Admiral Plumbing Services Blog : Archive for January, 2017

How to Check Your Water Meter to Find a Plumbing Leak

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Struggling with high water bills you cannot explain? You can expect your water bills to change somewhat from month to month. But when your utilities skyrocket with no obvious explanation, it’s time to take a closer look.

Even smaller plumbing leaks can add sigleaky-pipe-burstnificantly to your water usage. According to the US EPA’s WaterSense, if a faucet were leaking at just one drop per second, you would be wasting 3,000 gallons of water per year. But you can have a small, dripping leak anywhere in your water line, from the pipes underneath the sink to the ones behind walls to those leading into the home.

If there is no obvious visible leak, you can test your plumbing system for leaks by observing changes in your water meter. Follow these steps, and call a plumber for thorough leak detection services.

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Hydro Jetting vs. Drain Snaking: A Comparison

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Sometimes, a drain clog has a simple solution. A plunger should always be your first try for a clog in the drain opening. Even baking soda and vinegar have been known to do the trick for blockage in a sink. But often, the problem is too major for these DIY solutions.

When a clog is further along in the drain line, it may only affect one sink or tub, or it may have an impact on multiple stoppages throughout the house. There are two main methods plumbers use to clear out drain clogs like this: drain snaking, using a long cable with a special tip to remove the stoppage, and hydro jetting. Let’s take a look at why you may choose one over the other.

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How Camera Inspections Help Us Narrow Down Sewer Line Problems

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Nowadays, cameras are getting smaller and smaller. Just look at the camera on the back of your smartphone right now! Tiny cameras are no longer just for detectives and undercover operations, and this is great news for the plumbing industry.

In the past, plumbers needed to use listening equipment, manual tools, and digging to find the exact source of a problem within the pipes, and it may have involved some trial and error. But now, when there is a clog or leak in your sewer line, camera line inspections are the norm for many (but not all) plumbers.

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What Is a Slab Leak and Is It Really a Big Deal?

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

A slab leak is a plumbing leak that may not always be obvious. Water does not burst forth from the ground (normally) and it’s not easy to spot like a faucet leak or one underneath the sink. But that doesn’t make it any less severe. In fact, it’s more serious than most leaks you will encounter.

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