How to Avoid Sewer and Plumbing Problems
Few things are as frustrating as having to deal with plumbing problems. These complications can be costly, messy, and very unsanitary. These problems can arise at any time, without any regards to the inconvenience of their timing.
Issues with plumbing are common, and sewer and waterline failures can happen anywhere. Both homeowners and commercial property owners alike have their own horror stories to share.
Pheonix/Tucson property owners can benefit from taking the time to learn these four helping bits of information about their plumbing. It’s important to be able to recognize a problem early and know how to deal with malfunctions when they happen.
Four Things That Every Property Owner Should Know About Their Sewer and Water Lines
- Plumbing problems do not go away on their own.
You can’t expect plumbing problems to go away on their own especially outdoors. They don’t get better over time: they get worse.
Not only will plumbing issues eventually worsen, but they will also cost you in the meantime. Water leaks can waste thousands of gallons of water. These leaks will considerably increase your water bill and potentially strain local water resources. Neglecting an issue with your plumbing can bring on a sewer emergency. An emergency will quickly cost more to deal with than paying for periodic inspections and maintenance.
- Slow drains are almost always caused by blockages in the sewer lines.
If your sinks are draining very slowly, you probably have a blockage in your sewer. About 90% of slow drains are caused by blocked up sewer lines.
Many different things can be blocking your sewer lines. The most common causes of blockages are crushed and disjointed pipes, construction debris, tree roots, and improper installation.
You are going to want to use professional. They utilize the newest technology, which they use to handle your problems with the least amount of disturbance to you and your property.
Our plumbers use integrated video technology to look for the problem areas. A flexible, fiber-optic video camera is threaded through the sewer and water lines. The camera allows our plumbers to get a clear view of the inner working of your pipes. With visual mapping, the plumbers are able to efficiently and accurately diagnose any problems without tearing up your home.
- Despite previous beliefs, blue polybutylene pipes should not be used for plumbing
Most water and sewer lines are made from copper, PVC, galvanized steel, and blue polybutylene.
Unfortunately, blue polybutylene is not a good material to use for pipes. It’s a type of plastic that was once thought to be a cheap and reasonable alternative to copper. It was later found to be an unsuitable material that led to disastrous leaks and lawsuits.
Industry experts are here to replace your defective blue polybutylene pipes with the much stronger and reliable black polybutylene.
- How to choose the right plumber.
Here is what you should consider before hiring a plumber:
- Does the plumber have a good reputation? You can look for them on Yelp and other review sites to check out their reputation.
- Is the plumber licensed, bonded, and insured? Check to see if they are before hiring.
- Does the plumber make an effort to show that they value you as a customer? Look for signs that they value your relationship and aren’t just trying to make a quick buck.
- Is the plumber safe? Ask if they perform background checks on their employees. This person is going to have access to your family and private property.
- Does the plumber charge by the job? If the plumber charges by the hour, it’s easy for them to stretch an afternoon job in Scottsdale then back in North Phoenix to earn more money. Make sure they promise to stick to their estimate.
Find yourself a good plumber and avoid wasted time, money, reoccurring problems.