Performance Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

These Signs Signal a Plumbing Leak in Your Home

Monday, August 16th, 2021

white-pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itThe sometimes tricky thing about plumbing issues is they’re really good at hiding! They often occur behind the walls of your home, and sometimes even under the foundational slab of your property, so they’re often almost undetectable. Some plumbing problems, however, such as a clogged drain or a leaky faucet, are pretty apparent and you don’t really need to know the signs since you can see them clearly.

However, for your hidden pipes, a problem can go unnoticed for quite some time, and do a lot of damage to your property if you aren’t attentive to your pipes. As we mentioned, plumbing problems can be hard to detect. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that you might have a hidden leak in your home so you can catch it early.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

tank-style-water-heaterWhen it’s been a hot day, or when you finish a tough workout, a cold shower is welcomed. But when you are surprised by icy cold water hitting you when you were relying on a lukewarm shower, it’s a different story. In this former scenario, you probably wouldn’t even give much thought to how your water heater is performing, but the second scenario would make it pretty apparent that something is amiss.

Of course, a lack of hot water is a big sign that your water heater needs to be replaced, but it’s not the only sign, which we’ll explore below. When it comes down to it, whatever is going on with your water heater, if it’s not performing up to par then you want to address it ASAP. Read on as we uncover some key signs that you should probably consider a water heater upgrade soon.

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How to Ensure a Successful Bathroom Remodel

Monday, June 7th, 2021

hands-picturing-bathroomIf you’ve come across this blog post, we’re going to guess that your bathroom doesn’t look the way you would like it to. Maybe it’s not as functional as it could be, or you’re having trouble moving around the space easily. Depending on what your specific needs are, a bathroom remodel can be a great idea! After all, aside from your kitchen, the bathroom areas are the most widely used rooms in the home. Remodeling can give you a beautiful new space to enjoy.

However, there are many considerations to make in order to have a successful bathroom remodeling job done. For instance, you need to consider your plumbing. This is probably a concern of yours, but you might not think of everything. For instance, perhaps you’re considering having a low flow toilet installed to save water and money–but do you know how to properly size that toilet’s rough-in? Or maybe you’re going to install a DIY-shower. Do you know how to properly slope the floor so you don’t have standing water?

Fortunately, our team is here to help so you don’t have to think of any of these things or tackle your remodel on your own! Read on as we uncover a few more things to think about when attempting a successful bathroom remodel.

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What’s Water Hammer and Why Does It Matter?

Monday, May 10th, 2021

plumber-fixing-pipe-under-sinkHave you ever been alone at home, enjoying some peace and quiet when all of the sudden you hear a metallic clang from seemingly inside the walls? The good news is, it’s probably not ghostly activity or even intruders you’re hearing. It’s most likely something called water hammer, which happens inside your plumber system.

We’re sure “water hammer” may sound a little intimidating, but it’s actually a pretty common occurrence. It’s not a devastating problem to have, but it can create trouble in the pipes if not dealt with soon. Read on as we dive into what water hammer is, what it does, and how to get rid of it.

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How to Do Drain Cleaning Right

Monday, March 15th, 2021

kitchen-sink-drainOne of the most common ways that homeowners treat their clogged or dirty drains is with store-bought chemical drain cleaners. But, this can be a mistake. Actually, it probably will be a mistake.

Hear us out! We get it—this is a quick, affordable method to get the job done quickly. But affordable quick fixes aren’t always the best choice—especially when that choice can lead to costly, urgent problems later one.

Read on as we uncover the best way to do drain cleaning—by calling a professional and forgoing store-bought “solutions.”

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Ominous Signs of Sewer Line Trouble

Monday, February 1st, 2021

tree-root-in-pipeIf we were to ask you what the most important part of your plumbing system is, what would your answer be? If it’s “my sewer line,” we’d be inclined to agree! After all, it has a big job of removing wastewater from your home and moving it into the municipal sewer system, safely and hygienically away from your home. Sewer lines are typically buried beneath the ground, in the back or front yard, where they’re safe from damage due to inclement weather or wear and tear.

That doesn’t mean they’re indestructible, however. Landscaping like trees and shrubs can grow roots that infiltrate the line, for example. A shift in the soil can create instability and cause your pipes to shift and break, as well.

If any of this does happen, all you have to do is give our team a call! But first, you’d need to know you even have a problem. Keep reading as we go over some of the most common signs of sewer line leaks.

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What’s Wrong with Store Bought Drain Cleaning Solutions?

Monday, January 18th, 2021

water-rushing-down-sink-drainIf you’re like many homeowners, when you discover that you have a clog, your first instinct is probably to reach for that bottle of chemical, store-bought drain cleaning “solution” that you got at the grocery store.

The problem with this is… you’re probably doing more harm than good.

That’s right, these chemical solutions can actually hurt your drains and the rest of your plumbing system. While they may temporarily clear out the affected pipe, they do so at a considerable cost—one that most homeowners don’t realize they’re paying.

Read on to learn more about what you’re doing to your plumbing system when you use store-bought remedies and what you can do instead.

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Holiday Plumbing Tips for a Happy Home

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

couple-cooking-holiday-dinnerIt seems like we blinked and then the holiday season was upon us, right? Like it or not, it’s time to start making plans—and of course this year those plans are going to look a lot different than we thought they would. Still though, whether it’s your adult children coming over or a few people in your “quaranbubble” the fact is that you might be having guests over for the holidays. And with guests comes an increased demand on your plumbing system, believe it or not.

Read on as we uncover some of the most common plumbing repair calls we get this time of the year, and learn what to do about them.

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Are Your Pipes Knocking? Here’s What to Do!

Monday, October 26th, 2020

two-horizontal-copper-pipesImagine this scenario: you’re peacefully sleeping or relaxing in your home, and then all of the sudden your peace is disrupted by a persistent knocking noise. It’s not coming from the front door—rather, it’s coming from… inside your walls!

No, this probably isn’t the sign of a haunted house. A much more likely scenario is that what you’re heating is your plumbing pipes knocking. This is definitely not a sound to be too alarmed by, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the problem either, and that can cause plumbing problems like pinhole leaks and loose plumbing joints.

Read on as we dive into what causes knocking pipes and what you can do about it.

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Do You Have a Plumbing Leak?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

plumber-working-on-sink-plumbingGiven that most of your home’s plumbing system is hidden behind walls or beneath the floor, it can be really hard to detect plumbing leaks—especially since the signs of these leaks are usually subtle to start with!

This is the main reason we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, it’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself and your family with the warning signs that your plumbing system is experiencing problems. On the rare chance that a problem does happen between maintenance visits, this way you can spot it quickly and call for repairs right away.

Read on as we uncover several of the most common signs you have a leak.

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