There are few frustrations as great for a homeowner as plumbing problems. Facing a backed-up sink or toilet, most homeowners rely on the ever-popular plunger or commercially available products from their local hardware store to unclog their drains. Yet few really understand when it's time to call in the professionals.
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How Can I Clean My Drains? What Is Hydrojetting?
While most people probably rely on chemical drain cleaners to unclog pipes, you may be unaware that these harsh chemicals may actually be damaging to your drain system and harmful to the environment. If they are powerful enough to dissolve food particles, just think what they are doing to the surface of your pipes. Over time, chemicals can leave the surface of pipes pitted and weakened, making them far more vulnerable to cracking or breaking.
Given this reality about chemical cleaners, professionals turn to other methods to unclog your drains. They may attach a special auger called a snake to the end of a power drill and guiding it through your pipes, clearing them of debris. Another way to remove clogs in your drains without harsh chemicals is the use of a high powered stream of water that actually frees the interior surfaces of your pipes from the debris that is attached to them. This method is called hydrojetting and is essentially power washing for your pipes.
When to Consider Buying a New Water Heater
A well-maintained water heater can last many years without any major issues. However, even the best water heaters eventually need to be replaced. Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to invest in a new water heater.
- Insufficient hot water: Reduced water volume usually means your unit is losing its efficiency and may need to be replaced. Call our experts to inspect the system and recommend the best option.
- Aging water heater: Once your water heater nears or hits the end of its service life, start thinking about replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. Older units cost more to maintain and repair.
- Loud noises: It's normal to hear some buzzing or ticking sounds coming from your water heater when you turn it on. However, loud noises such as banging, gurgling or rumbling sounds may indicate a more severe problem that may require you to replace the unit.
- Rust-colored water: If you notice rust-colored water or rust stains on your bathtub or sinks, then your tank may have rust stains inside. Rust, debris, and water scale inevitably collect and build up along the tank’s bottom, lowering your unit’s efficiency and causing various other problems.
Contact us at Roman Plumbing Inc., and we can help you determine whether or not you need to replace your water heater.
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How Often Should I Clean My Drains?
Maintenance of your plumbing system is the best way to prevent plumbing emergencies from happening. In the long run, this will also save you time and money. You should use non-toxic, biodegradable drain cleaners monthly. If you notice slow drains or stopped up toilets on a regular basis then it's probably a good idea to call us and have your main sewer line checked and cleaned. For older homes or homes with chronic drainage problems, having this done once a year is a good rule of thumb.