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Do I Have a Sewer Line Problem?

Friday, September 28th, 2018

No one wants to be told they have problems with their sewer line. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they have sewer line issues until raw sewage is flooding their backyard or home. Don’t let this happen to you. The good news is that you are not at the mercy of your home’s sewer system. The even better news is that your sewer system gives you warnings before it breaks down. Stay alert for the following signs of sewer line problems and get ahead of disaster.

1. Frequently Clogged Drains

Have the drains in your home started clogging more often? Are you experiencing toilet clogs for no apparent reason? If you’re constantly plunging, consider what’s going on. It’s highly likely that a blockage has formed in the sewer line and is making it harder and harder for you to flush your toilets.

Also, pay attention to slow drains. Sometimes a slow drain is nothing more than a shallow clog that has made its way deep into the pipe. These types of clogs usually respond well to plunging. So, if you plunge and the water still drains slowly, it might be something deeper in the pipe or in the sewer line.

2. Sinks and Bathtubs Backing Up When Toilet Is Flushed

When a single pipe is affected with a clog, only the drain attached to that line will back up. On the other hand, when a main line is affected, it’s very likely that more than one drain will back up at one time. For example, when you flush the toilet and the bathroom or kitchen sink backs up, this means that the main line is affected. There’s no wiggle room here. Call a licensed plumber to come out and take a look at the problem right away.

3. Raw Sewage Smells

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Do your household drains emit a smell that resembles rotten eggs? This is not normal, and it’s a very strong indication that there’s a clog in the sewer line. The reason drains smell when this happens is that the sewer odors have nowhere to go, but back up and out of the interior drains. If you smell this rotten egg smell, don’t try to mask it with air freshener. Instead, call a plumber right away. When sewer lines clog, sewer gas gets pushed up into the house. That’s what you’re smelling. When this gas stays in the house for too long, it can make you sick and lead to explosive situations.

4. Wet Spots in the Yard

Have you noticed soggy areas of your yard around the sewer line? It’s likely that the line has a leak and is oozing sewage into the soil. Another sign that this is happening is when the grass is greener along the line than other parts of your yard.

Preventing Sewer Line Problems

The best way to prevent costly sewer line repair and replacement is to have your outdoor plumbing inspected regularly. Get regular sewer line cleaning and inspection to identify potential problems before they get out of control and wreck your home.

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.

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.

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.

Plumbing Myths Exposed

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Your home’s plumbing system plays a significant role in keeping your life running smoothly. When it fails, you wrestle with the inconvenience of lost service and your daily routine is turned upside down. This post exposes common plumbing myths and preventive measures to extend the life of your home’s plumbing system and appliances.

If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It

One of the biggest plumbing myths is if your plumbing is working, there’s nothing to worry about. While a faucet may occasionally drip or your toilet flushes slowly, they still perform their intended functions. However, these problems are signs of underlying issues that have significant consequences when ignored. For example, a dripping faucet not only wastes hundreds of gallons of water, it also leads to high water bills. As time passes, the drip can wear out the internal faucet mechanism and cause pitting or staining of other plumbing fixtures, such as your sink basin. A sluggish toilet is a sure sign that you have a blockage or obstruction in your sewage lines. It may work now, but could fail in the future, leading to unexpected sewer problems and costly repairs. At worse, it may result in sewage backing up into your home, a problem you want to avoid.

Noisy Water Heaters Need Replacement

When a water heater starts making banging and popping noises, some homeowners panic. Most often, the banging sound coming from your water heater is caused by sediment that has built up in the storage tank. Not only will sediment cause those spine-tingling sounds, it also reduces the efficiency of the appliance and leads to high utility bills. Annual water heater maintenance will prevent sediment build-up and keep your appliance quiet and performing at peak efficiency.

Other Common Plumbing Misconceptions

These common household plumbing practices can also cause more harm than good.

  • Toilet bowl tablets save time and labor. Toilet bowl tablets contain bleach and are designed to sit inside the toilet tank. Although some homeowners like the concept of a self-cleaning toilet, these tablets could destroy the internal flushing mechanism of the toilet in a matter of months. The labor you save with these tablets will eventually be spent on additional repairs in the future.
  • Cleanliness is king. Excessive use of household cleansers wreaks havoc on your septic system. Too many chemicals upsets the balance of microorganisms needed to break down solid waste. If your plumbing system fails, expect a hefty repair bill to restore service.
  • Ice cubes sharpen garbage disposal blades. Although putting ice cubes in your garbage disposal helps clean the blades, it does not sharpen them. The best way to sharpen your garbage disposal blades is by scheduling a service call with your local plumbing contractor.
  • Regular use of liquid drain cleaners keeps your drain lines clean. The corrosive nature of these products will degrade your drain lines over time, until they eventually fail and start to leak.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Take The Guesswork Out Of Troubleshooting Your Hot Water Heater

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Recently one of our customers, Kimberly, called us to say that she was having issues with her hot water heater. While her and her husband kept making minor repairs here and there, it still wasn’t a complete fix. That’s when Kimberly decided to give us a call. We spoke with her about her experience here at The Pink Plumber. Here’s a bit more about Kimberly’s experience:

Our hot water heater started giving us trouble. It would get really hot and then not get warm at all. We initially called a random plumber from the yellow pages but the estimate was huge. My husband is pretty handy and we decided to try a few things ourselves. We changed out a few parts such as the thermocouple and the thermostat but it was still malfunctioning. That’s when I suggested that we should call The Pink Plumber and get a professional plumber out here to fix the issue.

When Geoff Small from The Pink Plumber arrived, he was able to start troubleshooting with the heater and determined that it was just a gas valve issue. He was able to save us more than $600 from what the other company quoted us. Plus, he was able to get the parts right away and we had hot water in no time!

The most impressive part of The Pink Plumber is the customer service. When I first called Brittany, she was friendly and went above and beyond to make sure that when the technician came out he would have extra parts available. She was able to get us scheduled the next day. When Geoff arrived, he was very polite and extremely efficient. He offered us tips on how to save more money on utility bills by upgrading our older unit to a new tankless heater in the future. He wasn’t trying to sell us but provide us valuable information. We could tell that he genuinely wanted us to save money and for that I will be calling The Pink Plumber in the future! The Pink Plumber is not only affordable and trustworthy, they really care about their customers.

Instead of tackling a plumbing issue on your own, give The Pink Plumber a call first, and see for yourself how they can help you with your hot water tank issues.