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5 Signs of Hidden Plumbing Leaks

Daniel Kedinger - Thursday, April 30, 2015
The downside to having concealed pipes in a home is that sometimes it makes leaks difficult to notice. A minor leak could transpire into a major issue and cause structural damage if hidden for too long. If you notice these five signs of hidden plumbing leaks, call your plumber immediately.

1. Increased Water Bill

If you have been consistent with your water routine, your bill should maintain a consistent range. However, a constant leak will cause your bill to increase. If you want to verify whether or not you have a leak before you call the plumber, you may want to complete the water meter test. However, even if you still are not sure if you have a leak after the test, call your plumber to verify.

2. Mold Growth Beyond Shower Walls

Occurrences of mold on walls that are not your shower wall are a sure sign there is resident moisture
lurking behind the wall. Pipes hide in dark places, and a leaking pipe creates a moist area which is a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

3. Unusual Smells

If you notice musty or damp smells coming from the walls or floors, but you do not notice any discoloration or see any moisture saturation resulting in mold growth, you may have a very well-hidden leak.

4. Discoloration on Walls, Ceiling, Floors

It is good practice to routinely inspect walls, ceilings, and floors for any structural or color changes. If you notice any of these changes, then it is highly likely a constant water leak is causing the problem.

5. Leaking Sounds

If you are hearing a constant “hiss” or “drip” coming from toilets, faucets, shower heads, or somewhere in the wall, and it does not stop when you tighten the handle, you definitely have a leak on your hands.
If you notice any of these signs in your home, you need to call Ace Plumbing and have a professional plumber properly identify the source of the leak and fix the problem before any more damage occurs.

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Don’t Get Caught in a Money Drain (Hire a Qualified Plumber)

Ace Plumbing - Tuesday, April 28, 2015
It is easy to be enticed by the cheaper option, especially in a slowing economy. However, we often find ourselves regretting the choice because the product doesn’t last nearly as long as its more expensive counterpart. Usually, the next action is purchasing the product that should have been purchased originally and you end up spending even more money in a vain attempt to save it.
When we need plumbing maintenance, we may be swayed by the cheaper deal. However, cheaper costs usually mean cheaper quality. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” and in this case that is an unqualified and unlicensed “professional” performing shoddy fixes. This may mean you will end up spending more money for the service you should have originally purchased. Therefore, when researching which plumbing service to hire, consider this quality indicator so you save money in the long run:

Journeyman Plumber vs. Master Plumber

An individual with a Master Plumber’s License garners the best quality of service because this qualification comes with the most experience. mentions, “…only master plumbers are allowed to contract journeymen and apprentices to work under them, which can be one component of the difference between them and less skilled plumbing professionals.”

It is important to note the qualifications for Journeyman and Master Plumber vary from state to state.

According to the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana, “to qualify for the Journeyman Plumber examination, an applicant must have, at least five (5) years or 8,000 hours full-time experience in the plumbing trade.” To qualify for the Master Plumber examination “an applicant must hold a current Louisiana Journeyman Plumber License … with 5 years’ experience in the plumbing trade.”
A Master Plumber is required to be familiar with codes. Hiring an unlicensed plumber or a plumber with little to no experience may cause codes to be unintentionally violated, which could lead to risks for you and your family. Also, you could incur fines as a result of hiring an unlicensed plumber because of improper paperwork. So, the cheaper deal may cause more financial damage.

What are Ace’s Certifications?

Ace Plumbing is a certified Master Plumber company and licensed by both the state local governments. So when thinking about saving a buck, consider the unforeseen costs attributed to hiring a cheaper/ less qualified service. Comments (0)

When to Hire a Plumber

Daniel Kedinger - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Overlooking a plumbing issue for too long can potentially cause serious ramifications to your wallet and to your home’s structure. Knowing when to hire a plumber can alleviate a substantial amount of headache in the long run. Contact a licensed plumber, if any of the following issues arise:

Toilets Backing Up into Tubs and Shower

This problem is most likely caused by stoppage in the main sewer line. Special knowledge and equipment is needed to properly correct the issue. Only a certified/licensed plumber can efficiently and effectively complete this task. 

Low Water Pressure 

Many factors contribute to creating low pressure throughout a home. Sometimes the cause is in the main line where an obstruction is not allowing the correct amount of water pressure through. Regardless of the issue, a plumber can identify the problem before the obstruction breaks the pipes—leaving you with an even bigger plumbing problem.

Replacing Hot Water Heater

A plumber’s skill and expertise is needed to make sure the new hot water heater is hooked up correctly. An incorrect installation can cause hazards to develop over time that may be unnoticeable. A plumber can properly install and dispose of the old water heater. 

Fixture Replacements and Repairs

It may seem tempting to do these yourself, but fixture replacement and repairs require exact fittings and installation. If not done correctly, plumbing issues can develop over time and cause a significant amount of damage in the long run---for example, leaks. 

Replacing Pipes

Broken pipes will need to be replaced from time to time. A plumber can protect the integrity of your property by doing this job correctly. Hiring a plumber can prevent future damage caused by improper installation.

These are not the only issues that may require an individual to contact a plumber. However, it is important to remember that trying to save a few bucks in the short run by “fixing” a plumbing problem yourself may increase the long-run expenditures caused by improper installation. Also, plumbers are able to see potential plumbing problems in the future. So, contact a certified plumber at Ace when your next plumbing concern arises.

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Meet the Team!

Ace Plumbing - Sunday, December 28, 2014
Have a plumbing emergency? Call Ace and one of our experienced, professional technicians will most likely be able to repair whatever plumbing issues you are having at the moment. These technicians’ skill and expertise can save you from plumbing catastrophes in the long run, or they can put your current plumbing nightmare to an end. 

Meet one of these plumbing technicians, Chris Hall! He may not like snakes or spiders, but he sure knows how to get a plumbing system working again.

How long have you been with Ace?

I’ve been an employee for three years.

What is the toughest thing about your job?

I am not a fan of spiders and snakes, which I sometimes encounter during calls.

What do you love most about working at Ace?

Pay day!

What is your biggest achievement, either professionally or personally?

Becoming a father is easily my biggest achievement.

What advice do you have for people to better maintain their plumbing?

My only advice is to not wait until something breaks to fix it. People should change potentially problematic fixtures at first signs of wear and not when the house is currently flooding. 

What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to fix common plumbing problems themselves?

The biggest mistake is when people trust the Internet for all of the answers. 

You may consider taking advice from Chris when you have a plumbing issue: don’t implicitly trust the Internet when finding fixes for your problem. Have an Ace Plumbing professional inspect the issue and you just might get to meet Chris on the job! 

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Be Thankful You Don’t Have These Plumbing Problems

Daniel Kedinger - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Dripping faucets, running toilets and occasionally clogged drains are common plumbing problems nearly every homeowner faces. Unfortunately, these relatively easy and inexpensive problems may not be the only situations every homeowner experiences regarding plumbing. A plumbing system has the power to cause serious damage to your home and your bank account. Here are a couple of plumbing problems no one wants to experience:

Leaky Pipe

If a leaking pipe goes unnoticed, water saturation can cause major damage to a home’s integrity. A home’s exposure to water and dampness can lead to mold and the deterioration of structural support. This can lead to not only replacing the pipe, but also to the drywall or other costly structural materials. When factoring in labor and supplies, this problem may cost hundreds of dollars.

Broken or Clogged Drain Pipe

This is rarely a simple fix no matter where the drain pipe is broken: under the house, in a wall, underground. The cost of cleaning the sewage can sometimes be more expensive than the cost of repairing the pipe. This plumbing problem can lead to replacing sheetrock and potentially cause inhabitants of the home to have to relocate due to the sewage cleanup and other structural repairs. A clogged drain pipe can cause unwanted waste to backup into bathtubs and toilets, and if this is not noticed in a timely fashion, you have quite a mess on your hands.  

If any of these problems occur, contact Ace Plumbing to get the job fixed.

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Meet the Team!

Daniel Kedinger - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One of Ace Plumbing’s skilled technicians is Blaine Melancon. He has been with the company for two and a half years and may be the man who inspects and fixes your plumbing problems. When asked about his career and achievements, here’s what he had to say:

What is the toughest thing about your job?

The toughest thing is waking up to make it to work by 7:00 AM.

What do you love most about working at Ace?

They treat us with love.

What is your biggest achievement either professionally or personally?

My biggest achievement is measured by trying to be a great husband and father of three kids.

What advice do you have for people to better maintain their plumbing?

Call Ace Plumbing!

What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to fix common plumbing problems themselves?

They lack plumbing knowledge.

What causes low water pressure and what can a customer do about it?

STOP!!! Call Ace Plumbing, don’t do anything.

You may consider taking Mr. Melancon’s advice and contact Ace Plumbing when you have any plumbing needs. 

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Spot Major Plumbing Problems Before They Happen

Daniel Kedinger - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Many components of a home’s plumbing system are out of sight. Therefore, it is easy for a major plumbing problem to go unnoticed until it creates noticeable damage. Knowing when to call Ace Plumbing is key to preventing major damage to your plumbing system or your home’s structure.  If you spot any of the following issues in your home, contact Ace to inspect the situation. 

Corroded Pipes

Leaks will eventually happen in old, corroded pipes. As the materials making up the pipe corrode and breakdown, tiny holes will appear in the pipe. Get Ace to inspect your home’s pipes and replace old pipes in order to prevent future leaks. 

Septic Tank 

Replacing a septic tank is extremely costly to your wallet and to your property. In order to prevent replacing your entire septic tank, schedule a regular septic tank pump. Pumping the tank will get rid of accumulated waste and potentially prevent tank failure. 

Backed Up Toilet

A backed up toilet may indicate a sewer line is obstructed or damaged. Video sewer pipe inspections can identify the problem. 

Low Water Pressure

A drop in water pressure can be caused by a variety of things. One of the less serious reasons may be that the shut-off valve is closed. However, more serious issues like blockage or leaks can contribute to low water pressure. It is best to contact Ace to determine the reason behind the drop in pressure.

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How to Avoid Common Plumbing Problems

Daniel Kedinger - Thursday, September 11, 2014
Clogged drains, dripping toilets, and faucet leaks can be quite an annoyance. The constant “drip drip” and use of the plumbing serpent—the drain snake—may end up only masking the real problem. It is best to try and avoid these issues before your wallet starts to take the plunge. 

1. Dripping Taps - not addressing a leaking faucet can lead to added costs on your water bill and possibly lead to greater plumbing damage. It is important to maintain the faucet’s integrity to minimize dripping and water waste. A way to avoid dripping taps is to keep gaskets, o-rings, and washers free from corrosion or other structural damage.

2. Clogged Drains - do not wait until your drain is completely clogged to recognize the situation. The key to avoiding odors, and other problems resulting from clogged drains, is to routinely clean your drains to maintain maximum water flow. Once you notice the water taking longer to pass through, take action. Reach out to a plumber for help with this regular maintenance. 

3. Running Toilets - The longer you let your toilet run, the more water is wasted and the more money you are tacking onto your water bill. Just like taps and drains, routine maintenance is needed to ensure the parts are functioning properly. To avoid running toilets, let a plumber regularly check the parts underneath the tank lid (flapper, fill valve, flush valve, and flush lever) for corrosion or other deficiencies such as the flush valve not creating a tight seal.

When common plumbing problems become too much of a drain, you are going to have to “faucet” and call a professional plumber. Call Ace Plumbing and let them give you a hand.

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Ask Your Plumber II

Daniel Kedinger - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
We compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions by customers to our service technicians regarding Do It Yourself leak checks, faucet repair, and determining when it’s time to call in a professional plumber.

How do I check for a leak?

If you suspect you may have a leak in your home plumbing, it is best to investigate the issue when no water is being used for at least two hours. When no one else is in the home, or after your family is sleeping, check the level on your water meter outside. After waiting a few hours, and ensuring that no water has been used in the home, check the meter again. If the level has changed, unfortunately there is a leak. Call in a professional plumber to locate and fix the issue as soon as possible.

I have a leaky faucet; do I repair or replace it?

Do It Yourself faucet repair is an excellent option if the faucet is in newer condition. If the faucet is older, finding replacement parts may be a challenge. If the leak is caused by corrosion, then complete faucet replacement will be a more cost effective option. 

What causes a faucet leak?

A faucet has three parts that commonly cause most leaks.  A corroded valve seat, O-rings, or gaskets are the most common reasons behind a leaky faucet.  All three components work together in the faucet to keep the water back until you open the faucet.  If any one of these is faulty or worn out, a dripping or leaky faucet is the result. 

How do I fix a leaky or dripping faucet?

First, shut off the sink’s water valve. Next, open the faucet to allow water to drain. Then, using either a screwdriver or an Allen wrench, remove the handle of the faucet. Remember to keep all parts that are removed in one place to make reassembling easier. If the faucet has a nut holding the parts in place, try tightening the nut. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then disassemble the faucet by removing the nut. If your faucet has a cartridge, replace with a new cartridge. After inspecting the interior faucet’s contents- springs, seals, washers, and O-rings- determine which parts need to be replaced and head to the hardware store. Bring the faulty components to make finding exact replacements easier. Once replacements are found, reassemble the faucet. Your faucet should now function normally with new parts. If the problem persists, call in an expert to fix the leak. 

Should I be concerned about hidden leaks?

Considering leaks grow larger over time, timely detection and repair will save homeowners from significant damage. These include reduction, or elimination, of the following:  

● Structural weakening
● Irreparable finish damage to drywall, plaster, paint or wallpaper
● Costly emergency repairs
● Risk of mold growing
● Risk of water meeting electricity in the walls

Preventive plumbing maintenance, such as immediate leak reparation, is more practical and cost efficient than corroded pipe replacement.

How much water is wasted from a dripping faucet?

A single dripping faucet may seem, at first glace, like a small issue. But considering 15,000 drops of water make a gallon of water, the small drips can turn into a big issue.

A single faucet dripping at a rate of 10 drops per minute wastes

● 14,400 drops per day
● 347 gallons per year

Nearly a gallon of wasted water a day can add up quickly. The sooner the drip is repaired, the higher your savings will be.

Have plumbing questions?  Submit them to us. We’ll be glad to provide answers in our next Plumber’s FAQ blog entry. Comments (0)