Frequently Asked Questions

Repair Related

One of the first big indicators of a main drain blockage is both poor-quality or no drainage at all in your toilet, toilet, bathtub, and sinks. In more extreme cases, you may notice a foul smell coming from these areas in your home or commercial space – and sometimes, even gurgling noises. Main drain blockages can be detrimental to your plumbing system – call Express Plumbing as soon as you observe any of the above indicators.

If you own a water heater storage tank, you can easily extend its life with routine maintenance. Doing so will prevent leaks and sediment buildup that can happen over time. Regular cleaning removes any unwanted debris and deposits in your tank. At Express Plumbing, we recommend a cleaning and a flush treatment at least once every year to maintain a well-running water heater.

When you should replace your pipes depends on their material, brand, age, and the quality of their installation. Your pipes will show signs of distress when it comes time for a replacement. Keep an eye out for leaks, cracks, corrosion, discolored water, and a sudden decrease in water pressure. If you’re unsure, Express Plumbing offers inspection services for any area of your plumbing system.

For kitchen garbage disposals, stay away from washing down coffee grounds, banana skins, potato peelings, grease, grains, noodles, eggshells, and celery. For all other sinks, avoid letting any substance go down the drain that isn’t soap, toothpaste, or mouthwash. Never flush anything down your toilet except for waste and toilet paper. Be sure to avoid flushing any feminine products, baby wipes, or any other household waste.

Maintenance Related

Hydro Jetting is a cleaning method that removes blockages in pipes and drain lines. This non-invasive technique clears out all debris and sludge, making for proper draining and less future buildup. Hydro Jetting uses an advanced sprayer with a multidirectional nozzle, which is completely safe for your plumbing system. This process uses only water – no harsh chemicals.

Unfortunately, the main cause of a higher water bill is an unknown leak. Leaking faucets can drip up to 20 gallons per day. Even worse, a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. You can check for leaks by thoroughly inspecting your faucets and listening to your toilet for any hissing sounds coming from the tank. Express Plumbing offers leak inspections for faucets, toilets, and even hard-to-reach places like waterlines.

A septic system should be inspected and pumped every 3 to 5 years. Systems with any electrical or mechanical components should be maintenance annually. This time expectancy depends on the size of your tank, and the amount that goes into it on a regular basis. Watch out for the warning signs of a full septic tank: pooling water on your lawn, slow drains, an odor coming from the lawn, an overly healthy yard, and sewer back ups.

A sewer line is one of the most costly aspects of repair for a home or commercial space, which is why it’s so important to stay on top of the health and efficiency of your line. The easiest and most cost efficient way to do this is to install a sewer monitoring system. This way, the camera will alert you and your plumber of any issues before they become costly. Your sewer line camera will be able to pick up signs of root intrusion, corrosion, cracking, grease buildup, obstructions, leaks, and more.

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