Winter Plumbing Tips

winter plumbing tipsPerhaps the most common plumbing inconveniences tied to winter weather are frozen and/or burst pipes.  If standing water freezes in a pipe, it will expand as it hardens.  The expansion blocks the pipe, giving the moving water nowhere to flow.  Eventually, this buildup of water causes pressure that will force a pipe to burst, causing serious damage to your home.

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by Georgia’s mild climate; pipes can freeze and burst just as easily here as they can in colder northern climates.  Anytime the outdoor temperature is slated to go below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, you are at risk of this happening in your home.  Luckily, there are some ways in which you can minimize this risk. [Read more…]

How do I know if my home needs to be repiped?

Signs Your Home Needs To Be Repiped


RepipeThe pipes that make up the plumbing system of a home will eventually get old and wear out. Luckily, your pipes will give you a lot of warning signs before they completely fail. This allows you to go ahead and repipe before disaster occurs. Replacing old sections of pipe or your entire system with new materials can save you a lot of headaches and help you to avoid the frequent repairs also associated with old plumbing. So how can you tell when your plumbing pipes are reaching the end of their lifetime?

Water Pressure: Decreasing water pressure is a big indicator that your home needs to be repiped. This is caused by a build up of corrosion in old pipes. The corrosion will continue to accumulate until the pipe is completely stopped up if you do not address it. This will affect your water pressure more and more until it is little more than a trickle, even at the highest setting.

Slow Drains: Along the same lines as decreased water pressure, slow drains can be the result of corrosion build up. Your first thought may be that you have a clog, but if you know that your piping is older then corrosion is a likely cause. Snaking and drain cleaners will not fix corrosion. The piping needs to be replaced.

Strange Noises: Sputtering noises when you turn on your shower or sink indicate that you have air in your water line. Air gets into the pipes as they degrade with age. You may also hear clunking or banging noises when water runs down drains or even when you flush the toilet. Pay attention to the sounds that occur when you use water.

Water Quality: Your water should run clear the moment you turn on your tap. Older piping materials will begin to rust and that rust will sometimes appear in your water when you first turn on your faucets. Even if the sediment isn’t visible it can leave reddish stains in your sinks, toilet and shower. Water contamination can also occur if the pipes have become porous. It will cause your water to taste unpleasant as well.

Do you need to repipe your Marietta home? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and schedule a service call immediately!

Where can I find the right plumber for me?

How To Make Sure You’re Hiring The Right Plumber


PlumberIf you are in need of a plumber, there are a few things that you need to consider before hiring one to make sure that the plumber that you hire if the right fit for the job that you need completed. You want to make sure that the person that you hire is legally, cleanly, and efficiently able to complete the job that you need done. You also want to do your homework to make sure that you are getting the best price possible for the job that is being completed.

The very first thing that you need to do is to figure out exactly what you need to be completed by the plumber. Once you have a pretty good idea of what plumbing job it is that you need completed, you can then start to use local resources to help you make a list of plumbers to check out and call. While using your local resources such as the phone book and Yelp, while you are making your list, take the time to also read any reviews and comments that you see about particular plumbing companies.

Once you have your list of plumbers to contact, make sure that you ask them a few very important questions. The first one to ask, is if they are licensed. If they do not hold a professional license, then automatically mark them off of your list. Also, ask them if they can provide you with past customers for references. Take the time to contact their references, you will be amazed at what information you can get from those who have dealt with the plumber on past jobs.

The final step to take in choosing a plumber is to select three from your list to ask for bids. At that time each of those plumbers will come out to your residence, take a look at what needs to be completed, and they should provide you with a written estimate of what their labor cost will be, as well as the cost of materials. Once you have the written estimates, then you are ready to take all of the information that you have gathered while completing your search and make the decision on which plumber you will be investing your money into.

Are you in need of a plumber? Call Pell Plumbing, your friendly Marietta plumber, 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!