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Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget Your Plumbing System!

Plumbing Spring Knoxville PlumberSpring Cleaning Tips for Your Plumbing System

Spring might be the start of warmer weather and longer daylight, but it is also the time of year that you start sprucing up your home. Spring cleaning around the house can entail many different things from getting rid of clutter to giving your plumbing system a good look-over. If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, there are a few ways you can easily improve your plumbing system this weekend.

Here are the best spring cleaning tips for your plumbing system:

Try Out Your Sump Pump

Spring is known as the season that brings on the rain. This is especially true for most of April and May. It might be a good idea to check and see if your sump pump is functioning properly now to ensure that no big problems arise later. A great test for your sump pump is to see how dry it keeps your basement on rainy days.

Stop Leaks Right Away

Not only can leaky faucets cost you money, but they can also be incredibly annoying. Instead of just dealing with leaking and dripping faucets, it is time to fix your leak. The wear and tear that a leak can put on your sink basin and faucet isn’t worth it. Fixing a leak might not be fun, but this is one project you need to take on this spring.

Invest in New Fixtures

Chances are you haven’t splurged for new fixtures or faucets in a long time. Why not give your plumbing system an update with new fixtures that affordable and stylish. You can even purchase more energy efficient fixtures that will help you cut back on your energy bill.

Be Prepared By Installing a Flood Alarm

As a homeowner, you always want to be prepared for the unexpected. Having a flood alarm in your home is a preventative measure you can take to prevent flooding. This type of alarm will sound when it comes into contact with water. This means that you can limit the amount of water damage that occurs in your home.

Check All Outdoor Hoses

It is that time of year again, when you will be watering the flowers and caring for your lawn. This means that you need all of your outdoor hoses to be free of leaks and cracks that might have been left behind by the cold weather. Checking your hose takes a few minutes, but you save you a big hassle later on.

 

 

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How to Handle a Slab Leak in Your Home?

Dealing with Slab Leaks

Slab Leak Detection KnoxvilleIs your water bill steadily rising each month with no sign of an end to this trend in sight? You might have noticed high amounts of water running through walls in your home or become aware of a warm patch on your floor in your living room. An increased heating bill is another warning sign that you may have starting noticing. If any of these situations above sound familiar or apply to your home, it is possible that you may be dealing with a slab leak.

Here are a few of the biggest slab leak warning signs and how that present themselves within your home:

Do You Hear a Running Water Noise?

Are you hearing running water sounds when none should be apparent? Whenever you are hearing the sound of water in your home, that sound has to be coming from somewhere. If you can’t see a leak with your own eyes, chances are that you have a slab leak. A slab leak is not visible to the naked eye, but it can cause disaster to your home if left untouched.

Warm Patches

Another common sign of a slab leak involves the presence of warm patches on the floors throughout your home. If you start to notice these types of patches in your home, it is a good idea to have your home inspected for a slab leak. How water pipes in your home are constantly insulated except for when they are a part of a radiant heating system. A sign that you might have warm patches can be pets.

Cracks on Walls and Flooring

Cracks on your walls and floors can be caused in a variety of different ways, but if you are dealing with increased water in the soil surrounding your home, it is likely that the cracks can be attributed to a slab leak. The water flow from the slab leak causes a vacuum effect over time that results in floor and wall cracks. At the first sign of cracking, you need to take action to determine the problem and rule out a slab leak.

Excessive Moisture

Increased amounts of moisture can also be the result of a slab leak. Water can flow through the leak and lead to increased moisture that turns into mold or mildew. You should always call a trained plumber at the first sign of mold growth within your home.

 

 

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How Do The Trees In Your Yard Effect Your Plumbing?

Prevent Tree Roots from Damaging Your Plumbing

Tree Roots Drain KnoxvilleNow that spring weather has finally arrived, it is the perfect time of year for trees and shrubs to start to grow and flourish. This might enhance the curbside appeal of your home, but it can really wreak havoc to your home plumbing system. Slow drainage and a variety of other problems are often a result of overgrowing tree roots. If you want to prevent any future issues, there are a few preventative steps that you can take.

Here are the most helpful tips from trained and qualified Knoxville Plumbing professionals that will keep tree roots at bay and protect your plumbing system:

Knoxville Drain Tree Roots1) Be Aware of Sewer Line Location

Knowledge is always your best prevention tool, which means that you always need to know exactly where your sewer lines are located. This will keep you from planting any deep rooted trees or shrubs in the same area. If you can avoid planting near your sewer line, this is the most effective way to prevent roots from causing plumbing issues. If they aren’t near your sewer line, it is impossible for the roots to cause damage.

2) Be on the Lookout for Signs of Root and Plumbing System Issues

When roots start to hinder your plumbing system, it is often a gradual process. This means that there are warning signs before the problem worsens and larger damage occurs. If you notice consistently clogged drains, this could be a warning sign that roots have damaged your sewer line. Don’t let warning signs go without taking action. When you notice an issue, it is best to call Knoxville Plumbing right away.

3) Maintenance is a Great Way to Prevent Problems

Tree Roots Drain Cleaning KnoxvilleIt is always a good idea to have your sewer line inspected by a professional plumber each and every spring. This can help to prevent root growth within your plumbing pipes. Always hire a professional for maintenance, because proper tools and techniques are required for the best results.

If you want to make sure that your plumbing system is not wrecked by growing roots in your sewer line, it is best to call and schedule a maintenance appointment today with Knoxville Plumbing. We employ skilled and trained technicians with vast experience dealing with growing roots and sewer lines. If you have any questions or concerns, you should call us today and have any issues corrected immediately.

 

 

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Finding The Right Plumber For Me

Finding The Right Plumber For Me

Right Plumber For Me“Know any good plumbers?”

That might be your frantic lament if you have not checked around and found a plumber that fits your bill. Many people do use the yellow pages, calling around to find one that can come out today and will take a check. Some might even throw darts at the phone book to select whom to call.

Is There A Better Way?

There has to be a better way if you are using one of the above examples. A better way would be to start looking before a pipe breaks and floods your basement. You might see a plumber’s truck on the street, or in your neighborhood, and, after they leave, go up to the door and politely ask how they liked the plumber, and why?

Talking with your neighbors

Talking with your neighbors about their experiences and asking whom they would recommend is another way. If you are having any work done on your home, you might ask the contractors if they have someone they use and trust.

With these few names in hand, you can contact the Better Business Bureau and ask if they have any complaints filed against them. You can also check the yellow pages to see what kinds of plumbing they do, what days they work, and what areas they service. You do not want to be calling someone miles away and have to pay for travel time.

After you have narrowed the field, try one of your selected few the next time you need a small job done. This will help you assess how they operate; their clothes, tools, trucks, attitudes, prices, etc. If you like what you see, be sure to get the service person’s name, so you can ask for that person specifically.

You might try two or three different companies to see how they compare, perhaps even rate them. This way you will have a backup if the first is too busy to take you order.

Everyone knows that having to call a plumber to come to your house to repair something is not the highlight of your day, or even your week. This is why you should be ahead of the game, and have one or two selected plumber’s phone numbers by your phone.

When undertaking such a process we would encourage you to give us, your Plumber in Knoxville, a call asap!

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Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Hot Water Heater in Knoxville Tennessee PlumbingWater heaters are sturdy devices and they use state of the art technology. Collectively, the durability and the technology ensure that water heaters remain operational for many years without causing much headache to the homeowner. But water heaters also need some occasional maintenance, especially when they get old. It is not necessary that every need for maintenance is due to a severe problem or serious issue. There may be some very minor and considerably insignificant problems that may require some attention.

Ideally, you should have a maintenance schedule and have a plumber check your water heater at planned intervals. But if you don’t have such a practice, then you need to look out for the signs that your water heater needs maintenance.

  • If your water heater is not functioning, then it needs maintenance. In most cases, people believe that if a water heater is not running at all, then it may have to be replaced or the repairs that would be needed will be a lump sum amount. That is not always the case. At times, a nonfunctioning water heater can be revived with maintenance and some very little touch up repairs.
  • When you don’t get hot water from your water heater, you have to call in the expert. A water heater may fail to heat water for many reasons. The heating element may have malfunctioned, the thermostat may not be working properly, there may be some leaks, there could be an electrical issue or something else. You need to consult an expert if you don’t have hot water. Also, if you don’t get enough quantity of hot water, then too you should call in the maintenance guys. What happens is over time, deposits buildup inside a water heater and the space available for water to be stored and heated up gets reduced. This leads to short supply of hot water at a time. You may also have to wait for a long time to get adequately hot water. That should also signal the need of maintenance.
  • There are some obvious signs that will demand the need of maintenance. Loud noises or popping sounds, leaks and consumption of a lot of power will be signs that you cannot miss.

Most problems with a water heater can be attended to with maintenance and minor repairs. In worst cases, some parts may have to be replaced. If the parts are beyond replacement, only then you have to worry about a fresh investment in a new or pre-owned water heater in Knoxville.

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Why Is My Water Pressure So Low?

Why Is My Water Pressure So Low?

 Low-or-no-water-pressure-fixed-by-your-knoxville tn-PlumberWater pressure in your home is strictly regulated by a simple truth; that water flows from higher altitudes to lower altitudes. The water pressure in every tap or shower in your home will depend on the natural flow of water from a storage tank through the pipes to the eventual faucet. The only way you can determine the water pressure other than the natural flow of water is by using air pressure tanks. Unless you have air pressure tanks, you will have to rely on the natural pressure. There are some plumbing fixtures which can increase or reduce the water pressure but they won’t have the capacity or ability to influence the water pressure through the plumbing network. They can only play a role once the water flows into the special faucet or tap system, after which the pressure is controlled, increased or decreased.

You will have low water pressure in your house in certain specific circumstances. You may have very little water in your tank, to the point that it is unable to exert any additional pressure other than gravity pulling the flow of water downwards, to the eventual faucets, showerheads or taps. Or, you may have some problems in the plumbing network that is disrupting the water pressure.

The problem in the plumbing network can be due to leaks or cracks in some pipes, joints or some fissures somewhere. The low pressure may also be due to clogged pipes. Over years of use, pipes can have buildup of sediments. Pipes can corrode and rust, wear down and such obstructions will obviously reduce the water pressure.

It is very difficult for a homeowner to identify these problems without professional help. You may know if a faucet is leaking or if you have some problems with the sink, the flush in the toilet or the showerhead. But you cannot possibly locate a problem in concealed pipes or inside the pipes. That calls for the expertise of a trained and experienced plumber.

You should always get your water pressure checked, ideally much before it begins to become worrying. Leaky pipes, water oozing out from some place that you are not aware of or extremely clogged pipes are not ideal situations for any homeowner. From unclean water to property damage, there can be very serious consequences of not taking low or reduced water pressure seriously enough to call in the experts.

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Signs That Your Home Needs to be Repiped

Signs That Your Home Needs to be Repiped

Knoxville tn repipeIt might not be as easy to spot, but an old rusty pipe in your home can act in much the same manner as thief in the night. This is due to the fact that they burst when you least expect it and cause extensive damage that ravishes your home. You won’t be able to believe your eyes when you see the amount of damage and destruction that a bursting old pipe can do to your home. However, we are a plumbing company that can help you avoid this type of damage and destruction by taking advantage of our repiping services. Repiping projects are quite complex and are best left in the hands of experienced and qualified plumbers that you can count on.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

The fact is that your day is pretty jam-packed with important tasks. This means that you have little free time to waste and hardly have a minute to give your pipes an extra thought. However, it is essential that you give your plumbing the attention that it deserves to ensure that you never have to deal with the damage left behind by bursting pipes. Plumbing is a convenience that you likely take for granted and just expect to be at your beckon call. Having a repipe in Knoxville is in the back of your mind.

When you turn on your shower faucet or flush your toilet, you hardly give your plumbing a second thought. However, when your pipes burst in your home you will have to pay attention and act fast. The best way to avoid bursting pipes is to be proactive and look for early warning signs that can help you avoid damage. Paying a little now for plumbing services is preferred to paying a lot later when your pipes actually burst.

Keep A Close Eye On Water Pressure

Water pressure is one of the main warning signs that you should be on the lookout for. If your water pressure becomes low or you notice that the actual color of your water is changing, you need to call on a plumber. If your water starts to look like the color of rust, chances are that your pipes are close to bursting and require immediate attention. If you notice leaky pipes this should also be a red flag. If you simply pay attention and look out for signs of aging pipes, you should be able to catch the problem before they burst.

 

 

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Should My New Home Have a Plumbing Inspection?

Should My New Home Have a Plumbing Inspection?

For most people, a home is the biggest investment they will ever make, and a home is more than just paint and shutters. We inspect for termite damage, so why not plumbing and electrical

Knoxville Plumbing-InspectionsHaving a trained and licensed professional inspect that important part of the house will give you the relief and security to move in and live comfortably. While he cannot see what is inside the walls, he can judge the condition of what is inside, by looking at the condition of what is visible outside the wall; by looking at how and where a pipe enters the wall, and the way it was constructed. Their trained eye will spot things that may look fine to you, but shows signs of poor practices and materials.

Outside – A proper inspection may start at the street to see if the piping, whether galvanized iron, plastic, or copper tubing, is of the proper size and up to current codes. They will insure the water shut off valve is accessible and working. At this time they will make sure the sewer drain line has the proper cleanout trap near the house.

While still outside they will check that there are the proper outside spigots for garden hoses and that they are in usable locations and working condition. They will look to the roof to ensure the vent pipes are in place for all drain locations.

Inside – They will inspect every water access location in the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, and accessories, such as water softeners and icemakers. They will determine that the faucets are new, or in excellent shape and not leaking. They will look under the sinks to ensure there are shutoff valves on all fixtures, and the fittings are tight and not corroding. They will be alert for loose pipes where they exit the wall, and check if there is a bang when the faucets are turned off, indicating the air cushion has been lost, or not installed properly.

These points, and probably a hundred more, are what they will be checking. Sometimes it may be that something is just not right, and should be looked at more closely.

When you are purchasing a new–to-you home, and looking for a Knoxville Plumber to inspect that home, we would encourage you to give us a call! 🙂

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When Remodeling, Do I Need a Plumber

When Remodeling, Do I Need a Plumber

Knoxville Plumbing RemodelingThen – I am remodeling; do I need a plumber, or not need a plumber, that is the question. In Shakespeare’s time, I would guess, ‘no,’ because in the 14th and 15th centuries, indoor plumbing was long overdue, but had not arrived. Now, in the 21st century, it has arrived, and what a selection we have.

Now – When remodeling, two rooms, the kitchen, and the bathroom get the most attention and cost the most money. When doing so much construction, in the two rooms with the most plumbing, you surely do need to hire a qualified and licensed plumber. These two rooms contain the fixtures and appliances that are being changed and updated the most, and fastest. They are also the first to become “dated.”

When remodeling these two rooms, it is more than simply replacing the fixtures and appliances. Most often, walls are removed, windows added, new lighting in the ceiling, and below, a grand floor. New plumbing in these areas will ensure that the plumbing will last trouble free as long as the new fixtures and appliances. How disappointing to have all the work done and then, discover a leak behind all the new everything else.

A thing to remember, remodeling is a rough time for an older house, with its structure being pushed and pulled every which way, and the old plumbing with it. All the old pipes and joints are twisted and stressed after years of comfortably settling in place, with only an occasional earthquake to awaken them.

When remodeling, the general contractor has to coordinate the work between all the subs, the plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. The contractor ensures that something does not go in before it should, and then needs to be removed to make room for something else.

Now after days, weeks, even months of dust and inconveniences, the remodeling is finished. Your new kitchen and bathrooms gleam and sparkle like the new star attraction that they are. Everyone will want to see what you have done, and compliment you on what wonderful new rooms you have.

Therefore, if you have not yet remodeled, we would hope that we have moved you enough to think about remodeling. Forget about the dust and inconveniences, think of the star.

 

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Does Your Home Need To Be Repiped?

Signs Your Home Needs To Be Repiped

Repipe plumbing in Knoxville TennesseePipes are sturdy installations. They are meant to last for years, unless a compromise had been made initially to install poor quality pipes. Plumbing installations are usually durable if the right brands and specs have been chosen at the right prices. However, everything has a lifespan and that holds true for pipes as well. Pipes are not meant to last forever. While some poor quality pipes may last just a year or few years, most pipes will show signs of ageing after several years. Also, the type of use and other external factors also play a role in determining the life of your pipes.

Ideally, you should attend to the maintenance of all your plumbing fixtures and that should include pipes. If you indulge in regular maintenance, which could be twice a year or at least once a year, then you will be safeguarded against some rude surprises. Else, you can refer to these signs that your home needs to be repiped.

  • If you find a major leak from any of the pipes in your home, then you obviously need to replace it. You can easily spot such leaks by looking for water damage. A serious leak springing a lot of water will cause damage to your property and that would be very hard to miss. A minor leak will also show signs of water damage or at least buildup of moisture in certain areas of the home which will also be hard to miss. If you find any such signs, then you should not wait any longer. Call an expert and get the pipe or pipes replaced. You should not think of repairing or sealing the leaks in these pipes. Sealing them will be a temporary solution and you will be spending money needlessly without any long term assurance that the leaks won’t recur.
  • You should keep an eye out for the water pressure in your home. If you see that the water pressure in the faucets or taps and showerheads has reduced substantially, then you may want the pipes to be checked. Leaks in the pipes, buildup of sediments, corrosion and other problems in the pipes can cause a drastic reduction in water pressure. You should also look out for water bursting through the taps in short spells. This also indicates obstructions or air gushing into the pipes, both of which are signs that you need repiping.
  • Another very helpful sign is colored water or water that tastes different. Buildup of chemicals, rusting, corrosion and sediments of various kinds will cause this problem. Repiping should be a wise choice at such a stage.

 

 

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I Only Have a Home Project, Should I Hire A Plumber?

I Only Have a Home Project, Should I Hire A Plumber?

Plumbers do have a sense of humor. One had a slogan, “We fix what your husband broke!” After a while in the business, an experienced plumber has seen it all; the broken pipes, clogged toilets, leaky faucets.

inspector-says-not-to-codeShould I call the Plumber?

For a stopped up toilet that you might be able to fix with a plunger, maybe no. Everything else, YES!

What to Say When You Talk to The Plumber

Most of the time you will talk with an experienced call taker that schedules the workload for the plumbers. She, or he, will need to know, what is the problem?

Based upon what you tell them, they most likely ask you some questions about the situation, ask your name, address and phone number, and set a time for the plumber to arrive at your home. They might even give you some hints of what you can do before the plumber gets there, so the situation does not get worse, and how you may be able to work around the problem until it is fixed.

An Experienced plumber will arrive at your home with the work-order written by the call taker, and the tools and parts that their experience tells them they will need to complete the job. Usually, the more information you can tell them when you call, the better equipped they will be when they arrive at your home.

In addition to their experience, you should observe how they treat you, and your house. Plumbing is a dirty business, and some soiling of their cloths is to be expected, but they should not be dropping dirty rags and leaving dirty shoe prints as they enter. Nobody enjoys working with someone looking over their shoulder. However, a polite question about why it broke, or how not to do it next time, should bring a nice response.

Small projects sometimes have a way of becoming a serious emergency quite quickly. When changing a faucet, the shutoff valve may break off the copper pipe and you now have gallons of water flooding your kitchen. When attempting any plumbing jobs on your own, always start the job by shutting off the main valve into the house. In any case, you should know where that valve is and how to use it.

When deciding if you should hire a Knoxville Plumber, we would encourage you to give us a call today!

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Why Is It Taking So Long For The Water In My Home To Heat Up

Why Is It Taking So Long For The Water In My Home To Heat Up

Water heaters can have various types of problems from time to time. You may have no hot water, inadequately heated water, leaky pipes, leaky water storage tanks, rust colored or metallic water, foul odors including that of rotten egg, popping or rumbling noises, whining and even a completely dead water heater that would respond to nothing that you do.

Cupped Hands Under Shower

Cupped Hands Under Shower

If you don’t have any hot water or it is taking too long for the water in your home to heat up, then there can be many causes for the same. It may so happen that there is a combination of different causes at play.

The first possible causes can be a tripped circuit breaker which will obstruct the power to run the water heater, a faulty thermostat or malfunctioning electric heating element. You may also have a blown fuse but that would not heat the water at all, instead of delaying or taking too long to heat the water. These problems can be easily attended to. You need to call in an expert and he can repair the water heater. Replacing the fuse or resetting the circuit breaker, ensuring the thermostat is working fine and attending to the heating element, including replacing it if required, will solve the problem. If any of the parts are not working and are beyond repair, then replacing them is the only remedy.

Water heaters can take too long to heat the water sufficiently in your home if you have a heater that doesn’t have the capacity to heat and deliver hot water to the number of outlets you have. Water heaters have capacity and it must be apt for your home. Another very common reason for this problem is too many cold water connections or faulty plumbing installations interfere with the flow of the hot water from the heater. Such installations need to be checked and attended to. These issues can be easily attended to by an expert. But if you have purchased a water heater that doesn’t have the capacity for your home, then you either have to let go off a few connections or outlets so the water can be heated quickly enough for certain connections. That would reduce the volume of water needed to be heated and naturally increase the speed of heating.

Low voltage or disruptions in the supply of power can make the process of heating the water much longer than usual.

 

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Why Are Your Faucets Dripping?

Why Are Your Faucets Dripping?

Knoxville TN Faucets DrippingThe water faucets that are featured in your home are pretty basic devices that normally don’t malfunction in any way very often. However, it is likely that some of eth mechanisms within your faucet will begin to age over time and the results is a leaky or dripping faucet that not only gets on your nerves, but also costs you more on utility bills. The cause of your leaking faucet is what results in either an intermittent dripping faucet or a constant dripping faucet. If notice that you have a leaking or dripping faucet, it is important to call on a professional plumber right away to correct the issue. In many instances, eroding connections can be the problem leading to the dripping of water from your faucet.

Does Your Faucet Still Have Washer?

Many old faucets still have a washer mechanism inside that is often the problem causing the dripping. However, new faucets that don’t feature washes can still have other issues. The center cartridge is often what is most susceptible to wear and tear over time and high water pressure only combines to cause more issues. If you are not sure what the cause of your dripping sink is, you should turn to a reliable plumbing professional to get the job done right. Diagnosing the cause of your dripping faucet is just the first step in fixing it correctly.

Defective Parts

Even new faucets can drip or leak due to defective components or connections. This is not normally a common occurrence, but it has been seen before. This means that if you have a new sink that is dripping, you should call on a professional plumber to inspect the components and connections of your faucet to ensure that they are not defective. If you have any defective parts it is important to address these issues right away.

Don’t Wait For The Dripping To Go Away On Its Own

Many people assume that a leaky faucet is not a big deal and simply avoid addressing this issue for long periods of time. However, it is never a good idea to forget about dripping faucets in your home. The issue causing the drip will only worsen with time and cause more extensive damage. If you want the cheapest and easiest fix it is a good idea to call a professional plumber right away to fix your dripping faucet.

 

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Some Homes In Knoxville Needs to be Repiped… Is Your Home One?

Some Homes In Knoxville Needs to be Repiped… Is Your Home One?

They say nothing lasts forever, and the pipes in your home won’t either. Sooner, or later, you may be faced with the question of whether or not to have the pipes, the plumbing, in your house, replaced.

Leaking-galvanized-pipe | Knoxville RepipeIn very old Knoxville homes

The galvanized iron pipes came in nominal lengths and every joint, connection, elbow, or tee, had threads in all the outlets and may very well begin to leak. In addition, iron rusts and often clogs the pipe so you have very little flow.

In newer Knoxville homes

Copper pipe replaced the galvanized iron pipe, and used soldered joints to replace the threaded ones. When properly installed, they should last for the life of the house. However, due to ground settling, earthquakes, remodeling and other unseen happenings, copper pipe and fittings may  crack, or a solder joint fail.

When Copper is in Short Supply in Knoxville

Which happens from time to time, various replacement materials, usually plastic have been used. Plastic is also commonly used in mobile homes and RVs.

So, How Do You Know If You Need To Repipe your Home?

Before you face the situation, and have your whole house repiped, do some checking. Are you having more leaks, and have your plumber on speed-dial? Does the water flow slowly and have a weak stream at your faucets? Do your pipes bang when the faucets are shut off? Is there rust in the water? If any, or all, these things are happening to your water system, you may need to have your home repiped.

A Major Job

Repiping a home is a major proposition,  so think carefully about the plumber you have do the job. Be sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Check with the Better Business Bureau, to see if any complaints have been filed. Ask if you can contact any of their customers.

If the repiping will require walls, ceilings, or floors be removed, or opened up for access, you might want to consider doing a remodeling and rewiring during the same period. That way there is no need for each profession to close up and finish the openings. In addition, a permit will likely be required to do any of the jobs and a contractor can manage the job and coordinate the sub-contractors

When undertaking such a job, we would recommend looking on line to see what Knoxville Plumbing LLC has to offer. http://knowvilleplumbingllc.com

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Why Is My Garbage Disposal Not Working?

Why Is My Garbage Disposal Not Working?

Tennessee Knoxville garbage disposal repair with plumberA garbage disposal unit is usually a very sturdy device. It works brutally on the garbage and gets rid of a lot of trash that you would otherwise have to collect in a container and carry it out all the way to the front yard. When you have a sturdy device, it is not expected to malfunction or stop working. But given the kind of task it does, a garbage disposal unit may malfunction at times. When your garbage disposal unit doesn’t work, it is not always the fault of the system or the company that has manufactured it. Often, it is the nature of your use and what you have subjected the unit to which causes the problem.

There are many types of problems that you may come across with your garbage disposal. The device may simply not work, in which case there may be a fault somewhere. The device may just have jammed due to some erroneous use, in which case the jam will have to be attended to. Long periods of activity and not attending to its maintenance are usually the two most common causes of garbage disposal not working.

First, you should never try and check out the garbage disposal unit yourself, not unless you are trained. You should always hire a plumber, one who is trained at fixing such units. Don’t put in your hand or try anything experimental to know more about the problem. Your garbage disposal unit may just have jammed due to periods of use and owing to the buildup of sediments. Garbage disposal units can crush a lot of stuff but that doesn’t mean you can crush anything down the unit. Glass, hair, grease, rags and similar materials that are hard to get rid of and can jam the unit are the most common causes of a malfunctioning garbage disposal system.

The entire unit going kaput is unlikely. What you should do is turn off the system and call in a technician. A technician will attend to the device, inspect it, find the problem and offer you a solution. It usually doesn’t happen that a garbage disposal unit is beyond salvaging or repairing but if that happens, then you have to replace it with a new one or another old one.

You should try and use a garbage disposal unit according to the best practices. That will avert almost all potential problems.

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Should I Have A Plumbing Inspection Done In My New Home

Should I Have A Plumbing Inspection Done In My New Home

Plumber doing inspection on plumbing in knoxville tnBefore you buy a new home, you will certainly have the entire property checked out by a licensed inspector. Almost every homebuyer does this and you should not avoid it at any cost. The exercise of property inspection should be carried out much before you make the final call of signing on the dotted lines. You cannot own a home or buy a property that has not been thoroughly inspected.

By that logical approach, you should not require a plumbing inspection in your new home. However, as reality would have it, you need a separate plumbing inspection.

A property inspection usually involves checking all structural and integral parts of the home, including all areas of construction, adherence to building codes, validity of legal paperwork and ownership among others. But, the diligence with which the legal paperwork is checked out to ascertain adherence to building codes and ownership, is not put into checking out the plumbing installations. If you have bought a house before or if you have accompanied a property inspector, then you would know what happens during the process vis-à-vis plumbing.

A property inspector will go around the house, turn on the taps and the faucets, check the showers, flush the toilets and possibly will check out the power connections. At best, the property inspector will go down to the basement or check out if the heaters and other devices are working fine. A property inspector will not check out the quality of plumbing, the condition of the pipes, the type of underground pipes and sewers being used and what condition they are in. Also, a property inspector doesn’t have the specialization to check for signs which may indicate a problem with the plumbing installations. The last thing you want is to buy a new home, pay with your hard earned money and then walk into with a jubilant heart to find plumbing problems. Then, you will have to shell out some generous bundles of cash to fix those issues.

Have a plumbing company conduct a thorough inspection of a property, before you agree to sign or release any payment. You can have a plumber accompany you on a day when you would visit the property and you can not only identify all the potential or existing plumbing problems, but you shall also be able to know what it would take to fix them. Accordingly, you may alter the terms of purchase, choose to go ahead with the set terms if the costs are bearable or cancel the deal altogether.