Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

How Do I Know if My Plumbing is Bad?

Monday, November 14th, 2022
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When you purchase a home, you do your very best to make sure you know what you’re getting into. An inspection is required. You try to think of all the questions you could possibly ask. But especially for first-time homeowners, it’s impossible to think of everything.

A general inspection won’t be done by a specialist in any particular area, such as plumbing. And with the home’s plumbing mostly concealed behind walls and under floors, how can you tell whether there’s cause for concern?

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What’s Wrong with My Garbage Disposal?

Monday, October 17th, 2022
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If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, you probably love it. It makes cleanup a breeze, and you don’t have to worry every time a stray green bean from dinner slips down the drain.

But sometimes, garbage disposals do encounter problems. If you’ve got a garbage disposal behaving badly, we’re here to help. 

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Common Plumbing Emergencies: When to Call a Plumber

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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Plumbing is an essential part of our everyday lives. We use water for everything– showering, cooking, cleaning, drinking, and more. And when there’s an issue, it’s not only inconvenient, but it can lead to severe damage to your home and costly repairs. However, some things go wrong that may seem insignificant, but can actually be cause for an emergency call to a professional plumber.

In this article, we will discuss X tall-tale signs that you have a problem on your hand and it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a ring.

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How to Detect When You Have a Leak

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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When it comes to home maintenance and upkeep, we have to admit, one of the trickiest things to handle is plumbing. Most homeowners can’t readily check and inspect the pipes and other parts of the house’s water system. More often than not, the problem gets to a breaking point before you notice, resulting in more damage and higher costs in the end.

To help you avoid that outcome, we’ve put together a list of 5 indicators that you might have a leak in your plumbing system somewhere. If you find the issue fast enough, it can save you from massive headaches and expensive repairs. Just follow this advice and you’ll know when it’s time to call us.

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What You Should Know about Water Hammer

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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The very first thing you should know about water hammer is what it is, and then from there, we can explain the problem with it.

Water hammer may sound like a really ominous term, but really all it is is describing a sound that resembles knocking that comes from inside your pipes. You might have even heard it before and had no idea where it was coming from.

Water hammer is not a plumbing emergency, however, it is something to be concerned about in the sense that you want to have it addressed by a professional plumber as soon as you can. Read on to learn what causes this and the problem with it!

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Follow These Tips to Avoid Plumbing Mishaps This Holiday Season!

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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It’s never too early to think about plumbing care. Sure, there are still several weeks left before you really need to think about the holidays, but with everything going on in the last couple of years, we don’t blame you if you want to start the festivities a little earlier. And so, we’re here to help you prepare!

There are a few things for you to consider as we get closer to the holidays. First, are you going to be hosting any big meals? Remember, although your garbage disposal system is hugely convenient, it does have its limitations, and pushing those boundaries can leave you with a stubbornly clogged drain.

Second, are you going to be hosting overnight guests? We have some bathroom plumbing tips for you to consider, to avoid things like toilet clogs or an overwhelmed water heater. Read on to learn more!

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You Might Have a Leak If…

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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You hear the sound of running water, you notice spots on the drywall or ceiling, or there’s a loss of water pressure.

These are all signs that you may have a leak, and we’ll elaborate more below. The most important thing to know is that you’ll always be better off if you have the number of a professional plumber on hand!

At Roadrunner, we understand that leaks are quite a nuisance. And yet, it’s practically guaranteed that at some point throughout your homeowners, you’ll have to deal with one. We’ll share some common leaks below in addition to how to spot the signs of a leak, so you can be well prepared and minimize the damage the leak actually causes. Read on to learn more!

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There’s Only One Right Way to Fix a Clogged Drain…

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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And no, the answer is not to use store-bought liquid drain cleaners. Actually, this can do more harm than good to your pipes.

These store-bought “solutions” might clean out your drains pretty well during their initial use, but it comes at a cost—a cost that too many homeowners don’t realize they’re paying until it is too late. Read on to learn the right way to fix a clogged drain—by calling a professional plumber.

By the time you’re done reading this blog post, you’ll understand why it’s so important to leave this work to the professionals.

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Heed These Signs Your Plumbing System Is in Trouble

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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If there’s any household problem that’s pretty much inevitable for any homeowner, it’s a plumbing problem. And this type of problem can be hard to detect without professional experience and tools. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view after all, and the problems that typically impact it are subtle to start out with.

This is part of the reason why we suggest scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year! But even with maintenance, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the warning signs that your plumbing system is experiencing problems. On the rare chance that a problem does happen between maintenance sessions, you’ll be able to catch it quickly and get it repaired. Read on as we uncover some of these symptoms and what they might mean.

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Is Water Hammer a Problem?

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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Let’s say you’re sitting in your home one night—relaxing, watching something mindless on TV—when suddenly your tranquility is rudely interrupted by a loud metallic clang coming from the walls.

First off, it’s probably not a ghost or an unwelcome intruder you’re detecting. What you might be hearing is actually something to do with your plumbing system, and it’s called water hammer.

So, this name probably sounds at least a little bit intimidating. But the thing is, it’s actually really common and something our plumbers can easily fix. We’ll dive into what water hammer is below, so you can get to know more about it, what it does, and how we can remedy it!

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