From corrosion due to hard water to repairs that aren’t lasting like they should, the best way to make sure your pipes don’t give you trouble is to have Schroeder Plumbing pay you a visit in Mesa, AZ. Our licensed plumbing service can inspect pipes from the outside and, even deep in your walls, check the inside where it counts using video inspection. We can listen for leaks using electronics, and apply our plumbing knowledge to chase down other plumbing issues. From older pipes reaching their end of service life to repairs with dissimilar metals or plastic piping not designed for pressure, we can catch issues and anomalies and help you avoid disasters. You may not know your home’s plumbing history, but you can definitely know its future and take charge of it with information from our plumbing service.
Plastic Pipes That “Corrode?”
Decades ago, some homes in the Mesa, AZ area were built with a type of plastic resin-based pipe that has since been found to degrade over time, much as metal pipes can. Minerals in hard water are responsible for much of metal pipe corrosion, but these plastic pipes degrade in a similar way. They’re affected by common chemicals present in many city water supplies. This is just one of many potential issues that our plumbing service may find in your older home. We can correct them to help you avoid future surprises. With the help of an experienced, licensed plumbing service, you can benefit from updates to the plumbing code over time that reflect experience with past plumbing materials and techniques. Updating your home’s plumbing can benefit you today, affect your home’s insurance, and help when you decide to put your home on the market.
Drains Are Meant to Be Cleaned
To deliver wastewater from all the places in your home where you have sinks, toilets, and appliances, your drains have to be complex and carefully designed. You’ve seen the P-traps that curve under sinks, and they are molded into most toilets, too. They take water and waste on a detour to prevent noxious gases from rising out of your sewer line, and they need to be properly designed and installed. Over time, pipes and traps can accumulate clogs that stick to their walls. This is common in areas where pipes are traveling horizontally and gravity tends to keep waste from moving with the water. Many homeowners have a regular whole house drain cleaning from our plumbing service. It includes video inspection to check for clogs and ensure they’re removed with the right techniques. In a few cases, we’ll also note that drain plumbing isn’t designed and installed quite right. We can adjust the pipe slant or other factors to help reduce the number of clogs you experience.
When Do Plumbers Use Ladders?
There are a few cases when our plumbing service team has to use a ladder to check your plumbing, and one is usually up on your roof. It’s your plumbing vent, a pipe that needs inspecting for your safety and to help avoid phantom clogs in your upstairs bathrooms and sinks. The vent needs to be clear so that air can enter to balance your drain flow and keep everything moving down to your sewer. It also allows sewer gases to escape. If you smell something unfortunate in your upstairs bathroom, the cause may be on the roof. Vent issues depend on the type of opening you have, some wide-open ones get birds’ nests or other creature constructions due to the warmth coming from the vent pipe. If you’ve had non-professional roofing repairs or storm damage, your vent might not be working correctly. A quick inspection and correction can make big changes below. If you’re having slow drains, gurgling, or other issues on your top floor, especially from multiple fixtures, that may all be handled by a simple plumbing vent check and fix.
Under the Slab and in the Walls
In the past, if you had or suspected plumbing problems under your foundation or in your walls, a visual inspection was all your plumbing service could do. That meant cutting through walls or even basement floors just to take a look. Now, we have many options for checking your pipes no matter where they’re located, even your water line crossing underground, and your sewer pipe as well. As we mentioned, video is an essential tool now. It requires simple access through a cleanout or other available entry with little or no cutting. This can also allow us to check for nonstandard pipes or plumbing techniques, even if they’ve been hidden in your walls for decades. In cases where corrosion or other long-term pipe damage occurs, it often happens in many places at about the same time. By identifying pipe, joint, and plumbing issues early, we can save you the trouble of multiple issues arising. If you do call us for a leak detection and repair, our plumbing service experts are able to recognize problems like these. Instead of waiting for more leaks, we’ll suggest an overall plan of action and prevention.
Outdoor Plumbing Can Affect Your Home’s Water Quality
Do you have plumbing runs outside to drinking or decorative fountains, sprinklers, hose bibs, garage plumbing, or other features? It’s important to make sure that these are installed properly, both for long-lasting service and to prevent something called backflow. That’s a situation where outdoor plumbing siphons dirty water into your home.
Plumbers with an Experienced Eye to Check Your Home
Are you concerned about aging plumbing in your home? Is there a particular fixture or piping that doesn’t look right? Maybe you just want a thorough inspection by a qualified plumbing service that knows what hidden problems to look for. We’re Schroeder Plumbing, serving the Mesa, AZ area with renovations, repiping, and rescues along with many other ways we can make home ownership easier and more enjoyable. Call us today and take charge of your home’s plumbing!