Plumbing Tips for the Holidays

hot water recirculationThe holidays are upon us and that means big holiday meals. This is the time for family and friends, fun and cheer. It is not a time for plumbing troubles and headaches. Unfortunately, the chances of plumbing issues arising are higher during this time of the year.

The main reasons for increased chances of plumbing problems are that there more people in your home during this time. More people means more toilet flushing, extra showers, and more soap or hair going down drains. A busier kitchen means more water being used and more waste going down the sink drain and disposal. This includes excess grease finding it’s way down the drain, which can mean better chances of clogging.

You can avoid these plumbing disasters by following a few simple plumbing tips. Following these simple tips during the holiday season will maximize the life of your plumbing and help you avoid the headaches caused by mishaps.

Plumbing Repair Service vs. Handyman

plumber vs. handyman info graphicWhen you need a plumbing repair, you may be unsure whether to call a handyman or a professional plumber. Before making that decision, it helps to understand the differences between a handyman and a plumber from a plumbing repair service. In some cases a handyman may be the appropriate choice, but for plumbing repairs specifically, hiring a plumbing repair service is really the best choice. Here’s why.

What Can a Handyman Do?

Most handymen are jack-of-all-trades, meaning that they offer a variety of services. They may not be trained in any specific area such as plumbing. Many homeowners will hire a handyman to do repairs and maintenance around their homes that they do not have time to do or may be unable to do by themselves such as:

  • Cleaning gutters
  • Fixing a broken window
  • Replacing a door
  • Putting up shelves
  • Mowing the lawn or yard cleanup
  • Minor carpentry or plumbing repairs

In most cases, handymen have not gone through any type of specific training or apprenticeship. They usually are not licensed and may not carry liability insurance to protect their customer in case they cause damage while making a repair. While the cost to hire a handyman is generally less than hiring a plumbing repair service, you also assume more risk. In some areas, handymen are even prohibited by law from performing major plumbing repairs.

How To Diagnose Your Noisy Pipes

plumbing-fixturesMany homeowners have experienced the annoying rattling or clunking sound that emanates from noisy pipes in the home when turning a faucet on or off, but have been unable to identify the cause or the location of those noises. This is a very common problem especially in older homes, but there are several things that can be done to figure out what the problem is and correct it. Some of the possible causes of these loud and embarrassing noises are discussed below, along with some recommendations on how each scenario might be resolved.

Common Water Heater Problems in Summer

Leaking Water Heaters in Keller TXWhile water heaters do seem to have more problems during the colder months, the arrival of summer can bring some other unique problems. This is especially true if your water heater is located in your attic or your garage where there is no air conditioning.

Pilot Light Problems with Your Water Heater

If you have a gas water heater, you may find that your pilot light frequently goes out when the temperatures reach 100°F or above. There are two common reasons why this occurs.