Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for May, 2014

Stages Involved in Leaky Pipe Repair

Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Leaking in pipes is one of the most common plumbing repairs that professionals handle, on the same level as unclogging drains. Fixing leaks is a deceptively difficult job, one that homeowners often assume they can handle on their own with a wrench and some foil tape. However, not only is it risky to attempt amateur repairs because it could make the leak worse, but even finding the leak in the first place can require special training and equipment.

We’ll show you what goes into leaking pipe repair with professional plumbers on the job. Call Butter Plumbing for a Henderson, NV plumber who will quickly and effectively find and fix the leaks in your pipes.

Stages of professional leak repair

  • Leak detection: This is the most difficult part of the process if the leak is one of the many that occurs out of sight and which you only guess at because of discolored walls, high humidity, signs of water damage, or elevated water bills. Plumbers use high-tech leak detection equipment, such as listening devices and pressure sensors, to zero in on the location of the leaking pipe behind walls or stone slabs. In some cases, they will use video pipe inspection equipment. Using these tools, they narrow the search down the point where they will need to disturb as little building material as possible to reach the pipe.
  • Accessing the pipe: Sometimes reaching the pipe is easy and only involves removing a few boards. Others will require digging through drywall in the walls or ceiling. But plumbers will always limit the amount of damage done to the smallest area so they can get the repair done fast and leave as little trace of the job behind.
  • Fixing the leak itself: Once the plumbers reach the leaking pipe, they have several options depending on the severity of the problem. Leak sealing using epoxy works for smaller problems, but in other cases the whole pipe will need to be removed and replaced.

After the leak itself has been remedied, the plumber will do whatever restoration work is necessary to make your house look the way it did before: filling in drywall, replacing floorboards, etc. Thanks to precision leak detection equipment, plumbers will rarely have large areas they need to restore after the job is done.

We use the best equipment to handle the job; the Henderson, NV plumber who comes to your house will make sure that the work is done fast and right so you won’t be left with the potential for water damage and water waste.

At Butter Plumbing, we have over 15 years bringing excellent pipe repair and leak detection service to the Las Vegas Valley. Call us today to set up an appointment. 

How Professional Plumbers Detect Leaks

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Leaking pipes sound like they should be easy to find, but unless you have a breach in a visible pipe like the p-trap under a sink, leaking in plumbing can be almost impossible to find. Impossible, that is, for anyone who is not a professional plumber with the right equipment.

Leak detection is one of the most important jobs that trained and licensed plumbers perform. This skill is not only necessary to find leaks, but also identify the best way to access them and take care of the repair work with the least amount of disruption to building material. Bringing in plumbers with state-of-the-art technology and the training to use it is the best way to avoid repairs that tear up floorboards, walls, and ceilings. For the quality plumbing services in Las Vegas, NV that will take care of pipe leaks fast and effectively, contact Butter Plumbing.

How Leak Detection Is Done

When you notice spikes in water bills, an increase in humidity in your home, or discolored spots on the walls and ceilings, you probably have leaks hidden in the pipes. Finding out exactly where the leaks are occurring to allow for the least amount of excavation to reach them takes devices and skill that eliminate guesswork. You don’t want a plumber who has to guess where there are leaks happening.

Plumbers will start out with a visual inspection to narrow the search area, looking for damp spots, mildew growth, and warped floorboards. After that, listening equipment does the majority of the work. Advanced listening devices can catch the smallest dripping sounds through thick layers of wood and concrete. An even higher-tech option is to use infrared sensors that can locate spots of excess moisture. For especially difficult leaking issues, plumbers will use video pipe inspection equipment, which sends a miniaturized camera on a long fiber-optic cable down a drain and gives the plumber a view of the pipe interior on a monitor.

The combination of sound, infrared, and video equipment will take away any need for the plumber to make a guess about the location of leaks. With the information available, the plumber can target the leak and know the best way to deal with it, making the repair process both effective and fast, and with as little additional damage as possible done to the walls or floors.

When you need help with your plumbing in Las Vegas, NV because of leaks, make sure you have a plumber with the experience and equipment to eliminate the potential for costly mistakes. Butter Plumbing has worked in the Las Vegas Valley for more than 15 years delivering quality plumbing work that keeps our customers coming back to us. Don’t let leaky pipes threaten your plumbing: call us for excellent leak detection and repairs.

How Video Cameras Improve Plumbing Services

Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Before the modern age of miniaturization technology, basic plumbing repairs could involve a large amount of guesswork and intrusive procedures that ripped into drywall, wood floors, and cabinetry in order to reach damaged pipes. Clearing clogs took extra time as plumbers tried different tactics on the unseen plug in the pipes until one worked. All this meant extra time, labor, and money expended to solve problems that often only required small, targeted fixes.

However, the development of miniaturized video pipe inspection equipment has put those days in the past. A skilled and trained plumber can use video cameras to narrow down repairs and find the right method of dealing with obstructions without resorting to making educated—and occasionally incorrect—guesses.

When you need professional work done on your plumbing, place a call to an experienced plumbing company with the tools necessary to do the best job. For 15 years, Butter Plumbing has helped keep residents in in Henderson, NV and of the Las Vegas Valley happy with their plumbing. You can reach us any time of the day or night when you need emergency service.

The Importance of Video Camera Inspections

Video camera inspection equipment consists of a miniature digital camera and a small but powerful LED light mounted on the end of a long, flexible fiber-optic cable. A plumber sends the camera and light down into a drainpipe or other access point, and then watches a monitor that displays the feed from the camera. This allows the plumber to see the inside of the pipes clearly.

The clarity of the image from a video camera gives a plumber knowledge normally unavailable about the nature of clogs and pipe breaks. It also permits the plumber to pinpoint the exact location of leaking. Narrowing down the spot of leaks means that repairs will only have to remove a small amount of building material (if any) to reach the leaking spot and seal it. The plumber will know ahead of time the size and type of leak and how best to close it up.

The outcome of using video pipe inspection equipment is that plumbers can do their jobs without causing unnecessary damage to your home or creating wasteful time delays trying to find out how to approach the problem. You will not only have better plumbing repairs, you will save money on those repairs.

Do the best for your plumbing in Henderson, NV: call up the experienced plumbers at Butter Plumbing today. Whether you have clogs, leaks, or any other troubles with your pipes, you can rely on our video inspection tools to fix it fast and right the first time.

What are the Benefits of Hydro-jetting?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

When it comes to cleaning your drains, the last thing you want to do is grab a store-bought bottle of chemicals and pour it down the drainpipe. These so-called “drain cleaners” contain acidic mixtures that can damage the interior of pipes. They also leave behind toxic residue and fumes. Let these bottles stay on the grocery store shelves and instead call a professional plumber in Las Vegas, NV to handle cleansing your drains.

Although there are a number of ways that a skilled plumber can clean drains, one of the best methods is through hydro-jetting. This motorized drain cleaning technology blasts a stream of hot water at high pressure (around 7000 pounds per square inch) through a nozzle at the end of a line that snakes down into a drain. The water jets scald the interior of the drainpipe, breaking through the thickest clogs and removing all types of debris and build-up.

Because of the potential for injury from a high-pressure spray, hydro-jetting requires the work of a trained professional. Contact Butter Plumbing to ask about our services for drain cleaning. We will find the best way to clean out your drains and send a plumber who can take care of the job.

How hydro-jetting benefits your plumbing

  • Removes almost any clog: The intense force of the water from a hydro-jetter is enough to break apart the most adamant blockage. It can remove obstructions that even motorized drains snakes will have problems with.
  • Safe for your pipes: Unlike chemical cleaners—or even some mechanical devices like powered drain snakes—a hydro-jetter will not damage the inside of your pipes.
  • Comprehensive: Where cleaning methods like drain snakes will only take care of large clogs, a hydro-jetter cleans out the whole drainpipe, blasting away deposits along the walls. Different types of nozzle attachments allow a plumber to reach every part of the drainpipe to make sure that no spot escapes the jet’s cleansing power.
  • Long-lasting: Hydro-jetting will help prevent future problems in your drains. The high-pressure scalding action of the water makes it more difficult for debris to begin to accumulate again.

You should consider scheduling hydro-jetting for your drains at least once a year. This will reduce the number of clogs you encounter and lower the water pressure inside your pipes, resulting in a more efficient plumbing system.

Butter Plumbing has over 25 years of experience cleaning and repairing drains. Call us today and speak to a Las Vegas, NV plumber to schedule your drain cleaning appointment.