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When to Call a Baytown Plumbing Contractor

When to Call a Baytown Plumbing Contractor

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Plumbing problems occur when we least expect it. Knowing when to call a plumber is important. Homeowners can get away with fixing some problems. Unfortunately, the homeowner could possibly be putting a bandaid on the problem while a bigger problem arises out of the original plumbing issue costing them much more money. In addition, attempting to fix a plumbing problem can result in personal injury, major property damage, and lots of additional repairs needed. If you experience any of these five problems, you need to call a plumber.

Low Water Pressure

You can see dribbling sinks and showers when this occurs. The problem is not easy to pinpoint. When you experience low water pressure the cause can be pipe obstructions, city supply issues, and poor pipe design. A plumber can recognize the source of your problem and fix it promptly correctly the first time. If you try to fix this yourself and fail, the low-pressure issue can actually damage your home and sewer lines resulting in more low flow enjoyment. Call your plumber!

No Hot Water

When your water heater fails, the homeowner enjoys cold showers. The water heater break downs can occur from a total breakdown to minor component defects that can simply be replaced. It’s definitely a great idea to hire a plumber to handle the source of your water heater’s breakdown. A homeowner shouldn’t play with electrical and gas systems as this can result in personal injury or damage to their home.

Pipe Blockage

If your pipes are backing up regularly and in a severe manner, it can be a blocked sewer line. The culprits can be tree roots, sediment build up, or non-flushable items affecting your sewer line. When a homeowner tries to clear a blockage on their own using chemicals or rodding machines, they can result in paying thousands of dollars to repair the damage they have just done to their sewer lines. This is especially important to have a plumber work on broken or punctured sewer lines because it can expose your home to raw sewage.

Burst Pipe

Baytown Leak Detection
Baytown Leak Detection

A burst pipe occurs in winter when frozen ice melts in the pipes. As the ice melts, it expands causing the pipe to break. These problems can be costly. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers works hard improving the materials made for plumbing pipes to avoid this.   For example, a cracked pipe can cause major flooding and cost thousands of dollars in water damage. Sometimes locating the cracked pipe can be difficult to locate and requires an experienced plumber. You can find damage anywhere even in your yard, below the foundation, and even in your walls. This is not a plumbing problem you want to delay. As soon as the plumber finds the problem, he can begin the water abatement process. The longer this problem goes unsolved the more time the water can seem into places it shouldn’t and cause more costly damage to the home.

Major Installation

It’s common sense if you have any major appliance or fixtures that need to be installed that you should hire a professional. If you are not a plumber and you don’t have the proper knowledge to install your appliance, don’t install it. You cause yourself an expensive repair or even worse an entire re-installation of the appliance. Definitely, have a plumber help when you are doing any renovations involving moving any appliances and fixtures. Even items like sinks and dishwashers will require the experience of a plumber. Don’t ruin expensive appliance and spend a little extra to get it done right.

sprinkler system installation

Irrigation System in the Winter

Irrigation System in the Winter

Sprinkler Repair
Sprinkler Repair

Many homeowners have sprinkler systems and in the winter time, many of them have experienced the consequences of a hard freeze or below freezing weather. The problem affects your system not when it is initially turning into ice but as the ice melts. That’s when it is common to see bursting pipes and water spraying in large amounts. Yes, that’s our money being wasted.

After a hard freeze is over is commonly when you will be on your way to work and see water spraying in places it shouldn’t. This is a common problem.

It is important to winterize your irrigation system before it gets to such low temperatures your pipes are at risk for turning into icicles. If you forget to call a sprinkler company and request for this service, you will have an increased risk for bursting pipes, hoses, and equipment holding your water outside your home. When homeowners try to do it themselves, they will follow some video to winterize their home. I did it one year, and the thing the video didn’t cover was removing the water that is already in the system. It is important to purge all the water out of your sprinkler system using an air compressor. Most air compressors purchased at local stores like lowes don’t offer a compressor strong enough to remove all the water in your system. If you still plan to do this yourself, you need to use your air compressor at each zone to remove all the water in zone 1, 2, and 3. Each one will have to be done separately to be successful. If you don’t want to do this tedious task you have a third option of renting a larger air compressor from a hardware store or you can just simply call a sprinkler technician to do the work for you.

Sprinkler Repair Near Me
Sprinkler Repair Near Me

Since a sprinkler system costs thousands of dollars to install, I find it is not worth the few dollars I save to do it myself. If you fail to winterize your system correctly, your pipes will burst. You will call a sprinkler company after hours to bail you out. You will then be rewarded with a more expensive bill to fix your system. All this can be avoided by calling a licensed sprinkler technician to do the work they trained for. Check Texas irrigator’s license at the TCEQ Website.  If you leave any water in your pipes, the pipe will expand as the ice freezes, and then when the weather is warm the ice melts. This causes your pipes to burst. Don’t let it get to this point before you do something about it.

If you still insist on winterizing your system, set your air compressor to maximum 80 psi for rigid PVC pipes unless you have flexible polyethylene pipes. If you have the latter, set your regulator to 50 psi. You need to shut off your water and set your system to open each zone with a timer. If you happen to have a manual drain valve for each zone, open that. Finally, connect the airline to the blow out port. Once connected, add the other end of the hose to the compressor and turn it on. You will notice the water purging. This is what you want. You will also see the sprinkler heads pop up and blow out the water too. Once the system is empty, the water will stop blowing out. Your system is not winterized. You can have a worry-free winter. One tip is not to let the compressor run for a long time, the heat it generates can actually melt your lines. Once you have finished each zone you are completely done with your entire system.