Finding Plumbers to Fix the Pipes or Septic Tank
The concept of plumbing dates back to the Romans, and in fact today’s term “plumbing” comes from the Latin word for “lead” (since the Romans coated their pipes with lead). Today’s plumbing and public water and sewage utilities are some of the most advanced in the world, but like with any hardware, pipes or faucets or septic tanks may sometimes suffer from clogs or repair issues. Faulty pipes or other plumbing should be fixed at once, and a local plumbing company may be found online or by phone to fix this. Septic tank cleaning for rural homeowners may be done regularly to keep that tank in good shape, and plumbing repairs may be done on either the home’s pipes or a faulty septic system. What might go wrong with a homeowner’s plumbing, and what do the repairs entail?
Plumbing Issues Today
A lot might go wrong with a modern septic system or a home’s plumbing. Clogs and grease, for example, may be the issue. Some homeowners mistakenly pour grease and fats from cooking down their kitchen sink, but this allows these organic materials to coat the sewer pipes under their house and form a hard plaster on the walls over time. This buildup may continue growing until the pipes are almost totally blocked, and that can back up the plumbing. In other cases, materials such as baby diapers, tobacco, or moisturized hand towels may be flushed down the toilet, but they don’t break apart like toilet paper does. Clogs may soon ensue, and this will back up toilet water.
Mechanical issues are even more common. Ruptured, rusting, or loose pipes may leak water, and as many as 10% of all American homes are leaking water daily. This adds up to a lot of wasted water, nearly one trillion gallons of it per year lost from leaks in American homes. And not only is this wasteful, but loose water in the home can damage hardware that’s not meant to get wet. Leaking pipes in the walls, for example, will get water onto the home’s drywall, and this can quickly cause ugly stains and damage on the wall’s surface. This will necessitate some expensive repairs to the drywall. Loose water might also short out electrical components (and require repairs there too), or that water may pool on the floor. Leaking pipes in the basement may cause pools of standing water to appear in the lowest points of the floor, and this water may damage concrete or furniture or even cause accelerated mold growth.
Particular pieces of hardware might be part of the problem. The water heater may have sediments coat its tank’s walls over time, and this restricts the tank’s carrying capacity more and more. This reduces the flow of hot water to the house. Or, the sinks, toilets, or showers may be very old models that were not built with modern water conservation standards in mind. Even if those old utilities are not actually damaged, they are using up too much water, and this will reflect on the homeowner’s water bill. This is when professionals may be called in.
Calling a Plumber Service
A concerned homeowner may look online for local plumber contractors, and a good contractor crew will have their own website with articles, videos, and photos to showcase their work. A customer might also look up previous customer reviews to ensure that a given contractor will do a good job.
Plumbers may clear out clogs in the pipes or sewer lines if need be, and they may even dig up these pipes and break them open to clear out the obstruction. They may also replace pipes that have been damaged from nearby tree roots. Meanwhile, plumbers may repair or replace leaking pipes to stop the water loss, and they may also replace a sediment-choked water heater with a new one. What is more, these workers may (if asked) replace old toilets, faucets, and showers and bath tubs with new models that have modern water efficiency in mind. Low-flow shower heads and toilets can save water in the long run. Finally, a rural homeowner may call upon septic tank pump crews to empty out their septic tank, or have a very old septic tank dug up and replaced entirely.