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

Signs You Need a Sewer Line Upgrade

Monday, September 16th, 2019

If you’re having a sewer problem and you’re trying to diagnose it, it’s good to think of your sewer like a tree. Your main sewer line is the trunk of the tree where all the sewage passes through. Your secondary lines, (toilets, sinks, miscellaneous drains) are the branches on the tree that—when having issues—at least don’t affect the other branches nearly as much.

Pardon our tree analogy, but it’s incredibly helpful when talking about whether or not you need a sewer line upgrade. The trunk of your tree should be able to pass sewage effectively through it. Otherwise, you’ll see major problems in every branch of the tree (every secondary sewage system) and you’ll have many drains that lose effectiveness. A plumber in Lake Worth, FL will already know this and, when the time comes, will suggest upgrading your sewer line to make sure it can handle what your home puts through it.

So, what are some major signs that could signify a sewer line upgrade in the near future?

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Do You Know the Signs of a Plumbing Leak?

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Leaks- they’re one of those things that seem minor, but if we let them go on long enough, they can waste gallons of water and cause severe damage throughout your home. This is particularly true for leaks that exist beneath the slab of your home or even behind your walls, since they’re often not easily detectable. Water and waste can be harmful, not only to your property but also to your health. Mold and bacteria grow in damp, dark, cold environments which can often be where your integral plumbing pipes are located. rusty-burst-pipe

Luckily for us, there are some serious red flags that can alert any homeowner to a problematic leak occurring somewhere in their plumbing. When it comes to plumbing problems, the earlier they’re found, the better. So, let’s take a look.

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How to Properly Care for Your Plumbing

Monday, August 5th, 2019

sink-drain-with-water-running-downLet us first ask you this… what is your first instinct when you discover that one of your drains is clogged in your home? If you’re anything like the average homeowner, you likely reach for the store-bought drain cleaner that you’re storing beneath your sink. We urge you not to do this, though.

As professionals, we have to tell you that using these store-bought cleaners is actually the worst thing you can do for the health of your plumbing system. Sure, it may provide a temporary solution, but when it comes to properly caring for your plumbing system, you’ll want to look at better methods. We’ll get into this more below, but first we want to explain the danger of using store-bought cleaners a bit more.

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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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