Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a renter who is responsible for their own maintenance, it is important to know the types of plumbing services that are available to you by your local plumbing company. Drain cleaning, hydro-jetting, water heater services, and leak detection are all standard and common services that can be completed by a plumber. Review the list below for details about these common plumbing services.
1. Drain Cleaning
A clogged drain, while not an extreme emergency, can be quite an inconvenience. While you may attempt to clean the clog yourself with over the counter cleaners, this is not always effective. A plumber can use an auger to pull excess debris from the drain pipes. This is effective and typically an inexpensive option. Additionally, the technician can give advice on how to avoid clogs and how to proceed if the clog returns.
Hydro-jetting is a process that a plumber may use to clean drains that have recurring clogs. This method is typically used when a standard drain cleaning is no longer effective. This is usually due to extreme build-up in the drain pipes caused by grease, food debris, and even plant roots. Hydro-jetting is completed by channeling high-pressured water through the drain pipes. This removes build-up that the auger may not reach.
3. Water Heater Services
While the occasional cold shower is refreshing, it is not the most enjoyable way to start your morning. Having to repair or replace your water heater may seem like a daunting task but it is likely something that a plumber can replace in just a few hours. The standard water heater replacement consists of removing the old tank, replacing fixtures if necessary, installing the new tank, and replacing the earthquake strap. Most home insurance companies have a required standard for earthquake straps and platforms for a water heater. Consult with your insurance company to ensure that you are compliant.
4. Leak Detection
A sewer leak has a very distinct smell and it is never pleasant. An increased water bill is equally unpleasant. There are several ways that a plumbing technician may check for leaks. One method is a smoke test. With this method, smoke-filled air is pushed through the plumbing lines, clearing out the main line and all connecting lines. If there is a leak in any of the lines, the smoke will permeate through to the surface, thus indicating a leak.