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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.
 
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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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All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. has received the Angie's List 2010 Super Service Award!

clock February 8, 2011 07:26 by author guest23

 

 

All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. is extremely honored to accept the 2010 Angie's List Super Service Award for two separate categories:  Plumbing and Water Heaters.  This accomplishment is not easily obtained; in each service category the award is only given to the top 5% of companies.

Angie's List Super Service Award winners must meet strict eligibility requirements such as:  earning a minimum number of reports; maintaining an exemplary rating from customers; and abiding by Angie's List operational guidelines.  Quality, dedication, and hard work are the key ingredients in obtaining this award.

We are proud of our Super Service Awards and we recognize that our customers play a critical role in obtaining them.  As a growing organization, it is important for All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. to continue to receive accolades and awards.  Our organization is determined to continue providing outstanding customer service to area homeowners and contractors.  We pledge to provide professional and quality work at a fair price so that we can have a positive impact on our customers, employees, and community.

Thank you to all of our valued customers, contractors, and employees!  We appreciate your loyalty!

 

Sincerely,

Christopher R. Vigna

President/Owner

All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc.

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