Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for July, 2016

How to Spot a Slab Leak

Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Butter Plumbing

A slab leak is simply a leak in a length of pipe that lies under the foundation of your Las Vegas, NV house, or in some cases even embedded into the concrete itself. In and of itself, it’s a fairly minor repair, and if it took place in the pipe beneath your sink, a good plumber can fix it in short order. But because slab leaks are hidden and very difficult to get to, they can continue for weeks or even months before being detected. Eventually, the leaking water can crack your foundation, leading to a disastrous problem that could cost you everything. (more…)

3 Causes of Drain Smells

Monday, July 18th, 2016 by Butter Plumbing

It’s never pleasant to come home to a sink or a drain smelling like an open sewer. The bad news is that smells emanating from the drains is one of the more common service calls we attend to here in Paradise, NV. The good news is that they’re usually very simple to solve, and if you know what some of the causes are, you can help yourself out without needing to contact a plumber. Here’s a list of the three most common causes of drain smells:

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Don’t Use a Cleanser to Get Rid of Those Clogs

Monday, July 11th, 2016 by Butter Plumbing

Clogs are a fairly common occurrence for more household plumbing systems, and here in Summerlin, NV, homeowners deal with them all the time. The usually step is to buy a cleanser at the local store, apply it as instructed and wait. It’s easy, fast and very inexpensive. Unfortunately, it rarely works as well as it should, which is why we always recommend contacting a professional plumber to deal with your clogged pipes rather than relying on a store-bought cleanser. Why? Read on for the answers. (more…)

Dip Tube Problems in Your Water Heater

Monday, July 4th, 2016 by Butter Plumbing

Your water heater is a surprisingly complex piece of equipment, with a number of different components that need to work in perfect sync for the system to do its job. Among the most important is the dip tube, which is usually made of plastic and runs from the top of your tank to the bottom. It’s connected to the water pipe and sends cold water down to the bottom of the tank where it can be heated by the burners. As it warms up, it rises to the top of the tank, where it can then be moved through the pipes of your home to provide you with hot water. (more…)