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Hydro Water Jet Service

Hydro Water Jet Service is another method of cleaning a drain by sending a high pressure water blast through the pipes. Sometimes when a typical electric snake doesn’t work, the hydro water system will send enough pressure through the pipes to clear the blockage. Not every plumber has a hydro water jet system. If you need this service, when you call a plumber, inquire if they provide this service, since not every plumber has invested in this expensive equipment. If you have a Jacuzzi, hot tub, or even an in-ground swimming pool, you might need the hydro water jet service. …

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I Have Rattling Pipes. What Should I Do?

Rattling pipes are referred to as “water hammer”. Water hammer occurs when the motion of water comes to an abrupt stop or suddenly the water changes direction of flow in your pipes. The rattling noise can be stopped by insulating the pipe. Wrapping the pipe with a towel or blanket can be an effective way to control the rattling. Water hammer can also be treated by recharging the water supply. By recharging the water supply, the amount of air in the pipes is increased, which, in turn, causes the water to flow freely. To recharge the water supply, turn off …

Rusty Hot Water

It’s alarming to see rusty water coming out of a home faucet. However, rust in water is a very common problem. Rusty water could be coming from a pipe or from the water heater. It’s important to determine the exact source of the rust so the situation can be corrected. First course of action would be to clean out the water heater to remove any buildup of sediment at the bottom of the heater. If the rusty water is coming from the pipes, it will be necessary to have new pipes installed. If you are concerned about the safety of …

Pipe Location

The pipe location in your home is important for proper maintenance and water flow. Many pipes are located in walls, floors and ceilings and are hard to locate. If you have no idea where a leak is coming from, you’ll want to call a professional plumber who will have the equipment to locate the pipes in your walls, floors and ceilings. Without having the proper tools, it can be very difficult to determine where pipes are actually located in your home. Some older homes may have been built without the use of building codes, and if codes were followed, it’s …

Pressure Relief Valves

Pressure relief valves are located at the end of pipes. There is a spring, which under normal pressure conditions, keeps the valve closed. When pressure inside the pipe builds, the spring releases the valve closure. This, then, allows water to release, and protects the pipes from the damage that would occur if left under pressure. You never want to repair these valves yourself. The valves have many smaller pieces inside of the relief valve that could easily get lost when you take it apart. There are necessary steps to follow when disassembling and reassembling the relief valves that are vital …

Frozen Pipes

If you have frozen pipes, before thawing, you are going to have to take some precautions. First..turn off the water supply. Second…call a professional plumber, to assess the situation and determine the extent of the damage. The plumber will do will be able to determine the cause of the frozen pipes and then devise a plan to thaw the pipes. It’s important that frozen pipes be thawed slowly and carefully to prevent bursting of the pipes. If you already have a broken pipe, the plumber will need to make the necessary repairs. As the plumber thaws or repairs your frozen …

Pipe Freezing

Pipe freezing is a method for stopping the flow of water in order to repair pipes and valves. Turning off the water, especially with large systems, may not be the best option. But, a pipe cannot be cut or repaired while water is running through it. Pipe freezing kits solve this problem by creating ice seals wherever they are needed, holding back the flow of water. The ice seals can hold back a large amount of pressure since ice adheres to steel. Friction and irregular pipe shape also contribute to holding the seal in place, even when the pressure is …

Copper Piping

Housing codes differ and vary between states when it comes to the type of copper piping you can use in your home. A professional plumber can choose the right type of plumbing for every job, while adhering to your local codes. However, you, as the homeowner, will benefit from copper piping. It will last as your as your house. When you have an experienced plumber do the job, they will come in with the correct copper piping and fittings to install your plumbing the right way. Copper piping is flexible to bend, making the job much faster than having to …