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It’s Not Always Worth it to Risk Using an Over- the-Counter Drain Cleaner

It might sound like a quick fix, but over–the-counter drain cleaners can sometimes cause more damage than help.  If your drains are experiencing clogging, here are some reasons why you should call a professional plumber instead:

Drain Cleaners Can Be Dangerous to Use
Most over -the-counter drain cleaners are harsh chemicals.  For instance, fumes from these drain cleaners (especially if used incorrectly) can sometimes be toxic and when using them in your home around your children and pets.  Fumes can cause issues with eyes, nose and lungs and also cause rashes.  Drain cleaning chemicals are meant to burn debris, hair, etc, so when using them in your home, you increase the risk that an issue may occur.

Possible Pipe Damage
When using over-the-counter drain cleaners on your home’s pipes, it can cause damage in some cases.  For instance, regular use can cause plastic pipes to soften and crumble.  In the long run, these drain cleaners can do more harm than good.

A Professional Plumber is the Best Solution for Drain Clogs
With drain cleaners doing damage to your home’s plumbing, possibly causing toxic fumes and being bad for the environment.  It just makes sense that when you have a clogged drain it’s better to contact a professional plumber.  Not only, will you avoid unnecessary risks, but a professional plumber will be able to unclog your pipes properly and fix the issue correctly.

As always, if you have any plumbing issues or a question about clogged drains or pipes, contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing services.

Important Things to Know About Your Water Heater

Just about every home has a water heater.  A water heater is an appliance responsible for heating water for your shower, bath and more.  Water heaters are usually reliable, so we might not be as familiar with this home appliance as we are with others.  Here are some important things to know about water heaters.

- There are two types of water heaters – tank and tankless.  Tank water heaters are the most common.  Tank water heaters heat up water in advance, so when you want to take a hot shower, the water is already heated and waiting to be used.  Tankless water heaters have no tank and heat up water on demand.  A Tankless water heater will generally use less energy than a tank water heater due to the fact that it only heats up water that you will use at the moment.

- Water heaters use a lot of energy.  25% of an average home’s energy bill can go toward the water heater.  It’s important when purchasing a new water heater to choose one that not only fits your needs, but is energy efficient.

- Water heaters are generally reliable.  On average, a tank water heater can last about 10 to 13 years.

- When it comes to tank water heaters, they can be heated by gas or electric.  This depends on your home’s configuration.

- While tank water heaters last a long time and are reliable, to extend the life of a water heater, have it maintained by a licensed plumber.

As always, if you have any plumbing issues or a question about your water heater, contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing service.

Protect Your Home – Inspect Your Plumbing Regularly

Your home or business property is a long term investment.  By inspecting your plumbing regularly, you can help to make sure it is efficient, as well as catch plumbing issues early on before they become costly headaches.  Here are some tips on inspecting your home or business property.

Leaky faucets are not only audibly annoying, but they are signs of potential problems. Check your sinks and other fixtures.  Make sure plumbing joints and drainage pipes are not cracked or corroding.

Have you noticed rust stains around or near pipes?  This can be caused by leaking water and are tell-tale signs of plumbing issues.

Does your water heater work properly?  Check water supply lines (both hot and cold).

Check your water bill each month.  If you notice jumps from one month to another or year on year, this might be a sign that an unknown leak has occurred.

Check your kitchen appliances, toilets and the shower/bath.  Look at walls, ceilings or floors where pipes run.  If there is warping, dampness or signs of water damage, this is a sign of a potentially serious issue.

Have you noticed rust in the water coming out of pipes? This is also a sign of corrosion.

By inspecting your plumbing on a regular basis, you can prevent catastrophes and increase the efficiency of your home or business’s plumbing.

As always, if you have any plumbing issues or a question about your residential or commercial plumbing, contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing services.

Symptoms of Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are not only an inconvenience, they can be dangerous.  Frozen pipes can cause lots of problems including the possibility of bursting.  So, here are some symptoms of pipes freezing.

Frozen pipes cause two main problems.  First, they don’t allow access to running water, but even worse than not having running water is the problem that a pipe can burst.  When a pipe freezes, the pipe can build up lots of pressure between the closed faucet and the blockage causing the pipe to burst.

Be aware that some pipes are more vulnerable than others to freezing
Some pipes are more vulnerable to others to freeze.  This includes piping in warmer climates.  Some areas of the country receive less freezing temperatures than others, so your piping might not have enough insulation to keep it from freezing.

Pipes on exterior walls along with piping in the basement and attics are also more vulnerable to indoor piping again due to insulation and bearing the brunt of the cold weather.

Here are a few signs that your pipes may be frozen:

First, the temperature needs to be 32 degrees or less (the freezing point of water). Secondly, a tell-tale sign that a pipe might be frozen is that it has frost on the pipe itself. Finally, if there is no water coming out of your pipe or the water is extremely cold and coming out of your pipe like slush, this is a sign that your pipe is frozen.

As always, if you are having issues with your piping or have any other type of plumbing problem contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing services.

Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter Season

Freezing temperatures not only make it inconvenient to drive and work outside, they also cause havoc on your plumbing.  If your pipes get cold enough, they will freeze  - possibly causing pipes to split and break due to expansion.  Here are some tips to prevent frozen pipes in both your home and business.

-Be aware that pipes that are either outside or installed in an exterior wall will usually be the first to freeze.  Shut off water to exterior pipes that you don’t need before the weather freezes.  If you have a garage, keep garage doors closed as much as possible so pipes don’t freeze as well.

-Let faucets that have a supply pipe running from outside drip slowly.  Water that is slowly moving will take longer to freeze.

-Leave your cabinets with pipes that are near exterior walls open.  Warm air from your home or business will help to insulate these pipes and help prevent them from freezing.

-Insulate walls that contain piping.  Some older homes or homes built in warmer temperatures may have codes that don’t protect your piping from freezing enough.

As always, if you are having issues with your piping or have any other type of plumbing problem contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing services.

Tips on Choosing a Water Heater

With many options available, it can be a tough task to choose a water heater that fits your needs.  Here are some tips to make it easier:

First Determine the Size of the Water Heater That Fits Your Needs

Water heaters come in a variety of sizes.  Buying the wrong size can mean it either doesn’t fit in the space required, is inefficient for your needs or doesn’t provide enough hot water for you and your family when needed.

When choosing the size of the water heater first look at the space where the heater will fit.  Then determine the amount of people that will use it and how often it will be used.  Finally, determine if the size of the water heater is energy efficient.

Choose between a Tank or Tankless Water Heater

For those interested in energy efficiency, you might want to consider the type of water heater you install.  There are two types: the standard tank water heater which keeps a set amount of water hot all the time so it is waiting for you when requested.  There are also tankless water heaters that will heat water up on demand.  Tankless water heaters are usually more energy efficient.  They also offer the benefit of fitting in tight or smaller spaces.

As always, if you are having issues with your water heater or would like a new one installed, contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing services.

Know Important Plumbing Vocabulary When Speaking With Your Plumber

When talking with your plumber, you might hear a term or two that sounds unfamiliar.  It’s a good idea to have some plumbing vocabulary to explain and understand common plumbing situations.

Backflow- Backflow is a pretty common term.  It means that contaminated water has seeped back into your water supply.

Potable – Potable is a word that means uncontaminated water that is safe for human consumption

Thermal Shock-   This is another common term that means water temperature has risen sharply.  For instance, water from a shower head that rises in temperature from cold to scalding hot in a few seconds.

Expansion Tank – An expansion tank holds any excess potable water.  Your home is a closed system which doesn’t allow contaminated water into your home.  An expansion tank is required in a closed system and acts as an overflow bladder safely containing any excess water.

T & P Valve – Also known as the Temperature and Pressure valve.   The T & P valve is a safety apparatus for your water heater.  It allows excess pressure to slowly regulate.  This valve makes sure too much pressure doesn’t build up and explode your water heater.

 As always, if you have any plumbing issues or a question about your residential or commercial plumbing, contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing services.

Common Plumbing Myths

The AAA AUGER Plumbing Services Team has pretty much seen it all.  We get asked quite a few questions when we are out and about and many people have asked about common plumbing myths.  While these myths sound plausible, most are incorrect.  Here are a few plumbing myths that we have recently heard:

Wet Wipes Can be Flushed Down the Toilet
There are a lot of calls for clogged and backed-up toilets and many of these toilets are clogged with wet wipes.  While there may be a brand or two that advertise they are flushable, we recommend to sticking to only flushing down the toilet easily degradable toilet paper.

When You Close Your Tap – Turn it As Tight As Possible
We notice that some people with a slight leak in their faucet will try to turn their tap closed as much as possible to stop the leak.  The truth is if you closed your tap relatively tight and the leak persists –it’s time to call a plumber.  Turning a tap too tightly can break the fixture and it will usually have no effect on the leak.

Do Ice Cubes Sharpen Your Garbage Disposal?
This myth is false.  You can actually harm your disposal’s blades or another part of the mechanism shoving down ice cubes. Always read the manual or if your appliance is not working properly –call your plumber.

As always, if you have any plumbing issues or require professional drain cleaning, contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing services.

t’s Easy to Make Your Home or Business Water Efficient

It’s good to do your part in conserving water. A great part of conserving water is reducing your water bills. Here are a couple of great tips to reduce your water usage:

Do you have old water fixtures in your home; you can be wasting lots of water. Look into buying new water saving fixtures such as sinks and shower-heads. For instance, you can reduce water usage by up to 50% by installing a modern shower-head.

It’s common sense, but if you notice any type of leak in your home, don’t wait till it becomes a problem to fix it. In addition, if you notice a ceiling is wet or an area of the floor is moist, this could also mean a leak has occurred.

You can also save water by installing a low-flow or dual flush toilet in your home or business. Today’s model toilets usually use about 1.6 GPF (gallons per flush). Older toilets (before 1995) can use 5 GPF. This is an easy way to save water throughout the year.

As always, if you have any plumbing issues or require professional leak detection, contact AAA AUGER Plumbing Services for fast, prompt plumbing services.

It’s Always a Good Time to Conserve Water

No matter what the season, it is always a good time to conserve water.  Not only will you be making a difference, but you might see a big drop on your water bills.

Leaky Toilets – Leaky toilets are responsible for a huge amount of water usage in your home.  In fact, for many homes, 40% of water usage derives from the toilet.  If you find your toilet is running water, don’t wait, get it fixed immediately.

Replace your old shower heads: Old shower heads don’t look too great, but worse than their looks, they could be wasting water.  Did you know that you can be saving potentially gallons per minute by installing a new shower head?

Stop those leaky faucets- Besides getting on your nerves; a leaky faucet does waste lots of water each and every hour of the day.  In fact, a leaky faucet can be responsible for up to 8 gallons of water usage per day - that is over 2900 gallons of wasted water each year.

As always, it’s a good idea to conserve water and save money in the process.  If you suspect a plumbing issue is causing wastage - give us at AAA AUGER Plumbing Services a call today for professional, prompt service.
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