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Best Way to Clean Faucet Aerator

clock April 4, 2013 23:33 by author Chris Vigna

Faucet Aerators can become clogged over time, causing problems with the water flow. Mineral deposits from within the water can accumulate in the faucet aerators in the kitchen and bathroom sinks. Common signs of a clogged aerator are changes in water pressure and uneven flow. For the best results, routinely clean this part of the faucet. How often it will be necessary depends on how many minerals are present in the city’s water.

Cleaning a faucet aerator is a very simple process that the home owner can do themselves. Protect the aerator with a rag to avoid any damage or scratching. Use pliers over the rag to unscrew the faucet aerator. Take the piece apart once it has been removed. There are usually three separate pieces in a standard aerator, the housing unit, main body, and the screen. Keep in mind how it comes apart to make reassembly easier. Let all pieces soak in a dish of white vinegar overnight. The next day, scrub each piece with a tooth brush to remove debris. Reassemble the faucet aerator and screw it back in place. At this point the water should run evenly and at full pressure.

In most situations this will be enough to solve the problem with the water flow. In case there is still low pressure or uneven flow, call a professional to investigate for further complications. The professional staff at All About Pipes Plumbing, Inc. can help you get your water flow back on track. Serving the Charlotte North Carolina area, we are a Better Business Bureau member and have received a super service award from Angie's List. All of our parts and labor are backed up with a two year warranty. Home owners can trust All About Pipes Plumbing. Every plumber is insured, licensed, and bonded for your peace of mind. The Charlotte Weekly Magazine rated us Best of Charlotte for exceptional service and quality work. We can help with all plumbing problems and routine maintenance, saving the homeowner time and hassles.

 

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Routine Maintenance Keeps Your Home Plumbing Running Smoothly

clock February 5, 2013 20:43 by author Chris Vigna
Ongoing maintenance is an important factor concerning home plumbing, as it keeps the system up to par, which reduces the possibility of malfunctions in the future. Examples of mini disasters that can result from poor maintenance are pipe breaks, toilet leaks and abrasive flush noise, clogged shower heads, and sink problems. Other problems can affect the kitchen fixtures, and the pipes that run throughout the rest of the house. From the emergence of smelly drain odors to the pipe noises that make individuals uncomfortable, home plumbing can become defective over time if it is neglected. In order to prevent these things from happening, home owners should make routine maintenance a priority.
 
The worst thing anyone can do is attempt to put a patch on every defect. For example, if the sudden closure of a valve or pump failure causes water hammer, a noise which happens in pipe lines, a professional company should oversee what happens next. Some individuals seek to solve the issue independently, with no knowledge of what can happen next. This leads to more problems. Checking for these issues is the only independent venture that yields positive results. But patch up work is not maintenance, but is rather like placing a band aid on a deep gash that needs the care of a professional.
 
Any home is an investment, and maintaining its systems may be time consuming. But the time spent is worth the long term benefits. A smooth running plumbing system is better than one that demands repair expenses on a frequent basis. It also supports a steady utility bill that does not fluctuate. Contacting a professional business like All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. is ideal in implementing routine maintenance. The burden of addressing all inconsistencies within the plumbing system is taken off of the home owner's list of tasks.

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Save Yourself a Bundle This Winter: Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes

clock November 26, 2012 23:31 by author Chris Vigna
 
If you live in a climate that regularly experiences harsh, cold winters, you probably already know that the pipes that transport water to your bathtub, shower and faucets can be damaged by freezing water. However, many people don’t know how to avoid frozen pipes, simply hoping that they won’t reach winter while preparing for the worst. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help avoid frozen pipes this winter.
 
Install Heating Cables
 
Pipes in your crawlspace and under your home are susceptible to freezing when the winter weather really gets bad. To prevent the pipes from getting so cold that they freeze and pressure builds up, electric heating cables can be put around the pipes, making sure the temperature of the pipe doesn’t drop to or below freezing. Electric heating cable installation should be handled by a professional, as installing the heating cables improperly could start a fire.
 
Turn Off the Water
 
If you’re going out of town for any period of time over the winter, turning off the water is something you absolutely must do. Without the flow of water, the likelihood of damage to your home is greatly reduced. If you leave the water on, a broken pipe could result in severe flood damage inside your home since nobody will be there to take care of it. Before you leave, turn the main water valve off, even if you’re only going to be gone for a few days.
 
Consider Having Certain Pipes Re-Routed
 
While it might seem like a costly endeavor to have some of the pipes in your home re-routed, doing so can actually save you a great deal of money over the long run since your pipes won’t be nearly as susceptible to damage. Commonly, pipes that are placed in areas without central heat like in an attached garage, basement or attic, are the ones that are most likely to burst. Re-routing these pipes to a warmer place, especially if there isn’t a labyrinthian grid of them in the area isn’t a particularly costly job. For more information visit All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc.

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Three Common Plumbing Emergencies

clock October 24, 2012 03:05 by author Chris Vigna
The hectic lifestyle that most lead can be overwhelming enough. Add a plumbing emergency to your busy lifestyle and you have the makings of one of the more frustrating situations a homeowner can face. Since a major plumbing emergency typically happens at the most inopportune time, why not think ahead and get the contact information of All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc.?
 
The gas leak is one of the most dangerous home emergencies a person can face. As the smell of rotten egg wafts through the air, you could perhaps ignore the severity of the problem for a while but not an extended amount of time. That smell serves as an indicator that there is a gas leak that needs to be thoroughly investigated by a plumbing emergency professional, like All About the Pipes. As soon as such this smell is detected, you should seek out an immediate consultation. 
 
A sewer backup is another example of a plumbing emergency that could cost thousands in repairs. While the city may be responsible for the sewer lines they maintain, they are not in any way responsible for any damage done to the foundation, landscaping or basement of a property caused by a sewer blockage tied to the homeowner’s internal plumbing. When called, the guys at All About the Pipes Plumbing can inspect your lines carefully, identifying the source of the blockage. If a backwater valve is required, an expert plumbing professional can definitely handle the installation.
 
Lastly, your aging water heater can break at any time. When the minor annoying leak occurs, having the heater inspected by plumbing professionals, like All About the Pipes, is something most people put off doing for an indefinite amount of time. There are often telltale signs that a water heater may be on its last leg, and it’s up to you to take notice of this before it becomes a major problem. When the minor leaks becomes a larger one and the water begins to seep into the home and saturate the carpet the problem becomes a costly, urgent matter. The water damage, the carpet restoration fees, cleaning costs and labor for all of these services can add up rather quickly. We can check the health of the water heater as soon as a leak is detected.
 
When it comes to residential plumbing, minor problems can quickly become costly. It is better to get the contact information of All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. on hand to contact in case of an emergency or when inspection work is promptly needed.

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Plumbing Tips to Ensure Your Vacation Property Pipes Survive the Winter

clock October 15, 2012 03:58 by author Chris Vigna

 

Frozen and broken water pipes are among the most claims and the highest claims paid by insurance companies in the U.S. With the winter chill full steam ahead, here are just a few tips to keep you vacation property plumbing systems in tip -top shape: 

• Insulate your pipes - Foam sleeves are an excellent way to avoid having your pipes accumulate frost or even worse having them split from the expansion of ice.

• Disconnect hoses from outside faucets - This prevents hoses from freezing, expanding, and leaking. If your house has interior shut-off valves for outdoor faucets, shut them off and drain the water from the faucet. If you don't have interior shutoffs, the installation of a shut-off valve or a frost-proof faucet may be a great investment to prevent water damages.

• Flush your water heater - Since your water heater works harder during the colder months, by flushing your water heater, you can remove deposit build-up that shortens the life of your water heater. A typical water heater last between 8 to 12 years.

• Make sure your main shutoff valve is in good operating condition - This allows you to turn off your water in a timely manner in case of an emergency. Locating and turning off shutoff valves in your vacation property can save you thousands in case of an emergency.

• Check to ensure snow and ice are not restricting water drainage or vents from your vacation home - This is important because if the water discharge (i.e. sump pump) is blocked by snow or ice, freezing could occur as well as water backing up in your home. Also, make sure your water heater vent is clear of any restriction of snow or ice to maximize the efficiency of your water heater.

By utilizing these tips for your vacation home during winter, you can save time, money and energy for costly repairs. If you are still experiencing frozen and broken water pipes, it may be best to contact plumbing professionals like All About The Pipes Plumbing to do the job for you.

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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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How Can I Extend The Life Of My Kitchen Sink Plumbing?

clock August 12, 2012 21:51 by author Chris Vigna

You might have the very best heavy gauge stainless steel kitchen sink on the market. You no doubt take good care of it and avoid using caustic cleaners or scratchy scouring pads to clean it. As a result your sink will look good and last for many years.

But what about the plumbing underneath the sink? Out of sight out of mind you say? Shame on you. We have a better solution. You can make the unseen plumbing last for years with just a minimal amount of care. Let's start at the beginning. Start with the best plumbing fixtures you can get your hands on.

The next thing you should be sure to avoid doing is using hard-core, extra strength drain cleaners to clear a completely clogged drain. You know what kind of clog we are talking about. We mean a drain that does not allow any water to flow on through. When you pour some of that nasty lye based caustic cleaner down your drain, it will sit there and work at corroding not only your pipes and traps, it can also eat away at your sink. You don't want to replace your plumbing so early in the game.

The other under counter element you must protect is your garbage disposal. Never pour drain cleaner into the side of the sink where your disposal lives. Bad things can and usually will happen. Don't put in things like corn silk, onion skin, bananas and anything else you could not easily digest yourself into the disposal. Run plenty of cold water through the disposal after you use it to flush out all the bad stuff. The best option for under sink care is to call the guys at All About The Pipes Plumbing Inc. when faced with a major clog. They know how to use a snake or a vacuum device to remove the sitting water. One call and it is done, quickly and economically.

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