Even if your home is new, it is a good idea to have your plumbing inspected. When you buy a home, the home inspector is not always required to check the plumbing for you, so you cannot count on it already having been done. Having your plumbing inspected may not be an expense that you necessarily want to deal with, but a plumbing inspection will often save you money in the end. This is because there is no telling when cold weather, root systems, or anything else is going to mess with your plumbing and cause problems, regardless of your home’s age.
There is nothing quite like dealing with the frustration caused by a slow drain. You want to be able to hop out of the shower or bath and know that the water is going down on its own. When your drain is slow or not draining at all, it leaves slimy residue in your tub or sink that makes those fixtures dirty and difficult to clean out. Not only does it look bad, but it’s also unsanitary. Plus, nobody wants to step into a slippery, slimy tub when they go to take a bath or shower. Also, nobody wants to wait for the sink to drain while they are doing dishes, making the process take twice as long. But why is the drain so slow? It could be any number of reasons.
Nearly every homeowner and or business owner has faced the ultimate dilemma…I am unable to clear this clog in my toilet or sink, now what? If you have plunged until you are blue in the face, most of us make the decision to try some sort of a chemical drain cleaner. But are they safe and effective? Are they safe for the environment and for my plumbing? Great questions. We will do our best to help answer them here.
Many homeowners consider themselves “handy” and are plenty capable of handling most projects as a DIY. From changing faucets to installing toilets, those handy types rarely need the help of a professional, licensed plumber. However, there are times that it is best to leave the plumbing work to the pros. Here are a few examples!
We use our drains every day. With so much that we send down the drains, it is common that occasionally they will need to be cleaned out. But who can you trust when you are choosing a drain cleaning company to hire? To make that determination, here are five questions you should ask before settling on a drain cleaning service provider.
Some plumbing problems can be fixed by the homeowner quickly and easily. Unfortunately, much of a home’s plumbing is located underground and you can’t just look at it to determine a problem or pinpoint a problem area. So what should you do when a DIY just won’t cut it, and how would you know? Here we are going to take a look at three signs that you need to call a plumber.
We all depend on our plumbing to bring us water and eliminate waste in our homes. With winter approaching fast, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to prepare your system for the cold. We want to avoid having hundreds of gallons of water pour into our living environment through broken or cracked pipes. Flood repair should be the absolute last resort! But how can you protect your plumbing through the coldest time of the year? Here we will go over a few of the best ways to do this and stay dry and happy this holiday season.
Let’s face it: just like rooves, support beams, and foundations, the pipes in your house age over time. Just as when our bodies age, pipes can see damage that causes little problems and big problems alike. As your plumbing ages it develops cracks that are susceptible to tree root invasion, which causes leaks, frequent clogs, and more. Cracked plumbing is just bad news all around.
Normally when you have this problem, the solution is to hire someone to dig in, possibly under your basement, and replace the old pipes with new, more durable ones. This is a huge expenditure and can take lots of time, not to mention what destruction it can deal to your property. Damage to your concrete and landscaping takes extra time and money to fix. But never fear-here we are going to talk about a new alternative to replacing plumbing. It is called pipe lining, and it makes a whole lot of sense.
Pipe lining is basically “replacing” an old pipe without actually having to replace it. Rather, you give it a new, super durable surface on the inside. A tube is inserted into the old pipe. The tube contains self-hardening resin that sets up in just a few hours to give you an estimated 100 year life span on the portion of pipe that was affected. Under normal circumstances, your pipes perform just fine from then on, causing no additional problems. How do they do it? Using trenchless plumbing tools and video camera technology, the problems are found and isolated. Then they remove all debris using a high powered water jet. Next, licensed plumbers will fit the tube into place and inflate it with air. After the lining is fit to the inside of the pipe in this way, all they have to do is wait for around 2-4 hours for the resin to set. Finally, an inspection will tell the plumbers that everything is great, and they can be on their way.
Boom. Reduced time put into the job, less digging (in some cases maybe no digging), less money spent and no property damage to worry about! But what if you need more reasons to invest in pipe lining? Well, there are plenty of sensible points to go around. For example, the new pipe lining is usually stronger than the original pipe. Also, you won’t see any reduction in water flow since the lining only decreases the diameter of pipes by 5%. Pipe lining can be used on most residential and commercial pipe types, such as cast iron, clay, and all types of sewer pipes, and it also fits most sizes. And finally and perhaps most importantly, pipe lining is priced by linear foot, so you are not paying for the whole pipe to be fixed. Love that cost reduction.
Remember, not all Boise area plumbers use the trenchless plumbing methods, so if you are looking at pipe lining for big savings and less hassle, make sure that they are a professional who is knowledgeable and skilled at using pipe lining.
If you are putting your home on the market, you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to increase its resale value, both in the eyes of the appraiser and the potential buyers. There are many things a person can do to accomplish this. From large projects to small; DIY to hiring contractors, who doesn’t want an upgrade? There is one inexpensive way to increase value that we will discuss in this post and it is updating your faucets. It seems like a small thing, right? Well, sometimes it’s the small details that make a big impact.
DIY projects have been gaining major popularity over the last several years. People are doing their own home repairs, landscaping, car maintenance-the list goes on. Yes, Google and YouTube have really been helping us out lately. There are even some DIY plumbing projects you can do. For some of us, DIY plumbing doesn’t go any further than unclogging a toilet. The braver folk do things like replacing shower heads, install or replace a faucet aerator, caulk a tub, and more. So what is the limit here? This is what we will be discussing today: when to do it yourself and when to call a plumbing professional.