Prevent Problems With Professional Plumbing

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You might be able to cope with simple plumbing emergencies, such as a partially clogged toilet or sink. However, there are instances where you’ll need a professional licensed plumber to fix the problem. Even some of the seemingly simple fixes can turn out to be more complicated. Here’s why you should consider investing in hiring a professional.

When You Need a Professional

Sometimes you run into a plumbing problem that is too complicated or dangerous to tackle on your own. In these instances, it’s best to hire a professional plumber from All Hours Plumbing. Hire a professional when you need the following tasks performed:

  • Water heater problems
  • Installation of tubs, sinks, or pipes
  • Sewer line leaks or breaks
  • Septic tank leaks
  • New construction

Regular Maintenance

One of the best ways to prevent costly problems is investing in a recurring maintenance schedule. Many plumbing issues seem to sneak up, but the causes can be caught and resolved before they become serious problems. For example, leaks in sink drains can be hidden from plain view before they cause a noticeable problem, but a plumber can identify this and fix it before you need a costly repair.

Routine plumbing maintenance will keep your pipes in tip-top shape. Regular in-depth inspections will prevent further complications. A licensed plumber will assess the quality of your garbage disposal, water heater, drains, and pipes.

Do-It-Yourself Tips

If you’re feeling confident enough to tackle some basic repairs on your own, make sure your water main is turned off. Also be sure to prepare to get a little wet. Plumbing can easily get messy. Double-check that you’re buying the correct washers and other parts at the hardware store. Always be sure to have All Hours Plumbing SLC’s number handy just in case a plumbing emergency occurs.

Professional plumbing can prevent and solve the problems you’re worried about. Keep this information handy and your plumbing issues will be resolved in no time.

3 Plumbing Myths

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Plumbing isn’t something that many homeowners are very knowledgeable about. In fact, there are a lot of myths that people believe that are perpetuated through many forms of media. You most likely unknowingly follow some myths and take your plumbing pipes for granted. That’s fine! That’s why plumbers exist. Here are some myths you should know to keep your pipes and drains in good shape.

Your Garbage Disposal Can Be Cleaned With Lemons

This is one of the most highly repeated plumbing myths. The only thing that putting lemons in your garbage disposal will do is make it smell like lemons. It does practically nothing to clean the garbage disposal. If anything, the citric acid may cause corrosion.

Here’s what you should do instead: fill your sink with cold water, soap, and ice cubes. Take the stopper out and turn the disposal on. This will actually promote the cleanliness and functionality of your garbage disposal.

The Disposal Can Process Any Food That Fits Inside

It’s a common belief that you can grind up any food with the garbage disposal as long as it fits in the drain. This is sadly not true. Plenty of foods will clog your sink even if the blades are able to slice them up. Oils, cooking grease, rice, pastas, vegetables, and coffee grounds can all clog up your drain quite easily. Opt for throwing these kinds of food in the trash instead!

Leaky Faucets Are Annoying But Not Serious

Sure, the “drip drop” might cause some minor disturbance, but a leaky faucet can’t be that bad, right? Wrong. This can lead to a huge waste of money and resources. Your home could be wasting 2,000 gallons of water per year due to a leaky faucet. Repairs can only get more expensive if you ignore your leaky faucet for a long time.

If you’re experiencing any plumbing problems, reach out to All Hours Plumbing SLC. Get your questions answered and your appliances fixed.

3 Common Plumbing Problems That Require Professional Solutions

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Every homeowner and renter experiences plumbing issues at one point. You might have even solved a few small issues by yourself. A clogged toilet or a worn washer can be resolved with relative ease when you have the adequate tools and know-how. Sometimes bigger issues pop up and you don’t know how to deal with them. Here are some common plumbing problems that require professional attention.

Leaky Faucets

If you’ve ever had a dripping faucet, you know how annoying it can be. Trying to get work done or falling asleep can be difficult when you constantly hear dripping. Not only is it an inconvenience, but it can also drive up your water bill.

When silicone or rubber washers become dislodged, torn, or stiffened, they let water trickle through. Sometimes even the valve seat becomes corroded. Call a professional plumber if you’ve been experiencing this issue with no resolution.

Low Water Pressure

Water should gush out of your sink and shower head with ease. Washing your hands, dishes, or taking a shower should be a quick and simple process. When water only trickles out, it can be annoying and time consuming. This is most often due to sediments and deposits building up on your faucet aerators.

If the problem persists after you clean your showerheads and aerators, there might be a more complex underlying cause. A breached or leaky pipe could be causing the low water pressure and lead to a host of other problems. This can be diagnosed and resolved by a licensed plumber.

Clogged Drains

When the water in your tub, toilet, or sink won’t go down, this is because you have a clog. Clogs can be either partial or complete. If the problem isn’t being resolved with a plunger or commercial drain cleaner, call a professional.

Now that you know more about plumbing problems and signs of more serious issues, you’ll be ready to call a professional from All Hours Plumbing SLC when you need a hand.

Common Causes for Clogged Drains

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Whether it begins slowly and develops over time or happens immediately after something gets lodged inside the pipes, a clogged drain is never fun. It can cause problems for your everyday activities such as showers and dishwashing, it smells bad, and it can also be putting your pipes at risk under the surface. For all these reasons it’s important to understand and try to prevent (whenever possible) drain clogs.

Slow Drain Clogs

Bathroom sinks, shower, and bathtub drains often become clogged over time as small particles of soap scum attach to hair, dirt, and skin and become lodged on the walls of the drain pipes. The residue eventually accumulates to the point that it prevents water from flowing smoothly through, and causes water to either slowly drain, or to stop draining entirely.

This type of drain clog is hard to avoid, but you can slow it down by putting drain covers that will filter out larger items, such as hair, and throw it away rather than allowing it to go down the drain. You can also regularly remove the joint elbow of a sink, shower, or bathtub and keep it clean.

Immediate Drain Clogs

On the other end of the spectrum is the instantaneous drain clogging experience. Usually these are the result of an item(s) becoming lodged in the pipes. Toilets can become clogged with large pieces of toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, and even diaper wipes for which flushing was not intended. However, these clogs are not limited to toilets.

Regardless of how the clog occurred, the most important thing is to call a professional plumber to help you remove the item(s) from the pipes. In some cases you might be tempted to try on your own, but without adequate tools and plumbing system knowledge you will likely just end up doing more harm than good. It’s also good to remind everyone to only flush approved toilet paper that will dissolve in water.

Kitchen Clogs

In the kitchen, a clogged drain is likely the result of an item going down the sink that should have been thrown in the trash. That includes thing such as:

  • Cooking oil
  • Bacon grease
  • Eggshells
  • Potato skins
  • Large food particles

If, despite precautions to keep these items out of your sink, you find that it gets clogged, call a professional plumber to help you remove the offending item without causing harm or damage to the sink. One of the most common reasons a plumber ends up at someone’s house is to fix leaks and water damage caused by do-it-yourself projects gone wrong.

To find the right professional plumber to help remove your next drain clog, contact All Hours Plumbing today.

The Dangers of Mold in Your Home

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It has a very distinct look and smell, but it’s not always something that homeowners catch when it’s invading their home—despite the dangers that it can pose for the health and safety of a homeowner’s family and him/herself. We’re talking about mold, and while there is not much you can do to avoid it entirely, there are things you can do to be aware of the dangers and be vigilant about removing it if and when it does get inside your house.

How Mold Gets Into Your Home

Even the cleanest and most well-kept homes are still in danger of mold damage, and the reason is that mold is just about everywhere. It is exceptionally adapted to growth, which means that just a single mold spore that gets into the house can quickly multiply into a colony. Tests in all kinds of houses show mold spores in places that range from the walls, floors, and ceilings to ductwork in your heating and air conditioning system. Once inside, it can spread from room to room and requires only a little bit of moisture, oxygen, and a source of food (often readily available in the dust particles that are circulating through your home) to grow.

The Health Consequences

Mold can have some serious health consequences for you and your family. In its mildest form, mold allergies might seem like a minor cold or seasonal allergies, with coughing, sneezing, and itchy/watery eyes. In more serious cases, though, mold can trigger asthma attacks and cause serious respiratory distress. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cautions that all molds can potentially cause health problems, the severity of which are dependent on the type of mold and your own person allergen sensitivities.

Beyond cold and flu-like symptoms, mold can also cause muscle and joint pain, fatigue, headache, visual problems, digestion issues, shortness of breath, and more, but it can go undiagnosed for months or even years, especially in homes where the mold is growing out of sight.

The Consequences to Your Home 

Mold can grow in visible areas, such as on the walls or floors, a well as in hidden areas such as under the carpet, in the walls, and in the heating and cooling system. This growth is particularly problematic because it may grow unchecked for a significant period of time before you discover and take steps to fix it.

Homes at particular risk of hidden mold growth are those with plumbing problems, which can provide a water source to fuel growth, and since the plumbing is often hidden inside walls and in basements or crawl spaces, it’s hard to detect a minor leak.

Controlling mold requires that you keep moisture levels to a minimum, and regularly check rooms that have higher moisture content in the air, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. It may also grow on appliances that use plumbing, such as the dishwasher, washing machine, or refrigerator.

The first sign is often a musty odor, or in some cases you might see visible discoloration or spots on the surface where it’s growing. Other signs might be health-related, such as wheezing, respiratory issues, coughing, sneezing, and rashes.

In many cases you will not be able to rid your home of mold without the help of a professional mold remediation company. Call to get your home tested and the mold removed, then focus on preventive measures such as installing high-quality air filters, keeping moisture levels down, checking regularly for leaks in the plumbing (even hidden ones), and having your home tested and professionally inspected at least once or twice a year.

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