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5 Plumbing Repairs Each House owner Ought to Know

Posted in Plumbing on 24th July 2018

Owning a home is a great pleasure, until your plumbing packs up. Major plumbing issues, such as broken sewer lines should be handled by the pros. But thankfully, there are some DIY fixes that you can easily apply to minor plumbing problems. In this post, we look at the top five problems that you can easily repair by yourself without special skills or tools.

1. Unclog a drain

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing issues in a home. Being aware of the causes of clogged drains is the first step to avoiding them, which means you will have to do fewer fixes. When your drains become clogged, you can use any of the fixes on our blog to clear it. However, frequent clogs are indicative of a bigger issue, which will require professional intervention.

2. Stop toilet tank sweating

If you see puddles on the floor around the toilet tank after a hot bath or shower, it will usually be caused by condensation. Cold water in the toilet tank, combined with the heat and humidity in the bathroom will usually be the cause. It can be a pesky problems, as it will require that you mop after every shower, or deal with the issues that can stem from wet floors.

But there’s a solution: an anti-condensation tank liner, which costs les than $ 20 at your nearest plumbing supplier or DIY store.

After draining the tank and letting it dry, you simply need to cut it to size and secure it in place inside the tank. Problem solved!

3. Solve low water pressure

Low pressure in a single faucet or shower head can usually be fixed by unscrewing the water-saving filter or small screen at the end of the spigot. Clean out any debris inside the filter and reattach it. Your water pressure should be restored.

However, if all your faucets have low pressure, you may have to call your municipality to find out if there’s a problem in the area or with the line that supplies your home.

4. Stop a running toilet

If your toilet runs after it has filled up following a flush, it could be because the water level is too high or the rubber flapper is worn out.

Adjust the water level by sliding the rod or turning the adjustment screw in order to lower the float in the tank.

If the flapper needs to be replaced, first turn off the shutoff valve, and then flush the toilet to empty the tank. Remove the flapper and the flapper chain and install the new part before turning the water back on.

5. Perform a plumbing maintenance

A great part of preventing plumbing issues is through regular maintenance. Proper winterization helps protect your plumbing system during the cold months, and flushing your hot water heater and radiators are all important for keeping your appliances in great working order. Be sure to read our blog to learn all these essential plumbing skills for homeowners.

Need help with your plumbing? Get in touch with Anta Plumbing for fast, professional service.

Is This Taking place to Your Plumbing? Name for Repairs Proper Away!

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 8th February 2018

high-pressure-pipe-leakingThe plumbing in even a small family home is complex, consisting of extensive piping made of different materials, a water main, a sewer line, numerous fixtures and appliances, valves, and more. Plenty can go wrong with plumbing, and it’s only the skill of modern plumbing installers that makes plumbing problems only occasional issues. Drain clogs and leaky faucets are among the most common repair issues that you will encounter with your household’s plumbing, and these are troubles you can easily have fixed by calling a plumber to schedule repairs at your earliest convenience.

There are other plumbing problems that require fast action—the types of plumbing malfunctions that can lead to massive water waste, extensive water damage, or a ruined appliance. These emergencies can’t wait for convenience to arrange. When they strike, you must call a licensed, professional plumber right away. Below are some these issues that require moving fast to have emergency plumbing repairs done.

Overflowing toilet

This plumbing trouble is one that’s most likely to cause panic when it starts. Fortunately, you can create a stopgap measure to prevent further flooding in the bathroom by shutting off the valve on the feed line behind the tank. If the toilet is an older type without this valve, open up the tank and rig up the chain to shut off water flow. (We also recommend installing a new toilet if your current one is this old.) Call for plumbers to have the problem fixed right away, since broken toilets are huge problems for a household and there’s the potential for water damage and bacterial contamination.

Burst pipes

You probably think of bursting pipes as something that only occurs in cold climates when the pipes freeze, and therefore they aren’t an issue in Florida. But we can suffer from burst pipes as well. Corrosion weakening old pipe material can lead to this, but extreme heat can heighten pressure in pipes leading to later cracks. If you have a burst pipe sending out water, shut off the water main to your home. (Make sure you know where this is.) You’ll be without water in the rest of the house, but that’s why you’ll want to already have made a call to a professional plumber.

Water spots on the ceiling

Never ignore this! And don’t wait to “get around” to having it repaired. Rusty reddish stains on ceiling material means a leaking pipe is allowing water to eat through building material. If the discoloration is underneath one of the bathrooms in the house, there is a serious danger of structural collapse and one of the major fixtures in the bathroom falling through. It takes plumbers with leak detection skills to reach the leaking area and have it fixed.

These are all problems that can’t wait for repairs. That’s why you need 24-hour plumbing in Winter Springs, FL from a contractor with the skill and experience to get the fixes done fast and right. Taking care of your plumbing issues, whether a scheduled installation/maintenance service or one of these emergencies striking late at night, is what we’re here to do!

Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

Hiring A Plumber When You Need Emergency Repairs

Posted in Plumbing Tips on 1st May 2017
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Hiring A Plumber When You Need Emergency Repairs

In the case of a plumbing piece malfunctioning or a pipe bursting, most of us scramble to get the problem resolved as soon as is possible. We are all too aware that the longer we leave a problem like this, the harder it could be to repair. Furthermore, the leak could cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage to property and water usage fees. In such an event, we are under pressure to find a plumber to fix things right away, and may not give ourselves enough time to fully consider our options.

Take a deep breath and stop what you are doing. Things aren’t as bad as they seem.

The truth is you really do have time to make an informed decision about the best way to handle your plumbing problem. There are some simple, but effective preventive measures that you can take to safeguard yourself and your home against damage and loss. Knowing what to do and what to look for are key to getting the kind of service you’d expect from a repair professional.

The first and possibly most important step that you can take to minimize damage is to turn off the water supply at the source of the problem. If your problem is a busted pipe spewing water, you can turn off the water supply to the house by using the shut off valve provided by your water department. This valve is usually located somewhere in your yard, under a rectangular shaped lid that also contains your water meter. You will need a wrench to do this. If you have a more localized problem, such as a toilet or water heater that is leaking, you can turn off the water supply to these separately. A toilet shut off valve is usually an oval shaped handle, located near the base of the toilet. A water heater’s shut off valve is located next to the water pipes.

Once water in the problem area is off, finding a good plumber is the next thing on your list. Friends or family members may be able to provide some recommendations. An online search of local directories and review sites can turn up more possibilities. Ideally, you want to find a plumber with plenty of positive reviews. In most states, plumbers are required to serve an apprenticeship prior to getting their own license. Thus, years of experience may be greater than the number of years a plumber had his or her license. Some companies may advertise certain specialties which will help you narrow things down. After you’ve found a few different companies you like, call each of them for quotes on the repair you need. Be sure to ask about warranties on their work as well as satisfaction guarantees. Additionally, checking them out through the Better Business Bureau is always a good idea.

Many plumbers will charge extra for working on holidays or after hours. Some also will charge mileage or other fees in addition to hourly rates. Asking about all fees beforehand will prevent nasty surprises when you get the bill.

The next time the inevitable leak or plumbing problem occurs, you’ll already have the names of a few trusted repair professionals that you can call on before an emergency happens. A little foresight can go a long way in these matters. After all, you don’t want to trust your house to just anyone, especially when poor repair jobs are likely to cost even more money to fix later.