Three Drain Problems That Need a Plumber

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Drain problems can seem pretty minor; certainly, there are more pressing household problems that can arise. However, malfunctioning drains can affect your home in a number of ways, from presenting a mere inconvenience to being the sign of more serious problems. If you are experiencing one of the following drain issues, your best option is to call in a professional to perform a drain cleaning.

Recurrent Clogging

Drains that clog over and over again, no matter how many times you clean them out, are likely burdened with excessive amounts of materials that tend to create obstructions. For example, bathroom sinks often have a lot of hair and soap coming down them; while you can minimize this by using hair catchers, in the long run clogs are inevitable. Calling a professional is the best thing to do in order to thoroughly clean those drains. Home remedies are not likely to reach for enough to completely clear the drain.

Simultaneous Clogged Drains

If several drains throughout your home are all getting clogged at the same time, it is not a weird coincidence. Simultaneous clogs are usually caused by an obstruction in the main drainage system. This is a situation that needs a plumber with the proper tools and expertise to clean out a clog this deep in the system.

Slow Draining

Slow drainage is a common problem that many people tend to ignore at first. It does not seem very serious, and many people feel that the cost of a plumber outweighs the slight inconvenience, since the water is still draining. However, slow draining can be the sign of more serious issues that become more costly to resolve the longer they are left to themselves. Potential causes of slow drainage can range from grease or mineral obstruction deep in the pipes to faulty grading of your entire system.

Clogged drains are a common problem that many people try to resolve on their own. However, in many cases, this is not possible. Delaying your call to your plumber is likely to end up costing you more in the long run, as many drain problems can indicate the presence of more serious issues.

Four Signs That Your Boiler May Need Repair

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A faulty boiler can cause many types of problems, from increased utility bills to potential safety hazards. Keeping tabs on your boiler for signs of malfunction can help you catch problems before they escalate. Many people will only call a plumber to look at their boiler when the malfunction gets too spectacular too ignore any longer. At this point, repairs are likely to be very costly or even impossible, necessitating the purchase of a new boiler. Knowing the signs that your boiler might need a check-up by a professional is a good way to keep costs down and minimize the disruption to your household.

  1. Metallic Smell

If you notice that your boiler has a metallic smell coming from it, you should call a professional right away. A strong odor of metal can be a sign of potentially hazardous conditions such as leakage of oil or gas. It is crucial for any such leaks to be repaired immediately.

  1. Water Leakage

Water pooling around or dripping from your boiler is another indication that a check-up is needed. While this is not an emergency condition, water that aggregates around the boiler causes increased fuel consumption and will add to your bill.

  1. Clunking Noises

Clunking or banging noises from your boiler are also likely to be signs of trouble. These noises are often caused by obstructions such as iron deposits, which cause the water to be distributed unequally and are likely to lead to eventual failure to function. Another likely consequence is overheating, which can create a safety hazard in addition to malfunction.

  1. Older Boiler

Finally, especially if you have an older boiler, regular checkups and maintenance are key to keeping it working for many years. Taking good care of your boiler can save you having to replace it for a long time. Although the typical lifetime of most well-maintained boilers is around twenty years, with good care and service it is possible to keep yours working even longer.

Cleaning Up After a Plumbing Disaster

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Most of us would agree that indoor plumbing is one of the best inventions ever—and it’s a staple in our daily lives. However, when that indoor plumbing bursts and causes a plumbing disaster in your home, you may need the help of a professional plumber for the cleanup. Burst pipes, flooding, and other disasters can quickly cause significant damage to your home so time is of the essence and you need to get in touch with a plumber right away. Here’s a quick checklist of what to do after a disaster.

1: Make Sure it’s Safe

If the plumbing leak or flooding occurred in an area where there are electrical appliances, outlets, or other electrical work, don’t go into the water until you shut off the power. You should also check the area for signs of other problems, such as the smell of gas or other contaminants that may have leaked into the water. Don’t go in the water if you think it might be at all unsafe; call a plumber to report it first and get help.

2: Remove Excess Water

If you are able to, start removing any excess water that you have in your home or business from the flood. Small amounts of water can be removed with a good old-fashioned mop, or perhaps a wet/dry vacuum, while larger amounts of water may require a pump to remove all of it. If you don’t have the necessary equipment, call a plumber that deals with disaster cleanup. 

3: Air It Out

Once the excess water is gone, it’s helpful to have some fresh air to dry the area out even quicker. You may want to blow some fans in the area of the flood, open windows if possible, and keep doors open if you can.

4: Remove Damaged Items

Not everything in your home will necessarily be damaged beyond repair, but in order to find out you will need the help of a professional. If your carpet is completely flooded or furniture has been standing in water for an extended period of time you may need to tear it out and have it replaced, but before you do, have a restoration contractor inspect it.

5: Inspect Walls

Once water (and flooring, if necessary) is removed from the area you need to have a professional inspect the drywall to find out if the water has seeped through. This kind of damage can be tricky because you may not notice that there is a problem, but water and moisture left inside your walls could lead to mold damage and mildew growth.

6: Make Repairs

Finally, you should talk to a plumber in Salt Lake City about making any necessary repairs to prevent the same or some other type of damage from happening in the future. Plumbers that specialize in disaster cleanup can help you inspect for other areas where there could be a risk in the future.

Advantages of Radiant Heating

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Utah winters can get cold, and heating your house effectively and efficiently can be a major challenge. Traditional heating solutions include furnaces and boilers, but one newer strategy that’s gaining popularity is radiant heating.

Overview

Exactly what is radiant heating? This form of temperature control involves placing heated panels inside walls, ceilings, and floors. The panels are heated by electricity or hot water, and they in turn heat the room that they are placed in. This means that heat is produced nearby and directly transferred to the room.

Higher Efficiency

Radiant heating is more efficient than furnaces are, since air is not a good carrier of heat. A great deal of temperature loss occurs in the vents of your home while the air is being moved from one room to another. Radiant heaters tend to use less electricity than electric furnaces do, which is good for the environment and for your monthly budget.

Increased Control

Another great benefit of radiant heating is that the heat is being produced directly in the room you wish to heat. This means that you have a great deal of control over which rooms in your house are kept warmer and which are kept cooler. If desired, you can set temperatures differently to accommodate individual preferences, or avoid wasting electricity by not heating rooms that you aren’t using. Radiant heating is very responsive and can warm up a single room within minutes.

Reduced Allergens

Additionally, radiant heating means that since air isn’t constantly being blown around your house, it’s more difficult for dust and other impurities to spread through your home. This is especially good news for people with allergies, since it means that they don’t have to deal with as many allergens.

If you’re interested in having a radiant heating system installed in your house, All Hours Plumbing SLC can help you get started. Contact us today to discuss radiant heating and our other services.

Now is the Time for an AC Tune-up

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The weather only recently started warming up after a cold winter, and with temperatures in the mid-50s it might seem like a strange time to be thinking about your air conditioner, but actually this is the best time to start making plans for the summer. Getting a tune-up for your AC is one of the best things you can do to prolong the life of your appliance, make sure your home stays cool when temperatures get much hotter, and even save some money.

The Importance of Preventive Maintenance

Most people understand that preventive care is good, and regularly go to the doctor for an annual checkup or take their car in for an oil change every few months. Unfortunately the same people don’t always take the time to do the same preventive maintenance on appliances like air conditioners and furnaces. The AC in your home works hard probably every day in the summer months, and just like your car, it includes a lot of moving parts that all need to work together. A little checkup before the season starts can ensure that these elements are clean and working properly so you avoid breakdowns.

Why Spring is the Best Time

You likely won’t be using your air conditioner for a few more months—spring weather in Utah is usually pretty mild—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your AC tuned up right now. In fact, the end of winter and beginning spring are the best times of the year to get this type of maintenance done because your AC repair company is not going to be very busy. Waiting until the weather gets hotter means everyone else will also be calling for tune-ups and repairs on their AC units, and you may have a harder time getting someone to come out quickly.

Save Money on Cooling Costs

Another reason to consider a tune-up on your air conditioner this spring is your wallet—an AC that is running efficiently will cost less to operate, and that can add up to big savings when the summer temperatures soar. If your AC has to work harder to keep your house cool, it will be running more often, and you will pay more on utility bills than if you have a system that is clean and dependable and can run efficiently. Plus these quick check-ups can help spot potential problems before they become bigger issues, which could save you a lot of money on costly repair jobs. It’s no surprise that about half of all AC owners don’t get regular tune-ups, and about the same number express dissatisfaction with the way their air conditioner runs and how much it costs to operate.

Call today to have a technician inspect, clean, lubricate, and repair any problems with your air conditioner. You might not need to use it for a few months, but you’ll be glad you did when you have an efficient AC this summer.

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