Plumbing Leaks And Summers In Florida

Plumbing leaks and Summers in Florida go hand in hand. Do you have an older home? Are you having persistent plumbing leaks? If you are and you think back chances are the leaks where noticed more in the summer time. Why is this? Once June hits our rainy season starts which brings lighting. When lightning strikes close to an older home it can create pinholes in the old copper piping. This can be a big problem and you may not even know it.Here are somethings to look out for to know if you have a plumbing leak. The obvious is look around your home periodically for wet spots in the lawn or wet areas inside your house. Another big issue is running toilets. But most importantly lookout for a high water bill.  For instance If your bill is high and you see no signs of water chances are your have … Continued

Cast Iron Pipe Broken How To Know For Sure

Are you having constant back ups in your sewer line? Maybe your home has deteriorating cast iron piping. The first thing is to know what kind of pipe you have in your home. The best way to determine this is the age of your home. For example homes built from the late 70’s til now are usually PVC pipe. While homes built from early 70’s and older are more then like cast iron piping.Once you determine the age of your home and what type of piping you have. The next step is to call an Orlando plumber. If you are having clogs that are all the time and you are not knowing what the issue is? The best way to know is to find a plumber that can hydro jet and camera the sewer line. When cast iron ages it builds flaky scales and rusts from the inside out. This … Continued

Plumbing Repairs When And When Not To Get Insurance Involved

Have a plumbing issue first thought is usually to call the insurance company. This is not always the best case. In this blog we will discuss when and when not to get your insurance company involved. Once determination is a plumbing leak exists it is a good idea to call a plumber. Find out the damage extent and the actual plumbing repairs and cost involved. When not to get insurance involved. Once finding out the damage and cost to make plumbing repairs find out what your deductible is. If there is a $500.00 deductible and repairs or damage are less then that or even a little more its really not beneficial to make an insurance claim. Also it depends where the plumbing repair is and whats affected. For example if the plumbing repair is going to cost a lot to repair and the issue is outside the home the insurance company most … Continued

Plumbing Leaks Are They Covered By Your Insurance?

Plumbing leaks are they covered by your insurance? Leaks on your plumbing system can happen anytime for any reason. Water damage can happen from a broken waterline to a clogged overflowing toilet and can cause thousands in damage to your property. So what is covered by your homeowners insurance in the event of a plumbing leak? Most insurance companies will cover damage caused by leak and cosmetic repairs. So for example if you have unknown plumbing leaks under your slab. First you would need to locate leak which is called electronic leak detection this service is mostly covered by your insurance. Once leak is found under slab the cost for plumbing repair would not be covered however they will reimburse you for the time it takes for the Orlando plumber to access leak and the damage caused to make plumbing repair. This usually covers most of the bill because the … Continued

BuyIng Guide For DIY Plumbing Repairs

Trying to do some plumbing repairs around the home to save some money over the holidays? Every year around this time, we see customers trying to save some money on plumbing repairs. Most people will wind up calling an Orlando plumber in the end out of frustration to make or finish the repair. When we get the calls from customers that try to do the repairs on their own, we cringe because in most cases the customer makes the problem worse. There are, however, some cases where we have gone on jobs and the customer does a great job. They just used the wrong materials. Here are some things to look at when buying materials.Water line repairs:   When repairing water lines, it is very Important to know the type of pipe you are repairing. Older homes have copper while newer homes have CPVC. But, you also have PEX and … Continued

Hurricanes And Your Orlando Plumbing

Your Orlando plumbing is at risk every time there is a hurricane in more ways then one can imagine. When people think hurricanes they think of wind damage, but that’s not always the case. Water from the storm can affect your plumbing as well. Lets start with the most obvious things to watch out for during a storm.Any exterior hose spigot: It is a smart idea to protect these from flying debris. Cover them or trim trees that over hang these plumbing fixtures. We see tree limbs hit the house and take off a hose spigot all the time after storms. This causes water to spray out of the side of your home and you’ll have to shut down your water.Protect any exposed piping: This includes main water feed to home or back flow device damages that can occur.Protecting your Orlando plumbing before a storm is very important. Know where your whole … Continued

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

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

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 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