At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Common Culprits in Post-Flushing Toilet Odors

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

As most are well aware, the bathroom can occasionally be a somewhat smelly area due to the natural waste we flush down the toilet. But for some home and business owners, odors related to the toilet are a bit different – one common plumbing issue is a sewer-like smell that becomes present after every flush of a given toilet, even when smelly bodily wastes aren’t involved at all.

When you call the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’re proud to assist you with any toilet-related issues, from handling odor issues to servicing modern low-flow toilets and much more. What are some of the culprits that might be behind this sort of odor leaking out from a given toilet after every flush? Here are a few potential explanations, plus what you might be able to do about them.

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Irregular Use

One immediate question to ask yourself if you notice this smell after a given flush or two: How often is the toilet in question used? In cases where a certain toilet in the home or building is not used very often, water that sits in the bowl will often evaporate, leaving nothing but a dry bowl behind.

When this happens, poor odors from the drain pipe can make their way up and into your bathroom – there’s no water to act as a buffer zone. To solve this issue, note any toilets in the building that don’t get regular use, and make a point of flushing them every so often just to make sure there’s still water in the bowl and these smells don’t develop.

Wax Seal Breakage

Another form of issue that can cause odors to leak up from the piping below: When the wax ring that seals your toilet to the ground in the bathroom is broken. This seal is valuable for blocking both water and smells, but when it’s broken, air from inside the toilet and drain pipe can be pushed upward and released into the room every time you flush.

If this issue is allowed to persist, water damage may begin taking place on top of poor smells. If you notice the toilet seat rocking every time you sit down, this could be a sign that the seal is broken – and you should call our plumbers for an inspection and potential replacement.

Drain Pipe Blockages

Finally, another common cause of these smells is a blockage forming in the drain pipe. Not all drain pipe clogs lead to immediate flushing issues – some build up over time, with stinky clog items that stay stuck near the top of the pipe and lead to lasting odors. In these cases, quality drain cleaning services from our plumbers will get the job done quickly.

For more on the common culprits behind fouls odors coming from your toilet after each flush, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Basics and Benefits of Video Pipe Inspections

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

basics video pipe inspectionsModern technology has impacted several areas of home care, and the plumbing world is a good example. Take drain cleaning, for instance – what used to be restricted mostly to plungers and older metal snakes now utilizes several modern materials or solutions in many cases, bringing cost-effective and efficient methods to clearing drains.

When you come to At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, you’ll find a team that’s fully trained and licensed on all the latest drain cleaning technology. One option here that’s growing in popularity in recent years, particularly for tougher clogs in sewer lines, is the video pipe inspection – what is this, and what can it help with? Here are some basics to understand.

How it Works

Also known as a sewer camera inspection or various similar terms, a video pipe inspection is a process that, as the name suggests, utilizes a small video camera fed into the pipe in question to determine what’s causing a given blockage or issue. During this process, a small, flexible camera will be fixed to a cable that’s meant to feed into pipes and run the whole way through them if needed.

From here, the line will be fed down the pipe until it reaches the blockage or other issue (such as a broken or leaking line). Not only is a camera present, but also a tiny radio transmitter that can track the precise location and depth of the issue and inform the plumber of where they need to work.

Together, these devices make clearing drain issues far more efficient than in the past. Instead of taking educated guesses at what’s causing an issue, or worse yet having to dig up pipes or part of your yard to find out, you can understand the problem quickly and with no mess or hassle, plus your plumber will know exactly what needs to be done to fix your issue.

What it Helps Identify

There are several issues a video pipe inspection can help us identify in your system:

  • Clogs and blockages: Your pipes themselves might be in great condition, but the system itself will not work well if various products or messes have clogged them significantly. A video inspection can not only identify where a clog is, but what it’s made up of and what might be required to clear it.
  • Cracks, breaks or other pipe issues: If your pipes have undergone strain that’s led to cracking, leaking or other breakages, video can identify this as well.
  • Sagging sewer lines: In some cases, sagging sewer pipes will allow waste and other materials to build up in the sagging section, which in turn will cause major blockages. Video can spot this, however.
  • Tree root issues: In certain older sewer lines, tree roots may grow toward the line and even into it as they search for water, causing major issues. Video line inspections can help showcase the issue if it’s taking place.

For more on video drain inspections, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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All About Sump Pumps  

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

slightly-used-sump-pumpWhen it comes to flooding and heavy rains, it might seem like there’s little hope for your property. After all, there’s very little anyone can do about the forces of nature. However, sump pumps can do more than a little to help your home suffer from water damage during these harsh conditions. Below, we’ll explain in detail how sump pumps work and the kinds that are available on the market.

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Be Careful When Living With Old Pipes in Your Plumbing

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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If your home is old and you know that it has old pipes, you should also know getting them replaced as soon as possible will be the best choice for your health and to prevent any future plumbing disasters. However, we’re not here to lecture you.

Actually, we are, just a little bit. At the very least, there’s a chance that being aware of why old pipes are bad for your home could be very helpful to you, either now or in the future. In this post, we’ll explain just a few reasons that old pipes could be trouble if not dealt with.

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Everything You Need to Know About Hard Water

Monday, July 16th, 2018

water-softener-tankMost people have heard of hard water and know that it’s not any good for your home. But fewer people understand exactly where hard water comes from and how it causes damage. In this post, we’ll go over all of the above to make you a professional on the subject.

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3 Upgrades to Your Plumbing System

Monday, June 18th, 2018

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Most of the time, you don’t give any thought to the plumbing in your house unless you find yourself in the middle of a crisis thanks to a backed-up toilet or a water heater that’s suddenly quit working. It doesn’t always have to be that way. You do have the opportunity to be proactive when it comes to upgrades for your plumbing system. We’ll go over three popular ones below so you can decide if they are right for you.

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Hard Water Should Be Taken Seriously

Monday, April 9th, 2018

water-softening-systemHard water is a very common problem in our part of the world. In and of itself, it’s not actively harmful. It’s merely water with a high mineral content: usually calcium and magnesium, which are harmless to the human body if swallowed in such amounts. But that doesn’t mean that hard water can’t affect your home in detrimental ways.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. A good plumbing service can provide options for handling hard water in your home, and know that hard water needs to be taken seriously.

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Why Do Store-Bought Means of Drain Cleaning Rarely Work?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

drain-cleaning-servicesWhen clogs show up in people’s drains, it usually does so at the least opportune time: when you’re cleaning the dishes, for example, or preparing a meal. Most of the time, people look for quick solutions to such problems, typically by buying a cleanser or plumbing snake at the local supermarket or hardware store. Unfortunately, store-bought means of cleaning drains rarely work the way they should, which means that the problem doesn’t really get solved. A professional plumbing service is almost always the best choice to deal with a clog in your drains. Why do store- bought means of drain cleaning rarely work? In part because they can address your particular problem.

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Signs to Look for in a Good Plumber

Monday, February 12th, 2018

plumbing-repair-servicesOur plumbing systems are as important to our homes as the electricity and heating: vital for delivering clean water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. When trouble arises, you should always look for a professional plumber to deal with the issue rather than attempting repairs yourself. Professional plumbers have the training, experience and licensing to deal with all kinds of issues, and even a seemingly minor problem benefits from the kind of attention that a good service can bring. If you can resolve your plumbing problem with a plunger and a little elbow grease, the next step is to call a service.

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Trust a Plumber to Handle Clogs in Your Drains

Monday, January 29th, 2018

plumbing-repair-servicesClogs in our drain pipes are fairly common occurrences, and it’s never pleasant to see the water in your sink or tub backing up instead of draining away like you need it to. The go-to solution for such problems is to purchase a store-bought cleanser or perhaps a snake from a nearby hardware store. Such methods and cheap and relatively inexpensive, which is why they’re so popular. Unfortunately, they rarely work effectively and must often be applied multiple times to fix the problem. A professional plumber, on the other hand, can get the clog fixed the right way and ensure that it doesn’t trouble you again.

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