Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros is known as The Home of the Pros because of our experience in solving virtually every plumbing problem you can think of. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a clogged toilet, a failing water heater, or something else, you can trust us to fix the problem right the first time and at a reasonable price.
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Our Plumbing Leak Repair Service
A dripping, leaky faucet may drive you batty, but consider all of the water you’re wasting with each drip – water that you’re paying for. Although annoying, leaking pipes could mean there’s a more severe problem you must fix. Here are the most common causes of pipe leaks.
- Foundation Shifts: Your home’s foundation may settle over time, or geological incidents may cause shifting. When soil shifts, it puts stress on pipes, which leads to ruptures.
- High Water Pressure: We all like a brisk morning shower; however, if the water pressure gets too high, it puts excess strain on your pipes, which can cause them to burst or leak.
- Tree Roots: If one of your underground pipes cracks and leaks, tree roots will gravitate towards the easy water source and get into your pipes. Once in, tree roots wreak havoc and can cause further leaking as pipes break down.
- Corrosion: Corrosion isn’t a significant problem with newer homes; however, houses over 60 years old often use galvanized steel or other metals for their plumbing systems. The problem with these metals is that they eventually begin to corrode.
When a pipe develops a leak, you must fix it ASAP. Call the experts at Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros for quick, cost-effective repairs.
Don’t Ignore These Signs of Water Heater Failure
We all depend on hot water every day for modern living; in fact, most people can’t fathom what like would be like without on-demand hot water. The most common method for heating water at home is the tank-style water heater. While these systems are reasonably robust and operate for years without incident, they will eventually fail. Get to know these signs that signal a water heater that’s in decline.
- Age: The average life of a water heater is 12-15 years, so if yours is past its prime, it’s time to plan for a replacement.
- Strange Noises: Your water heater should remain silent when running, so if you hear banging coming from the tank, it may signal the buildup of sediment, which can cause the system to fail prematurely.
- No Hot Water: If the water doesn’t get as hot as you’re used to, or if it comes out cold, it could be a broken heating element or a sign that the system needs replacing.
- Cloudy Water: If your water comes out cloudy or with a metallic odor, it could be a sign of a water heater that’s failing due to mineral deposits.
- Leaks: If you see water pooling around the base of your water heater, call a plumbing company as soon as you can because your tank is rusting from the inside out, and it’s only a matter of time before you have water all over your floor.
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What Are the Most Common Causes of Clogged Drains?
Clogged drains are a common household problem, and while some clogs are mere annoyances, they can cause significant problems down the road if you don’t fix them quickly. Drains clog for various reasons, but here are the most common so you can know how to prevent it.
- Hair: Hair is one of the primary causes of clogged drains, especially in the bathroom. Hair binds with grease and soap that sticks to your pipes’ walls and grows inward until the water flow is all but stopped. To guard against this, consider using guards over your drains to prevent hair from getting in.
- Soap: You’re probably wondering how soap can cause drain clogs, right? Traditional soap is made with grease or fat, which combines with the minerals in the water to leave soap scum behind. Soap scum builds over time and leads to clogged pipes. To avoid this, switch to soap-free cleaning products.
- Dirt: Yes, you’re supposed to put dirty clothes into the wash, but before you do, try to get as much of the dirt off first. Excess dirt turns into the mud in your plumbing system, which leads to eventual clogs.
- Food Waste: You should never put food waste down the drain. Food waste builds up, not only creating clogs but will eventually emit foul odors. Consider placing food waste into the trash or using a compost heap.
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