Here are few plumbing tips. Things we see a lot of in San Antonio.
Running toilets can be wasteful and expensive. At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank. If it is leaking, you should replace the tank ball chambers at the end of long pipe runs. Their installation will probably require a plumbing professional.
Clogged drains are a common problem and can be caused by oils, fatty foods, soaps, hair and other non-dissolvable products. For minor clogs, first try an over the counter product, never in a drain with a garbage disposal, and never on a drain that is completely clogged. These products if trapped, can severely damage your pipes If you can’t snake the drain yourself, contact Primo. We will access the situation, determine the cause of your problem and utilize either a conventional methods such as an auger or snake. In the rare case where a snake or auger will not suffice, we use our hydro-jet machine. Our hydro-jet machine uses high pressure water to make quick work of lines with heavy grease build up and storm drains overloaded with leaves and debris.
Stopped up Washing Machine?
In many homes, the kitchen and laundry drains are connected. When the lint from the laundry drains meets the grease buildup from soap and food products, a nearly solid substance is formed, causing blockage. Using filters and strainers will help, but you’ll also need to get the drains snaked periodically as well. Call Primo for help with this common problem.
Leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water, sometimes up to 150 gallons a day! Always check around and underneath your sinks for moisture or small leaks. It’s imperative to repair leaky faucets right away to avoid paying for wasted water, plus to avoid water damage. Clean your faucet aerators annually to guarantee even flow of water. Check to make sure your overflow holes on tubs and vanities are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.
Water Heater problems
As water heaters age, they accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If these deposits are not removed, the sediment will create a obstruction between the burner and the water, reducing the water heater’s performance level. Every three months, you should drain the water from your tank. Draining a gallon or so on a regular basis helps remove the sediment.
Also periodically inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue.
Sewer Line Blockage
Tree Root Damage is the culprit of a sewer blockage, and once they’ve blocked the line, there is very little you can do. Call Primo Plumbing and we can snake the line to get it as clear as possible, and then use copper sulfide products to kill the remaining vegetation. In most cases, the sewer line will need to be replaced.