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

Can Plumbing Vents Get Clogged?

If you are a homeowner chances are you will have a plumbing issue with your home eventually. Whether it’s a clogged drain or leaking pipe plumbing issues are inevitable. The average person does not know about their plumbing system and how it operates. So what is a plumbing vent?  How do they operate? Can they clog?The Plumbing Vent:    Is a pipe that extends 6″-8″ through the roof. It can be a mechanical Device that is placed underneath your sinks called an air admittance valve. How the vent works is by regulating the air pressure in your drainage system. This helps with keeping your drains flowing freely. Have you ever placed your finger over a straw? The water gets trapped in the straw. When you release your finger the water flows freely. It works the same way in your plumbing system.Can Plumbing Vents Get Clogged:  yes vents can get clogged causing … Continued

Drain Cleaning Or Jetting

We get a lot of drain cleaning calls around this time of year. With thanksgiving just past us and Christmas a few weeks away we seem to forget the overload the extra cooking and family puts on our drains and plumbing system. Most people don’t get how there plumbing works. Plumbers are similar to doctors and your homes plumbing system much like the human body. What you put into your body affects you and your health. For example if you eat a lot of fatty foods it can affect your heart health such as clogged arteries. Well the same goes for your home if you put grease and fatty foods down your drain it is going to build up on the side walls of the pipe. Eventually causing a clog that will affect your drains. Do you have a clog? If it is just loose debris from to much toilet tissue. A … Continued

Prevent Drain Cleaning During Halloween

How to prevent drain cleaning during Halloween? We are getting to that time of the year Halloween the holiday our kids love. This is a great time of the year to do crafts and enjoy quality time with our kids. From decorating the yard to candy to pumpkin picking and then carving the pumpkin. All these traditions your kids will remember for a lifetime and carry it on to there children. But one of these tradtions will cause a plumbing nightmare if you are not carful with disposal and thats pumpkin carving. Through out the year the end of October is one of the busiest times of the year for Orlando plumbers with drain cleaning. Most of the time it is preventable and caused by people not knowing any better. They plan a night to carve the pumpkin with there kids and remove the insides of the pumpkin and dump it … Continued

How To Tighten Plumbing Fixtures Without Scratching Or Breaking

Installing new plumbing fixtures can add a nice fresh look to older outdated homes. It also is a lot cheaper then doing a complete remodel. Many customers will attempt to install the plumbing fixtures on there own. Instead of having the extra expense of hiring a plumber. So when installing these fixtures what is the best way to install without scratching or breaking?Toilet:  When installing a toilet basic tools such as channel locks, crescent wrench and screwdriver are a few tools that you will need. When mounting the tank to bowl do not over tighten. This can break the porcelain. The same goes when tightening the toilet to the floor. Snug the toilet to the floor until it is stable to the floor. To tight can damage toilet and plumbing. Then grout toilet base for extra stability. For best results allow grout to dry 24 hours before use.Faucets:   When … Continued

What Is The Best Way To Clean Persistent Kitchen Clogs?

What is the best way to clean persistent kitchen clogs? Is your kitchen drain running slow?  Is this the first time your kitchen drain is running slow since you’ve lived in your home? If so, we suggest start with a snake or standard drain cleaning. But it really all depends on how you use your kitchen and what goes down the drain. If you have a lot of debris from the disposal or if you put a lot of grease down the drain, the best way to clean it is jet wash or Hydro jet the line and clean all of the debris from your drain line. If you snake the line, it will only be a temporary fix. You will consistently have to call a Orlando plumbing company to clean your drains costing more in the long run. Hydro jetting cost a bit more but cleans the pipe to … Continued

What Is Hydro Jetting And How Is It Different From Snaking?

Hydro jetting or some people call it sewer jetting is it really necessary? What are the differences between Hydro jetting and snaking? These are the questions we hear a lot from our customers.How a Snake Works.  Lets start by explaining how a snake works. With normal drain cleaning a cable or rod is ran through the sewer system until it reaches the clog. Once it reaches the clog it penetrates through the clog and frees the backed up drain. The problem with this is that with roots or grease or heavy build up it will only be partially cleared. There will be a lot of scale and debris on the sides of pipe left causing future drain clogs. Basically snaking will puncture a small hole in the clog and not really clear the whole obstruction.How Hydro Jetting Works.  When hydro jetting is done right it is very effective. Sewer jetting … Continued

Replacing Kitchen Sink And Bathroom Sinks?

Are you thinking about upgrading your kitchen sink and faucet or bathroom sinks this year? Replacing faucets and sinks are a quick way to refresh your home. There are things to look out for before its to late. So many times customers call to have there sinks reconnected to find out there is major problems. The problem is if you are getting deeper sinks such as installing granite tops and mounting sinks from underneath you need to  check the height of your drain line. If you are just installing similar sinks in existing cabinets you should have no issues. When going from a sink that mounts from above to a sink that is deeper and mounts from underneath it changes the drain depth. If you don’t have the depth you are in trouble. We see more of a issue with this on kitchen sinks because the disposal actually makes the … Continued

How To Install a Garbage Disposal?

Installing a garbage disposal can be a good weekend do it yourself project. Most people with some basic plumbing knowledge can handle this project. Here are some steps to make it a little easier for our customers to hopefully install there own disposal.Make sure electric breaker is turned off. It’s a good idea not to just turn the switch off but to actually turn the power off at the electric breaker panel. Sometimes if you just turn off the power switch electricity can still be going to unit. This can cause you to get shocked. It is best to be safe and turn off at breaker in your electric panel.   2.  Remove the piping from the disposal so you are able to remove it from the sink. Be careful that you do not loose these pieces. This will be needed to reinstall new disposal. As long as the pieces are … Continued