Friday, July 17, 2015

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We always get phone calls on how much it cost to do trench-less replacement.  Also home owners calling and saying I got 40ft of pipe that needs replacement how much does it cost.

I hope we can help everyone understand the cost and what goes into that calculation. With trench-less we need access points so small excavation is required. 95% of the line gets replaced with no excavation. To calculate the charge we need to know a few things that requires diagnosis and not just knowing that we need 40ft of pipe.

#1 Linear footage (40ft)
#2 diameter of pipe (3", 4", or 6")
#3 Access point where do we need to access the pipe.
Grass area (cheaper)
Under Concrete (more expensive)
From the Street (more expensive than concrete.
#4 How deep before we can access the pipe (2ft deep, 5ft deep, 10ft deep or more)
#5 The last thing we need to know is once we find where we will access the pipe from. (permits from public works or building and safety)

Often when we get a phone call the only item known is #1 so we can't come up with a price simply by knowing that we need to change 20ft of pipe. We hope this helps!

Monday, March 19, 2012

What should I know about the plumbing in my house?

No matter how carefully a system was installed, pipes will always burst, showers or toilets will overflow leaks will happen. As a home owner you must remain calm and know where you main water shut off is. You must also know where all the individual water shut of are for all other fixtures.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What can I do if I have low pressure on my shower or faucets?

This is a small problem home owners should be able to fix. Cleaning a faucet aerator and shower head should do the trick. Minerals in water can buildup and clog the shower head and aerators. Remove your shower head and aerator and inspect it for buildup. Clean each small hole with a small pin if it does not work then is a much more complicated task where you will need a plumber to diagnose the cause of low water pressure. The reasons can range from mineral buildup, leaks, or pipe corrosion.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Why does my shower/tub keeps leaking?

The two main reasons for leaks are:
 #1 simply old faucet worn parts.
 #2 Every faucet is designed to operate at a minimum of 20 psi and a maximum of 80 psi. if the pressure is more than 80 psi a more serious problem than just old parts could be happening at this point you should always call a licensed plumbers. A professional plumber will be able to diagnose the problem and give you a solution.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What are those pipes on my roof for?

Those pipes are the ventilation system for all your drain pipes. Vent pipes allow methane and other nasty gases to escape out the roof, rather than inside your home similar to a p-trap. The ventilation system is there for all the sewer smells to go out on the roof. They are not a clean-outs; Some home owners believe that a plumber can use these pipes because it is a clean-out. It is true a drain cleaning machine will go in from the roof and into the drain system, but it will not work as well as a ground level clean-out. It is dangerous to try to clean a drain from the roof. Many plumbers used to do this in the old days, but with many accidents is something that many plumbing companies won’t do nowadays.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What is a p-trap?

 P-traps are required by the State Plumbing code for sinks, bathtubs or showers:
P Trap Under The Sink 
it forms a water seal that prevents backflow of air gas/bad sewer smells from the sewer line while allowing for the flow of liquids. Without a p-trap the inside of a home will smell like sewer 24/7