412 Plumbing http://www.412plumbing.com Thu, 06 Oct 2022 14:57:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 How Often Should I Replace My Sewer Lines? http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/how-often-should-i-replace-my-sewer-lines/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:49:55 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=370 A damaged sewer line can be a big problem for any homeowner. Not only is it a mess to clean up, but it can also be difficult to determine the root cause of the issue. If you’re experiencing a sewer line backup or leak, it’s important to know the common causes of damage and how …

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A damaged sewer line can be a big problem for any homeowner. Not only is it a mess to clean up, but it can also be difficult to determine the root cause of the issue. If you’re experiencing a sewer line backup or leak, it’s important to know the common causes of damage and how to repair or replace your system.

What Causes of Sewer Line Damage

The main causes of sewer line damage are typically tree roots, corrosion, and shifting ground. Tree roots can grow into the sewer lines and cause blockages, while corrosion and shifting ground can lead to cracks and leaks in the pipes.

What Are Signs My Sewer Lines Are At Risk?

If you’re experiencing any of the following signs, you may have a damaged sewer line:

  • Gurgling noises coming from your drains
  • Water backing up into your drains or flowing out of them when they shouldn’t be draining
  • Unpleasant smells coming from your drains or backyard
  • Mud or water seeping up through your backyard or driveway

How to Repair or Replace Your Sewer Line

If you’re experiencing a sewer line backup or leak, it’s important to know how to repair or replace your system. Repair methods will vary depending on the severity of the damage, but often involve replacing sections of the pipe or using a trenchless method to fix the problem without having to dig up your yard. Replacing your sewer line can be a big project, but it’s important to take care of any potential problems before they lead to bigger issues down the road.

How To Repair a Sewer Line Without Damaging The Yard

Trenchless sewer repair is a method of repairing damaged or broken sewer pipes without having to dig up the entire pipe.

There are many benefits to trenchless sewer repair, including:

  • Less disruption to your property: Trenchless sewer repair can be completed without having to dig up your entire lawn or driveway. This means that you won’t have to deal with the mess and disruption that comes with traditional sewer repair methods.
  • Shorter repair time: Trenchless sewer repair can often be completed in a shorter amount of time than traditional methods. This means that you won’t have to go without water or sewage service for as long.
  • More cost-effective: Trenchless sewer repair is often more cost-effective than traditional methods. This is because it requires less excavation and digging, which can save you

Sewer Repair isn’t a DIY Project – Call a Professional

If you suspect that you have a damaged sewer line, it’s important to call a professional right away, like 412 Plumbing, for repair or replacement. Trying to fix the problem yourself could make the situation worse. Contacting a professional is a better option than trying to deal with a sewage backup or leak that can end up flooding your home and causing more damage and costly repairs.

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Why Is My Water Pressure Low? http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/why-is-my-water-pressure-low/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 13:37:40 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=359 If you are experiencing low water pressure, it can be caused by a variety of factors. To help you better understand low water pressure and what causes it, 412 Plumbing has put together a guide to what causes low water pressure and how we can help! Corrosion in the Pipes When your pipes corrode, this …

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If you are experiencing low water pressure, it can be caused by a variety of factors. To help you better understand low water pressure and what causes it, 412 Plumbing has put together a guide to what causes low water pressure and how we can help!

Corrosion in the Pipes

When your pipes corrode, this process results in oxidation. This oxidation collects on the walls of the pipes and restricts the water flow. Corrosion is most common in old galvanized steel pipes. These pipes will continue to corrode, developing holes and then failing completely.

Debris Buildup Inside the Pipes

If you have a pipe blockage, it can lead to low water pressure. Debris such as foreign objects, dirt, solidified oil, food, mineral buildup, sand, and grease can lead to a blockage that can lower your water pressure.

Water Shut-Off Valve Issues

The water shut-off valve controls the flow of water into your home and needs to be fully open to ensure full water pressure throughout the home.

If the valve is partially open, it can cause low water pressure. To resolve this issue, you will need to open the main water shut-off valve.

Water Meter Valve Issues

Just like the water shut-off valve, if there is a closed or partially open water meter valve, it can lead to water pressure issues. Check to make sure the water meter valve is fully open, especially if you’ve had plumbing work done recently.

Issues with Your Water Supplier

Your water supplier may be having pressure issues, which can lead you to have low pressure in your home. Check with your neighbors to see if they are experiencing the same issue; then, you will need to make sure you contact your water supplier to resolve the issue.

Leaks in Your Plumbing

Plumbing leaks can cause various issues within your home, including low water pressure. Leaks can prevent water from going where it is needed, causing low pressure. If you can spot a leak or suspect you are dealing with one, 412 Plumbing offers emergency services. Our team will come out 24/7 to repair your leaky pipes and get your plumbing back in shape.

Low Water Pressure Repairs in Pittsburgh

Whether you are dealing with a leak or a clogged pipe, our professional team can get the job done! Contact us today to learn more!

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Is My Hot Water Heater Going Out? http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/is-my-hot-water-heater-going-out/ Thu, 24 Mar 2022 19:57:08 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=348 You may be wondering when to expect your water heater to go out. Having an idea of when your water heater’s lifespan may be up will help you determine when to replace your water heater system to prevent leaks and damage to your home. How Long Will My Water Heater Last? Various factors affect the …

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You may be wondering when to expect your water heater to go out. Having an idea of when your water heater’s lifespan may be up will help you determine when to replace your water heater system to prevent leaks and damage to your home.

How Long Will My Water Heater Last?

Various factors affect the longevity of your water heater, including the type of water that is running through it, how often you’ve maintained the water heater, and whether you have had it flushed and drained every year.

A residential water heater will typically last about 6 to 13 years. At 12 years, it should be about time to replace your water heater before it goes out.

What Are the Signs I Should Replace My Water Heater?

Typically, you will know your water heater needs to be replaced when you turn on the hot water but do not receive hot water. Other signs are dripping or puddling near the hot water tank or noises such as popping or gurgling sounds coming from the tank, caused by hard water sediment buildup.

-If you notice these signs, it’s time to look for a replacement model as soon as possible. This will save you from rushing to find a replacement in a pinch after the hot water tank has leaked and caused damage to your home. Other warning signs that your hot water tank is on its last leg include:

  • Water is colored or tinted- If you’ve noticed your hot water has a strange color or a tint to it, this could mean there is rust in your water heater. This indicates that your water heater is worn and may start leaking.
  • You have an old water heater- As mentioned above, you can expect your system to last 6-13 years. If it is nearing this limit, it may be time for a replacement.

Signs My Hot Water Heater isn’t Working

Temperature Issues

You may notice that your water will be very hot and then the next second it will be cold. Other times, it’s at the perfect temperature. These temperature variations signify a much bigger issue with your water heater.

If you are experiencing these temperature variations, check your water heater thermostat, you will want to make sure that it is set to your desired temperature. If the water is too hot, you can adjust to a cooler setting. We recommend using tape or a marker to mark your current setting to see if the temperature is changing on its own.
If you’ve made adjustments but are still having consistent temperature issues, you may need to replace the heating element or the thermostat. Unit size can also cause temperature issues. If your unit is too small, you can either spread out your water use or upgrade to a larger tank.

Lack of Hot Water

If you’ve been noticing that you barely have enough hot water for a shower each day or you want the dishes and are stuck with a cold shower, this means that your hot water heater isn’t producing enough hot water for your home.
In some cases, this can be fixed by adjusting your temperature dial on the water heater. Turn it to a higher degree and then wat about 30 minutes. Check the water temperature at your faucet after the 30 minute waiting period. You also want to make sure the circuit breaker switch is on since the breaker could have tripped and caused the thermostat to remain at a certain temperature.
If your water heater is tripping the circuit breaker, you will need to contact a professional to check for faulty wiring or electrical connections.

Leaking Water Heater

Water dripping from the hot water heater or water pooling around the unit is a sure sign that you need to take immediate action. Leaks mean that there has been an internal failure.

If you plan to troubleshoot this issue, you need to first disconnect the electricity or shut off the gas that runs to the unit. Allow the water heater unit to cool down, and then you can begin inspecting for a leak.

We recommend that you first check:

  • Inlets
  • Screws
  • Pipes
  • Connectors

Check to make sure that these have not come loose. Tighten them if needed. Move on to check the bottom of the unit for leaks. While condensation is normal, excessive leaking means that you will likely need to replace your entire water heater unit.

Reduced Water Flow

If your water flow is not as strong as before, it could mean that there is a buildup of sediment or scale from hard water in your plumbing or your water heater. This is not an issue that can be handled down the road but one that requires immediate attention.

To resolve this issue, you can contact 412 Plumbing to have your tank drained and flushed to remove the sediment and to have your pipes inspected and any drainage issues fixed.

Additionally, we can descale your water heater and clean the inlet and outlet pipes.

Water Heater Maintenance Services at 412 Plumbing

You can avoid these common issues with your water heater by having regular maintenance performed. The expert technicians at 412 Plumbing have the tools and the knowledge to help keep your water heater in excellent condition! Contact us today to learn more!

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Common Plumbing Issues in Winter http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/common-plumbing-issues-in-winter/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 18:10:43 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=338 With the winter season arriving in Pittsburgh, it’s important to be prepared to face some of the common plumbing issues that can occur due to the cold weather. At 412 Plumbing, we’ve put together a guide on the most common plumbing issues and how to handle them. Frozen or Burst Pipes When the temperature drops …

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With the winter season arriving in Pittsburgh, it’s important to be prepared to face some of the common plumbing issues that can occur due to the cold weather. At 412 Plumbing, we’ve put together a guide on the most common plumbing issues and how to handle them.

Frozen or Burst Pipes

When the temperature drops down below freezing or around 32-degrees Fahrenheit, any pipes in your home that are exposed or poorly insulated in your garage, crawl spaces, or basements are more susceptible to freezing. Frozen pipes can burst, leading to a major and expensive mess, damaging your property, and potentially causing mold growth and mildew buildup in your home.

Unfortunately, a burst pipe is not always obvious, so when the temperature drops, watch out for these signs of a burst pipe:

  • Discolored water
  • Decrease in water pressure
  • Constant leaks
  • Higher water bills
  • Strange noises (hissing, gurgling, clanging, etc.)

Be sure to check your pipes that are exposed to frost. If you see frost on the pipes, they are likely frozen inside. You will need to thaw the pipes, which can be done carefully using a hairdryer or a heat lamp. Do not use open flames. You can also contact 412 Plumbing to resolve this issue as we have the training and equipment needed to do the job efficiently and safely.

Water Heater Issues

You rely on your water heater daily, meaning that it is hard at work year-round. When winter comes around, it works even harder to handle the hot showers, dishes, and laundry. With a higher demand in the winter, it can lead to wear and tear that can cause a breakdown. If you’ve skipped water eater maintenance over the past year or longer, a breakdown is even more likely.

If you are experiencing lukewarm or chilly water temperatures, it could be a sign that your water heater is failing. Other signs of water heater failure include:

  • Inconsistent water temperature
  • Leaks at the base of the heater
  • Sounds coming from the heater

If you notice any of these signs, call 412 plumbing as soon as possible. We can either repair or replace your water heater and prevent you from being left with cold showers this winter.

Clogged Drains in the Kitchen

The holidays are a time for entertaining, which means plenty of cooking and dishes to be done. This also means an increase in food waste going through your garbage disposal, which can lead to kitchen drain clogs.

To prevent clogs, you want to avoid putting food items like coffee grounds, meat bone, fat, or cooking oil down the garbage disposal. It is also important to run cold water while using the disposal and allow it to run an additional 15 to 30 seconds after shutting it off. You should also be sure to clean the disposal by running ice through it. This will help to remove any debris left behind.

Experiencing a clog? Here is how you can fix it:

  • Turn off the power to the disposal. You will need to shut the power off at the wall switch and the breaker to avoid any accidents.
  • Identify any obstructions and use pliers or kitchen tongs to remove the obstruction. Do not reach into the disposal with your hands.
  • Let the motor cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • Turn the power to the unit back on and press the reset button on the disposal.

If you’re not comfortable removing the clog yourself, call 412 Plumbing. Our expert team will happily assist you in getting your disposal back up and running!

Having Winter Plumbing Issues? We Can Help!

At 412 Plumbing, our team has the training and the technology needed to handle any winter problems you may be experiencing. Contact us today to learn more!

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Hot Water Heater Maintenance Guide http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/hot-water-heater-maintenance-guide/ Thu, 30 Sep 2021 21:17:56 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=335 Preventative maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your hot water heater for your commercial or residential building. Hot water heater maintenance not only helps to prolong the working condition of your hot water heater but also helps to keep energy consumption efficient and promotes the safety of the unit by catching issues before …

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Preventative maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your hot water heater for your commercial or residential building. Hot water heater maintenance not only helps to prolong the working condition of your hot water heater but also helps to keep energy consumption efficient and promotes the safety of the unit by catching issues before failures or accidents can occur.

Why Do I Need to Maintain My Water Heater?

Neglecting water heater maintenance can be dangerous. With a gas-fired water heater, fatal accidents can occur. Gas-fired water heaters should be checked regularly for issues such as gas leaks.
Water heaters that have tanks have features that will allow excess temperature and pressure to escape if there is too much buildup. These safety features need to be checked regularly by professionals to ensure they are working properly. If these features fail, tank explosions can occur.
Typically, a water heater can last for a decade without any maintenance. By conducting regular water heater maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your water heater and catch any issues before they can become more serious. Over time, water heaters can develop a sediment buildup, especially if you have hard water, which can affect the efficiency of your water heater.

How Often do I Need to Perform Water Heater Maintenance?

If you have a commercial or industrial water heater, yearly maintenance is ideal. For residential water heaters, we recommend maintenance every six months. We recommend doing the maintenance during autumn before your water gets cold requires more warmth from water heaters to reach the desired temperature.
If you have hard water in your area, you will want to have water heater maintenance completed more often to ensure that your hot water tank is properly flushed and drained to remove the formed sediments and mineral buildup.
For those who plan to complete their hot water heater maintenance on their hot water heater, be sure to check the manufacturer’s warnings and follow the water heater maintenance checklist from 412 Plumbing. This will help to make sure that your maintenance is done correctly and safely.

Water Heater Maintenance Checklist

A water heater maintenance checklist can be sued by contractors, facilities managers, and homeowners to help them stay on track during their water heater maintenance tasks. There are five main steps that should be included on your checklist:

  1. Shut off the water heater. To prevent injuries such as scalding, you will want to shut off the water heater and allow it to cool overnight before you start your water heater maintenance.
  2. Look for leaks on pipes, joints, and check the valves. If you are checking for possible leaks, you can apply soapy water to the pipes and pipe joints. If bubbles appear, there is a leak. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the Temperature and Pressure valve to check that it is working correctly. You will also want to check the water pressure valve to ensure that it Is displaying the recommended water pressure of 40-60 psi during the day.
  3. Flush out sediment buildup. Before you begin flushing out sediment buildup, hook a hose to the drain valve. This will help improve your water heating efficiency and will also prolong the lifespan of your water heater.
  4. Check the anode rod. The anode rod protects the water heater lining and the inside of the tank from any damage or corrosion. The anode rod needs to be checked for corrosion.  Your anode rod will typically need to be replaced every 3-5 years. Refill your water heater tank. Close the drain valve and open the cold-water supply valve. Open one of your hot water faucets and let the water run for around 3-5 minutes. This will help ensure that there is no air remaining in the tank prior to turning the water heater back on.

It is crucial to check the manufacturer’s instructions on the use and maintenance of your water heater. We recommend having a water heater professional conduct your water heater maintenance.

Need Water Heater Maintenance?

At 412 Plumbing, we provide our clients with expert water heater maintenance, repair, and replacement in the South Hills. Contact us today to learn more!

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Trenchless Sewer Repair vs. Traditional Sewer Repair http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/trenchless-sewer-repair-vs-traditional-sewer-repair/ Wed, 31 Mar 2021 21:51:29 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=319 Backed-up sewer lines and other dangerous issues caused by damaged pipes can wreak havoc on your yard and your wallet. Traditional sewer line repair requires your yard to be dug up, resulting in costly replacement of landscaping and grass. Luckily, there is a less invasive, more efficient option available called trenchless sewer repair. Pittsburgh customers …

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Backed-up sewer lines and other dangerous issues caused by damaged pipes can wreak havoc on your yard and your wallet. Traditional sewer line repair requires your yard to be dug up, resulting in costly replacement of landscaping and grass.

Luckily, there is a less invasive, more efficient option available called trenchless sewer repair. Pittsburgh customers can rest easy when they encounter a sewer line issue since this technique doesn’t require us to dig up your yard or damage your property with heavy machinery.

How Do Trenchless Sewer Line Repairs Work?

Typically, a trenchless sewer repair either involves relining.  This will depend on what your sewer line problems are. For the trenchless relining process, a flexible tube, cured-in-place (CIPP) pipe is inserted into your existing pipes. This CIPP pipe is coated with a high-quality, durable resin that makes installation easy. Rather than our crews digging a long trench, we can dig one access hole to reline your damaged pipes. After the new pipe is inserted, you will have to wait one hour or so to allow the resin to dry. Once it has cured, you can use your sewer lines again.

What are the Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair?

As we mentioned above, trenchless sewer repairs will not destroy your yard. You also save money by avoiding the dozens of fees it takes to dig up any of your neighbor’s yards that your sewer line damaged effects, as well as the fees needed to repair the damage after your project is completed. You can expect to save around 30-40% when compared to the cost of a traditional sewer repair.

The CIPP pipe is also more flexible. This flexibility keeps your home safer and more environmentally friendly. Trenchless pipes can be composed of a variety of materials which include ones that are environmentally friendly such as recycled PVC. These flexible pipes also help to ensure that your sewage, water, and gas flow correctly without waste or siphoning.

Trenchless sewer pipes are also easier to repair when compared to traditional sewer pipes.

Professional Trenchless Sewer Repair and Replacement in Pittsburgh

At 412 Plumbing, our experienced team can complete your trenchless sewer repair or replacement with minimal disruption to your property and daily routine. Contact us today to learn more!

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How to Prevent Freezing Pipes http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/how-to-prevent-freezing-pipes/ Wed, 11 Nov 2020 22:51:41 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=314 With the colder weather right around the corner, it’s important to know how to prevent your pipes from freezing. A frozen water line can cause your pipes to burst, damaging your home. A small amount of ice and rip open a water line, but the issue occurs when the ice thaws allowing the water to …

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With the colder weather right around the corner, it’s important to know how to prevent your pipes from freezing. A frozen water line can cause your pipes to burst, damaging your home. A small amount of ice and rip open a water line, but the issue occurs when the ice thaws allowing the water to flow freely into your home.

The flooding caused by frozen pipes can cost you thousands in repairs.

What Causes Your Pipes to Burst?

When water freezes, it expands by roughly 9 percent in volume with tremendous force. If the water in your pipes freezes, the pressure inside of the pipes could go from 40 pounds per square inch (psi) to 40,000 psi. Since no pipe can handle this amount of pressure, the frozen water causes the pipe to burst. A burst pipe can occur where the ice forms, but in many cases, the damage occurs where the water pressure finds a weakened spot in the pipe.
This weak spot could be inches or feet from the frozen area.

How to Temporarily Prevent Frozen Pipes

One of the first signs that you have ice forming in your pipes is reduced flow at your faucets. If the flow is slowed to trickle during cold weather, or you think your pipes could be vulnerable to freezing, you can take the following steps:

  • Use fans to blow heat into the cold rooms
  • Open any cabinet, closet, pantry, or vanity doors with pipes to allow the warm air to reach them.
  • Make sure your outdoor hoses are disconnected.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Turn up your heat
  • To help with reduced water flow, heat your most vulnerable pipes, those in your basement or crawl spaces, with a hairdryer. Be sure to leave the faucet on while you do this to see if it helps increase the water flow.
  • You can also let your faucets run, even at a trickle, to help prevent pressure from building up in the pipes and to keep the water flowing to avoid freezing.

Permanent Ways to Protect Your Pipes

For more permanent solutions, be sure to insulate your vulnerable pipes located in unheated areas, those against uninsulated walls, or those located in basements, garages, or crawlspaces. It is also recommended that you keep your heat at no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can also have a professional plumber reroute pipes away from the cold spots in your home and replace your outdoor faucets with frost-proof models.

Need Your Frozen Pipes Repaired? Contact 412 Plumbing today!

We offer 24/7 emergency frozen pipe repair where your burst pipes can be handled immediately by our trained technicians to help minimize damage to your home and get your life back to normal as soon as possible.
As your trusted Pittsburgh plumbers, 412 Plumbing provides both residential and commercial plumbing services to meet all of your needs. Contact us today to learn more!

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Why are my Pipes Humming? http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/why-are-my-pipes-humming/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:49:06 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=310 Have you noticed that your bathroom pipes are making a humming noise? You may be wondering what could cause this to occur. There are several issues that could cause your pipes to be humming. At 412 Plumbing, we’ve put together a list of reasons your pipes could be humming to help you identify the issue …

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Have you noticed that your bathroom pipes are making a humming noise? You may be wondering what could cause this to occur. There are several issues that could cause your pipes to be humming. At 412 Plumbing, we’ve put together a list of reasons your pipes could be humming to help you identify the issue so you can take proper action to have it resolved.

Causes for Noisy Bathroom Pipes

Water pressure is one of the most common culprits when it comes to humming pipes. If your home’s water pressure is too high, it can result in a humming sound within your pipes. The water pressure coming into your home shouldn’t be more than 80 psi. If you think this may be the reason for the humming, contact a qualified plumber to check that that water pressure is at the correct level.

Are the pipes humming when you flush the toilet?

This may mean that you have an issue with one of your valves. While the humming sound is present, shut off each valve. If the humming sounds stops, then the valve is the source of the issue, and you may need to replace the valve for the fill tank.

The issue may be a simple fix such as a degraded or damaged washer. To replace a washer, shut off the water feeding systems, unscrew the handle that is on the faucet, then unscrew the nut within. You will then remove the washer, replace it with a new one (be sure it is the correct size), and then put it back together.

The toilet flapper is at Fault

This is the rubber plug at the bottom of the tank. You can test your tank by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank, watching to see if the color diminishes quickly. If it does, this means the water is leaving the tank when it should not be. If this does occur, the flapper will need to be replaced. You may be able to do this on your own, but it is recommended you call the professionals at 412 Plumbing to ensure the replacement is completed correctly.

Having Issues with Humming Pipes? Contact 412 Plumbing Today!

At 412 Plumbing, we have the tools and the knowledge to examine your home’s plumbing to determine what is causing your pipes to hum and resolve the issue quickly to get your plumbing back to normal. Don’t let water pressure issues or other plumbing issues interrupt your daily life, contact 412 Plumbing today!

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Signs you Need Sewer Repair http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/signs-you-need-sewer-repair/ Thu, 28 May 2020 20:00:59 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=300 A sewage backup can cause major issues with your home, so it is important to know the signs that your sewer is in need of repair before further damage can be done. At 412 Plumbing, we’ve put together a guide to the signs that you may need a trenchless sewer repair. Areas Around Your Home …

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A sewage backup can cause major issues with your home, so it is important to know the signs that your sewer is in need of repair before further damage can be done. At 412 Plumbing, we’ve put together a guide to the signs that you may need a trenchless sewer repair.

Areas Around Your Home Have Strange Smells

While sewage has a very noticeable smell, it can be difficult to find the source of it when it is coming up through your home. Sewage will either smell musty or like mildew. Be sure to pay attention to the smells around your home, particularly around your drains.

If you think you smell sewage, be sure to contact your local plumber immediately. Sewer lines that are in good shape do not release smells into your home. When the smell of sewage is lingering around your home, then it is likely the sewer line is damaged.

Your Drains are Draining Slow or Not at All

Drains that are slow are one of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners experience. While they are a common problem, they are also a serious problem. The only wat to determine how bad your drain is clogged is to call a plumber. Attempting to remove the clog on your own using a chemical drain cleaner, puts your plumbing at risk for damage and won’t unclog the drain.

Minor clogs can be quickly and easily by your plumber. If your drains are moving slowly due to an issue with your sewer line, there is no DIY Repair method that can fix the damage. It will require a plumber experienced in trenchless sewer repair to fix the damage.

Gurgling Noises Are Coming from the Toilets

Each toilet in your house makes noise after you flush it, but it shouldn’t start making noises if it isn’t being used. If you notice sounds of water running or bubbling coming up through the bowl, your sewer line is damaged.

Oftentimes, the bubbling is a precursor to sewage back up. This also happens when the water from the toilet comes across a clog in your sewer line.

When the sewer line is damaged or clogged, it forces the water back up into your toilet, which causes air bubbles to displace the water in the toilet. If the issue isn’t resolved as soon as possible, you can end up with sewage backing up into your home.

Your Toilet Backs Up When Flushed

In many cases, people don’t realize they have an issue with their sewer line until their toilet begins to back up. With a clogged sewer line, the backup coming into the home is not likely to be clean water. Whether your toilet backs up with clean water or raw sewage, you should turn off the water supply located at the back of your toilet and call your plumber as soon as possible.

Your Grass is Extremely Green

Sewage can make your patchy lawn look lush and bright green. While you may love the way it makes your lawn look, it means that you have a major plumbing issue beneath the surface.

Take a walk around your lawn and keep an eye out for patches of grass that are greener than the rest of the lawn. You will also want to look for areas where plants have popped up without additional fertilizer. If you notice these signs, call your plumber immediately before you end up with sewage backing up into your home.

Soft Spot and Puddles Present in Your Yard

If you have an issue with your sewer line, you will likely see puddles and soft spots in your lawn and landscaping. In between the days when you water your lawn and landscape, take a walk around your yard and look for puddles and listen for squelching noises as you walk through. You will also want to listen for running water, which could be leaking from your sewer line.

You Have Mold on Your Walls

If you have damaged pipes or damaged sewer lines, the humidity in your home will be increased, which usually results in mildew and mold growth on the walls as well as parts of the house without any plumbing fixtures.
Discoloration on the wall or any strange colors spreading out from the base of the toilet is a sure sign that you need to contact a plumber.

Pests are More Prevalent on Your Property

Pests such as mice and rats love the smells and dampness from the sewer, so if you’ve noticed more of these pests around your house, it is possible that you have an issue with your sewer line. This issue needs to be fixed as soon as possible to keep rats and mice from infesting your home and nesting in your walls.

To resolve this problem, you will need to contact a plumber to deal with the sewer damage and a pest control professional to handle the infestation.

Trenchless Sewer Repair Services in South Hills

If you have noticed any of these signs, contact the experts at 412 Plumbing for trenchless sewer repair. Rather than tear up your yard with heavy machinery and extensive digging, our trenchless sewer technology allows us to fix your damaged sewer line without disrupting your yard or daily life.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Signs You Need a New Water Heater http://www.412plumbing.com/blog/signs-you-need-a-new-water-heater/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 21:34:53 +0000 http://www.412plumbing.com/?p=296 The water heater is an important part of your everyday tasks. From washing dishes to taking a nice hot shower, you need your water heater to keep your day moving smoothly. Having your water heater break down can not only be inconvenient, but it can also be expensive to repair. To save on water and …

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The water heater is an important part of your everyday tasks. From washing dishes to taking a nice hot shower, you need your water heater to keep your day moving smoothly. Having your water heater break down can not only be inconvenient, but it can also be expensive to repair. To save on water and energy, it is essential to replace your older model water heater before a major breakdown can occur.

412 Plumbing is your number one source for water heaters in South Hills. Our expert team has put together a list of common signs it may be time to replace your water heater:

Rusty Water

If you’ve noticed that your hot water has a rusty color, it may indicate that your water heater is rusting on the inside. As the rust continues, your water heater will begin to leak, causing even more issues.

One way to check if your water heater is rusty, fill three or four gallon buckets or other containers some with hot water, some with cold water. If you see that only the hot water is rusty, you likely need a new water heater.

Lack of Hot Water

When you shower, is the water turning cold before you get done? This is another common sign that you need a new water heater. In most cases, this is caused by sediment building up in the tank, which takes up space and separates the water from the heat sources.

Older Water Heater

Check the age of your water heater by checking on the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. This sticker is located near the top of the water heater. If it is more than ten years old, it is time to consider a replacement.

Leaks

When metal is heated, it expands, which can lead to slight fractures in your tank where water can leak from. Leaks from your water heater can cause costly damage to your utility room or basement. Your water heater’s inner tank will stop leaking after the metal cools down and shrinks, sealing the leak.

Noise and Rumbling

As your water heater gets older, sediment accumulates in the bottom of the tank. The sediment is heated and reheated when the water tank is used, causing it to harden. This hardened sediment wastes energy and uses up much of the water heater’s capacity.

This sediment can also cause rumbling and other noises and can also cause you to run out of hot water faster. If you hear any banging or rumbling sounds, be sure to also check for leaks.

24/7 Water Heater Repair Services in Pittsburgh

When searching for a “plumber near me,” be sure to choose 412 Plumbing. With a wide range of services and extensive experience in repairing and replacing water heaters, South Hills homeowners can count on 412 Plumbing to get the job done.

With our 24-hour emergency water heater services, we can repair or replace your water quickly and efficiently to get your hot water back and keep your home running smoothly. Contact us today to learn more!

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