Homeowners in Bradenton, FL should not have a problem finding plumbers during an emergency. Plumbing emergencies can come from different sources:
- Washing machine hoses wear out and burst.
- Sump pumps can fail, allowing moisture to collect and flood the basement.
- Water pipes can burst.
- Old water heaters can fail and burst, causing flooding.
- Pipes under sinks can become corroded from hard water.
- Supply valves can wear out and leak.
- Toilets can become clogged with waste or other materials.
- Septic tanks and pipes can experience problems with deep plant roots or other items.
Plumbers are trained to handle everything from clogged drains to installing the plumbing in a building. Aqua Plumbing & Air has expert plumbers in Bradenton, FL ready to handle all your plumbing needs all year long, any time of day or night. They would like to offer the following advice to help you keep your house’s plumbing in the best shape it can be.
Water heaters should be maintained in order to work properly and last for years. The owner’s manual should suggest periodic cleaning to remove mineral deposits inside the tank. Follow the owner’s manual to properly drain and clean your tank. If the tank has an anode rod, it should be replaced every two to three years. Plumbers can replace the rod for you at a nominal charge. They can also advise you about new technologies in water heaters that will save significant amounts of money on the utility bill.
Maintaining a sump pump is easy if you follow the directions given in the owner’s manual. If the manual is not available, have a plumber clean the unit thoroughly once a year. Every two to three months, pour white vinegar into the sump pit and observe how the pump removes it. The vinegar can remove mineral deposits that build up from the water. Clear the air line if necessary and ensure the pump float is not obstructed.
One of the most common complaints is clogged drains. Avoiding this is easy. Never pour grease, food bits or any foreign substances down the drain. If a clog occurs, do not pour acid into the drain. This can cause a violent reaction with liquids or substances inside the drain pipe. Use a snake or a commercial clog-buster to remove the clog. A clog-buster is a device made of rubber that resembles the tip of a garden hose. A small hole in the tip allows water to leave the device. Once inserted into the pipe, the water is turned on and the clog-buster swells to block water from backing up. The water continues to enter the pipe and creates pressure against the clog, blowing it apart and sending it down the drain.
Open and close supply valves to toilets and sinks periodically to ensure they work properly. Any leaks should be repaired immediately. Inspect interior and exterior walls and notice if any water stains are present. Catching this problem early can save thousands of dollars. Aqua Plumbing & Air’s staff can help you upgrade, maintain or repair your house’s plumbing system.