Drips Under Your Sink? Don’t Wait Too Long to Get It Fixed

Most people have dealt with a drip or slow leak from the pipes under the sink. Whether it is in the kitchen or bathroom, there are often several connections where a small leak can occur in the plumbing. It may seem inconsequential, since the leak only causes an occasion drip. Before you just wrap some plumber’s tape around the joint or stick a bucket under the sink to catch the drips, here are some reasons to get that leak fixed sooner than later.

Small Drips Add Up Fast

A drip from a faucet or leaking pipe can lead to a big amount of water waste. Even if there are only a few drips a minute, that can end up being a gallon or more water wasted every day. While a gallon may not seem like much, that is 365 gallons wasted over a year, water that could be used elsewhere.

Small Leaks Can Become Big at Anytime

If there is a small leak, it will only get worse. It may take weeks or even months, but when it grows, it may become a large leak all at once. You may or may not be home at the time, which could lead to serious damage in your home. A flowing leak from a pipe under a sink can ruin flooring and anything under the room. It is much less costly to have it repaired than to replace floors, ceilings and other items in your home.

Don’t ignore plumbing leaks. Whether it is a faucet, pipe or running toilet, call your local plumber to get it fixed. It will stop water waste and protect you from serious, expensive damage to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(404) 973-2471

Why Is My Water Pressure So Low?

If you have low water pressure, everything using water takes longer. Showers can take a few extra minutes, filling the sink or cooking pots takes longer and running a bath can seem to take forever. Low water pressure is not necessarily a bad idea – it can help reduce the amount of water you use. However, you should be receiving the pressure you desire and if it is low, you need to find out the reason.

There are a few different reasons you may be experiencing low water pressure in your home. To troubleshoot the issue, you first need to determine if it is only certain water fixtures or rooms that experience low pressure or the entire house. If it is only the bathroom or just the kitchen sink, you are most likely dealing with a fixture issue. If it is only hot water, not cold water, then it could be a problem with your water heater, not the plumbing.

When the water pressure is low throughout your house, it could be caused by a couple dynamics. If you are on city water, ask your neighbors about their water pressure – it may be the city water main that is producing low pressure. You could also have a water pressure reducing valve in place that you were not aware of that needs adjustment. You should check to make sure your main water valve is completely open as this could restrict water into your home.

If you are still unsure of why you have low water pressure, call your local plumber. They can inspect your plumbing and provide answers as well as solutions to increase the water pressure in your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing, Inc.
106-M Oakgrove Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

Distinct Sounds of Plumbing Issues

You know what to look for when it comes to plumbing problems. A pool of water under the sink or a water spot on the ceiling below a bathroom are obvious visual signs of a plumbing issue. But do you know what to listen for when it comes to plumbing problems in your home? Here are some sounds that could be alerting you to call in a plumber.

  • Banging in the pipes when water is turned off. Do you hear banging or knocking in your water pipes when water shuts off? This is often called a water hammer and can be an issue with a water valve in your plumbing system. A valve that closes quickly can cause these noises, alerting you to pressure being exerted on your pipes. A plumber can add an absorber to the valve to reduce damage to your pipes.
  • Water turning on and off. If it sounds like water is turning on and off by itself, you may have a leaking toilet. The seal or flapper at the bottom of the tank may be leaking, causing the toilet to refill over and over, even when it is not in use.
  • Banging or pounding when the water is on. If your pipes make sounds when the water is running, it can be a few different issues. If you are on city water, it could be a pressure issue. It could also be coming from your water heater, echoing through the pipes.

Any strange noises in your plumbing is worth a call to your local plumber. Get the problem diagnosed and fixed before it becomes a bigger issue like a burst pipe is always a good idea.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

5 Plumbing Issues that Should Be Left to a Plumber

It is understandable to want to save money by doing home repairs on your own. While it is simple enough to do many repairs around your house as do-it-yourself projects, plumbing issues can be a different story. Replacing a washer on a faucet is one thing – replacing a toilet or fixing other plumbing issues may be more difficult than it looks when you watch a DIY video on YouTube. Here are five plumbing issues that are better off left to the professionals.

  1. Toilet installations. Installing a new toilet is not rocket science but it also takes finesse and skill. Ensuring that it is properly set and sealed is important to prevent much bigger plumbing problems.
  2. Severely clogged drains. A small hair clog can be easy enough to remove but deeper, more severely clogged pipes should be handled by a plumber to solve the issue.
  3. Leaking pipes. While you may be able to fix a small leak under the bathroom sink, a leaking pipe behind a wall may require more expertise to reduce damage to your home.
  4. Sewer backups. Multiple drain backups need emergency plumbing repair. You may have a clogged or broken sewer line that could push contaminated sewage into your home.
  5. New appliances or fixtures. Many experienced DIY homeowners can handle replacing a washer or faucet. But when it comes to new appliances or fixtures that need to be plumbed into your home, call a professional.

Even small plumbing issues can be better off in the hands of a professional. The time and money you spend going back and forth to the hardware store can be avoided with a call to your local plumber.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Buying an Older Home? Have the Plumbing Inspected

When buying an older home, it is important to know what home improvements may be needed in the future. Apart from the sale price, you must consider possible expenses that you could incur due to the age of the home. When was the last time the roof was replaced? Is the furnace or HVAC system in good shape? Are there any underlying issues you need to know about? While a home inspection may reveal some of these problems, it may not uncover everything. Plumbing is one of the areas you may want to have separately inspected before you buy.

If the home was built in the 1980’s or before, it is a good idea to have the plumbing checked out before you buy. From the interior plumbing to the sewer pipes and septic system, there are many components that can be outdated. Replacing a septic system or the sewer lines can cost thousands of dollars; interior plumbing issues can lead to water and mold damage, as well as the expense to replace pipes and fixtures. Some areas that should be inspected include:

  • Camera inspection of exterior sewer lines
  • Water heater – is it efficient? When will it need to be replaced?
  • Interior pipes, drains and fixtures
  • Septic system and drain field inspection, if applicable

Having a local, expert plumber inspect the entire plumbing system is worth the investment before buying an older home. It can alert you to any potential issues so you are aware before you buy. If there is a major plumbing problem, you have the option of negotiating with the seller to have the issue fixed, changing your offer price or deciding that this may not be the right investment.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Causes of Rusty Water

Have you noticed a change in your water? Even if your water looks clear, if you have started to notice brown or orange stains on your sinks and tub or dingy clothing, you may have rust in your water. Although many people with well water fight with rust issues, if this is a new problem, it may be coming from inside your home. To find the cause or source of the issue, you may need to investigate your plumbing fixtures. 

If the rust is not coming from your water source, it is being added somewhere along the way. This is usually from one of two places: your water heater or your plumbing pipes. There are a few ways to determine which is the cause. The easiest is to start with your water heater.

Most water heaters last between 10-15 years, sometimes more. It is common for lime and minerals to collect within the tank, which can cause rust. To stop this corrosion, it is recommended that water heaters undergo annual maintenance to flush out these collected minerals. Draining the tank and having your water heater inspected by a professional plumber is the easiest way to determine whether your rusty water is being caused by your water heater.

If the water heater is not to blame, most likely you have an old pipe that is rusting, emitting rust into your water supply. Your local plumber can help you find any pipes that may need to be replaced to remedy the issue.

Water filtration and softeners can reduce rust in your water, but they won’t fix the problem if the rust is coming from inside your home. Schedule an appointment with your trusted plumber to get the rust problem resolved for good.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA
(703) 435-4441

Troubleshooting Water Pressure Issues

Does your shower feel like a drizzle instead of a shower? Does your faucet only give a trickle when you need a flood? You have water pressure issues! While low water pressure may not be an emergency, it is a sign that something is wrong with your plumbing. To get to the source of the issue, here are a few troubleshooting tips.

  • Is the water pressure only low from certain fixtures? The first step is determining whether this is a house-wide problem or an isolated issue. If washer pressure is only low in the shower or maybe in certain rooms, that helps narrow down the source. It is only in one fixture, than it most likely is a clogged showerhead or faucet.
  • Is only the hot water low pressure? If it is only your hot water that comes as a drizzle, you are probably experiencing issues with your water heater. Call your local plumber to have your water heater inspected and serviced.
  • Whole house low pressure. If your entire home has low water pressure, there could be a few reasons. You should check to make sure your main water valve is completely open or that a water pressure reducing valve is not in place. Also talk to your neighbors – do they have low water pressure too? It may be the city water supply that is providing low pressure. Adding a water pressure booster may be a solution.

If you still are unable to find the source of your low water pressure, call your local plumber to have your plumbing inspected. They can help find the cause and offer solutions to get your pressure back to a normal level.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Fixing Bad Odor from Dry Traps in Plumbing Drains

Do you have an unused drain that is emitting a horrible stench? Most drains have a trap that fills with water and prevents sewer gases from escaping up the drains and back into your home.  Those drains that are not often used such as basement floor drains or extra bathrooms may dry out from non-use and have a dry trap. This means those nasty sewer gases can come up through the drain and into your home. If you are experiencing a smelly drain in your home, you might be able to fix the issue by simply adding moisture and sealing your drain trap.

If you have a drain that is emitting odor and has not been used in some time, simply run water down the drain for a few minutes. This will flush out any debris and refill the drain trap with water. However, if left unused, the water will once again evaporate and you will have the same issue. Try adding a small amount of vegetable oil, just a few tablespoons, after the water has finished draining. This oil will float on the top of the drain trap water and help prolong the drain from becoming dry by slowing evaporation.

However, not all bad odors are due to a dry trap. There may be something more serious happening in your sewer pipes. If you try eliminating the dry trap and there is still a bad odor, it is time to call a plumber. You may have a clog forming in your sewer pipes that is causing the smell. Your local plumber can investigate the issue using digital video cameras or other methods and offer a solution.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA
(703) 435-4441

Do You Need a Pressure Regulator Adjustment or Replacement?

Many people are unaware that there home is equipped with a pressure regulator valve, even though it is one of the most essential parts of their plumbing. If you are on a municipal water system, the water pressure coming into your home is usually too high for residential plumbing. The pressure regulator reduces this pressure to make it safe and tolerable for your water lines and appliances. But what happens when this valve needs to be adjusted or replaced?

Signs of Pressure Regulator Problems

In most cases, the water pressure coming into your home should be less than 75 PSI. If your pressure regulator valve is working correctly, you should never even know it is there. However, if it is not adjusted properly or has stopped working, there are signs that you may need it replaced, including:

–          Hose problems. Have you needed to replace your washer or outdoor hoses recently due to ruptures? This is a sign that the pressure is too high for these devices, often due to a malfunctioning pressure regulator.

–          Water line issues. Does it seem like you are having more plumbing problems than usual? Maybe it started with a dripping pipe under the kitchen sink, then another leak in the ice maker in your refrigerator. High pressure may be damaging your plumbing lines. This can become a very expensive problem if a larger water line bursts in your home.

If you are concerned that your pressure regulator may not be working as it should, call your local plumber. They can test your water pressure and install a new regulator if necessary to protect your plumbing and home from further damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Spring Maintenance for Home Plumbing

Now that spring is officially started, it is time to begin preparing your home for summer. This may mean doing some deep cleaning, pulling out the patio furniture from storage or planting flowers in your garden. It should also mean that it is time to do some home maintenance, including inspecting your plumbing. Even if you made it through the winter without any plumbing mishaps, it still is a good idea to do a thorough inspection on all your water fixtures and appliances. Here are some areas to cover:

  • Water heater. Water heaters should be inspected and flushed once a year to keep them working properly. Listen for strange sounds and inspect parts for leaks or rust when draining your tank, or call your local plumber to have an annual tune-up performed.
  • Outdoor faucets. Check your outdoor faucets to ensure there are no cracks or leaks from the cold winter weather. Turn them on and watch for any noticeable leaks, both outside and inside your home.
  • Outdoor drainage. Clean out all your gutters and outside drains that may be clogged with debris from over the winter.
  • Underground leaks. Spring is a good time to inspect your yard for any areas of water accumulation. A wet spot in your yard could mean you have an underground pipe that is leaking. Call your local plumber if you see any signs of leaks.

While you do your spring cleaning, also check all your indoor plumbing fixtures and appliances. Look for faucet leaks, slow flushing toilets or condensation on visible pipes. It can save you a large repair bill later if you can catch small issues before they become big plumbing problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934