Are you dealing with a bad sewer? Even if your home is relatively new, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from old sewer piping. With traditional trenching, you’re often forced into a number of costly items. This includes costs to dig up the street in front of your home to traffic to be rerouted or for any repairs to any city-owned property or main sewer lines. This can range from a few thousand dollars to $20,000 or more. However, there may be a better option known as trenchless sewer lining.
No one likes to hear unknown noises in their home. You know the source most likely isn’t a ghost. And you, of course, remind yourself that when you hear those noises late at night. We’re here to give you that more reasonable, less paranormal explanation. It’s your plumbing! We’ve put together a list of four plumbing noises you never want to hear – and what causes them.
It’s finally warm in Pittsburgh again! The snow and ice have been melted, but you may have an outdoor faucet that is susceptible to freezing. But if you haven’t experienced freezing faucets yet, now is the time to take them to prevent any future problems.
No one ever wants to find water leaking from their ceiling. Whether you are home when the leak starts or come home to it, it is important that you take immediate action to avoid further damage to your home. Here are things to look for and what you can do if you have a leak through your ceiling.
Toilet repair. Have you ever heard that annoying hissing sound coming from inside of your downstairs toilet tank? Maybe it’s just beginning to make that hissing sound? Or maybe you just had your upstairs toilet replaced after it wasn’t working for a month or so. Toilets always seem to have some kind of problem. And it seems like you are always dealing with a toilet problem these days since most of us now have more than one. Is it possible to make the toilet repair on your own? Or should you hire someone to do it for you? Let’s learn about toilet repair so you don’t get flushed by a service provider!
Have you ever had that annoying drip, drip, drip of a faucet in your home? You know, the one that you just quite haven’t gotten around to fixing yet? Many of us do. It’s one of those lower priority items in everyday life. Life that gets busier and busier all the time. Repairing a faucet might seem like a simple thing to do. However, certain things these days, like a tub/shower faucet combination, are most likely more complex. Especially as the faucet designs keep improving over time. The leaks seem to get less frequent. But the repairs seem to get more complex! So, when it comes to a faucet repair service, who should you choose?
Does Your Home Have a Water Heater?
Silly question, of course! Every home has at least one water heater; at least all of the homes that I know of, do. Some of you may know, most water heaters these days are tank water heaters. As opposed to the newer tank less water heaters, which give you a supply of hot water almost instantaneously. The tank-less type are generally more expensive to install and should have maintenance performed at least once a year, which is probably why most folks have the tank style water heater. But how do you going about choosing a service provider for this task? It’s good to know that we here at Proudfoot can install either of these types of water heaters as well as being able to maintain them both.
Does your home have drains?
Of course! Every home has drains. From all of your branch lines all the way down to your main sewer line. What do you do if your toilet is clogged, or your kitchen sink is clogged. What about if your bathtub is clogged? Perhaps no matter what you do to try to unclog these lines, nothing seems to work! It’s a nightmare! But don’t fret! Here at Proudfoot, we have a specific plumbing service to deal with these kinds of things. We believe that our procedure for unclogging drains is proven, and we will not give up until your drain is unclogged. Well, that and that you are satisfied with our service! That’s why we think you should choose us as your plumbing service provider for drain cleaning. Not to mention our many other services too!
I was thinking about basements the other day, as I was driving to my next job. Almost every home in Pittsburgh has a basement, whether that be old or new! I can recall many, many homes having basement water damage over the years. It was especially when tropical storm Ivan came up from the gulf and “parked” itself over Pittsburgh for more than 24 hours back in 2004.
Although, when a storm like Ivan hits our area, there is really not much that you can do to avoid any on coming flooding. In a case when a big storm hits, I think you just have to wait it out, hopefully after you have moved your important “stuff” as much as possible out of harm’s way. But basement water damage can occur in any number of ways. You don’t have to have a big storm to have some flooding.
In the Pittsburgh area, there are a ton of older homes. I’m talking about homes that are in the 60 to over a 100-year-old age range! These homes in many cases were built close to the steel industry plants and mills of many years ago. This was before the big suburbia boom of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. It was common for folks to smell gas and other industrial odors. But it’s now 2018, and the city is becoming cleaner. The air is fresher and we are focusing on bringing fewer pollutants into the air. But with these older homes in Pittsburgh, we also have a lot of older gas lines coming into these homes underground.
As pipes age, they may become cracked or damaged. And sometimes they can be disconnected by things like surrounding tree roots. As a result, the odorized natural gas that flows through them will begin seeping to the top of the ground. You may notice a strange or smelly odor in your yard, especially a rotten egg-like odor. This may turn the grass in certain areas of your yard brown. A leaking gas line underground can cause the grass and vegetation above to turn brown and die. Dry spots in moist areas or dead plants surrounded by live, green plants is a classic indication that it could be time to replace the gas line coming into your home. So what should you do when you smell gas?