House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘plumber’

Don’t Accidentally Contribute to Clogs!

Monday, May 20th, 2019

One of the most common of all plumbing problems at home is the clogged drain. It is also one of those problems that is most commonly contributed to by homeowners themselves. We get it—you’re not always super aware of your drains even when you are using them. You should give them a bit more thought if you really want to avoid clogs in your plumbing system, though.

That’s why we’re going to cover some simple ways in which you can help to cut down on instances of clogged drains in your home. Keep these tips in mind, and enjoy the best performance possible from your plumbing in Hampton, VA. Don’t take for granted a system that works so hard for you day in and day out!

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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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Is DIY Drain Cleaning Effective?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

drainThe answer to that question is simple: no. Do-it-yourself drain cleaning methods are never as effective as having a professional plumber perform a cleaning. Sure, there are a lot of online tips and tricks, we don’t recommended them—not if you want the job done right. Some things you can fix yourself, but others should be left to the pros.

Of course, some problems do not require a professional. You can certainly use a plunger to clear out minor clogs. However, when it comes to a true cleaning, plungers and household chemical cleaners simply won’t do. Certified plumbers carry equipment meant to clean your plumbing system better than anything you can buy in a store. In fact, many of the items used at home only get a fraction of the job done or, worse, cause even more damage! Keep reading to see our comparison between at-home-solutions and professional drain cleaning in Portsmouth, VA.

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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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