At Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros, we know that not every plumbing issue requires help from a professional plumber; however, sometimes calling the pros means the difference between getting the job done right the first time and making a bigger mess. Our experienced plumbers have decades of experience between them and we offer competitive pricing.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate.
Our Plumbing Leak Repair Service
Leaks waste water, can damage your home, and encourage mold and mildew to grow. The problem is that not all plumbing leaks are visible; some leaks occur from pipes in the walls or under the flooring.
The best way to guard your home against water damage is to understand why leaks happen and to look for signs that a leak is occurring.
- Broken Seals: A plumber likely installed seals around the water connectors of certain appliances during installation. As appliances age, the seal can wear out. Be on the lookout for water pooling around your water-based appliance, and watch for condensation.
- Clogged Pipes: Although clogged pipes seem like nothing more than an inconvenience, the truth is that some clogs can lead to harmful sewage backup or burst pipes. To prevent clogs, it’s recommended that you schedule regular drain cleaning and check gutters for obstructions.
- Corrosion: Many builders used galvanized steel for plumbing in pre 1960s homes. While steel is incredibly strong, its weakness is corrosion. If your home is over 50 years old, and still contains the original plumbing, it’s time to consider repiping now.
- Damaged Joints: The joints where pipes connect are a weak point, and over time, joints deteriorate, which leads to leaks. If you notice noisy pipes that make a banging noise when you turn on the water, it could mean the joints are weakening under the water pressure.
- Tree Roots: Tree roots naturally seek out water sources, so if your underground pipes develop small cracks, the roots find them and worm their way in. Once in, the tree roots grow until you have a knotted mess, that expands and can cause the pipe to burst.
If you suspect you have a leak in your plumbing system, it’s best to fix it as soon as possible; otherwise, you risk higher water bills and possible water damage.
When to Call a Drain Cleaning Company
If you’re a homeowner, then you know that clogged drains are a part of life. When pipes clog, many reach for home remedies such as plungers or chemical drain cleaners. However, sometimes clogs are too deep in the system for plungers to reach, and chemicals can damage certain kinds of pipes. Here are a few situations where it’s best to forego the do-it-yourself fix and call a professional plumber.
- Foul Odors: Sometimes, the material forming clogs in the pipes releases foul odors. And while some recommend pouring baking soda or vinegar down the drain to dispense the smell, these methods don’t always work. For deep, thorough cleaning, call a plumber.
- Slow Drains: Another situation where a plumber can offer better service is if you have slow drains. Slow drains are typically the result of clogs deep in the pipe, which are better reached by a pro with the right tools. Also, clogs can develop in the main water or sewer line, which requires an experienced pro to fid.
- Too Much Drain Cleaner: As mentioned above, many homeowners use chemical drain cleaners to get rid of clogs, but most pros don’t recommend this. First, chemical drain cleaners are highly corrosive and can damage pipes. Second, chemical cleaners aren’t always effective at getting rid of the clog and can make matters worse. If you’re constantly pouring chemical drain cleaners down the drain to get rid of a clog, consider calling a professional for help.
Our drain cleaning services provide a deep down, thorough cleaning that you can’t get with other drain cleaning methods. The result is that pipes remain clean longer and perform better.
Find out where we operate by checking out our service areas.
Be Aware of Water Heater Failure
Hot water when you want it is a necessity you can’t live without for long. Families depend on hot water for bathing and showering, cooking, and cleaning. However, like any other appliance, your water heater won’t last forever even with routine maintenance. Here are the most common signs that signal water heater failure is imminent, and that you must consider a new water heater installation.
- Age: Consider how often the average family relies on hot water every day and it’s easy to see how near-constant usage can age the system. The average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years, so if your water heater is approaching old age, plan on replacing it soon.
- Rusty or Cloudy Water: Although steel is one of the strongest materials, its primary weakness is rust. The problem with water heaters is that you often don’t know your tank is rusting from the inside out until it’s too late. If your water comes out rusty or cloudy from the hot water spigot, call a plumber for an inspection.
- Loud Noises: Another telltale sign that something’s wrong with your water heater is if you begin hearing loud noises like popping or banging coming from the tank as it’s heating up. These noises are likely the result of sediment that’s built up inside the tank.
- No Hot Water: If the water heater fails to heat the water, it could be one of three issues: a misadjusted thermostat, a failed heating element, a tank that’s too small for your family’s needs.
If you notice any of the above signs, it means that your water heater either needs immediate repair or replacement.
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