Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

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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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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Calling a Plumber vs. Calling a Handyman

Monday, March 5th, 2018

You’ve got a major plumbing problem and you need help fast. Of course, this plumbing issue came as a bit of a surprise, so you also don’t want to spend too much money on repairs. Luckily, your neighbor’s friend’s son is a local handyman, someone who’s good at things like fixing loose mounts, hanging shelves, and plumbing. He may not have any formal training, but he’s got a good eye for it…isn’t that enough?

In most cases, we don’t think so, but we don’t expect you to take our word for it. Read on to learn about the differences between most “handymen” and professional plumbers, and call our team to let us prove to you that the invaluable experience of a plumbing contractor cannot be matched.

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Is Your Older Toilet Done for?

Monday, January 8th, 2018

toilet-open-buttonIt would be nice if your plumbing was installed once and lasted forever. Of course, we know that’s not the case. Pipes can last many decades, often over 50 years, but faucets and fixtures will need to be replaced much earlier. Not only do they stop working so well after a couple of decades—they can also become outdated.

Sinks become discolored or may start to feel too small. Faucets develop leaks and may not offer all the features you want. It can be easy to decide when to replace these fixtures, but how can you tell when your toilet needs replacement? This may seem like a more difficult decision, but we’re here to help.

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The Best Materials for Repiping a Home

Monday, December 11th, 2017

ground-sewer-pipeEventually, the pipes in any home will need replacement. Learning that your pipes are failing is bad enough, and suddenly you’re tasked with having to sort through conflicting information about which is the best material to use for repiping a home. If your pipes are old enough to need replacing, they are probably made of a material no longer deemed viable for pipes, like galvanized steel or even iron, both of which are prone to corrosion.

Now, there’s a whole new selection of piping material for your whole home, including metals and plastics, which may come as a bit of a shock! We’ll help you sort through some of the confusion here, but consult with a plumber in your area for the best idea of what will work for your home.

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How a Plumber Deals with Tree Roots

Monday, November 27th, 2017

root-pipe-splitIf tree roots affect your home plumbing, you may already know about it. A lot of homeowners have persistent problems with tree roots blocking the pipes, and the sewer pipes in particular. You might have to call the plumbers back time and time again, consistently treat your pipes, and remember to routinely schedule inspections.

That’s one way to deal with the issue. But there are multiple ways you and your plumbers might decide to tackle the problem, temporarily or once and for all. Here are the methods you should know about.

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Spotting Hidden Leaks in Your Plumbing

Monday, November 13th, 2017

leaky-pipe-burstLeaks in a plumbing system can cause a lot of trouble for your home. First, there’s all that water waste, which means you may pay more for water from the utility company than you should have to. Then, there’s the cost of repairing the issue in case a leak is located somewhere that only a plumber can reach. However, the potential cost of water damage can be much higher, which is why it’s still important to catch problems sooner than later.

You may not be able to detect leaks by looking really closely at your pipes; you cannot see the majority of the plumbing pipes in your home! However, there are some methods that may help you to spot hidden leaks.

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5 Sink Plumbing Problems You Can Repair Yourself

Monday, October 30th, 2017

bathroom-faucet-waterIf “everything but the kitchen sink” is your motto when it comes to household DIY work, we’ve got you covered. It’s important to have a local plumber’s number on speed dial in case you need major repairs for your home’s plumbing. However, there are some issues you may be able to resolve on your own.

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