JD's Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Common Causes for a Clogged Drain

Monday, November 15th, 2021
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In our previous blog post, we talked about how to protect your kitchen plumbing during the holiday season, citing FOG (fats, oils, and grease) as one of the leading causes of kitchen sink drain clogs.

This is true, but this isn’t the only type of drain clog you’ll ever need to worry about. The truth is, your plumbing system can suffer from a variety of different types of drain clogs, all of them varying in severity.

Read on as we uncover some of the most common causes for a clogged drain and what to do–and not to do–about them.

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How to Protect Your Kitchen Plumbing This Holiday Season

Monday, November 1st, 2021
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Do you plan on cooking a large meal this holiday season? Chances are that if you came across this blog post and chose to read it, then you are! Great, we applaud your efforts. You should know, however, the holiday season is when professional plumbers get the most calls. Guess what those calls are for? For the most part, kitchen sink drain clogs and jammed or broken garbage disposal systems.

We get it, cooking a holiday meal is a big ordeal, and you don’t always have the time to think about what you are or are not putting down your drain. But we implore you to consider it, as needing to call a plumber on Thanksgiving is definitely going to make a big ordeal even more inconvenient. Read on as we uncover what not to put down your kitchen sink drain this holiday season!

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Don’t Be Haunted by this Common Plumbing Problem: Water Hammer

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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When plumbing pipes start knocking behind your walls this season, but you don’t know that it’s your pipes making the noise, you might start to wonder if ghosts are real and if they are haunting your living space.

This is probably not the case! A more realistic culprit is something known as water hammer. This sounds mysterious, and truth be told of all the plumbing problems that can occur in your home, this is one of the most benign. But that doesn’t mean it should be ignored or that you should delay doing something about it.

If left unaddressed, water hammer can eventually cause your pipes to leak, and then you’re looking at potential water damage, not to mention water waste. Read on as we uncover what you should do if you’re being impacted by water hammer.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Home?

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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If there is any one appliance in your home that you’re likely to take a little for granted, we’re going to say it’s your water heater. Even though this is probably the most often used plumbing appliance in your home, let alone home comfort system, you probably don’t think a whole lot about it, unless something goes wrong, right?

And when something does go wrong with your water heater, the next question is, “Is it time to make an upgrade?”

The short and simple–even though it’s not always simple–answer to this question is if your water heater needs a repair and it’s a couple decades old and showing signs of corrosion, is yes, it’s probably time to make an upgrade.

We’ll assume for sake of brevity that you’ve already decided to replace your water heater. So the next question is, do you stick with a conventional storage tank water heater, or is a tankless water heater right for your home? Read on as we help you explore your options!

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Drip, Drip… Do You Have a Leak?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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Have you ever been watching a TV show or a movie that depicts a character discovering a leak when a rainstorm hits or when they’re getting their home ready for a gathering? That’s for dramatic effect, but the truth is—leaks are pretty undetectable up to that point. After all, your plumbing system is hidden behind drywall and beneath floors—so unless water is gushing into your property like it does in the movies, you’re probably not going to know about a leak until it does significant damage.

Of course this is not an ideal situation, and it’s not one we want you to face. While you do need a professional plumber to come out and accurately pinpoint where the leak is occurring and actually fix it, there are fortunately factors you can watch out for that indicate you might have one and it’s time to call a plumber. Read on to learn what they are:

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