Plumbing Issues? Who’s Responsible City Or You?

Plumbing issues? Who’s responsible city or you? Having a plumbing issue can be very frustrating, and often times, they come up at the worst possible time: Either when money is tight or guests are over. Like anything, having a plumbing issue at any time is a bad time and a big inconvenience. So what happens when you have an issue outside your home? Such as water spraying out from the ground (Water Main Break) or the drains backing up and causing sewage to back flow into the showers and causing the toilets to overflow? Well, it all depends where the plumbing issue is.For example, if you have a water main break, chances are very high it is going to be your responsibility, even if it is by the water meter. The only way the break would be a city of Orlando issue or any other city would be if the … Continued

What is a Escutcheon?

An escutcheon (pronounced ‘ess-kutch-on’) is the metal bit that hides the hole in the wall that your plumbing pipes through. They can also be called cover plates or flanges as well. Where are some of the places you can find an escutcheon in your home? They can be found in many places in your home, such as around your shower arm (where your shower head attaches too), around pipes for your water heater, under your sinks where your drain and water lines come through the wall, and under your toilet where you shut off your toilet. What is the point of replacing them if they perform no other task aside from looks? Well, if they’re meant to be decorative and cover ugly holes, but instead are rusty or missing, they are not serving their purpose.Escutcheons come in many different sizes and shapes. They also come in many different finishes. They are … Continued

Cast Iron Pipe In your Orlando FL Home? You May Qualify For Class Action Lawsuit

Is your Orlando FL home built in 1975 or earlier? If so, chances are your drain line is cast iron. We have for years known the issues cast iron pipes have and the effects it has on the home and the problems it causes for our Central Florida residents. We can count hundreds of situations where customers have had horrible back ups. This can cause sewage to seep into their homes. Here are some of the issues we have seen with cast iron pipe.Persistent back ups/clogged drains This is caused by scaling inside the pipe which slows the waste down and causes clogs. Also, chunks of the scale can break free from the pipe causing back ups.Broken pipe  We see it all the time, especially on kitchen drains. The cast iron deteriorates at the bottom of the drain and 90 degree bend and causes a clog, causing sewage to leak … Continued

Common Causes For Clogged Drains

There are many things that cause clogged drains; from tree roots to sewer line breaks. But here are some common things that should absolutely not be flushed down the drain that can cause major plumbing issues and damage to your plumbing system. Many cat owners don’t know the repercussions for flushing cat litter down the toilet. This is absolutely one of the worst things you can put down your toilet. Flushing cat litter will not only clog your drain, it will make cleaning the drain much harder for your Orlando plumber. When cat litter is flushed, it will clump up in the drain and dissolve. Then it will harden leaving a hard build-up, like concrete. This is very difficult to clean and can usually only be completely removed by hydro-jetting, which can be very expensive. If you have a cat do not flush cat litter down the drain, it is … Continued

Are You Seeing Water? Maybe A Leak Under The Slab

Seeing water? It may be a leak under the slab. If you are in a home that was built in the early 90’s, chances are your home is piped with copper. Copper is a reliable pipe but has major issues, it comes in a few different thicknessesM Type: is the thinnest and is what is used in a lot of homes in the Orlando FL and surrounding neighborhoods. This is the worst pipe to have. It gets pinholes fairly easy and just does not last.L Type: is mid grade. This is mostly used up north and in commercial properties in the Orlando area. This pipe usually lasts a little bit longer. Most plumbing companies don’t use it because it is a lot more expensive.K Type: Is the thickest and is usually only used underground. It is very expensive but is a really heavy pipe.All three of these pipes have issues … Continued

Bad Smell From Hot Water Heater ?

Having smelly water can be frustrating. Where is it coming from? What is causing it? Well, start by isolating the source. Check if it’s coming from the hot or cold side. A majority of the time it comes from your hot water heater. Hot water heaters are dark and warm a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. If bacteria gets into the water supply it will breed in water heater causing an egg smell. This can be very hard to get rid of. One way to help if you have smelly hot water is to hire an Orlando plumber and have them disconnect the feed to the hot water heater and dump in hydrogen peroxide. This will kill Bactria and not harm the internal workings of the water heater. If you have a smell in your water supply it is a good idea to fix the issue ASAP because the bacteria can … Continued

Bad Odor In Your Home Top Reasons That Are Caused By Plumbing Issues

Does your home have a bad odor that you can’t seem to pinpoint? If so, it may be your plumbing and it may be a good time to call an Orlando plumber. Bad odor can come from anywhere in your plumbing system. Here are some of the main plumbing issues that cause odor in your home that are caused by plumbing issues.  Broken pipe inside home:  This can be caused by many different reasons. The pipe can be old and rotten or it could be caused by installation error or even rodents, yes, rodents can chew through vents causing sewer gas to enter the home. For this situation the best way to locate the source of the smell is to hire an Orlando plumbing company that does smoke tests. This will locate the source of the smell.Plugged plumbing vents:  Every plumbing fixture and or plumbing group has a vent that terminates … Continued

When Is The Best Time To Know Where Your Shut Off Valves are? Now!

Everything needs repairs eventually, even your plumbing is bound to spring a leak eventually. Do you know what to do in the event of a plumbing leak? Most think call an Orlando plumber. The problem is every minute counts. If the plumber takes 15 minutes to get to your house, it will be flooded. This is the time to shut down your main water valve. The problem is, if you don’t know where it is or how to shut it off, it’s useless. So, where is your main shut off valves? Every home has one main water supply from the street to your home and there are usually two places you can shut the main water down in a plumbing emergency. The first is by your home, usually on the outside on the left or right side of the home. Sometimes the shut off valves can be in the front or back … Continued

Is Your Toilet Clogged Here Are Some Tips To Help.

Having a toilet clogged can be stressful. Seeing the water level rise and wondering how to prevent sewage from spilling out on to the floor is usually the first concern. Here are some tips if you have a clogged toilet and what to do to prevent a flood.All toilets have a main shutoff valve usually located under the toilet tank to the left side. You will see a pipe leading from the wall up to the toilet. There should be a valve with a handle right at the wall. Turn the valve all the way to the off position this will stop the water flow and prevent a overflow. If the valve is frozen take the tank lid off and look for the rubber flapper located in the bottom center of the tank. Push it down to stop the water from entering the bowl.If that does not shut the water off, … Continued

Persistent Sewer Problems It Maybe Time For A Sewer Repair

Persistent sewer problems? It maybe time for a sewer repair. Every now and then you may have sewer clogs from build up in the lines or accidentally flushing something down the toilet that was not supposed to go down the drain. But, if you are having constant problems with your drain line clogging, it may be time to call an Orlando plumbing company to diagnose the problem and make a sewer repair or replacement. So when should you be concerned with a potential sewer problem? Well, if you are backing up on a consistent basis once a year or less, then it is a good idea to have a plumber camera or video inspect the sewer line. This is done by using a high-tech camera that can see any issues that you may have, such as ( roots in the line, separated pipe, broken pipe, bellies in the line, or even … Continued