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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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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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All About the Pipes Plumbing Can Help

clock January 24, 2011 05:48 by author guest23

 

It is beginning to feel like spring. Along with that comes the urge to spring clean. One item that is often overlooked in the cleaning spree is  your water heater. When was the last time you had your water heater flushed. One of the main sources of water heater failure is the build up of sediment in the tank. This not only causes the tank to fail but also diminishes the efficiency of your water heater. Ever see the rust marks on your clothes and wonder where they come from.

Your water heater is one of the main culprits. While we are on the subject of the water heater have you ever wished you could just turn on your shower and it be hot and not have to wait several minutes for the hot water? Don't even mention the amount of water wasted down the drain waiting for said water to get warm. Don't know about you but  my water bill is not a pretty sight. All About the Pipes Plumbing can help you with both! We can flush your water heater to keep it at it's maximum efficiency which will ultimately save you money. We can also install a recirculation pump that will put hot water at your finger tips not to mention the fact it saves the average family of four 12000 gallons of water a year!

For more information call the professionals at All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. to see how we can improve the efficiency of your home and save you money!
 

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