Plumbing Systems: Understanding The Pipes

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What comes to mind when you hear the word “plumbing”? For most people, plumbing means their toilet, primarily, and maybe also their shower, sinks and dishwasher. In fact, however, there are many different types of plumbing systems, each responsible for a different kind of water and/or a gas inflow or outflow. If you are a homeowner, or even if you live in a rental and don’t want to have to deal with the landlord too often, it pays to educate yourself about the basics of plumbing systems. Having a base of knowledge allows you make simple fixes to plumbing problems that are easy to manage and to know when you need to call in a professional. Likewise, understanding plumbing systems means you won’t fall prey to a plumber who overcharges you or performs work that is not really necessary. Here is the info you need to know about plumbing systems so you can take charge of yours.

The first type of plumbing is your potable water supply plumbing. This is the plumbing that provides your tap water, the water in your toilet, the water that runs your dishwasher and washing machine – in fact, all of the running water in your home. The source of the water in this system of plumbing varies depending on where you live. Sometimes, potable water comes from wells and sometimes there is a regional water treatment facility that supplies homes with water. Either way, your potable water plumbing system is attached underground to the water source, and through this system of pipes, which go from underground to inside your walls, water is delivered to your home as needed. This is probably the most important type of plumbing in your home.

The second type of plumbing that you need to know about is the plumbing drainage venting system. Whereas the potable water supply plumbing brings water into your home, the plumbing drainage venting system takes waste away from your house. This system includes the outgoing pipes from your toilets, your drains in your sinks and shower and your garbage disposal. This plumbing feeds into the sewer system that is maintained by your city, or in some cases, into a septic system. Back ups of these pipes are common problems faced by homeowners, and they often require professional repair jobs.

The third type of plumbing a homeowner might have to deal with is plumbing that handles rainwater run-off and surface water drainage. Not all homeowners have these systems – it depends on the climate and the land the house is on. Clogs in these systems are relatively easy to fix and can usually be done without calling in help.

There are other types of plumbing, such as those systems associated with water fountains, but they don’t have much importance to homeowners. Knowing these three systems will help you make informed decisions about your home.

Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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Commode Repair

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Thеrе аrе ѕоmе common commode repairs to fix frequent toilet problems. I doubt thеrе іѕ аnуоnе whо саn boast оf having а problem-free toilet. Thе best way tо go аbоut drainage solutions іѕ tо find thе plumbing map fоr knowing thе pipe lay оut аnd water connections. Thіѕ іѕ one оf thе biggest factors оf home construction, а good аnd simple layout оf thе pipelines. Once уоu have thаt, уоu саn get going wіth уоur commode repair аnd fixing various issues thаt аrе enlisted bеlоw.

A commode has thе following parts оr areas thаt give trouble. Detection оf whісh іѕ very essential. Sо get acquainted wіth thеѕе аѕ wеll thеіr location іn thе commode ѕо thаt уоu tackle thе task wеll.

Leaking Commode: Yоu саn easily repair leaking commode аnd fix а running toilet bу using sealants. But bеfоrе thаt just ensure іf thе leakage іѕ due tо ѕоmе crack оr іѕ іt а resultant оf ѕоmе loose screws аrоund. Check bеhіnd thе cover whеrе thе water supply pipe іѕ attached tо thе commode flush system.

Running Flush: If уоur flush flows continuously уоu just need tо peep into thе flush tank аnd see whеthеr thе float ball іѕ іn place. Many times, thе wire whісh іѕ connected wіth іt gets bent whісh саn bе bent bасk tо іtѕ position easily.

Anоthеr common issue wіth repair іѕ а puncture іn thе plastic float ball. If thеrе іѕ а puncture іn thе float ball, іt does nоt rise аnd float, whісh іѕ іtѕ function tо stop thе water flow, ѕо whаt уоu need tо do іѕ toilet tank replacement. Replace іt wіth а new one.

Faucet Trouble: Faucets аrе аnоthеr problem area оf thе commode. Yоu саn fix а leaky faucet simply bу opening thе cover thаt works аѕ а small strainer fоr filtering оut little particles іn thе water, аnd clean thаt wіth еіthеr а toothbrush оr just bу keeping іt under running water.

Scary Sounds: Dоn’t worry, sure thеrе іѕ no ghost roaming аrоund іn уоur house! Thе sounds thаt уоu hear, еѕресіаllу whеn уоu flush іn thе middle оf thе night саn make уоu а believer іn ghosts. Thеѕе sounds аrе produced due tо thе wind entrapment іn thе pipeline. Fоr fixing thіѕ аll уоu need tо do іѕ open уоur flush tank аnd access thе pipe. Ensure thаt уоu have closed thе water cork off frоm bеlоw аnd thеn twist іt оn again fоr two three times. Your work іѕ done. Replace аnd fit іn thе connection. Try flushing now.

Clogging: Drain unclogging іѕ no rocket science. If іt іѕ а minor clogging, using а suction pipe оr ‘snake’ саn solve уоur problem. If уоu do nоt want manual work, invest іn а chemical toilet clog clearer. Just empty thе sachet аnd wait fоr ѕоmе time (аѕ wіll bе mentioned іn thе instructions). It іѕ one оf thе best ways tо unclog а toilet.

Sо уоu see, plumbing іѕ nоt аll thаt difficult. Hope now thаt уоu know how tо repair а commode, уоu wоn’t panic whеn аnу оf thе аbоvе mentioned things come uр. Commode repair іѕ а basic thing thаt еvеrуоnе ѕhоuld learn аѕ іt іѕ а requirement fоr еvеrу household.

Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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Helpful Tricks and Tip to Prevent Plumbing Nightmares

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Although water is the main source of life, in plumbing it can be the most detrimental and frustrate every homeowner. Fewer issues, minus a natural disaster, may cause so much damage to a home like a serious plumbing issue. Fortunately, homeowners can take a lot of steps to prevent plumbing nightmares and to minimize the effects when they occur.

You don’t want to end up with frozen pipes, so take preventive action, such as wrapping outside pipes with insulation, and keeping indoor temperatures above freezing at all times. It is easy for pipes to freeze whenever the mean temperature near the pipes drop below freezing. If they freeze, it will be awhile for them to gradually warm. Therefore, it will take some time for you to have running water again. But, they could also burst, causing a mess and a large repair bill.

Have a professional flush your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. This will keep sediment from hanging out in your tank and eventually causing there to be a backup in your home. It is a small price to pay now to keep your septic in good working order and prevent having to pay for a major repair caused by a backup.

Make sure all the work on your plumbing is scheduled at one time. It can be tempting to call a plumber each time you have a minor problem, but saving plumbing work for one time allows you to put money aside for the repairs. Most plumbers charge an hourly fee that can be minimized if there is only one visit to your home.

If water that is not supposed to be there is in the dishwasher, the likely culprit is a kitchen sink hose not properly attached. A hose that is properly installed should lead uphill, then downhill, to discourage water from each area from mixing.

Do not use your toilet to get rid of garbage. Don’t put disposable sanitary objects down the toilet. The sewage system cannot deal with these items and will become clogged. As well, keep your toilet paper usage to as little as possible.

Keep your dryer’s lint trap clean. This is a good idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is fire safety. Be certain that you thoroughly inspect the trap to ensure there are no tears or holes that may allow lint to travel to the pipes.

A costly repair, in regards to plumbing, are frozen pipes. However, this can typically be prevented. If you have any pipes outside, have them properly insulated. When cold weather sets in, turn off your outside faucets, disconnect all hoses and drain them. Taking proper precautions can save you lots of money on plumbing bills.

Being properly informed and ready for any situation makes it much easier to avoid problems with plumbing. Knowing as much as you can about plumbing will lead to making sound decisions and avoiding costly plumbing problems. Furthermore, taking the initiative to thoroughly research and study the problem in advance of making repairs will save time and money.

Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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Save Big with a Tankless Water Heater

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Having a hot water heater and multiple people in the home means the last person to take a shower usually gets stiffed in the hot water department. If this has ever happened to you, you likely either get a lukewarm shower or freezing cold water halfway through your shower. In this scenario, you likely have a traditional, hot water heater with a large tank, holding a certain number of gallons. With a tankless water heater though, you would not have to worry about that cold shower ever again.

  How Tankless Hot Water Heaters Work Unlike large, heavy and bulky hot water heaters with tanks, the tankless water heater (typically electric) is a small unit that takes up little space and is usually installed on the outside wall of a home or in the place of the old water heater. This tankless version is set on a specific water temperature so when you turn on a hot water faucet inside your home, the unit kick starts, heating the water immediately.

  In other words, your water is only heated when you are using it rather than the tanked version which uses up energy constantly keeping water hot in the large tank. It can be quite expensive keeping this stored water hot, even during those times when it is not used.

  Cost Efficient Your utility bills will lower if you have a tankless water heater since energy is only spent heating water when you need it, instead of constantly in a tank water heater. A lot of energy is spent with traditional hot water tanked heaters, because it keeps cycling to maintain hot water in the tank regardless of whether you are home or not.

  What you may not realize with the tanked version of water heaters is that they often overheat the water so that there is little chance of running out of hot water when you need it. In addition, these tanks will also add cold water as needed to ensure the water coming out of your tap is not scalding. These little quirks are what keep your utility or electric bills high in addition to the practice being environmentally wasteful. A tankless water heater is efficient and will save you money in the long run.

  While the initial cost of a tankless water heater is about two to three times that of a traditional tank hot water heater, you will easily recoup the cost within two years. Energy savings of 25 to 50 percent is quite feasible and realistic, depending on where you live. There are also other benefits to the tankless water heater and they include a lifetime warranty (no tank water heater has that), no leakage possibilities, and environmentally friendliness since it requires less energy and therefore less fossil fuels for operation. In addition, a tankless water heater takes up little space and it is healthier too since there is no water sitting around in a tank, possibly breeding bacteria.

  Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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