What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency?

December 4th, 2017

question-markSometimes there is just no telling when a problem with your plumbing system is going to arise. Yes, most problems will give you clues and hints that trouble is brewing. That does not mean, however, that you will always notice them, or that you can be expected to. In many instances, after all, problems with your plumbing system are only going to become symptomatic after they have already started to do some damage. So what do you do when a problem does pop up out of seemingly nowhere?

If your answer is “wait until the plumbing companies get going in the morning,” then you may not be exactly right. Yes, many problems with your plumbing system may be able to wait until morning, or even over a long weekend, before being resolved. However, there are others that are going to demand much more immediate attention. That is when you need to schedule emergency plumbing services in Chesapeake, VA. Contact a member of our team to do so. Continue Reading

Plumbing FAQ: What Is Hydro Jetting?

November 20th, 2017

drainWhen it comes to plumbing in Williamsburg, you may think first and foremost of the faucets and fixtures that distribute water throughout your home. Obviously, this supply side of the plumbing system is incredibly important. It is also only one half of the whole picture. The other half is the drainage side of your plumbing system. Your drain and sewer system plays a vital role in your day to day life, and you cannot afford to take any chances with its overall operation.

Okay, so what type of problems do you expect to encounter with your drain and sewer system? If you said “slow-moving, backed up drains and clogs,” then you have a good idea of what issues to expect. Now, what do you do about them? If your answer doesn’t start with calling us to schedule service, then you need to reconsider your position. We offer hydro jetting services designed to leave your drains and sewers clean and clear. Continue Reading

Why Is Generator Maintenance Necessary?

November 6th, 2017

installing-whole-house-generatorTemperatures are dropping, slowly but surely: particularly at night. It is not going to be long before the coldest time of the year is upon us. While we may not get the heaviest snowfalls in the country, the combination of the cold and the issues that winter storms can create makes the prospect of going without electricity for any amount of time during the winter deeply unsettling. It is for precisely this reason that you should consider the installation of a whole-house generator in Portsmouth, VA.

A whole-house generator allows for a level of protection and convenience that smaller, portable generators simply cannot match. Now, don’t get us wrong. Some level of coverage is better than none in the event of a power outage. But why not go the whole hog? Work with a member of our team to find the right generator for your needs. We’ll install it properly from the first step to last. We also offer the generator maintenance service that your system needs to excel in its operation.  Continue Reading

Plumbing Pro Tip: Little Leaks Are Big Problems

October 23rd, 2017

flooded-roomIndoor plumbing is, obviously, ubiquitous in homes throughout the country in this day and age. While some people may have camps or cabins without indoor plumbing, most of us have running water and flushing toilets in our year-round homes. In fact, many would categorize a dependable indoor plumbing system as more of a necessity than they would a luxury. It is for this exact reason that any problem with your plumbing system, no matter how “minor” it may be, should be handled as promptly as possible.

Now, leaks are clearly one of, if not the, most common of all plumbing problems. It is important to remember that you don’t need to have an inch of water on your floors in order to have a leak that demands immediate attention, however. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that no leak can really be called a minor leak. If you do have a leak in your plumbing system, contact the Chesapeake, VA plumbing repair professionals on our team to have the problem resolved.  Continue Reading

Plumbing Tip: Detecting Gas Leaks

October 9th, 2017

gas-range-burnersNatural gas is one of the most commonly used and highly regarded fuel sources available here in the United States. This should really come as no surprise when you consider that natural gas is quite affordable and extremely convenient. It burns efficiently, and the fact that it is largely a domestic product means that it is not as subject to the volatility of the marketplace the way that foreign oil can be. However, there are still concerns to keep in mind.

As is the case with any combustible fuel source, natural gas does have the potential to create a hazardous situation on your property. When you leave your gas piping services to qualified professionals, such as the Williamsburg, VA plumbing experts on our staff, the risk of any such problems is minimized. Because your safety is among our very top priorities, we want to use this post today to help you understand how you can spot potential gas leaks in your home and on your property. Continue Reading

Plumbing FAQ: Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth It?

September 25th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterThere are a lot of different systems and appliances we use in our homes to live comfortably and conveniently. Few of these systems and appliances work quite as hard as the water heater. Whenever you shower, do the laundry, run the dishwasher, or simply wash your hands, you are counting on your water heater to provide you with the hot water needed. For precisely this reason, it is vital that you have the right water heater installed in your home.

There are more options than you may realize when it comes to water heaters. One system we recommend in certain situations is the tankless water heater. While tankless water heaters are not for everyone or every situation, they can benefit some homeowners greatly. Our Chesapeake, VA plumbing professionals have some information to share with you to help determine if a tankless water heater is the right system for your needs. Continue Reading

Ask a Plumber: How Do I Avoid Clogs?

September 11th, 2017

clearing-blocked-drainHomeowners always have questions they’d like to ask professional plumbers. But they don’t always have access to professional plumbers! While we are always happy to hear from our clients–existing and potential alike–we are also very busy. We don’t want to leave you in the lurch, though, which is why we like to provide some answers to questions common enough to anticipate. This week, we’ll be talking about how you can avoid clogged drains in your home.

There are a lot of reasons why drains may clog, and not all of them can be easily avoided, if avoided at all. However, there are also plenty of situations in which clogs can be avoided, but are not due to human error. Keep the following tips in mind, and always remember to call a professional plumber in Chesapeake, VA if you are having trouble with your drains. We are more than happy to keep your system functioning properly.

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Plumbing Problems: Toilet Leaks

August 28th, 2017

toiletThere is no denying that the bathroom is one of the most important areas in any home. Kids can share a single bedroom, you can forgo the dining room for a smaller eating nook, but you absolutely need to have a bathroom in your home. Considering just how important the bathroom is in your day to day life, it should be obvious that any problems with your bathroom plumbing system are cause for concern. Among the most concerning of these problems is a leaking toilet.

The good news is that a toilet leak may not necessarily be as bad as you think it is. The bad news is that it can be as bad as you think it is. We have some tips to help you deal with a leaking toilet, including some common misconceptions and advice about when to call a plumber. When you need bathroom plumbing services in Williamsburg, VA, remember to call on us.

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When to Hire a Professional Plumber

August 14th, 2017

woman-with-plungerWe know, we know. In this day and age, everyone has an internet connection and everyone can watch everyone else’s “how to” videos online. We know something else too, though. We know that, in most cases, DIY efforts simply cannot match the competence and results of professional plumbing services. While there are certainly exceptions to the rule, and different homeowners will have different backgrounds and skill sets, the fact remains that most plumbing services in Chesapeake, VA are best left to the pros.

Today we want to talk a little bit about situations in which you should really skip the online tutorials, bypass the old toolbox, and pick up the phone to schedule professional plumbing service. We suspect that some homeowners may balk at these suggestions — but those are exactly the homeowners that wind up calling us once the problem has worsened! At the very least, keep these tips in mind, and be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have.

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3 Air Conditioning Problems You Need to Watch for This Summer

July 31st, 2017

air-conditioning-repairAir conditioning systems are more likely to develop problems during the summer than at any other time of the year. You don’t want to have your AC break down on you in the middle of a heat wave. So it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the signs that your air conditioner is in need of repairs. The faster you can tell that your air conditioner is in trouble, the faster you can get it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s have a look at three common air conditioning problems to watch for this summer and their symptoms. Continue Reading