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Important Plumbing Terms Homeowners Should Know

Important Plumbing Terms Homeowners Should Know

Imagine for a moment that you place a call to a local plumber to enquire about an issue you are having with your bathroom drain.  Could the plumber tell you about the business and what might be wrong?  “Well, I’m a master plumber who is licensed, bonded, and insured. Your drain problem may be with the trap.” Maybe you understand what he meant and maybe you didn’t. Whenever you are discussing an issue, it’s best if both parties have a common language so that meanings are clear. When contacting a plumber, the following terms will help you speak his or her language. Licensed, Bonded, and Insured These are three of the most important words in plumbing. A plumber who is licensed has met any requirements set by the local government in order to do business.  Insured means that the plumber carries insurance to cover injuries, damages, and liabilities in the workplace. A plumber who is bonded has obtained additional insurance through an outside agency. The bond covers extraordinary circumstances such as failure of the business or theft by workers. Low Flow and Low Consumption Terms such as “low flow” or “low consumption” describe the amount of water used by the fixture in question (ie, “low flow shower head”). In order to conserve water, low flow toilets use 1.6 gallons of water or less for each flush. Shower heads will have a GPM or Gallons Per Minute description. A low flow shower head may also carry the WaterSense label. According to the Environmental Protection Agency these fixtures will use no more than 2.0 GPM. Master Plumber A master plumber is one who has...
Dealing with Clogged Drains

Dealing with Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are a common household problem, but sometimes what seems to be simple clogged drain can actually be a much bigger problem. Here are a few ways to tell the different types of clogs apart and when you need to call in a professional. A Simple Clogged Drain Simple clogged drains are clogs that are trapped high in the drain system. These types of clogs can easily be flushed through with pressure or with clog-eliminating products. Clogs in sinks respond well to clog-eliminating products, while clogs in toilets respond well to plunging. When these methods do not work, there could be hair or other materials trapped and clogged too tightly to be pushed through. In these instances, a drain snake can be used to loosen the clogged material. Sometimes the material must be pushed through and sometimes the material must be pulled back up and through the opening. Main Line Clogs A main line clog is more serious than a simple clogged drain or pipe in your house. A main line is the main line connecting your house to its water source. This line can get clogged with various materials including tree roots. In fact tree roots are often the culprit. You will know the difference between a simple clog and a main line clog because when a main line is clogged all water usage in the house will cause the toilets, sinks, and tub to being bubbling and burping. This universal response to water usage and drainage is a sure sign of a bigger problem. Main line clogs must be dealt with by a professional. Septic Tanks Sometimes...