What Causes Septic Tank Odor in Your House?
Homeowners in Kansas City should never ignore septic tank odor or sewer smell. Odors like the smell of sewer gas, methane gas, rotten egg smell, hydrogen sulfide, or foul odors in general when it comes to your septic system and septic tank. The problem isn’t just the stench, but also a health issue. There are loads of bacteria and viruses in home wastewater, plus nitrogen and phosphorus that can seriously harm the environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If septic tank smells in yard areas are noticed, contact a 24-hour plumber to find issues such as a clogged drain or sewer line, to ensure there is proper venting, or anything worse. Plumbing problems like these can start small with a simple foul odor, odd house smells, an occasional gurgle; even a minor but consistent odor problem. When these start, it is important for homeowners to take action to
To Tank or Not to Tank – Choosing the Right Water Heater
The water heater in your Kansas City home may be one of the most important things you never pay attention to until it stops working. Then your mind is flooded with a million questions like: Can it be repaired or does it need to be replaced? Is a plumber needed and what type of water heater to choose? There are many factors to consider before you buy a new water heater, including the size of your family and the type of fuel you use for your home. Heating water for your home is one of your home’s biggest monthly expenditures, so your utility (electricity, oil, or propane, etc.) rates may determine the type you buy. Types of Water Heaters – Pros and Cons Conventional Storage Tanks Store constantly heated water in an insulated tank. Take up valuable space in garage or basement. Can hold a large volume of water. Natural
Buying a New Home: Plumbing Inspections
Are you buying a new home? When we say “new,” we’re not necessarily talking about a brand new home, but a new home for you. If you put an offer in on a house, you’re going to order a home inspection and depending on where you live, possibly a termite inspection. But, what about the plumbing, have you put much thought into that? Let’s say you found your dream home. It’s been a rental for the last 20 years, but you don’t mind. The owners recently re-painted the whole house from the inside out, and they installed new carpets. You’re ready to make an offer and seal the deal, assuming the inspection goes well. The general contractor who moonlights as an inspector says the house looks good but did he take a close look at the plumbing? It has had several renters over the years, and that could be cause for concern.
Clogged Drains 101
When you’re a homeowner, drain clogs are inevitable, especially when you live in a house with toddlers or children, or you have a large family. Before you call the plumber to handle a clogged drain, there are some things that you can do to try and remove the blockage on your own. Toilets: If you have a clogged toilet, the trusty plunger is your first line of defense. Plungers do more than just unclog toilets, they can be used to unclog bathtubs and showers as well, but just be sure that you fill the base of the shower or tub with at least one inch of water, this way there is a seal before you begin plunging. If the plunger doesn’t do the trick, try a drain auger, also known as a “snake.” This is a flexible cable that is pushed into a drain to manually break apart the clog.
Advantages of Copper and PVC Pipes
If you live in an older home and you know that you have old plumbing, there’s a strong possibility that your pipes are made of iron, steel, or lead. These materials are no longer used in household plumbing and today’s water pipes are usually made of copper, although polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes are gaining in popularity as well. If you have old iron pipes, you should consider replacing them with copper or PVC pipes, and if your pipes are made of lead, then they should definitely be replaced. Why switch to copper or PVC water pipes? Some reasons why copper and PVC are the best alternatives for your plumbing system: They are both relatively non-toxic. Copper is not only a natural material, but it is safe for people’s health. PVC pipes are also safe, whereas lead is highly toxic and can corrode into the drinking water system. Copper doesn’t absorb