For many homeowners, they will at some point in this home owning adventure decide they want to remodel their kitchen or bathroom. However, while you look for that dream spa tub or a kitchen faucet that does everything save for massage your feet, you might also want to make a call to your local plumber as well before fully committing to the remodel.
When remodeling any area of your home with water features, the plumbing should first be inspected before any new installation begins. Your plumbing needs to be checked for age, damage, and if it is even compatible with your fancy new water fixtures in the remodeled room.
When talking to your plumber, you may want to talk to them about what you want to install so they can consider compatibility when doing their inspection. They can then offer advice on whether you would want to remodel sections of the plumbing or go for a whole remodel of your plumbing system. While the latter sounds expensive, it may end up saving you more in the end, especially if the plumbing in your home is old or excessively damaged. It may not be a problem now, but it could very well start racking up the costs soon, especially with a remodeled kitchen or bathroom potentially putting new stress on the entire system. Furthermore, you can also choose more cost-effective PEX or PVC pipe options where viable to save the money that would be spent installing new copper. If your home is very old, this would not have been an option for the previous owners, but these new piping options are more affordable and just as durable.
Are you doing a remodel or simply interested in remodeling an aging plumbing system? Contact us today for a plumbing inspection and remodel options to make sure your home remodel doesn’t go upside down because you forgot to check on your pipes.
Homeowners probably feel like if there is a plumbing emergency, they will know it when they see it. This is true in a way. If you are standing in water up to your ankles, that merits a little urgency. However, there are times where a plumbing problem may be a little more ambiguous in terms of if it is just a problem or if it is indeed an emergency.
When you have any plumbing problem, your first step should always be to shut off the water in order to mitigate the amount of damage that is going to happen. If you have a leak, for example, even with shutting off the water, it will still continue to run water out of the pipes, but with the water on, that leak will be infinite. So, even though it still may leak some more, it will do less damage than if the water was left on.
Once the water is off, now is the time to determine if the problem is also an emergency. For a plumbing problem, you will wait and call a plumbing service during normal business hours. For a plumbing emergency, it is likely you will need to call during off hours and pull plumber out of bed to solve your problem. The general rule of thumb is if you cannot mitigate the damage or your will need to wait more than 24 hours to get a plumber during normal hours and turn your water back on, it should be treated as an emergency.
It is also crucial that if this plumbing problem is a gas leak, you should vacate your home right away, even if in the middle of the night, and call your local emergency gas leak number from a neighbor’s phone or your cell phone outside the home.
Do you have a plumbing problem or a plumbing emergency? Regardless of which, we can help. Contact us today so we can help solve all your plumbing problems.
No one likes a water leak. It can cause extensive home damage if left unchecked. However, if there is one thing you don’t want more than a water leak, it is a water leak that you cannot find. This is the case with a slab water leak. You will notice signs of a water leak, but when it is in the slab, you may not be able to find it if you only look to the wall plumbing. However, if you manifest these signs, it is time to call a plumber.
If you look at your water bill and find a pretty large spike, that is generally a sign that something, somewhere is leaking. If you have an explanation, such as house guests or a new passion for multiple baths per day, this could explain it, but if you are doing nothing new, you may have leak in the slab.
When a pipe is leaking, it literally steals your water. This means the pressure become compromised, and you will get less water pressure then used to. This becomes even more true when multiple water features are in use at once.
If you notice water by the edge of your wall, you may look to a wall pipe leak or even a leaking roof. However, it is distinctly possible that that the water is not trailing down, but rather coming up from the floor where there is a slab leak.
If you have noticed one or more of these signs, you can definitively tell if you have a leak by shutting off the water to your home and checking your water meter. If the meter is still moving, this means the water is still running, and that is happening because of a leak. At this point, it is time to call a plumber to concretely locate the leak and repair it.
Most plumbing problems can be fixed with a simple repair. However, more serious problems may mean that your home needs to be repiped. Whole-house repiping is a big investment, but it will make a big difference to your home. Here are five signs that your house needs repiping.
Age of Your Home
If your house was constructed before 1970, it’s likely that your pipes are made of outdated materials like galvanized steel, iron, or clay. Have your plumbing system inspected by a professional to determine if repiping is needed.
Polybutylene is a flexible, inexpensive plastic piping that was used in residential buildings from 1978 to 1995. It’s very vulnerable to rupturing and is no longer accepted by U.S. building codes. If your pipes are white, blue gray, or light gray plastic and have the letters “PB” printed on the side, then you have polybutylene pipes. You should have your home repiped as soon as you can.
Steel pipes will begin to rust from the inside when they start to get old. You may need repiping if you see rusty water coming from both your cold-water and hot-water appliances. If only your hot water appears rusty, it’s possible that your water heater is causing the problem.
Low Water Pressure
Is water coming out of your faucets more slowly than it used to? Consistently low water pressure is a sign of mineral deposits or rust buildup in your pipes. Have a plumber inspect your pipes to find out if they need replacing.
Visible signs of corrosion are another indication that you need to repipe your home. Signs of corrosion to look for include:
Left unaddressed, corrosion will usually lead to a leak.
Contact us to learn more about repiping and the plumbing services we offer.
As a homeowner you may have heard the praises of the tankless water heater sung by a number of your other home owning friends. However, a lot of people say a lot of things are good, but it doesn’t automatically mean they are good. Are tankless water heaters really better than their storage tank alternatives?
If you want to learn more about tankless water heaters and if they are right for your home, contact us today.
Cross-linked polyethylene, better known as PEX, has become a major piping revolution over the past few years. As it is a flexible piping option, it makes for easier installation inside homes opposed to rigid copper or PVC pipe. However, while PEX is chosen for many re-piping and new piping installations for its benefits, does it still have the same problems as other piping options when it gets cold? Do PEX pipes freeze and burst like the rest?
The simplest answer is that PEX pipes can freeze if not insulated, and they can burst like copper or PVC when that happens. However, as a plastic, PEX has the certain benefit of flexibility. Unlike copper of even PVC, PEX has the certain ability to slightly expand and contract. This means that when water freezes, the pipe can expand to accommodate it without bursting. However, PEX is not perfect in this regard. After enough freeze and thaw cycles, the material will lose that flexibility. This means while PEX can withstand freezing more than other piping options, but it will eventually spring a leak as it gets worn down.
PEX piping isn’t a good choice for outdoor use. Like other piping options, it needs to be insulated to protect from freezing. So while the first time your PEX freezes probably won’t be an issue or cause bursting, you will need to find that pipe and make sure it is insulated so it doesn’t happen again.
Considering PEX Piping Options?
If you have rapidly aging plumbing and are looking into new plumbing options, PEX is an excellent choice. It is more affordable, flexible, and has less capacity for contamination compared to other piping options. However, while PEX is a good choice, it still needs care like more traditional piping options. If you are considering PEX piping as a replacement for your leaky old pipes, contact us today to see what we recommend for your unique needs.
An endless supply of hot water – that’s the dream, right? No matter how many people got dibs on the shower before you, you still have a hot one waiting. That is the primary benefit of investing in a tankless hot water heater. However, many also take advantage of the savings that can come with a tankless model. Here’s how you save money with tankless water heater?
As a more energy efficient way to heat your water, homes can often save between $70 to $100 per year with gas-powered tankless water heaters being more efficient than electric models and larger families reaping more efficiency benefits. Unfortunately, we need to have an honest discussion about tankless water heaters. It will probably be awhile before you start feeling the savings of its energy efficiency.
The major concern of tankless water heaters is the expense that comes with their installation. The tankless models alone are already more expensive at purchase than storage tanks. Often tankless water heaters cost over $1,000 just to purchase. Unfortunately, it is the installation costs that are the real pain point for tankless water heaters.
A tankless water heater needs to be installed by a qualified plumber. Furthermore, not every house is automatically set up to receive one. Many homes do not have the correct wiring to support a tankless water heater, meaning an expensive rewiring job may be required and an electrician will also need to come out. This is something that can run up to $5,000 to do and is typically the most expensive part of getting a tankless water heater.
While getting a tankless water heater can be great for energy efficiency as well as an endless supply of hot water, if you are considering one, it highly beneficial to have your home inspected by a plumber first to get an estimate of the true costs. If your house needs rewiring, you may want to save up a little more before making the investment in a tankless water heater.
If you are considering a new water heater or have any other plumbing issues that need inspection or repair, contact us today.
Tankless water heaters offer many advantages that far outweigh the major disadvantage which is the cost. East Texas Leak Locators encourages the use of tankless water heaters to save energy and water.
A tankless water heater may cost a little more than a conventional stored water heater, but they will save you ten to 20 percent on your energy costs. Many older homes, as well as new homes, are using tankless water heaters for the following reasons:
Saving energy saves money. You are not paying to keep water hot while you are not using it. Tankless water heaters do not have the insulation that can deteriorate over time in conventional storage tanks.
The plumbing system includes connections to dishwashers and washing machines as well as to sinks, tubs, and showers. There is no wasting water while waiting for it to heat in a shower, bathtub or sink. The maximum temperature can be set to any level.
The lifespan of a tankless heater is approximately 20 years. A gas or electric storage heater usually needs replacing within ten to 13 years.
Did you know:
If all residential gas tankless water heaters sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to $215 million each year, and nearly 1.8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from 160 thousand vehicles.
Contact us at East Texas Leak Locators for more information on tankless water heaters. We will explain the difference in heaters and how we install and service them.
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.