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Cleaning Plumbing Pipes

clock October 15, 2012 02:24 by author Chris Vigna

Most home owners spend little time thinking about their drains, but when a stoppage occurs, it can be frustrating. You don’t know how it happened, nor do you know how to fix it.

There are a variety of reasons that a drain can become clogged, and much of it depends upon where the stoppage occurs. Unlike plumbing pipes, drain pipes have no pressure. They are slightly inclined and use gravity to move the waste. They begin at a specific point such as the kitchen or bathroom sink. The drain pipe then extends to the main drain line that extends out to the street. This is where the main sewer line of the city is located.

When you see only one drain clogged, it is because the stoppage occurs before the drain pipe connects to another pipe. Sometimes all the drains will be clogged. This will mean that there is a stoppage that occurs in the main line to the street.

There are different ways to clear the stoppage. The most common is the use of a drain cleaning machine. These consist of long flexible rods that rotate as they are pushed through the drain. They have cleaning fixtures on the ends to ensure the drain is cleaned as well as the cleared of the stoppage. 

There are large versions of these machines designed to clear the main line. Often this line is clogged because of the roots of trees nearby. Over time the roots grow through small seams in the piping connections and debris collects on the roots causing a stoppage. These drain cleaning machines can be equipped with cutting blades to break through the roots.

Most stoppages occur simply because drains need to be cleaned from time to time. Build up of waste in the line will occur, and you will need the drain pipe cleaned. The main line, however, is another issue. A persistent problem can be from trees and other vegetation. If this is the case, the trees will have to be removed, or a cleanout can be installed.

If you are experiencing a slow or clogged drain, do not attempt to clear it yourself. Simply contact All About The Pipes Plumbing, and they can clear the drain as well as make future recommendations for your drainage system.

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Save Money with Clean Pipes in Your Home

clock March 28, 2012 06:14 by author Chris Vigna

Many homeowners do not realize the importance of having clean pipes throughout and around the entire house. Leaving pipes untreated can lead to foul smells or more importantly waste backup, which can lead to high expenses in repairs. Before shelling out unnecessary costs for broken or damaged pipes, consider how regular cleaning by professionals can help save money and eliminate all headaches or worries.

Prevention vs. Cure

Especially when it comes to sewer pipes, it is always more cost-effective and safer to prevent a problem than to cure one. If pipes are not flowing smoothly or there are odors in the water then this is a tell-tale sign to evaluate the current condition. A severely damaged sewer pipe will not only cost a high amount to repair but there is also risk of sewage contaminating the water supply. Even in a newly built home, there can always be issues with the pipes that can lead to complications.

Getting the Job Done

At times it can be confusing to decide whether to clean pipes on your own or hire a professional to get the job done. Especially when it comes to underground pipes, it is not wise to try the repair yourself. There can be no telling what other issues are present and the lack of proper equipment will limit you to what can be done.

Don’t just go with an inexperienced company but find one like All about the Pipes Plumbing Inc. and get the best treatment and maintenance available. Making the wrong decision to either do it yourself or hiring just any company you find will end up costing more money and wasting valuable time. All work relating to pipes should be handled by professionals with extensive knowledge on the entire industry and not just one area.

 

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Simple Solutions To Solve Stuck Stoppers

clock March 22, 2012 05:35 by author Chris Vigna
In our work day travels “All About the Pipes” is on occasion asked why bathtub drain stoppers get stuck. We must admit that we run into that situation fairly regularly, particularly in older homes. We found that there are two main reasons for drain stoppers to fail.

The most common reason is that the stopper mechanism has been subjected to years of soap grime and residue that impedes the action of the stopper arm mechanism. The residue crust settles in the nooks and crannies of the mechanical device so that a positive opening or closure is virtually impossible. The solution is to remove the grime. How do we do it?

Usually we remove the plate cover where the lever is located. The lever is what you manually push or pull up or down to open or shut the drain. When you remove the plate you will see the apparatus that operates the drain. Get your hands on a long handled bottle or tube brush. Then scrub and scrape the device until all signs of soap residue are gone. Give the mechanism a quick blast of water to wash away the crud. Test the operation, then give it a squirt of WD 40. Your sticky stopper should function as a stopper should.

In case the brush trick doesn’t work, that may be an indication that the inner workings of your stopper hardware have worn out. After years of service and friction, that is a distinct possibility. If your tub stopper hardware is somewhat current, you may be able to locate parts that will replace the broken pieces. If you have a tub that is quite old, other arrangements might be in order. A piece might have to be fabricated and improvised. In that situation, we recommend that you call All About The Pipes Plumbing Inc. We can determine if the drain stopper can be repaired or replaced.
 
Clogged bath tub drain stoppers

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Roots In Sewer Line

clock March 16, 2012 06:18 by author Chris Vigna

Waste backups can result from any number of causes. By running a specially designed tiny camera through the sewer line, we can find the cause without going through an expensive process of trial and error. Many older houses in Charlotte have cast iron pipes. Over time they develop fish-like scales on the inside that obstructs the flow of the waste. The pipes can also rust through, allowing roots to infiltrate. Roots love rich, nutritious sewage. Balls of roots will grow inside the pipe, blocking the flow of waste. Sewer pipes can also be broken when trucks drive over them or fencing companies drill into them.


Water flows downhill. Sewer pipes need to have the proper slope from house to city sewage system. If the pipes don’t slope properly, or if the there is “belly” in the line, waste will build up and start running backwards into the house. One of our specially designed sewer cameras provides us with an eye into the sewer lines. It can see all these things and let us know what is the appropriate fix for a particular problem.

So do your pipes seem to be draining slowly? Have you had a previous sewage back up? Do your toilets gurgle when you flush them? Is your house old? These are just some of the scenarios that require the services of a plumber who knows how to use a sewer line camera. The camera can locate obstructions, damage and identify potential problems. We can then check the condition of the pipes underground to head off potential catastrophic failure.

Are you putting in a swimming pool, a water feature, new side walk, or an addition to your home? Our special camera can locate pipes that need to be rerouted or marked so that they are not damaged or covered with concrete.

All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. stays abreast of new technology and breakthroughs that have a positive effect on our work. Please call our customer service line and you can speak directly to Mary or Marta. We can be counted on to provide you with the service you require and save time with our sewer line camera.

 

 

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Water Usage and Your Septic System

clock March 1, 2012 05:47 by author Chris Vigna

Homeowners might be annoyed if local zoning ordinances require testing and possible upgrades to septic systems if more bedrooms are being added to a home. There are, however, very good reasons for those requirements. Each person added to a household adds to the water usage of that home. Septic systems are designed to handle a certain amount of water, and exceeding that amount of water can cause serious problems.

A septic tank works by allowing solids to settle to the bottom, where they are naturally broken up by bacteria. As water rises in the tank, it flows out into a drain field. Overloading the tank causes more solid material to settle in the bottom than will break down readily, and can stir up those solids. An overloaded tank allows those stirred-up solids to flow out into the drain field, contaminating it.

The drain field works by allowing the water to gradually seep through filtering layers into the ground, where it enters the area's ground water. Too much water flowing into the drain field will force contaminated water into the local ground water, and will cause the drain field to become boggy with dirty water at the surface. This creates a disgusting, unsanitary, stinking mess an extra return.

If you have any concerns about whether your septic system is capable of handling the amount of water your home uses, consult qualified experts, like the folks at All About the Pipes.

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When is the Appropriate Time to Call in the Plumber?

clock February 17, 2012 05:17 by author Chris Vigna

Disastrous attempts at home plumbing repairs make for a laugh on TV, but they're not funny when they happen in real life. The flip side, though, is the dismay of spending hard-earned money to have a plumber do something you could have done far less expensively yourself. How is a homeowner to decide which is the wiser choice?

A slow drain is usually caused by a build-up of gunk. If you see an obvious way to remove a trap and fish out the gunk, go ahead. Follow up with a commercial or home-remedy clog remover. Once the obvious solutions have failed, it's time to call a plumber. Repeated attempts to unclog a drain can damage the pipes.

The same goes for toilets. If simple plunging isn't doing the job, there's a problem that needs to be identified and tackled by somebody with know-how.

Drips are another common household problem that people try to fix themselves. If you have made minor home repairs successfully before, a leaky faucet might be a good job for you to tackle, perhaps with guidance from a book, web site, or home-repair store. If you have doubts, watching a plumber make the repair this time can help you judge if you can do it yourself next time.

Any sign of leaks along the pipes themselves, such as dripping, rust, or white mineral build-up, is evidence of a problem that will only get worse. Trained experts like the folks at All About the Pipes can fix everything up as good as new.

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Form and Function for Kitchen and Bath

clock December 5, 2011 22:54 by author Chris Vigna
 
Beautiful plumbing fixtures are older than most people realize. As early as the 18th Century B.C., the Minoan Palace in Crete offered the king indoor plumbing with faucets of precious metals and marble. Technology has improved since then, so although the typical homeowner doesn't enjoy the luxury of a gold spigot in the bathroom, he or she enjoys the even greater, more practical luxury of fine, functional faucets.

Single-handle faucets provide one-handed fine adjustment of water temperature. Aerators provide smooth flow and save water. Swivels, built-in hand-sprayers, and motion detectors enhance ease of use. All of these options can combine into a balance of luxury and economy to suit any price range.

The water needn't even flow straight down, aerated or unaerated, like a traditional faucet. Horizontal or vertical sheets of water, including fountain styles, can provide function as well as beauty. Many fixtures change flow style to fit your changing needs.

For pure drinking water, modern faucets can include the latest in filtration technology. Instant hot water saves energy and time, whether for quick beverages or for speeding up that pot of pasta.

The look can be modern or retro, cosmopolitan or rustic, functional or lavishly artistic. Down to the finest detail, kitchen and bathroom fixtures enhance any style of room. Finishes are available in stainless steel, chrome, brass, ceramic, glass, plastic, wood, and yes, even gold, silver, and marble just like the ancient kings of Crete.

The possibilities are limitless. Qualified plumbing professionals such as All About the Pipes Plumbing Inc., can put the world of choices at anyone's fingertips. 

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Those Stubborn Plumbing Clogs

clock November 21, 2011 01:52 by author Chris Vigna
It happens all the time. The teenager bathes a golden retriever in the bath tub. A cook pours a skillet full of bacon grease down the sink. The proud bearer of long silky tresses finds the shower drain clogged. A toddler flushes something down the toilet that doesn't belong there. Sometimes just the accumulation of little bits of this and that add up to a massive clog. No matter what the cause, everybody who depends on the plumbing wants it draining effectively, and not belching up anything disgusting.

Household drain cleaners and plunging have utterly failed, or only improved things a little. That's when it's time to call in a professional. A trained and experienced plumber can locate the blockage, choose the proper tool, and decide what, if anything, needs to be disconnected or dismantled in order to reach the problem.

One familiar tool is the plumber's snake -- a coiled length of flexible steel cable cranked from a spool. It takes a bit of skill to navigate to the clog and break it free, and an experienced plumber will have the touch. 

The toilet can be trickier. Sometimes a closet auger, similar to a snake but encased in a rigid, specially-shaped shaft, will do the trick. Other times, the toilet must be carefully drained and removed to get at the object that's causing the trouble.

Problems deeper in the plumbing system, such as tree roots blocking outside drain pipes, require equipment such as a power auger, which can get through nearly any of the most stubborn blockages.

Tackling a plumbing job that's beyond your skill might result in damage to your pipes and leave you with an even more expensive plumbing bill. When in doubt, your best tool remains your telephone and the number of a reliable plumbing expert.

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Options for Home Plumbing

clock November 13, 2011 04:54 by author Chris Vigna
Indoor plumbing is a public health miracle that we take for granted until something goes wrong -- especially with the disposal of the used water. That's why it's important to understand your home's plumbing system, and to keep it properly maintained.

Typically, gravity is our friend in waste water removal. A septic system uses gravity to carry the waste water to an on site septic tank, where bacteria break down much of the solid material and a septic field allows the water to gradually leave behind its contaminants while returning to the ground. A sewer system uses gravity to allow waste water to flow to a treatment plant, where a multi-step system removes solids and contaminants before returning the now-clean, potable water to the municipal supply.

A typical plumbing system
Sometimes the lay of the land doesn't cooperate with a gravity system. Lift stations are then used to carry the waste water up hill to the treatment plant. Lift systems can also be necessary for an individual home when the location of the plumbing does not allow gravity to carry the waste water to the septic tank or public sewer system.

Because of the high risk of contamination of the groundwater and the immediate environment, any home plumbing system should be constructed and maintained in keeping with local codes. Skilled plumbing professionals, such as All About the Pipes Plumbing Inc., can help home owners deal with all aspects of plumbing, ensuring that their homes remain clean, healthy, and pleasant.                 

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Greater Charlotte Biz Featuring Chris Vigna President/Owner of All About the Pipes

clock October 10, 2011 02:21 by author guest23
Plumb Crazy to Please Customers
By Barbara Fagan
 

 
 
Is your plumber on your Christmas card list? If you answered “yes” then there’s a good chance your plumber is Chris Vigna, owner and president of All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. 
 
In addition to Christmas cards, Vigna regularly gets Thank You cards from his customers and has even received baby gifts when he and his wife Michelle had their children. So what inspires such goodwill? Courtney Jackson, a customer since 2008, says, “All About the Pipes is extremely professional. It starts from the time you book the job until they are through with the clean up. We had an irrigation pipe burst recently, flooding the front lawn. We called their emergency number at 8:30 that night and received a phone call back within the hour.


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