Signs You Might Be In Need Of Plumbing Repair Services

signs you might need plumbing repair servicesIt really isn’t all that rare for homeowners to ignore or even not notice leaks and other plumbing problems until they are knee-deep in water overflowing from their sinks and faucets or if they are trying their best to live with a clogged toilet. For the most part, small plumbing problems can be dealt with in a DIY manner but there are just some problems that you cannot (and should not) deal with on your own especially when it comes to your pipes. You might just make things worse and repairs could cost an arm and a leg at that point.

Below are some signs that you need to pick up that phone and call in the plumbing services to come and bail you out.

Signs to Never Ignore

You might be tempted to ignore these signs and just blame them on something or another but do not—you might just regret it.

  • Unusually high water bill – This may just be the easiest sign to spot. If consumption of water has not changed dramatically but the number on your water bill has increased by leaps and bounds then you know you have a problem. Save yourself some money in the long run by calling on a plumbing expert ASAP.
  • Wet spots on walls –If you are absolutely sure that nothing has been split yet you still find wet spots on your walls and floors, keep a close eye on the area. If after a couple of days the wet spots do not dry or just keep getting worse, call on your plumber because you have a hidden leak and you want that fixed before it becomes an even bigger and more expensive problem.
  • Musty odors – If you detect musty smells in your home, you could have water hiding in places where it shouldn’t. Musty smells indicate that you have a need for plumbing services, and fast because such occurrences can also affect your health due to the fact that dangerous types of molds can grow in the hidden areas with water and negatively affect your health.
  • Faulty water meter – For those homeowners who suspect they have a leak, what you can do to know for sure is to check your meter. Turn off all your appliances that use water and leave it that way for at least an hour. Then, you take a look at the water meter and if it is still running with all the appliances off, there is water going to places where it has no business going.
  • Mushy yard – If it hasn’t rained in weeks yet your yard is still soft and mushy, you may have a broken water line. You need to fix this ASAP since leaving it to just leak can bring extensive damage to the foundation of your home.

Professional plumbing services do not come cheap—that much is true. However, you will be saving more money and preventing more problems for yourself in the future if you reach out to them the moment you spot these signs and have them fixed.

 

Thanksgiving Day Preventative Plumbing Maintenance

THE DAY OF (AND AFTER) THANKSGIVING IS ONE OF THE TWO BIGGEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR PLUMBING PROBLEMS.

Overloaded garbage disposals and overused dishwashers during the holiday season cause break downs at crucial times. Now is the perfect time to do some preventative maintenance to help ease this holiday season stress, and un not when your home is full of guests.

The most common plumbing breakdown during the holidays is blamed on the garbage disposer. Consider having you kitchen drain line snaked approximately every two years as preventaive maintenance. If your food waste disposer is over 7 years old it might be beneficial to consider having it replaced. The money is saves in plugged up drains may be well worth it.

HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL HINTS TO KEEP YOUR HOLIDAYS HAPPY AND STRESS FREE

  • Hot water is needed for your dishwasher to clean and sanitize your dishes properly. In some cases it may take some time to get hot water to your dishwasher. Try turning your kitchen faucet on until hot water is flowing steadily, then your dishwasher is ready for optimal use.
  •  Turn on a medium to strong cold-water flow before you start your disposal. Continue running the cold water for approximately 15 seconds after grinding has ceases to flush the drain line and the disposer free from food particles.
  • Do not put liquid far down the drain.
  •  Never put large bones in the disposal and if possible throw all bones in the trash.

Following these helpful tips will help reduce you plumbing repair cost.

We will be open Thanksgiving Day to service you!

Met Plumbing, Your Local Katy Plumbing Company, Wishes you a safe & wonderful, stress free holiday season.

MET Plumbing Repair Tips

Katy Plumber | Water HeaterWater Heater Awareness:

It’s important to know the age of your water heater. The average warranty of a water heater is six years. In our experience we have seen water heaters last as long as fifteen years, but letting the heater get this old is a gamble and we do not recommend it. This is an appliance that you should not wait until it fails before replacing it.  A water heater going out can range from the inconvenience of not having hot water when you want it, to the tank leaking and causing devastating property damage. Most water heaters in our part of Texas (Katy, Houston) are located in the attic, so you can see how this could get out of control if a leak accrues. If your water heater is ten years or older we highly recommend having it inspected by a licensed professional plumber. To find out how old your water heater is you can find the name of the water heater (usually at the top of the unit) and the serial number (often located on a sticker about half way up on the heater).  Look up the manufacturers name online to get their 1-800 phone number. You can call the 1-800 number and give them the serial number and they will tell you how old your water heater is.

Here are a few helpful links for some common water heater manufactures:

Bradford White:http://www.bradfordwhite.com/

Rheem:http://www.rheem.com/

A.O. Smith: http://www.hotwater.com/

State: http://www.statewaterheaters.com/

Plumbing Seminars

mqdefaultOn Wednesday September 14thour plumbers went to a local Katy plumbing supply company for a water heater training seminar.  The Bradford White water heater reps from Houston were there to talk to all the Katy Plumbers about trouble shooting any and all possible problems we might come across with their water heaters. Keep in mind that it is possible for all water heaters to have unforeseen mechanical problems, fortunately Bradford White is an industry leading manufacturer; therefore the problems are few and far between. Bradford White manufactures the only American made water heater and has a long successful history dating back to 1881. Today Bradford White is one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating, space heating, combination heating and water storage products in the world. The seminar was very informative. All the Katy Plumbers were provided a bar-b-que dinner and it was fantastic! The other companies seemed to be enjoying this function as well. As your local Katy plumbing company we at MET Plumbing pride ourselves by staying informed on current information pertaining to the products that we install and or service.

Helpful tip when choosing the best water heater for your home.

An important factor in choosing a water heater, the 1st Hour Rating is an indicator of how much hot water a particular model can provide. The rating, in gallons of usable (desired temperature) hot water is reached by combining the amount of usable hot water stored in the tank plus how many gallons of usable hot water the water heater can generate in one hour of operation. For example, if a 40-gallon natural gas water heater will store 31 gallons of usable hot water and can deliver 41 gallons of usable hot water in the first hour, its 1st Hour Rating is 72 gallons.