When it comes to home repairs, many homeowners love taking matters into their own hands and fixing the problem themselves. After all, feeling involved in making your home a better place is both rewarding and satisfying. However, when it comes to plumbing, DIY repairs can be a bit of a challenge, even for more experienced DIYers. Though fixing a clogged toilet may be easy enough, there are a few repairs that should always be fixed by an experienced plumbing contractor.
Clogged or Slow Drains
Though it may be tempting to reach for the drain cleaner to bust up a clog, it can actually make the problem far worse. Commercially available drain cleaner uses extremely caustic chemicals to break up debris in your pipes. Though effective, those chemicals can also degrade the pipes, leaving you at an increased risk for leaks as well as additional clogs in the future. The best option is to call an experienced plumbing contractor and let them remove the leak without damaging the pipes.
Though a constantly running toilet is often caused by a damaged valve, there could be an underlying problem that’s causing the system to work inefficiently. Since a running toilet can waste well over 100 gallons a day, it’s important to let a professional make the necessary repairs immediately. Remember, if the problem is not due to a leaky valve, the flushing mechanism may need to be replaced and that can get complicated quickly.
Anything Related to Your Water Heater
Water heaters are incredibly complex machines that rely on gas or electrical connections in order to heat the water. When handled by an inexperienced technician or DIYer, any water heater problems are only likely to get worse. Furthermore, a DIY repair may even void your warranty, making future problems potentially more expensive to repair. Instead, contact a plumbing contractor and schedule an inspection immediately. They’ll take care of the issue and maintain the unit’s warranty.
Spare yourself the stress of tackling plumbing repairs on your own. Contact East Texas Leak Locators to schedule an appointment today.
While copper piping has always been the classic plumbing option, PEX is quickly gaining popularity for its number of benefits. Aside from being more affordable, the criss cross pattern that reinforces the plastic piping also makes it more durable. However, every product has a shelf life, and one may wonder how long a PEX pipes lifespan is. How Long Does PEX Last?
In most standard applications, PEX piping has a comparable lifespan to copper piping. Copper can last anywhere from 50 to 70 years in the right conditions while PEX can last upwards of 50 years as well with very few problems. However, the real benefit of choosing PEX over copper when it comes to lifespan is if you live in an area with acidic water. When water is too acidic, this greatly diminished the lifespan of copper piping. It can make it so you need copper pipes replaced in as few as 20 years. However, PEX doesn’t suffer from this same fatal flaw when it comes to an acidic pH.
As PEX is made from a plastic rather than a metal, it is not subject to acidic corrosion like copper pipes. So while it has a comparable lifespan to copper, it can actually be the longer lasting choice in acidic areas. As the piping is also flexible, it means that you don’t need to worry about the pipes bursting if they get too cold or too hot either. The flexibility allows expansion to accommodate the water rushing through the pipes even in cold weather where copper piping can freeze and you risk bursting the pipes. However, for as durable as PEX piping is, it is restricted to inside use only. It is not durable enough to withstand extended outside use as it can break down and the water risks contamination.
If you are considering new PEX plumbing options, contact us today to talk over all your options so you can make the choice right for your home.
If you’re searching for a residential or commercial plumbing in Tyler, Texas, who won’t waste your time or money, schedule an appointment with East Texas Leak Locators. In the area for 30+ years, they’ve built their business on outstanding customer service.
Too many Texas plumbers take your call and leave you waiting. They’ll speed to your home or business to deliver a quote for repairs, but you never know when they’ll return to finish the job. It’s a risk you can’t afford when a water leak threatens your property. Find a fast solution to your plumbing problems with a company you can trust to treat you and your property right.
Hire East Texas Leak Locators for:
With four decades of experience tackling the plumbing problems of homes and businesses, no job is too simple or too overwhelming for our company to handle. Any common problem you’re dealing with, we can solve faster with less mess and stress. In many cases, you’ll also have less of an expense!
Facing a major plumbing emergency? We’re the right ones to call for that too. Along with the skills and knowledge needed, we have all the right tools. In fact, we’re one of the leading providers of slab leak detection and repair in the state.
East Texas Leak Locators are the perfect plumbers for the job, whether you’re worried about water safety or a pesky leak. Contact us 24 hours a day to find relief from all your water problems.
Interior water damage has the potential to cost a homeowner a lot of time and money. A leaking water heater, broken ice maker, or busted plumbing pipe can lead to catastrophe. Water damage can ruin personal property and also lead to a dwelling’s drywall, ceiling, flooring, and fixtures being destroyed. Therefore it is important to call the certificated professionals at East Texas Leak Locators immediately after observing water damage.
The Insurance Claims Process
If water damage and a plumbing leak are observed by a homeowner, it is important to try to minimize the damage as soon as possible. When filing an insurance claim, the agency in charge of the homeowner’s policy needs to be contacted so they can create a claim. Due to water damage being present and having a chance to get worse as time goes on, the agent’s office will typically advise the policyholder to contact a plumber right away to stop the leak and take measures to decrease the amount of water damage within the home.
The homeowner should also turn off the water and if standing water is observed, he or she should get towels and fans to try and stop the problem. A plumber will most likely need to arrive on-site before the insurance claims adjuster, therefore the homeowner needs to take photos of the initial water damage and leak problems for verification purposes.
According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, “Plumbing supply system failures cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible was paid.”
It is important to use highly trained plumbers in the event of an insurance plumbing claim and not a general contractor or handyman. East Texas Leak Locators understands the need to address damage concerns early and fix a leak immediately. We are able to provide report copies and invoices to insurance providers (with permission) in order to help a customer get reimbursed for repair costs.
Our trained professionals at East Texas Leak Locators are available in emergency situations and also for general maintenance and installation purposes. Contact us today!
When you’re moving to a new house, there’s a long to-do list before you can feel settled in. Some of those tasks are part of the moving in process: unpacking your boxes, making adjustments to your routine, and making the house feel like home. Some of those tasks are a bit more structural: labeling your breakers, making minor repairs, and learning where all the off switches are. As you’re adjusting to your new home, make sure you schedule a general tune-up and inspection of your gas supply system. Here’s why:
There are always cues that let you know how well your new home used to be taken care of. A clean, well-organized furnace closet is certainly one of them. But you can never know for sure until a professional takes a look. Bring one in so they can check for any broken parts and leaks. They can also tune up your appliances to get ready for the changing seasons. Even more importantly, they can make sure you supply lines are in good condition, especially if you have a slab foundation.
If you’ve never had a gas-powered home before, you need to know how it works. A technician can walk you through how to turn off the main and localized gas supplies, what warning signs you need to look out for, and what maintenance you need to keep track of as a homeowner.
The gas supply line to your house runs underground and it can be impossible to locate yourself. But you need to know where it is, not just where it’s likely to be, as soon as possible. Then you can make sure landscaping projects work safely around it. You can also keep an eye out for withering plants near the supply line so you can call if you think there’s a leak.
Whether you want a tune-up, a comprehensive inspection, or repairs, contact us at East Texas Leak Locators. We can answer your questions and help you feel more at home with your gas lines.
A gas tankless water heater is small. They don’t have to hold a vat of forty or fifty gallons of water all the time, and they don’t have to keep that water hot. Instead, they just heat the water through a system of coils as it passes from the water supply line to your faucet. This works out perfectly, especially in small homes. You gain extra space in your closet or garage, and small homes usually don’t have enough simultaneous activity to overpower the tankless heater’s capacity.
The second primary benefit is the energy efficiency. Again, you don’t have to worry about keeping the water heated all the time, and that lowers your energy bill considerably. The gas is only on for as long as the shower is running or your appliances take to clean the dishes or laundry. Tankless heaters are also built to last twice as long as their traditional counterparts, so you’re going to be saving more money down the line.
When it comes to gas-powered tankless water heaters, there is one difference to keep in mind. Like with all gas appliances, ventilation is key. So when you’re getting the estimates for the initial installation, make sure the modifications include a dedicated vent system with larger gas pipes. Even though the machine won’t be running all the time, it needs a bit of space to safely make your water piping hot.
If you know you want a tankless water heater and you’re ready to get an estimate, contact us at East Texas Leak Locators. We can install your heater and make sure your gas system is sealed and running smoothly.
All water heaters need to be replaced eventually. If you have a traditional tank model, its lifespan is approximately ten years before it forms a crack or leak that can’t be repaired. If it’s been over ten years since the last replacement, doing a bit of research ahead of time can help you pick your next model without picking the first option in the middle of an emergency. Keep these top three considerations in mind when you’re looking for your next tank-less water heater:
Tanks last for ten years, and tank-less water heaters last for approximately twenty years. That means you’re going to have the same efficiency standards and monthly energy price for a long time. Look for models that are rated for low energy costs. Tank-less models are usually the best option for lowering your monthly energy bill because they don’t have to maintain forty or fifty gallons of hot water at all times.
They are also less likely to develop cracks and leaks, which is why they last so much longer than traditional models. While they have a higher initial cost, they more than make up for that in terms of low energy usage and fewer replacements.
Water heater tanks take up a lot of space. Whether your home is designed to hold your heater in the garage or you have a closet for your heater and air conditioner in your home’s interior, that’s a lot of dead space you can’t use. Switching to a tank-less water heater, which can hang on the wall and uses only a small portion of the same space, gives you more options.
Nobody likes being the one hot water runs out on. Both tanks and tankless water heaters have trade-offs when it comes to capacity. Tanks can store forty or fifty gallons, but once that water is gone it takes a long time for more water to heat up and be ready to use. Tankless heaters, on the other hand, can only heat up so much water at once but they can do so for as long as you need.
Once you know which type of heater is right for you, contact us at East Texas Leak Locators. We can install your new water heater whether it’s tankless or traditional.
Having your own home is one like no other but being a homeowner also comes with responsibility. Your home is your castle and, like any castle, it needs to be kept up. This is especially true with your piping. But it can be hard to tell whether to use copper or PEX. Today, we’ll show you the best choice to repipe your home.
Knowing When to Replace
If you have corroded pipes, consistent leak issues, discolored water, or low water pressure, you may very well need your pipes replaced. If you have experienced two slab leaks or more, however, then replacing your pipes with PEX pipes is the way to go.
Good Old Copper
Copper is great because it is such a durable metal and pipes come in sizes nearly a foot in length. It is time-tested and comes fitted for each section. The flip side is that this is often pricey and not flexible. It is also important to note that using copper requires a lot of invasive opening and construction in order to reach the piping.
New and Sleek PEX
PEX is a newer contender for piping and offers quite a few advantages over copper. For one, it is more reliable and longer-lasting than copper. Its more fluid design allows is to route the piping more efficiently so that it so that it emanates from one central location. This also means that you won’t have to shut down your entire system when working on it, only the sections that you need to! It provides real-time feedback on water temperature by turning red for hot and blue for cold and if that wasn’t enough, it’s also more cost effective! All in all, PEX is the better option.
East Texas Leak Locators has a 30-year record of outstanding service in all things plumbing. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for any comments or questions.
Keeping your foundation safe is a tricky issue in East Texas. Constant droughts make the soil pull away from your slab foundation’s perimeter. It also makes the soil under your house shift. But parched trees can also hurt your foundation and the plumbing that extends from it. If you notice changes in your water pressure or signs of pipe leaks around your house, hire professionals who can check for these problems:
Tree roots typically grow around barriers instead of straight through the hardest surface. But they can displace pipes and concrete even if they grow around them. Roots can also directly penetrate your home’s plumbing if you have:
Even modern pipe systems can be damaged by foundational movement. Shifting soil and growing tree roots can make your foundation tilt, shift, and even crack. This movement puts new weight on your pipes. Sometimes it extends your plumbing past the breaking point and you will have a leak develop under your house.
Detecting the source of leaks is the only way to stop rising water bills and the growing damage in and around your foundation. Call East Texas Leak Locators to schedule a plumbing estimate.
Over time materials like food particles and residue, mineral build-up, grease, and hair are going to build up inside the pipes of your kitchen or bathroom. Minor blockages can be temporarily fixed with the use of a snake or a liquid drain cleaner, but once your sink is running prohibitively slowly, it’s time to break out the big guns. Grease, food residue, and mineral build-up will eventually create the kind of accumulated barrier to a good water flow that a snake or liquid drain cleaner can do nothing to solve. Consider hiring a professional for hydro jetting services to clean out your household pipes and clear up those blockages for good.
Hydro jetting will pressure clean your drains and pipes with high strength jets of hot water through a specialized nozzle. This jetting effect will push out the gunk, sludge, and debris holding up the easy flow of water in your pipes with the sharp and targeted strength of extremely high-pressure jets.
While do-it-yourself hydro jetting risks damaging older and more fragile pipes with high-pressure jets, a professional with the expertise to acclimate to your household needs will hydro jet your pipes and drains properly and actually restore some strength to your pipes by smoothing down built-up bumps and abrasions within the pipe wall. Hydro jetting also has the benefit of being more environmentally friendly than using harmful chemicals like brand name store-bought drain cleaners.
East Texas Leak Locators have the expertise and know-how to clean out and unblock your pipes with the care and attention your household deserves.
Don’t stand around waiting for the water to seep its way down a blocked up drain. Call the professionals and contact us today for more information on our professional small drain hydro jetting services.