House Call Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

What Is Your Toilet Telling You?

Monday, May 6th, 2019
plunging-toilet

The toilet in your home is not the most complex piece of equipment that you own. You use it, you flush it, occasionally—maybe not as frequently as you should, but occasionally—you clean it. That’s about it, right? Well, sure. Until you run into problems with your toilet. Then it becomes quite clear, quite quickly, that this whole toilet situation can be a bit more complicated than you realized. Don’t worry, we’ve got some information to share with you.

While it is true that most scenarios will require professional plumbing services in Williamsburg, VA, there are actually a few toilet issues that you can handle on your own. At least, there are a few fixes you can investigate before you call in the professional plumbers on our team. The moment you suspect that there is no quick fix, however, you should pick up the phone. Don’t cause serious problems with your toilet or your plumbing system in general.

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When Is It Time for Professional Plumbing Repair?

Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Are you one of those people with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality? Well, we understand the logic there, but let us ask you this—what if you don’t really realize that “it” is “broke”? Then what do you do? Because a lot of problems won’t cause immediately obvious issues, but can still pose a threat.

That is why we are going to talk about when you should schedule professional plumbing repair in Chesapeake, VA, in today’s post. If you ask us, it always pays to play it safe when it comes to your plumbing system. Remember, delaying to schedule plumbing repairs does not only put your plumbing system at risk. It puts your property at risk.

Are You Having Trouble with Water Pressure?

There are a lot of different signs that you may have a leak in your plumbing system. The most obvious, of course, is a visible leak. You don’t have to actually see water spilling out of pipes to realize that there is a problem, though. Nor do you have to step onto a soggy carpet to realize that there is an issue.

If you have low water pressure in your home, despite the fact that your water pressure used to be perfectly respectable, then it is definitely possible that you are dealing with a leak somewhere in the system. If it’s local to one area or fixture, then it may be in a single supply line. If it’s throughout the house, however, it could be a leak in your main water line. We’ll figure out what the situation is.

Do You Smell Strange or Unpleasant Odors?

What the heck would a bad smell have to do with a water leak? Well, damp conditions can lead to musty odors and mildew throughout the house. Mold may begin to develop and wood can rot, too. This can all lead to strange and unpleasant odors in the house. Then, of course, there is the fact that it may not be a water leak that you’re dealing with.

If you have a leak in a sewer line, or if you have backed up drains, then you’ll definitely be counting on your nose to alert you to problems. The, um, “good” news here is that at least the warning signs aren’t subtle. They’re also nothing you’ll want to just put up with, so give us a call if your nose gives it away!

What’s. That. Sound?!?

It’s maddening, isn’t it? You’re not using water. You’re not running the dishwasher or cleaning the linens. But still—still—you hear water running. What gives?!?

Don’t worry. This is not some Edgar Allan Poe tale of terror. You aren’t going mad. You may well be hearing water. However, it doesn’t mean it’s coming from a faucet you left on. You could have a leak in the system somewhere, even a slab leak (a terror in its own right!), that is sounding the alarm. We’re the pros that you want on the case to diagnose the problem accurately.

Make House Call Company your plumber of choice. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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Plumbing Tips for Holiday Hosting

Monday, December 31st, 2018
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Of all the different topics that you may cover at your holiday dinner table, we’re betting that your plumbing system and its overall performance won’t make the cut. That is totally understandable. It is, after all, not really dinner conversation to begin with—let alone dinner conversation for entertaining family and friends.

But it is really going to benefit your plumbing system to give it a bit of extra attention over the course of the holiday season. If you are hosting guests, whether just for meals or for an extended stay, then your plumbing system is going to be operating under some added stress during this stretch of the year. Remember to call our number when you need a plumber in Portsmouth, VA.

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Did You Know Our Plumbers Are Here 24/7?

Monday, December 17th, 2018

24-hourWe’ve all been there. It’s well past closing time, and you notice that you have a plumbing problem on your hands. Oh well, you think, I guess I’ll just have to wait until morning to have this taken care of. Well, if that’s your way of thinking, your thinking is way off! We offer 24-hour plumbing in Portsmouth, VA, and our plumbers are ready to go whenever you may need them—no matter how “inconvenient” that timing may be.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Oh, sure, they’ll come out and take a look—and then I’ll be left looking at an empty wallet! Don’t worry about that, either. Of course, our plumbers must be compensated for their time, and after hours services are subject to after hours charges. That being said, we’re not looking to gouge you the way that some plumbers—not true 24-hour plumbers!—might. And, when you enroll in our Peace of Mind Priority Membership Club, you can actually do away with those charges altogether.

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Hire Professionals Plumbers to Clear Clogs

Monday, September 10th, 2018

plumber-fitting-drain“Well, at least it’s just a clogged drain. Sorry, professional plumbers everywhere. This one’s got my name written all over it!”

Okay, you’re probably not that excited to unclog your drains on your own, but it is something that you can at least handle on your own. Right?

Right?

Not really, no. Sure, if it is a shallow enough drain clog, you may be able to loosen it up and flush it further down the drainage system. You may even be able to remove a big chunk of a clog through the old wire hanger approach. If you want the job done effectively and with lasting results, however, you need to schedule your drain cleaning services in Chesapeake, VA with the pros on our staff. This is especially true when the clog is further down in the drain pipe than you can reach. So read on, and remember that “basic” plumbing services are hardly ever so basic in practice. Contact us when you’re ready to hire professional plumbers you can trust.

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Do I Have a Gas Leak?

Monday, August 27th, 2018

gas-meterThe honest answer here has to be “hopefully not,” but we want to reassure you not to panic. If you do have a gas leak, you need to get out of your home, contact the appropriate authorities, and have the professional plumbers resolve the problem. Your safety is at risk when you have a gas leak, and you cannot afford to waste time panicking when you could take proactive measures.

But before you can start taking those measures, you’ll need to recognize you have a gas leak to begin with! You don’t want to complicate a simple problem by thinking it’s something more serious, but you also don’t want to assume nothing is wrong when, well, there is! The Chesapeake, VA plumbing professionals on our team are here to ensure you know what to look for in the event of a gas leak.

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Have a Plumber Install Your Sump Pump

Monday, March 5th, 2018

sump-pumpVirginia is a beautiful place a lot of the time. However, all areas have patches of bad weather. Whether it’s torrential rains or a rapid snowmelt in the winter, we can wind up dealing with a lot of water quite suddenly in this geographic region. Sure, we may not get hurricanes like they do down in the southeast, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t face trouble associated with large amounts of water. That is precisely why you should have a sump pump installed in your home.

Sump pumps have one job to do, and one job only: to pump water out of the lowest level of a home. Flooding is a serious concern, and it can lead to a lot of different problems in a home. Be sure to contact a member of our team as soon as possible if you do not currently have a sump pump in place. When we install and service your sump pump in Chesapeake, VA, you can count on the device to function precisely they way it was designed.

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Don’t Hesitate to Schedule Emergency Plumbing Services

Monday, January 15th, 2018

thumbs-upBecause our plumbing systems are so ingrained in our day to day lives, it can be easy to take them for granted. It’s a lot more difficult to do so, however, when something goes wrong with these systems. It doesn’t even need to be a “major” problem. Any issues with your plumbing system can result in serious inconveniences, and those that are “major” can result in serious damage to your property. That is why you should not hesitate to schedule professional emergency plumbing services in Chesapeake.

We’ve talked before about what exactly constitutes a plumbing emergency. Today, we’re talking more about why you cannot wait when faced with a plumbing emergency. There are reasons why plumbers such as ourselves make themselves available all day, every day, after all. Reado on, and please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you may have. We know how stressful it can be to be faced with a plumbing emergency, and we’re happy to help in any way that we can.

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Plumbing FAQ: What’s That Smell?

Monday, December 18th, 2017

drainWe are not here to tell you just how important your plumbing system is in your day to day life. Assuming that you have indoor plumbing at all, then you are already well aware of how much more convenient, hygienic, and comfortable your life is than it otherwise could be in the absence of such a system. That being said, we will be using today’s post to highlight the fact that any problem with your plumbing system could seriously, and negatively, affect your life.

The “good” news here, if you can really call it that, is that many plumbing problems are going to present you with some pretty clear evidence that something is amiss. One such warning sign is a foul odor coming from your drains or around your property. As is the case with most problems in life, there is more than one potential cause of such odors. Here are a few reasons that you may have odorous plumbing in Williamsburg.

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What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency?

Monday, 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.

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