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

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 Not only do they stop working so well after a couple of decades—they can also become outdated.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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What Is Backflow? (And Why Should You Care?)

Monday, 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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What to Do about Wet Spots in the Wall or Ceiling

Monday, 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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The Most Difficult Plumbing Leaks to Detect and Repair

Monday, 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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Plumbing Innovations You Should Know About

Monday, May 29th, 2017

You might think that plumbing has changed very little since toilets, showers, and sinks became standard fixtures in any home. But the fact of the matter is that plumbing is changing every single year. New innovations include plumbing installations available for you to purchase and plumbing methods that help you to save money when you need repair or repiping.

Contact your local plumbers to see what developments in plumbing technology they have to offer for your next plumbing service.

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