Let’s Talk About PEX Piping!

PEX piping, also known as cross-linked polyethylene, is a form of tubing that is increasingly being used in commercial and domestic piping systems, for heating and cooling, and insulation for high-voltage electrical cables. It has become one of the biggest plumbing revelations since the invention of the flush toilet. PEX pipes are being used to replace copper in many plumbing applications, with some estimates placing PEX piping as the dominant method of carrying water into buildings in the next 10 years. Why should I consider PEX piping? With a 40% annual rate of growth, it comes as no surprise that plumbers are talking PEX. Plumbers are always seeking better and more efficient ways to transport water into homes, and as technologies change, plumbers are using this technology to the benefit of their clients. Some of the reasons why PEX piping is so popular include: More flexible than other pipes Direct

Four Summer Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Plumbing Tips For Your Kansas City Home Good maintenance helps prevent expensive plumbing problems from cropping up. To prevent major maintenance hassles, and to keep small problems from turning into costly ones, follow these summer plumbing tips: Check your washing machine hoses – Hot summer temperatures may lead to more frequent changes of clothes. Checking your washing machine’s hoses to make sure they’re not cracked or leaking, as water leaks can cause damage to your floor or walls. Prepare for vacations – If you’re hitting the road for the summer, save a little money by turning your hot water heater down to a low setting. Also, have a neighbor check your home while you’re gone to ensure no major plumbing leaks or problems go unnoticed. Inspect your sprinkler system – Check your sprinkler system to ensure it’s working properly and that no leaks are occurring. Clear your home’s gutters –

Why Are My Pipes Leaking? Here’s Seven Common Reasons Why

Leaking pipes are no laughing matter. When your pipes are leaking, they’re wasting water and costing you money. Pipe leaks can also cause water damage to your home, and leaks will almost always worsen over time and become a more expensive problem for your plumbing service to repair, and knowing some of the warning signs can be important to prevent a small leak from becoming a big problem that could have been avoided. . Here are a few common causes of leaky pipes: . Clogged lines – When your pipes become clogged, they can eventually overflow or cause a burst pipe. Keeping your pipes clear of materials that might clog them and addressing clogs when they occur will help keep your pipes from developing leaks or worse plumbing problems where there’s wide open water flow that goes unnoticed, causing massive water bills and potentially terrible water damage. Something else like

How to Maintain Your Septic Tank

Do you know how to maintain your septic system? With septic tank replacement running between $3,000 and $7,000, it’s important to keep your system in the best possible condition. Fortunately, it’s not hard to take care of it, if you follow a few simple tips. First, though, let’s quickly review the basics of a septic system. Two parts comprise a septic system: the tank and the drain field. The septic tank is an underground container responsible for holding solids and scum that comes from your household wastewater. With the proper maintenance, it should last thirty years or so. Once in the septic tank, heavy solids sink to the bottom, and bacteria reduces them to sludge and gasses. Grease and other lighter solids rise to the top to form a scum layer; solids that don’t decompose must be periodically removed by pumping. Effluent, the wastewater that leaves the septic tank, enters

Why Plumbing Makes Burping Sounds

Are you hearing strange sounds come from your plumbing, such as hissing, gurgling or burping? If so, you’re probably wondering why this is happening. Unusual, inexplicable gurgling and hissing noises can usually be traced back to a pressure imbalance that is caused by the water that flows through the pipes. As water flows through the plumbing, it pushes air in front of it, creating a vacuum effect. The plumbing vents, which are located on the roof, are supposed to prevent this from happening. So, if you’re hearing unusual sounds, it means there is a vent issue that needs to be corrected. Understanding the Plumbing Vents Your house has what is called a drain-waste-vent system, a name which indicates that “vents” are an important aspect of your home’s plumbing system. Each house has a vent on the roof, which does more than just dissipate sewer gasses, it equalizes pressure and allows

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Types of Plumbing Pipes

As with many things in your home, your piping will not last you forever. Your pipes may last you a long time, but after years of use, it is likely that they will need to be replaced before they begin to leak. Knowing what types you have in your home can give you a better idea about whether these pipes should be replaced right away in the future. How long will the pipes in my home last? The types of pipes in the home may be found in the home inspection report from when the home was built or purchased. If you cannot find this document, then you can have a plumber of A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, Inc. come to do an inspection of your plumbing system. When a plumber lets you know what kinds of pipes you have, you can determine their longevity: Brass: 40 to 70 years

Winter Plumbing Tips

While Thanksgiving and Hanukah have already passed, the holidays are still in full swing, and the large parties and vast amounts of cooking continue. With all the guests using your plumbing, and the high volume of Christmas food being churned out of the kitchen, this could turn into a backed up shower or severely clogged drain, plumbing disasters that could put a damper on festivities. While you can find the emergency help you need at any time with our team of expert plumbing technicians, the best thing would be to avoid these plumbing situations in the first place. So here are some tips on how to enjoy the holidays and the cold winter season without the stress of plumbing disasters. Tips for the Kitchen First of all, it may be more important than ever to watch what goes down your kitchen drains. For example, you never want liquid fats or

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