Last updated 15 days ago
Depending on the angle you take and the way you dispose of waste in your home, your plumbing system may seem delicate or it may seem indestructible. Even if it is the latter for you, your plumbing infrastructure professional attention from time to time. If you would like to have to pick up the phone to call a plumber as infrequently as possible, then take care to avoid these common mistakes.
Treating Your Toilet Like a Dumpster
Your toilet is the perfect place to deposit biodegradable human waste, but it is not the place for things that are typically thrown away. While it may be tempting to toss cigarette butts, dental floss, sanitary pads, and other small or papery objects into that powerful swirl of downward-moving water, doing so can result in sewer line clogs and other plumbing problems that require the tools and know-how that a professional plumber has.
Putting too Much Faith in Your Garbage Disposal
Treating your garbage disposal like a trash can is no better than treating your toilet like one. Know what food byproducts can be easily broken down by your garbage disposal, and keep all other foodstuffs, oils, and cleaning agents well away from your kitchen sink.
Attempting DIY Plumbing Fixes
Attempting to tackle a plumbing project you are not equipped to handle is likely to exacerbate the problem you are trying to correct or lead to entirely new plumbing problems. Unless you are attempting to plunge a toilet for the first time using step-by-step advice from a how-to video clip, do not try to resolve any plumbing problems unless you are intimately familiar with both the problem and the solution.
The next time you are faced with a plumbing problem you do not know how to fix, remember to hire a professional plumber rather than attempting to correct the problem yourself. If you live in or near Sacramento and would like professional plumbing service from an experienced, full-service plumber, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783.
Last updated 1 month ago
Dental floss, chewing gum, cigarette butts, and coffee grounds can all cause major sewage problems if flushed down the toilet or sink drain in a home. While it is important to avoid disposing of these plumbing clogging objects incorrectly, there is a more damaging material that may not even be on your radar. “Flushable” personal wipes and baby wipes have become a major source of sewer line clogging and pump malfunction in Sacramento and other parts of the country, primarily because consumers are led falsely to believe that disposing of them via toilet flush is acceptable.
Federally approved products marketed as “flushable” undergo tests, but these tests are not that applicable to the real world. A single wipe that is agitated enough in a simulated flush environment to be classified as “flushable” will not necessarily break down when flushed down a toilet. Only thin, biodegradable toilet paper and human waste are the
Differences in Plumbing Infrastructure
Further complicating the matter of how flushable personal wipes are is the fact that plumbing systems, reflecting the various periods of modernity in which they were constructed or last overhauled, vary considerably in their capabilities. Some plumbing networks may be able to cope with flushable wipes, but certainly not all plumbing infrastructure can. When you are unsure about what your plumbing can handle, it is best to err on the side of caution and not flush anything down the toilet that you have not already been flushing for years.
How to Dispose of “Flushable” Wipes
Instead of flushing them down the toilet, deposit used personal wipes in a closed trash can that you store next to the toilet. Keep your bathroom sanitary by emptying this trash can every few days or whenever it starts to smell.
For 40 years, Rapid Rooter has been providing home and business owners throughout the Sacramento area with quick, reliable plumbing service. If you experience a plumbing clog or sewage backup, we can unclog your drains and clear out your pipes in an efficient and thorough manner. To schedule a plumbing service visit on your property, call (916) 248-8783.
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Take a look inside the process of trenchless sewer repair. Performed by our very own Rapid Rooter Team!
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A reliable source of hot water is something every Sacramento homeowner wants in his or her home. If your own water heater has been on the fritz lately and you are looking to replace it, check out this video clip for information that could help you decide between a tankless water heater and a traditional tank heater.
In it, an HVAC and plumbing expert provides an overview of how tankless water heaters work. Since they do not turn on or consumer energy except for when a hot water tap, dishwasher, or washing machine signals a need for hot water, tankless water heaters provide on-demand delivery. This is both convenient and energy-efficient. To learn more about the benefits of using a tankless water heater or arrange to have a trained and experienced plumber install a new water heater in your Sacramento home, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783.
Last updated 2 months ago
When your bathroom is experiencing a hidden plumbing leak, your home could experience serious damage before you are even aware of the issue. Plumbing leaks can sometimes be difficult to notice until they have transformed into serious plumbing emergencies. To keep your home and plumbing in great condition, it is important to be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of a hidden plumbing leak. Here are some situations that could indicate a hidden leak in your plumbing.
Mold and Mildew
While mold and mildew naturally form in the bathroom area, excessive grimy buildup could indicate that your plumbing has sprung a hidden leak. When a leak is present in a plumbing system, the area around the leak will remain continually moist. This creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. If you are having trouble removing mold from your bathroom, you may have a hidden leak.
The paint on your bathroom walls is highly susceptible to damage from excessive water or moisture. If you have noticed that the paint on your walls is blistering or peeling, this could be an indication that your plumbing is leaking somewhere behind the surface. You may also notice unsightly stains on your walls, floors, or ceiling.
Your floor can also become damaged by a hidden water leak. When your plumbing is leaking, water can cause your floor to crack or buckle. If you have a tile floor, you may notice that some of the tiles are loose or broken. Woods floors may buckle or become unstable.
For help diagnosing and repairing your hidden plumbing leak, contact Rapid Rooter of Sacramento. Our master plumbers can provide you with a full range of services, including leak repairs, drain clearing, and more. Call our Sacramento location at (916) 248-8783 to schedule a plumbing service appointment for your home today.