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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.

How Often Should Your Septic Tanks Be Cleaned?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Your home’s septic tank is solely responsible for removing waste water from the home. This essential part of your residential plumbing system must always be in top form to prevent raw sewage back up and health hazards in the home. Septic tank cleaning on a regular schedule keeps the tank, the drainfield, and other parts of the septic system working well 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this article, you’ll learn more about the signs that you need septic service and the importance of developing a cleaning schedule.

5 Signs That You Need Sewer Line Cleaning

Many people feel like plumbing problems take them by surprise. The truth is that most plumbing issues, including septic tank problems, produce symptoms before major disaster strikes. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact a residential plumber to come out and take a look at your septic system:

  • Toilets clog frequently
  • Sink and bathtub drains back up when the toilet is flushed
  • Bad odors come from the drains in your home
  • Raw sewage is present in drains
  • The ground around the tank is permeated with raw sewage

It’s very important that you take notice when sinks and other drains gurgle or back up when the toilet is flushed. This is not normal. It indicates that more than one drain line is affected with a clog and the problem is likely with your septic system.

How Often Do I Need Septic Cleaning?

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There are general guidelines to follow, but there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to septic tank cleaning schedules. For most households, septic cleaning once every 3–5 years is ideal, but it’s not an across the board suggestion. Here’s why.

How many bathrooms do you have in your home? Homes with more than two bathrooms might need more frequent cleaning, especially when there are several people in the home using these bathrooms. Larger families use the bathrooms and put strain on the septic system more than small families. Also, consider how often you use the home. Vacation properties that aren’t rented and are only used for a few weeks out of the year don’t need as regular of cleaning.

It’s also important to take into consideration the size of the tank. Is the tank an appropriate size for your home? If not, it might require more regular cleanings. Or, the drainfield may need extending to accommodate the extra waste flow.

Consult with Local Septic Tank Specialist

Failing to keep your septic tank maintained leads to spillage, frequent backups, and can damage the tank to the point where it needs replacement. You don’t want this to happen. Septic tank replacement is far from an inexpensive job. Prevent these problems from happening at your home by consulting with a local septic tank specialist to develop a cleaning schedule.

During the first appointment, your specialist will inspect the tank, make recommendations for any minor repairs, and go over the cleaning process. Keeping your septic tank clean prevents serious plumbing issues that damage your property. Take care to work with a local septic service today!

 

5 Most Common Causes of Household Water Leaks

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

No homeowner wants to deal with a water leak. Some people ignore water leak symptoms because they’re afraid of what they might find if they go poking around behind walls and near pipes. Learn the five most common causes of water leaks in your home so you’re prepared to deal with them before they drain your bank account.

Clogs

Clogs are one common cause of water leaks in your home. If ignored, they can create big problems. If a clog is left alone long enough, pressure may increase within the pipe and cause it to crack or burst. Taking care of a simple clog is much easier, and less expensive than what results if you don’t take care of the problem soon.

Tubs and Toilets

Tubs and showers have seals designed to keep water moving down drains and to the sewer. Sometimes, a seal is faulty. For a homeowner, this can create a disaster, especially if the leak isn’t noticed for a long time. Toilets also have seals that ensure water drains to the appropriate place. Leaks in bathrooms go undetected because they’re typically in places where you can’t see the evidence immediately. Water may have been soaking into subflooring for months, where it creates the perfect environment for mold growth. The first sign of a tub or toilet leak may be stains on the ceiling or joists in the area below the bathroom.

Hot Water Heaters

Water heaters generally have an 8- to 12-year lifetime before they give up on providing you with that nice hot shower. Sometimes, you know when a water heater is wearing out, and you can be proactive about either repairing or replacing it. It’s not unusual, however, to be blissfully unaware of a problem until you realize you have a small creek in your basement. Time to call a plumber!

High Water Pressure

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Who doesn’t love a strong hot shower in the morning? It’s a great way to wake up and face the day. It’s also a sign that you may have water pressure that’s too high. Why should you care? The water pipes in your home are not designed to withstand high water pressure for an extended amount of time. Normal water pressure should be 60 pounds per square inch (psi). Pressure higher than 80 psi can cause pipes to develop multiple pin holes, which leads to a large-scale water mess in your home. If you’re not a handyman and don’t have the necessary tools to check water pressure, call a plumber. You can combine the visit with your yearly hot water heater check and main sewer line inspection.

Trees

Tree roots are often the culprit when water leaks into a basement. These roots can exert pressure on water pipes, which causes them to crack. If you do find that your leaky basement is caused by tree root invasion, don’t ignore it. You might turn an already expensive repair into a major financial disaster.

Now that you know a bit more about what a few common causes of water leaks are, you’re better prepared to prevent them. Check periodically for signs of water damage. Pay attention to clogs and deal with them quickly. Have your water heater inspected each year. Prevention may save a homeowner from inconvenience and financial hardship. Keep your plumbing system and your wallet free of leaks.

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.

Touchless Toilets Have Arrived

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

It’s a common scenario: You’re dining at a new restaurant and need to use the restroom. But when it comes time to flush, you can’t find the lever. You soon realize the restroom is equipped with a touchless toilet, and with a wave of your hand, the problem is solved. If you want one of these modern wonders for your own bathroom, you’re not alone. Touchless technology has found its way to residential applications, allowing you to upgrade your bathroom with a little stroke of genius. This post will shed light on how touchless toilets work and their many benefits.

About Touchless Toilets

Previous touchless toilets relied on a motion sensor/light beam to flush the toilet once the beam was broken. While the old technology worked, it often fell short in reliability. The new technology is a bit different. It uses electromagnetic fields to activate and flush the toilet with a simple wave of your hand over the toilet tank. The Kohler Company is the first manufacturer to introduce this new technology to the residential market. All Kohler touchless models require four AA batteries to power the electromagnetic module that’s necessary to detect hand movement and flush the toilet.

Benefits of Touchless Technology

The primary benefit of a touchless toilet is obvious; you don’t have to touch it to flush it. Toilets are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs, so anytime you can avoid touching them is a plus. Touchless technology reduces your exposure to germs by eliminating the need to touch the toilet to flush it, which is both convenient and beneficial to everyone.

Consult a Plumbing Professional

Schedule an appointment with your plumbing contractor and discuss your options for installing a touchless toilet. Because they are battery operated, no electrical upgrades are necessary. Installation requires simply replacing your old toilet with the new model. During the installation, it’s wise to ask your plumber to install a new shut-off valve and supply line as these devices deteriorate over time. This simple step may eliminate a service call down the road.

Less Expensive Alternatives

Kohler took the new technology one-step further by manufacturing a retrofit kit that adapts to most standard toilet models. The kit is ideal if you don’t want to replace your toilet. Perhaps you recently purchased a new toilet and can’t justify replacing it so soon, or there’s just no room in your current budget. In either case, you can still enjoy the wonders of touchless technology at a reduced cost.

For answers to your plumbing questions or to find out more about touchless toilets, contact The Pink Plumber today.

The Pink Plumber Offers More Than Just Plumbing Services—They Give Back For A Good Cause

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Sure, The Pink Plumber is widely known to provide some of the best plumbing, service and repairs in the industry. But, what you may not have noticed right away is that they are strong advocates for breast cancer research. A portion of all of their profits goes toward fighting against the disease. A recent customer, Donna K, had a lot of positive things to say about The Pink Plumber and her experience with our company. Here’s her story.

What was the main reason for contacting us? “I needed some repairs done on my two upstairs toilets. They were both flushing slowly, and one of the toilets kept running around the clock. My husband is a good handyman and he tried to fix them, but unfortunately they kept giving us issues. That was when I knew it was time to call in the pros! I chose The Pink Plumber because my neighbors have raved about them and their exceptional service.”

Here at The Pink Plumber, we strive ourselves as providing some of the best customer service in the industry. What was your first opinion of us when you spoke with us? “When I first called, your receptionist was extremely friendly and was very concerned about what our plumbing problems were all about. She asked several questions and gathered a lot of information about our plumbing issue. She quickly put together an appointment time for us for later that day. I was shocked that we could get help so quickly, but The Pink Plumber definitely pulled through.”

“The first thing I noticed when the tech, Jack R. arrived, was that he pulled up in a pink truck.” says Donna. “Of course, my first reaction was that as a woman, I was attracted to this company because of the beautiful pink colors. I quickly found out from Jack that they are pro-breast cancer research and donate part of their earnings to breast cancer research and awareness. This really hit home for me, because a close family member of mine is battling the disease.”

What do you want others to know about us, Donna? “I really want to express to others who are looking for a plumbing expert to call you guys first. You are affordable and you were able to tackle my underlying plumbing issue the same day. Now, our toilets and our entire septic drain is running and flowing better than ever.”

If you’re faced with any plumbing issue, big or small, call The Pink Plumber today and schedule a consultation right away!

The Best Ways to Save Water at Home

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Water is one of the earth’s most important natural resources. Conserve fresh water supplies by eliminating wasteful habits to preserve our environment. Using less water reduces energy use, which will help to reduce harmful carbon emissions in earth’s atmosphere. You can do your part by saving water at home. Here’s how to reduce your water use and keep your home’s plumbing system in top (water-saving) condition.

Plumbing Water Saving Tips

Begin your personal water conservation campaign by addressing your home’s plumbing system. Make it as efficient as possible. Most home plumbing systems can be upgraded with minimal expense. The upgrades listed below can save you money in the long run as they’ll help you reduce water usage (and will likely lower your energy bills).

  • Replace old, water-guzzling toilets with newer, more efficient models. Some dated models use six to eight gallons of clean water per flush. Newer models require less than a gallon per flush.
  • Repair faulty toilets that run constantly or have a penchant for hanging up every now and then. A running toilet will wash enormous amounts of fresh water down the drain… along with your hard-earned money.
  • Replace showerheads with low-flow units designed to conserve water. Some models are equipped with a convenient, built-in shutoff valve that allows you to interrupt the flow of water without changing the temperature. This comes in handy when shaving or scrubbing your back.
  • Repair leaking faucets and hose bibs. You might be surprised to learn how much water is wasted as a result of leaking faucets.

Personal Water Saving Tips

Now that your plumbing is up to speed, you can practice these personal tips to save water at home.

  1. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving. A common faucet puts out up to two gallons of water a minute. Since the recommended time you should brush your teeth is two minutes, running the faucet while brushing your teeth will waste four gallons of clean, fresh water.
  2. Take showers instead of baths. Filling a bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water. In addition, reduce your shower times to five minutes or less.
  3. Wash full loads of laundry when doing the wash and avoid the permanent press cycle, which requires an additional five gallons of water for the extra rinse.
  4. Avoid the garbage disposal. Aside from requiring a lot of water to dispose of food scraps, garbage disposals can be detrimental to septic tank systems. Put food scraps in the trash or start a compost bin and make your own fertilizer.

The aforementioned information will help you save water at home. You can take it a step further by discovering additional water saving tips and practicing common sense when you turn on the tap.

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

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