Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beware Threatening Tree Roots

Are you aware of the looming threat of roots to your underground pipes? Especially roots from large trees in your yard around the house. These roots slowly but surely creep into your sewer pipes and get a steady stream of nourishment of fertilizer and water.
As previously seen in an article by Len The Plumber, you can see how to hault tree roots from corrupting your sewer line.
Sewer lines are filled with water and nutrients that trees would love to get their grubby little roots on — especially when there’s a leak. When a root finds its way inside one of your sewer lines, you better hope that you or a plumber notices the warning signs before enough damage is done! Before your pockets are emptied of your hard earned money, learn how you can stop tree roots from reaching the sewer lines
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Brooks Plumbing Company Blog also supports this and shows some ways how tree roots really damage pipe systems and how to take steps to prevent it.
There are many reasons that your plumbing system’s sewer line is buried beneath your yard. First off, it’s more attractive this way! But it’s also for safety and functionality purposes. Unfortunately, this means that not only is it out of sight—and thus hard to spot problems right away—it is susceptible to issues such as tree roots searching for a water source.
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In case you missed it, tree roots can be a major plumbing problem. As plumbers we can use augers to attempt to remove them and also use high-powered blasts of water to clean them off. However, it is always best to prevent the roots by planning to put your trees away from your pipes. We can help you discover where your pipes are. Contact us today as we are the best professional craftsmen in Forsyth County .
The blog post Beware Threatening Tree Roots is courtesy of: Piedmont Plumbing Repair

Sunday, March 19, 2017

8 Ways To Prevent Frozen Pipes

As the winter season wreaks havoc across North Carolina, that cold weather brings multiple potential issues such as ice on sidewalks and struggling to keep your home warm and cozy for family and friends.

One of these important winter issues to take care of is the plumbing in your home. Some winters are mild in North Carolina, however some days the temperatures may drop below freezing. The freezing temps plus unprepared plumbing pipes could equal burst pipes. So what are some ways to mitigate the risk of burst frozen pipes?

In the following article, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing explains some of the routines to go through to ensure your pipes don't freeze over:

Knowing is Half the Battle

Most homeowners don’t know the locations of every foot of pipe in their homes. A pipe that is heated or well insulated in some areas may be fully exposed to the elements somewhere else down the line. All it takes is a small frozen section to result in a major break. So to know where you might be at risk, ask your local plumber to conduct a thorough audit of your plumbing system for freezing risks.

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If you don't read the rest of their article, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing states that "insulating your pipes" and "maintaining air flow" are two common ways to avoid freezing problems. It looks like Brooks Plumbing Company also agrees on those two points in one of the their posts here:


You are most likely familiar with the type of insulation that gets installed in your attic and behind your drywall. Insulation plays a vital role in helping you heat and cool your home effectively and efficiently all year round. However, you might overlook how important it is to insulate your pipes.

This is particularly the case with pipes that run through unheated areas in your basement, garage, or outdoor-facing walls. It’s easy to insulate your pipes with sleeves that can be cut to size and slipped right over the pipes in question.

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So it's important to know that preparing your home such as keeping your furnace maintained, having your faucet on a slow drip during below freezing temps, and disconnecting external hoses can help. However, if you're still not clear that your pipes are ready for freezing weather, reach out to us your local plumbing authority.


8 Ways To Prevent Frozen Pipes is courtesy of: Piedmont Plumbing Repair LLC

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Releasing our new Water Heater service video

Introducing our new Water Heater installation and repair video. @ Piedmont Plumbing Repair - We can manage your Hot water heater tank issues. We also take care of Maintenance and Inspection duties.

If you have a small problem or big problem, it doesn't matter. Let us tackle it!

The blog post Releasing our new Water Heater service video was originally published on: Piedmont Plumbing Repair LLC

Thursday, February 23, 2017

General Plumber Video Intro

Introducing our new video. @ Piedmont Plumbing Repair - we can handle just about any plumbing issue in the Winston Salem area.

If you have a small problem or big problem, it doesn't matter. Let us tackle it!

The following article General Plumber Video Intro was first published on: Piedmont Plumbing Repair Service

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Things to Know Before Buying Liquid Drain Cleaner

A frequent problem are clogged drains while owning a home. So it is very easy and tempting to run out and pick up some store bought liquid drain cleaner from the local store. This solution helps satisfy our desire to have things solved instantly such as warming things up in a microwave, but this type of solution regarding liquid drain cleaner shouldn't be considered as the best quality solution.
In an article by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, they go further in explaining why homeowners need to think more about purchasing liquid drain cleaners:

Think Twice Before Using Liquid Drain Cleaners

When you discover a drain that is slow or clogged, calling a plumber might not be your first reaction. After all, using a bottle of commercial liquid drain cleaner is cheaper and requires minimal effort, so why call for professional help?
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As you can see from the above article, we should try other methods before throwing various chemicals down the drain which may negatively affect the pipes, people, and/or the environment. Now in the next article, Brooks Plumbing Company describes more on how store-bought drain cleaners present more terrible side effects:


When your sink or bathtub has a clog, what’s your first instinct? If you are like the average homeowner, it’s likely to go get some store-bought chemical cleaner to use as a tool to eliminate the blockage. Products such as this are extremely popular, and correctly advertised as a “quick and inexpensive” way to relieve your clogged sink, shower, or bathtub.

Even more evidence that Liquid Drain Cleaners aren't always the answer while also being a big problem with the environment... one can just look at the following YouTube video. A Drano challenge fail.

Drano Challenge - Will it unclog?

So before you go out to the store to get a quick fix for your clogged drain, be sure to use methods such as a plunger, baking soda and vinegar, or simply calling your local plumbing experts.
Things to Know Before Buying Liquid Drain Cleaner was originally published on: Piedmont Plumbing Repair Service

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Prevent A Terrible Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday of family, food, and giving thanks to God. Unfortunately, we all have to experience the aftermath of the usual plentiful food leftovers.
With so many leftovers, many people choose to get rid of them either by giving them to family members or other creative ways. One of those creative ways includes over-working the garbage disposal.
In the following article by Paul Abrams, he explains why it may be the day after Thanksgiving and not Thanksgiving that keeps plumbers busy.

Why is Thanksgiving the Cause of so Many Plumbing & Drain Problems?

It happens like clockwork every year, the week of Thanksgiving rolls around and the phone starts ringing at Roto-Rooter. Early in the week, a significant number of homeowners expecting guests have the foresight to call a plumber to deal with their slow drains because they can sense trouble waiting to happen. These are the wisest homeowners who’ve possibly experienced ill-timed sewer clogs in the past and don’t want to chance another clog when they have a house full of holiday guests.
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Being aware of this issue is half the battle - so how to do we avert the Thanksgiving plumbing catastrophe? Both the Action 41 news video below and the subsequent Benjamin Franklin Plumbing article describe how there are proven steps on how to prevent any Thanksgiving major clogs from occurring.

How to Avoid Thanksgiving Day Plumbing Disasters

A Thanksgiving Tradition You Want to Avoid

The night before Thanksgiving, plumbers all across America make a point of getting a good night’s sleep. That’s because history has taught them that Thanksgiving day and the day after are typically the busiest days of their entire year, and they tend to spend most of their time on a single appliance: the garbage disposal.
When plate after plate of leftovers goes down the drain, garbage disposals can get clogged, jammed, entangled or paralyzed. But by adhering to a few simple rules and making a little time for maintenance, you can avoid the ritualistic Thanksgiving day emergency plumber call.
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It is important to be mindful, as a homeowner, of what you're putting down the garbage disposal. It could cause issues with the disposal, water lines, or even the sewer system. So please take caution and be ready to adjust during the Holiday season! If you do find yourself in this situation, do not hesitate to contact your best plumbing professionals - Piedmont Plumbing Repair.
Prevent A Terrible Thanksgiving Tradition was first seen on: Piedmont Plumbing Repair Service

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Delaying Plumbing Repairs? Avoid These Costly Mistakes

The Dangers in Delaying Plumbing Repairs

They say that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. When something begins to go wrong with any mechanical object, machine or system, it is always better to fix the problem right away: if you leave it unattended, it will only get worse, eventually causing you real problems and great expense. This applies to everything from your car to your your washing machine. And it certainly applies to your plumbing. You can’t delay plumbing repairs – it will only end up costing you more money in the long run.
Let’s take a look at some common plumbing issues that can develop into major problems if not taken care of as soon as they begin.

Water Heaters:

A water heater has a limited life. A better one will last longer, but they all eventually wear out. If you hear a noise coming from your water, or if it starts leaking from the top, have it attended to immediately by a professional plumber. Ideally, you should flush out your water heater every year to prevent rusting and other problems. This will prevent your water from becoming discolored. If your water heater is leaking from the bottom, it will have to be replaced.

If you do not attend to a water heater as soon as a problem develops, at best you will then need to replace it, or it could explode and cause injury to people or water damage to your property.

Leaky Faucets:

A worn out washer is the principal cause of a leaky faucet. Washers are cheap to buy and easy to replace. If you don’t replace the washer, it will end up costing you money in increased water bills, and if you don’t replace it, it will eventually wear out completely and cause you increased expense. You can replace a washer yourself, or call a plumber to do it for you.

Shower Heads:

A leaky shower head is another place that will cost you money in increased water bills and will eventually cause you serious and expensive problems. Here’s a handy tip from one of our master plumbers: to keep your shower head free of blockages, take a plastic baggie, fill it with vinegar, and tie it around your shower head. Leave it overnight. This will unclog all the holes in your shower head and allow a better flow of water when you shower.

Drain Stoppages:

Drain stoppages are caused primarily by materials that should not have gone down the drain in the first place. In bathroom drains, this means hair and soap. In kitchen drains it means food scraps, peels of fruits and vegetables, and grease. In floor drains, it can mean leaves or paper or any other debris that was left on the floor when it was washed. The best way to prevent all drain blockages is to have a strainer of some sort over the mouth of the drain. These strainers should usually be screwed down, and they should be cleaned frequently or the strainer itself will become blocked up, preventing the flow of water into the drain.

Toilet Stoppages:

The most common causes of toilet stoppages are excess paper like paper towels, and also those wipes – which are not flushable – and feminine hygiene products.

Sometimes, throwing down a chemical solution like Drano, bleach or even Coca Cola can eat through the clog and wash it away. A plunger often works too, but make sure you have the right type – there are some plungers on the market that are totally useless on any serious clog. If the cause of the toilet stoppage is something like a child’s toy, a toothbrush, or similar physical object that has been put into the toilet, neither chemical solutions nor a plunger will do the trick.

In these cases you will have to use an auguring or cabling device, often called a “plumber’s snake”. You can buy a hand-powered cabling device at your favorite hardware store. Professional plumbers have electric-powered cabling devices which are far more effective. It’s your choice. But when a toilet gets stopped up, you have to have it attended to or you will soon have a serious problem on your hands.

Sewer Stoppages:

When all your sinks and toilets start backing up at the same time, it almost always means you have a stoppage in your main sewer line. This is a serious problem, will not fix itself, and if not attended to, it will cause dirty water to spill onto your floor, causing water damage and potential health problems for you and your family. Sewer line stoppages can be caused by buildup of excess paper – especially paper towels and other non-flushables which people have flushed down the toilet, or the sewer stoppage may be caused by invasive tree roots, which have managed to get into the sewer line through cracks, breaks or holes in your sewer.
Sewer line stoppages may sometimes be cleared by a powerful cabling device, but these devices sometimes only succeed in boring a small hole through the obstruction rather than clearing it completely. And if the stoppage is more than 100 feet into the line, most cabling devices will not be able to handle the problem.

The best way to completely clear a main line sewer stoppage is to call in a plumber who has a hydro-jet machine. These devices generate a powerful jet of water which literally blasts away any obstruction in the line. It also scours the insides of your pipes and cleans them.

Before hydro-jetting a line, most plumbers will first insert a video camera and take a look at the exact nature of the obstruction and also exactly where it is located. After he has cleared the line, the plumber will then again insert the camera to make sure the stoppage has been completely removed. Sometimes, more than one pass with the hydrojet is required to completely remove the most stubborn stoppages. And the video camera will also show you the condition of your pipes. If you notice damage or deterioration, the damaged part must be replaced or it’s going to cost you a fortune down the line when you have to replace your entire sewer line.

Hydro-jetting a line may cost you about $750.00: replacing your entire sewer line can cost you up to $50,000.

So as soon as you notice even the smallest problem with your plumbing, get the right tools and fix it yourself, or call a professional plumber and resolve the issue before it becomes a major health hazard, or causes injury or property damage, and becomes a major expense. To end with another old proverb: ”A stitch in time saves nine”.

Source: Delaying Plumbing Repairs? Avoid These Costly Mistakes

The article Delaying Plumbing Repairs? Avoid These Costly Mistakes was first seen on: Piedmont Plumbing Repair LLC