Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for September, 2014

How Can I Reduce My Need for Plumbing Repair?

Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

If you have ever had to call a plumber for repairs, it’s probably an experience you don’t want to relive. Plumbing repairs take time away from your day and it may mean that unwanted leaks or clogs get in the way of your daily activities. Instead of waiting for your pipes to burst or become blocked, consider some of the following tips to keep your plumbing system in top shape and to reduce your need for plumbing repair.

  • Make Use of the Garbage Disposal: Major clogs are likely to occur in the kitchen because of the amount of food waste that travels down the drains. Protect your kitchen plumbing by making wise choices with your garbage disposal. Do not put any non-food items down the disposal and dispose of hard items, such as meat bones, and fibrous foods like celery in a separate trash receptacle. Break large food items into smaller pieces before they’re thrown in the disposal.
  • Avoid F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, and Grease): Another substance that should be disposed of in a separate trash container is any fats, oils, and grease used for cooking. These items seem mostly innocuous, but they can solidify inside the pipes, restricting wastewater from flowing down the drain.
  • Consider a Water Treatment System: The majority of homes in the U.S. have a common problem with their water supply known as “hard water.” While there are generally no health problems associated with hard water, this problem often means that too many minerals in the water allow deposits to build up along the insides of pipes, which may reduce pressure and require serious repair. Consider installing a water softener to keep this from damaging your pipes and fixtures.
  • Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance: Finally, scheduling regular maintenance with a professional helps prevent and locate leaks, clogs, buildup, and corrosion before these issues harm your pipes. During maintenance, a plumber cleans and inspects various components of your unit, and will let you know whether additional services are necessary.

When you do run into the need for plumbing repair service in Las Vegas, only put your trust in experienced plumbers who take pride in their work and ensure that your pipes are in top shape before they leave your home. For maintenance or repairs, call the professional technicians at Butter Plumbing today!

What Does a Gurgling Drain Mean?

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

When you hear strange noises coming from your drains, it’s usually a warning signal that something with your home’s drainage system has gone wrong. The causes can range from small problems to major ones, but in most cases you will need the assistance of a professional plumber to take care of it. Don’t try to figure out what’s wrong on your own: get on the phone and call for the experts at Butter Plumbing in Las Vegas, NV. Our plumbers are on call to assist you 24 hours a day—and gurgling drains are something that you have to have investigated immediately.

What a Gurgling Drain Could Mean

There are a number of reasons that gurgling, bubbling sounds might start coming from your drains. The most common reason is that you have a clog down in the drainpipe that hasn’t cause backflow yet. Clogs usually contain pockets of air, and this air is released up into the water sitting above it, bubbling through it to create the sound you hear. Try a sink plunger to see if this clears out the clog. If the sink plunger doesn’t solve the problem, do not use chemical drain cleaning agents to attempt to remove the suspected clog. These chemicals can seriously damage your pipes, and they leave toxic fumes behind. Call for a plumber instead.

Another cause of the gurgling drains is blocked drain vents. These vents are designed to remove a build-up of sewer gas from the drainpipes by directing the gas up through pipes to the roof. The vents can become blocked because of animal nests and debris tossed there by the weather, and if this occurs, it will force the sewer gas up through the drains and the water inside the p-trap (the U-shaped pipe under the sink), creating the gurgling sound as the gas is forced through the water. Stay away from the roof: let professional plumbers handle the problem.

The most serious reason for gurgling drains is problems down in the sewer line. A break or clog in the sewer line will trigger a sewage back-up into all the drains in your home. The first sign of the back-up will be sewer gas being pushed up through the p-traps (as with blocked vents). This is why you need to act immediately when you encounter gurgling drains: you cannot overlook the possibility that the sewer line is blocked, because it can lead to costly drain and sewer repairs.

Butter Plumbing provides extensive plumbing services in Las Vegas and throughout the Las Vegas Valley. No matter what is causing your drains to make strange sounds, you can trust to our experienced plumbers to get to the root of the problem at fix it. Whether you live in Vegas or in the neighboring town of Henderson, Los Prados, or Paradise, NV, we’re at your service for all of your plumbing related needs.

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When You Should Consider Whole-House Repiping

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

For many plumbing leaks and clogs, all you need to do is call a professional for plumbing repair to get the job done. But at some point in time, any plumbing system will age to the extent that replacing the pipes entirely is the safest way to protect your home from leaks and water damage. Of course, this shouldn’t happen for decades if you maintain your pipes and call a plumber at the first sign of problems. Whole-house repiping is often a last resort, but if you’re wondering whether it’s time for replacement, here are some of the signs that repairs may not do the trick.

Old Age

If you have older pipes made of galvanized steel, whole-house repiping is simply the best way to protect your potable water supply and keep leaks and clogs from leading to major repairs. Today, most pipes are made from either copper or plastic. But some older homes have pipes made from galvanized steel, which means your plumbing is at risk of developing rust, corrosion, and even picking up contaminants such as lead.

Too Many Leaks

A couple of leaks here and there may simply mean you need repairs or that you need to replace one section of your piping. But if you’ve had to repair many leaks over the years, it may mean your plumbing system is failing. Ultimately, repiping will be a better option than replacing corroded pipes bit by bit.

Mineral Deposits

Minerals may build up in your pipes over time if you have particularly hard water. Hard water is a condition in which the water supply has a high concentration of calcium and magnesium. These minerals may cause a number of problems for the appliances in your home, including a white or yellow-green buildup around fixtures like faucets and showerheads. While this is an indication of hard water, you probably don’t need whole-house repiping unless you’ve noticed significantly reduced water pressure throughout your home. If this is the case, you may need to install brand new pipes, as well as a water softener to prevent this problem in the future.

For whole-house repiping and information about other plumbing services in Las Vegas, NV call the experts at Butter Plumbing today!