When Response Time Matters

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In many cases of emergency plumbing need, perhaps the most important factor of all is the response time of the plumbers you call. At All Hours Plumbing, we pride ourselves in a fast response time to prevent any major issues from becoming larger problems than they need to be.

Within several of the most common plumbing areas, how can a quick response time make the difference between a minor issue and a major one? Let’s take a look.

Mold

Often caused by water damage or leaks, mold is a big reason to handle plumbing emergencies immediately and with haste. Mold flourishes in damp conditions and can spread relatively undetected behind cabinets, walls, tiles and in other hidden areas. The longer mold is allowed to flourish, it will grow exponentially – this is more than a “doubles every day” type of situation. If mold is detected, immediate service to stop its spread is vital.

Water Damage

Anytime water leaks into the home, the risk of water damage presents itself. This is another issue that will grow worse if it’s not addressed immediately – instead of a basic leak or a small cleanup, you might be forced to replace drywall, flooring and other materials damaged. At the very first sign of any significant water damage, immediately turn off water supply and contact our plumbers to correct the damage.

Water Waste

Down similar lines, water waste is also an important item to prevent. Even a single minute of significant leaking can waste large amounts of water over time if there are repeated issues, which will cost you on your utility bill and also harm the environment.

Personal Safety

It’s important to remember that certain plumbing issues can be more than an inconvenience – they can be a threat to personal safety. Water damage in particular can lead to issues ranging from mold to electrical shocks, and extreme caution is needed in these situations. Above all else, remember to take safety precautions and call your local plumber right away.

For more information on handling emergency plumbing issues, or to find out about any of our other plumbing services, speak to the experts at All Hours Plumbing today.

The Dangers of Inexperienced Plumbers

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No one wants an inexperienced or unlicensed professional assisting them with any important task, especially not any plumbing services. You call a plumbing company like All Hours Plumbing because of our consistent track record for excellence, and because our service technicians bring expertise and experience to your home.

What are some of the risks of relying on a plumber who isn’t experienced, or doesn’t have the proper licensing or expertise in an important area? Here are some of the key issues you might run into.

Weak Pipe Structure

Pipe structure, or the status of connections and basic placement of your pipes, is one of the foundational elements of your home’s plumbing. Pipes need to be strong, and so do their connections with each other. Any issues here, however minor, could lead to long term problems with leaks, water damage and other significant issues.

An inexperienced plumber handling pipe installation might not know how to properly build or connect certain structures, and this could be a problem you don’t find out about until much later – when only costly repairs can fix the issue.

Loose Pipes

Some of the largest drainage issues around a given home take place due to pipes that were improperly put together, or improperly fitted in the first place. This will lead to both noise and practicality issues, and again, could be something that no one becomes aware of until later, when repairs require busting through walls or other invasive procedures.

Leaks

Down these same lines, hidden leaks often become a problem with an inexperienced contractor. They improperly build or fit pipes, then deem the area ready to go, leading to walls or other structures being finalized around the pipes. This can make detecting leaks very difficult, and water damage will often have long periods of time to pool and worsen in these areas. This can weaken the home’s foundation and cause irreparable damage.

Incomplete Services

Perhaps the worst of all these issues is regularly incomplete services completed by inexperienced technicians. Maybe this is just a valve that isn’t turned well enough, but maybe it’s a more serious issue like a pipe not properly sealed in a tough-to-reach area. Skipping or missing steps can be a major problem during plumbing installation or repairs, and it’s simply more likely to happen if you’re dealing with someone who isn’t reputable in a given area.

To speak to plumbers who get it right every time due to experience and reputation, call the experts at All Hours Plumbing today.

Spotting the Signs of Water Damage

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At All Hours Plumbing, water damage is one of the issues we’re most experienced with. Our expert technicians offer water damage repair and cleanup for a variety of causes and severities, with the expertise to get you and your family back into a healthy home as soon as humanly possible.

Before we can fix your water damage issues, though, it’s up to you to locate them if they’re present in the home. Here are a few telltale signs of water damage to help you keep an eye out:

Basement and Attic Water

As we know, water naturally flows downward with gravity no matter where it is. For this reason, the basement is often where the first signs of water damage will begin to present themselves. You may notice pooling water, often alongside a damp or musky odor. You may see mold, mildew or rust building up – try and track whether mold amounts remain the same or continue to grow.

You’re looking for similar things in the attic, though with different reasons behind them. A leaky roof or faulty insulation can let water in and cause some of the same issues as in the basement, though there are times where water will even leak through another layer and make itself known to you on the main or upper floor.

Walls and Floors

In addition to windows and doorways, walls and floors will often show visible signs of water damage or leakage in the home. Cracks, swelling or general softness may appear on drywall, and floors may show warping characteristics. This is often runoff from leaky pipes elsewhere.

Pipes

Speaking of pipes, it’s a good idea to check the visible areas here every so often. You’re looking for rust anywhere near the connections or elbows, and you’re definitely looking for pooled water or any leaks. Check near the water heater to be sure it’s not leaking, and also check caulking around water features like the sink and shower. If you find any missing or worn down caulking, this could be a sign that water is leaking through. Mold and grout will also be a telltale sign.

Want to learn more about spotting water damage, or interested in any of our other plumbing services? Speak to the experts at All Hours Plumbing today.

Indicators That Your Boiler Needs Repairs

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A boiler is a great alternative to a traditional hot water heater for many people, and like all other household appliances, it requires regular maintenance. At All Hours Plumbing, we’re your one-stop shop for boiler installation, service and repairs when they become necessary.

You can be a big help here as well – identifying boiler issues before they become more serious is often up to the homeowner as the first line of defense. Here are a few common signs that your boiler might be in need of service or repair.

No Hot Water

The most obvious and noticeable sign is when you notice no hot water, or heat from your radiators. This could mean a basic thermostat issue, so check this first, but otherwise it could be something more serious. Also check for low pressure on your boiler’s gauge – if it’s lower than 1, it could just be a pressure adjustment that’s needed. If not, the most likely culprit is a broken part or a valve that needs replacing.

Low Pressure

If hot water is working, but is coming out of pipes very weakly, this is another telltale sign. This could mean an issue with the entire home, so check the main line’s pressure first here. If not, a common reason for low pressure is a blockage somewhere in the system, which could be caused by a leak in some cases.

Banging Noises

Strange noises from the boiler can be a signal of air in the system – it will often create gurgling, whistling or banging noises. These sounds could also mean that pipes aren’t fitted correctly and are knocking together as air and water goes through them, in which case your pipes would need to be adjusted. Banging pipes could also be a sign of pump failure, which would mean a replacement was needed.

Leaks or Drips

Hot water corrodes metal faster than cool water, so leaks caused by corrosion are pretty common. Check the boiler for any leaks or pooling water in the area.

Pilot Light

If you notice the pilot light continuously going out, first check your gas supply to make sure there are no issues there. If this isn’t the issue, it could be due to a wind draft, a build-up in the pilot light, or a broken thermocouple.

Want to learn more about identifying boiler issues, or any of our other plumbing services? The pros at All Hours Plumbing are standing by to assist you.

The Primary Causes of Water Damage

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Perhaps the most common reason we’re called upon for our emergency plumbing services at All Hours Plumbing is water damage. Whether in the home or business, water damage can create significant issues – both in the cost and health realms.

What are some of the main culprits in creating water damage in the home? Let’s look at a few, and how you can avoid them to prevent significant water damage repairs.

Broken Pipes and Hoses

This is the most common reason for water damage, both in the home or in commercial buildings. A burst water main, old pipes or damaged supply hoses to various water-related items are often the underlying reasons here – water damage can even be caused by ice-maker supply lines that fail. Regular maintenance for pipes and hoses is recommended to help ward off water damage.

Accidents

Sitting just behind broken pipes and hoses on the common water damage causes list is various accidents. These are mostly home issues – things like overflowing bathtubs, broken toilets and other issues caused directly by human error. These are most common with children around, so anyone with small children should take extra care to watch all water-related items.

Sewer Back Up

Sewer lines flow well outside your house, and there are obstacles that may cause a blockage in certain areas. These are often tree roots or branches – trees want water, and they may grow close to a source if they sense it. There are several enzyme drain treatments available that will help reduce the likelihood of this happening to you.

Basement Humidity

Mostly due to pressure buildup over time and aging infrastructure, humidity built up in the basement of certain homes can grow large enough to create water damage issues. Smaller issues here can use a dehumidifier to help, but larger ones may require professional waterproofing.

Flash Floods

These are less common, but they can occur in areas that don’t typically expect flooding – usually due to extreme weather or other circumstances.

Want to learn more about water damage and its signs, or interested in finding out about any of our other pluming services? Our technicians at All Hours Plumbing are waiting to assist you.

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