House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

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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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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Plumbing FAQ: What Is Hydro Jetting?

Monday, 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.

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Plumbing Pro Tip: Little Leaks Are Big Problems

Monday, 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. 

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Plumbing Tip: Detecting Gas Leaks

Monday, 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.

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Plumbing FAQ: Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth It?

Monday, 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.

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Ask a Plumber: How Do I Avoid Clogs?

Monday, 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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