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.
More and more homeowners rely on natural gas. While natural gas provides many benefits, it’s expected that gas leaks will happen. Gas leaks not only lead to higher bills, they can be dangerous. Prolonged exposure to a gas leak can cause numerous health problems, including headaches, nausea, trouble breathing, or dizziness. Knowing the signs of a gas leak is a critical factor in keeping your home safe.
The following signs indicate that your gas line needs repair or replacement.
You can smell gas. One of the most obvious signs of trouble with your gas line is the smell of rotten eggs. If you notice this odor, it’s likely that you have a gas leak. Have your gas line inspected right away.
Plants around the gas line are wilting or dying. Keep an eye on the flowers and plants around your gas line. If they begin to wilt or look “rusty,” it can indicate a leak in your gas line.
You can see condensation on your windows. If your gas line is located near a window, check for excess condensation. It can indicate the gas line is leaking, especially if there is no condensation on the other windows in your home.
You can hear unusual sounds. Another sign of a gas leak is a hissing sound coming from the gas line. You might also hear unusual noises, such as clanging sounds, coming from gas-powered appliances.
If you suspect that you have a gas leak, take action immediately.
East Texas Leak Locators has provided leak detection and repair to residents in East Texas for 30 years. If you need gas line repair, don’t wait. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Water damage to the interior of a home due to a pipe that has burst or from a leaky faucet can make for a very costly insurance claim. The best way to lower the amount of damage and cost to repair or replace property is to fix the problem immediately.
The insurance claim process for homeowners can be time consuming and lengthy depending on the amount of water damage incurred at a personal residence. It typically takes much longer for a house to get back in order if a plumbing mishap goes unnoticed or a homeowner waits too long to call in professional help. The moment a homeowner notices a leak or plumbing pipe damage, he or she should contact the professionals at East Texas Leak Locators. Their licensed plumbing technicians are available to provide 24-hour response coverage during times of emergency. They can stop leaks faster and keep interior damage to a minimum. This is something both a homeowner and an insurance carrier will appreciate.
After calling East Texas Leak Locators to remedy a plumbing problem, the homeowner should then immediately contact his or her insurance agent to file an insurance claim. Information that should be shared with the insurance agency includes: a description of the plumbing problem, all of the observed damage, and the homeowner’s immediate response to stop the leak by calling East Texas Leak Locators.
Working with Insurance Carriers
East Texas Leak Locators has experience working with insurance adjusters and claim representatives. They are able to provide invoice documentation and answer any technical questions regarding the plumbing issues at hand on behalf of the homeowner.
It is also a good idea for policyholders to take photos of the plumbing leak and subsequent damage. These types of photographs should be shown to the insurance claims representative as proof of urgency to remedy the situation and minimize interior damage. Copies of these types of photos should be given to the insurance company, with a homeowner always keeping the originals in order to avoid potential misunderstandings in the future.
East Texas Leak Locators is available to help in the event of an emergency and also with any other plumbing need.
A common plumbing problem is damage that is caused by a frozen pipe. Frozen pipes usually lead to extreme flooding. During the winter, water in the pipe can freeze. When water freezes, it expands. This may lead to a hole or even a long crack along the length of the pipe. During the remainder of the winter, the ice and frost may prevent any damaging from occurring. The real problem occurs later on. When the water temperature subsequently warms up during the spring, water pressure now caused by water flowing through the pipe can cause the hole to expand and the pipe to burst. This can lead to a massive flood.
To avoid pipes getting frozen, make sure your pipes are insulated so that they are protected from the cold. Keeping your sink or shower open to let a trickle through will keep pressure flowing in the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
Frozen pipe repair should not be pushed off. However, most pipes are covered by the walls or are located underground, and it can be difficult to know if a pipe is frozen.
However, if you see that your water flow is slowing down — for example, the toilet tanks take longer than usual to refill after being emptied out, then the pipes may very well be frozen. In such a case, you should shut off the water supply before you attempt to thaw the pipe. This is so as to prevent any further damage.
If the pipe is still frozen, it will need to be thawed first. A professional will be able to do this for you. If your frozen pipe has already burst, then you need to cut off the water supply and call a professional so that you can have the pipe replaced.
Feel free to contact us for professional help.
We’ve all been there. A drain causes issues for us, and we try to take care of it ourselves. Mostly, it can be an easy fix, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, this issue goes much deeper than just a simple clog. The best way to handle drain issues that persist is to have a drain video inspecting service done by a professional. Here are three advantages to using this service:
If you find yourself faced with troubles in your pipes, don’t be afraid to use the drain video inspecting service. It’s always best to know precisely, what you’re up against before trying to tackle a plumbing dilemma. There are tons of pipes running throughout your home, a blockage or break can occur anywhere amongst them. A camera can pinpoint the area of concern, from the inside of the pipe, and a solution can come quickly. Contact us today, and we’ll handle all of this for you.