Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for July, 2014

Indications of Problems with Your Water Line

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Under your home, doing its work unseen, lies the vital water line that brings fresh, clean water from the city’s supply to your home’s faucets and appliances: showers, bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, toilets, washing machines, laundry machines. Without the water line performing its job, most daily household task would be impossible.

Because you can’t see your water line, it’s easy to imagine that it will continue to work forever without any trouble. But a water line can age, corrode, and suffer damages, leading to problems in your plumbing and eventually a complete loss of water. Before this can happen, call for professional plumbing repair in Las Vegas, NV from a skilled an experienced company like Butter Plumbing. We’ve served the Las Vegas valley for 15 years, and Las Vegas itself for more than 25 years.

Here Are Warning Signs to Call for Water Line Repair/Replacement

  • Reduction in water pressure: One of the first indications of a leaking or blocked water line (root infestation is a common reason for blockages) is a drop in water pressure from the taps. Water pressure loss can stem from a number of causes, such as issues with the water company, but if it lasts any longer than an hour, you need to have plumbers investigate if the trouble comes from your water line. Whatever the issue, the plumbers will locate the cause and fix it.
  • Water leaking upon onto the yard: If a water line suffers from a large break or leak, the water inside will rise to the surface of your yard or lawn. In some extreme cases it might start to geyser up through sidewalk stones. Should you see water pools forming where you know they shouldn’t, call plumbers immediately. Although it’s possible for this to come from the municipal system, you don’t want to take the risk: a breached water line is an emergency repair or replacement job.
  • Water discoloration: When water begins to flow out of taps throughout your house with a reddish-brown discoloration (or if you notice the clothes in your washing machine coming out with a similar tint) then you could have either a broken line that is allowing in soil and dirt, or a heavily corroded water line pipe. Contact professional plumbers right away to look into the source of the contamination.

Water line repairs and replacements are major projects that require the best plumbers you can find. You need a contractor with experience and who can deliver speedy service to make sure that your daily water supply keeps flowing through the pipes each time you turn a tap.

Call Butter Plumbing for all your needs for plumbing repair in Las Vegas, NV. We have 24-hour emergency service when the work can’t wait.

Some Common Bathroom Plumbing Repairs You May Need

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

When plumbing problems start in your bathroom, you need to have them repaired—fast. An overflowing toilet or a clogged shower drain isn’t something that can afford to wait for a more convenient time. Unless the problem is something that you can solve using a standard plunger, you need to have professionals skilled in plumbing repairs to take care of the issue.

At Butter Plumbing, we are ready to assist you any time of the day or night with our skilled plumbers. We have 24-hour emergency plumbing repairs in Las Vegas, and offer a wide range of plumbing services.

Here Are Some of the Common Bathroom Plumbing Repairs That You May Need

  • Unclogging drains: Sink and shower drains in the bathroom often encounter clogs due to the amount of hair and soap scum that can accumulate in their p-traps (the curved section of the drainpipe directly underneath the drain). Do not attempt to fix these clogs using liquid drain cleaners; these chemicals are toxic and acidic and can harm both the pipe and you. Professional plumbers will use safe and effective methods, like motorized drain snakes and hydro-jetting equipment, to clean out the drain. Make sure to use a drain cover to help slow down debris entering the drain.
  • Fixing a leaking toilet: The sealing on a toilet can wear down over time. The gaskets connecting the bowl to the tank can come lose, or the wax ring that connects the base of the toilet to the floor can deteriorate. In the worst cases, the bowl itself may sustain cracks. When you see leaking occurring around the toilet, don’t try to ascertain the cause on your own: call for a plumber to look into it and determine what’s wrong, then fix it. Leaving a toilet leaking is potentially dangerous, since it will start to weaken the flooring underneath it.
  • Stopping leaking faucets: Leaky faucets can become major annoyances, but they are also significant wastes of water. A showerhead or sink faucet that leaks only two or three drops a minute can end up costing you $20–$30 a week in extra water. Plumbers will find a way to fix the faulty faucet and its gasket so the leaking stops and doesn’t return.

No matter the seriousness of the plumbing problem (and remember, it may be much more serious than it looks at first), you can rely on the many years of experience of the plumbers at Butter Plumbing to solve the issue. We’ve handled plumbing repairs in Las Vegas, NV and the greater Las Vegas Valley for more than 15 years now.

What Should I Look for in a Plumbing Service?

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

It is a snap to locate a plumbing service any time that you need installation or repairs: you only have to type the word “plumbers” into a search engine on a computer or say that word into your smart phone, and instantly you will receive a long list of local services that offer “plumbing.”

Of course, not all plumbing services are equal, and only a small percentage of those who will show up on search results are worth contacting. You will need to look deeper beyond the listing on the search results page to find out more about any service you are thinking of calling for plumbing repairs in Henderson, NV.

Here are a few things that our experienced team at Butter Plumbing thinks you should place on your list of priorities for a professional plumber:

  • Experience: The longer a plumbing service has been in business, the more time it has had to gain hands-on experience… the sort of training that goes beyond basic education. More than a decade of history in business also indicates a company that customers trust. It’s risky to put your trust in a company that only has a few years of experience, no matter how qualified its individual plumbers may be.
  • 24-hour emergency service: A plumbing company worth hiring knows that plumbing repairs do not occur on a convenient timetable. Pipes burst at 3 a.m., toilets start to overflow on Sunday morning. You can’t afford to wait for a company’s office hours to start at 9 a.m. on Monday in these cases, and you will need a plumber who is willing and able to dash out to your home and solve the problem at a moment’s notice.
  • Wide range of plumbing services: Here’s a good question you should ask about any plumbing service you may hire: “What else can they do for me?” A plumbing service that can handle more than just clogs and leaks is a company with dedication and a wide range of skills. Look for a plumbing contractor that also handles whole-house repiping, sump pump installation, gas lines, and other services that you might need some day.

Butter Plumbing has 15 years of service to the Las Vegas Valley, and we have an 88% customer retention rate: people keep coming back to us because they can trust the work we do, and they know that our skilled plumbers are ready to come to their aid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We take pride in the professionalism of our staff and the many services they can handle, and we are confident you will notice the difference when you call us for plumbing repair service in Henderson, NV.

How to Detect a Plumbing Leak Behind the Walls

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Plumbing leaks are easy to detect when they spring up in exposed pipes, like those under a sink. However, the majority of leaks occur in places out of sight, such as in floorboards, under concrete slabs, and behind the drywall of your walls. These leaks are harder to detect, and the leaking can do extensive damage to building material before you realize that the leak even exists.

Plumbers are skilled with leak detection and using special leak-detecting equipment to pinpoint leaks behind walls. When you suspect hidden pipe leaks, call for professional plumbing repair in Las Vegas from Butter Plumbing. We have more than 15 years of experience with plumbing work in the Las Vegas valley.

Signs That You Have a Leak Hidden in the Walls

  • Peeling wallpaper and wallpaper bulges: If you have wallpaper over your walls, you can sometimes catch signs of leaking when the wallpaper starts to show water damage. An early sign is peeling along the wallpaper. If the wallpaper starts to bulge, it could indicate water coming through the drywall. In either case, you need to contact plumbers to come in and perform professional leak detection.
  • Discoloration in the walls: As water builds up because of a leak, you may notice stains appearing on the walls, usually a yellow or off-white color. This usually indicates that that the damage from the leak has already gone far from the other side, so call for leak detection as soon as possible.
  • Mold or mildew: The increase in moisture from a leak will often trigger the growth of mold or mildew. Should you see either developing in spots along the walls, you need to call for plumbers right away to track down the source of the water.
  • Water bill increase: Watch for increases in your water bills which you can’t explain because of use. These costs spikes are often your best warning of a leak occurring somewhere out of sight. Even a small leak that allows out only a few drips a minute can waste 70 gallons of water in a month—enough to make a difference on your water bills.

Call for Expert Leak Detection

Leak detection is a specialized skill that uses advanced equipment such as pressure scanners, listening devices, and video pipe cameras. When you suspect a leak, let the trained professionals handle find it. Call Butter Plumbing for plumbing repair service in Las Vegas, NV that will locate the leak in your walls and pinpoint it so we can fix it with the least amount of disruption and damage to building material possible.

Leading the Way with Independence Days!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Butter Plumbing hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!