If you live anywhere with running water and a proper drainage system then you have likely been a victim of a clogged drain. It sound simple – something is stopping water from going into or coming out of pipes – but it is an inconvenience and it is also avoidable. Here are the most common causes for clogged drains and how you can stop them before they happen.
Hair and other stringy stuff
Most people think that because hair is so small and light that a nice rush of water will send it down the pipes. More often than not a few single strands of hair (or dental floss) will get stuck one way or another and stay behind. Over time these few strands get stuck together and form a nice, hairy mass which can resemble a small rodent.
Prevention Tip: Install some sort of drain or sink guard in bathroom sinks and tubs. They only cost a few bucks and are very simple to clean.
Fats, grease, and oils
This is a pretty common mistake as most folks will see something like bacon grease as a liquid and will pour it down the drain. Greases and fats will congeal back together and, over time, form a blockage in the drain.
Prevention Tip: Let it cool off and throw it in the trash. If you mistakenly pour some down the drain or disposal then follow it up with hot water to keep it from congealing.
Flushing hygiene and health items
Below is a list of hygiene and health items that you should avoid flushing down the toilet:
Prevention Tip: You should never flush any of these items. Your first line of defense should be a plunger. Drain cleaner can help with paper products. If possible, try an organic drain cleaner before chemical-based cleaners.
Natural gas is explosive at only five to fifteen percent concentration. This typically poses a problem in confined spaces. In the US only about 17 people per year lose their lives to gas explosions. Well, why is it so dangerous? The truth is this: natural gas does not have to explode for it to hurt you.
Simply being around a gas leak can harm you.
Natural gas is considered a ‘simple asphyxiant‘ which means it displaces oxygen in the air. When your brain does not get oxygen it is known as hypoxia and, at best, can include symptoms such as:
At worst, you can suffocate without even knowing what is happening. Many who die from gas leaks will do so in their sleep and never know it. A user on the social media site Reddit thought a stalker was leaving notes in his apartment. It turns out he was disoriented due to a gas leak. Yeah, it is pretty scary to think about.
I get it, gas leaks are bad. But what can I do?
According to the American Gas Association more than 170 million Americans rely on natural gas. Leaks are inevitable. If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home:
Take action before a leak happens!
There are numerous causes of gas leaks – poorly fitted pipes, faulty appliances, bad maintenance – and the average homeowner does not have the wherewithal or knowledge to do preventative maintenance end-to-end.
East Texas Leak Locators provides new construction plumbing services in the East Texas area for custom home builders and production home builders. Our residential and commercial new construction plumbers are known for doing the job right. Check out one of our recent new construction plumbing jobs in Tyler.
Our expert new construction plumbers can provide a quote you can count on from start to finish. Contact us today to schedule an estimate!
Have you noticed an unexplained hike in your recent water bill? Or perhaps you’ve noticed wet spots beginning to appear on your lawn? Although these are two common signs of a leak in your home or commercial building’s main water supply line, there are other lesser-known signs that it may be time for a water supply replacement.
1. Water Discoloration
Does your water seem to have a different tint to it? Oftentimes, water with a rust-brown tint indicates that there may be a problem with your main water supply line. This could be due to a number of issues, including corrosion of pipes or soil entering through cracks.
2. High Water Bill
Does your recent water bill appear to be higher than usual or expected? Although this is not a flawless method, it can be one of the first signs that there is a leak in the main water supply and it may need replacement.
3. Low Water Pressure
Have you noticed a drop in water pressure throughout your home or business? This could potentially indicate that your main water supply has a leak and is losing water.
4. Wet Spots or Standing Water in Yard
Are wet spots or puddles of water appearing seemingly out of the blue in your yard? If that’s the case, there may be a serious leak in your main water supply and with nowhere to go, the water is seeping to the surface.
5. Old Main Water Supply Line
Are you worried because, although you may not be noticing these signs, you know your main water supply system is old? Having your water main inspected and serviced on a yearly basis can help you avoid issues before they begin.
Water is essential in our daily life, and a disruption in water flow can make even the simplest daily task impossible. To learn more about our water replacement services or for emergency water leak repairs, contact us online.
There is nothing quite as memorable as a badly clogged shower drain. Plunging, praying, cursing – you’ve tried it all. Nothing works and the situation is bound to become urgent sooner, rather than later. Below we will discuss what not to do when removing shower drain clogs.
Depending on your household composition, your shower may see more use during the day than your fridge. You are, understandably, frustrated – willing to try anything even. We’ve seen homeowners do a lot of strange things over the years to unclog their shower drains. Unfortunately, some of these solutions aren’t just strange – they can also damage your lines.
Pouring hot water down a drain to remove residue and help get things flowing again is a popular go-to home remedy. It can help clear up greasy build up in your kitchen sink. Unfortunately, it can also do serious damage to your plumbing.
PVC, which is a common material for indoor drains and plumbing, is only rated to 140 °F. Water has a boiling point of 212°F and can cause PVC pipes and joints to soften and warp. Although you may not notice damage right away, repeated exposure to high-temperature water will cause your pipes to leak around the seams.
Forcing clogs out of your drain line can be done many different ways. Before resorting to blunt force, you should be aware that your pipes may not be fit for high-pressure application. Older and poorly maintained plumbing should always be remotely inspected using a video camera before pressure is applied. If your pipes or joints are in bad repair, using compressed air or high-pressure water jets can cause pipes to crack and joints to burst.
There are many useful, DIY methods of removing simple clogs. However, when these methods fail it is best to contact a licensed plumber. Clogs that don’t go away are more likely to involve objects – like cloth, tree roots and sediment. Not only won’t you be able to take care of them without specialized tools or opening up your system, you can do serious damage to your drain and sewer lines trying. East Texas Leak Detectors have been handling drain repair and replacement for decades. Contact us online or by phone at (903)581-2610 to schedule an appointment today.
Are you trying to file a claim for water damage in your home? After you file your claim online or through a representative, the insurance company will send a claims investigator to take pictures of the damage. The investigator or an adjuster will file a report. The company will determine if the damages comply with your policy. Here’s how inspecting your pipes will save you money.
If the claim is for a sudden, catastrophic incident your policy will likely cover the damage. Damage coverage includes flooring, replacement of sheetrock and woodwork, and damaged home furnishings. Coverage can also include temporary relocation for your family if the damage is so severe that the home has become unlivable.
Damage from water leakage over time: a dripping pipe under a faucet, or behind a toilet, is not always covered. You could be responsible for all of the repairs out of pocket.
It is important to make regular inspections of the pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Check the water lines leading to your dishwasher and washing machine, and refrigerator. If you notice an unexplained accumulation of water in these areas or near your outdoor faucet, contact us right away. Damages will increase as time passes. Making these inspections is especially important as the weather becomes colder. Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. Not every insurance policy covers frozen pipe damage.
East Texas Leak Locators are a full-service plumbing company. Our technicians will find the source of that leak and get it repaired before it can do any more damage to your home. An unrepaired leak can cost hundreds of dollars in charges to your water bill, and thousands of dollars in damage. Contact us today to learn more about all of our plumbing solutions!
Whether you are a homeowner or a proprietor of a commercial site, running water is essential. We use water every day for a variety of different things, including hydration, preparation, and sanitation. People need clean, safe drinking water. We also require it for cooking, cleaning, and hygiene. We have a necessity for it in our homes and in our businesses. We use it from simple sprinkler systems in yards to irrigating fields full of crops during dry seasons. We may even run special lines to outdoor greenhouses or for simply filling a young child’s swimming pool on hot summer days. Here are a couple of reasons why re-piping or rerouting a home or business water system may be necessary:
A leaky pipe can be extremely bothersome to many people and it is something that can be an easy fix. You may ask, “But what if the constant leaking is coming from the pipe itself?” It could be a break on a simple faucet connection. At the same time, it is possible that a crack is present in the pipe itself. Often times, especially in older homes, when one pipe springs a leak, others will soon follow.
Elements, such as lime, tend to build up in metal pipes creating slower streams. Pipes made of lead or copper are more likely to develop problems that can lead to slow-running, unsafe drinking water compared to pipes made of plastics. Metals corrode, causing leaks. For homeowners, replacing those lines may be the best way to ensure their family’s safety.
There are countless more benefits of replacing or rerouting existing water lines. With the advancements in modern technology, you may be interested in upgrading appliances, such as a stacked washer and dryer system. Not every home water supply system is outfitted for this style of machinery. Rerouting the existing pipes could very likely lead to a better flow in the makeup of a home. Moreover, rerouting hot and cold water lines could potentially be a more effective way of preventing freezing during cold winter months.
In reality, a water system is the lifeblood of our homes and businesses alike. Contact the East Texas Leak Locators for more information on a detailed evaluation of your own personal necessities. We will find a solution that fits your needs.
Does your water heater take too long to heat up and leave you shivering? Before you take another icy cold shower, call East Texas Leak Locators for a new tankless hot water heater. With unlimited, instant hot water, you will never have to wait to take a shower!
You will save money on water bills because you will not have to run the water to get it hot. A tankless hot water heats up water at the source, so you will not have to worry about damage to your home from flooding due to a hot water heater rupture. Reducing the risk of leaks will save money on your home insurance.
Temperature control on a tankless hot water heater is safer than conventional hot water heater systems. A conventional hot water heater system runs constantly to maintain stored water at a certain temperature. The larger your home is, the more it must work. When outside temperatures become colder the water in the outside pipes does as well. The hot water heater unit requires adjustment to compensate, causing it to work harder, to heat water that may remain unused for hours.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to plan your new tankless hot water heater system. At East Texas Leak Locators, we are a full-service plumbing company in business over 30 years in the East Texas area. No job is too large, no job is too small. Our goal is to provide you with outstanding customer service experience, so call us today: you do not want to wait until it is freezing outside!