Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

These Plumbing Noises Mean Trouble

Monday, June 24th, 2019

shocked-to-hearWhen people believe they live in a haunted house because they hear odd knocking and pounding sounds from the walls, they’re really dealing with a less ghostly of a problem: plumbing with an issue requiring attention.

You may need a plumber in Espanola, NM to track down what’s causing these sounds and then fix the trouble. Below we’ve written out a few of the sounds you might hear coming from your home’s plumbing and what they mean.

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Sediment: Your Water Heater’s Worst Enemy

Monday, May 27th, 2019

water-heater-repairsTank water heaters are burly systems that can handle plenty of stress over their lifespan. However, there’s one thing that can significantly reduce their lifespan:

Water heater sediment.

Now, water heater sediment is largely unavoidable for the most part, and it can easily be removed from the water heater before it causes damage. It can also be reduced with a water softener.

We’ll go into more detail below about water heater sediment, how it forms, and what can be done about it.

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Can Leak Detection Be a DIY Task?

Monday, April 29th, 2019

burst-pipeLeak detection is an interesting subject for plumbers and DIY enthusiasts.

On one hand, some leak detection methods are based purely on using your senses. There’s no reason why a DIYer couldn’t learn some of these tricks of leak detection.

On the other hand, there are cases where leak detection does need the tools and equipment that only a professional plumber has access to.

And in yet another hand, there’s a factor that we cannot ignore: a huge gap in experience between the DIYer and the professional plumber. Sometimes, using your senses or a professional piece of equipment is nothing compared to the intuition gained from experiencing plumbing problems for several years.

We’ll go over the specifics down below:

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Don’t Let Your Sump Pump Fail On You

Monday, April 15th, 2019

sump-pumpBy actively removing excess water, a sump pump can save your basements and crawl spaces from taking on massive water damage. Their operation is entirely automatic, so you won’t have to worry even when you’re away from home.

Of course, that can only be true when the pump is working properly in the first place. To ensure that your sump pump is going to do what it’s supposed to do, when it’s supposed to do it, you’ll want to ensure that it’s always in good condition. Here’s how:

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Plumbing Smells and How to Deal With Them

Monday, March 18th, 2019

disgusted-manDo you smell that? It couldn’t be your plumbing, could it?

Bad odors from the plumbing system are supposed to stay down in the sewer. If you’re smelling anything up above in your home, there’s likely something wrong with your plumbing.

Aside from being unpleasant to deal with and embarrassing in the event that guests come over, some of these smells can actually be dangerous to your health. We’ll go over the most common kinds, give you the rundown on what it means, and what you can do to fix it.

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Contaminants You Might Find in a Water Test

Monday, February 4th, 2019

drinking-water-testNo one ever hopes that they need a water test. The idea of your drinking water being tainted can make some people feel sick just thinking about it. But it’s not a bad idea to have your water tested every few years just to make sure.

Here are some of the kinds of contaminants a water test might reveal in your water supply:

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Plumbing Services That You Just Can’t DIY

Monday, January 21st, 2019

bad-diyThere are some plumbing services that you just can’t do yourself. And we’re not saying that because we doubt your craftsmanship, your ingenuity, or your overall tenacity for getting a job done.

In this case, you really just can’t do these jobs without the right equipment and training. You could rent the equipment, but it just wouldn’t be worth it if your “minor” clog or leak ends up being more complicated. Keep reading and we’ll explain everything.

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Slab Leaks: The Monster Under Your Home

Monday, January 7th, 2019

ineffective-leak-repair-methodWhen you imagine a leak, you probably think of an annoying “drip drop” underneath your sink. These are just the easy leaks, though. The real issues are from the ones that happen out of sight and out of earshot. In fact, they’re lurking under your feet, and you probably won’t notice them until they come and break through your kitchen floor!

Okay, we’re being a bit dramatic. We’re not talking about a literal monster. What we’re referring to are slab leaks. And it’s true that they’re nothing more than leak, but when you consider the level of damage they can do to your home, you’ll understand how they can become a full-blown monster.

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Sewer Line Leak? Trenchless Repair to the Rescue!

Monday, November 26th, 2018

exposed-pipeReplacing a damaged sewer pipe would normally require that the entire length of pipe is excavated. Say goodbye to the lawn you’ve been carefully maintaining for the last few years.

But actually, that method of sewer line repair represented the old “normal.” The new normal is with trenchless pipe technology.

If your sewer line requires repairs or replacement from a plumber in Albuquerque, NM, you can rest assured that it’s a relatively painless process. Let us explain.

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How to Respond to a Plumbing Leak

Monday, September 17th, 2018

drain-leakIf you have a plumbing leak, then you need to get it fixed! That much is obvious, but what are you supposed to do in the meantime? Are there certain things to take into consideration before handling a leak? We’ll hopefully be able to answer some of the questions for you below.

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