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Why is my water bill so high?

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How do Plumbers Detect Leaks?

For the average homeowner, water bills tend to remain pretty steady in terms of the monthly cost they warrant. So when there’s a sharp rise in charges, the often correct assumption is there is a problem occurring in your system. When you get a high water bill, the indication is a sharp rise in cost that can be hundreds of dollars that unfortunately can be hard to deal with. Determining the source of the cost can be it’s own unique headache as well by being either something extremely noticeable or entirely hidden from you. The methods we use to find leaks can be:

  • Critically look over usage
  • First checking the water meter
  • Examine walls and ceiling for wet spots
  • Use food coloring on toilets and sinks

When a leak is obvious or the toilet is suspected of leaking, food coloring can easily help you find which item is the cause. Using it in the toilet tank for example and later finding it in the bowl will indicate that the leak is your toilet. That said, plumbers have quite a few specialized tools that can help them find the exact location where your home or apartment is experiencing a leak. Tools that use sound or vibration that simply are either expensive or rarely found in the home. For leak repair and plumbing services in Marietta, GA, you can trust Plumbers 4 Real to get the job done. Call 404-475-3009 today to set up an appointment and get your water bill back at the right price.

How do I Calculate my Water Bill?

It doesn’t take being a highly experienced homeowner to know that you have a problem when seeing a high water bill. However, those that own property should understand how to calculate their own water bill in the case of needing to discover if you’re ever being charged too much or to maybe catch a leak early on. The calculation to remember for this is minimum bill + volume charge = Total. How to find the minimum charge can be easily discovered by asking your water company or figuring out your ccf. Your volume charge is actually listed on your regular water bill. The average water bill differs from person to person, so it goes without saying a person living in a two person apartment will obviously drastically be different to that of a four person family living in a home. That said, a normal American does use around eighty to one hundred gallons of water per day.

Can a Leaking Water Heater Cause a High Water Bill?

Companies like Plumbers 4 Real offer services such as emergency plumbing so you don’t have to wait when it’s a plumbing emergency. Whether it be from appliances or pipes, leaks can sharply increase the amount of money you pay and leave you with a high water bill. When it comes to leaks occurring in your water heater, the signs are generally easier to detect than the pipes that are in your wall or underground. A person suspecting a leak in their water heater can generally see one of the following:

  • Pooling water in or around the water heater
  • Mildew and mold appearing on or in proximity to the water heater
  • A mass amount of condensation on or around the water heater

Toilets also make a huge portion of a person’s water usage, making up a chunk of the water bill for the average apartment or household. When a toilet continuously runs, that can mean a heavy amount of water going through and you footing the bill without knowing its happening. One of the telltale signs a toilet is continuously running is with a hissing noise is coming from the toilet. Another is the constant running is when the current in the bowl is running and not overflowing. 

Another easy to find water leak is dripping or leaking faucets. These are easier to find due to the leak being visible or the piping below showing clear signs of leakage. A leaking faucet can waste around seventeen gallons per day when left alone. When you suspect the leak may be coming from a faucet, yet it is not leaking, look at the pipe. You can see the leak in the pipe below through obvious leaking, moisture, or rot.

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Are Water Meters Free?

Depending on your water company, a water meter is either free or at a set price. A water meter is used to measure the amount of water usage per person. By contrast, a water flow sensor detects the rate of flow and indicates when a certain amount goes through. While when a water bill is high it may be nice to think that a water meter is wrong, the devices are highly accurate. Getting a high water bill for that reason was more than likely recorded through the water meter. When they break, water meters very rarely cause the water to be high. Most water companies will say that it is impossible for a water meter to add anything to your water bill that is naturally occurring. 

When you find yourself needing plumbing services or have questions about water meters in Marietta, GA, trust Plumbers 4 Real. Call 404-475-3009 today to schedule an appointment.


Can you repair a hot water heater?

water heater in a garage

Get comfortable water when you want

What is the water heating? It is a way for heat to transfer by using an energy source that heats water higher than its original temperature. The typical uses for hot water are for bathing, cleaning, cooking, and in some parts, space heating. We’re so accustomed to having hot water when we want it, when the water heater dies, we seek water heater repair promptly.

When did this appliance come into our lives that have become crucial in our daily lives? It took over a century, starting back in 1868, and many contributors to get us to where we have water heaters in every household. The first residential use water heater named “Geyser” after a gushing hot spring in Iceland and was heated by natural gas.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t any form of ventilation of the gas vapors, such as the flue we have today, so it wasn’t safe for home use.  An engineer would contribute next by designing a storage tank and other safety features, making it an automatic gas run unit. Many more additions and design changes would come during the 1990s, making it one of the best inventions for homes today.

Today, when a water heater is not working, we go into a panic state of mind. Or if our water heater is leaking, we grow concerned if it can be repaired, or will we need to buy a new one.  For a new homeowner, or has never experienced a water heater failure, there are many questions to be answered.

What would cause a hot water heater to stop working?

There isn’t much worse than being the last one to get in the shower only to have ice cold water hit you. There can be a wide range of things that cause an electric water heater to quit. Here are troubleshooting steps you can use to determine what could be wrong, before calling for a water heater repair service. Start by turning off the power at the circuit breaker that is connected to the heater unit.

  • Check the Pilot Light:  This is a common problem and is easy to fix without calling a professional water heater repair service. Following the directions in the owner’s manual, follow the instructions on how to re-light it.
  • Gas Leak: A gas hot water heater could have a leak in the gas line, which you should be able to detect by an odor like, a rotten egg smell. Just as with a roof repair, this is one of those times that a professional water heater repair is a must, gas is dangerous and only an experienced and qualified person should repair or replace a gas line.
  • The Heating Element: If the water doesn’t get hot enough or you don’t get enough for that awesome morning shower, the heating element needs replacing. For a handy homeowner, you can do this yourself by following instruction videos on the internet. Or schedule a professional water heater repair service call.
  • The Thermostat: If you’re getting a little hot water, it can sometimes be the thermostat that needs to be adjusted up. Or if the water gets too hot, adjust it down. If that doesn’t fix it, the thermostat needs to be replaced.  Again, this is something a handy homeowner can do with instructions on the internet or schedule a water heater repair appointment with a professional service.
  • Sediment Buildup In Tank: Even in North America, the water has contaminants that build up in a water heater tank and hardens at the bottom. This reduces the amount of water the tank holds and heats. This sediment buildup can be minimized by a regular schedule of water heater cleaning.

Other ways to help lessen this buildup is to add a water softening agent and lower the temperature to 130. When the tank has become rusty over time, that buildup cannot be removed. This requires more than just water heater repair. This means you need to purchase and arrange a new water heater and installation.

How many years does a water heater last?

Every appliance or device you buy for your home will need repairing or replacing at some point. With water heaters, the general rule and guideline are eight to twelve years for a water heater with a tank. With a regular schedule of maintenance, you can extend that average lifespan.

However, if your water heater has recently reached a 10-year anniversary, you should be watching it closely for any of the problems we’ve described above. As you shop for a new water heater, consider these the following two considerations so you choose the best one for your home and family:

  • Do you want to buy a tank or tankless water heater? What will it take to switch from a tank-style to a tankless water heater system?  There is electrical, water, and gas line if applicable that require retrofitting or replaced to go with a tankless style.
  • Do you need a larger tank capacity with your new water heater? Did the old one supply enough hot water when it was at its prime working condition? Or did you have to time bathing and laundering around the water heating?

What are the signs your hot water heater is going out?

If you are like most homeowners, you spend little time thinking about your water heater, much less think about if it is about to quit working. If you’re observant though, there are a few signs that will give you the hint you may shop for a new water heater, or at the very least, scheduling a water heater repair appointment.

  • Age – If you’re about to celebrate your water heater’s 10th birthday, prepare the budget for a replacement soon.
  • Water Puddles – If you notice puddles of water around the water heater or notice water coming from the bottom, it’s self-explanatory – your water heater is leaking. However, before you have that old one yanked out and replaced, check the water lines running to it and the connections at the water heater, meaning a basic water heater repair call could be all you need.
  • Noisey – Does your water sound like it is full of angry hobgoblins knocking on the walls of the tank? This is caused by sediment built up in the tank and has it hardened, and the water heater must work harder to heat water. Cleaning the tank can help, sometimes though, it’s too far gone with rust in that buildup and a water heater replacement is needed.
  • Water rusted – If the water your bath or kitchen is coming on rusted looking, this is a good sign that your water heater tank has rusted inside, or the water pipes going to and from the water heater have rusted. A professional water heater repair service all can determine which it is and if it isn’t the tank, replacing the pipes will usually take care of that rusty water.
  • Not Getting Hot or Staying Hot – Are your showers getting shorter because the water gets cold faster? This could be the water heater can’t keep up with the demands anymore and you need to replace it.  Or it could the thermostat need to be adjusted. Try the thermostat first and if that doesn’t help, you can have a water heater repair service come to check the unit, but chances are, you need a new one.

How do I reset my water heater?

If your water heater isn’t producing hot water, sometimes a quick reset will fix it. Use the following steps and see if this saves you a water heater repair service call:

  1. Disconnect the electricity to the heater.
  2. Remove the cover plates.
  3. Remove the insulation pad. 
  4. Locate the red reset button and press the button firmly.
  5. Wait to hear the button click.  

After you hear the click, return the panel cover and plug the water heater back in.  If you’re still not getting hot water, or you don’t hear it heating water, make that phone call.

close up on a water heater

How long does it take to flush a water heater?

Not long at all and definitely worth doing to extend the life of your water heater. It is the size of the tank and the water pressure your home has will dictate how long it takes to drain the unit. The average fifty-gallon tank and the good steady water pressure will usually take five minutes. 

The water heater isn’t an appliance that we “work” with every day like the refrigerator, stove, microwave, etc. However, it works for us every day and depending on a household size the activity within that household, it can work hard.  Taking the time to perform maintenance like draining the tank at least once a year can extend the lifespan and will make your water get hot faster and longer. For your water heater service needs in Marietta, GA, call 404-475-3009 today!

How Do You Fix a Leaking Pipe?

A Leaking Pipe.

How do you fix a leaking pipe?

Having a plumbing pipe leak can be a major problem that can become very costly if not taken care of quickly. Depending on where the leak is located, pipe leak repair can be fairly simple or it can be really complicated. In some cases, if the leak is located in pipes that are readily accessible, it’s possible to make the repair on your own. One question you may have in mind before you undertake a repair is “Will plumbers putty fix a leak?” You can find the answer below, along with some other repair tips. Before you get started on the repair, you’ll want to turn off the water, drain the faucet where the leak is located, and dry the broken pipe.

Here are some ways to fix a leaking pipe.

  • Use plumber’s putty or epoxy putty to make the repair: As a temporary fix, you can make the repair with epoxy putty, aka plumber’s putty, by shaping a piece of the putty by hand and wrapping it around the hole in the pipe and tapering the edges to make a tight seal. The putty should be about ½-inch thick. Allow the putty to set about 5 to 10 minutes before turning on the water. 
  • Clamp the pipe at the break: A pipe clamp and rubber gasket can be used to temporarily seal the leak. A pipe clamp should be the same size as the leak. The rubber gasket is aligned along the length of the leak, and the clamp is fitter over the gasket and tightened until the clamp stays in place.
  • Put a slip coupling on the pipe: Get a slip coupling from a hardware store that is the same material as your pipe. Use a pipe cutter or hacksaw to cut away the section of pipe where the leak is located. Use a deburring tool to scrape clean the inside and outside of the pipe before inserting the coupling onto the pipe ends.

In many cases, these repairs are temporary fixes. If your leak is more serious or want permanent pipe leak repair in Marietta, GA, make sure to get in touch with the professionals at Plumbers 4 Real. We can be reached at 404-475-3009.

Emergency pipe leak repair kit

You never know when you might have a pipe leak, and it may be necessary to make an emergency pipe leak repair for a temporary fix until you can get a professional out to make a permanent repair. Having materials on hand to make the repair is always useful. You can prepare an emergency repair kit with the tools and material listed below.

  • Scissors
  • Slip Joint Pliers
  • Nut drivers
  • A screwdriver set
  • Files
  • Tape measure
  • A pipe cutter or hacksaw
  • Plumber’s epoxy or putty
  • Repair clamps
  • Plumber’s tape

How do you fix a leaky epoxy pipe?

Pipe leak repair can be complicated, especially when you need main pipe lines repaired because these pipes are buried underground. Underground pipes normally require plumbers to either dig them up and replace the damaged pipe or reline the damaged pipe using an epoxy coated line that’s inserted into the old pipe. This method is especially effective at repairing pinhole leaks. 

While this repair method is effective, it can sometimes happen that the epoxy pipe can leak. If this happens, you’ll need a professional like those at Plumbers 4 Real to repair the pipe. Often this repair requires a “press-fit” connection. Sometimes, the pipes may need to be replaced.

Can I use Flex Seal on a leaky pipe?

Flex Seal is a liquid sealing product used to seal a variety of leaks and other damage on different surfaces. It’s either brushed, rolled, poured, or sprayed on. There is also a Flex Seal tape product available. The product gets mixed reviews when it comes to sealing leaks, and is at best a temporary fix, similar to using plumber’s putty. One of the problems seems to be the amount of time it takes for the product to dry. Some report it takes anywhere between two to 24 hours to dry. It is affected by temperature, humidity, and the coating’s thickness. 

How do you seal a leaking pipe joint?

As with pipe leak repair on a straight length of pipe, if you have a leak at a pipe joint, the difficulty of the repair will depend on the severity of the leak and the type of pipe involved. In some cases, all you need to do is tighten the joint to stop the leak. Copper pipes may need to be soldered into the place. In some cases, the repair on a joint can be made with either plumber’s tape or plumber’s epoxy or even clamps. Again, many of these fixes are temporary, and a professional should be called out for a permanent repair.

Repair pipe leak in wall

While pipe leaks on visible pipes might be fairly easy to repair, if you have a pipe leak behind a wall, you may have a complicated issue at hand that’s best left to a professional. Of course, because the pipe is hidden behind a wall, finding the leak’s location will be difficult, and may require special equipment like a thermal camera or video camera. Once the leak has been found, a portion of the wall will have to be removed. While you may be able to make a temporary repair with putty or a clamp, you’ll want to make a permanent repair sooner than later so you can also make repairs on the wall.

Sometimes you may have water leaking from your ceiling. This could be a plumbing leak but it could also mean you have a roof leak. Find out if you have a roof leak with a roof inspection in Alpharetta, GA, or surrounding areas.

Pipe leak repair cost

Costs for a pipe leak repair will vary. Much of the cost will depend on where the pipe is located. If it’s a visible pipe underneath the sink, for instance, repairing the leak can cost between $175 to $450, whereas a main line leak can run anywhere between $300 to $4,000. A leak under home’s foundation, known as a slab leak, can cost anywhere $500 to $4,000. Because many pipes are located behind walls or under floors, the leak will need to be located, and leak detection can cost anywhere between $125 to $400.

A Plumber Repairs a Pipe.

Pipe leak repair near me

If you have a pipe leak and need pipe leak repair in Marietta, GA, count on the professionals at Plumbers 4 Real. We provide a full range of plumbing services. Schedule services with us by calling 404-475-3009.

Do Galvanized Pipes Need to be Replaced?

A Rusty Pipe That Has Burst.

Do galvanized pipes need to be replaced?

If you have an older home, especially one that was built in the 1960s or or before, it’s likely your plumbing pipes are made from galvanized steel. In its day, galvanized steel piping was an innovative and durable replacement for lead plumbing pipes. While these pipes are durable, over time, as they are exposed to more and more water, they’ll begin to corrode and rust. When they do, you’ll have more issues with leaks and require more repairs, which can become costly. If the pipes are connected to any lead plumbing, there’s an added risk of getting lead in your water. Instead of facing health risks or costly repairs, you may want to consider galvanized pipe replacement.

When you want first-rate service with galvanized pipe replacement in Marietta, GA or with any plumbing service, including pipe leak repair, count on the experts at Plumbers 4 Real. We provide a full range of plumbing repair and replacement services. Find out more by giving us a call at 404-475-3009.

Are galvanized pipes bad?

Galvanized steel pipes were once an innovative replacement for lead pipes, and were a standard in homes built in or before the 1960s. They are good piping solutions for their time, but most modern homes use plastic PVC piping or PEX tubing and other more reliable materials that are less subject to corrosion. The older your galvanized pipes are, the more likely they have become rusted, corroded, or otherwise damaged and should be replaced. Even if your galvanized pipes are relatively new, you may still want to upgrade to avoid problems later on.

How long do galvanized pipes last?

Typically, galvanized steel pipes last somewhere around 40 to 50 years. They can last much longer depending on how well-built they are, how well they were installed, and how well-maintained. If your home was built in the 1960s or earlier, there’s a good chance some, if not all of your piping may be made of galvanized steel. 

If you have galvanized steel pipes in your home, you may want to consider galvanized pipe replacement. If you are wondering, “When should you replace galvanized pipes?” The older the pipes are, the more likely they are rusted or corroded, and may be costing you in repairs. If you don’t know the age of your pipes, they have probably been there since the home was built, and may not be in good shape. Have a plumbing professional inspect them to see if they need to be replaced.  

If you’re experiencing leaks you may notice moisture build up along the walls or on the ceiling. While this could be a plumbing leak, you may want to check your attic for roof leaks as well. If your roof is damaged and leaking, shingle roof repair will be your next step to prevent further issues like mold or mildew growth.

What does it cost to replace galvanized pipes?

Pipe replacement for galvanized pipes will cost on average anywhere between $2,000 to $15,000. Much of the cost will depend on how much piping is being replaced and what kind of pipe is used to replace the galvanized pipes. Materials like PEX tubing, for instance, cost anywhere between $0.40 to $0.50 per square foot, so a 2,000 square-foot home would cost between $2,000 to $4,000 for galvanized pipe replacement. Other materials like copper may cost more.

What is pipe replacement

Overall, pipe replacement involves removing all or sections of your old plumbing and putting in new plumbing pipes. Although plumbing pipes in general last for many years, as the pipes age they are subject to problems like corrosion or if they are metal pipes, rust. This can lead to leaks or other plumbing problems. Over the course of their lifespan, your pipes can also get damaged by tree roots or even clogs, and will require repair. If plumbing repairs are becoming more and more frequent, replacement may be necessary. Galvanized pipe replacement may be necessary if you have an older home with galvanized steel pipes. 

Pipe replacement solutions

When it comes to plumbing and pipe replacement, homeowners have multiple solutions available to them, not only with materials but with the types of services available, including trenchless repairs like pipe relining. Relining, or cured-in-place piping, involves sending a flexible tube down a damaged pipe and sealing the damage using the tube and fast-hardening epoxy. When to consider pipe relining or replacement are outlined below: 

Relining vs. replacement

  • Replacement involves putting in new sections of pipe to replace old or damaged pipes. In many cases, the existing pipes must be excavated to be removed and replaced.
  • Replacement is useful especially for older pipes, like galvanized steel. Galvanized pipe replacement is often necessary because of the age and wear of the older pipes.
  • With replacement you can upgrade your pipes with better, more durable materials like PVC or PEX. 
  • Relining is often a less expensive course of action, because excavation, or trenching, isn’t required.Trenching can cost between $4 to $12 per foot, in addition to the cost of the pipe itself.
  • Relining is minimally invasive. It rarely disrupts household life or business operations.
  • If you have newer pipes, you can save with relining just the damaged section, rather than replacing it with new piping.
A Damaged Steel Water Pipe.

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If your home or business has aging and wearing galvanized steel pipes, consider upgrading your system with a galvanized pipe replacement in Marietta, GA. Plumbers 4 Real’s highly skilled professionals are ready to help you. Call us today at 404-475-3009 to schedule an estimate or set up services.

How Do You Unclog a Stubborn Drain?

Plunging Kitchen Sink for Clog Removal

Dealing With a Clogged Sink

There is possibly nothing more frustrating than a drain that won’t drain. Problems like this always seem to arise at the most inconvenient times and make everything else feel that much more difficult. Though there are many home remedies that you can try, they may not effectively remove all of the problem. Rather than face all this stress on your own, rely on Plumbers 4 Real. We can help with efficient and effective clog removal in Marietta, GA. Call us at 404-475-3009 to get started.

Plumber Using Drain Snake for Clog Removal

Removing a Clog From a Drain

The plumbing on your property is easy to forget about. Out of sight, out of mind. The only time anyone really seems to take notice of their plumbing is usually when something bad is happening, like water that won’t drain. There a number of reasons why a drain isn’t moving. The most likely reason is a clog and there are also several ways to remove or deal with clogs in any area of your property. 

  • Boiling Water: A simple way to tackle a clog is with boiling water. Not just hot water, but truly boiling water. This will, hopefully, dissolve the problem, open up the drain while removing clogs from a kitchen sink. 
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: If boiling water isn’t removing a clog in a sink, then you may need to try baking soda and vinegar. This combination is going to provide a harsher attack that will potentially dissolve more of the clog and get things moving again. 
  • Plunger: Using a plunger will most often be used when removing a clog from a toilet, but you may also need that plunger in the kitchen. When something is blocking the drain and water is no longer moving, a plunger may be what’s needed to move a majority of the clog so your drain will work. 
  • Drain Snake: When clogs in your sink or toilet are deeper down in the line, boiling water, plungers, and home remedies may not be enough. In those cases, a drain snake may be the best way to remove the clog.
  • Hydro jetting: Considered one of the best clog remover methods out there, hydro jetting utilizes highly pressurized water to completely remove and dissolve clogs. This will provide the most effective and efficient clean for your plumbing.

Liquid drain cleaners aren’t listed as an effective method for clog removal because they can be hit or miss. While they are effective at dissolving clogs, they contain harsh chemicals. If your plumbing is older and potentially corroded, those liquid cleaners can further damage your pipes. When that happens, you’ll have even bigger problems on your hands. Rather than risk damaging your plumbing and property, rely on the listed methods as well as the professional plumbers with Plumbers 4 Real.

What Causes a Drain to Clog

If you are dealing with a backed-up toilet or a slow-moving sink, there could be several reasons why these areas aren’t working. Though there are several reasons, not everything will apply to every drain. Problems in the bathroom sink aren’t always the same as problems in the kitchen sink and the resolutions might not be the same either.

  • Hair and Bathroom Sediment: In bathroom drains, not the toilet, the common reason for clogs is usually a build-up of hair, skin, bathroom sediment, dirt, debris, and other items.
  • Grease: In the kitchen, the main reason for clogs is a build-up of grease. When poured down a drain, grease will solidify in the joints and collect other items that go down creating the mass.
  • Flushing Wrong Items: When your toilet isn’t draining, it can be for a number of different reasons. Most often, though, is someone attempted to flush something that doesn’t flush easily or at all. 

Since every situation is different, when you do have a clog, rely on professional services to remove the problem without damaging the rest of your plumbing. It’s kind of like when you need AC service. You may be able to troubleshoot the problem yourself, but for reliable and professional results, it’s best to trust the experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you unclog a deep clogged?
    • For clogs that are deep in the line of your plumbing, general unclogging methods may not effectively remove the problem. In these cases, you may need to utilize a snake and it’s highly recommended to rely on a professional plumber for this service.
  • What home remedy unclogs drains?
    • You can try starting with boiling water. If that doesn’t work or clear out the clog, a home remedy that you can try utilizes baking soda, salt, and vinegar. Make sure there is no water in the drain when you pour everything down the drain, otherwise it won’t work effectively. 
  • Why is my drain clogged?
    • There are a number of reasons that drains can get clogged. In the kitchen, the most common culprit is usually grease. When it gets poured down the drain, it continues to grab and cling to anything else that may come down. In the bathroom, hair and other bath sediments can collect in the drain and create a clog.
  • How do you unclog a slow drain?
    • The best way is to start with a combination of boiling water, baking soda, and vinegar. Use this to remove as much of the clog as possible. If your drain is still moving slowly after this, you may need to contact a plumber for assistance.
  • How do you unclog a drain without a snake?
    • You can use home remedies like boiling water or a baking soda and vinegar combination. With these methods, you may need to do them multiple times to completely remove the clog. It is not recommended to use liquid drain cleaners because they can be too harsh and cause more damage to your pipes.
Smooth Moving Drain After Clog Removal

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What Does Hydro Jetting Mean?

Slow Moving Drain That Needs Hydro Jetting

Cleaning Clogs and Drains

Are you noticing that certain drains in your home aren’t moving as quickly? Do you notice the water pressure has started to decrease when you turn faucets on? Problems like this can almost always be traced back to clogs. If you can find them early enough, plunging or using a drain snake can take care of the problem with no issue. But when clogs are allowed to build and build, using traditional methods may not work. You may need a bit more force to really get the most effective cleaning. For that, you may need to invest in hydro jetting. This is a comprehensive pipe cleaning process that is effective, efficient, and reliable. Contact Plumbers 4 Real, 404-475-3009, about hydro jetting in Marietta, GA.

Is Hydro Jetting Worth It

When you are struggling with low water pressure or slow moving drains, there may be an issue within your pipes. Clogs can form over time and when left alone can actually result in serious problems. One way to combat that is with hydro jetting. How hydro jetting works is like this. Plumbers find the area of concern by inspecting the pipes, usually with an HD camera. Once the area is found, they then feed a rod with a nozzle into your pipes. The nozzle size can differ based on pipe size, type of clog, and more. But that is fed into your pipes and towards the clog. When the rod encounters a clog or buildup, pressurized water is exerted on the block pushing it out and ultimately dissolving it. The pressure used for hydro jetting is around 35,000psi or more, depending on how bad the clog is. The process of hydro jetting is not dangerous because most pipes can handle the amount of pressure, however, there are exceptions. If your pipes or overall plumbing is older and more corroded, this will not be a feasible option for you. That is something your plumber will discuss with you after they complete the inspection.

Hydro Jetting Benefits

If you are on the fence about hydro jetting for your home, there are several things to consider. There are many benefits with this choice. Especially when you need an option that is both effective and efficient.

  • Thorough Cleaning: One of the most prominent benefits of hydro jetting is how thorough it actually does clean. This is the most comprehensive cleaning that can be offered. Unlike chemical cleaners, hydro jetting won’t potentially eat away at your pipes, either.
  • Reduce Bacteria: With this process, everything that could pose a threat to your health is removed. That means that harmful bacteria strains are removed, again, without the use of chemicals which can be just as harmful. 
  • Cost-Effective: Hydro jetting is actually a very cost-effective choice when cleaning your pipes. While it can be more expensive initially, it will actually save you money in the long run since you won’t have to pay out for cleanings as often. 
  • Long-Lasting Results: This process provides results that will last much longer than plunging, snaking, and chemical cleaners. What that means for you is, your plumbing will be cleaner for longer, which means you also won’t have to schedule cleanings as often.

Hydro jetting can be the most effective cleaning tool for your residential plumbing. Doing so can help provide a cleaner and more consistent water flow to and from your home. Regular maintenance will help prevent backups and damage, which is why this service can be so beneficial. Just like when you invest in regular air conditioning service to better the air that you breathe.

Plumber Using Snake Instead of Hydro Jetting to Clean Drain

Hydro Jetting vs Snaking

What is the difference between hydro jetting and snaking? A lot, actually! Hydro jetting, as we’ve explained, involved high-pressure water to effectively and comprehensively clean piping interiors. This process will completely remove everything from blocks and clogs, to built up silt and debris. Snaking, on the other hand, involves using a drain snake to remove one clog at a time. A spiralized rod is fed down your drain and pushed into the clog which is then pulled out. If there is any residue from the clog, it will remain in the drain or pipe. Snaking will not thoroughly clean your pipes, but it will remove a clog quickly. You would use hydro jetting when the blockage is coating the interior of your pipes. You would use snaking when a single clog, like a collection of hair, is preventing water flow in a drain. In either case, rely on teams like Plumbers 4 Real when you need Marietta, GA plumbing services.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How effective is hydro jetting?
    • Hydro jetting is essentially pressure washing the interior of your pipes. This method has been proven to effectively remove silt and other build up in residential pipes. 
  • Is Hydro Jetting safe?
    • Yes, this method is safe for residential piping. Now, if the pipes are very old and heavily damaged, hydro jetting may not be the safest option, but that is something your plumber will discuss with you. 
  • What do plumbers use to unclog drains?
    • They use a variety of options like plungers, snakes, chemical cleaners, and hydro jetting. In order to determine the best method, a plumber will need to complete an inspection of your pipes beforehand.
  • What is hydro jet drain cleaning?
    • Hydro jet cleaning is the process of using highly pressurized water to clean out a section of piping and plumbing. This process efficiently and effectively forces grease, silt, and more to be completely removed from the interior of pipes.
  • Can hydro jetting damage pipes?
    • No, hydro jetting cannot damage pipes. The only damage that would be an issue is if the pipes are very old and/or corroded. But in those instances, your plumber will more than likely not offer hydro jetting as an option since it could result in more damage. 
Removing Waste From Septic Tank to Complete Hydro Jetting

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What is a Plumbing Inspection?

A plumber fixes the plumbing issues under a sink.

How Much Does It Cost for a Plumbing Inspection?

Plumbing inspections provide safety and efficiency for the household. For homeowners who are purchasing a home, selling a home, or refinancing a mortgage, assessing the current plumbing situation provides important introspection into the inner workings of the home. An example of the cost of a visual inspection is approximately $300.00. However, the overall cost of a plumbing inspection may vary depending on the size of the home. Some plumbing inspector costs charge an average of $165. Bundled with other home inspection costs, the overall charge can be $250-$500.

What Can I Expect from a Plumbing Inspection?

A plumbing inspection performs an important service for the health of a home. A professional plumbing inspection will check the various water systems in your home, including the plumbing lines that are featured inside and outside. A home plumbing inspection may cover an inspection of the homeowner’s water filtration systems, fixtures, supply lines and drains. Sinks, bathtubs, and toilets may also be inspected and subjected to testing. In many cases, a plumber will perform a plumbing video camera inspection, which will reveal underground sanitary drains and sewer pipes. This video footage displays whether or not the homeowner should be concerned about cracks and misalignments in sewer pipes.

How Often Should Plumbing be Inspected?

Most professional plumbers tend to agree that when living in an older home, the plumbing should be checked approximately once every two years. There are instances where a plumbing system should be checked with heightened frequency, such as when properties have a plethora of large trees surrounding the house on all sides. Root systems have a terrible habit of finding and locating faulty pipelines. Roots have a propensity to wind around pipe systems and force their way inside. This causes water loss, loss of water integrity, and high water bills. If homeowners are moving into a new home, a plumbing inspection is also recommended, as a professional opinion will assist for future endeavors.

Every part of a home should function perfectly, including roofing systems. Macon, GA roofing serves as an excellent example of professional roofing contractors who can solve roofing problems.

How Do You Know if Your Plumbing is Bad?

There are many reasons why a plumbing inspection would serve a household well. Here are a few reasons why a plumbing inspection provides benefits.

  • A dripping faucet.
  • A slow or clogged drain.
  • Low water pressure.
  • A running toilet.
  • Stains and smells.

A functional plumbing system of a home provides incredible assets for homeowners. If there are problems occurring with your plumbing, water damage can arise, as well as high water bills.

Two plumbing fixtures leak water in a bathroom.

Why Do You Need a Plumber?

If you have ever rented or owned a home, you probably know how important it is for toilets to flush, sinks to drain, and laundry to wash. If you notice odd sounds coming from your faucets, low water pressure, or unpleasant smells coming from your drains, these are all signs that you should call a plumber. Other symptoms of bad plumbing include sluggish drains and signs that water is pooling in your backyard. If you are experiencing any of these red flags, consult with a local, trusted plumbing contractor.

Plumbing Inspection for Insurance

If you have recently experienced a plumbing emergency in your home, it will be important to determine if the damage is covered by your insurance provider. In some cases, homeowners insurance provides welcome coverage for water damage emergencies. It is important to note that if a pipe or water emergency has occurred, it may not be covered, based upon what caused the problem in the first place. A plumbing inspection will yield answers with regard to what caused the water problem, and what, if any, coverage can be offered to cover the cost of the remedy.

Plumbing Inspection in a House

If you are in the market to purchase a home, there are a number of important considerations to factor into your final decision. One of these factors includes the plumbing situation in your potential new home. Before you finalize the purchase of your dream home, locate a qualified plumber to perform an inspection of the plumbing situation. Three main areas of interest include the main sewer line, the state of the water heater, and the condition of the toilets. Each of these fixtures provides valuable utility for the home, and when any of these systems fall into disrepair, it can impact the value of the home dramatically.

Plumbing Inspection Cost

Important and potentially costly inspection plumbers perform is called a camera inspection. If the owners of a property are experiencing serious issues with their plumbing (that can’t be discerned with the naked eye) plumbers have tools to assist. Camera inspections use a diagnostic camera to explore the sewer system under the house. A camera attached to a plumbing snake is wound through plumbing lines to locate the blockage or problem. The camera footage is used to alert clients as to whether or not they will need extensive repairs. Many plumbing problems can’t be seen visually from the house, thus it is optimal to use a plumbing camera to diagnose what may be occurring and how to fix it.

Plumbing and Inspection

Water heaters heat water for baths, showers, and dishes. In some cases, a plumbing inspection of a homeowner’s water heater can save lives. A water heater can be dangerous if it is not properly installed by a professional plumber. In one case, a handyman accidentally removed the water heater’s temperature and pressure relief valve, which could have caused an explosion. Fortunately, plumbing inspectors are trained to catch these kinds of errors. For this reason and many more, it is important for property owners to schedule a plumbing inspection on a routine basis. The safety and health of the home are important.

Scheduling an appointment for your plumbing inspection has never been easier. Our staff at Plumbers 4 Real are ready to take your phone call at 404-475-3009. Discover more about what a plumbing inspection in Marietta, GA can do for you!

How Do You Fix Water Damage?

If you have water damage, we're the team you can turn to for help.

Most home and business owners dread the possibility of opening their front door and seeing the side effects of a leak. Nothing is worse than seeing a large puddle on the floor and knowing that your plumbing is probably damaged somewhere on the premises. What’s worse is the fact that leaks in your plumbing can cause other issues, like water damage. But how can you tell if your house has water damage? Water damage is one of the clear indicators of a leak. It is also more than just an unsightly yellow stain that forms on your ceiling or walls. It can threaten more than just your property, it can also cause serious health problems if left untreated. It’s easy to miss some kinds of water damage upon first inspection, so we’ll arm you with the knowledge you need below. Water damage is what happens to anything and everything that is exposed to water when it is supposed to stay dry. Pooled water that ruins carpets, delamination of hardwood floors, and structural damage in your ceilings and walls. Water damage can be a real problem if left alone for too long.

We can find and repair the leak that is causing your water damage.

Water Damage Facts

  • Causes Anything that connects to or stores water has the potential to cause water damage. Your washing machine may develop a loose connection that starts to leak, or your plumbing could develop a pinhole leak that lets water slowly drip on the wood in your walls or on to your ceiling. A slab leak can also cause water damage, but to a different extent than normal water damage.
  • Types of Water Damage There are three classifications of water damage to watch out for. Class 1 is relatively clean water that leaks from an appliance or your plumbing, or rain leaking into your home through a roof leak. Class 2 is grey water. This water can be slightly contaminated. Any clean water that sits for too long without attention can become grey water. Water that leaks from a toilet or a washing machine can be classified as grey water due to the source. Class 3 is black water, and it is the most dangerous of water damage. The water in question is heavily contaminated by microbes because of the nature of the leak. This water damage is usually caused by natural disaster or sewer damage. This should definitely be handled by professionals given the high chance of exposure to illnesses.
  • Water Damage Clean Up depends on where the damage is and what was damaged by the water. A slab leak that causes a flooded basement will need a very different method of cleaning than a burst pipe that gets water on a wall, the floor, some furniture, and a few electronic devices. If you discover a pinhole leak quickly, the clean up includes repairing the leak and drying the area where water leaked with a towel. The more severe the leak, however, the more severe the cleanup.

Water Damage Inspection and Repair

Our team of plumbers can find and stop the cause of all of the water damage in your home.

Now that you know the causes, the dangers, and the potential levels of clean up, you’re probably asking yourself “What do you do if your house has water damage?” You have plenty of options to handle the water damage. You can repair most types of light water damage caused by clean water yourself. The best way to spot water damage is to keep your eyes open for all of the potential signs of water damage. That means watching out for yellow stains on your walls and floors, wet or damaged flooring, corroded pipes, wet wood, or damp areas anywhere that is supposed to be dry. All water damage should be addressed as soon as you find it. Water damage gives mold a prime location to start growing and flourish, which will have a seriously negative impact on your health over time. If you’re curious if you have water damage or mold, you should contact a professional because it might be both. A slab leak carries all of the potential problems from normal water damage, with the added bonus of causing floods at your foundation, and eroding away the dirt around your foundation, which can cause it to shift and become damaged.

What Happens When You Have a Slab Leak

A slab leak is a break in a pipe that runs through your foundation. This will cause water to accumulate above and below your foundation in varying amounts. Normally a working sump pump will keep water from pooling, but water exposure from heavy rain or a burst pipe can over-saturate the ground and create problems. But what are the signs of a slab leak? You can spot some signs of a slab leak by keeping an eye on your floor and on your water bill. If you notice water appearing where it shouldn’t be, unexplained wet spots on the carpet, or an unexplained spike in your water bills. If you find yourself asking “What is slab leak repair?” then you should consider contacting a plumbing professional to come and take a look at your foundation. Since the plumbing is in a sensitive area, it’s best to have someone who knows what they’re doing take a look. First someone will need to find and repair the pipe. Then the water will have to be removed, and the area will have to be decontaminated. Just like leaf guard gutters installation can help prevent your roof and gutters from being damaged, professionals can prevent you from having mold or other contaminants from water damage threaten the health of your family. If you have questions about water damage repair for your home or business in Marietta, GA, call certified plumbers of Plumbers 4 Real at 404-475-3009 to schedule an appointment today!

What Causes a High Water Bill?

A Shower Head is Leaking

A Leaky Shower Head Can Lead to Thousands of Gallons in Water Waste.

Why is my water bill so high? That’s a question we often hear at Plumbers 4 Real. While  numerous factors, such as rising water costs, can cause your bills to escalate, there are some plumbing issues that may be to blame.

Today, we’ll be uncovering several usual suspects that could be affecting your water bill. We’ll also discuss how to save water at home using simple, but critical habits. Afterwards, you’ll be able to craft a practical plan for addressing that costly spike in water usage. Let’s jump in!

What Can Cause a High Water Bill?

If we rule out rising water costs, we can narrow down the answer to two potential possibilities: plumbing malfunctions and usage habits. As homeowners, we can control both of these elements with careful planning and watchfulness. Our first step to discovering our money sponge is eliminating each possible cause.

Cause #1

Changes in Water Usage

The simplest answer is most often the right one. Homeowners often search for a more dramatic reason for the rise in water costs, when the explanation typically lies with usage habits. While one month’s usage bill may seem unusually high, you need to ask “How much is a typical water bill?” Thankfully, water bills typically provide a record of the last 12 months, breaking down each month’s individual usage in gallons.

If this year’s usage rate matches the previous year’s, there’s probably some sort of seasonal activity that accounts for the change. Examples could be:

  • Kids playing sports and showering more
  • Increased workout sessions resulting in hot baths
  • Hosting family members for holidays

If you still can’t account for the uptick in your water bill, it’s time to examine your plumbing system.

Cause #2

Plumbing Malfunctions and Inefficiencies

Some of the most intensive spikes in water usage are caused by small, unnoticed malfunctions in your plumbing systems. This could be as simple as a dripping shower head or as treacherous as a leak in behind the wall. You can easily test your plumbing for leaks! Simply make sure your water appliances (outside and inside) are all turned off, then check the meter. If the dial is still spinning, you have a leak somewhere in the house.

Be very diligent when it comes to taking on these leaks. Even a dripping faucet can account for the significant water waste reflected in your monthly bill. “How much does dripping water cost?” you might ask. A fast dripping faucet could cost you as much as $200 in a year. That’s equally true for leaking pipes.

There’s also running toilets. “How much does a running toilet increase my water bill?” You could pay up to $200 more in monthly water costs. That’s thousands of dollars a year! Bottom line: malfunctioning appliances and degraded piping can hurt your budget. 

So…How Can I Lower My Water Bill?

Check each of your appliances and water fixtures, carefully inspecting them for leaks, loose connections, etc. You can also try turning off your appliances, then walking through the house while you listen for running water. If there’s a leak inside the house, you’ll probably hear it.

If you just can’t seem to find that leak, call your local plumber. They have the tools to find and repair any leaks within (or outside) your home. Your personal plumber can also ensure that your appliances aren’t wasting water through inefficiency or loose fittings.

How to Prevent a High Water Bill

Plumbing Tips

A Pipe With a Very Large Leak

A Ruptured Pipe Can Lead to High Water Costs and Expensive Restoration Work.

First, keep your eyes peeled for breakdowns in your plumbing. The easiest way to do that is to become well acquainted with your water meter and test your system for leaks every month. Here’s a great video on how to do it! This process will help you detect and isolate potential leaks very quickly.

Don’t shy away from calling your local plumber if you believe there’s an active leak. It could also save you an expensive repair bill from your local restoration company. Make sure to schedule regular inspections for your plumbing each year as well. Finally, you can greatly improve your water bill by switching to low flow faucets and shower heads.

Water Usage Tips

Take a look at your daily activities that consume the most water. That most water-intensive ones include:

  • Clothes Washing
  • Cleaning the Dishes
  • Irrigating the Yard
  • Showers and Baths

It’s easy to optimize your water usage for the first two activities; simply make sure that you have a full load (of dishes or clothes) before you start a cycle. That’s a little difficult if your kids are throwing in small loads of uniforms, so be sure to coordinate with the whole family! Speaking of family habits, try asking everyone to take shorter showers. That may be a tall order, but a few minutes shaved off during each wash time translates to thousands of gallons saved every year!

Irrigating the yard can consume a lot of water. However, homeowners can avoid costly over-watering by installing shutoff timers and more efficient distribution hardware. These products can be found at online, or at your local Home Depot.

A Water Meter Opened for Inspection

A Few Small Changes in Your Family’s Usage Habits Will Provide Big Savings.

Schedule Your Plumbing Inspection Today!

If you haven’t had a plumbing inspection in a couple years, it might be time to schedule one! At Plumbers 4 Real, we offer affordable checkups for your plumbing to ensure that your system is healthy and leak-free. Our team also can help with any maintenance issues that have been causing your high water bill. Remember, a little pipe leak repair is preferable to hundreds of dollars in water costs! 

Give us a call today at 404-475-3009!