Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC Blog

When Will Your Sewer Line Need Replacement?

October 16th, 2017

excavate-dig-pipeThe last thing you want to have to do if you’re a property owner is to replace a major installation. While you may hope that your water and sewer line last throughout the length of your homeownership, this is often not the case, and they certainly won’t last as long as the building materials themselves.

With the sewer line, it’s important to know early when you need to replace it, in order to prevent a major health hazard. We want to help you learn the signs and find out how long you can expect to wait before having to replace the sewer pipes underneath your property. Thankfully, it may not require as much work and mess as you think!

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Do You Really Need a Plumber for Garbage Disposal Repair?

October 2nd, 2017

plumber-woman-garbage-disposal-repairThere are so many times you know you need a plumber. If sewage were to backup into your home, if water were to spring from the pipes underneath your sink, you’re likely to call a plumber first thing. When you have a slab leak, you’ll have to call a plumber to get to the bottom of it. But some of the smaller issues may be things you hope you can handle on your own.

For the experienced DIY-er, it may be possible to repair a garbage disposal without a plumber’s help. It may also be possible even for someone with little experience. We’ll help you to understand your garbage disposal—why it gets jammed up, what can resolve the problem, and how it may be an easy fix—in today’s guide. For everything else, reach out to our plumbers in Stuart, FL.

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Will a Tankless Water Heater Really Save Me Money?

September 18th, 2017

heat-shower-steamMost people spend a lot of money on heating water—more than they may think. Water heating makes up about 17% of the average household’s utilities, which is a lot when you consider how much you actually use the hot water in a given day. If you’re like most people, it’s not very much, and certainly not 17% of the day!

A water heater is a necessary appliance, and most water heaters have to run all day every day in order to ensure you are always in supply of hot water. A tankless hot water heater, though, is not like this. So can you really expect to save money when you trade up to a smaller tankless unit?

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What Is Backflow? (And Why Should You Care?)

September 4th, 2017

backflow-prevention-assemblyMost of the plumbing appliances and fixtures in your home or on a commercial property are there for the convenience, health, and well-being of the people who actually use that property. That seems to go without stating, but there is one protective element of a plumbing system that’s not necessarily there for your own use.

A backflow preventer helps to protect your property along with the entire community—anyone else who uses the city’s water supply. Learn about backflow and why it shouldn’t be a concern for your property—provided you have the right backflow prevention measures in place—in today’s guide.

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Why We Use Cameras to Inspect Your Pipes

August 21st, 2017

broken-sewer-pipeNot every plumber approaches a drain clog (or other piping troubles) in the same way. There are many devices used today to detect plumbing problems underground, but our favorite and most effective tool is the video camera cable. Cameras are used before and after drain cleaning and other services, and it turns out, there’s a lot more to be found than you may expect.

Here are some of the reasons we may use video cameras to inspect your pipes, and some of the things we may advice depending on our findings. Learn why it’s important to scope out a company that uses video scoping for all of your drain and sewer service needs!

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What to Do about Wet Spots in the Wall or Ceiling

August 7th, 2017

leaky-pipe-burstThink about any time you’ve seen water leaking in a home in a television show, a cartoon, or a movie. Leaky pipes are not the most exciting event, until water is bursting up through a pipe, blasting right out of the sink handle, or filling up the home. It usually comes at one of the most inopportune moments, all at once.

Of course, plumbers know that leaks and other plumbing problems don’t usually act this way. Rather than a flood of water in your bathroom, you may only notice a slight drop in water pressure. But one of the worst signs of a potentially problematic plumbing system is a wet or dark spot on your walls or ceilings.

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When Is Hydro Jetting Really Necessary?

July 24th, 2017

Inside-Tunnel-large-pipeThe last time your drains slowed down, you might have found a simple solution. Sometimes, you can simply clear out some hair from the drain opening. Other times, a plunger is your best bet.

Of course, we all know that eventually, you’ll have to call a professional for your plumbing problems. And a professional may recommend using hydro jetting to clear out those drains. This is going to take some time and involve bringing some professional equipment into your home. You might start to wonder, “Is this really the right choice for your home?”

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The Most Difficult Plumbing Leaks to Detect and Repair

July 10th, 2017

water-leaking-fingerMany people expect that if their water lines are leaking, they’ll be able to tell. In the movies and on TV, leaks are often depicted as high-pressure jets of water shooting from the ground or straight out of the kitchen sink faucet. Chances are high that you’ve also experienced a leak underneath a sink or a slow leak from a faucet, which are easy to spot as well.

However, your plumbing system is extensive. Pipes go behind walls, above your head, through crawlspaces, and underneath your property. That last point is what we’d like to talk about today. If your home sits on a concrete slab foundation, as many homes in our service area do, a slab leak is something that’s difficult to detect and can cost a whole lot to repair, especially if you don’t spot the signs early.

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Fixing a Running Toilet

June 26th, 2017

toilet-open-buttonWe’ve heard the old joke many a time: “Is your toilet running? Then you better go catch it!” It’s a classic, but it’s worth noting that a running toilet can be a serious issue (not that we’re adverse to a bit of toilet humor every now and then). In fact, according to the EPA’s WaterSense resource pages, a running toilet could potentially leak about 200 gallons of water a day! Think about how many dozens of showers, laundry loads, or dishwasher cycles that could have been.

We think it’s important to fix a running toilet as soon as you can in order to protect resources and keep your monthly water bills low. The good news is that it may not be difficult to do! You simply need the right tools and supplies from a local hardware store in many cases. But first, you should be sure a leaky toilet is really your issue.

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Will Pipe Relining Stand the Test of Time?

June 12th, 2017

Inside-Tunnel-large-pipeGot older pipes in need of replacement? Many people initially assume that this process will be daunting. In the past, broken pipes needed to be completely replaced. Technicians had to dig a trench in the yard that stretched from one end to the other, leaving a mess behind, tearing up your beloved landscaping, and taking a lot of your time.

Some plumbers still elect to do it the old way. But that’s because they likely do not have the equipment to do a trenchless pipe relining. This service allows us to skip the trench in favor of digging only one hole in your yard! Today, we’re here to answer a question we hear a lot: will this work as well as pipe replacement?

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