Your house has several separate plumbing systems. Water-supply pipes bring pressurized water from the water utility or a well to your house, where the pipes bring it to sinks, toilets, washers, bathtubs, and related fixtures. Larger pipes drain waste and vent sewer gases in a separate system. And many homes have piped-in natural gas plumbing for gas-burning appliances such as dryers and furnaces. In an emergency, you should know how to turn off these systems quickly before damage ruins your home. The main shutoff valves are located either outside where the main supply enters, or just inside—particularly in cold climates. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. Call your utility company if the problem involves a valve between the street and the house.
Snaking is the removal of small clogs through the use of a special hand-operated tool which runs along the inside of the drainage pipe. A plumbing snake or auger is a long, flexible metal tube that’s pushed through the drain until it reaches the clog, and then pushes through whatever is jamming the pipe. Some snakes can be attached to electric drills or other electric motors to give them more power; others are manual, with the snake on one end and a handle and crank on the other.
The snake is pushed into the drain from the sink, tub, toilet or other fixture, until it reaches the clog. At that point, you can use the crank to dislodge whatever is jammed into the pipe. The end of the auger will either push through the obstruction, tear it up with its twisting action, or become attached to it so it can be pulled up through the drain. However, if you have had several fixtures snaked or had any of your fixtures snaked more than once during the past year, it may be indicative of more serious problems further down the drainage path.
Main sewer lines can also be snaked through a cleanout, however, this is usually indicative of greater problems that cannot be permanently fixed by snaking. In such instances, snaking will be a temporary solution at best. For example, roots in the main sewer line can never be completely removed by snaking and will only grow back thicker the next time around. Also, roots that are thick enough to cause persistent backups are indicative of greater structural problems in the pipes that need to be addressed immediately. If either situation applies to you, be certain to mention it to our technicians so that they can find and fix the actual source of your problem.
One of the best solutions Top Quality Plumbing, Inc. offers is a service called Hydro-Jetting. This is a high-pressure system that flushes and cleans your pipes increasing the efficiency and flow of your lines. It removes grease, sand, debris, and other buildup that occurs frequently in drain and sewer lines.
How does it work?
Jetting propels water through your lines, in varying amounts of pressure, to clean out the buildup and remove sludge from the walls of your pipes. It is environmentally safe, economical, and quick.
High frequency drain lines will often back up on a regular basis. Jetting is a great way to save time and money. Because with a regularly scheduled jetting service, you can prolong the time between service needs.
Top Quality Plumbing, Inc. has highly trained technicians that will review your lines and offer the best solution to take care of all of your drain needs. We offer viable solutions to keep your drains working at home and business. All of our services are based on your personal needs and customized just for you.
Sewer cameras are essential in diagnosing problems in your drainpipe system if you are experiencing repeated difficulties with your drains.
The most common drain problems that can cause damage in and outside of your home are tree roots, broken drain lines, separated drain dines, off set drain lines, low spot or bow in the pipes, etc. By using a live view camera you can pinpoint the exact problem and location, to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and estimate avoiding unnecessary destruction to your property.
A sturdy, waterproof video camera is placed into your sewer line through a cleanout, which is an accessible opening built into every drainage system. The video camera itself is attached to the end of a flexible yet stiff electrical cable, which allows it to be pushed in any direction up to 200 feet. The image from the camera is projected onto a video monitor where a technician views the real-time condition of your pipes.
Water supply lines are pressurized, meaning that water is applying a constant amount of force to the inside of the pipes that guide it to a final destination. This pressure is what allows water to come out of your fixtures in a constant stream but it, along with the scouring action of the water moving through the pipes, takes its toll and causes wear and tear.
If you live in an area with hard water that erosion occurs even more quickly because the relatively high amount of calcium and/or lime basically acts like sandpaper against the insides of your water supply pipes or if you have noticed low water pressure in your sink, shower, or bathtub, it may be time to replace your existing water lines. The lower pressure is probably due to mineral buildup inside of the water supply piping, which effectively reduces the volume of water flow by reducing the inner diameter of the pipe itself.
We now have the ability to re-line your old sewer line instead of replacing it. When you re-line your sewer it eliminates all cracks, leaks, holes or roots that may be causing trouble to your system
Galvanized vs. Copper
In many older homes and buildings it is common to find water supply systems that use galvanized steel pipes. The galvanic coating inside the pipe tends to flake and peel off after several years, allowing for calcium and lime to attach to the sides of the pipe. After years of mineral buildup, water flow may be reduced by approximately 75%, minimizing the effective inner diameter from 3/4” to 1/2” or less.
Copper, alternatively, is a very durable material and can provide reliable service for 50 years or more. It is resistant to corrosion by avoiding mineral buildup that is so prevalent in galvanized steel piping. Copper is also biostatic, meaning that it prevents the growth of bacteria so you’ll be ensured of a safe, potable water supply for a long time. These are only some reasons why copper helps raise the resale value of many properties. It is also a very easy material to work with, making installation simple. Because of its flexibility, copper tends to hold up very well during natural disasters (like earthquakes). Overall, copper offers many economic and health benefits, making it a very cost-effective investment for any home- or building owner.
The process of fusing copper pipes together is technique-sensitive, so be sure to have a skilled technician from Top Quality Plumbing, Inc. to get the job done correctly.
Slab & Wall Leaks
Water supply lines are typically buried, and when underground leaks occur they can sometimes be difficult to detect. Some signs of an underground leak are puddles or muddy areas in your yard that don’t seem to drain, lower than expected water pressure, unexpectedly high water bills that don’t have a good explanation.
Underground water leaks are extremely dangerous because they can cause additional, unplanned settling of the soil on your property. If the leak is under the building’s slab foundation, it can cause the building to sink and jeopardize your safety by compromising the structural integrity of the entire building. Leaks can also lead to massive sinkholes, which can swallow up buildings and people. In the event of a strong earthquake, it is essential to have a plumber look at your water supply pipes and test them to make sure that there are absolutely NO leaks under your building!
If you think you have an underground leak but it’s away from any building(s), try to shut off the water to that part of the property. If you suspect that you have an underground leak that may threaten buildings on your property, shut all water supply lines off immediately. You may need to call your municipal water company to have them shut it off at the water main. Because you will not be able to use your building without a source of potable water, your next step is to call Top Quality Plumbing, Inc. We have sophisticated leak detection equipment which can pinpoint the exact location of your water leak, even leaks under slab foundations. This will allow us to cut out only as much concrete as is necessary, and allow you to resume as quickly and with as little hassle as possible.
Leaks inside your walls can pose health and safety hazards and need to be repaired immediately. You can usually spot a leak by stained drywall, bubbling paint, or peeling wallpaper. Water-logged wood can compromise the structural integrity of walls (and therefore, of the building). Mold also likes to grow in moist places, so even though you don’t see mold you might still smell it. Breathing in mold spores is also bad for your health, and has been linked to a variety of allergic reactions and breathing problems, including asthma.
If you notice leaks behind your wall, determine the source of the leak if you can and turn off the water in the area of the leak. If you are unable to locate the source of the leak and/or turn off the water there, turn off the main water supply inside the building. Then call Top Quality Plumbing immediately and we will be there to fix your problem. We will also guide you through the steps you should take to ensure that you stop mold growth before it starts.
Your water heater is the second largest consumer of energy in your home after heating and cooling. Therefore, it is where you can significantly reduce the costs of your annual energy consumption by as much as 50%.
The two types of Storage Tank Heaters, gas and electric, come in many sizes and can be as big as 100 gallons for residendial. If you need a water heater replacement, it would be helpful for us to know what kind you have before we come out to visit you. Gas water heaters have a pilot light fed by a 1/2″ or 3/4″ gas line out of the wall or floor, running directly into the water heater’s thermostat, which is typically located on the side of the tank near the bottom
Electric Water Heaters have a flexible steel tube with electrical wiring entering it, usually through the top of the tank by the water pipes. Unlike gas water heaters, you won’t see a thermostat or a gas line.
The main benefit of Storage Tank Heaters is the cost. These types of water heaters are relatively inexpensive and can provide many years of trouble-free service.
Storage Tank Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters
When water is heated and stored in a tank the inside walls will soon begin to build up mineral deposits. The scale build-up on the bottom of the tank can cause it to decrease in efficiency by as much as 50% over 10 years and the subsequent corrosion of the tank’s inside wall will eventually cause it to leak. Compare this to a tankless water heater which does not store water and maintains its efficiency for the lifetime of the unit.