Plumbing Problems: Knowing When To Call Your Plumber

We all associate a plumber for common plumbing problems like water leaks under the sink and drainage problems, but there are telltale signs when you need to call your emergency plumber.

Symptoms of Plumbing Problems

Water Bills Become Higher Than Usual

A higher water bill suggests burst water pipes or your toilet’s flush not working properly, causing toilet running all the time. Aside from burst water pipes that will obviously cause some puddles in your basement, floor, or seeping through the walls of your home, or a toilet running all the time.

Slow Draining Toilets

This is a symptom that necessitates an emergency plumber.  This strongly suggests there is a clog along the lines. This might soon get to the point that your toilet gets fully clogged. Do not wait till your toilet gets totally clogged and not working.

Water Heater Problems

If your water heater is not working, this is also an issue of concern especially for safety that needs the attention of your emergency plumber.

Gas Leaks

Aside from usual plumbing problems, your plumber also takes care of your copper pipes and furnace connections. This is one of the most serious plumbing problems that require immediate attention.  This can pose health hazards when there is gas/carbon monoxide leak. Another gas line that needs checking for leaks is when you have built-in barbecues. This is a danger that might not be too obvious since it is in open air and leaks dissipate quickly. Hence, whether you smell a gas leak or not, have your plumber inspect this regularly.

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold temperatures can cause water to stop running into your home due to frozen pipes.  This needs an emergency plumber to defrost the pipe as well as ensure that the frozen pipes do not crack or burst which causes an even bigger problem.

Need an Emergency Plumber?

Contact American Air to check your plumbing system and thus avoid situations at home that can be anywhere from a minor discomfort to a serious problem.

How to Troubleshoot Common Plumbing Problems

plumbingTroubleshooting simple plumbing problems is one of the basics every homeowner should know. Even if you don’t have plumbing skills, knowing the basics will save you from bigger issues down the road and will help in maintaining your home.

Here are some of the most common plumbing problems:

  • How to handle a Water Leak. It is important for every homeowner to know the location of the main shutoff valve that supplies water to your house. You also need to know the location of all the shutoff valves that control the water supply to your appliances and utilities in the kitchen, basement, bathroom, toilet, and yard. To locate the shutoff valves, you need to inspect your kitchen sink, water heaters, heating systems, toilet pipes, tubs, and other appliances. If you are having difficulty finding them, ask a plumber or someone who knows a little more about plumbing.  By identifying the location of these valves, you will be able to turn them off in case you have an emergency water leak and/or a broken pipe. You will still need the help of a plumber to make the repair, but being able to put things under control first is a big help!
  • Here are the steps to take if you have a broken pipe. 1) Turn off every valve that feeds water to the leaky or broken pipe to stop the water from breaking the pipe. 2) If there is no exclusive shutoff valve to stop the flow of water to the broken pipe, shut off the main valve that supplies water to your whole house. And 3) if the flow of water did not stop immediately after shutting off the water supply, open all the cold-water faucets to release the water in the entire system. Remember you only need to open only the cold-water faucets and not the hot water faucets.
  • Here is some info about clogged drains: A clogged drain slows or stops water from flowing properly in your drainage system. The worst that can happen is when your plumbing systems blocks to a standstill and you cannot use water anywhere in your home without having water overflow. It is common to use chemicals to unclog drains. Be careful if you decide to do this, drainpipes inside the wall may get damage with continuous exposure to chemicals.  If you decide to use chemicals: 1) Dilute the acid by adding water before pouring it into the drain. 2) Use gloves and eye protection when pouring the chemicals. 3) Read the instructions carefully. Using a drain cleaning cable is another option that can help remove clogs in the drain line. This should be done by a professional plumber. So if the chemicals don’t work, call American Air to have one of our plumbers come help.

Being able to troubleshoot and act quickly when plumbing emergencies arise, will help save your home from further damage. Assess the situation, do what you can, and then call one of our plumbers at American Air to come and get your plumbing back to working order.

Do You Have a Clogged Shower Drain?

clogged shower drainHow many women are annoyed with hair loss in the shower? How many men feel the same way about the women who share a shower with them? A normal amount of hair loss  every day is completely normal for men and women, although it can quickly cause problems in your shower drain. Women tend to have longer hair than men, which is why they are often the ones blamed for clogged shower drains.

Why wait for a clogged shower drain when you can easily prevent this problem by following these tips?

  • Buy a hair catcher. Place the eye catcher over your drain. Get the catcher after every shower and throw the hair into the bin. A hair catcher is just a small item and is very cheap. You can buy it at any hardware store or even in supermarkets.
  • Place one or two rags a few inches before the shower drain. The rags will catch your hair so water can go down easily and freely down the drain. Pick the rags after showering and gather the pieces of hair and throw them into the trash can.
  • Hair on fingers. It is normal to see a few strands of hair on your fingers when you wash your hair. Don’t wash it off with water, as this will only clog your drain. Get a paper towel instead and use it to wipe the hair out of your fingers. Thrown the paper towel into the bin.

If there are already a good amount of hair in your drain, see if a do-it-yourself task will solve the clogged shower drain problem. Try these DIY tricks.

  • Get a metal hanger and bend it to create a hook. Use the bent hanger to pick the hair up and gather them all on a paper towel. This technique works and is effective if there are only a few hair, although it will take time.
  • Use your fingers to pick the hair out the drain. (that is if you have a strong stomach) Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly if you try this.
  • Run or pour hot water down the drain. If there are still a few hair strands left, pour or run hot water down the drain. The hot water will push the strands to run down the drain but do this ONLY if there are just a few hairs left.

Letting hair down the drain is like throwing money down the drain. Standing water on your shower floor is unhealthy, too! So make sure that you implement the above tips to prevent hair from going down the drain and leading to clogs. 

If the problem is worse, then it is time to call a professional plumber. Call (614) 851-0099 to request an estimate from American Air Heating and Cooling!

What you Need to Know about a Clogged Sewer Line

clogged sewer lineA clogged drain in your home can quickly become a major inconvenience. It will prevent you from getting things done, and leave gross residue behind. Whether it’s in the kitchen or bathroom, a clogged drain is no fun. Clogged drains can become a breeding ground for bacteria and can even cause your or members of your family to get sick. Most clogged drains can be fixed with a plunger, a drain clearing solution, or by manually removing hair/debris from the drain. If these DIY tricks aren’t working, there’s a chance your main sewer line might be clogged.  Read the signs below to get a better idea if that’s the case.

Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line

  • Multiple drains are backing up with water
  • Bad odors coming from your drains
  • Gurgling noises coming from your drains or toilet
  • Bubbling water in your toilet when you use the bathroom sink or shower
  • Water backing up from your basement floor drain

 

Culprits of a Clogged Sewer Line

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • And the most common culprit, Tree roots

 

If you think that your main sewer line is clogged, call American Air right away before it becomes a bigger problem. A licensed plumber will use a camera to scope your drain to find out what is causing the clog. Once the issue is determined they will either use an interior drain water jet OR a snake, to free any trapped debris or tree roots from inside the sewer lines.