Is Your Tap Water Rusty? Here’s What You Can do About it.

So, you’ve turned on the faucet, and your water looks rusty. Now what? What does that mean? What should you do? While rust-colored water isn’t harmful except at extremely high levels, it’s best to identify and address the underlying issue.

brown water from tapWhatever the cause of rusty water, a plumber can fix your plumbing system and restore clean drinking water in your home. At Dallas Plumbing company, we want all residents to feel comfortable and secure, knowing your tap water is safe for consumption.

Why is My Tap Water Rusty?

A common reason for water discoloration is the presence of excess sediment and minerals. Iron ore and manganese are the most common minerals in water that cause discoloration. Tap water may look rusty brown, yellowish, or reddish when it contains an excess of sediment or minerals. As water flows through the pipe, it collects mineral deposits. Rust-colored water isn’t harmful to your health. In fact, iron is an essential mineral needed by the body. But the presence of these minerals can cause the water to have an unpleasant taste and smell. If you notice an excess of rust in your tap water, it’s time to call in a plumber and have your water tested.

Is Rusty Water Dangerous to My Health?

The level of danger generally depends upon the presence of a particular mineral in your water. Minerals, such as lead and arsenic, are toxic to the human body. Most modern pipes no longer contain lead, but getting your water tested is essential to rule it out. Traces of iron ore and manganese are safe to consume. Still, these minerals alter specific properties of your water, such as taste, smell, and appearance. Hard water can lead to unsightly stains in sinks, toilets, showers, mineral build-up in clothes, and dry out your skin and hair.

An outdated plumbing system, corrosion, or a break in the line may cause rusty water in your tap. Addressing the cause can help prevent further build-up and damage to other appliances in your home, such as the water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine.

What Can I Do?

City maintenance can inadvertently stir up sediments, affecting your water line. Call an experienced plumbing company to find the cause and fix the issue. A plumber can provide you with an estimated timeline for your water to clear up and explain the steps they’ll take to resolve the problem.

Don’t fret! Call Dallas Plumbing Company to diagnose the issue if your faucets are spitting out rust-colored water. We’ll fix the problem and restore clean and odor-free water in your taps.

Dallas Plumbing Company has been an expert name for all your plumbing, heating, & air conditioning needs since 1903. We offer a complete range of residential and commercial plumbing services at competitive rates with no compromise on quality. Check out our range of plumbing, heating, and other services.

Main Sewer Clogging: Causes, Warning Signs & Replacement

The main sewer line of your home acts like an ocean to which all the distributaries, i.e. plumbing fixtures, drains, and pipes, in your home are connected. Besides improper use, prolonged use can take a toll on the overall health of your main sewer line. The main sewer line can become clogged over a period of time and may require repair or replacement. If timely attention is not paid, a small problem can become a major headache. In this blog, we’ll discuss the causes of sewer line clogs, warning signs to look out for, and when call for maintenance, repair, or replacement.

What Are the Common Causes of a Clogged Sewer Line?

A clogged sewer line is an unfortunate situation that every homeowner has to deal with at some point or another. Fixing a single clogged sewer line is easy but fixing an entire sewer system is not a simple task. Here are some primary indicators that repair or replacement is required.

  • Sewer Pipe Damage: Primary causes of sewer pipe damage are as follows:
    • Shifting of soil, settling, heavy construction equipment above ground, high traffic on the ground above
    • Corrosion of old sewage pipes
    • Leaking joints where seals between sections of pipe have broken, allowing water and sewage to escape.

When sewer pipes are broken or ruptured for any reason, sewage won’t properly drain through the system, leading to frequent backups.

  • Tree Root Infiltration: Older sewer lines were generally constructed using clay and other porous materials. Moreover, the connections between pipe sections are not as secure and tight as today’s PVC pipes. As tree and shrub roots grow, they look for water sources. If roots latch onto a sewer pipe, they can expand into the pipe to reach the water inside. This expansion can cause the pipeline to break or burst.
  • Sagging Sewer Line: There is no way to prevent sagging sewer lines, as it is caused over a period of time. Sagging, or bellied pipe, is caused when a section of pipe sinks due to ground or soil conditions. This causes a low spot in the line that tends to accumulate paper and waste thus causing repeated blockages.
  • Flushing Debris Down the Toilet: To maintain the health of your plumbing system, it is important to know what you can and cannot flush down your toilet. Avoid treating your toilet as a trash can. Make sure that the only things you flush down the toilet is human waste and toilet paper.
  • Pouring Greasy Substances Down the Drain: Avoid pouring grease, oil, butter, and other fatty items down the drain. The best way to dispose of greasy substances is to pour it into another receptacle, can, or jar. Once it solidifies at room temperature, throw it away. Washing away grease with hot water won’t serve the purpose as will eventually cool off, harden, and stick to pipes, resulting in the clogging of sewer lines.

Warning Signs

Here are a few warning signs you should look out for before it is too late to fix the issue:

  • Frequent Clogging of Drain & Sewer Lines: Avoid using liquid drain cleaners. Call a professional plumber to check out a backed-up drain. A break or blockage in your sewer pipe may be the main cause of frequent clogging in your home.
  • Clogging of Multiple Fixtures: Not sure whether clogging is caused by an individual pipe blockage or due to a bigger sewer line issue? Clogging in multiple areas indicates that more than one plumbing fixtures are involved.
  • Check Out Any Unusual Sounds/Reactions: Look out for any unexpected or unusual reactions, such as bubbling or gurgling noises, while using any plumbing fixture. Call an expert and certified plumber examine the issue.

Repair and Replacement Options

Repair and replacement are not everyone’s forte. We recommend hiring a certified and professional plumber or a plumbing agency to do the job. Video inspection is a popular and efficient way to diagnose the issue. Popular repair and replacement options are as follows:

  • Traditional Sewer Line Repair or Replacement: It’s a traditional approach and involves using a backhoe to dig up the area surrounding the line, thus allowing easy access to the problematic pipeline. Once repair activity is completed, the backhoe is used to fill the trench.
  • Trenchless Sewer Line Repair: It is a newer system option and involves making small access holes at the beginning and the end of a damaged pipe. A new pipe is made to enter through the access holes and is then pulled up through existing pipes, causing the old pipe to rupture and fall away. If you prefer to minimize damages to your yard and driveway, this may be a good option.

For a complete check-up of your system, call the licensed professionals at 214-340-6300 in the Air Conditioning division of Dallas Plumbing Company.

What Are Common Items That You Should Never Put Down The Drain?

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Have you ever noticed the hollow gurgle sound while doing dishes? This could signal a clogged drain. A properly working sink and drain is not to be taken for granted. In order to maintain a clean and healthy kitchen, be aware of items that you put down the drain. Clogged sinks are common. However, keeping track on certain items that you put down the drain, can help you minimize the clogging of your sink. Here we’ll discuss about certain items that you should never put down the drain.

  • Oil & Grease: Sometimes people put grease & oil down their sinks without knowing the damage it can cause to sink. Grease and oil can congeal and can create water resistant blockage that will require some serious plumbing action to get rid of it. Don’t directly throw away grease and oil (including salad dressing & other toppings) down the sink instead place such materials in disposable cans or jars and dispose of somewhere else.
  • Coffee Grounds: A good cup of coffee is a daily regime for many people. So, what do you with the coffee grounds after you have brewed?  If your coffee brewing machine is near the sink, you might be tempted to wash away those grounds down the drain. We recommend that you resist this temptation to put them down the sink and make it a habit to dispose of those grounds in the trash or compost. Coffee grounds are not fully soluble in water and if these come in close contact with a developing grease clog it can cause a serious plumbing issue that will require a professional plumber.
  • Flour: Flour is an everyday food staple and is used in making bread, pizza dough, sauces, and much more food items. To keep your sink clog free, do not pour flour down the drain. If you pour flour down the drain, it will come in contact with water and you will risk the flour mixture gumming up your pipes and creating a clog. It is advisable to throw away any leftover flour into trash can.
  • Rice & Pasta: Both pasta and rice are favorite food items for kids as well as adults. Both of these food items are fairly small in size in their dry state however once you combine them with water, they grow substantially. If you throw pasta and rice down the drain, they’ll combine with water and potentially create a stubborn clog. These starches do not belong in your kitchen drain. Throw away your leftover pasta and rice in the trash to try to avoid having to call a Dallas Plumber.

These are some everyday use kitchen items that most of us are unaware are harmful to pour down the drain.  When these items inadvertently end up in your sink, you risk having to call professional help. By paying attention to safe disposal of kitchen waste, you can prevent the clogging of sink and drains.

No matter how careful you are with your kitchen sink, at some point clog can become inevitable and you’ll need professional help to fix it.  Looking for a trusted plumbing company in Dallas? Since 1903, in Dallas and surrounding areas, Dallas Plumbing Company has been a trusted and reliable name for all your heating and air conditioning needs. We offer a complete range of residential and commercial water heating services at competitive prices and with no compromise on quality. Check out our range of plumbing and heating as well as other services.

How to Tell When It’s Time to Repipe Your Home

HVAC units and appliances to roofsEvery home need maintenance including the most well-built homes. From your HVAC units and appliances to roofs, everything needs proper upkeep, repair, or replacement over a certain period of time. The same hold true for pipes that carry water in your home. Water is of utmost importance for every household and in recent years, water quality has become an alarming issue. Old, dirty, corroded, and damaged pipes are the main reasons for degraded water quality. If construction of your home has become more than 10 years old, or if you’ve noticed following signs, it’s the time to consider repiping your home.

  1. Foul Smell or Taste of Water is Bad: Clean water is free from any sort of odors and is tasteless. However, when tastes off or some strong foul smell is coming it implies that water is tainted with dirt, debris, rust, any other impurities that might be coming from your home’s pipes. It is advisable to call a Dallas plumbing Expert to survey your pipes’ condition and analyze the cause and best solution for your problem.
  2. Water Appears to Be Murky, Red or Brown: Clean water is fully transparent and has no color of its own. In case the color of water at your home appears to be murky or reddish brown, the condition of your pipes is to be blamed for it. Sometime discoloration of water is not noticed until the utensils/appliances in which water is stored begin to discolor as well. If you have noticed any discoloration in water or any surface that comes in contact with water, hurry up an contact Dallas Plumbing professionals.
  3. Frequent Noisy Sounds: Occasional sounds are common for every household be it whistling of winds through attic, floorboard, appliance cycling through their power functions, etc. However, in case you have noticed some creaking, shifting, or banging sound, the sound is probably coming from the old pipes of your home. Such sounds grow louder over time and are prone to further damages.
  4. Leakage: In order to maximize profits, some builders often use low quality lower cost pipes which tend to develop leaks after few years. Occasional leaks at few spots may require small repair but in case of frequent leaks, it is advisable to pay immediate attention and go for replacement of pipes.

Stop ignoring and get your pipes inspected and replaced. Various factors such as age, poor-quality materials, damage, corrosion, or intrusion from roots tend to get worse with time. This leads to failure of bad pipes at home, putting your home at risk of flooding, which can cause significant and extremely expensive damage. Don’t wait until your pipelines become a ticking time bomb. Contact Dallas Plumbing Company, your trusted local plumbing company serving Dallas and nearby area since1903. Contact us today for a free plumbing estimate.

How to Fix a Running Toilet Problem?

Uh oh, hear that? Toilet’s running. Or maybe it won’t flush. Or look, it’s right there: a leak. Whatever’s ultimately is with your toilet, you want to fix it now. Water loss can waste hundreds of gallons a day, damage property, and run up a stinger of a utility bill. And just the noise of a running toilet is annoying. But it’s Sunday, or it’s late at night, or you don’t want to have to call the plumber. What can you do? Answer: A lot more than you’d think.

With a few fundamentals and this basic checklist, even a newbie homeowner can diagnose a troublesome toilet.

IS IT THE FLAPPER?

  • To avoid a messy overflow and sewage backup, step one is to lift the lid to the toilet tank and push down on the flapper—the piece in the tank that stops the water from going into the toilet bowl. 
  • Push down the flapper and wait for the water to stop. If the water doesn’t stop, the flapper isn’t sealing properly, and you need to replace it. To do that, first stop the water flow and empty the bowl:
  1. At least half an inch above the water line, cut the fill-tube length.
  2. Quickly turn off the water supply under the valve. If the valve also is leaking, turn off water for the entire house at the main supply.
  3. Drain out the water by flushing the toilet.
  4. Follow installation instructions on the flapper package.

Note: Hook the flapper chain onto the flush lever arm to allow a little slack when the flapper is closed.

IS THE PROBLEM FILL-VALVE LEAKAGE?

To check for a fill-valve leak, first drain the water by flushing the toilet. As the tank refills, raise the toilet float arm to see if the water stops. Adjust the toilet-float arm so that water stops at a one-half to one inch below the top of the overflow pipe.If the fill valve still leaks, replace asap. To do that:

  • Remove the old fill valve: Quickly turn off the water supply, and then flush the toilet to drain out the water. After that unscrew the fill valve locknut and remove the old fill valve.
  • Install the new fill valve: Carefully install the new fill valve following instructions on the package. Tighten the locknut a half turn past hand tight. Ensure that the overflow pipe is one inch lower than the critical mark on the fill valve.
  • Connect the fill tube: Attach one end of the new fill tube to the fill-valve nipple and the other end to the enclosed angle adapter—then clip the angle adapter onto the overflow pipe. At the end, attach the flapper chain to the flush lever.

Are you sitting down? (Pun intended.) Chances are your toilet is back in working order, and you did it.

Fix Minor Plumbing Issues- DIY

Are you ready to become a DIY plumbing expert, or at least someone who can fix the minor plumbing issues that come up? There are a number of reasons why you may need to hire services of a plumber, but most of the time some minor problems can be avoided easily. If you equip yourself with a few plumbing tips you can be in a position to combat common plumbing issues from occurring. This will save you lots of unnecessary hassles and money in the long run.

The following are some plumbing tips that you can use for both inside and outside your home to prevent common problems.

The Basement 

The basement of your home is one of the areas where problems arise. But if you adhere to the following simple plumbing tips you can prevent these issues.

  • One of the things that you can do is ensure you check your water heater settings frequently to ascertain it is at a maximum. You will reduce energy usage and prevent the instances of too hot water when you shower.
  • It is also advisable to make sure you pour water regularly if you have drains in your basement. Gases emitted by the sewer can lead to a high concentration of unpleasant smells, but if you pour a lot of water down them, you can prevent this problem.
  • In addition, for those people who have septic tanks in their basement, it is essential to hire a professional to inspect it and make sure it is pumped at least once every 3 years. If you ignore this, you may be required to change the filter field, which is a bit expensive.

These few simple steps in caring for your basement plumbing system will keep your system in tip top shape and prevent bigger, more expensive problems from occurring.

In the Kitchen / Pantry

The kitchen is another area that gives rise to the most common plumbing issues, but there are a few plumbing tips to adhere to as well. One of the golden tips for the kitchen is to restrain from disposing of greasy substances down the drain. If you do this you might end up blocking the drain.

  • Ensure kitchen plumbing maintenance is to keep your faucet’s aerator clean.
  • Low water pressure from the faucet/sprayer or water leaks from the handle are usually caused by lime buildup and sediment blocking the small openings inside the aerator.
  • The garbage disposal is another area that poses common problems in the kitchen and you are advised to avoid disposing of wrong types of food stuff down it.

In the Restroom

  • Check the toilet’s water level to be sure that water doesn’t rise above the overflow pipe. Check it by locating the pipe in the center of the toilet’s water tank (it’ll have a piece of tubing connected to it).
  • It’s easy to ignore that little drip from the sink, but the EPA reports that a leaky faucet that drips one drop per second wastes about 3,000 gallons of water a year. That’s equal to 180 showers! Can you afford to waste money on water you aren’t even using? If water won’t stop flowing, then you may need to shut off your main water valve. Approach leaks with caution to prevent greater damage. Start your cost-savings today by putting a stop to leaky faucets.
  • Be cautious of what goes down your toilet in the bathroom. Make sure nothing else goes down except toilet paper. When you notice your bathroom faucets are leaking, get someone to fix them because they can cause serious water wastage and cause more expensive problems in future.

Outside the Home 

  • Ensure you clean any leaves or debris from your drains and gutters on a regular basis. For instance, you find a buildup of such materials in vent pipes can give rise to serious problems.
  • Check regularly for stagnant water in your home yard as this might be an indicator of a leaking pipe, and if notice them ensure they are fixed as soon as possible.

To wrap up the loose ends, it is worth to mention that the above plumbing tips for inside and outside your home can help to prevent common issues which might need a professional to solve them. So, keep your home safe and avoid the common plumbing problems by adhering to the above tips.

Common Causes of Air Conditioner Problems

Imagine it’s hot outside and your air conditioner breaks down, leaving you exceptionally uncomfortable. Air conditioner problems are common and we want comfortable conditions restored quickly.

Unexpected air conditioner problems are bad enough, but failed repair attempts can be worse and even more frustrating. When a very important house appliance stops working, we want it repaired quickly and properly the first time.

Common air conditioner problems are:

  • Frozen Air Conditioner Coils – generally caused by dirty air conditioner filters or a coolant leak. Frozen coils need immediate air conditioner repair to avoid total breakdown, which is obviously more expensive to fix.
  • Air Conditioner Making Louder Noises Than Normal – may be due to a fan belt that needs to be replaced,  something loose or a motor or compressor failure.
  • Air Conditioner Not Cooling – could mean a number of things. It needs an immediate and accurate assessment by a trained professional to find the cause and make the needed repair.
  • Air Conditioner Leaking Moisture In The Cabinet, Closet or Room – calls for immediate air conditioner repair servicing. It may also be due to mold, mildew or other biological growth that is stopping up the necessary drain for the natural condensation that occurs.

Does my air conditioner need repair or replacement? 

To help you decide, we assess:

  • The age of your AC system. AC units work efficiently for approximately 5-10 years depending on a number of factors. After that, it may be more practical to replace rather than repair it.
  • Number of times it malfunctioned. If this is not the first time your AC unit needed repair consider upgrading to a newer model, which will likely prove to be a less expense in the long run.
  • Whether you choose to have your AC unit repaired or replaced, always count on the expertise of professionals who are licensed, fully trained and certified to install, repair and replace your system. It is advantageous to have things done correctly the first time or it can be much more costly later.

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5 Common Plumbing Problems & DIY Tips to Get Them Fixed

Reports show on average every household will encounter some sort of plumbing problem in a three month period or so. Plumbing problems can cause a lot of frustration if not resolved quickly. Here are some tips that’ll help you fix some common plumbing problems yourself.

Clogged Drains: Imagine a situation where you turn on a tap and suddenly realize that the sink is filling up. Nothing is more frustrating than discovering that you have clogged drains. What to do next? Well here’s the solution that might help you fix it. Take out the handy dandy plunger that has been tucked away for months to clear the blockage. If you have a clogged kitchen drain, use a stopper or towel to block the other side while you plunge. If you have a garbage disposer, use the plunger on the opposite sink first. However, if the blockage still persists, try an eco-friendly drain cleaner that’ll be safe on your pipes as well as the waste water. If you can’t seem to remove the clog, you can rely on our wide array of plumbing services.

Running/Leaky Faucets: No one enjoys the dripping sound of a leaky faucet.. Leaky taps are one of the most common problems of every household and are the prime cause of water waste and heavy bills (if left unchecked). The main reason for a leaky faucet is the regular wear and tear/malfunctioning of washers on the tap. That’s no problem because you can mend it yourself if you have the right tools and washers. Afterwards, you’ll not only get a watertight seal but also a nice, quiet faucet.

Low Water Pressure: Have you ever been in a situation where you are in a hurry and you rush to take a shower only to be greeted by a weak dribble of water? There might be several reasons for low water pressure such as a blocked shower head, leaky pipe, etc. These issues might seem small but can drastically lower the water pressure. You might easily fix the issue by cleaning your shower head or replacing it. However if the issue is major, you can call us anytime and request any of our plumbing services for an immediate fix.

Leaky Pipes: Leaky pipes lead to puddles of water
inside and outside of your house. Most of the leakage occurs around the joint areas and can be a real mess before and after the repair. Repair costs and expenses will depend on how long the pipe has been leaking, origin of the leak and age of the pipes. If not fixed properly, it can cause problems and will require professional plumbing services that are available 24/7.

Running Toilets: Running toilets are really annoying. There may be several factors that explain this situation. One reason might be continuous flow of water from the tank into the bowl due to damage in the flapper valve, or an improperly balanced float, or it could be a fill tube issue. However, if done properly, this is relatively simple to fix if you own a toilet repair kit and have some basic know-how. Things may get worse if the installation isn’t done correctly and it could cause new issues. Don’t wait for the worst; call our professional plumbing experts to handle the issue.