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Knowing what to watch out for is half the battle when it comes to owning a home. The sooner you can spot a plumbing problem in your home, the sooner you can get it fixed and the less damage it’s going to do. However, most homeowners don’t know the first thing about plumbing, especially as it pertains to discovering and identifying problems. If you want to make sure you’re calling a plumber as soon as possible every time, here are six signs you need to watch out for.

1. A pipe or fixture is leaking

No matter how minor a leak in your home may be, it’s a big problem. Leaks only get worse with time, and they can cost you a lot of money in wasted water and water damage to your home. If you notice any pipes or fixtures leaking, call a plumber right away before you end up with a larger repair bill.

Oftentimes, stopping a leak is as simple as replacing a component of a fixture or replacing a pipe fitting. While these repairs are still going to cost you a bit of money, you’ll save a fortune compared to what you could pay for the water damage leaks can cause.

2. A pipe is frozen

Burst pipes are one of the biggest problems plumbers have to deal with, and it all starts with a pipe freezing. When the water inside a pipe freezes, it expands to the point that it can crack the pipe. If it’s below freezing outside and one of the fixtures in your home isn’t working, chances are you’ve got a frozen pipe.

A professional can help thaw your pipe out before it gets damaged, so it’s important to call the pros right away. The sooner you have somebody check out your frozen pipe, the less likely it is to burst. This can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in water damage, so preventing frozen pipes from bursting should be a top priority.

3. A pipe is badly clogged

Slow or clogged drains aren’t an uncommon plumbing problem, but they certainly can be. If you can’t get rid of a clog using a liquid drain cleaner and a plunger, that’s a sign that you need to call a professional. Any further drain cleaning needs to be handled by a professional and trying it yourself could result in hundreds or thousands of dollars of damage.

Bad pipe clogs can lead to sewage backups, which introduce dangerous sewage to your home. Drain clogs can also lead to pipe corrosion or flooding, both of which result in costly repairs. These major clogs have to be removed using an auger or snake, which can cause significant pipe damage and even flooding if done wrong. This is why you need to call a plumber if you have a drain clog you can’t take care of on your own.

4. Your water tastes, smells, or looks strange

When you fill a glass with water or turn a faucet on, you can usually tell if there’s something wrong with your water. If you notice the water coming out of a faucet tastes, smells, or looks strange, stop drinking it and have somebody check it out as soon as possible. While some changes in water quality aren’t a huge deal, you could be drinking toxins that can lead to serious health problems. In particular, you want to look out for:

  • Water that has a blue or green color
  • Cloudy or foamy water
  • A chlorine taste in water
  • Dirt and sediment in water
  • Water that smells like sulfur

If you notice any of these water quality issues in your home, call a plumber to have it checked out. The last thing you want to do is put your health at risk by drinking contaminated water.

5. You have no hot water

Every morning when you wake up, you expect to have hot water. Whether you’re washing your hands on a particularly cold day or taking your morning shower, hot water is an essential part of modern life. Unfortunately, there are several water heater problems that can lead to a lack of hot water in your Jacksonville, FL, home.

The best-case scenario is a simple breaker problem. If a breaker is tripped, it can prevent your water heater from heating up. Most of the time, however, you need to replace a heating element or thermostat. And in most cases, it’s the bottom element or thermostat that goes out first, since it does more of the work.

6. Your water bill is significantly higher than it should be

It’s normal for your water bill to fluctuate a bit from month to month, but a sharp increase in your water bill is a sign that you need to call a plumber. It could be that you’ve got a leak, a running toilet or a dripping faucet. In some cases, a high water bill can result from water meter problems.

If you haven’t added members to your household or significantly changed your water use habits lately, you shouldn’t see a massive change in your water bill. If you do, it’s time to call a plumber.

Give Us a Call

Knowing what to watch for is only half the battle when it comes to taking care of your home’s plumbing; you also have to know who to call when you have a problem. If you’re in the Jacksonville, FL, area, the best way to solve your plumbing problems is by calling Bert Norman’s Plumbing. We have a team of experienced plumbers who can help you get leaks, clogs, and other problems fixed in a hurry no matter how severe they are. We can even handle major work like plumbing an addition or remodel and repiping your home. When you need a plumber, give Bert Norman’s Plumbing a call at 904-225-5888.

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The plumbing system in your Fernandina, FL, home is very complex. With all of the videos online these days that can teach you to do home repairs, more and more homeowners are making home repairs DIY projects. While this is fine for some jobs, if you are having an issue with your plumbing system, you should hire a licensed plumber.

If you are having any of the following issues, you should call a licensed professional as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will become.

#1 Multiple Clogged Drains

When just one of the drains in your home is clogged, it can be very frustrating. Just one clogged drain can make daily household tasks difficult. When you have multiple clogged drains in your home, it can make things even more challenging. If you have multiple clogged drains, you should call a licensed plumber immediately. The problem could be due to a large clog located deep in the plumbing system, affecting every drain in the house. This is a major job, and it should not be a DIY project. A plumber might need to send a camera down the drain to figure out exactly where the drain is located so that it can be removed. Until you call a professional, your drains won’t function properly.

#2 Leaking Pipes

If your pipes are leaking, it is an emergency situation, and you should call a licensed professional immediately. In some cases, you will see water dripping from the pipes under the faucet. If the leaking pipe is behind a wall or hidden, you will notice water spots on the ceiling, on the walls, or near the floor. If you don’t call a licensed plumber immediately, you are putting your home at great risk. If you don’t call a professional immediately, your home can sustain serious water damage. If the foundation or load-bearing walls are affected, the safety of your home and family will be at risk. Also, the water leaking from the pipes can promote the growth of mildew and mold. These issues can threaten the health of your family, particularly those with allergies and respiratory issues.

When you call a professional, they will repair the leaking pipe and then evaluate the extent of the water damage.

#3 Leaking Faucets

If there is a leaking faucet in your Fernandina, FL home, it is not something that should be ignored. It is important that you call a licensed plumber right away. Some homeowners will try to repair the problem themselves by tightening the faucet with a wrench. Unfortunately, this is just a temporary fix. A faucet is made up of tiny moving parts. If the faucet is leaking, it means that something inside isn’t functioning properly, and it needs to be repaired by a licensed professional.

Some people will just ignore the problem. After a day or so, you get used to the sound of the dripping water to the point where you don’t even hear it anymore. Ignoring the problem is a costly mistake. A dripping faucet can waste up to five gallons of water each day, which will cause a significant increase in your water bill. If you ignore the issue, you will be paying a lot of money for wasted water.

As soon as you notice that the faucet in your home is leaking, you should call a licensed professional.

#4 Water Heater Issues

If your water heater isn’t functioning properly, you should call a professional right away. There are several signs that your water heater needs to be repaired.

  • No hot water: If you aren’t getting any hot water or if it isn’t getting hot enough, you should call a professional. The problem could be with the thermostat, the heating element, or gas or oil water heaters; there could be a pilot light problem. It would take the experience of a plumber to figure out what is causing the problem and then make the necessary repairs.

 

  • Running out of hot water: If you notice that you can’t even make it through a shower without running out of hot water, the water heater is probably the problem. When sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank, there won’t be as much room for the stored hot water. When there is less room, you will have less hot water, which could be why you are running out so fast. The issue could also be a faulty heating element, and only half of the tank is staying heated.

 

  • Rusty hot water: If the hot and cold water is coming out rusty, you likely have corroded pipes. If just the hot water is coming out rusty, the problem is likely with the water heater and should be checked out by a plumber immediately. The rust is likely due to corrosion or sediment that has built up inside the water tank. Rusty water isn’t safe for bathing, cooking, or drinking; therefore, you should call a professional as soon as you notice the problem.

 

  • Strange sounds coming from the water heater: If your water heater is working properly, you shouldn’t hear anything more than a low-level hum. If you hear a banging or clanging sound coming from the water heater, there is likely sediment knocking around inside. If you don’t call a plumber right away, the sediment can damage the tank, resulting in a flood.

 

  • Moisture or water around the water heater: There should never be water or moisture around the water tank. It could be something simple like a broken or disconnected hose or something more serious like a leaking water heater. Because both issues can cause serious water damage, you should call a plumber right away.

If you are having any issues with the plumbing system in your home, contact Bert Norman’s Plumbing Inc. We are a family-owned and operated business and are certified by the state. We have been providing quality plumbing services to residential and business customers in the area since 1985.

We understand that plumbing issues can be serious, and many can put your home and family at risk. Because of this, we offer emergency service 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

If you need the help of a plumber, give us a call today.

We all do things without thinking at times. Daily habits form and we repeat our actions automatically. Some of these habits can damage plumbing infrastructure and result in a great deal of frustration. Most people in Callahan, FL, have experienced a sudden, unexpected need for a plumber. No one can prevent every possible problem, but we can be aware of our actions and avoid seemingly insignificant actions that become more serious over time.

Damaging Hidden Pipes

Screwing or hammering a nail into the wall to hang a picture is fairly innocuous. That little nail or screw can lead to a very aggravating problem if it punctures a pipe within the wall. You’ll probably notice the problem as soon as water runs through that particular pipe because the water will end up spraying drywall or eventually soaking through the wall entirely. This scenario may even require an emergency call to your local plumber.

Drain Cleaner

Reaching for a bottle of drain cleaner on a store shelf is almost an automatic reaction to inconvenient toilet clogs. Some products are even advertised as clog prevention. The instructions claim the product will prevent future clogs. Drain cleaning solutions are extremely caustic and corrode pipes and fixtures. These products probably won’t cause too much damage with sporadic use, but heavy or constant use of drain cleaners can destroy plumbing. Call a professional for stubborn clogs and ask how you can avoid clogging in the future.

Joining Different Pipe Materials

Attempting DIY plumbing repairs can always have unintended consequences, but one surprisingly common mistake may not be obvious. You should never join two different metals. An example would be connecting a steel pipe to a copper pipe. The two metals corrode at different rates and in response to different things. This is true for any pipe material, and joining dissimilar metals may lead to accelerated corrosion and leaks. Call a plumber when repairs are necessary to save yourself time and frustration in the future.

Food Waste

Its tempting to assume anything in liquid form can be conveniently dumped down the drain. Unfortunately, grease is only a liquid until it cools. Many calls to plumbers have originated in a goopy, sticky mass of fat clogging pipes. Pour used grease in an empty beverage bottle and dispose of it with other solid trash.

Rinsing food waste down a kitchen drain is also an ideal strategy for clogging pipes. Finely chopped pieces or foods with very soft consistencies may go down the drain, but your plumber may need to remove it later if this is done on a regular basis. Some food gets stuck in pipes before reaching a septic tank or sewer mains. Clogs can start out with just a few tiny pieces that rapidly accumulate additional mass from catching subsequent food items traveling through the pipe.

Outdoor Hoses

The mild winters of Callahan, FL, are the envy of people in other snow-covered parts of the country. Local residents know snow is possible. Freezing temperatures can also occur, even though cold snaps don’t usually last long. Leaving outside hoses attached when a cold snap occurs generally leads to buying a replacement hose. Worst case scenario is a frozen faucet and damaged pipes in the home’s interior that need urgent attention from a plumber.

Plumbing Vents

Plumbing vents supply air to interior drains. The vents facilitate drainage by preventing suction and let sewer gases escape. Some homeowners forget what these vents are for and use them to run cables between rooms or mistakenly block vents completely. Obstructed vents interfere with drainage and may let gases build up in your home.

Hair and Hygiene Products

Toilets are the source of many plumbing problems. People tend to flush a plethora of items and substances that shouldn’t be swirling down a toilet drain. Hair is a very common offender. Don’t be fooled by the lack of mass in hair clippings or balls of hair pulled from a comb or brush.

Hair does not dissolve in water or oil. Its actually a rather durable substance, and it easily tangles around fixtures or bends and dips in pipes. Products, such as hair spray, gel, or serums, can solidify tangles and magnify the problem. These tangles grow every time more hair is flushed and the hair mass attracts other substances. Large clogs with significant hair content aren’t easy to dislodge, so a call to your plumber is almost always necessary.

Surprisingly, common hygiene products aren’t actually safe for toilets. Dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, and soap can damage the rubber seals in your cistern. Never flush shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments, body wash, and lotions either. These products contain all sorts of oils, fats, and soap. Cosmetics and exfoliators may contain plastic, beeswax. mica, sugar, or salt. None of these ingredients is good for your plumbing, and they all contribute to clogged toilets.

Indiscriminate Flushing

Cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, and baby wipes are commonly flushed items that will clog your plumbing. It may not seem like a big deal to just flush such items once in a while, but even sporadic occurrences increase risk of clogs. Try not to flush biodegradable feminine products, wipes, or other hygiene items bearing ‘flushable’ labels.

None of these products decompose quickly and they could easily lead to hiring a plumber to pump a septic tank. Households connected to city water and sewer services may end up with clogged underground mains. Items that make it through into public infrastructure can create a mess for everyone. Public service workers have manually removed plenty of clogs made up of items that shouldn’t have been flushed in the first place.

Call Bert Norman’s Plumbing for any plumbing problems, regardless of their cause. Calling a professional plumber is almost always a better choice than trying to deal with problems alone.

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Among the most common plumbing problems in homes is a clogged pipe that may arise due to various reasons. A blocked drain can distract the normal functionality of the plumbing system. The clogging mostly results from the buildup of materials such as hair, soap, hygiene products, and food in sinks, showers, and toilets. Clogged drains prevent the smooth drainage of wastewater, and eventually, the pipes may burst or cause a backup.

Some signs of a clogged drain are obvious, while others are subtle. A keen eye and little self-diagnosing knowledge can go a long way in saving your plumbing since you can hire a plumber on time. Read on to identify some common signs of a clogged pipe and save yourself from possible future problems.

Changes in water pressure

The most noticeable and immediate sign of a clogged pipe is a fluctuation in your home’s water pressure, in particular the decrease in water flow. A build-up of materials in the pipes results in blockage, causing water to concentrate in one area of the pipe, rather than flowing to the disposal system. Additionally, cracked or broken pipes (resulting from intense clogging) can cause changes in water pressure.

If you are a homeowner in Jacksonville, FL, and notice changes in the force with which water flows in the drains, there is a high chance some pipes are clogged. Because this build-up can occur in any pipe, it is advisable to seek professional help to avert future pipe bursts. An expert plumber will identify the clogged pipe, diagnose the causes, and fix the whole system.

Debris emanating from fixtures

Another common sign of clogged pipes is frequent debris coming out of your faucets when you turn on the tap. That could be stringy foods, gunk, grease, or paper products. It can occur due to poor drain care and waste disposal habits, leading to contaminated water that can cause health complications such as diarrhea and skin irritation.

Particles such as silt or sand can also damage your home appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers. If you notice any unwanted particle coming out from your tap, it is advisable to contact your local plumber to unclog the pipes. Also, homeowners should adopt proper waste disposal habits to prevent future clogs.

Dampness and wet spots

Although dampness mostly accrues from water penetration and condensation, it can also result from a clogged pipe. Some common signs of dumpiness include peeling wallpaper, discolored walls, and mold infestation, especially on floors and walls. When water accumulates in one place, it tends to leak through the walls hence the wet spots.

The situation can cause your property to lose value due to structural damages that can be quite expensive to repair. If you notice wet spots in your home or suspect the pipes are not functioning well, it is vital to call a plumber to check your pipes and fix any underlying issue.

Bad odor

An unattractive smell will not only make your home uncomfortable but also pose health hazards. When food, dust, and other debris accumulate in your pipes, they can generate weird smells when they start to decompose. The smell could also emerge from a dead rodent that was trying to access your home via the plumbing system. The odor might then spread through the pipe openings into your entire house.

If you notice a disgusting smell stemming from your shower, kitchen sink, or tap, it is time to seek drain cleaning services. A professional plumber will have the expertise and tools necessary to drain off the materials, and they can also give maintenance tips to prevent future clogs.

Strange noises

Another noticeable sign of a blocked pipe is a frequent gurgling sound around the plumbing fixtures. After a long day, you would look forward to going home to a peaceful and quiet environment where you can relax and meditate. However, with a clogged pipe, that will not be the case. A noisy plumbing system is not only annoying and can cause larger problems if left unrepaired.

When water does not flow freely in the pipes, and you flush down the waste, the air moves forward and creates a vacuum behind it. The air then struggles to flow right in, hence the gurgling sound. Therefore, seek professional help from plumbing maestros to get to the root cause of the problem and restore your serene home environment.

The unusual green patch in your yard

Some homeowners may experience unexplained puddles of water around their yards. An oddly lush green patch indicates the possibility of a pipe clog, often caused by tree roots finding their way down to your piping system. A clogged pipe can eventually cause the pipes beneath your yard to break and leak. When that happens, the green vegetation in your yard absorbs excess water underground, making it greener than the rest.

Also, flooding and concentration of water in one place in your yard or foul odors originating from your irrigation system could be a sign of a clogged pipe. If you notice any of the mentioned signs, contact your local plumber right away and get expert help.

Slow drains

A well-functioning plumbing system should be able to drain water quickly and efficiently. For instance, when you flush a toilet or a bathtub, a continuous whirlpool motion occurs, causing the water to flow freely and fast. Hair or soap scum build-up can hinder the easy flow of water. If the water takes longer to drain than expected, it indicates a blockage is starting to accumulate. Therefore, you should seek assistance from a professional plumber. Ignoring the sign or trying to fix the problem on your own can lead to more damage or a misdiagnosis of the problem.

To avoid future damages resulting from clogged pipes, homeowners should often hire a plumber to clean the system, detect any problem, and repair the stubborn clogs before they become a serious matter. Additionally, it is wise to dispose of waste materials correctly to avoid clogging eventualities.

Contact the plumbing aficionados!

Bert Norman’s Plumbing is a full-service plumbing company that offers plumbing installations, repair, and maintenance services. With plumbing works, you should trust a local company that will be within reach whenever you face a problem. If you reside in Jacksonville, FL, we are the company to contact. Our plumbers are well-trained in handling multiple plumbing system problems, restoring your home to its optimum functionality. Give us a call or visit our office for a consultation and appointment scheduling.

Those living in the Callahan, FL area know that plumbing works just like any other mechanical system. Drains-and-Pipes--Some-Common-Reasons-To-Call-A-Plumber-_-Callahan,-FLSometimes, it can go very smoothly with all parts interacting just as they should. This is when you know everything is in order and working properly to serve the plumbing needs of your home.

But beware, because just like any other ordinary mechanical system, anything that can go wrong with your home’s plumbing will. Anything from clogged drains to broken water heaters and more, you know that when the going gets tough, it’s time to call the plumber. So look no further than Bert Norman’s Plumbing, which can service Callahan, FL and other areas within this fine coastal state.

A good plumber can fix anything, from clogged drains to leaky pipes and more. The plumbing services at Bert Norman’s are many, and you can choose from a list online.

The signs of a clogged drain are many, but they are accurate and to the point when it comes to your drain cleaning service needs. Some signs to watch out for include foul odors which emit from the drain that is clogged, as well as backup. In fact, when one plumbing fixture backs up into another, the proof is evident that you have a clogged drain in dire need of immediate attention.

Drains in your home are intricately connected and what happens with one can affect the other. Take, for example, your bathroom. Your toilet gets clogged, but then you soon start to notice some backup into the tub or the sink, or perhaps both. This can pose a serious threat, especially as you begin to notice sewage that seeps into your shower or tub. You think of every possible nightmare that could happen with your plumbing, up to and including the unimaginable expense that might be involved. Since all three fixtures use the exact same drain, this could indicate a line blockage, which is something that needs to be addressed by a professional.

There are many common issues that lead to drain clogs, including lost jewelry, hair that gets stuck, and grease and oil that binds to the inner walls of your pipes and hardens rapidly. Other substances such as solid food and even tree roots can also get stuck, and may require the use of hydro-jetting to get them loosened and out of the system.

There are other substances that lead to drain clogs, such as wipes that are declared “flushable,” tampons and other feminine hygiene products, and, in some cases, paper towels that are mistakenly flushed down the toilet. Anything that doesn’t dissolve quickly in water can be prone to causing a clog, and care needs to be taken when deciding what goes down the drain and what doesn’t.

The mechanical snake is used when the drain becomes clogged with tangible objects such as human hair and excessive bath tissue. With a mechanical snake, the plumber can reach into the pipes and grab the object that is causing the clog, whether its hair, bath tissue, or even a piece of jewelry. The only drawback is that this method is used only with these objects, but with food, grease, and other substances, mechanical snaking is ineffective and hydro-jetting should be used.

When using the hydro-jetting method, the plumber gets into the drain using a special pointed tool that aims at the source of the clog and eliminates it. This method is commonly used with items that no ordinary plumbing snake can get, such as hardened grease and bits of solid food. What happens during the process is that the plumber will get in there and blast away at the items using roughly 1,500 to 4,000 pounds of pure water, which is designed to tackle the toughest of clogs.

What’s best about the hydro-jetting method is how safe it is for your system. It uses no harsh dyes or chemicals and doesn’t cause any kind of damage to your pipes or drains if done by a professional. The only downside is that you may be expected to spend more money than you’d like to have this done, but the long-term savings are definitely worth it. Plus, having clean drains will allow you to enjoy making the most of your water and provide you relief in the process.

Hydro-jetting can pick up where the mechanical snake leaves off. It can not only break up hardened debris such as tree roots or solid food, but it can get the layers of substances that harden along the walls of your pipes.

Pipes that leak can cause their own share of problems, from mold and mildew that’s readily seen to a moldy smell in your bathroom or kitchen. This is due to the water that leaks onto an area such as your counters or floors, which can result in the growth of mold to begin with.

You may even notice the sudden appearance of wet spots or cracks that appear along the drywall of your home. Yet these cracks may start to widen, which is enough to set off alarm bells and have you calling for the plumber.

When you ignore a leaky pipe, high water bills can result. This is due to the fact that several gallons of water are lost per month through pipe leaks, which can more than triple by the end of the year. With this in mind, calling a plumber for an inspection is critical prior to setting up a work order.

In most cases, simply repairing or replacing a single pipe won’t do. It becomes critical that the plumber do a complete re-piping of your entire system, which would allow for brand new pipes to replace the old ones. And although the investment may seem heavy, the long term benefits are many.

Whether you’re facing a drain clog or a pipe leak, there’s no need to worry. A good plumber can help you fix your issues right away. Simply call Bert Norman’s Plumbing or visit them online for a free estimate.

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Plumbing service in Jacksonville, FL is never in short supply, and every homeowner who resides in that area and beyond understands that when the going gets tough, it’s time to make that critical phone call. Plumbing-Service-Is-Never-In-Short-Supply-_-Jacksonville,-FLPlumbing is like any other mechanical system in that anything can go wrong at any time in spite of how new your fixtures may be. So when the drains are clogged, or you experience a leak or a hot water outage, then it’s best you call for professional plumbing service from Bert Norman’s Plumbing.

Hot water outages are certainly no fun, and can result in cold morning showers and a pile of unwashed dishes. Plus, if you’re the type of person who washes most of their clothing in hot water, then you may have to adjust the temperature and do a wash in cold water.

The lack of hot water is typically traced to a water heater that’s broken. Most homeowners know that the average lifespan of a hot water heater can last for a period of 8-12 years, and that most tanks come with a six-year basic warranty upon the initial installation. And with that warranty comes only bare coverage: it only compensates for the tank and its parts, and will not cover the installation process itself.

Water heaters require basic maintenance once every two to three months. Calling a plumber should include asking that person if they could inspect the water heater’s tank and look for excess water. Many times, the plumber may be able to drain the water heater to prevent flooding which can occur around the base of the tank.

But when the overall temperature of your water suddenly rises then drops sharply, this could mean only one thing. This means that your tank is on the edge of a breakdown and will most likely need to be replaced. Good plumbing service should be able to cover this at a cost that’s affordable to you.

Water heaters that are in good working order can provide years of relative comfort. This is due to the fact that a nice hot shower makes the perfect end to a long working day and that you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your dishes are cleaned and sanitized properly.

Drain clogs often have their origins within your pipes. Solid food, hair, and bath tissue all get trapped well within the system and can wreak serious havoc that causes your drains to back up. Gurgling noises, sudden unexplained odors, and stubborn water that simply refuses to go down are all the symptoms you need to know about drain clogs.

Keep in mind that drain clogs can also be the direct result of hardened grease, oils, and fats that solidify once the cool air hits them. Those who wash with a bar of soap as opposed to using a liquid version should know that soap which is in bar form is often composed of fats that can harden down in the pipes over time. Fortunately, good plumbing service can solve the above issues with the use of hydro-jetting, which is water that is applied to de-clog your drains of stubborn substances. This special technique can also be applied to bust out tree branches that poke right through your outdoor drains, as well as clear away leaves, solid food, and coffee grinds that align the walls of your pipes.

Other types of drain clogs involve hair, which typically result in the bathtub or shower areas where you’re most likely to wash your hair. Sometimes, a toilet can get stopped up due to the collection of excessive bath tissue or cleansing wipes that residents flush. Good plumbing service can resolve either of these problems by the use of a mechanical snake where a plumber can simply pull out the excess debris in a matter of minutes.

Garbage disposals have become so intertwined with our home lives that they can easily slide under the radar unnoticed. So when they start to break down, it should come as no surprise that some degree of stress could result. Fortunately, the team at Bert Norman’s Plumbing knows that good, quality plumbing service should include fixing your disposal so that it can grind up solid food before it reaches your pipes and drains. Thankfully, the experts at Bert Norman’s Plumbing have just enough expertise to fix and replace garbage disposals at a cost that’s affordable to you.

Anything from foul odors to the gathering of fruit flies around your kitchen sink can signify a broken garbage disposal. Food waste that comes up out of your drain or water that won’t go down can be the result of this nasty and stressful issue.

Slab leaks are annoying, and are also a major headache for every homeowner in Jacksonville, FL and beyond. When you feel a hot spot on a certain area of your floor, or hear water running long after you’ve ceased using it, then you know that there is a problem in need of your attention. Water that leaks through the concrete slab of your floor can cause mold and mildew to suddenly appear, which can lead to funny, musty odors and possibly cause allergies. Thankfully, plumbing service at Bert Norman’s has professionals who are trained in the techniques of good slab leak repair, so all you have to do is make that call.

The inner workings of your faucets can wear out after so many years of heavy use, and that can lead to a break that results in a leak. Expensive water damage can result from water that erupts out of the faucet handle or the tap, which can bring forth mold and mildew and raise the fee on your monthly bill. Bad installation can be another potential culprit. If the fixture is poorly installed, this may result in water seeping out. Fortunately, good plumbing service can either fix or replace your entire faucet set, which should bring about considerable relief in the long run.

These services and more are all a part of what Bert Norman’s Plumbing can do. There are so many items that go into good, affordable plumbing repair, and the website explains it all. Simply visit them online or give them a call today for an estimate. Good plumbing service is worth what you invest.

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Plumbing service is always a critical must, and those who own homes or run businesses know the high price of plumbing gone bad. Quality-Plumbing-Service-_-Jacksonville,-FLAnything from a drain clog, an aging water heater, or leaky water fixtures are all the basic plumbing necessities of your home’s indoor plumbing. Pipes can go bad due to wear, tear, or simple aging, and nothing is more stressful than a pipe that suddenly bursts without any warning.

Drain clogs have symptoms of their own, and they are many and varied. Keep in mind that all of your drains are interconnected, and that what happens in one affects the others. In your bathroom, if your toilet or sink drains are clogged, they can back into each other. And when you see this happening to your fixtures, then you know it’s time to call on the professionals at Bert Norman’s of Jacksonville, FL for your plumbing service needs.

Anything can cause a drain clog. Grease and oil collection can align the walls of your pipes and start hardening once they cool, thus causing a drain clog that slows the passage of water into the sewage system. Other items, such as food bits, hardened soap scum, jewelry, and small toys often have sneaky ways of creeping into your drains and getting stuck without warning.

A leaking or malfunctioning garbage disposal can be another cause of your drain cleaning woes. One good sign that your disposal is on the brink is the sudden appearance of fruit flies that lurk around your sink area. Thankfully, good plumbing service also includes the ability to repair or replace a broken garbage disposal.

There may be a time when you turn on your garbage disposal only to have it regurgitate a mountainous mess of food bits, both great and small. Before you know it, both sides of your sink are covered in leftovers, leaving you with a giant mess in which to deal with.

Thankfully, the contractors at Bert Norman’s have plenty of experience in assessing and treating your garbage disposal needs. As part of good, quality, plumbing service, your plumber can look at your unit and determine the course of service at a cost that’s affordable to you. They have vast knowledge of all types of makes and models and can give you a reasonable estimate of the cost of parts and labor involved. Good plumbing service includes the installation of a garbage garbage disposal, repairing an existing one, or simply maintaining one on a periodic basis.

And homeowners should beware that a bad garbage disposal can be another leading cause of a clogged drain. In fact, if it fails to properly grind your food up, then it can choke the very life out of your drain and cause the kind of damage that leads to the need for professional plumbing service.

DIY efforts may appear to be normal, even heroic, but they are hardly recommended for your drain cleaning needs. Home drain cleaners such as Draino can cause more harm for your pipes and drains, thus leading to more costly and time consuming repairs down the road. Therefore, it’s best to rely upon good, quality professional plumbing service from a licensed professional.

Many times, a plumber can use a mechanical snake to pull out solid debris from a clogged drain, This method is commonly used in cases where a bathroom drain may suffer a clog with origins that can be traced to a collection of hair or two-ply toilet paper. Other cases will need to use other measures of drain cleaning, however, and these include those where drains are clogged due to food, oil, grease, or soap scum build up. In those cases, it becomes critical for the plumber to use hydro-jetting, where several pounds of pure water are injected straight into the drain pipe without the added use of harmful chemicals.

There are many other modern-day plumbing amenities we have all come to rely upon; and, in some cases, even taken for granted. For example, water heaters are certainly nothing new to homeowners, and those who live within the Jacksonville, FL area know all too well that without a reliable water heater comes much undue plumbing distress.

Hot water has a variety of uses within the home, and without it, basic tasks of normal daily living cannot be done as well as you’d like. Think of those long, warm, luxurious tub baths that are a source of comfort and luxury right after a hectic day at the office. Plus, those nice, steaming morning showers that have you feeling clean and ready to start your day are the result of a good water heater that does its job and does it well.

Your plumbing service does include water heater installation and repair, which is a major source of help once your unit loses the steam it needs to keep you and your home clean and sanitized. The plumbing service team at Bert Norman’s knows all too well that taking a cold shower is no fun, and that we humans take great pride in how well we keep ourselves nice and clean. Sometimes, a new unit can break down due to poor installation or a missing part, but older units with a lifespan of ten years or more will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

The good news is that newer water heater models stand a far better chance of running much more efficiently and of being in full compliance with EPA standards. Plus, a better, more improved model can greatly reduce your monthly water bill, thus saving you even more money in the long run.

This is especially true if you decide to have a tankless water heater installed. Tankless water heaters are reliable about heating only the amount of water you will need to use in the course of a day. It also uses far less water due to the fact that it doesn’t need to come up through the pipes to the source of output, as the unit is very tiny and typically uses much less water than traditional brands.

Whatever the issue is, don’t wait. Trying to fix it yourself may come across as noble, but the consequences are great and outweigh the benefits. You can call or visit online today to speak with a professional for an appointment with Bert Norman’s Plumbing.

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You Have Influence Over Whether Your Drains Get Clogged Or Not

Fernandina, FL residents have a fair amount of influence over whether their drains get clogged or not. Plumber-Tips--Be-Careful-About-What-You-Put-Down-Your-Drains-_-Fernandina,-FL-Yes, there are some contributing factors that are beyond their control. However, there are plenty of other contributing factors that are not. For instance, local residents are the ones who control what they put down their drains, which can have a very real effect on whether they will need to call in a plumber or not in the future.

What Are Some Things That You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Drains?

Here are some examples of things that Fernandina, FL residents should avoid putting down their drains if they want to avoid having to call in the plumber:

Oil and Grease

Both oil and grease are substances that interested individuals should never put down their drains if they want to avoid having to call in a plumber as much as possible. This is because both oil and grease can congeal under colder temperatures, meaning that they can congeal on the inside of pipes. On their own, this would be bad enough. However, what is particularly unpleasant about congealed oil and grease is that they are sticky substances. Thanks to that, both of them can cause other flushed items to get stuck inside the pipes, with the result that what started out as a minor issue can turn into a serious blockage much sooner than what interested individuals might expect.

Rice and Noodles

Speaking of which, rice and noodles also shouldn’t be flushed down the drains. In their case, it is because they can swell up when they absorb water, thus causing them to take up a much bigger space in the pipes than what their initial appearance would indicate. Granted, both rice and noodles will break down with sufficient passage of time, but they will still be more than capable of creating a problem bad enough for a plumber to have to be called in before then.

Egg Shells

Food waste should never go down the drains. Yes, certain forms of food waste can break down on their own, but they are still big enough and solid enough to block the pipes. Having said that, there are some forms of food waste that are even worse, with an excellent example being egg shells. The main issue with egg shells and other hard substances is that they won’t be breaking down anytime soon. Thanks to that, if they get stuck in the pipes, they are going to be stuck there for a very long time to come.

Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes can come as a surprise to a lot of interested individuals. After all, their very name says that they can be put down the drains, meaning that this comes as a challenge to that claim. However, the fact of the matter is that flushable wipes should be considered an edge case, meaning that people should be careful when flushing them.

In short, the issue is that while flushable wipes will break down, they won’t break down as fast as toilet paper. As a result, it is very much possible for flushable wipes to get stuck in the pipes where they will obstruct the free flow of water as well as other substances. Even worse, flushable wipes can get tangled up with other flushed items such as cotton swabs, sanitary pads, and paper towels to create what is called ragging, which can be even more frustrating to say the least.

Paper Products

On a related note, people shouldn’t be flushing most paper products. They can flush toilet paper without having to call in the plumber. However, that is because toilet paper is meant to be flushed down the drains. Unfortunately, other paper products are not, meaning that they can contribute to blockages as well. In particular, interested individuals should watch out for water-absorbent paper towels because those paper products can swell up by soaking up the water flowing through the pipes, thus making them even more threatening as potential causes of clogs.

Household Fluids

Household fluids shouldn’t be flushed down the drains. Generally speaking, they aren’t going to cause clogs and other plumbing-related issues that will need to be resolved by a professional. However, they can be hazardous, meaning that it is a bad idea to send them into the water supply. On top of that, while most household fluids won’t be causing plumbing-related issues bad enough to warrant a plumber’s attention, that is by no means a universal rule. There are some household fluids that can cause serious damage to the material of the pipes in the plumbing system,

Medications

The flushing of medications won’t force people to call for the plumber. However, it is nonetheless a serious problem, meaning that it should be avoided as much as possible. There was a point in time when people were recommended to flush their unused medications rather than leave them sitting around, but that turned out to be a serious mistake when that resulted in a wide range of undesirable chemicals being introduced to the water supply. Nowadays, people should know better, meaning that the flushing of medications is very much something to be avoided even if it won’t result in the need for a plumber.

Contact Us

Curious about how to minimize the need for plumbing services? The best solution is to speak with a skilled and experienced plumber who can put their expertise and experience at the disposal of interested individuals. Plumbing maintenance plus other plumbing services can do a great deal to minimize the chances of serious plumbing problems popping up, meaning that they can save people a lot of time, effort, and even money in the long run. To learn more about this as well as other plumbing-related issues, please contact us at Bert Norman’s Plumbing as soon as time permits. Our representatives are happy to help, meaning that interested individuals shouldn’t hesitate to consult them.

Are you thinking about calling a plumber but you’re not sure if that’s really what you need? Maybe you don’t know if a plumber is really going to take care of things for you. Signs-You-Need-a-Plumber-_-Callahan,-FL-Or maybe you think that you can take care of things for yourself. Well, the best thing that you can do is definitely to call a professional if you find yourself in any of the situations that we’re going to talk about below. Your Callahan, FL house definitely deserves someone who knows what they’re doing.

You Have a Leak

If you notice a leak then you should absolutely be calling in a professional. You may notice something that seems minor. For example, you could have a faucet that drips occasionally. That may not seem like a problem or it could seem like a problem that you can take care of yourself. The truth is, it could be a bigger problem than you think. A small leak can actually cost you a whole lot over the long run. Even just a little drip could add up to a whole lot more than you might think.

And if you try to take care of these problems yourself, without calling in a plumber, you could end up with a bigger mess. That’s because the pipes in your home are a whole lot more delicate than you might think. It’s really easy to break something or strip the pipes or a number of other things that could mean an even more expensive interaction with a plumber. You want to make sure that you’re calling a professional to get everything handled quickly and right.

You Have a Clog

Many people think that they can just use a drain cleaner if they have a clog. When it comes down to it, however, you could actually cause more problems than you might think. You want to make sure that you get rid of that clog because it could be causing damage to the inside of the pipes. But if you put a drain cleaner in you may actually be doing more harm than good. That drain cleaner itself may not actually clear the clog. It may just push it down further, where it’s harder to remove. And even if it does help temporarily, that’s going to mean more problems going forward.

Plus, that drain cleaner is made with chemicals and chemicals are bad to have in your home and to put into your drains. If your family gets into them it could be extremely dangerous. If you just pour them down the drain you could corrode your pipes, kill the necessary bacteria in your septic field and definitely cause pollution into the environment. Those chemicals get into the ground and they get into the water and that is all going to cause you a whole lot of problems in the long run. You want to make sure you’re avoiding them and calling a professional plumber instead.

You Want to Change Something

If you have any kind of plumbing needs that you want to change it’s essential that you do something about it the right way. You don’t want to change out faucets and other essentials without getting a professional plumber to help you. They know what they’re doing and how they can help you get things done right. They have a better understanding of how all of those plumbing fixtures actually work and that’s going to be extremely important when it comes to fixing things around your home.

If you want to change something in your home it may seem like it’s not a big deal, but the truth is you could be setting yourself up for some big problems if you don’t call the professionals. After all, they’ve done the training that it takes to really understand the problem. They know how to make sure that the fixtures you swap out are really going to work in your home and how to make sure that they’re set up the right way. On the other hand, you could find yourself with a whole lot of serious problems if you try to do something and make a mistake.

You Don’t Know What’s Wrong

It’s entirely possible that you don’t even know what’s going on with your plumbing. Maybe you’ve noticed that something is different but you’re not really even sure what it is. Well then, calling a plumber can help you figure out the problem. It could be a strange smell, drains that seem to take just a little longer than normal to clear, a gurgling sound when they do drain or anything else at all. All of these are signs that something is wrong and that you need a professional to take care of it.

Keep in mind that a change in water pressure could also be a sign that something is happening. In fact, it could mean that you have a leak somewhere that you don’t even know about. Those kinds of leaks can be the worst and they’re even more important to talk with a plumber about because you’re going to have a bigger mess if they’re left alone. The longer a leak is left to go in your home the worse it’s going to be because it’s going to cause more damage. But a professional can take care of it before you even realize there’s a problem.

If you need a professional plumber to come out to your Callahan, FL home then you need to call Bert Norman’s Plumbing. Our team can come to your home whenever you need us and we can make sure that you’re going to have everything you need taken care of. Whether you’re looking to get your home looked over or you know that there’s a problem already, we can help you. Our team is ready to go and ready to schedule your appointment at any time. Just give us a call and we’ll help you figure out what to do.

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Did you know that in 2018, more than a quarter-million gallons of human waste were spilled in Jacksonville, FL? Common-Plumbing-Problems-and-How-You-Can-Solve-Them-with-Plumbing-Service-_-Jacksonville,-FL-The incidence was attributed to equipment failure and massive summer rains witnessed in the city. It is always important for you to take good care of your home’s drainage system, and luckily, here are a few tips to help you out.

Clogged Drainage Systems

Before getting to know what you could do to reverse or rehabilitate a clogged drainage system, you should know what causes it in the first place and how it may affect your homestead. You may have clogged drainage because of harmful garbage disposal practices such as flushing down synthetic fibers, including wet wipes, diapers, and cotton wool. Also, your drainage may naturally clog due to the presence of hair, oil, dirt, and soap residues, as well as accumulated grease, large food particles, and hot wax.

A clogged drainage system may have detrimental cost implications, and it generally devalues your home. For starters, you may begin noticing foul smells coming from your bathroom or experience occasional and sometimes frequent running toilets.

Possible Solutions

Solving drainage problems will take more than removing hair that’s stuck in your bathroom sink or bathtubs. However, the fact is that you’d need a plumbing service provider to help extract any synthetic fiber wastes that may have been flushed down the toilet. One way to ensure your drainage system remains unclogged is by hiring the services of a professional plumber to do frequent maintenance checks on all your pipes. They may also be able to help out with complicated plumbing issues that may occur as a result of HVAC system failure and even external drainage.

Broken Water Lines

Low-pressure water flow, especially from your showerhead, is something that should get you worried. It’s usually a telltale sign that you may have broken water lines. Other indications may be wet soil patches or even puddles in your backyard when the damage is substantial. Also, you may be getting frequent visits from plumbing service providers. If left unchecked, this could lead to a spike in your water utility bills. It may happen due to soil particles gradually settling on top of the underlying water piping system over time, thus creating pressure and eventual stress that could break the pipes.

Other factors that could increase the chances of your water lines breaking include faulty or sub-standard initial installations, damage from rodents and pests, dysfunctional tuning of pressure systems, and wear and tear.

Possible Solutions

You may call a plumbing service company the moment you spot the telltale signs mentioned above for a quick diagnosis of the problematic areas. Also, you could always ensure that when having the water systems installed, you choose a trusted professional and equally quality piping systems with favorable warranty policies, which are not susceptible to invasion by pests and rodents. The cost may be high but not higher than what you will spend on repairing a broken water line.

Backed-up Sewer Systems

Sewer backups are costly to repair, especially when they happen on a large scale. The mainly caused by clogged drainage pipes that block the outlet of waste products. The sewer system is also subject to wear and tear, hence old drainage pipes may soon malfunction and inconvenience you, your neighbors, and at other times the whole neighborhood or township.

A sewer backup is quite easy to spot. First, the repulsive smell coming from the diseased sewer line is anything but exigent. You may also notice a gurgling sound emanating from your drains and water backing up in the bathtub or shower when you flush the toilet. This does not require a plumbing service provider.

Possible Solutions

A clogged sewer is avoidable through regular cleaning of the drainage systems in-bound the sewer line, a job that any qualified plumbing service provider in Jacksonville, FL, would be willing to provide. Also, plumbers advise that people should be careful of what they flush down the toilet as it ends up in the sewer system, which may be serving more than one neighborhood. Plumbing service providers remind homeowners that replacing the system could not only be destructive but also financially draining.

How do you know that you may have a mold or mildew crisis on your hands? You may notice fuzzy white patches on your basement floors or orange films forming around your kitchen and bathroom drains. These are known as molds and can be quite problematic if left unchecked. Molds and mildew grow from accumulated spores growing on moist grounds that range from household furniture to the walls. Mold spores are quite harmless before they have found fertile ground to grow on after which they can be quite dangerous to your health. Mold and mildew infestations may result in allergies and asthma among people with compromised immunities due to other liver infections, HIV, or old age. As such, it is important to determine how they come about and consequently figure out effective plumbing maintenance measures that could prevent their occurrence, as well as, ways through which you can root out the plants after they have grown.

Molds and mildew growth depend on a few factors, including past flooding in your home. If you live in flood-prone areas, you are at a greater risk of having molds and mildew growing in your household. It may also grow due to the presence of stagnant water around your bathroom, kitchen sink, or drainage gutters. Additionally, if you have any clogged drainage or sewer systems around your homestead, you might want to get that fixed as molds and mildew thrive in such environments.

Possible Solutions

Plumbing services providers claim that molds and mildews require vigilance to prevent a full-blown infestation. The basic steps towards mitigating the growth of molds and mildew include installing dehumidifiers, ensuring that you leave your bathroom door open after a shower, and having proper ventilation in the basement if your house gets rather humid. Nevertheless, you should have a trusted plumbing service provider on speed dial for regular checks.

Get In Touch

Homeowners can take advantage of Bert Norman’s Plumbing that provides workable solutions for plumbing problems experienced in Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville, and Yulee, FL. The company’s plumbers are always there for you, during after-hours in case of plumbing emergencies. Additionally, they offer plumbing services, including faucet repairs, installation of sump pumps, and water softening systems as well as plumbing inspections.

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