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Why Sewer Line Camera Inspections are So Important
Whenever we get a call about backed up sewer lines we reach for one piece of equipment above all others: our fiber-optic digital inspection camera. This is because going to a plumber is a lot like going to a physician. Plumbers who try to fix problems without diagnosing them cause more problems in the long run.
The camera is attached to the end of a long cable which we can run down your pipes. This is a non-invasive procedure; we run it through the sewer overflow pipe just outside your home. All we need do is unscrew the cap and lower the line inside. You don’t have to worry that we’ll be running heavy duty equipment down your toilets, for example.

You may have even seen the overflow pipe for yourself: it’s a wide PVC pipe with a cap on it that juts out of the earth, usually on the side of the house. When you’re in the middle of a sewer emergency you can even open it up while you’re waiting for us so the mess doesn’t flow into your house.
Once the camera is in place we can exactly what is clogging the line and where it is being clogged. We typically run the camera all the way to the street before we leave a house.

Some plumbers don’t bother with cameras, and that’s a problem.
Another plumber might show up, place a cutter on the line, snake it, and leave. Sometimes you’ll get lucky when he does this. But often, you’ll experience temporary relief, only to have another emergency 30 days later.

Here’s why…cutters can punch a hole through a clog that’s doomed to return. If you’ve got tree roots in your sewer lines they’re just going to come right back. No plumber can know precisely what the problem is if they don’t run the camera to see. In addition, no plumber can be sure he’s taken care of all the problems in your lines if he can’t see for himself.

In addition, by failing to bring a camera these plumbers miss the opportunity to pinpoint other trouble spots in your line. We feel like it’s important to make sure that we know exactly what’s happening before we leave your house so we can make a diagnosis on what needs to be done so you can enjoy trouble-free plumbing in the future.

Keeping you informed.
Furthermore, bringing the camera tells you that we aren’t joking when we tell you the sewer line is going to need a repair sooner rather than later. You’ll be able to see the roots for yourself. You’ll be able to see the way the water flowing through your pipes slows and stalls at this specific point in the line. It will all be right there on the screen for you to evaluate.

This will allow you to make informed decisions about your home. Do you pay for the quick fix that lets you use your faucets and toilets again, knowing you’ll have to do it all over again in 30 to 60 days?

Or do you bite the bullet and pay for the sewer line repair? This must be your decision. You’re the only one who knows what your finances can tolerate. You’re also the only one who knows whether you can live with repeat plumbing problems. But it’s nice to know you’re not just taking our word for it when you take out your checkbook. It’s also nice to know the problem really will be fixed when you pay to have the work done.

Don’t work with plumbers who want you to take their word for it. Call On The Way to get the professionalism and transparency you deserve.


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6 Tips to Avoid a Costly Winter Plumbing Leak


Your home plumbing could pay a big price if your house isn’t prepared for winter. Learn how to save cash and keep pipes from freezing.
Plumbing problems seem to occur at the most inconvenient times — because the most inconvenient times are generally during seasons or events that put stress on your pipes. Seasonal shifts, whether related to festivities, winter temperatures or travel, have the power to push your plumbing to the brink. 
The following are our favorite tips from years of experience to help you prepare your plumbing for the cold-weather season, when anything can happen (and frequently does). 
1. Protect your plumbing pipes from freezing
When winter temperatures plummet, water can easily freeze inside, causing them to burst. If you are out of the house or unaware of a burst pipe, the results can be disastrous, including massive home floods and damage to your beloved furniture, rugs and home structure. 
To reduce the possibility of frozen pipes, wrap each of your un-insulated pipes in a blanket of foam. You can purchase foam tubes with a slit on the side at most hardware stores. Cut the tube to the length you need, pull it open and push it over and around your pipe. Use duct tape to secure if the foam does not have self-adhesive edges. 
2. Fix home plumbing leaks now
The best time to get leaks repaired is the present. Check all of the faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms and utility room for drips and puddles. If you have a leaky faucet, contact your trusted plumber immediately to get your pipes back in tip-top shape.
3. Drain your water heater
If you live in a location with hard water, sediment can build up in your tank, causing rust to develop inside. This rust can then find its way into your drinking, cooking and bathing water. If your hot water heater already is rusted or is too old, consider purchasing a new one before cold weather sets in.
4. Lose the outdoor hose to avoid frozen pipes
Until warm weather returns, your best home plumbing practice is to disconnect, wrap up and pack away your garden hose. Leaving a hose connected outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, freezing your faucets and connecting pipes as well. Just say no to hefty repair bills and yes to a hose and fixtures you can use next year. 

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Flushing Garbage Down the Toilet

Whether you find the practice of throwing away food via the toilet to be perfectly normal or perfectly disgusting, it seems that a lot of people do it. Some do it to minimize trash volume or to prevent lingering odors from the trash bin; others do it because they don’t have garbage disposers and don’t want to clog the kitchen drain; and some folks claim that it’s just something they’ve always done. Well as it turns out, there are some very good reasons not to flush food scraps. And if you’re looking for supporters of the practice, don’t waste your time with plumbers, wastewater experts or environmentalists.
Flushing Food Creates Clogs
If you’re familiar with home plumbing systems, you know that the kitchen drain and toilet drain both lead to the same place: the main drain that connects to the city’s sewer line or your own septic tank. So why is it ok to dispose of food in the kitchen drain and not the toilet? For one thing, food that successfully flows down the kitchen drain is in small pieces; it has to be to pass through the disposer or the drain strainer covering the sink hole. This means it’s less likely to create a clog somewhere in the drain line. Flushing large bits of food down the toilet risks a clog, either in the toilet itself or in the drain piping. By this argument, it’s ok to flush liquids or semi-liquid food down the toilet, but if that’s all you’re getting rid of, why not do it in the kitchen sink?
 
A Toilet is Not a Trash Can
Toilets are designed to remove human waste and toilet paper. Period. Solid waste readily breaks down in water; solid food does not. Neither does all the other stuff people tend to throw away in the toilet, like cleaning wipes, tissues, dental floss and cigarette butts. Municipal governments, like that of King County, Washington, go to great lengths to educate residents about the high costs and extreme stresses placed on wastewater treatment systems simply from people flushing the wrong stuff down the toilet. If you’re in the habit of throwing away food in the toilet, how careful are you about not flushing other things? And if you’ve taught your kids to do this, how careful are they being?
Flushing Food Wastes Water
A toilet uses anywhere from 1.6 to 5 gallons of water or more per flush. Now, would you ever drop something in the trash, go grab a large bucket, fill it with fresh water, then walk outside and dump it into the gutter? Of course not. But that’s no different from flushing unwanted food, which is perfectly appropriate for an open trash container (or composting).
In March if this year, GLOBE-Net reported on a study that found that 72 percent of Canadians polled admitted to flushing garbage down the toilet, with food among the items at the top of the list. When disposing of food like this, the only way not to waste so much water is to mix the food with stuff that has to be flushed. And if you’re doing that, trash definitely is not your biggest problem.
Source:  Philip Schmidt is a Networx – http://www.networx.com – writer. Get home & garden ideas like this – http://www.networx.com/article/a-case-for-not-throwing-food-in-the-toil – on Networx.com.

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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency BEFORE the Plumber Arrives
We know it’s hard to think straight in a plumbing emergency – but if you have a pipe burst or another sudden problem, the steps you take next can be important! Here’s a list of things you can do before the plumber arrives:
Shut Off Nearby Water Sources
If you’ve got water spraying out on the walls or floor, you need to look for a way to shut off water to your problem spot. Even if you don’t need to, shutting off the water can be an important step to prepare for the plumber.

Toilet shutoff levers are typically located on the base of the toilet, toward the back.
Sinks have turn-off valves for both hot and cold water, located under the sink.
Every house has a main water shutoff valve, but they can be in different places. Start looking for it by your water meter. If shutting off nearby pipes doesn’t help shut off water to your whole house.

Trap and Remove Spilled Water
The real danger of water isn’t things getting wet: It’s the potential for moisture to soak into materials and ruin them, creating problems with rot, mildew and more. So the moment you have the water turned off, it might be a good idea to throw down some towels and start soaking any pools of water up. If there’s still dripping water, use a bucket to make sure it doesn’t escape.
Make Space
While it is not a requirement, sometimes it is helpful to the plumber for you to clear any cupboards, floors or crawlspaces that plumbers will need access to. It helps to have a box or two to act as a temporary storage place for any supplies you need to move.
Remember, for any other questions about a particularly plumbing emergency and what to do, contact  Your Tucson Plumber – On the Way Plumbing at (520) 829-9842 to get the best advice!

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Summer Plumbing Tips
While summer tends to mark the emergence of many good things, it can also bring summer-specific plumbing problems. These issues can cause everything from minor nuisances to major problems that require a small fortune to repair.
The good news is that many of these summer plumbing problems can be avoided with the right habits and some preventative plumbing maintenance.
Let’s take a look at some of the summer plumbing issues that individuals tend to encounter.
Leaking Washing Machine Hoses – Your washing machine may get more of a workout during the summer, especially if you have children that are out of school. Spending days at the pool or the beach results in more laundry to wash, which can put additional stress on your washing machine. It is best to stay at home while the machine is running, so that if a problem arises you can stop the cycle immediately and call a professional if needed. You should also move the machine out from the wall a little to prevent the hose from kinking.
Tree Roots – Spring often leads trees to developing new roots, but it is summer when these roots spread everywhere they can. This includes old sewer and water lines.  Old PVC, clay and cast iron pipes are susceptible to damage from tree roots. Copper piping has some resistance due to copper’s toxicity to trees, but it can also be affected.  If tree roots have been a problem, then consider replacing lines with PEX or new copper piping rather than just clearing tree root blockages.  Given the tenacity of tree roots, a plumber should always be called when a resident suspects tree roots as the root of any plumbing problem.
Condensate Drain Backup – Another major summer plumbing problem resident tend to encounter is backup of air conditioner condensate drains. This may happen due to the blockage of lines with mold, dirt or other debris.  While this water can cause an incredible amount of damage, preventing the problem can be done by calling a plumber maintain the drain before the air conditioner is turned on for summer. This routine and preventative procedure can save headaches and money.
 Garbage Disposal Problems – With all the barbecues going on and guests running around your house, your garbage disposal will be getting a lot of use. Luckily, garbage disposal clogs are preventable. Avoid flushing rinds and coffee grounds down the unit, and grease and oil as well. If your garbage disposal does start to develop a clog, flush it with vinegar and boiling water. The tips on this website will help you maintain your garbage disposal throughout the summer.
 
We hope you enjoy your summer and avoid plumbing-related problems through the season. Homeowners in the Pittsburgh area in need of help clearing the sewer or fixing the garbage disposal or dealing with other plumbing-related problems listed in this blog can contact OTW Plumbing.   We’re ready for anything and we can get the job done.
When to Call OTW Plumbing:   If you have older plumbing, or you have not had your plumbing maintained on a yearly basis, then you should call OTW Plumbing to have your plumbing inspected, maintained, and repaired.
Potentially dangerous fixtures, such as garbage disposals, or plumbing requiring intense labor, such as sewer line replacement or tree root problems, are examples of when you should call a plumber. These situations should be handled by a professional plumber, like OTW Plumbing,  due to their innate dangers and potential problems when installed improperly.
Avoiding Summer Plumbing Problems:  The common thread of these summer plumbing problems is the fact that these problems can be avoided with the right care and maintenance. This can save you money, time and hassles.   We Can Do Any Job!  Anytime! No Matter How Big or Small!   Call OTW Plumbing Today – (520) 829-9842!
No matter what plumbing services you may need completed, our professional On The Way Plumbing (the number one Tucson Plumber) can help. From initial plumbing installation service to outstanding plumbing repair, pipe replacement, leak detection, and more – we do it all. Do not settle for anything less than exceptional service from your plumbing system and appliances. When you need a Tucson Plumber, On the Way Plumbing service, is here to complete the job with the skill and expertise that only a professional can offer. Contact us today to learn more about the extensive plumbing services we offer.

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Washing Machine Hookup Leaks - We Can Help
Washer box is recessed inside the wall for space convenience and come with hot and cold shut off valves and drain attachment. The existing valves failed and the customer had to shut off water to entire home to avoid damage. In order to replace the existing valves opening the drywall is necessary. We installed 1/4 turn valves that have proven to last much longer than your traditional gate valve. Gate valves were commonly used in residential homes in the 90’s and earlier. 
To guarantee a code-compliant and proper hookup of your laundry room appliances, a plumbing professional is your best bet.On The Way Plumbing’s experienced and professional team will make sure that your new appliances are installed correctly so you avoid the hassles associated with improperly connected appliances. We can also fix any problems your currently installed appliances may be experiencing.
Here are some of the services we offer to help with your laundry room:
Install laundry tub:  A laundry tub or utility sink is a very handy addition to any laundry area. Laundry tubs tied into washing machine sewer and drain lines allow for convenient drainage, pre-wash and other utility needs such as cleaning up paint supplies. 
Install laundry tub faucet:  On The Way Plumbing can repair any utility faucet assembly, as well as drains, hoses and valves. We can also replace old, low, difficult-to-operate faucets with extended, gooseneck, swing-nozzle or pull-out faucets, which open up the tub to a wider range of uses.  
Install laundry pump:  Laundry pumps, or drain pumps, are necessary when you need to drain waste water against gravity from laundry tray sinks, utility sinks or washing machines. Drain pumps are also useful for bar sinks and any other “grey water” basement drain application. 
Replace washing machine hose:  Is your washing machine hose cracked, spraying or dripping at the connector? Time to call On the Way Plumbing! We can replace and repair washing machine hoses in a jiffy.
Repair or replace washing machine valves:  We can replace or repair washing machine shut-off values, washer connection heads and outlet box assemblies, which can be a challenge to reach and remove. If you see any evidence of a leak around your washing machine, call OTW Plumbing right away. 
Give On the Way Plumbing a call today (520) 829-9842.
 
 

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Bursting Pipes!!! On The Way Plumbing Can Help!
High water pressure can cause pipes and plumbing fixtures to burst. This customer had 120 psi at his main service. Water pressure can fluctuate through out the day. In a matter of days there were leaks throughout the house, that caused substantial amount of damage. On The Way Plumbing installed a 1″ PRV at the main service to control the pressure between 55-75 psi. Anything above 75 psi is unnecessary and will cause leaks especially on older piping and fixtures.
Most homeowners require a PRV on their water system. If one is already installed and hasn’t been serviced in the last 5 years it’s possible that it is not working and may need service. A PRV is not only a preventative device it also helps with water waste and energy cost.
 

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The Sewer Line Replacement May Be YOUR Responsibility
This property had a roots growing into their sewer line. It was under the public street. Many people believe that it would be the cities responsibility
Unfortunately the homeowner is responsible for their sewer line up to the tap to the main sewer. This job involves a lot more than just digging up and repairing. The street had to be shut down and several permits are involved. The pipe was 6 feet deep and completely infested with roots, no sewer cable could clean this line. We removed up to 8 feet of clay pipe and replaced it with ABS pipe. Back filled and repaired asphalt up to the cities standards. This sewer line should be in good service for several more years.

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Most Common Tucson Summer Plumbing Problems

When we think of potential problems for homeowners here in Tucson Arizona this summer, plumbing issues may not readily come to mind.  However, the warmer months are a prime time for plumbing problems – kids are out of school, more water is used… just to name a couple of reasons.  How can homeowners protect their property from serious summer plumbing problems and what particular issues should they be careful to avoid? Here are five of the most common plumbing problems that arise during the summer.

Clogged Disposal: Are you having plenty of cookouts this summer? If so, you will need be careful of how you dispose of waste food. While produce may be organic, it is generally not good for your in-sink garbage disposal, particularly if you are getting rid of hard fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon or corn. These types of produce can damage the blades in your disposal unit or lead to stubborn clogs. Used cooking oils are also damaging to garbage disposal systems, so avoid pouring the dirty grease down the drain after grilling out. It is also a good idea to run cold water through your disposal for a few seconds before and after you use it to clear any remaining bits of food.
Sewer Line Backups: Certain areas of the country may be prone to summer rain showers or thunderstorms, especially as the air heats up in the afternoon. Excessive rain can get into sewer pipes through cracks and cause the sewer line to back up. You might also experience trouble if tree roots spread underground and crack the pipes. If you see any signs of sewer line trouble such as water from the toilet backing up into the bathtub drain, call a qualified plumber right away. He or she may recommend a sewer line replacement if the damage is extensive.
Washing Machine Maintenance: Your washing machine may get more of a workout during the summer, especially if you have children that are out of school. Spending days at the pool or the beach results in more laundry to wash, which can put additional stress on your washing machine. It is best to stay at home while the machine is running, so that if a problem arises you can stop the cycle immediately and call a professional if needed. You should also move the machine out from the wall a little to prevent the hose from kinking.
Clogged Toilet: Household toilets are also used more regularly in the summer, thanks to children using the bathroom during the day. Teach your kids to use a modest amount of toilet paper and to flush only after they actually use the bathroom. Common clogs are fairly simple to clear with a plunger, but if you need additional help, the best Tucson Plumber – OTW Plumbing!.
Sprinkler Issues: If you have sprinklers embedded in your lawn, be sure to inspect and clean the heads before the season begins. When you are mowing the lawn, be careful to do so when the sprinkler heads are lowered, in order to avoid damaging them.

 Contact On the Way Plumbing for ALL of your Seasonal Plumbing needs.  Call us today (520) 829-9842.
On the Way Plumbing has helped hundreds of homeowners in the Tucson, Arizona with their plumbing needs.  Plumbing emergencies are our specialty!
We also specialize in Sewer and Water Line Replacement!

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