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

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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Beware These Signs of a Plumbing Leak!

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Hidden leaks are a real drag. First off, they’re hidden! You may not know about them for days, or even weeks, and by then they can cause some significant damage, including damaged flooring and drywall. Whether it’s a pipe leak at a sink, or a toilet leak in the bathroom, these problems can get pretty expensive and can become huge hassles.

Fortunately, there are signs you can watch out for that you have a leak. By knowing these indicators, you can give us a call when you first notice them and prevent them from becoming much more urgent and expensive. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs you have a plumbing leak.

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Signs You Have a Drain Clog

Monday, October 5th, 2020

When you hear the words “plumbing problem,” one of the first things likely to come to mind is a drain clog. This is, after all, the most common type of plumbing problem there is among homeowners. Almost everyone has run into one at some point or another.

Now, when you actually have a drain clog, your instinct is probably to reach for a bottle of store-bought drain cleaner. We really want to encourage you not to do this however. It can actually do more harm than good to your drains, and leave you with pinhole leaks or worse. When you do have a drain clog, call on our team to handle it professionally, and keep your plumbing system functional and efficient.

Read on for some signs you have a drain clog, what’s could be causing it, and what to do about it.

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What Drain Cleaning Solution Is Best for Your Clog?

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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When you encounter a clog in your home, what do you do? If you’re like many homeowners, you probably reach for that bottle of store-bought liquid drain cleaning solution, right? Unfortunately, this is exactly what you should not do.

It may solve your clog problem in the short term, but it will create more problems for the future of your plumbing system. Read on as we uncover what’s wrong with these solutions, and what solution is best for your drain cleaning needs.

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How to Not Clean Your Drains

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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If you’re like most homeowners, we can probably guess what you do when you encounter a clogged drain in your home—reach for that bottle of store-bought drain cleaner under your sink, right?

Well, unfortunately, this is exactly how not to clean your drains. In fact, it’s the worst thing you can do for the health of your plumbing system. Sure, it may solve the problem temporarily, but it will actually magnify the problems that you’ll face later that lead to repiping and other costly plumbing repairs.

Reach on to learn more, and when you’re ready, give us a call for professional drain cleaning!

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Protect Your Water Heater from Corrosion with This Service

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Is your water heater ready for spring and summer?

Okay, that question is a bit of a misnomer. Water heaters aren’t like other home systems, such as your air conditioner, that need routine maintenance each spring.

But they do need maintenance! Fortunately, because it’s a year-round system that you use day after day, it doesn’t really matter what time of the year you have maintenance done. It mostly matters that your tune-ups for this important piece of your plumbing in Santa Fe, NM are routine—once a year.

Read on as we uncover the components of your water heater that prevent it from corroding, and why taking care of these components is so important!

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Beware These Signs You Have a Plumbing Problem

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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The tricky thing about plumbing problems is that they hide really well. Often occurring behind walls, and sometimes even under the foundation of your home, they’re pretty undetectable. Some plumbing problems, like a clogged drain or a leaking faucet, are pretty obvious, and you don’t necessarily need to know the signs since you can see them at face value.

But for your hidden pipes, a problem can happen and go unnoticed for a significant amount of time, and do a lot of damage to your property in the meantime, if you’re not attentive to your plumbing system. Like we said, plumbing problems can be hard to detect. There are signs to look for, though! Read on to learn about some.

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Why You Should Only Ever Trust a Professional for Your Plumbing Job

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Let us pose this question—would you let just anyone work on your car? You use it to commute back and forth, whether it’s to your job, your kid’s activities, or social events. If you need service work on it, and an amateur messes up, you could be without your otherwise reliable vehicle for days or even weeks. That’sinconvenient, to say the least.

Now, consider if you were without your plumbing system for days, or weeks. Could you even imagine? This means no showering, no washing dishes or clothes… you can’t even wash your hands or use the restroom. Well, that’s what you’re risking when you hire anyone less than a trained and experienced professional. If you’re still not convinced, read on as we uncover some of the main reasons you should only ever trust a pro for your plumbing job.

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