Our team at Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing has noticed some commonly asked questions when it comes to your Seattle, Everett, Bellevue, and Tacoma, Washington sewer and drain systems. The following are some noteworthy inquiries that we hope to address for you.
Why are my water bills higher than normal?
A noticeably higher water bill is a good indicator that there is a leak in your pipelines. If you have a crack in your lines, water may be leaking out of your lines and into the surrounding area. Not only will this waste water and be more costly to you, it also will damage your pipes and heighten the risk of obstructions such as tree root invasions.
What shouldn’t I flush down the toilet?
If you are questioning flushing anything down the toilet, the answer is usually to toss it in the garbage instead. Clogs are a pain and things like baby wipes, hair, food, and paper towels don’t break down the way that toilet paper does.
Why is my faucet leaking?
Corrosion is the most common reason for a leaking faucet. Your O-rings, gaskets, and valve seats are all parts of your faucet that hold back water until the faucet is opened and if one is not working properly, it will result in leaking. Repairing your leaking faucet is fairly simple and requires a few tools and basic understanding of the way a faucet works. If you have any questions or need service, our team is always standing by and ready to assist you.
Do I need a sump pump?
If your home or property has a basement or is subject to flooding, it is usually a good idea to install a sump pump. A sump pump will prevent flooding in your home by directing the water to a different location. This type of equipment is a lifesaver if you live in a place with heavy rainfall and will protect your property’s interior.
What are trenchless repairs and why are they better?
Trenchless repairs essentially means using modernized equipment to service your pipelines from the inside so that there is minimal digging on your property. These services are becoming the norm and are popular for a few major reasons:
- Take less time
- Less labor cost
Should I get a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters are beneficial in the majority of cases. These water heaters take up less space and have undergone numerous technological advances in the recent years compared to traditional storage tank heaters. The reliability and lifespan of tankless heaters is about 20 years and our technicians at Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing are trained to service and install all model types.
How can I check for a leak?
If you suspect you have a leak in your lines, checking your water meter is an easy way to be sure. To do so, first go out to your meter and record the water level. Once you have the level, avoid using the water for a few hours before you check it again. If the level has changed, it’s most likely that you have a leak. If this is the case, Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing will perform a camera inspection to pinpoint the exact location and repair it quickly.
Do leaks get worse over time?
Yes. Leaks are often due to cracks in your pipelines and will definitely get bigger if ignored. Corrosion that occurs in even the smallest cracks becomes much worse quickly and even cause serious damage to your property. In addition, leaks attract surrounding vegetation such as tree roots that can grow into your pipeline, expanding the leak and causing clogs.
How can I fix my running toilet?
There are a few reasons why your toilet is constantly running and how you can solve it.
- Your float is not working – a float is a metal or plastic ball that sits on the top of your water and tells your toilet how high to fill up. If your float is cracked, water can fill it up and prevent it from sitting on top of the water. This can result in overflowing and endless cycles of draining and filling. In some instances, you can simply move the arm to position it correctly. If you need a new float, purchasing and replacing it isn’t too difficult.
- Your chain isn’t the right length – if your chain is too long, it may be getting trapped under the flap. If the chain is too short, it can prevent proper sealing. Either way, purchasing a longer one or shortening it is the best solution.
- You have a leaky flapper valve – a flapper valve is at the bottom of your tank and is fairly easy to replace.
- Find the frozen area – first, provide a thorough inspection of your lines to locate the frozen areas. A good place to start is any exposed places and areas where there is obvious bulging.
- Turn off your water – turn off the water supply to the area that needs to be thawed. If you skip this step, frozen water that may be clogging your lines will gush out and cause leaks or a serious mess.
- Open the faucet - Open the faucet that the pipe is connected to so that pressure will be alleviated when it is thawed. Be sure to turn on both hot and cold handles so that water can escape properly.
- Begin thawing – carefully begin thawing the frozen area using a space heater, heat lamp, or hairdryer. Try to start closest to the faucet and work your way down to the clog.
- Avoid future problems – an inspection will help alleviate stress of experiencing clogs, leaks, and other problems.
- Saves money – catching a plumbing problem before it gets out of hand is a major cost-saver. An inspection will lower your risk of internal damage and high-cost repairs in the future.
- Ensure you pass local inspections - Our certified technicians are trained to know local, state, and national building requirements for your new property. A pre-sale inspection will make sure that your property meets standards.
- Weird smell – a foul smell is a common indicator it is time for a cleaning. This usually means that there is waste buildup in your lines.
- Slow drains – slow draining usually means clogged drains. These clogs are usually from, hair, grease, soap, or food and can become serious quickly if not cleaned out thoroughly.
- Gurgling noise – a gurgling noise usually means that water is having trouble passing through your pipes because of a clog.
- Recurring clogs – if you are noticing recurring clogs, it is a clear indicator that you need professional assistance. This could solved simply by a professional cleaning or could be a sign that something more serious is going on.
If you have any questions on fixing a running toilet or want one of our experts to take a look, give Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing a call today.
How do I unclog my shower drain?
Shower drains clogging from hair, soap, and dirt is a common problem. When hair sheds and goes down the drain, it creates a type of net in the drain trap that prevents proper water flow. If you think this is the case, the hook method is a common home-made solution.
The hook method simply requires a coat hanger and a strong stomach. First, straighten the hanger except for a bend at one end about a half-inch wide. Remove the drain cover and insert the hook until it hits the drain trap. Twist the hook around to fish out the clog and repeat until the drain is no longer backing up.
If this method is not working, there may be something deeper going on with your pipes that is preventing proper drainage. Giving a professional a call is a sure way to get an accurate diagnosis and solution to your shower drain.
What is CIPP lining?
CIPP lining, or cured-in-place-pipe lining is a trenchless service that repairs weakened area of your pipeline using resin. Once an expert performs a camera inspection, they will know the exact location of your cracked area. A technician will then insert a tube, coated in resin, into your pipeline using an existing access point. Once in place, the tube will be inflated so that the damaged area is completely coated, and the device will then be removed. Once the resin cures, your pipes will be stronger than ever and safe from future leaks or intrusions.
What is pipe bursting
Unlike the name may suggest, pipe bursting is actually a beneficial, trenchless, service that is offered to replace a damaged pipe. This method is often preferred compared to traditional services that involved excavation and digging on your property.
The process works by first locating the damaged area and inserting a device with a bursting head into your lines. This bursting head will break apart the damaged pipe and push it out into surrounding soil. Once the weakened area is removed, the device will pull in a brand new line, seamlessly replacing the old one.
How can I prevent frozen pipes?
Frozen pipes are a common problem in the colder months. If your pipes are frozen, they can cause pipe bursts, clogs, leaks, and even flooding. To prevent frozen pipes, it is important to make sure your exposed lines are thoroughly insulated. If you are unsure about how to insulate your pipes, an expert can help you by performing a proper inspection and insulating using professional materials and methods.
My pipes are frozen, how can I thaw them?
If you have frozen pipes, thawing them quickly is important in preventing serious repairs and property damage. There are a few necessary steps you should take:
What is a tree root invasion?
A tree root invasion is when tree roots begin to grow inside of your pipeline. This is caused when a weakened area of your line has a crack and begins to emit water into the surrounding soil. Vegetation such as tree roots are attracted to the moisture and will begin growing inside of the crack and into the line. This causes serious problems to your system because it expands the crack and causes serious clogs.
If you have an invasion, our team at Jim Dandy will inspect your line and propose either our pipe lining or pipe bursting service. Both of these methods are trenchless and will restore your pipe’s health and water flow quickly.
How often should I get my pipes serviced?
It is generally recommended that you get your pipes serviced annually. However, depending on your system’s age and amount of use, you may need maintenance more frequently.
Our team at Jim Dandy is qualified in performing thorough inspections quickly, using the most advanced inspection technology.
Why is maintenance important?
Your plumbing plays a vital role in the functionality of your home or commercial property. Because it is underground, it is difficult to tell when a repair is around the corner. Maintaining your lines with inspections and cleaning is a good way to prevent serious problems and to extend the life of your pipes.
Jim Dandy uses camera inspections and hydro jetting to properly care for your lined.
Our camera inspection involves a small, water-proof, camera that we insert into an existing access point in your pipes. This camera is navigated throughout your system by one of our trained technicians to see anything out-of-the-ordinary or that needs attention.
Hydro jetting is a trenchless cleaning service that uses a pressurized water hose to blast away any build-up or blockages in your lines.
What are the benefits of a pre-sale inspection?
If you are considering buying a new home or property, there are many benefits for performing a professional plumbing inspection:
How do I know I need a drain cleaning?
There are a few common signs that you are due for a professional drain cleaning:
If your question was not answered on this page, our experts at Jim Dandy are happy to provide any further information or assistance regarding your plumbing. Call us today to speak with one of our professionals or to schedule an appointment!
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