequently.

2. Myth: Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tablets Save Time and Effort

Reality: Toilet bowl cleaner tablets are designed to clean your toilet with minimal effort from you. But the effort saved on these bleach-based cleaners will likely have to be repaid with more significant repairs. Toilet bowl tablets contain ingredients that can destroy your flushing mechanism over time. Instead of using these cleaners, spend the extra effort to clean your toilet with a brush.

3. Myth: Ice Cubes Sharpen Garbage Disposal Blades

Reality: Ice cubes are not a bad method for keeping your garbage disposal blades clean. However, it is an old plumbing myth that throwing the cubes down the drain will keep blades sharp.

4. Myth: Liquid Cleaners Efficiently Clear Clogs

Reality: Liquid cleaners are often advertised as a quick way to clear clogs from your drains. While these cleaners may clear minor clogs, they can also harm your pipes and your septic system. Further, they might not actually clear the clog for the long term, especially if you have a more serious issue. For significant drain problems, no bottled solution will cut it. You need to call a professional plumber for a video inspection that will pinpoint the source of the problem.

5. Myth: If Your Drains Run, They Don’t Need Cleaning

Reality: You may think that the only time your drain needs cleaning is if you have standing water in your sink, shower or washing machine. But if you have a clog that severe, the reality is that you’re far past the need for a cleaning. Pink Plumber’s Hydro Jetter removes debris and buildup from your pipes. Regular removal of the materials that cause clogs can help prevent drainage emergencies.

Don’t be fooled by these plumbing myths. Many of these tips and tricks sound too good to be true because they are too good to be true. Keeping your plumbing system working well requires solid maintenance. And with The Pink Plumber’s hassle-free service, you won’t have to work too hard.

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 drain cleaning.

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 and 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 clogs and your plunger isn’t cutting it, it’s time to call in a pro. 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.

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. Here are three reasons to call a plumbing company if you find cracks in your foundation.

Plumbing Problems May Have Caused the Cracks

If your home has a concrete slab foundation, there’s a good chance that plumbing caused your problem. Cracked or leaking pipes buried in the foundation often create cracks in older concrete foundation. If your home has low water pressure, a weird smell, or high water bills, it’s possible you have a leak. You’ll need a plumber to either repair or reroute the leaking pipes under your foundation.

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.