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Common Plumbing Problems FAQ

Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas
Call 206-772-6077 For Plumbing & Sewer Services

At All Phase Plumbing, Inc., our team wants to meet all of your Seattle sewer and drain needs. Here is a comprehensive list of all of our most frequently asked questions. If you want to learn more or would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact our team today.

When is my plumbing problem considered an emergency?

Plumbing emergencies are indicated by serious damage that could result in a costly fix. The more time that a burst, spurting pipe leaks, the more water damage your home will suffer from. The most important thing to do in a plumbing emergency is make sure that all people in the affected area are safe. If someone is physically harmed, call 911 before you call one of our experienced technicians to fix your problem.

Plumbing emergency signs can include: leaking water near electrical appliances, the sound of rushing or running water, puddles and sinkholes in your yard, extreme leakage coming from an unknown area, or any other severe disruption of life due to water appliances. Our technicians are available 247, and will report to your residence promptly upon emergency request. We will employ a structured assessment, and stop the problem from becoming worse.

How can I prepare my pipes for winter?

Pipe winterization is a necessary seasonal prevention tactic. Winter brings freezing temperatures, and freezing temperatures bring frozen pipes. When pipes freeze, ice expands and causes pipes to burst. Burst pipes can lead to severe post-winter leaks, or even severe water damage while you are away on winter vacation. Call a technician, and ask about preparing your pipes for wintertime with insulation instalments. A little bit of winter pipe damage prevention goes a long way, and will help maintain your access to water in the colder weather.

Allowing your faucets to continually drip throughout the winter can help keep enough kinetic energy to prevent a total freeze in your pipes. Another rule-of-thumb is to be sure to always shut off your water if you leave on a long, winter trip. If you shut your water off, you won’t have to worry about any water damage occurring when you aren’t home.

If your pipes freeze or burst in the wintertime, be sure to have our emergency contact information on-hand. Our technicians are available 247 to respond to emergencies, and will arrive on the scene to fix the problem.

What do slow, gurgling drains indicate?

Slow, gurgling drains in your home can indicate: a clog, tree root invasion, corrosive damage, or poor water pressure. All of these symptoms are interrelated, and require an in-depth pipe inspection to properly diagnose.

If you notice your drains to gurgle when you use appliances that share the same pipe system, make note of these observations before calling a technician. Symptoms paired with a list of detailed observations can synchronously aid in a thorough pipe inspection.

Our technicians will listen to your concerns, and suggest a video camera inspection of the affected unit. From there, you will be able to agree on proper and affordable treatment for your drains. You find out more information about drain cleaning on our services page, or by contacting us with any questions.

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What does a change in my home’s water pressure signify?

If your home’s water pressure is being temperamental, make note of where the pressure changes are occurring. Changing water pressure can be a result of: a clog in your pipe system, water pressure regulator failure, partial water meter valve closure, or interior blockage from corroded pipe material.

If your water pressure is altered in a single appliance, it’s likely that the appliance itself has a small-scale functionality issue. If water pressure is altered in a large area, like an entire downstairs unit, you may have a deeper issue at hand.

Pipe inspections are the best way to nip a water-pressure problem where it’s sourced. Our technicians use sewer cameras to view pipes from the inside-out, and articulate the exact problem at hand.

What is pipe corrosion?

Pipe corrosion is the result of a chemical reaction between your pipe system’s material, and the environment it exists in. Different pipe materials function better in specific climates. Corroded pipes have the potential to leak or constrict water.

Pipes that corrode appear to have holes etched into them, or a rusty buildup inside that narrows the pipe’s usual circumference. Corroded pipes are like clogged arteries: they will alter the pressure of a system’s proper circulation.

Repairing pipe corrosion can include a total replacement of the pipe system, or a thorough examination of your water filter and softening system. Finding the right water hardness to pair with your pipes is necessary to a healthy, non-corrosive pipe system.

How can I tell if I have a pipe clog?

Pipe clogs can occur simultaneously with: gurgling drains, altered water pressure, overflowing water appliances, and drains spitting up dirty water. Clogs are typically the result of daily habits that lead to backed-up pipe systems.

Clogs frequently happen in highly frequented parts of a home. The kitchen sink is an infamous place for drains to clog regularly. If you routinely put: grease, coffee-grounds, eggshells, fibrous vegetables, or expandable eats (pasta, oats, rice) down the drain, your sink can get clogged quite frequently. Sprucing up daily habits is a great way to prevent frequent clogs.

Knowing your appliance’s normal sounds can be a great indicator of a when something becomes clogged. If your drains are taking a long time to seep up water, and you continue to find that a different drain is spitting up sewage or already-drained matter, call a technician to inspect your pipes for a clog today. Frequent clogs can also be the result of tree root invasions or pipe corrosion, so don’t dismiss frequent clog issues without a proper video inspection.

What is a tree root invasion?

Tree root invasions occur when thirsty roots from nearby trees seek your pipe system as a means of survival. Tree roots in your yard have the potential to enter pipes through tiny cracks, leaks, or holes in your pipe system. Roots will burrow deeply into a pipeline, and eventually obstruct or completely block waterflow to a part of your home. Tree root invasions can be costly, so it’s best to conduct a video inspection the moment you notice a change in your home’s water pressure paired with frequent clogs.

Some simple signs of a tree root invasion include: sinkholes in the lawn near your pipeline, a single green tree that stands out from the rest of your backyard’s flora, frequent clogging issues, and altered water pressure.

How can I tell if I have leaking pipes?

Visible leaks are easy to catch: you witness a pipe spurting or dripping, and call a technician to tighten or patch the appliance. Leaks that are occurring deep within your home’s water system are a bit trickier to sense. Some great indicators of deep, internal pipe leakage include: increased water bills that remain sky-high, sinkholes in the lawn, water damage occurring from the ground-up, and any other abnormal sighting of water where it shouldn’t be.

If you suspect your home has a deep leak, call our team to inspect your pipes for you. We can run a sewer camera inspection to get a glimpse of the issue at hand, and find the best way to stop the leak.

What do I do if a pipe bursts in my home?

A pipe burst can be a costly emergency. If you notice a pipe has burst in your home, be sure to stay away from the area if electronic appliances have become wet, and call an emergency technician right away. Shutting off your water meter is the best way to minimize the cost of water damage and secure the area. If you are unable to reach your water line, or your physical safety is compromised in any way, call 911 and wait for a technician to arrive.

A manageable water burst can be controlled by mopping up water as it spurts. Refrain from using your hands or other do-it-yourself methods to stop a jet stream of pressurized water from your pipe. Your safest choice of action is to stop the water flowing into your pipes from your meter, not to stop the water from flowing out of the pipe.

Pipe bursts often occur during and after the winter seasons. Water expands in volume when if freezes into ice, so pipes that freeze in the winter routinely experience damage. Ask a technician today about pipe winterization services. If you plan to leave your home in the wintertime, be sure to shut your main water meter off.

Your water meter can be located in a basement, a closet crawlspace, or a small box in your front yard. Locating your meter and labeling the valves is a great practice in preventing severe water damage from potential pipe bursts. Call one of our technicians to ask about locating your water meter; we are more than happy to help empower our customers to take care of their homes.

What do I do if my storm drain overflows?

If your storm drain is flooding, call a technician immediately, and do not wade or enter an over flooded basement. An overflowed storm drain is a definite plumbing emergency, so call our 247 phone line to speak with an available technician. Our technicians will help you overcome the issue quickly, and will implement drainage strategies based on the type of storm drain you have.

Storm drain basement flooding can be the result of: property erosion, sump pump failure, or a backup in your home water system. The best way to ensure safety of you and your home is to call an emergency technician, and stay clear from the flooded area.

What do I do if my grease trap clogs or overflows?

Grease traps are a necessary tool in commercial restaurants that deal with high volumes of fats and oils. Grease is not an easy substance to manage, and is notorious for frequent blockage of commercial and residential sinks. If a grease trap has overflown, there is a possibility that there is an obstruction in the trap itself, or that it simply needs to be dumped and cleaned. The best way to take care of an overflowing grease trap is to stop using it immediately, and call a technician to have it properly pumped.

Cleaning grease traps regularly is the best way to prevent backups in both the trap and surrounding appliances. Grease becomes solid in colder temperatures, so a seasonal inspection and cleaning can save you some trouble when the winter months hit. If your grease trap drains slowly, or other appliances surrounding the grease trap are a continual problem, call a technician today to schedule regular grease trap cleaning and inspections.

How can I install more energy-efficient appliances?

If you’re tired of waiting for hot water to heat up, and want a more energy-efficient way to receive hot water, consider tankless water installation. Tank water heaters are becoming outdated because they use a great deal of energy to heat an entire tank of water for every use. If you only need a small bit of hot water, heating a whole tank isn’t necessary. Ask a technician about our tankless water heater installation methods today; we will be glad to help find the right one for you.

Another way to save big on water appliance usage is to install eco-friendly shower and faucet heads in your home. Call a technician today for suggestions and installation assistance, and search the web for the latest conservation-savvy models.

When should I replace my Seattle home’s old pipes?

You should consider replacing your home’s old pipe system when you begin to notice: frequent water damage, water discoloration, or odorous water coming from your appliances. Our technicians are able to inspect, diagnose, and decide when it is absolutely necessary for whole pipe replacement.

We care about providing the best system for your home, and specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Technicians will run inspections on your water quality, surrounding environment, and asses your needs to determine what pipes are the best fit. Our technicians care about the aesthetic of your home, and will work with you to develop a pipe installation plan with minimal disturbance to your daily routine. We will work with your budget needs to bring safe, usable water back to your home.

Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas
Call 206-772-6077 For Plumbing & Sewer Services

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