Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumber’

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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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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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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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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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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Is Your Plumbing Protected Against Freezing Temps?

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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The holiday season is upon us, and as we all know, this can be a hectic time of the year. However, that doesn’t give you an excuse to forget about caring for your home. In fact, you may regret doing so! We’ve shared a lot of advice over the years in regards to protecting your plumbing and making sure it’s maintained properly, and we’re going to share one more—take the proper steps to prevent frozen pipes this winter!

Pipe freeze isn’t just a problem in and of itself, it’s the cause of another problem—burst pipes. The thawing process that pipes go through leads to this. Thawing creates a negative pressure buildup in the plumbing system, and that’s when they crack. As a result, you can find yourself facing property damage and potential flooding. So, what are these steps to follow to avoid pipe freeze?

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What Are You Doing to Prevent Frozen Pipes?

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIf you’ve lived in the Espanola area for even just a year, then you know we’re notorious for our hot summers, one of which we’re just now coming out of and greeting cooler temperatures with joy. Of course, if you’re an Espanola resident you also know that our mild temperatures don’t last long. We go from one extreme to the other pretty quickly!

This means that you need to move fast in order to protect and prepare your home before winter arrives. Are drafty doors going to allow warm air to escape from your home? How’s your indoor air quality—could you use a dehumidifier this winter? And last but absolutely not least, is your plumbing prepared for the season? Just a couple consecutive days of below 30°F temperatures can result in frozen pipes, which is a much bigger deal than you may realize.

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Tips for Detecting a Plumbing Leak

Monday, July 30th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around leakA plumbing leak is, without argument, one of the biggest enemies of pipes everywhere. What is it about a leak that makes it so frustrating? Well, for starters, even a seemingly “minor” leak like dripping faucets can waste a huge amount of water over time, resulting in higher than average water bills for you, for water you aren’t even using. These minor problems can trick you into thinking it’s no big deal, until you notice the cost of wasted water starting to add up.

More severe leaks can waste even more water, naturally, and do extensive damage to your property. And since most leaks develop in walls or beneath floors and above ceilings, they can go on for quite some time before becoming noticeable—after all, most of your plumbing system is hidden from view. Professional leak detection from a trained and experienced plumber in Santa Fe, NM is vital to pinpointing the exact location of your leak and repairing it. In the meantime, though, we’ve provided some tips below on how you can spot an issue on your own.

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What to Do About a Running Toilet

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

toilet in bathroomWe’d say, “you better go catch it,” but clearly that is not a helpful tip.

Rather, a running toilet is an annoying problem. While it’s not necessarily a catastrophe, it is a nuisance to listen to and impedes the power of your toilet’s flush. Additionally, it will reflect on your monthly water bill that you are using more water—even though you aren’t.

As soon as you notice your toilet won’t stop running, it’s time to call for a plumber in Santa Fe, NM. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few reasons why this might be happening, below.

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Should You Hire a Professional for Your Plumbing Needs?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When it comes to household appliances or systems that get taken for granted, your plumbing system likely tops the list. It’s rare that we think much of the pipes running through our walls and under our property—until something goes wrong, anyway, and we find ourselves in need of a professional Espanola, NM plumber.

But do you really need a professional? Well, yes—and for more than just repairs. Whether you’re having a home built, adding on to your existing plumbing system, or want to explore your water treatment options, there are a number of plumbing installation jobs you need a pro for. But why?

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