Should I hire a plumber to help me remodel?

Plumbing Jobs That You Should Not Attempt On Your Own


Marietta PlumberIn a struggling economy, it’s rather common for people to resort to fixing things themselves that they would normally call a company for. While some projects can be done by the average homeowner, plumbing issues are typically not one of them. Even a simple mistake could end up costing a small fortune to repair and even clean up if necessary. Since there is a lot of specific knowledge that comes with this type of work, it’s advisable to recognize when you have a complex problem. Save time and money, leave these plumbing problems to the experts and enjoy peace of mind.

One of the most common problems that homeowners write off as a simple fix, is a problem with the water heater. Taking on the task of repairing your water heater can cost you in the end because of how simple it is to make a mistake. Another rather common thought is that replacing a bathtub or faucet is another easy project. Replacement of any fixtures that require plumbing is difficult for the professionals and takes time and necessary equipment. You can easily spend more money on tools and the value of your time, than to call a professional to handle any large project.

Any time that you experience main water line issues, be sure to consider that even if you can purchase the equipment to fix it, you most likely don’t have experience using it. Using equipment that you’re unfamiliar with is not only something that could cost you extra dollars, but affect the safety of yourself and those around. Taking time off work to do it yourself is wasting your time and causing a headache simultaneously. Plumbers don’t work on fixing customer’s computers for a reason, we aren’t experts in technology, so we would cause more harm than help in that situation.

Are you in need of a residential plumber for a home project in the Marietta area? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and get started today!

How do drain cleaners work?

Reasons to Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaning Solutions to Unclog Your Drain


Marietta Drain CleaningWhen your kitchen sink is plugged or your bathtub is clogged, it may be tempting to reach for a chemical solution to penetrate the obstruction. Before you do, understand why chemical drain cleaning solutions are not your best option.

A main concern is damage. If that chemical is powerful enough to penetrate the plug, then it is powerful enough to penetrate your pipes. The corrosiveness of chemicals will not only eat holes in your pipes, or even spilt your pipes, but also may damage your fixtures, possibly pitting your sink or tub or tarnishing your fixtures and drains.

A second concern is danger. Chemical drain cleaners are poison by definition. Contact with eyes or skin may cause burns. Inhalation may cause respiratory distress. Swallowing can cause damage to the stomach, throat and mouth. Combining cleaners with bleach or other common household products can create the highly toxic chlorine gas.

Thirdly, chemical drain cleaners are not environmentally friendly. You would not intentionally pour harsh chemicals into the water system, yet that, effectively, is what you do when you pour drain cleaners into your sink, toilet or tub. Plumbers are also inadvertently exposed to the chemical risks when they work on your plumbing in the future.

A final reason to rethink your use of chemical drain cleaners is cost-effectiveness. While using a chemical may seem to be the best solution oftentimes they just don’t work and you will have to call a plumber. Or, for the short term, they may seem to do the job, but in effect, they only clear a narrow portion of your clog and leave the outer residue. And, while they clear that small pathway through your plug, they damage your entire length of plumbing, which eventually can add up to costly repairs.

It’s not worth the risk of damaging your pipes, yourself, the environment or your plumber to use chemical drain cleaning solutions. Your local plumber has the tools and skill to effectively, safely, and completely unclog your drains.

Are the drains in your Marietta home clogged? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and schedule a service call today!

What steps should I take in case of a plumbing emergency?

How To Handle a Plumbing Emergency


Marietta PlumberPlumbing emergencies can spring up at any time, leaving you with a problem that cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, we do not have the luxury of a personal plumber on-hand when these events arise. It can be helpful with some simple tips under your belt to keep the damage at a minimum until a professional arrives.

First of all, and probably one of the most important steps is to shut of any water valves that might be supplying a leak or is part of the problem area. This can usually be found underneath or behind the fixture, a turn in the clockwise direction until you cannot turn anymore so the water is shut off completely. If a shut of valve is not apparent or located near the appliance then the main water valve may have to be shut off, which will effect water flow house-wide instead of just where the problem is. Also, if you need to disable the main valve for the house, then you will want to shut off the circuit breaker and the gas supply going to the water heater. The water heater has a chance to overheat so this precaution should help to prevent any possible injury.

To prevent additional damage a bucket is a good idea when placed under the leak, as well as a temporary solution such as electrical tape for a leaky spot until you can get someone to help with a permanent fix. Also a quick and thorough check of the filtration system for any clogs may save you money on a call to the plumber that could have been avoided. If clogs are found, it is not a good idea to try to remove the clogs that are in deep in the drainage system because damage can easily occur. Drain cleaners are a bad idea for a complete clog since they will mix with the water and create a solution that will be corrosive to the pipes, causing a bigger heart ache down the line. So be careful and smart when you deal with your plumbing issues, hopefully stress-free.

Are you facing a plumbing emergency in the Marietta area? Stop and call Pell Plumbing immediately at (770) 499-2006.

How can I take care of the drains in my home?

Tips on Properly Maintaining your Drain


Marietta PlumberOne of the most stressful times for a homeowner is when the drain lines backup. The backups can end up being very costly and happen at the worst possible time. There are steps a homeowner can take to make sure the drain lines are properly maintained and minimize and even eliminate drain problems.

The most vulnerable drain line from the home carries the waste water from the home to the septic system or municipal sewer. If the piping is old and constructed with any material but high density polyethylene (HDPE), there is a good chance roots from vegetation, especially trees, will damage the pipe. Tree roots have a habit of growing into the pipe, breaking the bell and spigot and compromising the integrity of the pipe. Roots often clog the pipe and cause a backup into the house.

There are drain service companies that provide maintenance on drain lines. Video cameras provide easy access to the piping system and show the interior of the pipe. The service technician can watch the video as the camera makes its way through the pipe, or record the video for later viewing, and identify areas where the pipe may be compromised, especially if a clog is beginning to form. This will allow the corrective steps to be taken and the necessary professional brought in to repair the problem.

Since maintenance is the most cost effective form of upkeep, homeowners should consider hiring a drain service company to flush out the drain lines periodically. Drain Service technicians can accomplish this by sending a snake through the drain line. The snake is a wire with a cutting head that has the ability to be pushed through the line by hand or by mechanical crank. Hydro jetting is a technique that delivers a stream of water at a high velocity through the piping system. Any debris build up will be blown through the pipe to the outlet, usually a manhole. Either method will keep the drain line free and clear.

Interior drain pipes will also be well served with routine maintenance. Drain pipes that are snaked or flushed at the beginning of the run will keep the debris build up to a minimum and keep the system free and clear. This will prevent build up of waste such as toilet paper, human waste and anything else that gets flushed into the system.

Are you dealing with clogged drains in your Marietta home? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and schedule a service call today!