Water Heater Repair and Replacement
The most common water heaters are tank type and are either gas or electric in the plumbing Sugar Land TX industry.
Most people do not think about them until they experience a problem, but they should be checked at least once a year. There are many areas on a water heater that usually start showing signs of wear and tear. Some rust or corrosion is to be expected, but a lot in any one area is usually a bad sign and cause for concern. Areas that should be checked are the top of the heater around where the vent draft hood is (if a gas unit), around the threaded connections for the hot and cold nipples penetrating the heater, the temperature & pressure relief valve (T&P valve), the drain valve, and the gas control valve and burner assembly areas if your water heater is a gas unit, or behind the protective cover panels for the upper/lower elements if your water heater is electric. If something strikes you as odd, do not hesitate to ask for professional plumbing Sugar Land TX advice. Water heaters, though they may look simple, can be very dangerous if not installed correctly or properly maintained. Depending on where yours is located will often depend on what will be necessary to repair or replace yours. If you are in need of replacing your water heater, a permit will be required depending on your jurisdiction. Typical maintenance for water heaters are flushing, replacing the anode rod when depleted and testing the T&P valve at least once a year; replacing the T&P valve every 3 years.
Residential Plumbing Repairs
Common plumbing maintenance repairs we encounter involve replacing stems, seals and cartridges for tub and shower valves and faucets as well as repairs to toilet fill valves and seals. Faucets, shower valves and toilets are usually the first things that people notice to have a problem in need of plumbing Sugar Land TX because they are often frequently used. A lot of times people have a tendency to let the small drips continue or the toilet to continue to refill until it becomes a problem, or worse, an emergency situation which may require shutting off the water. A small drip here and there may not raise your water bill, but it is a sign that your fixture is needing maintenance. Every plumbing Sugar Land TX should know that each faucet should have a working shut-off valve or angle stop for both the hot and cold supplies; toilets will typically have one for just the cold supply. If these are not checked at least once a year, then you could be in for quite the surprise when you need yours to work.
Water pipe leaks inside a home can be unsettling. It’s a no brainer to call a plumbing Sugar Land TX when your drywall is falling because the water is leaking uncontrollably, but if you see water spots on your ceiling, walls or floors, you should contact a professional to assist you as soon as possible. Most insurance companies will not cover water damages if it is determined to have been due to an ongoing situation that could have been prevented.
Drain repairs are most common for plumbing Sugar Land TX under sinks and behind tubs, and depending on accessibility they usually do not cost a whole lot to repair. Other drain repairs tend to get more involved and usually require cutting into walls and ceilings or even excavating and tunneling under homes. There are things that a handyman can do with regards to plumbing Sugar Land TX and there are definitely things he should not do. Disconnecting and reconnecting a tubular p-trap under a sink because it leaks… maybe, but if you want it done right, call the professionals. We are not saying that handymen are incompetent, but we have come across a lot of “handyman” work that made an already bad situation worse.
Unless you only have one, a stopped up toilet or clogged sink drain is usually not an emergency and can wait for plumbing Sugar Land TX services during normal business hours. However, when your sewer is slow or clogged, you will need a professional quickly. It is not common for a sewer drain to backup or clog without something causing it. Most of the time when there is a clog it is because of a condition that has gotten worse and finally manifested. Running a sewer camera after clearing the clog is always recommended to aid in determining if a problem does exists, what it is and where it is. If you need repairs, then the plumber should be able to provide you with solutions and an estimate for repair or replacement.
Tips of the Trade
Here are some common plumbing drain maintenance tips that can save you money.
Slow or Clogged tub drain. Hair and other things such as Band-Aids, hair bands, razor caps and pieces of soap bars are just a few of the many things we find lodged under the drain stoppers. Usually pushing the stopper down and twisting to the left (counter clockwise) will allow you to remove it to gain access to the clog without plumbing Sugar Land TX. Remove the clog by using needle nose pliers or something similar and a long skinny screwdriver.
Slow or clogged bathroom sink drain. The pop-up drain is a catch-all and you will be amazed at how much sludge and hair collects on the stopper and within that area. Place a bucket or similar to catch water under your drain. While holding up on the pop-up stopper in the sink, disconnect and remove the rod arm under the sink that connects to the pop-up stopper. (The nut to the stopper arm is usually only finger tight. Be careful not to lose any gaskets or seals when removing the rod.) Pull the stopper out and use a long skinny screwdriver and needle nose pliers to pull the hair and sludge from the area. Plumbing Sugar Land TX might need consulted if this is too gross for you! Wipe off the sludge build-up that collected on the stopper. Once area is mostly cleaned up, run a little water to flush away the area. You can use your finger to block the area of rod opening under the sink while flushing the drain. Once area is reasonably cleaned, reassemble the rod and pop-up stopper and test your drain for leaks. The stopper rod nut only needs to be tight enough to hold the stopper in the closed position or until it stops leaking.