Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for June, 2014

Modern Tools Used in Plumbing Repair

Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Few home tasks attract so much “do-it-yourself” attention as plumbing… and few are less suited to it. With the exception of clearing out a minor clog using a plunger, you should leave the plumbing repairs to licensed, trained plumbers. They will handle the job fast, right, and without causing any additional problems.

Butter Plumbing can handle all your needs for plumbing repair service in Las Vegas, NV. We will bring the best modern tools with us for the job. Below is a list of some of the equipment that we use, all of which require special training to operate.

Some of the Tools of the Modern Plumber

  • Pressure sensors: These devices are part of leak detection, and are especially useful for locating slab leaks (leaks that occur in a home’s foundation under concrete slabs). The sensors can pick up fluctuations in pressure due to heat in leaks. Using this equipment, plumbers can narrow down the location of leaks through building material, and this allows them to excavate with the minimum amount of damage possible.
  • Video pipe inspection equipment: The miniaturized cameras mounted on long, flexible fiber optic cables are important for drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer and water line repairs. With the power of the miniaturized camera sending back a feed to a video monitor, plumbers can discover the condition of the interior of pipes and find the most effective and efficient way to apply repairs.
  • Hydro-jetters: This equipment uses motors to put water under extreme pressure and heat, and then blast the water out through a hose nozzle to scour the inside of pipes. Combined with an array of special nozzles to target the spray, a hydro-jetter is one of the most effective ways of clearing blocked pipes and cleaning drainpipe interiors to eliminate layers of biological contaminants. Because of the danger of high-pressure water streams, only trained professionals should handle the task of hydro-jetting.
  • Motorized drain snakes: Hand-cranked drain snakes are easily available to consumers in hardware stores, but they aren’t anywhere near the power of the powered drains snakes that professionals use to clean drains and eliminate clogs. Motorized drain snakes drill down into the toughest clogs and either remove them or break them up—all without harming the pipes the way that store-bought chemicals will.

Not only shouldn’t you take on plumbing repairs on your own, you shouldn’t entrust it to amateurs either. Untrained “plumbers” will not have the equipment listed above or even know how to properly use them. Make sure that you call plumbers with experience, like the team at Butter Plumbing. We have served Las Vegas, NV with plumbing repair quality for over 15 years.

How to Never Be Surprised by Plumbing Repair

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Plumbing repair service can be a daunting prospect, especially when the causes of the problem aren’t entirely clear. You need to rely on an expert to deduce what’s creating the problem, and if you don’t know the expert in question, you’re putting an awful lot of trust into a comparative stranger. The good news is that you can take steps to prevent any unexpected developments and ensure that you get exactly what you plan for out of the experience.

Here’s how to never be surprised by plumbing repair in Henderson

In the first case, it’s probably a good idea to call a plumber as soon as you experience anything out of the ordinary. Small drips and little cogs may not seem like much, but they can herald big problems sometimes if they aren’t treated right. If you call a plumber right away, you lessen the chances of that other shoe dropping, and ensure that the problem won’t turn around and bite you further on down the line.

In addition, make sure you get an up-front estimate from any plumbing service your contact, and that they provide some kind of a warranty or guarantee of their work. That way, you won’t be caught off-guard by an unexpected surprises, and are signing off on exactly what you pay for before the plumber so much as turns off the water faucet. If something does turn up that you didn’t have in mind, you can discuss other options without feeling like you’re caught between a rock and a hard place, and when the repairs are completed, you have a guarantee that the work will hold for longer than it takes for the plumber to pack up his gear.

But the best way to never be surprised by plumbing repair is to choose a plumber with a record of professional and reliable service. The experts at Butter Plumbing handle all kinds of plumbing repair calls in Henderson, and we stand by our sterling record of reliability and quality. If you’re having trouble with your plumbing system, put your trust in us to get it fixed. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

How to Tell if You Need a New Water Heater Installed

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

A good water heater that receives regular maintenance and prompt attention to repairs can last from 15 to 20 years, which is an excellent return on an initial investment. Eventually, however, you will need to schedule new water heater installation in Las Vegas, NV when your old system starts to fail. There are a few signs to watch for from an old water heater that will tell you it’s time to retire it and call up a dependable plumbing company for installation of a new one.

Butter Plumbing specializes in water heater installation, repairs, and maintenance, and we have for 15 years. When you think that you’re ready for a new water heater, give us a call and talk to one of our water heater experts. We will help you select and size the new unit, and then take care of the installation work.

Signs of a Failing Water Heater

  • Water is no longer hot enough: When a water heater starts to wear down, it will lose its efficiency and have difficulty transferring heat from its power source (electricity, natural gas) to the water supply in the tank. If you have a water heater that is at or over its manufacturer’s estimated life expectancy and you find that the water temperature is only lukewarm, then you should consider a replacement.
  • Not enough hot water: The water tank of your heater doesn’t shrink over time, so when you find that you are running out of hot water sooner than you used to, it’s a sign that the water heater can no longer warm up its entire tank each time. Newer water heaters will usually recover their ability with targeted repairs, but older heaters should be replaced.
  • Discolored, rusty water: When rust enters a water heater, it usually means the system is at close to its end. When reddish-brown discoloration comes from the hot water taps, call for a plumber to look into it. Sometimes the issue is build-up sediment at the bottom of the tank, but if your plumber discovers that rust has started to infiltrate the system, you should have a new one installed.

Call for Water Heater Professionals

Make sure that you get the right new water heater to satisfy the needs of your family: only hire professionals for the installation job. Expert plumbers will ascertain how much hot water you use regularly and find a new system that will meet your needs without draining excess power.

For water heater installation in Las Vegas, NV that will meet and exceed your expectations, call Butter Plumbing today. We carry a variety of water heater options, including tankless and solar water heaters.

Why Is My Water Heater Producing No Hot Water?

Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

We depend on hot water coming from out taps and other supply lines an enormous amount on a daily basis: cooking, cleaning, bathing, and running appliances like the dishwasher and the laundry machine. For all of these tasks, your home’s water heater supplies the necessary hot water. Water heater are very durable devices that can last as long as 15 years (and sometimes more), but they can occasionally require repairs to keep them operating.

There’s no more clear signal that you need water heater repair service in Las Vegas, NV than when you lose your supply of hot water altogether. Call for technicians skilled with plumbing and water heaters right away to investigate and discover the cause for the loss. Butter Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency service when you need to have your hot water restored as quickly as possible. You can trust to our 15 years of experience serving the Las Vegas Valley with plumbing repair and maintenance.

Why You May Not Be Getting Hot Water from Your Water Heater

  • Loss of power: If you have an electric water heater, first check that it hasn’t tripped a circuit breaker, then see if it is connected to the power system. If you have a natural gas heater, the problem may come from the gas line: the municipal supply, blockage in the line, or a dirty burner. Don’t attempt to diagnose gas line problems yourself—it’s too dangerous. Contact professionals.
  • Thermostat problems: A water heater has its own thermostat to control the temperature of the water. For electric water heaters, a broken thermostat will mean that the heating elements will shut off and no heating will occur in the water heater.
  • The pilot light is out: For natural gas-powered water heaters, a pilot light is often responsible for igniting the burner. If the pilot fails, then the burner will not come on and the water in the tank won’t heat up. Have technicians examine the pilot to see how to fix it.
  • Faulty thermocouple: This is another gas-powered heater issue. The thermocouple monitors the pilot light to make sure that it remains lit. Should the pilot light go out, the thermocouple will automatically shut off the gas valve so that unburned combustion gas doesn’t flood the chamber and create a fire hazard. If the thermocouple develops faults, it might restrict gas flow when it shouldn’t and prevent the water from receiving heat.

The Worst Case Scenario

There is also the chance that your water heater is too old and can no longer function. If this is the case, your repair technician will inform you and help you begin the process of obtaining and installing a new unit.

Never hesitate when your hot water supply is at risk: call for water heater repair in Las Vegas, NV from the experts at Butter Plumbing.

Call a Plumber or Do It Yourself?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

We know that you want to find ways to save money around the house, and taking on more “do it yourself” tasks is one way to shave off a few dollars from your budget here and there. Sometimes, going DIY is a good idea… if you have the right tools and good guidelines. In other cases, DIY is inappropriate, ineffective, and potentially costly and dangerous. In these situations, you should instead call for licensed professionals to handle the work.

At Butter Plumbing, we’ve seen the results of many unfortunate amateur and DIY repairs gone wrong, so we have a good idea of when you should take on the work yourself with your plumbing, and when you should call for a trained and licensed plumber in Las Vegas, NV. We’ll look over some examples.

  • A basic drain clog: Food or solid waste has blocked up a sink, or else the sink is draining slowly. You have a sink plunger available that may clear it up. Verdict: Do it yourself! If you can.
  • A not-so-basic drain clog: Continuing from above, what if that clog won’t respond to the plunger. Don’t reach for a bottle of liquid drain cleaner! Those chemicals are potentially harmful to the pipes and to you. Verdict: Call a plumber! You’ll need a professional equipped with hydro-jetting equipment or a motorized drain snake.
  • Hidden leaks: You have figured out you have leaks somewhere behind one of your walls or in the ceiling. Perhaps you’ve noticed a spike in your water bills, or you have spotted discoloration on the walls. Whatever the reason, you know there is a leaking pipe somewhere. Verdict: Call a plumber! This work requires leak detection skills and special tools.
  • The garbage disposal won’t run: If your garbage disposal stops working, refrain from putting your hand inside of it to attempt to dislodge whatever may have caused it to jam. Hit the reset button on the bottom of the unit and try it once more. If it still won’t start… Verdict: Call a plumber! You don’t want to mess around with a garbage disposal on your own.
  • Leaking toilet: You notice water pooling around the base of one of the toilets; there’s a leak somewhere. Maybe if you can find it, you can seal it up. Verdict: Call a plumber! Toilet leaks can be very tricky to track down, and if the problem comes from a leaky base because of a bad wax ring, you’ll need to have plumbers remove the toilet from the floor and replace the ring.

So in almost all the cases above, it’s much safer, faster, and effective to call for a trained plumber in Las Vegas, NV to take on the repairs. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t solve it with a sink plunger, turn to a plumber instead.

For you convenience, Butter Plumbing has expert plumbers available 24 hours a day to answer your emergencies.