Sewer Camera Inspections

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Our sewer line cameras can be used for inspection of your main line.

These specialized cameras help us to discern between a mere blockage and a major problem with the structural integrity of the line, such as a broken or collapsed portion of the line. This save a lot of time and money because no digging or heavy equipment is used.

Knowing what is going on in your sewer line can provide you peace of mind. We can locate any potential problem areas and make recommendations on what the camera shows. We also have the ability to provide you with a DVD copy of the inspection.

Water Heater Noise Problems

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Water heater noise is common and can be annoying if its installed
in or near your living space.
Noisy water heaters are described as humming, singing, screaming
rumpling, crackling, popping, ticking, tapping, hissing, sizzling,
knocking, pounding, and hammering.
Some unusual descriptions I’ve heard are – sounds like a cat screaming,
finger nails on tin, chair dragging across the floor, bacon frying and
some I can’t repeat.
If water heater noise is keeping you up at night, or has you worried,
read on to see what steps to take.

Humming
An electric water heater noise you may hear is humming.The heating
element has a looped tube. If the space between the tube is vertical
to the tank it may cause a humming noise.
This sometime occurs after the elements have been replaced and
on a new water heater.
It will not cause damage to the element or the tank. However, if you
want to stop the humming, tighten the element one eighth to one
quarter turn.

Rumbling/Popping/Cracking

Gas water heater rumbling is caused by excess sediment in the tank.
Calcium or lime deposits, rust, and other debris build up over time.
Water becomes trapped under these deposits and makes a popping
or cracking sound when its heated. As the amount of sediment builds
up in the tank you will began to hear a rumbling sound. As the amount
of sediment builds so does the noise increase.

Rumbling is normal in a water heater that has not been flushed or
cleaned on a regular basis. It will not blow up. It is annoying if it
is located inside your home.

To solve this problem the tank needs to be flushed and cleaned or
treated with a deliming solution.

Electric water heater elements will make a cracking, sizzling, popping
hissing or sizzling sound when they become covered with sediment.
An element can be removed and cleaned with a wire brush or vinegar
if the noise is disturbing. May reduce element life over time but
will not cause any other problems.

Most water heaters have steel tanks. Steel expands and contracts
when its heated or cooled. This can cause popping or cracking.

Plumbing pipe can be also expand and contracts creating noise.

Singing/Screaming
This happens when water under pressure is forced through or
around an object.

Most common problem is a shut off valve not open fully. This
could be the shut off valve at the water heater or under a sink.
Open valve completely.

Ticking/Tapping
Heat traps can cause a ticking or tapping sound. Heat traps are
built into the nipples on top of the water heater where the plumbing
connects to the tank.
The ticking is normal. Heat traps are not necessary. Remove and
replace with standard die-electric nipples.

Plumbing can also have a ticking or tapping sound when its cooling
off. This is also normal.

Water Hammer – Knocking/Pounding
If it sounds like someone is beating on your wall with a hammer, you
have what is called “water hammer”.
Water hammer is not a water heater noise. It is caused by water rushing
through the pipes and being shut off quickly. The water stops abruptly
and tries to push back up the pipe. This causes the pipe to bang the
walls.

Water hammer should be fixed as soon as possible. Its not likely to damage
the walls but will burst the pipe and cause a flood.

The most common causes are dishwashers and washing machines with
automatic valves that shut the water off fast. Shutting any faucet off fast
can cause water hammer. Toilet valves can cause water hammer.
Determine where the problem is and install a “Water Hammer Arrestor”
between the appliance or faucet and the water pipe.
Water hammer arrestors can be had specifically for washing machines,
under sinks or to fit any size water pipe.

4 Easy-to-Fix Solutions for a Weak Flushing Toilet

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Got a toilet with a weak flush? Here are four common slow-flush plumbing problems and their easy-to-fix DIY solutions.

1. The water level in the tank is low

Your problem may simply be a need for the float to ride higher in the tank, allowing the water level to increase.

  • If your tank shows a low level of water, simply adjust the float accordingly as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Be careful not to damage the float as you adjust it or bend the rod that attaches it to the valve, which allows water to flow back into the tank. You could wind up with another problem: a leaking toilet and the sound of non-stop trickling water.

2. The flapper closes too quickly

In order for the toilet tank to drain, the flapper needs to lift up a reasonable distance.

  • If there’s not enough lift and an insufficient amount of water drains into the bowl, remedy the situation by checking the length of the flapper chain.
  • Shortening the chain holds the flapper open longer. In turn, this allows more water to flow through the toilet and flush through the system.
  • You should see a slack of .6 to 1.2 cm (¼ to ½ inch) in the chain. Adjust, if necessary.

3. There’s a clog causing a slowdown

A clogged toilet can occur when an obstruction forms in the trap, sewer pipe or the vent pipe. While plugged up sewer pipes require a contractor, an inspection and possibly expensive repairs, the other two possibilities are easier to check:

Trap
First, fill a bucket or waste can with water and pour one or two gallons quickly into the affected toilet.

  • If you see a swirl, but no flush or a weak flush, try a standard toilet plunger first.
  • Try a toilet auger if that doesn’t work.

Vent pipe
Next, try the vent pipe. The vent pipe is a pipe that measures about 5 to 8 cm (2 to 3 inches) in diameter and protrudes from your roof by about 30 cm (a foot).

  • You’ll find it above the location of the toilet in your home.
  • You can either run a plumber’s snake down the pipe or force water through it with an expansion nozzle or water pressure bulb to flush out the blockage.

Any time you venture onto your roof, use extreme caution and do not take any risks, especially if you have not tried doing this before.

4. Mineral buildup is creating a blockage

Occasionally, you may find your toilet’s rim feed holes get clogged with calcium and/or other minerals, thus weakening the flush. In that case, a good dose or two of toilet bowl cleaner should help get rid of the buildup. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Shut off your water supply.
  2. Drain the tank.
  3. Tie the flapper open.
  4. Pour ¼ litre (a cup) of toilet bowl cleaner down the flush valve opening.
  5. Let sit for an hour.
  6. Pour a mixture of 1/8 litre (1/2 cup) mixed with equal parts water down the flush valve opening.
  7. Close the flapper immediately.
  8. Turn on the water.
  9. Flush two or three times to rinse.
  10. Repeat if necessary.

If these things fail and you’ve tried everything else you can think of, then it’s probably a good idea to find a plumber for a better diagnosis and a professional solution!

 

Removing Hard Water Stains on Shower Doors

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  • Use “magic” and “eraser” cleaning pads or other non-scratching scrubbing sponges to safely scrub your glass surfaces. Try to remove as much as you can by scrubbing with one of these moistened sponges.
  • Never use hard-bristled brushes or abrasive cleaning tools when cleaning glass to avoid scratching or etching the glass surface.
  • Scrubbing works best on smaller hard water deposits, newer stains, and those that are not firmly set in.

Use baking soda. If you’re dealing with older stains or large areas of heavy hard water build-up, you will need more than just elbow grease. Baking soda is a very effective non-liquid home remedy that’s all-natural and probably already in your pantry.

  • Baking soda is a base (alkaline), so it can be used to chemically counteract the effects of hard water mineral deposits.
  • Because it is a natural, biodegradable product, baking soda is considered to be a safe, environmentally-friendly alternative to harsh chemical cleaners.
  • There are two schools of thought for using baking soda to clean: one camp claims that you can mix baking soda with vinegar to make an effective paste, while others claim that you should not use vinegar (an acid) and baking soda (a base) at the same time because they will cancel out each others’ pH benefits.
  • As a compromise, try applying some white vinegar to the stain first, waiting 30 minutes, and then applying baking soda before scrubbing and thoroughly rinsing away the stain.

Brush on some toothpaste. Many home cleaners use toothpaste as an alternative to baking soda.

  • Apply some regular toothpaste to a moist towel and rub it over the stain using circular motions.
  • Wait a few minutes, and then rinse off the paste with equal parts water and vinegar to remove all residue.

Use commercial paste cleaners. There are several commercial cleaning products for hard water stains that come in a paste formula.

  • The main benefit of using a paste over liquid cleaner is that the paste will not leave its own liquid streaks or water marks.
  • A downside to using paste products, though, is that they can leave behind a foggy haze if not buffed off of the glass. Be sure to follow all the label instructions to avoid this side effect.