If you have high plumbing bills, you may have a leak in your home without knowing it. Slab leaks are a common cause of unexpectedly high bills. Since the pipes are hidden from view, you may not notice a leak until you get your utility bills. If you suspect a slab leak in your home, contact a professional for slab leak detection and repairs.
Signs of a Slab Leak
While to be certain of a slab leak, you should have a plumber use detection equipment, you may notice some indications that you have a problem in your pipes. Watch out for the following signs that you need to contact a plumber:
1. You Hear Running Water Even With the Taps and Water Fixtures Turned Off
Shut off all the water taps in your home and do not use the washing machine or dishwasher. Then, listen carefully to the walls and floor of your home. If you continue to hear running water, you may have a slab leak.
2. Foundation Problems
Water leaking around the slab can saturate the soil near your foundation. Over time, the moist soil will allow for your home’s foundation to shift and crack. If your neighbors have not experienced foundation problems but you have, you likely have not had regional shifting soils but a slab leak in your home.
3. Higher Water Bills
One of the most common indications of a leak in your pipes is a higher water bill. If your water use has not changed but your bills have, you need to have a plumber conduct a leak detection.
4. Lower Water Pressure
Plumbing leaks will reduce the amount of water that reaches your taps. If your shower does not seem to spray as forcefully as it did before or if your taps do not seem to give you enough water, you could have a leak.
What to Do If You Need Leak Detection
Finding plumbing leaks inside your home’s walls or slab is not a task for a homeowner. You need a plumber who can bring equipment such as leak detection cameras to find the location of the leak. Once they know which portion of your plumbing to target, they can replace the damaged portion of your piping to restore your home’s water pressure.
Contact Best Service for Leak Detection and Repairs
Don’t let a slab leak cause even more expensive problems with your foundation or water service. Contact Best Service Plumber for leak detection and repairs. You can start off the new year with better performing plumbing that doesn’t leak. Call 951-338-8759 for an appointment now.
Your toilet should flush and refill its tank without problems. However, wear to the moving parts such as the flapper and float can cause issues that make your toilet noisier than usual. Learn to identify the following toilet sounds to determine when you need to call a plumber.
Your toilet should only flush when you press the handle. However, a problem called phantom flush can cause toilet sounds that seem like a ghost is flushing the toilet. However, the sound does not happen from a normal flush. A phantom flush occurs when your toilet has a leak and the tank refills.
While most people associate leaks with water pooling somewhere, a toilet leak can happen internally or externally. The former causes water to leak from the tank into the bowl while the latter happens when water leaks out of the tank or bowl onto the floor. A plumber can find the source of the leak and repair it to stop your toilet from wasting water.
Your toilet should not make noise after it refills from a flush. However, toilet sounds can include dripping water when you have a problem inside the tank. Dripping noises may happen from improperly seated or worn flappers, causing water to leak into the bowl.
Another cause of dripping sounds occurs when the fill tube siphons water from the tank’s overflow tube and sends it to the bowl.
Humming Toilet Sounds
Humming toilet sounds could indicate a serious plumbing concern known as water hammer. But, the humming could also stem from a more benign issue such as an improperly installed ball cock inside the toilet tank. If a ball cock assembly causes the issue, you may need to have a plumber replace it with a modern fill valve.
Humming from pipe vibrations or water hammer, though, need a more thorough assessment of your plumbing system. Both water hammers and pipe vibrations cause the pipes to move, which can break weld joints or lead to leaks. These problems may cause banging sounds in addition to the humming. If you hear humming or banging, get a plumber to make repairs right away to avoid severe damage to your home.
Call Best Service Plumber for Help with Any Toilet Sounds
If you hear any unusual toilet sounds, you need to pick up your phone and dial us at Best Service Plumber. You can reach us at 951-338-8759 at any time of the night or day. We provide toilet repairs, replacements, and service for any other plumbing needs you have. Let us help you to stop wasting water and fix your noisy toilet today.
Water leaks increase your utility bills, reduce your home’s water efficiency, and cause damage to your home’s structure. Instead of just wondering whether you have a leak, take steps now to determine if you do and call a plumber to find and fix your water leaks.
How to Find Out If Your Home Has Water Leaks
The biggest indicator of if your home has water leaks is to look at your meter. Turn off all water sources in the house and see if the meter continues to run. If it does, you have a leak somewhere. Finding out where will be much more difficult.
Another way of identifying leaks in your home is hearing water running or seeing a leak from somewhere. Note that not all water damage happens from plumbing leaks. For instance, you may have water dripping into your ceiling when it rains if you have a roof leak. However, water dripping during clear weather strongly suggests that you have a plumbing problem.
Since water leaking will get worse over time, especially if your home’s structure sustains damage, call a plumber for service at once. Delaying repairs of leaking water can lead to higher costs because you will have to pay for the plumber’s services plus repairs to your water-damaged structures.
Why Sources of Water Leaks Are So Hard to Find
The sources of water leaks are difficult to identify. You may have a slab leak, but because the pipes run through the foundation, you may not see exactly where the leak is. Water leaking from a pipe in the wall may travel along the pipe or your home’s studs until it creates a puddle far from the original source of the leak.
Because finding sources for leaks is difficult for homeowners, always call a plumber to quickly get the issue fixed. With high-tech imaging capabilities, our plumbers at Best Service Plumber and find and fix leaks efficiently.
Get Help with Water Leaks and Other Plumbing Services from Best Service Plumber
Whether you know that you have water leaks or need another of our many plumbing services, keep us at Best Service Plumber in mind. With highly qualified technicians and specialized equipment, we can find the source of leaks and repair them. Save our number (951-520-8557) into your phone for when you need a repair, want to remodel, or experience a plumbing emergency. We’re here 24/7 to help you with all your plumbing issues.
During the summer, vacations, home barbecues, time outside, and having more people inside the home can put extra strain on your plumbing system. Find out more about what causes the most common plumbing problems that we’ve seen during the summer and how Best Service Plumber can help.
Garbage Disposal Clogs
During the summer foods such as ribs and corn on the cob are favorites at backyard barbecues, but how you dispose of the leftovers could impact your home’s plumbing.
While many people use a garbage disposal for getting rid of vegetable scraps, such as skins, these units do not work well with fibrous veggies or large pieces, like corn cobs or celery. Bones from ribs or chicken will also damage the disposal unit and could send sharp pieces flying dangerously into the air.
Take care to only put easily broken up food down the disposal. Call us at Best Service Plumber if your unit stops working or gets clogged.
Clogged Shower Drains
Sand from the beach or dirt from your backyard can build up in your shower drain as you clean off. If your shower drain slows or stops draining, don’t use a chemical drain cleaner to fix it. You could do more harm than good to your pipes. Instead, this is among the plumbing problems that you can try to fix yourself with a plunger. However, should that method fail, call us for proper clearing of your drain.
Just as barbecue food and eating at home more often can cause plumbing problems in the kitchen; they can also cause issues in the bathroom. While you can try to plunge a clogged toilet to clear it, if that doesn’t work or if your toilet overflows, you need a plumber to see if there is a clog in your sewer line or another problem with your waste system.
Sewer Line Plumbing Problems
Sewer line problems can happen when the summer growth spurt causes tree roots to break the lines. Additionally, soil can move during dry months, leading to compromises in the waste lines. Southern California has the unique position of also having minor, unfelt earthquakes. These can impact the position and route of underground home sewer lines.
Regardless of why your home’s waste line does not deliver waste to the municipal sewers, you cannot DIY the repairs. This complex problem will require the equipment and experience only professionally licensed plumbers have. Call us if your drains back up or if you notice sewage smells in your backyard.
Know Who to Call for Fixing These Plumbing Problems
Part of appropriately handling issues in your home is knowing who to contact to make the repairs. Trust Best Service Plumber to help fix your plumbing problems, whether they occur during the summer or at any time of the year. Contact our office at 951-520-8557 to find out more about our service or to schedule a visit. We also have 24/7 emergency services if you have a problem that cannot wait for office hours.
You’ve seen videos online that show do-it-yourself repairs for every room of your home. In fact, the people in those videos always make it look like anyone could do the jobs shown. However, don’t get lulled into the false idea that you can DIY toilet repairs will go as expected. In fact, you could end up spending a lot more than you expected. Find out why hiring a professional plumber is often a cheaper option than DIY for toilet repairs.
Problems with DIY Toilet Repair Videos
One of the biggest issues with watching home repair videos online is getting fooled into thinking that you can do the job without any training or specialty tools. With toilet repair, these videos often leave out numerous factors that could drastically impact the results.
1. Toilets Are Heavy
Most people don’t appreciate how sturdy and delicate toilets are. Because they have a ceramic construction, toilets are both heavy and bulky, making carrying one difficult. You can estimate the weight of an entire toilet simply by feeling the weight of the tank’s lid. Now imagine carrying ten times that, and you will have some idea of what moving a toilet is like.
2. Toilets Can Break
The delicacy of toilets is another thing rarely mentioned in DIY videos. Porcelain can break, and if you tighten a bolt too much, you could cause the toilet to crack. Additionally, broken ceramic poses a serious cutting hazard. Ceramic can be so sharp that some surgeons use it for their cutting blades. You don’t want shards of a broken toilet in your bathroom just as you wouldn’t want surgical scalpels lying around.
3. Plumbing Connections Matter
As with all plumbing projects, the tightness of connections makes a difference. Leaking lines can waste water and cause water damage in your bathroom. If you don’t know how to recognize an appropriately sealed plumbing connection, you should let an expert take over your toilet repair task.
4. Videos Don’t Account for Older Homes
Internet videos often show toilet repairs using new homes and materials. However, most people will need to make repairs on homes with older toilets and plumbing systems. The time you spend scouring the internet for a video that addresses your home’s particular plumbing arrangement and the age of your toilet could be better used calling a plumber.
5. You Need How Many Trips to the Hardware Store?
DIY videos often start with everything needed for the job, but the people in these videos don’t account for broken connections, lost tools, missing pieces, or sold-out parts. You likely will need to make multiple trips to your nearest hardware or plumbing store to get all the parts you need for making even a basic toilet repair. Why waste all that time?
What to Do Instead of DIY for a Toilet Repair
If you need toilet repair in your home, skip the DIY videos and save time by calling us at Best Service Plumber at 951-520-8557. Whether you need a repair or new toilet installation, we can help. Because our plumbers are experts, they can service toilets in any home. Save time and hassle with us when you need a toilet repair or any other plumbing service need.
Rarely do homeowners think about the pipes that run under their homes’ slabs. But maybe you should think about them a little more often. Slab leaks can cause severe damage to your home, especially if you wait too long to phone a plumber for repairs. Learn the most common signs of a slab leak to determine when to call Best Service Plumber. Knowing these symptoms could save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs to your home from the damage caused by the leak.
What Is a Slab Leak?
Most homes have a slab foundation made of poured concrete. Before builders add the concrete, though, plumbers run supply and waste lines for your home. When you move in, these pipes unobtrusively sit encased in the concrete of your foundation. However, sometimes, the pipes may develop cracks, causing them to leak. When this happens, you have what plumbers call a “slab leak.”
Symptoms of a slab leak include the following:
- Mold growth, especially on the floor and baseboards
- Shifting foundation
- Water sounds not associated with plumbing fixtures on the lowest levels
- Damp flooring or carpeting on the lowest level
- Unexpectedly higher water bills
- Drop in water pressure
What Causes a Slab Leak?
Several things can cause a slab leak. The most common include environmental stresses, poor construction, and time.
1. Environmental Stress
In Southern California, earthquakes are a way of life. However, the frequent, tiny ones that you don’t feel could cause soils to shift under your home, resulting in the pipes in your slab moving and leaking. Underground streams and other causes of shifting soils can also contribute to slab leaks.
2. Poor Construction
Builders may not have chosen the best pipes for your home. In older homes, copper pipes were especially popular for a time, but copper is a relatively soft metal, subject to hard water damage and abrasion.
Like everything, pipes running through your slab can wear out over time. Pipes do not have an infinite lifespan. Even the best-rated piping that we use at Best Service Plumber, PEX, has a 25-year warranty, meaning that it lasts for decades but not forever. Eventually, the pipes in your slab may need repairs or replacement.
What Kind of Damage Can a Slab Leak Do?
The damage done to your home by a slab leak can be severe. Slowly leaking pipes may cause subtle damage such as mold growth over time. Those in the home sensitive to mold may experience health issues from breathing in the mold spores.
If you have a more severe problem, the damage increases, too. Your home may have damage to the flooring, baseboards, and lower walls of the lowest level in your home.
The worst damage occurs when the slab leak impacts the foundation of your home. Foundation problems can lead to cracks in the walls and a decrease in your home’s strength, in the most severe cases.
Are Slab Leaks Expensive to Repair?
Calling a plumber to detect and repair a slab leak actually costs much less than dealing with the aftermath of the problem. A slab leak will not repair itself and only worsens the harm to your home over time. Get the problem fixed now to save on costly repairs to your home’s flooring, foundation, and more.
Slab Leak Detection and Repair
If you suspect a slab leak, phone 951-520-8557 to reach us at Best Service Plumber. We have the specialty equipment that lets us find the location of the leak and make repairs. If you have a severe problem that requires replacing the pipes, we also offer re-piping services with long-lasting PEX pipe. Trust us with your home’s plumbing.
You expect your toilet to perform as expected with every flush. However, even this simple fixture can have problems. Here are some basic ways to fix these issues and tips for when you should contact a plumber for toilet problems.
After you flush a standard tank-type toilet, the tank empties into the bowl. Water should flow into the tank to refill it for no more than a minute. After that, you should no longer hear running water. If you return to the bathroom later, and continue to hear your toilet running, you may have a problem in the tank.
The flapper may not properly close to seal off the bowl from the tank or the fill valve does not work. You may need a new flapper or fill valve because both can wear out over time. If you have hard water, the flapper will have a higher chance of losing its seal.
While some people feel confident enough to replace these parts on their own, consider contacting a plumber to get the job done properly.
If you have a toilet that does not flush properly, you may only need to plunge it out to get the clog to more through. Never pour chemical drain cleaners down the toilet because these can damage the delicate porcelain of the bowl. If plunging does not clear the clog, contact a professional before you experience an overflow.
Overflow from your toilet creates a hazard in your bathroom from the waste that backs up into the room. You likely have a clog that is keeping the toilet from flushing or a more serious problem in your plumbing. Contact our emergency line at 951-520-8557 to get help with this problem.
A leaking toilet can lead to water damage in the bathroom and inefficient operation. Because leaks can happen in several places, you should contact a professional to find and stop all the leaks around your toilet. You may want to upgrade to a more efficient toilet if your model is inefficient or has leaks in its structure.
Keep Our Emergency Repair Number Ready
The emergency number for us at Best Service Plumber is 951-520-8557. We have someone on hand 24/7 to answer this line. Whether you have an overflowing toilet or need a small leak repaired, contact us for service.
As a homeowner, you likely don’t think about the pipes behind your walls. Most of the time, you don’t need to worry about the materials used for your drain and supply lines. If something goes wrong, you call a plumber to service the problem. However, if you live in an older home, a little research now could save you a headache in the future. Depending on your home’s pipes, you might want to consider repiping as an option.
Types of Pipe You Should Replace
When to hire a plumber for repiping often depends on your home goals. However, there are a handful of instances when repiping is the best option for the time. If any of the following apply to your home, consider repiping:
- Constantly leaking pipes
- Lead or polybutylene pipes
During remodeling projects, you have walls removed and plumbers have ready access to the pipes inside. The installation process becomes easier at this point. Additionally, you get to renovate your plumbing at the same time that you improve the appearance of your home.
If you have pipes that you need to have regularly repaired due to frequent leaks, you should consider repiping. Frequent leaks can happen as the piping nears the end of its useable life. Hard water also puts a strain on pipes, shortening its expected lifespan.
For older homes built during the early portion of the 20th century, lead pipes were commonly used to supply water to the home. Unfortunately, these pipes are dangerous because the water can absorb lead, causing lead poisoning in those who drink the water. During the 1970s through the 1990s, homes frequently had polybutylene pipes installed, but this material does not last long and has a high likelihood of breaking or leaking.
What Material Repiping Uses
The best part about today’s repiping methods is the low cost thanks to the use of PEX pipe. This flexible pipe costs almost half the amount of install compared to rigid pipe options.
When you contact us at Best Service Plumber for your repiping, we use PEX with a 25-year warranty. Our professional installation and the longevity of the pipes we install can let you know that your home’s plumbing will last for years.
For some people, a plumbing problem means a trip to the hardware store to try to do it themselves. Unfortunately, this often results in even more costly repairs when the homeowner does not correctly fix the issue. Don’t make this mistake. There are certain situations when trying a DIY solution is valid. Otherwise, if you are in Southern California, CA, have Best Service Plumber’s number handy to call us when you need a professional solution.
Plumbing Repairs You Can DIY
Your home should have one piece of plumbing service equipment inside it – a plunger. Using a plunger for clogged sinks or toilets can save you on calling a professional to fix the problem. Avoid using harmful drain cleaners, though. If these do not work, the harmfuls can harm a plumber who may need to open the drain to remove the clog.
One other repair that you can do is to replace a washer or aerator in a dripping faucet. Usually, you only have to remove to end of the faucet where the water come out and change out the washer or aerator.
If either of these DIY options does not fix the problem, though, it’s time to call in the experts.
When to Call a Plumber
Obviously, you want to call us for any plumbing emergencies you have such as broken pipes or water flowing into your home. For these types of services, use the 24/7 emergency phone number to get plumbers to your home quickly.
Other services and repairs that also require plumbing experts include fixture installation, leak detection, and removing drain clogs that you cannot. You want a plumber to install your toilet, faucets, or water heater because if not done properly, these plumbing parts could leak or not work as expected. Many leaks, especially those inside your slab, require high-tech equipment to find and fix. Lastly, drain clogs may need high-pressure water jetting that only plumbers can provide.
Be a Smarter Homeowner by Knowing When to Call for Plumbers
When you know when to do a plumbing repair yourself and when to call in the experts, you become a smarter homeowner. Our experts at Best Service Plumber in Southern California – a Plumbing Concepts Company – can help you to protect the investment you’ve made in your home. Keep our phone number 951-520-8557 at hand to call us when you need professional service and repairs.
Does that leaky faucet or running toilet really count as an emergency? Knowing whether you have a plumbing emergency or a standard repair could save you money. Regardless of the type of service you need, if you are in Southern California, CA, you can trust our professionals at Best Service Plumber – a Plumbing Concepts Company – to help you when you need it.
Can You Control the Problem?
The most important question to ask is whether you can stop damage to your home and wait for office hours to call for standard service. Some plumbing problems such as burst pipes or overflowing toilets cannot wait.
If you have to shut off the water to your whole home to stop a broken pipe from causing a flood, you have an emergency on your hands. Until you have a plumber fix the problem, you will not be able to use any of the fixtures in your home.
However, if the issue happens and you can take your family out of the house over the weekend, you can consider calling for standard service. Since not everyone has the luxury of going to a relative’s home or taking their family to a hotel, we offer emergency service for nights, weekends, and holidays outside our normal operating hours.
Don’t Let a Plumbing Emergency Ruin Your Home
If you have a real plumbing emergency, call us at Best Service Plumber – a Plumbing Concepts Company – as soon as it happens. We offer 24/7 emergency service as a courtesy to you, our customer. It’s our way of helping you to protect your home from extensive damage that can occur from flooding, overflowing drains, or leaking pipes. If you are in Southern California, CA, call our phone number 951-520-8557 at any time of the day or night and we can help you to determine if you need plumbers to come out to your home now or during regular service hours.