3 Tips for Keeping Your Basement Dry and Leak-Free

Houses, old and new, can experience basement leaks that can lead to flooding. Luckily, there are precautions that homeowners can take to prevent this expensive and damaging situation. By installing a sump pump, fixing leaks early, and taking action to make sure your yard slopes away from your foundation, you can stay ahead of flooding issues.

Here are some tips to follow to give you peace of mind and a dry basement.

Install a Sump Pump: A sump pump consists of a pit insert into the foundation of your home where water is collected. Piping extends from the top of the pit and attaches to an exterior basement wall so the sump’s pump can expel the water out of the pit when the levels get too high. Sumps can thwart flooding during heavy downpours and days of unrelenting rain.

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Call a Plumber of Leak Inspection: Hidden leaks beneath a home’s concrete slab can lead to structural failure. Slab leaks happen when piping breaks, corrodes, or stops working because it was installed incorrectly. Too high of water pressure and hard water can also cause leaks to form in underground pipes. Yearly leak detection service can help you spot potential problems before a pipe bursts and make the appropriate repairs.

Consider Regrading Your Yard: Over time the soil shifts in your yard and it can cause its slope to change. If your yard is sloping toward your foundation, your basement could be at risk for flooding. Water has a tendency to pool around the foundation and if there are any cracks, even hairline cracks, that’s all the water needs to slither through into your basement and cause problems. A landscaper can help you with grading issues.

Regular Maintenance Prevents Flooding

Even with a sump pump, it’s still important to consider annual leak detection and other plumbing maintenance services. Sump pumps, like any other mechanical device, can wear out and break down. The protection you think you have in place is no longer there.

Plumbers like those at Rooter Hero Plumbing can help you maintain all your plumbing components and inspect your foundation for leaks. Don’t wait until the problem has escalated. Regular maintenance and vigilance go a long way toward protecting your home.

Types of Water Leaks and the Damage they Cause

Waters leaks in your home or place of business can cause structural problems and other costly damage. If you have a water, you must deal with the problem now before it turns into a bigger issue.

Water leaks fall into one of two categories: hidden leaks and visible leaks. Each one has its challenges and need prompt attention for the best results.

Visible Leaks

Rooter Hero Plumbing technicians deal with these kinds of leaks on a daily basis and know how to remedy the problem right away. Some of the most common visible leaks we repair include bathtub leaks, leaky faucets, dripping showerheads, and leaky/running toilets.

Some of these visible leaks can easily be repaired with a quick silicone seal; whereas others may require parts of the bathtub, shower, sink, or toilet to be replaced. Sometimes replacement is the best way to handle this situation, so you don’t have the same problem reappear weeks later. Why spend your money twice fixing the same problem?

Hidden Leaks

These leaks tend to be the scariest for our customers because, well, they can’t see the source of the leak. Usually, when we get the call for a hidden leak, extensive damage has already occurred to the piping, the walls, ceiling, or slab that is covering the pipe. At this point, not only do homeowners incur the cost to fix the broken pipe but also the damage that has occurred to flooring, drywall, and even furniture and other belongings.

One misconception is that unlike visible leaks there are no symptoms that a hidden leak exists until the water breaks through the slab’s surface or the walls. We’re here to tell you that just isn’t true. Hidden leaks, especially slab leaks, do provide clues. Homeowners that know what to be on the lookout for can often spot these clues early on and save money by attending to the problem immediately.

Here are just a few clues that you may have a hidden leak in your home:

  • Warm spots beneath your feet. If it suddenly feels like you’ve had heated flooring installed, call a plumber.
  • Mold growth or mildew smells. Musky, damp odors in a home are not normal. Mold growth is not normal either. These are indicators that moisture exists in the house. It could quite possibly be a hidden leak.
  • Recent spikes in water bills. Water bills that rise suddenly even though you haven’t increased your usage can be a strong sign that water is leaking someone in your home or on your property.
  • Water stains on flooring, baseboards, walls, or ceilings. Again, this is a strong indicator that something isn’t quite right.
  • Sounds of running water through the walls. If you’re hearing water running through the pipes in your walls when the water isn’t on, call a plumber right away to diagnose if a leak is present.

Don’t Wait – Call a Plumber Today

Leaks – visible or hidden- are not something that should be left alone. Licensed plumbers like the ones at Rooter Hero Plumbing can help you with the following leaks:

  • Under-the-sink leaks
  • Garbage disposal leaks
  • Water pipes leaks
  • Toilet leaks
  • Dripping faucets
  • And, more!

Call a certified plumber to help you diagnose and repair leaks in your home to keep your property watertight and safe.

The Benefits of Installing a Sump Pump

Sump pumps are a common inclusion in residential and commercial plumbing systems, although not every modern home is equipped with one.  There are many reasons for homeowners to consider installing a pump if they don’t have on already or upgrade their unit to a stronger one that can handle the load.

Reduce Risk of Significant Water Damage

You may balk at the idea of installing a sump pump due to the upfront cost, but the small investment can be well worth it. These pumps are designed to protect your property from water damage due to flooding and humidity. Financial losses from water damage can cost thousands of dollars to fix, as well as frustrating and time-consuming renovations.

Sudden flooding from excessive rain or a burst pipe can turn your basement into a swimming pool. By installing a pump beforehand, the accumulation can be limited or completely prevented. Removing standing water from the home is a difficult and messy task.

It is also natural for water to build up in the lower parts of the home that are below ground level. Even if there hasn’t been a significant amount of rain, moisture that collects in the soil will creep through openings into the basement and crawlspaces. A sump is a convenient and low-maintenance way to remove accumulated water from your home on a regular basis, which helps reduce decay of the foundation.

Health Benefits of a Sump Pump

The presence of wanted in the home also has health and safety implications for the occupants. High levels of moisture augment the growth of unwanted guests, like mold, which can be a serious health hazard for humans and animals alike. It is difficult and often expensive to eradicate these organisms, which is why many homeowners adopt a preventative strategy.

By fighting the risk of flooding, sumps also help protect your household from electrical fire. Despite the apparent contradiction, water damage can cause fires by shorting the circuits of electrical appliances in the basement. At the very least, you can expect to repair or replace any appliances that were submerged in water.

Installing a Pump in Your Home

Installation of a sump pump is a relatively complex and delicate task that should be left to licensed professional plumbers. To get the best results, the unit should be selected based on the expected demand of the individual home. Installation also requires connection with the existing waste water disposal system, as well as integration into the structure.

Your neighborhood plumber can help you with the installation. Call today!

Why Is My Water Bill So High?

A higher than normal water bill could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere in your home. The problem could be something as simple as a leaky toilet that needs a flapper replaced or something more serious like a slab leak. Calling a plumber to inspect your home for a leak is not always an expense that you want to incur. Luckily, there are some things that you can do yourself to figure out the extent of the problem.

Check Your Toilet: The majority of toilet leaks are not visible, meaning there is not water seeping from the toilet base. Instead, these toilet leaks are happening between the tank and the bowl. Check the flapper to make sure it is closing completely. Also, check that the flush valve assembly is not cracked or otherwise damaged.

One of the easiest ways to check for a toilet leak is to add a few drops of food dye into the tank. Wait a few minutes and see if the toilet bowl water turns color. If it does, your toilet is leaking.

Check Your Faucets:  A small, constant drip from a faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water in a single month. It’s quite astonishing just how much the tiniest leak can cost. Indoor faucets and outdoor taps are exposed to exceptional amounts of wear and tear. Frequent usage leads to leaks around the stem, handle, and spout of these fixtures.

Examine Walls and Flooring for Moisture: A common source of hidden water leaks are pipes buried in the walls or flooring. If you live in an older home, it’s likely that age may have played a role in the pipe’s deterioration. However, even newer homes can have problems with broken pipes, especially if a home has hard water, the piping was installed incorrectly, or there is constant fluctuation in water pressure.

The tell-tale signs that something is amiss within your pipes is water spots and mold formation. Brown water marks on walls and ceilings, soggy flooring, warped baseboards, and mildew odors are signs of a water leak that needs your attention right away to prevent excessive water damage from occurring in your home.

When to Call a Plumber

For minor leaks like drippy faucets and running toilets, usually a quick trip to the home improvement store and a YouTube video will suffice. But, when advanced leak detection methods are needed, it’s time to call a professional with the tools and experience to find the most elusive leaks.

Hidden leaks like slab leaks should not be ignored. The longer these leaks go unrepaired, the more likely it is that expensive water damage will occur to your property. Professional plumbing services like Rooter Hero Plumbing are available to help you morning, noon, and night ready to eliminate the toughest water leaks. Call them today for emergency service!

5 Easy Ways to Save on Plumbing Costs

Modern-day living requires a plumbing system that runs smoothly 24/7. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we want you to have a plumbing system that is working up to speed, but we also want you to be able to save money on your plumbing expenses. Here are a few handy tips to help you keep some extra cash in your wallet.

Call a Plumber Immediately When You Notice a Leak

Never put off getting a leak repaired. There is no such thing as a small leak. For example, did you know that a faucet that drips one drop of water each second wastes over 3,000 gallons of water each year? Leaky fixtures can also cause pitting or staining of your sink or tub. Not only is it more economical to fix water leaks right away, but it keeps your sinks, bathtubs, and showers looking better for longer.

Fix Minor Problems Yourself

Yes! A professional plumber is admitting that there are some things you can safely repair on your own. Simple tasks, such as replacing a toilet valve, toilet seat, or faucet are simple jobs that you can do on your own. Head over to our YouTube channel and check out our demonstration videos. We provide easy-to-follow instructions for minor plumbing repairs.

Have Your Water Heater Cleaned

Lime scale and other kinds of residue inside your water heater’s tank increase utility bills and waste water. Cleaning your tank regularly can prevent this from happening. No one wants to drink water, take baths, or wash clothes in water that has been sitting in a dirty tank.  When you hire a professional plumber to clean your water heater’s tank, you’ll have clean water, your water heater will run better, and you’ll keep your utility bills in check.

Take Advantage of Hydro-Jetting and Video Camera Inspection Services

Today’s plumbing technology allows us to use non-invasive approaches to check your entire plumbing system for leaks, clogs, and other problems that have the potential to cause massive amounts of damage.  At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we use a combination of video camera inspection services and hydro-jetting.

Video camera drain inspections allow plumbers to see inside pipes and sewer lines to pinpoint the exact location of the problem. Fast and accurate diagnosis saves YOU money!

Hydro-jetting is pressure washing for your water pipes and sewer lines.  It works much better than augers or snakes because it completely clears out clogs. Augers and snakes only make a hole through the center of the clog, which is why many blockages reoccur rather quickly. It is essentially pressure washing your water lines or sewer lines and leaving them clear of any build up. Both of these advances can catch problems early and keep your plumbing working better longer.

Ask Your Neighborhood Plumber about Slab Leak Detection

Unfortunately, slab leaks (leaks that affect your home’s foundation) often go unnoticed for quite some time. By the time they are noticeable, the damage can be severe. Learn more about electronic and infrared slab leak detection methods to save money and protect your property.

Want more money saving tips and ideas? Give your Rooter Hero Plumber a call today to talk about your situation.

3 Ways Your Plumbing Could Be Affected after an Earthquake

We all know earthquakes are destructive, but sometimes the damage may not initially be visible. Earthquakes can wreak havoc on your plumbing and some things may at first go unnoticed until the damage worsens, and you have a major problem on your hands.  Here, at Rooter Hero Plumbing, we know awareness is the key to avoiding expensive plumbing repairs caused by earthquakes.

Following an earthquake, you need to check for three specific things:  sewer line damage, water line leaks, and interior problems with your plumbing. Here are three tips to help you protect your assets and prevent further damage if your plumbing didn’t fare too well during the earthquake.

Pay Close Attention to Sewer Lines

The shifting earth can damage joints or connections buried underground. Sewer lines can easily crack following an earthquake. Examine your yard for wet spots or seepage along the sewer line. These could be a sign of sewer line breakage.

Be alert to foul odors. These are signs of septic leaks. If you suspect any sewer line damage, call a professional plumber to assess the situation. With the availability of today’s non-invasive technology, sewer line problems can most likely be found and repaired without digging up your yard.

Examine Water Lines

Exterior water leaks require immediate attention. Puddles or sudden grass or plant growth near your home’s water lines are sure signs of an underground water leak. Rooter Hero Plumbing recommends calling an emergency plumber for diagnostic services to find the root of the problem and address it promptly.

Keep an Eye Out for Indoor Plumbing Leaks

Interior leaks can damage floors, walls, and leave behind mold and mildew. Be observant of the following signs of interior leaks:

  • Damp spots along walls
  • Water coming up through the floor
  • Fluctuating water pressure
  • Dripping sounds behind walls

The best way to catch elusive earthquake damage is to be vigilant for a few days after the event. If you notice any of these potential issues, make the call to your trusted, neighborhood plumber. Keep an eye on these things for a few days, and if you notice any of these potential issues, make the call to Rooter Hero Plumbing. We will come out and assess the situation.

At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we know how valuable it is to have a licensed plumber visit your home to assess the situation and make suggestions for repairs or replacements. Our plumbers can also help you install plumbing components such as toilets, piping, and more that are designed to withstand those shaky moments that leave you unsteady on your feet and your home susceptible to damage.

5 Basement Plumbing Tips

It is imperative to keep the plumbing in your basement running up to speed because it plays a significant role in your home’s overall plumbing function and safety. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we recommend regular maintenance and professional inspections to ensure everything is flowing as it should.

Here are five basement plumbing tips we give our customers to help them better manage their plumbing issues.

Know Where the Water Meter and Main Water Shut-Off Valve Are

The shut-off valve is usually located on the main supply pipe that goes into the home from the basement floor. The water meter should be nearby. The main shut-off for the house has one or two valves that can be turned off and on by hand. It is important to know the location of these devices so you can turn the water off in the event of a leak and to check the meter to look for undetected leaks.

Maintain Your Septic Tank

To keep sewer gasses from backing up through the basement floor drain, pour a bucket of water down into the drain trap periodically to ensure the trap is full. The septic tank itself should be inspected and regularly pumped every 3-5 years, to prevent expensive filter field replacement.

Check for Leaks

Choose a time when you’re not using any water and make a note of the reading on the water meter. Recheck that reading 8 – 10 hours later. If the meter has moved, you most likely have an undetected water  or slab leak that needs immediate attention. Periodically inspect washing machine hoses for leaks or bulges. Any hoses that show signs of weakness should be replaced right away.

Maintain Your Heater

Yearly, you should drain several gallons of water from the water heater to flush out sediment buildup, which can lead to corrosion and reduced efficiency in heating. The pressure relief valve should also be tested. Do this by lifting up the lever and snapping it back. If working properly, the valve will emit a burst of water into the drain pipe. If it isn’t working properly, call a professional plumber to replace it.

Don’t Dismiss Annoying Noises

If you hear water hammer noises, you may need to install shock absorbers in the water lines to absorb the vibrations. These can make a difference in the sounds coming from your home’s plumbing.