Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for March, 2014

Common Kitchen Plumbing Repairs

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

More water runs in and out of your kitchen than any other place in the house, and the special nature of many of the fixtures in a kitchen, combined with the number of different things that can go down the drains, means that this room often requires special plumbing repairs. A few simple ones you can solve yourself. Most will need professional plumbers to fix them. Don’t go DIY unless you’re a trained plumber yourself with the right tools.

Butter Plumbing has 15 years serving Las Vegas, NV with plumbing repair that keeps kitchen sinks and taps healthy. Here are some of the common repairs for kitchens that we perform:

Garbage disposal repairs

Considering the amount of waste that goes down garbage disposals—including objects that should ­never go there, like chicken bones, unpopped popcorn kernels, grease, coffee grinds—it’s surprising they don’t need more repairs. If your garbage disposal stops working because of a stuck fly wheel, drainage issues, electrical problems, etc., you shouldn’t try fixing it yourself (especially not by sticking your hand down into the unit!). Call for plumbers to take care of it. Sometimes this will require replacing the garbage disposal altogether.

Unclogging sinks

No other drainpipes in your house can become clogged faster than the ones in your kitchen. Food and grease that go down the drains will start to create a thick organic lining along in inside of the drain pipe, and this will lead to reoccurring clogging problems. Sometimes you can use a plunger to fix this, but if that doesn’t work, call for plumbing repairs. (Avoid acidic drain cleaners at all costs.) Hydro-jetting, snaking the drain, or even detaching the pipes can remove the trouble.

Stopping leaking faucets

A leaking faucet in the bathroom is an annoyance. But the higher pressure faucets in kitchens can present serious trouble when the faucets start to leak. Leaking sink faucets will cause immense water waste, sometimes costing up to $20–$30 a week. Repairs usually involve tighten washers and replacing gaskets.

Amateur repair attempts in kitchens can lead to expanding the problem: springing additional leaks from trying to detach pipes is one of the most frequent errors that occur when homeowners attempt to handle a serious repair on their own. Don’t make this mistake: call for professionals at the first sign of trouble.

You can reach Butter Plumbing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency plumbing repair services in Las Vegas, NV.

Why Pipes Spring Leaks

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Leaks are both the easiest and the hardest plumbing repairs to spot. If your bathroom faucets spring a leak and start spraying water everywhere, you will notice it. If the pipes under your kitchen sink begin leaking water out onto the tile floor, you will notice it. If pinhole leaks affect pipes inside the walls of your living room, you probably will not notice it… until it begins to cause serious damage.

Pipes develop leaks different reasons, and understanding the ways that leakage starts will help you understand why leak detection and repairs are difficult tasks that require the work of trained plumbers. When you have leaking pipes or think you may have leaking pipes, call Butter Plumbing for fast, accurate plumbing repair service in Las Vegas, NV. For your peace of mind, we have 24-hour emergency service available.

The ways that pipes can develop leaks

  • Pitted corrosion: This U.S. EPA has identified pitted corrosion as a major threat to plumbing. No one is quite certain what causes this condition, but it afflicts usually corrosion-resistant copper pipes, weakening a pipe’s outer surface until it develops “pinhole leaks.” Although these sound harmless enough, they are difficult to detect, and given enough time will cause extensive damage to drywall, insulation, and other building material.
  • Poor plumbing installation/repairs: If amateurs installed your pipes, there is a good chance that poor connections and planning will lead to leaks developing eventually (if not immediately). The same holds true for amateur repair work, including any you might try on your own.
  • High water pressure: When the water pressure inside your plumbing spikes, it will start to cause leaking around connections and valves. There are a number of reasons for the pressure to rise, such as problems inside the hot water tank, but one of the most frequent causes is mineral build-up along the inside of the pipes from hard water. You can alleviate this with professional installation of a water softener.
  • Aging pipes: If you have an older home with galvanized steel pipes instead of copper or plastic ones, corrosion will eventually weaken them to the point that they will spring large leaks. Plumbers will need to replace the whole pipe when leaks occur. As a precaution, you should have whole-house repiping done to upgrade galvanized steel plumbing with more modern material.

Professional leak detection and leak repairs

To avoid making leaks worse, always call on experienced plumbers to handle the repairs. If high water bills or warping wood and wall material make you suspect that you have hidden leaks, call those same professionals to perform leak detection and pinpoint the trouble.

Butter Plumbing has brought quality plumbing repairs to Las Vegas for over 15 years. Make us your first call for leaking pipes.

3 Things to Know about Slab Leaks

Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Slab leaks. It’s a slightly intimidating-sounding name. And that’s appropriate, because if slab leaks in your home are not taken care of soon, they can cause extensive damage in your home that will lead to costly repairs.

No matter how intimidating slab leaks may sound, they are something that professional plumbers encounter and repair frequently. With the right training and the right equipment, they can handle the necessary work to protect your plumbing and your home from the damage slab leaks can cause.

When you suspect you have a slab leak or leaks in your home, call for professional plumbing services in Las Vegas, NV. Butter Plumbing is on-call 24-hours a day to help you.

What you need to know about slab leaks

  1. What they are: The term slab leak is plumber-speak for any pipe leak that occurs in a water line running under concrete floors. It does not designate the size of the leak, only its location. A slab leak can be pinhole-sized. However, even a small pinhole slab leak can wreck a large amount of destruction because of the pressure that will build up from the water, leading to cracking along the flooring material and slab shifting leading to even more breaks. Regardless of size, slab leaks need professional repairs done promptly.
  2. How they are detected: Although you can see and hear the evidence of slab leaks yourself (the sound of running water after you shut off the flow, cracking along concrete flooring, mildew growth on the floor, strange warm spots, and spikes in your water bill), it requires professional plumbers skilled in leak detection to pinpoint their exact location. Plumbers use sound detection devices to listen for the water leaks, and scanners that look for high pressure regions. Using these tools and their experience, plumbers can narrow down the precise spot to target for repairs.
  3. How they are repaired: You may worry that fixing a slab leak will require ripping up your floors until a room looks like the groundbreaking for a new skyscraper. But skilled plumbers will usually only need to create a small opening to fix a slab leak once they have pinpointed it. In some cases, they can use an in-pipe coating to fix the leak, which involves no invasive procedures at all.

Because slab leaks are found beneath hard floors, they are not problems you can hope to solve on your own. Call for professional leak detection and repairs from skilled plumbers. For a plumbing service in Las Vegas, NV that can quickly and efficiently take care of slab leaks, or any kind of plumbing problems, contact Butter Plumbing.

3 Factors to Consider When Installing a Kitchen Sink

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Is it time to replace your old kitchen sink? Maybe you’re remodeling and searching for a new, attractive design; or perhaps your old sink has started to leak and fall apart. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided you want a new sink installed in your kitchen.

Here are a few factors to consider when you’re ready to take the next step.

Call Butter Plumbing for the professional assistance you’ll need for this and any other plumbing installation service in Las Vegas.

  • First… You should never attempt to install a kitchen sink on your own. You can go on-line and find many guides explaining how can go “do-it-yourself” with this job, but the amount of time and money you will have to sink into this project will not make it worth it. Most problematic of all is the chance of making errors, such as improper plumbing connections, that will lead to leaking and cabinet and counter damage. A common error that occurs with amateur sink replacement is ineffective caulking, which causes leaking around the edge of the sink. Have a plumber with experience installing new fixtures handle the job.
  • Second… Install a garbage disposal if you didn’t have one on the former sink. Older kitchens often lacked garbage disposals, and if you have a new sink installed, you should take advantage of the opportunity and have a garbage disposal put in. Your installers can take care of some of the complex work this involves, which requires hooking the disposal to the wastewater system through a disposer pipe that goes into a tee on the main drainpipe, and also creating access to a power supply. The new disposal will cut down on food waste and also make life in the kitchen much more convenient.
  • Third… Have all the plumbing under the sink replaced. You might think that having the new sink attached to the old plumbing is a good way to save money, but if your former sink was aged enough to need replacement, the pipes are also old enough for replacement. The threads on the older parts have probably started to corrode and will not form a tight seal with the new fixtures. It will also be simpler—and therefore less expensive—for your plumber to install an entirely new drain assembly, one that won’t leak. Your plumber can take care of procuring all the necessary part so that the unit will fit together with no issues.

For fast and proper sink installation, call our trained plumbers at Butter Plumbing. We can handle all your needs for plumbing installation in Las Vegas, NV, no matter what room of the house.