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Plumbing Maintenance For Your Home!

Plumbing Maintenance Essentials

Plumbing Maintenance

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As a homeowner, you know how important maintenance is to your home, for everything from your roofing to your carpets. This, of course, includes your plumbing, which functions best with regular and proper maintenance activities. We use our plumbing appliances everyday, which can allow them to get dirty and show a lot of wear and tear if left unkempt. Below we will describe some great maintenance techniques to implement in daily, weekly, and by season.

DAILY

Daily Plumbing Maintenance

These list items are fairly easy, and can be done in tandem with your typical daily chores! Keeping up with these will make keeping your bathroom and kitchen nice and clean easily.

For Both Kitchen & Bathroom

  • When using your faucets, keep an eye out for signs of damage and leaks
  • When getting things from cabinets underneath your sinks, glance at your pipes for signs of corrosion or leaks
  • If you notice poor water pressure or clogs when using your sinks, make note to call a plumber

Bathroom Dailies

  • Wipe down glass shower walls after use to avoid hard water stains
  • Invest in a hair catcher for your drain, and empty it after each use

Kitchen Dailies

  • Only run the dishwasher at night, so it doesn’t affect your water pressure when you need it
  • After use, run your garbage disposal with warm water and mild dish soap to prevent odors

WEEKLY

Weekly Plumbing Maintenance

Weekly plumbing maintenance is equally fast, and can be done in a span of ten minutes or less!

  • Check for rust in your water
  • Wait for full loads of clothes before running your washer
  • Do a quick walk around of the house to look for signs of water damage on walls and floors
  • Clean your shower head with vinegar to prevent hard water buildup
  • Inspect the toilets for signs of leaks

SEASONALLY

Seasonal Plumbing Maintenance

By keeping up with your seasonal maintenance tasks, you can avoid major damages, and spot trouble area long before an emergency.

  • Inspect your outdoor hoses
  • check for changes in your water bill, specifically, increases
  • Test your outdoor hoses and valves
  • Examine your water heater for signs of rust
  • In Winter, make sure your faucets are able to drip before freezes, and that outside pipes are insulated
  • In Spring, make sure that your vents are clear of debris
  • Make sure that your main water valve is in working order at each season

For help with maintenance or repairs, give our team a call at 214-388-4525 today. We are happy to provide you with fast and affordable services, all year round!

Signs of a Hidden Water Leak

Hidden Water Leak

The Presence of Mold Provides a Clear Indication of a Hidden Water Leak.

Most water leaks are, thankfully, easy to detect. A homeowner may actually see the leak itself, or observe signs such as a puddle or water stain. Unfortunately, the location of most plumbing permits the occurrence of hidden leaks. These insidious problems can cause extensive damage unless detected early. Pay attention for the following signs of a hidden water leak, and call for immediate service if you suspect trouble.

Bad Smells

The smell of mildew or rotting wood provides a clear warning sign of a hidden water leak. The dampness of a water leak can encourage mildew and mold to grow practically anywhere. If it remains behind the wall, its smell becomes the only indicator of its presence. The smell of rot signifies the actual deterioration of your home, so do not delay the necessary repairs.

Pest Infestation

Certain insects love the presence of water, and will migrate to your home in the event of a leak. If you suddenly have roaches in your kitchen, or silverfish in your bathroom, you may have a hidden leak. This becomes even more likely if you have never suffered from these insects in the past.

Odd Noises

If you ever hear the sound of running water when all your taps remain closed, you probably have a water leak. Faucets can also make unusual noises when you turn them on, thanks to the presence of air in your plumbing.

For a suspected hidden water leak in Mesquite, TX, call Metroplex Leak & Line Locators at 214-388-4525. We specialize in the detection of leaks, and can perform rapid, thorough repairs. 

4 Unmistakable Signs of a Gas Leak

Gas FlameGas leaks can cause extreme energy bills, fires, and even explosions. Ensuring your gas lines are properly maintained is imperative to your family’s safety and well-being. However, sometimes problems still occur. Typically, these issues are non-emergency and can be repaired fairly easily with no harmful effects. However, sometimes, gas leaks can cause major damage to your home and your health. Therefore, we always advise our clients to turn off the gas, leave the home immediately and call a professional if any of these signs of a gas leak occur.

Sulfur Smell

One of the most noticeable signs of a gas leak is a funny smell around your home that resembles sulfur or rotten eggs. This smell is a definite sign of a gas leak (unless you have leftover egg salad laying around) and should be handled immediately.

Orange Pilot Light

Your gas appliances should always have a sharp blue flame coming from their pilot light. If the flame is orange or yellow, the pilot light isn’t receiving enough gas. While this doesn’t always mean a gas leak, it’s a very good indicator and should be taken seriously.

Physical Illness

Natural gas has the same effects that carbon monoxide poisoning has on a person. Therefore, if you begin to experience nausea, headaches, fatigue, or trouble breathing, there is a good chance you have a gas leak and should be acted on accordingly.

High Gas Bill

If your bill is typically $100 and this month it jumped to $300, you probably have a gas leak. Unfortunately, if the gas leak is within your property line, you will still be liable for the large bill, but if the leak is located outside your property line, the utility company may be on the hook. Call a professional to locate the leak and advise you on next steps.

When you suspect you may have a gas leak, don’t take chances that could affect your health and well-being. Call a professional immediately. The experts at Metroplex Leak & Line Locators will respond quickly and professionally to ensure your leak is taken care of promptly.

Plumbing Has Gone Technical

A not-so-new tool is revolutionizing the plumbing industry in ways that we never thought possible. Today’s plumbers can use small cameras to pinpoint, and then help repair or replace the pipe with little to no trenching.

Cameras and Pipe Splitters

 

Almost like something out of a movie, your modern plumber can run a camera through your pipe to locate the damaged area and then use a series of pipe splitters and pushrods to actually repair or replace the pipe without digging a trench.

The Process

Plumbers use small sewer cameras that are attached to a pushrod and cable reel to search through your pipe system for the damage. Once the damage is located, the plumber can pinpoint it either with information sent from the camera to an awaiting computer or by using the picture itself as a map to the area. Once the problem spot is found and a plan of action is created, your plumber will run a pipe splitter or pipe burster down your current pipe. This tool will split or burst your current pipe, making room for a new pipe or a special lining that is used for pipe repair and reseal. Then, then the pipe is tested, and the job is finished with no digging or trenching required.

Gone are the days of needing a landscaper after an outdoor plumbing project. With today’s new incredible advances in technology, the pros at Metroplex Leak & Line Locators can repair your plumbing quickly, and in most cases, mess free.

These Signs Could Mean An Irrigation Leak

 

Home Sprinkler System

Unless your lawn’s irrigation system is spewing large amounts of water, it can be hard to tell when it’s not working properly. An unresolved irrigation leak can lead to extensive lawn and water line damage. These signs can be clues that there may be an underlying issue with your irrigation system that needs to be repaired.

 

Clogged or Broken Sprinkler Head

When a sprinkler head is clogged the water spray pattern is interrupted. This makes it easy to decipher exactly where the head is clogged. Simply remove the sprinkler head and clean it thoroughly to remove the clog. If the sprinkler head is spraying a nonuniformed large amount of water it may be broken. An irrigation professional can replace broken sprinkler heads easily.

 

Main or Lateral Line Breaks

Another important irrigation leak to look for a line break. A clear sign of a line break is discoloration of the grass that follows a distinct line pattern. The grass may be greener or browner than the grass around it, depending on the water flow to the area. Once the general area of the leak is located, an irrigation specialist can repair or replace the leaky line.

 

Valve Box Leaks

This may be the easiest leak to spot because the valve box itself will usually fill with water if the system is running. To check for valve box leaks when the system is off, look for rust and corrosion on the electrical connections within the box. If there are signs of water damage, an irrigation repair expert should be notified.

 

Keeping your lawn’s irrigation system in top condition can not only lead to greener, more luscious grass but can save you money. For annual inspection and repair of your irrigation system in Mesquite, TX, call Metroplex Leak & Line Locators at 214-388-4525.

How to Handle A Foundation Leak

photo of foundationThere is nothing scarier than coming home to find your basement is leaking. You may store some of your possessions down in the basement, use it as a spare room, or even as a washroom. Regardless, not only can having a leak here cause widespread damage, it can be dangerous for you and your home. What can you do when you have a foundation leak in your home? There are a few tips that can help you when handling these situations.

Foundation Leak Emergency Tips

#1 Personal Safety Comes First

While it is important to try and salvage what you can from the area, you must first take a few precautions. First, check for any water on the floor or pools of water. Not only can you slip in these, but if there are any wires in the area you can get electrocuted. Safety should always come first. Put on rubber sole boots and do not touch any wires you may see.

#2 Can You Find The Leak?

While this is a foundation leak, you may be able to determine the origin or area the leak first started in. Knowing the general area can be beneficial information for our plumbers once they arrive for repair. While remaining safe, look around the area and note where it appears the leak may have started from.

#3 Note Any Possible Problems

Once repaired, you may want to reconsider how the area was organized in order to prevent future issues. Assess whether appliances could be moved away. Also make a note of anything that may need to be replaced once foundation leak repair is completed, such as your washer or dryer. You may also take the time to document and photograph any damaged items for an insurance claim.

#4 Call For Foundation Leak Repair

It is important to contact Metroplex Leak & Line Locators for foundation leak repair as quickly as possible. The longer you wait to have your foundation repaired, the more damage you will have  to your home and possessions. For all of your plumbing needs, call Metroplex Leak & Line Locators today! We cater to your every concern with professional services from diagnostic to repair. Lets get started! Give us a call today at 214-388-4525.

 

Four Signs You Have A Sewer Line Problem

The sudden appearance of pests can indicate a sewage leak on your property.

Since all of your home’s drains connect to the sewer, a problem with this pipe can have serious ramifications. Unfortunately, since the sewer is typically buried several feet below the surface, most people have no idea of a sewer line problem until it’s too late. After all, once you’ve got sewage backed up in your tub, you’ve got a serious issue. To take care of a sewer line problem before they get this extreme, pay attention to these four warning signs.

Running Water

The consistent trickle of running water throughout your house can indicate a sewer line leak. If you feel suspicious, make sure that all your home’s taps are closed. If you still hear the water, call a plumber.

Unpleasant Odors

A damaged sewer pipe can create multiple opportunities for foul odors. A sewage smell around your yard or house could indicate a leak. The smell of mold or mildew can also indicate problems, as a leaky sewer creates the ideal bacterial setting to encourage this growth.

Foundation Cracks

As water pools around the leaks in a sewer line, it can unsettle the ground. As the ground shifts, your foundation will crack. Some foundation cracking is natural, but pay attention to excessive cracking within a limited amount of time.

Unusual Yard Patches

As sewage leaks into your yard, it can act as fertilizer on your grass. The grass thus served will appear much more green and vibrant — if a little foul smelling — than surrounding areas. You may also notice more insects or rats around your home, as they become attracted to the leaking sewage.

You don’t want to mess around with sewer line problems. If you’ve noticed one or more of these signs, act fast: call Metroplex Leak and Line Locators at 214-388-4525. For sewer line issues in Mesquite, TX and the Dallas area, we are your local experts.