Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

The Ominous Slab Leak: Symptoms and Solutions

Monday, July 8th, 2019

image-of-kitchen-and-dining-room-flooringThere is no such thing as a convenient or welcomed plumbing leak. But, we all assume when one happens that it can be easily located and repaired.

And for the most part, this is true. But what if that leak occurs under the foundation of your home? Does that change the story?

Well, yes. This is called a slab leak, and what makes them so ominous is the damage they cause—often before you’ve even realized you have a leak. That’s why we’re writing this post. We want to share some of the most common symptoms that alert homeowners to slab leaks, and what you can do about it if you encounter one.

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How to Detect Leaks in Your Plumbing

Monday, June 24th, 2019

plumber-using-wrench-to-make-repairsIf there is any one problem that most homeowners have dealt with at some point in their lives, it’s a plumbing problem. In particular, it’s a plumbing leak. And there are many reasons that a leak is concerning. For instance, even a “minor” leak like a dripping faucet can waste a huge amount of water over time. They trick you into thinking they’re not a big deal, and then the cost of wasted water begins adding up.

Larger leaks not only waste even more water, but can do significant damage to your home—this is particularly true if these leaks develop in walls, beneath floors, or above ceilings—which pretty much describes 95% of the leaks you might ever encounter. After all, much of your plumbing system is hidden from view. Since leaks can occur anywhere, it’s imperative that you know how to spot them. This isn’t always easy! But we’ve provided some guidelines below on what to look for.

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Caring for Your Garbage Disposal and Kitchen Sink

Monday, June 10th, 2019

family-prepping-meal-over-kitchen-sinkOf all the plumbing fixtures and pipes in your home, have you ever stopped to think about what you use the most? Well, it’s actually the water heater, if we’re going to be honest. But a very close second is your kitchen sink.

And most kitchen sinks nowadays are equipped with another appliance that many of us can’t imagine going without—the garbage disposal. Could you imagine cooking and cleaning up afterwards without this helpful gadget? Probably not, but, this dependence on your garbage disposal can get you into trouble—leading you to put things down it that don’t belong and therefore jam up the system. Your kitchen sink drain isn’t immune to problems either, even with the assistance of a garbage disposal. Read on to learn more!

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The Importance of Routine Plumbing Maintenance

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

hand-opening-faucet-of-sinkSpringtime—a time for “spring cleaning,” home renovation projects, and preparing summer vacations on the horizon. You probably don’t think too much about your plumbing system at this time, but should you be?

We think so!

Your home’s plumbing system undergoes a great deal of stress throughout the year. If you haven’t checked the condition of your pipes, appliances, faucets, and fixtures lately, then you may be in for an unpleasant surprise sooner than you think. Keep reading for information on how to prevent this.

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Is Your Drain Cleaning Method Hurting Your Pipes?

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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If your method is using chemical, store-bought drain cleaners, then the answer is, “yes.” But please, allow us to explain…

First off, we get it. One of the most frustrating plumbing problems a homeowner can deal with is a clogged or backed up drain. You might be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth and all of the sudden have an overflowing sink. Naturally, you want a quick and easy fix. Nothings is quicker and easier than that bottle of liquid drain cleaner, right?

Unfortunately, quick, or even affordable, doesn’t always mean effective.

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When Is Trenchless Pipelining Necessary?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

home-with-pretty-yardThere aren’t many repairs in your home that likely cause more alarm than that of plumbing repairs. With most of your pipes hidden behind the walls or running beneath your property, the smallest problem can quickly turn into a huge emergency, particularly if you don’t notice signs of a problem right away.

In the past, when this hidden portion of your plumbing needed relining, repair, or replacement, if often meant plumbers had to uncover the entire length of the pipe in order to repair leaks or clogs. Fortunately, there has been advancements in the world of plumbing that has made these jobs far easier for professional plumbers. Namely, trenchless pipelining.

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When to Call a Plumber vs. Attempt a DIY Job

Monday, March 4th, 2019

repair-technician-at-door-shaking-homeowners-handShould a plumbing job ever be a do-it-yourself (DIY) endeavor? Maybe in some cases it can be okay. For example, maybe you have a superficial clog that’s close enough to the drain surface of your since that you can just eliminate it with a plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease.”

So no, we don’t always discourage DIY-jobs. But when it comes to your plumbing, it can be unsafe or further damaging to try to handle all problems on your own. You could even leave yourself more susceptible to problems in the future. There are 2 problems in particular we really encourage you to call in a pro for.

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How to Increase Your Risk of Plumbing Problems

Monday, February 4th, 2019

woman-looking-scaredMany of the plumbing blog posts you read today tell you what to do when you have a plumbing problem and when to call on a professional. This advice should be followed, but we’re going to take a little different approach on the topic today. We want to tell you what not to do when it comes to your plumbing. Many homeowners unknowingly put their pipes at risk doing seemingly minor things, and that’s what we are going to cover today. Read on!

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What Materials Are Best for Repiping?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

different types of pipesIn our previous post, we talked about signs to look for in your home that you may be in need of whole-house, or at least partial, repiping. We want you to feel comfortable in your decision to invest in a service of such a large caliber, and therefore encourage you to learn more about what goes into repiping, the materials used, and why those particular materials are used. This way, you can feel confident that you are doing the best thing for your home plumbing system. Read on to learn more!

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How to Tell if Your Home Needs Repiping

Monday, November 26th, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationThere are a number of plumbing problems, like leaks or clogs, that all you need to do is give our plumbing pros a call for a quick repair. However, at some point during your homeownership, your plumbing system may age to the point that replacing all or some of your piping may become a necessity. Fortunately, you needn’t look any further than our team for quality whole-home pipe installation services!

Whole-home repiping is one of the safest ways to protect your home—at least form leaks and water damage that can ruin your property and leave you paying to not only fix the plumbing, but repair your home. But how do you know if your household actually needs this service?

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