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Some Common Plumbing Issues

 

Ever wonder if what you’re dealing with regarding your plumbing system is common? Below you’ll find the most common requests plumbers receive — and you can rest assured you’re not alone.

1 –Your toilet is leaking. Without question, this is one of the top issues that homeowners face with regard to plumbing issues. And because it can be a sign of a larger issue, it’s not one to be ignored. If your toilet is leaking at all, give your plumber a call so you can

2 – Your water lines are broken. Again, another frequent problem amongst home owners. What’s important to remember here is that you are responsible for issues affecting the main lines from your yard to the street. The city, however, is responsible for issues affecting lines from the street outward.

3 – Your sewer is clogged. This is trickier to diagnose. Homeowners don’t often notice a broken sewer line. However, if the clog is severe, sewage will begin backing up into your home. That’s why, if you do have a clog, it’s important to act fast.

Call your plumber immediately, and he or she can enlist a variety of options that best address your particular situation. First, they may pull the toilet or go through a “clean out drain” in your yard to loosen the clog. Or, they may use a sewer machine to try to clear the clog. If they can’t find the clog, your plumber may want to run a camera down the line to assess the situation. However, if the sewer is full, the camera cannot be used. That’s why, especially if you’re on a septic tank, that you have it emptied every 3-5 years.

Also, when a plumber can’t clear a clog completely, they may clear it enough to send a camera down to see if there is a break in the pipes. In addition, they may offer a service called “hydrojetting,” which is like an intense pressure washer hose being channeled down a drain to clean It out or to push out the clog to the line to the city where it can be dealt with.

4 – Your water heater is leaking. If this is the issue you’re facing, a few important questions are: How old is your water heater? Is it under warranty? Is the tank rusted out? Or is it just a valve issue? Why so many questions? Because most water heaters are only meant to last 7-10 years. If yours has passed its warranty and is older, it may be less expensive to purchase a new one than to fix it.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Bathroom Upgrades That Deliver

Summer has arrived — the time when many homeowners make plans to roll up their sleeves and take care of those long-awaited upgrades and remodels. If your bathroom is on your summer target list, here are a few key upgrades than can deliver a significant bang for your buck.

Countertops. Updated countertops can make a tremendous impact. You will want to look for natural stone, engineered quartz or the ever popular Carrera or Calcutta marble for a more modern look. If your budget is more limited, painting your countertops is now a very viable option. Plan a visit to your local home improvement store and they can get you on the right path. Either way, neutral colors are a good option.

Lighting. Modern lighting can make all the difference in your bathroom. If sophisticated is what you’re after, LED sconces and bathroom bars can deliver. If you’re more traditional, there’s plenty of lighting options to choose from on the market today, so take an afternoon and enjoy perusing your local stores.

Fixtures and faucets. Faucets can often make or break a good looking bathroom. Get rid of your bone and brass and install nickel, chrome or white fixtures to achieve a more up-to-date look. If you’re not comfortable installing these, call a professional like Go Green Plumbing and they will be glad to help.

Remove carpet. While it can be nice to step out from your shower onto nice soft carpeted floor, it’s also a prime spot for mold and bacteria to grow. Purchase a few nice, fluffy bath mats that you can wash instead. Next, replace the carpet with a tile–or laminate that resembles tile or hardwood.

Bathroom Cabinets. Whether it’s a coat of paint, refacing or total replacement, new bathroom cabinets can transform a frumpy bathroom into something special. As far as color choices go, neutral is always a good call.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

When Your Pilot Light on the Gas Hot Water Heater Goes Out

 

It can be frustrating to find out that the pilot light on your gas hot water tank is out.  Discovering that it has gone out often occurs at the most inconvenient times, like standing in your shower waiting for the hot water or trying to fill your sink to wash dishes.  Determining the reason why there’s no hot water can be a bit of trial and error since there can be several reasons for this problem.

Before moving on to more technical issues, lets begin with the basics.  Has there been an interruption in your gas supply?  Has there been any work done to any of the gas lines in your home?  What about any utility work in your neighborhood where the main gas line was turned off?  Even a brief interruption to your homes’ gas supply can cause the pilot light to go out.  Try relighting to see if that solves the problem.

If the pilot light won’t stay lit when there is a problem with the thermocouple.  What’s that, you ask? The thermocouple is a safety device that uses an electrical current powered by the pilot’s heat to determine if there is an unlit pilot.  If so, it turns off the gas supply to the pilot light.  A dirty, curved or damaged thermocouple can prevent your pilot from staying lit.  After turning off the gas, use a piece of sandpaper to clean the thermocouple.  If curved or bent, straighten it back to its original position.  If the thermocouple is damaged it will need to be replaced.  An experienced DIYer can do this, otherwise call your local plumber to handle it for you.

A few other reasons could be a dirty pilot tube, flex tube or main control valve.  If you’re wondering which of these issues is causing the problem, your best contact is your local plumber.  Whichever of these problems might be the issue, getting it resolved quickly is vital for everyone.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

What’s in Your Water?

 

Water covers about 70 percent of the earth, and humans are made up of up to 60 percent of water. In fact, doctors recommend that you drink at least 64 ounces of water per day to maintain a healthy body. That’s why knowing what’s in your water is so important. One way consumers are ensuring their drinking water is healthy — and tastes good — is by installing home water filtration systems.

If you’re considering this route too, make sure to plan for testing your water first so that you will know what system is best for you. If you access your water through a municipal source, you can request a water quality report from your water utility company. If your home uses a well, you will need to do an independent water test. Even if you use municipal water, you may still want an independent test — especially if someone in you home is pregnant or nursing — or if you have any unexplained illnesses in the family.

Your county health department can sometimes help test for some contaminates. If not, you can have your water tested by a state certified laboratory. Find one in your area by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or go to their website at www.epa.gov/safewater/labs.  You can also check out the Water Systems Council website (watersystemscouncil.org) to locate one in your area.

The laboratory will provide you with instructions on collecting your sample(s).  Follow these guidelines to ensure the most accurate results. There are different collection instructions based on the contaminates you are looking for in the water. Some laboratories may provide a technician to collect the sample, or even do an on-site test, so ask if this service is available.

Knowing what’s in your drinking water, and how those items effect you, will help you find the best water filtration system for your home.  Check out our next blog where we will discuss the different water filtration systems available.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Is It Time to Replace Your Toilet?

 

Although it is used on a daily basis and is an indispensable element of their homes, most people give little thought to their toilets. However, like other items in your home, age and usage can take its toll. So, how can you know if your toilets are in need of replacement? Here are some signs that will help you determine if a new toilet should be in your future.

  • The majority of toilets are made from porcelain, which over time can develop small hairline cracks. Even a small crack will leak leading to damaged flooring and subfloors. Sometimes the bolts that hold the bowl to the floor will deteriorate due to a leak, causing the toilet to rock. While this can signal a need for the bolts to be tightened, it can also mean that the floor beneath the toilet has been damaged by a leak. An experienced plumber can help determine if a repair or replacement is needed. toiletring
  • If you have an older toilet in your home, it may not flush quickly or efficiently. If that is case, updating your toilet may be worth considering. Because new regulations require toilets to use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, upgrading an older toilet can help decrease your water usage, saving you money on water bills. Furthermore, the new dual-flush toilets uses even less water for the majority of flushes reducing your water usage even more.
  • If you decide to replace your toilet, there are many options to consider, so do your research and read reviews before making your selection. Think of your family’s needs and lifestyle when choosing from the broad variety of new designs. Toilets styles today range from the standard two-piece toilet to a one-piece. Also, your decision to go with a concealed base versus an integrated base style can effect your cleaning process, so be sure you understand what you are buying.
  • As you are probably aware, you can still choose from a round style seat or an elongated style seat. And though white is still the most popular toilet color, there are many other color options to consider, depending on the other materials used in your bathroom.
  • Seat height can also be a consideration. The majority of toilets sold are a standard 17-inch seat height, but there is also a “comfort height” available at 19 inches. These are beneficial particularly for anyone in your family who has problems getting into and out of sitting positions.

 

 

Giving a little thought and TLC to your toilet can prevent damage to your bathroom flooring and floor structure. So keep an eye out for small leaks, or movement of your toilet, to know when it’s time to replace your toilet and you’ll be more apt to avoid bigger and more expensive problems.

Do Water Filters Matter? by Go Green Plumbing

Do you know how often to change your water filter in your refrigerator?

If not, check your refrigerator manual which may say to replace the filter every 6 to 12 months.  You will want to check your specific product manual for a general guide for replacement.  However, what if you have a household of 5 instead of the 2 in my household?  As with all filtering systems, replacement is not based on a number of persons, but the amount of usage.  My husband and I are big water drinkers, so we would need to consider changing our filter more often than a larger family that doesn’t consume as much water or ice as we do.maxresdefault

But what about that “water filter indicator light” on the refrigerator door?  Again, that indicator is based on time, not on usage of the filter.  Water filters help to provide us with cleaner drinking water, so it is important to replace them when needed, but since they are not cheap we don’t want to replace them before necessary.

One way to determine if the filter needs changing is by the taste of your water or ice.  If you notice a difference in the taste of your water, or start to smell an unpleasant odor, your filter is probably not removing all contaminates and will need to be changed.  Another way to know is if your ice maker is no longer making single ice cubes, but producing larger cube junks.  Your water filter being full can also cause a reduction in your water flow.

One thing to remember when putting in a new water filter is the need to flush out the new filter.  Small particles from the filter can become dislodged during manufacturing or shipping, and come through in the first glasses of water consumed.  You would just want to run 3 to 5 gallons of water through the dispenser before consuming any water yourself.  If you have just an ice maker, then discard the first couple of batches of ice.  You can again consult your refrigerator manual for their specific recommendation on this procedure.

Have questions about water or plumbing issues in your home?  Give us a call. We’re happy to discuss.  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!