Drips And Drains: What A Plumber Can Do | Jacksonville, FL

Plumbing is serious business, and when it goes wrong, anything can happen. You can experience a faucet drip that runs up your monthly water bill. Drips-And-Drains--What-A-Plumber-Can-Do-_-Jacksonville,-FLYour kitchen sink’s garbage disposal can break down. Or you could suddenly experience the stress of water heater failure or clogged drains. Whatever the issue is, Bert Norman’s Plumbing of Jacksonville, FL can help.

A drip can be a real pain. Not only do you have to be subjected to the constant noise of the water that plops right into your sink, you also have a bigger water bill to think about. The average drip causes a loss of up to five gallons of water per day. When you allow this drip to continue for an extended period, this can result in you losing over 2,082 gallons of water per year, which is, in short, a significant waste. When this happens, your best bet is to call a plumber before things get worse.

When the leak happens underneath the faucet’s handle, the problem may lie in the O ring. The O ring is a simple rubber device that’s located right near the valve stem, and both work together to move the right amount of water needed when you turn the faucet on.

When replacing your O ring, the plumber may need to get in and remove the spout prior to replacing it. This can be done with slightly newer faucets that aren’t damaged due to extensive wear and tear or extreme age. But in cases where the inside of the spigot is damaged due to mineral build up, the professional will need to replace the entire faucet and not just the O ring component.

Worn or corroded valve seats are another possible culprit of dripping or leaking faucets, and that presents another set of challenges for homeowners. If they fail to work properly, you could face more water waste even when the faucet is off.

A valve seat serves as the control center for your faucet. It earns its name by regulating the ebb and flow of your water when you turn on your faucet for normal use. It’s also handy for water temperature moderation. When you turn on the faucet from the left end, the valve seat allows for the flow of hot water, whereas if you turn the handle on the right side, you get an even flow of cool or cold water for your use.

When you shut off the water flow in your faucet, you also turn off the moving part that stops that water from coming out. In short, you’ve turned off the water. This moving part is also known as the stem, which helps the valve seat regulate the even flow of your water as you’re using it. It even helps control how much water you use at a time, whether you use a small trickle or a gallon.

With cartridge-run faucets, general maintenance and repair are much simpler. When a leak happens, all the plumber needs to do is replace the worn cartridge with a new one. This may require that the entire faucet be removed, but this is only temporary.

Drips aren’t the only service that a good plumber can provide. Homes with intricate plumbing systems need far more than just routine leak repair service. In fact, Bert Norman’s plumbing can do so much more than fix a leaky or dripping faucet.

Drains are a common source of worry and stress for residents in Jacksonville, FL and beyond. And like any other working mechanism, drains are subjected to wear, tear, and malfunction at any time. No sooner do you come to rely on them only to face the possibility of water backup due to clogging.

In fact, drain clogs are way more than just a mere nuisance. They can result in many major plumbing problems down the road. You will need to look out for certain signs which point to the idea that your drains are clogged, which are many and varied.

One definite sign of a drain clog is that you may start to notice that your water is slow to go down. You may notice this about your kitchen sink, where solid food bits can evade the grinding mechanism of your garbage disposal before they go down the drain.

Toilets that gurgle, sinks that spill, and a stinky odor coming straight from the drains all point to the possibility of a clog. And when one plumbing fixture backs up into another, it’s time to call the plumber.

Hair clogs, clogs due to bath tissue or “flushable wipes,” or even jewelry that’s trapped can be easily removed by using a mechanical snake. All the plumber has to do is insert the flexible head, grab the clog, and pull it straight out. Once these steps are done, the plumber will test the clog by flushing the commode or by running water through it to see if it’s cleared out. If that is the case, then your drain clog has been successfully fixed and all is well.

But that isn’t always the case. Sometimes hardened grease gets stuck, dirt, or solid food particles. Even tree branches and roots can serve as impediments that cause drain clogging issues.

These are the types of clogs that respond much better to hydro-jetting, a special method in which the plumber uses 5,000 psi, which is roughly the equivalent of up to 20 gallons of water to blast the debris from your pipes. Because hydro-jetting uses only water and no chemicals, it is deemed to be safe and effective when used to clear out your pipes and drains. Plus, it leaves no mess or residue, so your water supply will not be affected.

Whatever your plumbing issues are, a qualified plumber is always ready to help. Whether it’s a drip or a clogged drain, you need not worry. When you have any trouble with your plumbing, you can always count on the professionals at Bert Norman’s Plumbing to help. All you need to do is call or visit their website for an appointment today.

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