Tips on avoiding clogged or slow drains in your plumbing

One main cause of clogs in the kitchen is grease build up that narrows the opening in the pipes. Garbage disposals are convenient and prevent your garbage from smelling but they do not keep grease out of your plumbing system.

PlungerDrainPlumbing400A good tip is to scrape your greasy plates and dishes off into a metal can or a reinforced trash bag. Greasy foods that can cause problems are butter, cooking oil, sauces, meats, dairy, and a variety of other food scraps.

Use a strainer to catch those food scraps and other solids to keep your pipes clean longer. This also applies to hair in bathroom drains and lint in laundry tubs, use a strainer and regularly check to make sure there is not a buildup getting ready to block the drain.

Another important tip: Contrary to popular belief, Baby Wipes Are Not Flushable…they will not break down and often cause damage to your sewer or septic system.

When you notice that your drain is slowing down, call a licensed plumber (obviously we want you to call Brendan Walsh Plumbing if you are in Southeastern PA). The important thing is to nip it in the bud before you have to call a plumber to replace your pipes, a little maintenance of your plumbing system really does go a long way!

One more thing…Avoid using chemicals in your pipes, they often are caustic and break down the integrity of the pipe in your plumbing system. Try a plunger and if that doesn’t work, just give us a call!

Signs that you may have a plumbing leak

plumbingleakcleanup325Leaks in your plumbing cost you money. You might be surprised at how much money is racked up on a water bill with just a small leak or drip, but the major costs come from the hidden leaks that cause damage to your home.

Don’t wait until you have to clean up after a plumbing emergency!

We’ll start with a summary of some obvious signs of plumbing leaks first:

  • Dripping faucet or showerhead:StainedCeiling300
  • Visible mold and mildew
  • Foul odors or musty smells you can’t locate
  • Wet spots on your floors, ceilings or even walls
    • Damaged paint or wallpaper
    • Stains on drop ceilings
    • Sagging Ceilings
    • Spongy or soft flooring

Now some ideas to keep your eye on over time or to investigate now

  • Increase in Water Bill over a period of weeks or months
  • Water Meter continuously ticking even when no one is using the plumbing
  • Cracks in the foundation – some may be settling of the house but leaking plumbing can wash away dirt causing erosion of foundation or structure of house.
  • Tree close to your house and frequent clogged drains may mean there are roots in your pipes.

Here are some of the more dangerous areas of concern for plumbing leak detection in more detail:

Mold and Mildew
Rest assured, it is normal to have some mold or mildew in the corners of your tub or shower because it thrives on moist dark places. However, if you find it in other areas of your bathroom / kitchen, if mold keeps recurring no matter how often you clean, if there is a large area of mold, it is important to at least checking into the issue to make sure there is not a larger problem. This can be a major health concern for yourself and your family, so if you find your loved one’s frequently getting sick this could be a possible cause.

Damaged Walls, Ceilings and Floors
While wallpaper peeling from a wall may not necessarily be a sign of a leaking pipe, bubbling or peeling wallpaper could be an indication of moisture behind a wall and should be investigated.

Leaks in a ceiling can often travel to other parts of a room or the house so just because the stain on the ceiling may not be directly under a plumbing fixture it does not mean it is not coming from a plumbing leak (unless of course the ceiling only has roofing over it and no plumbing…then you should call your local roofing expert.)

WaterMeter325Water Bill / Water Meter Techniques
Make it a point periodically, maybe every 6 months like when you change your smoke detector batteries to look at your water meter when no one is using the water. One idea is to make a note of where your water meter indicator is, don’t use water for an hour, then check the meter again. If it is not the same then you could have a leaked and should get a home plumbing evaluation.)

Another important concept is to compare your water usage on the water bill from month to month or year over year. The utility prices may change but the water usage is likely to be similar from month to month (of course you want to make not if you are using more water to say power wash the house one month that obviously will throw the water usage off from normal.)

Cracks in the Foundation and Tree Roots
Seeing a cracks in your foundation or having a tree growing close to your house may not mean there is a problem, but there are easy techniques to determine if there is a developing problem. Brendan Walsh Plumbing has ways of checking for moisture and running a camera line inspection to look for any potential areas of concern so you can be prepared and plan ahead.

About Brendan Walsh Plumbing

Brendan Walsh Plumbing started out about two decades ago as the “Drain Man” and has expanded to cover just about everything in the plumbing industry.

Brendan Walsh Plumbing prides itself on relationships and excellent customer service. We remember your name because every customer is important. We are not a big chain where you are treated as a number.

Brendan Walsh Plumbing is Family Owned & Operated, and Brendan personally visits each worksite to ensure the highest level of quality and experience is being upheld for each customer.

We provide 24 hour emergency service and there is never an overtime charge.

We have built a strong reputation and continue to expand and upgrade our equipment and services to better serve you. Many local plumbers come to Brendan Walsh Plumbing for our services and advanced equipment as well.

Call for a free quote! We serve the entire Delaware Valley of Southeastern PA for plumbing repairs and installation, as well as additional services including trenchless sewer lines, excavation, frozen or faulty pipe repairs, fixing leaks, basement waterproofing, sewer camera line inspection, and much much more.

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