Plumbing Leaks 101

If you own a home, sooner or later you are going to experience some sort of plumbing leak. Often, these leaks seem to come out of nowhere. After all, if you didn’t damage your pipe, why should it suddenly start leaking? What went wrong? More often than not, common household plumbing leaks are caused by a combination of age and normal wear-and-tear. Finding, fixing, and preventing leaks is all about knowing where they come from – and that is where our team at Drain Genie comes in.

Choose Drain Genie for Your Plumbing Needs

As much as we all hope it won’t happen to us, various plumbing issues and emergencies happen every day to everyone. Luckily, a quick Google search can show you all the available plumbers in your area. So out of all those options, why should you choose Drain Genie? Let us give you a few reasons why our customers keep coming back, and why they refer us to their friends.

Ways To Detect Water Leaks

Water is used in our homes everyday and is a necessity to our lives. If you have a leaking pipe water can be very destructive.Water leaks can potentially damage the structure of the home and your personal belongings. Plumbing leaks can be very common. These types of leaks can include leaking toilet, sink or pipes. If you own a home eventually you will most likely have a plumbing leak. Sometimes leaks can be in obvious places sometimes not so obvious. Every person that owns a home should know the basics of how to find water leaks.Check Your Water Meter  If you think you have a water leak first thing you should do is check meter. Make sure you or anyone else is not using water also don’t run dishwasher or laundry. Look at meter dial and check it in 30 min if the meter moved and you haven’t used any … Continued

Need New Ice Maker Line?

Old appliances breaking down? Are you getting ready to purchase new appliances? If so it is a good idea to check your plumbing make sure it is up to date and working properly. This will prevent you from having a delay in installing and using your new appliances. There are many things to look out for. First did you know a lot of big box stores are now installing appliances. In addition this makes its very convenient for the consumer. However if your plumbing is not working or to code the installer will not install the units. Because of liability. Leaving you frustrated and having to find a Orlando plumber to make necessary repairs to install appliances.Second reason for denial for installation is bad shut off valves. This can be a ice maker valve or dishwasher valve. How do you know if they are good or not? simple look at it … Continued

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