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Is Your Home Plumbing Suffering From Hard Water?

Here in Texas, hard water is a pretty common occurrence. Many people go back and forth over the pros and cons of hard water for human health, but today we are going to go over how hard water affects your plumbing, and by extension, your day to day life. 

Bathing

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See That White Buildup? That’s What Hard Water Does To Your Fixtures!

One of the first thing that homeowners notice when it comes to hard water issues, is in themselves. Or rather, on themselves. Hard water has an effect on our skin and hair, and can cause excessive dryness. If your hair is suddenly feeling brittle, and you don’t feel like you’re actually clean after a shower, you may have a hard water problem. Another thing homeowners notice about hard water, is the scummy deposits it leaves on glass showers, chrome fixtures, and just about every other surface that the water touches. It can even clog your shower head over time!

Washing Clothes

Another thing you might notice, is that your clothes aren’t as clean as you would like them to be. Hard water negates many of the helpful properties of soap, which means all that expensive laundry detergent isn’t enough to get your clothes clean. 

Pipe Longevity

Last but not least, hard water can cause serious damage to your pipes. The mineral-laden water corrodes the insides of your pipes, and leaves mineral deposits that can clog and pressurize your pipes over time as well. This can lead to burst, broken, and failing plumbing systems.

 

If you’re tired of living with hard water problems, call our experts today at (817) 200-4465 and ask about water softening treatments!

Prevent Burst Pipes this Winter

As winter approaches, so do those cold temperatures that can freeze water and your pipes. When that water freezes, it expands, leaving your pipes at risk of damage, like bursting. Prevent burst pipes this winter with some basic tips.

Use Your Heater

Frozen Bursting Copper Water Pipe

Prevent Burst Pipes this Winter.

When you turn on the heat in your home, you’re not just staying comfortable in the cold; you’re warming your whole house. Let the warm air circulate around your pipes. Open cabinets and other places where there are water pipes so that the air from your heater can warm your water pipes. While it may not help all parts of your water system, it could help protect the pipes in your house.

Insulate Your Pipes

Sometimes, all your pipes need is a little insulation. For unprotected pipes that you can reach, there are foam and rubber sleeves for your water pipes. There is also heating tape. These may limit the cold contact with your pipes.

Run the Water

While you don’t want your water running all the time, letting it drip overnight can help prevent freezing. Be cautious; if the cold is extreme, that water could still freeze as it moves through your pipes.

Protect Outdoor Spigots

Your water faucets exposed to the outdoors are at risk of cracking, leaking, and even bursting. Stop the water to those faucets and replace them with freeze-proof spigots. Or, remove them altogether while it’s too cold to use them.

When you need to prevent burst pipes this winter, or burst pipe repair, or frozen pipe repair, call Pro Serve Plumbing at (817) 200-4465 today.

Signs of a Sewer Line Problem

Tree Roots Can Occasionally Penetrate Sewer Lines to Create an Obstruction and Leaks.

An issue with your sewer line presents one of the least pleasant problems a homeowner must face. Once a sewer line problem begins, it can quickly create major issues within a household. To avoid sewage in your home, you’ll want to call quickly for service. Pay attention to the following signs, and act quickly upon their appearance.

Unusual Yard Patches

Your sewer line most likely lies buried beneath your backyard. If the pipe begins to leak underground, you will first notice the effects in your lawn. Unusually verdant patches of grass or other greenery mean that the sewage has begun to act as fertilizer. Far from a pleasant outcome, this leak will eventually lure pests like rodents and insects.

Bad Smells

Most people could guess that a bad odor would represent an obvious sign of sewer line problems. Your sewer line should remain completely sealed and buried underground. This means that any odor of sewage in your home or yard indicates a problem. You either have a leak or, worse, sewage that has backed up your drains.

Slow Drains

All drains in your home will empty into the main sewer line. Therefore, if you experience widespread problems around the drains in your house, you can likely blame the sewer line. As a sewer line clog or obstruction worsens, sewage will collect and back up the pipe. Eventually, it will have nowhere to go except out your drains.

At Pro Serve Plumbers, we represent your ideal solution for a sewer line problem in Fort Worth, TX. To learn more about our services or schedule work, call us today at (817) 200-4465.

3 Symptoms of a Slab Leak

Puddle on WoodA slab leak, also known as a foundation leak, can be one of the most devastating plumbing problems a homeowner can suffer from. That’s why it’s important to stop the leak ASAP. At Pro Serve Plumbing, we offer slab leak detection to residents of Dallas / Fort Worth. We will diagnose the problem before it causes major damage to your home. As a homeowner, you should always be mindful of these symptoms of a slab leak.

Cracked Floors

The earliest sign of a slab leak, is a cracked floor. In fact, this symptom will present itself before any of the more obvious ones do. You may not see puddles on the floor yet, or notice any change in your water bill. That’s because the leak is still in its early stages. That’s good and bad for homeowners. While there is still time to prevent further damage, spotting these small cracks before they grow out of control can be difficult.

Low Water Pressure

If your shower head is dispelling “low-flow” water pressure, without explanation, a slab leak is the possible cause. The symptom would also apply to kitchen and bathroom sinks, as well as, sprinkler systems, and garden hoses. This particular defect can originate from a small puncture in the main water line. Make sure you contact a plumber today to diagnose the exact root of the problem.

Wet Floors

If your floor is wet for no apparent reason (i.e. no spills, or overflows) you have to be concerned about your foundation. In many cases, you will actually see puddles formulate on tile or hardwood floors. This is caused from pipes that are damaged within your home’s foundation. The most common places to find these puddles, are; bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Call (817) 200-4465 for slab leak detection in DFW.

4 Common Grinder Pump Problems

Grinder Pump ProblemsA grinder pump, also known as a sump pump, is an underground device that handles waste management coming from toilets, bathtubs, and other areas of your home. If a problem arises, it is difficult to inspect on a DIY basis. If you suspect your grinder pump is damaged, contact Pro Serve Plumbing today. Meanwhile, check out theses common grinder pump problems:

Blockages

Perhaps the most common problem with a grinder pump is a blockage. Blockages can be caused by debris or dirt buildup by the waste management device. Buildup can cause the device to turn on when it’s not required, and even output sewage near your home or in your yard. Symptoms like this require immediate plumbing assistance.

Clots

A blockage is caused by a large accumulation of debris, but clots are actually caused by smaller, less noticeable items. While they won’t completely block your grinder pump, they will cause it to operate more slowly, and make strange sounds. If you can hear your grinder pump making unrecognizable noises, you should contact Pro Serve Plumbing immediately.

Lifespan

Grinder pumps are expected to last around 10 years, so anything that is over that age is subject to complications. Various factors play a role in extending or shortening the life of a sump pump. Consider the power source, the amount of usage, maintenance, etc. If you are the owner of a pump that is older than 10 years, consider having it inspected to determine if replacement is necessary.

Power

If your pump turns on and off intermittently, it is a tell tale sign of a damaged sump pump. Sometimes the problem is only minor, like a wrongly adjusted float switch, but many times it is more serious, and can burn your motor out for good. Call (817) 200-4465 for common grinder pump problems.

How To Save Water At Home

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Making Small Changes At Home Can Save A Lot Of Water!

Are you looking to save water at home? With the summer heat hanging heavily across Dallas, more and more people are making their way to pools and lakes to stay cool. The summer is also a time where having some extra disposable income in a great perk, and you may be able to find some by saving  water at home! Below, we will discuss several ways you can save water, and by extension, money on your next water bill.

Dishwashers

Many people don’t realize this, but your dishwasher can actually save water! By using the dishwasher when it is full, you can count on it to use less water per dish than you can, as well as make your dishes cleaner.

Showers vs. Baths

By taking short showers instead of baths , you can save yourself a surprising amount of water. However, if you are the kind of person that takes 30 minute or longer showers, and you refuse to shorten them, it might be less wasteful to take a bath instead.

Aerators

By adding faucet aerators to your taps, you can reduce the amount of water you consume with every use. Aerators reduce the output of water without reducing the water pressure!

Drinking Water

By setting aside a pitcher full of water in your fridge, rather than using the faucet every time you go to get a drink, you can waste less water by using your faucet less!

If you are interested in learning more plumbing tips for saving water, or if you are in need of plumbing services and repairs in Dallas, TX, give us a call at 817-244-0614!

 

How To Minimize Water Damage In A Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies are never convenient, and sometimes, they happen faster than you can prepare for. Serious leaks can cause all sorts of problems in you house, and they are particularly notorious for leaving you with irreversible water damages. If you’ve been caught off guard by a plumbing emergency such as an extreme leak, there are things you can do to minimize the damage while you wait for an emergency plumber to arrive!

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Plumbing emergencies come in many different forms! Make Sure You’re Prepared!

Shut Off The Water

The first step in any plumbing problem is to turn off the water supply to the problem. Leaks or issues with items such as your toilets, sinks, and appliances can usually be addressed with individual valves for those items. However, if you have a burst pipe, or an area of your house is rapidly flooding, it is best to turn off the water supply to the house. This valve can usually be found outside the front of your home!

Temporary Fixes

This next part applies specifically to leaks and broken pipes. Once you have turned off the water supply to the pipe in question, you have a few options for sealing it. Epoxy compounds, which can be found at your local hardware store, are a popular option for cast iron pipes. However, this is only a temporary fix. It should be enough to turn your water back on until you can have the damaged pipe replaced. Pipe wraps are also another temporary fix, but best suited for small leaks and cracks, when placed properly. Repair sleeves are best suited for joint and pinhole leaks, and you can find these at hardware stores as well.

When you need help with a plumbing emergency in Dallas, TX, call us at ​(817) 200-4465!

 

What Causes Water to Come-Up in the Kitchen Sink?

Contact Pro Serve Plumbing today for assistance with any sink issue

Did you know that sink drains are the highest drains in a building’s plumbing system? Because of this, when water is backing up into them, and not flowing into the tub or toilet, then the problem is generally linked to the sink. If your water is backing up into the bathtub, or you toilet is overflowing, then there is a good chance the problem is because of a main plumbing component. This could include the following: 

 

Clogged Drain Line

The sinks and related components in a building usually drain into a master drain line. This drain line typically connects to a septic system or to the sewer line. All of the sludge, dirt, hair, grease and such that has accrued goes down the drains and ends up in this line. When the accumulated junk washes into the drain line and builds up it will coat the inside of the pipe and restrict the water flow. If the restriction gets bad enough, then the water will back up into the fixtures in the building.

 

Dishwasher

Since kitchen sink drains typically have water flowing into the sink from the dishwasher, the water drain lines beyond the dishwasher discharge are sometimes clogged with buildup. Pipes will often times buildup residue on the inside from grease, food and hair. This makes it hard for water to flow as easily through the pipe. Because dishwashers put out a hefty amount of water in a small time frame, the pipes may not be able to handle the volume after a while.

Clogged Vent Pipe

All plumbing fixtures require ventilation. This allows the system the airflow needed to keep the plumbing lines flowing with ease. Often times bugs, birds, squirrels and chipmunks will build nests in the vent where it comes through the roof. A vent pipe that is clogged or partially blocked will leads a sink draining sluggishly if draining at all.

 

Clogged Trap

Traps serve as a means of keeping sewer gas out of the building. The water contained in these prevents any sewer gas from making its way through the sink drain. Bathroom and tub sink traps are particularly prone to hair buildups. Hair cloggage restricts the flow of water. When soap washes down it coats the hair and only attracts more hair and dirt. After enough buildup, the trap no longer allows enough water to flow out of the sink, and starts to flow back up into the sink.

By maintaining your drains, you can prevent flooding in your sink. If you are in need of plumbing services call Pro Serve Plumbing today at  (817) 200-4465 for your plumbing needs in Fort Worth, TX!

Do You Have a Pipe Leak?

Cracked Ceiling from Water Leak

Cracks in walls or ceilings can be caused by pipe leaks

Knowing you have a plumbing leak in your home can be difficult to spot, especially since most of your plumbing is built in the walls or underneath floors. There are signs of pipe leaks, you just have to know what to look for. Some are more noticeable than others. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you think you might be dealing with a plumbing leak in your home:

Check Your Water Bill – Has your monthly cost gone up significantly? Keep track of your month to month expenses to pinpoint any sudden changes in your bill amounts. A sudden increase could by caused by a leaking pipe, wasting water and causing your bill to skyrocket.

Cracks in the Floor or Walls – Pipes underneath the floor that begin leaking can cause the foundation to shift, this can lead to cracks in the floor and ceiling as the foundation becomes less stable. If you notice any cracks, contact your local plumbers immediately to address the situation.

Water Stains  – When a pipe in your ceiling or wall beings to leak, water stains will begin to form. This is one of the most noticeable signs of water leak. Since it’s so easy to spot, repairs can be made fast to prevent any of the other signals mentioned above from happening at all.

Once you notice a water leak in your home, you will want to contact a plumber as soon as possible to get repairs under way. Ignoring tell-tale signs of a leak will only cause the amount of damage, and the cost to fix, to continue to rise. Avoid expensive repairs to your home and call Pro Serve Plumbing at (817) 200-4465 for plumbing repairs in Fort Worth, TX.

How to Prevent Drain Clogs

stainless steel clear drainNobody likes dealing with drain clogs, but sooner or later every home or business owner will have to deal with this plumbing issue. Regular use of your shower, bath, sinks, and toilets can eventually lead to less than perfect plumbing. You can prevent any major plumbing snafus though with the helpful hints below!

When in Doubt Throw it Out.

This is applicable for both your toilet and your garbage disposal. Many people make the mistake of thinking that anything can be flushed down the toilet or put down the garbage disposal. In reality, there is a fairly limited list of things that can be put down the disposal or toilet. In the case of your toilet, you should restrict it to just human waste and toilet paper. Feminine hygiene products, hair, and other things should be thrown out in the trash. As for your garbage disposal, you should avoid overly hard items like fruit pits, bones, and starchy foods.

Bathe Pets Outside- Or Take Precautions.

Hair and fur are the number one cause of clogs in shower and bath drains. While your pet may get smelly and dirty, your best bet is to wash him/her outside in warm weather. If Fido needs a bath, and it’s cold outside you should place a washcloth over the drain during their bath and throw the fur away after. What about human hair? You can purchase a mesh drain cover which can be installed either inside the drain or outside of it. You should also brush your hair immediately before your shower or bath, this can remove loose hair before you get it goes down the drain.

Clogged drains happen. If you need a clog fixed call the expert plumbers at Pro-Serve Plumbing at (817) 200-4465.