The Top 7 Most Common Plumbing Problems

water leak

Drippy faucets can be both annoying and cost money.

Being in this business for several decades, we have pretty much seen it all. Some of the problems people face with their household or residential plumbing is very common and we see it all the time. Other, more rare occurrences, do happen. But we are saving that topic for another blog.

Today we want to list and discuss the most common calls we receive. As you can imagine, they have to do with plumbing wear and tear.

Dripping Faucets – The dripping faucet has been a problem to most everyone who has ever lived on Earth. It starts as just the occasional drop but then turns into a steady and more rapid-fire problem. It can cause annoyance and even start costing you more on your water bill.

Leaky Pipes – Pipes corrode over time and more often so do the connections between the pipes. It is important to fix a leaky pipe before the problem becomes much worse and much more expensive.

Running Toilets – A toilet that keeps running is a problem much like the dripping faucet example above. It starts as just a minor annoyance but can develop into costing you more money long term.

Low Water Pressure – There are various reasons water pressure can get low in a home. It is our job to diagnose that and fix it. Call a professional and get the job done right from the start.

Slow or Clogged Drains – After people try the over-the-counter solutions they call us. We may have to break out the heavy duty equipment but your pipes will be free and clear after.

Water Heater Issues – Water heaters are one of those items that people don’t think about until they stop working. We do everything from flush them to replace them.

Toilet Clog – Some toilet clogs are so bad that a professional should be called. Some folks are lucky and have two or more toilets in their house but when there is only one, time is of the essence.

Are Flushable Wipes Safe For Your Plumbing?

Are flushable wipes safe?Flushable wipes became popular on the market about 15 years ago or so. They offer “extra cleanliness” to the user. Many companies that make these products tout that they are just as safe as regular toilet paper to flush down your toilet. But are they?

The bottom line is that regular toilet paper is made thin and is fully biodegradable. The flushable wipes are made thicker and have chemical additives that keep the wipes together and moist. They will eventually break down in the sewer or septic system but they do not break down right away. If there is a clog caused by these wipes, it will be much more stubborn. Continue reading

How to Handle a Water Heater Leak

Repair or replace leaking water heater

Any type of water leak should be addressed right away. When water leaks onto floors many things can occur as a result. Long term water exposure can damage flooring and other items which the water is in contact with. Also, mold spores can begin to form right away. Mold can be toxic and cause serious long-term health issues.

If you notice water leaking from your water heater, you should take the following steps:

  1. Torn Off Power Source – Making sure there is no electricity running to the water heater is the first step in dealing with a water heater issue. You do not want to get shocked or electrocuted.
  2. Turn Off Water – Turning off the water source will prevent more water from adding to your problem.
  3. Repair or Replace – Assess the unit. If the problem is a leaky pipe or seal, you can replace it and the problem is fixed. If the unit has a crack or has erosion in the tank, you will need to replace it.

 

Maintenance

Remember to keep your temperature and water pressure at the recommended levels. These simple steps can help extend the life of the water heating unit. It is also recommended that you drain the tank twice per year. This helps flush out any sediment.

If working on the water heater is not your thing, you can call a licensed plumber to handle your situation.

 

Clog in Your Main Drain in Melbourne Florida

clearing clogs in old FL homes

Older homes have cast iron drains.

Clearing the main drain from your home is a task you will most likely run into in your lifetime. For Brevard County residents living in home built before the 1980’s, it is something you have most likely had to deal with more than once.

The older drains are built out of cast iron and they collect debris and build-up over time. Not only that but the cast iron drains start to corrode and collapse on themselves. Every single one is a ticking time-bomb. And by that I don’t mean they’ll explode. I just mean they will fail and you will be force to lay new pipe.

If your drain is still in tact and is just clogged, you can call us to clear it for you. An extremely long auger will need to be run down into the system to clear a pathway for exiting wastewater.

People with older homes find that this is something that usually needs to be done every few years at minimum. It is one of the disadvantages of having an old plumbing system. But, many are glad that the process can still be done and that it doesn’t require an entire replacement.

Is your main exit drain clogged? You will know if it is. Water doesn’t drain from sink and tub as quickly as it used to. Also, if water is backing up from your washing machine drain, this is a tell-tale sign.

Call Space Coast Plumbing Inc today and schedule an appointment if you need drain clearing.

How to Unclog a Bathtub

clearing a bathtub clog

A cup suction device is your best tool when it comes to bathtub clogs.

Sometimes unclogging a bathtub can be as simple as using a toilet plunger on the drain in order to get the water flowing again. The best way to do this is as follows:

  1. Wear some rubber boot if you have them in order to prevent slippage. It wouldn’t hurt to wear eye-goggles either to prevent dirty water from getting into your eyes.
  2. Remove any standing water using a bucket or cup.
  3. Remove the strainer or stopper that may be in the drain. This can usually be done using a screwdriver.
  4. Add a few inches of water to the tub. You will need this for the plunging-suction action.
  5. Use your toilet plunger to push and pull liquid into the blocked area. This action can often loosen the material that is causing the drain clog.
  6. If any debris comes back into the tub, make sure to remove it.
  7. Repeat sever times until the drain is moving water again.

If this does not work then you can try using a snake or auger. This device comes in handy when it is time to get at really tough blockages. Many blockages are caused by a combination of hair and soap residue. The auger will punch right through that type of clog.

If the methods above do not work, you may need to call a professional plumber. There could be a bigger issue at hand and the sooner your plumber can diagnose this problem the better.

 

What to do About Chlorine Smelling Water

Chlorine smell in water

You may have noticed you water smells like chlorine lately.

If you live in Melbourne, you probably have noticed the smell of chlorine in your water is more prominent lately. This is because the city is performing a disinfection procedure. This process is designed to keep the water and pipes safe for the long run. Approx. 170,000 people are affected.

The water treatment in Melbourne Florida usually consists of treating the it with a tiny amount of chloramine, a mixture of chlorine and ammonia. From time to time the city will switch to chlorine only. This is necessary to keep the system free of bacterial growth. Continue reading

Maintenance You Can Do During Quarantine

plumbing maintenanceWe have seen the country on a full lock-down for almost two months now because of the corona-virus pandemic. While some states are getting things running again, many states and industries have not been cleared to do so. We though that writing a blog about plumbing maintenance that you can do while on lock-down would be a good idea.

Clean Your Shower Heads

We often forget about the shower head even though we use it every day. The shower head can get clogged by buildup. A clogged shower head means that the water isn’t able to run smoothly through it and this can put unnecessary strain on your pipes. Continue reading

Pros and Cons Between Septic and Sewer?

septic vs sewerThe two types of systems make up the overwhelming majority of methods to remove wastewater from the home. Fundamentally they work the same but a closer look reveals the differences between the two systems.

Many people have lived in homes with both types of systems and they have their own preferences. There is no clear cut winner in the debate. Continue reading

Snaking Your Own Toilet or Drain

plumber snake

A simple plumbing snake

There are some clogs that liquid plumber and and rubber plungers just can’t seem to solve. (Try these home solutions too). For those really tough stubborn clogs there is a device called a “snake”. I am sure you have heard about this device and know exactly why it is called that. So, I won’t waste time or words on that.

But what is good to know is that you can get a pretty decent snake online for about 40 bucks. There are snakes that work well on the free market and they will deliver them right to your door.

The instructions are simple: Extend the snake coil, shove down into the drain or toilet and make sure it goes around the bend in the plumbing. Twist the snake device a dozen times or so then withdrawal. It can be a god idea to twist the device while withdrawing too.

9 times out of 10 this will solve your simple clog. Make sure to wash and sterilize the snake before putting it in storage. There will be all types of nasty bacteria on it.

For clogs that the snake can’t get, contact your professional plumber. There is probably a clog in the main line and he will need to employ a heavy duty fix. Sometimes this is done by getting on top of the house and getting to the main drain through the ventilation pipe.

Whatever you do don’t panic. Your plumber will solve your issue and you will be back to running normal before you know it.

Thinking of Installing an In-ground Pool?

swimming pool in Brevard

Kids enjoying a swim on a hot summer’s day.

You want to install an in-ground pool. Sounds great. You can spend most of the year floating in your pool, drinking a cold beverage and soaking up the rays. Besides having the right amount of money to put a pool in, there are some good questions to ask, or better yet a checklist of things to consider before doing so.

Do Utility Lines Run Under Your Property

If you have access to the original building plans of your property, dig them out and take a look. If you don’t have them, the local records office will have them on file. You need to know exactly where and where not to dig. Continue reading