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» Dallas Emergency Plumbing Solves Common Toilet Problems

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Common Toilet Problems Dallas Emergency Plumbing

Are you having a problem with a running, leaking or clogged toilet? Many homeowners commonly encounter these types of problems. Before stressing too much over the situation, check out these simple fixes from your Dallas emergency plumbers!

Running Toilets: Running toilets are one of the most common home plumbing problems. If left unrepaired, this issue can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. So don’t wait! The problem may be a defective flapper and it can be solved by simply replacing the part. Some flappers cost as little as $5, so this may be a simple and inexpensive repair that can save you money in the long run!

Clogged Toilets: Clogged toilets should be fixed immediately to avoid bathroom flooding and costly damage to your property. A common solution is to use a force-cup plunger. Start by placing the plunger in the bowl and pumping forcefully. After a few pumps, slowly release the suction and check if your toilet is draining successfully. For more serious clogs, use an auger by guiding it into the siphon at the bottom of the bowl, but take care not to scratch the fixture. If you don’t have an auger or you’re still having problems, call your local plumber to help!

Leaking Toilets: Toilet leaks can stem from a variety of problems. For instance, the tank to bowl gasket may be worn. To replace the seal, first drain and unscrew the tank. Then, turn the tank upside down to remove and change out the worn seal. Finally, replace the tank and screws making sure they’re tight to prevent leaking.

Many homeowners encounter problems with their toilets, but if you run across a problem, don’t stress! Use these simple solutions above to quickly and inexpensively fix any issues your favorite bathroom fixture is having. If you continue to have problems, contact your local Dallas emergency plumbing team at AAA Auger today!

 

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» Houston Texas Plumbing Services’ Water Heater Troubleshooting Guide

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Houston Texas Plumbing Services water heater

Winter will be here before you know it! So, if your water heater is already showing signs of irregularity, make sure to diagnose and fix the problem before it’s too late. Our Houston, Texas plumbing services team doesn’t want you to be stuck with cold water all winter, so view their water heater troubleshooting guide below:

Water is Too Hot:

Your thermostat may be set too high. Set the temperature lower, then see if the problem persists. If so, you may have a malfunctioning thermostat and it may need to be replaced.

Water Smells:

If the water from the faucet smells, there may be a buildup of bacteria in the tank. Try flushing the tank, then if the odor has not gone away consider replacing the anode rod. Using a different type of metal may prevent corrosion therefore, keeping unpleasant odors at bay.   

No Hot Water:

If the water heater is electric, check the circuit breaker to make sure that the unit is powered. If that hasn’t solved the problem, you may have an issue with the thermostat or wiring within the water heater. Turn off the unit and consult your owner’s manual or contact your plumber. If the water heater is gas or propane fueled, verify that the gas valve is in the open position. Next, check if the pilot is lit. If the pilot fails to light, turn the gas valve off and contact your plumber.

Unit is Loud When Heating:

This problem is not common in gas-fueled water heaters. However, this may occur in  electric-powered units. Generally, the problem is caused by scale buildup on the heating elements inside the unit. To resolve this problem, consider replacing the affected parts.

If your water heater is showing signs of trouble, make sure to fix the problem before it’s too late! If you run into a bigger problem, contact the Go-To Guys at our Houston, Texas plumbing services today.

 

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» Emergency Plumbing Dallas Shares: How to Unclog the P-trap

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Emergency Plumbing Dallas P-trap

Is your sink draining slow? The problem may be linked to a blocked p-trap. P-traps contain pockets designed to hold a small amount of water in order to prevent sewer gasses from leaking into your home. Due to this pocket, unwanted items may collect and result in sewer blockage. Avoid these pesky clogged pipes with Dallas emergency plumbing team’s step-by-step guide to help you unclog the p-trap.

1. Gather your materials. You will need a bucket, old toothbrush and a few replacement washers.

2. Next, turn off the water to the fixture. Underneath the sink, unscrew the p-trap and put the bucket underneath the drain. This allows the bucket to catch any excess water leaking from the pipe.

3. Then using the old toothbrush, scrub inside the drain to remove any debris or dirt. Be sure to clean off as much as possible.

4. After a thorough cleaning, replace the sink trap and use the new washers. Replacing worn washers before reassembling the fixture can help to prevent future leaks.

5. Your p-trap should be unblocked and ready for use!

Blocked drains are a common problem and a homeowner’s worst nightmare. If cleaning does not solve the problem or you continue to experience slow draining, contact AAA Auger, your emergency plumbers in Dallas!

 

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» Plumbers in Austin Share Rainwater Collection Quick Facts

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Our plumbers in Austin love to share all the different ways to conserve water and stay green. Rainwater collection is one of our plumber’s favorite ways to do this! Read these quick facts to see what you need to know about rainwater collection below:

- Gardening – There are a few precautions when using greywater for gardening with edible foods, however, you can easily use this recycled water for houseplants!
- Auto Cleaning – Why use potable water to wash your ride? Never waste another bucket of freshwater again! As a matter of fact, AAA AUGER Austin washes its entire fleet with harvested rainwater.
- Lower Water Bill – You can save a lot of green by being green around your home. A few changes can result in less water used and lower your bills.
- Get Money Back – If you start saving water today, you can get money back with the City of Austin Rain Barrel Rebate Program!
- Water Resource in Drought – In Austin, rain can be scarce in the summer months, but the water you save during spring can be enough to water your lawn and flowers during this dry time of year.
- Reduce City Cost – You’re not the only one that saves money when you participate in rainwater collection. The city also pays less for sewage treatment facilities.  

If you’re interested in learning more about rainwater collection, contact our plumbers in Austin today!

 

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» San Antonio Plumbers Explain Water Heater Pressure Release Valve

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

water heater San Antonio

Having a water heater in San Antonio is a must! Although it doesn’t get too cold in Central Texas, who doesn’t like having a warm shower on a cool fall morning? If your water isn’t heating up properly, the problem may be the pressure release valve.

First, what is a pressure release valve? This little device is necessary because as the water heats up, pressure rises within the tank. The valve acts as a safety device, releasing pressure in the tank to prevent it from reaching a dangerous level. If the pressure becomes too high, there is a major risk that your water heater could begin spraying hot water or explode, causing major damage and possibly injury.

Water Heater manufacturers recommend replacement of the pressure release valve every three years. Today, most valves are a combination Temperature and Pressure Valve. If you’re having problems with this device, you may need to test it. If it needs to be replaced, a new Temperature and Release Valve costs approximately $20, which we believe is a small price to pay for peace of mind and hot water!

If you run into any problems when checking the pressure release valve on your water heater in San Antonio, make sure to contact a AAA AUGER technician today! 

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» Water Softener Service: DIY Inspection

Friday, August 30th, 2013

water softener service

It’s easy to forget about your water softener. However, it work so hard each day. To show your water heater some love, as well as keep it from needing any water softener service, take these DIY tips to get it working like new!

Cleaning the Cabinet/Brine Tank:

First, inspect the cabinet to check for salt buildup. Begin by turning off the unit’s water and power supply. Then, lift up the lid  to see if there is any white buildup on the sides. If there is a buildup present, it will have to be cleaned off. To do this, use a wooden ruler or similar device to break the crust into pieces. Then, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove them. Next, wipe down the inside of the cabinet with a lint-free cloth damp with warm water. Finally, dry the inside with another lint-free cloth and fill the brine tank with the salt of your choice until it is two-thirds full.

If you notice that there is buildup each time you check it, you may want to consider purchasing salt with less impurities. This may cost more up front, but you will spend less time cleaning out the cabinet every few months.

Cleaning the Brine Line:

After you have inspected or cleaned the tank, consult your owner’s manual to locate the brine line to clean it, as well. Make sure the water and power are still turned off and, using an adjustable wrench, remove the compression nut connecting the line to the control unit. Then, take the line and rinse it out with warm water. If it is severely clogged, use a turkey baster to push water though and break it up. Finally reconnect the line and screw the compression nut back into place.

Cleaning the Injector:

For step three, locate the water softener’s injector on top of the unit. You can generally find this near the brine line and behind the access panel. This part of the unit controls how much salt travels to the main tank, so similarly to the brine line, it can also clog occasionally.

To clean the injector, ensure that the power and water is off. Then, unscrew the access panel and remove the injector. Next, carefully inspect the injector’s filter screen and o-rings for anything that would be obstructing the flow. If you do find some buildup, gently was them with warm water and a small amount of dish soap. If either of these seem to be worn, replace immediately. Finally, return the screen and o-rings to the unit and reinstall the injector.

Turn the power and water supply to the unit back on and your water softener should be working like new!

If you have any problems arise when performing your DIY water softener service, contact AAA AUGER today!

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» What are a Sewer Clean Outs?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

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If you’ve had any problems with your sewer system or have heard your plumber mention using the sewer clean outs you may be wondering what that is. Read below to find out exactly what sewer clean outs can do for you and your home!

Many sanitary sewer systems built before 1979 were not equipped with sewer clean outs. So during this time, many plumbing codes mandated that all sanitary sewer systems need to have the two directional clean outs installed in the line. Two are installed so the pipe line can be augered from both directions, allowing for optimal drainage.

The biggest benefits to having clean outs, are that they provide a ground-level access point in which underground sewer lines can be easily cleaned. Without this access, draining or cleaning the line proves difficult and much less effective. Sewer clean outs that have been properly installed use a combination fitting that allows for the easy entry of a cutter blade. These blades, upon insertion, scrape the wall of the sewer line to properly remove years of sewage, mineral and soap deposits. This leaves you with a sewer system that’s seemingly brand new!

Have sewer clean outs ever saved you time and money? Tell us in the comments below!

If you notice that your sewer system is acting up, contact AAA AUGER today to get a qualified team to come out and help solve your plumbing problem! We guarantee, for a certain amount of time, the cleaning and clearing of all sanitary sewer lines that are free of defects.

 

 

» 5 Things to Know Before Flushing a Water Heater

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

We’ve gone over the actual process of how to flush your water heater, but when dealing with a tank full of hot water, there are a few things to keep in mind for safety’s sake. Read over this list of tips and precautions to know before flushing a water heater to keep you and your family safe:

1) A normal water heater tank can hold about 30 to 100 gallons of water, so it is important to choose a location that is far away from any people or property that could be damaged.      

2) Most home-drainage systems are made from PVC piping. This type of pipe is not designed to handle high-temperatures, or liquids above 140 degrees. So, take care that the water does not drain directly into your plumbing system. 

3) Draining it into your yard will harm the grass and any vegetation due to the water’s extreme heat. While draining the water heater onto your driveway or street, will most likely stain the concrete with any rust that has formed in the tank.

4) Some professionals recommend detergents or acid-based products be added to the water to help break down the minerals that form. However, we recommend that any water heater tank needing these extra chemicals, should be replaced.

5) Make sure to follow the water heater’s specific instructions for flushing your unit. If you can’t find them, call one of our specialists and provide the model and serial number and we can help you locate them for you! 

Do you have anything to add to our list of things to know before flushing your water heater above? Tell us on Facebook!

 

 

» Slab Leak Detection: 4 Possible Causes

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

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As your home ages, knowing what can cause a leaky slab can greatly help you during the slab leak detection process. Here is our list of four things that generally cause this pesky problem to arise in your home’s foundation:

1) Dissimilar metal corrosion – Also known as electrolysis, this process can occur when metals of dissimilar composition are joined. This process is sped up when an electrolyte, such as water, is added to the mix.  

2) Leaking pipes – Potable water pipes beneath the foundation are prone to leak and cause movement in the slab. On a slab that has poor bedding or poor protection against friction, slab leaks are not uncommon.

3) Corrosion erosion – Sometimes turbulence is caused within copper piping when the ends are not properly reamed. This process is also most common in directional joints.

4) Binding due to ground movement – When the ground moves the slab can be broken due to poor initial construction. The concrete slab under your home should be made to withstand normal ground shift.

If you suspect that you are in need of slab leak detection, contact AAA AUGER today!   

 

 

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» Plumbers Explain: a Belly in Sewer Line

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

belly in sewer line

There are many things that plumbers say that make no sense to the average homeowner. It’s easy to understand why giggling always follows our statement that there is a belly in your sewer line. Our service technicians always try to explain on site, but sometimes, it helps to read it for yourself. Below find our explanation of a belly and what it could mean for your sewer system:

What is a Belly?

Bellies are low spots in a sewer line. Sewer lines made from PVC are more susceptible to this type of defect, however it can affect lines comprised of any material. Bellies can form over time when the piping is not properly bedded when installed. Bedding the sewer line is the process in which the area around the pipeline is prepared before installation to prevent later problems. The only way to repair a belly, is to manually repair the line. They are also known as “low spots” or “sags.”

What does Having a Belly in the Sewer Line Mean?

When a belly has formed, the sewer line will hold water just as a p-trap holds water under a drain in your home. Some bellies do not cause any harm or inconvenience to the home or sewer system, however problems can still occur.

What Problems Arise From a Belly?

If paper or other solids settle in the sag, they can buildup and result in a “soft blockage”. These can be inconvenient, but are easily solved by a plumbing professional when they insert a manual sewer auger. You may also see specialists use electrician’s “fish tape” or a garden hose attached to a hose bibb and vacuum breaker. Each of these are pushed through the sewer clean out to break up the blockage. Generally after this process, additional water is fed into the sewer line to make sure the solids travel all the way to the main sewer.

If you need a plumber that is willing to take the time to explain their process or terms such as, a belly in the sewer line with professionalism and care, contact us today!

 

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