Signs You’re in Need of Plumbing Repair

September 9th, 2019

Plumbing issues can be hard to detect without the right equipment and know-how. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, after all, and the problems that might affect it are usually subtle to start off. This is a big part of the reason we suggest scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year.

However, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having a problem. On the off chance that a problem does occur between maintenance sessions, you’ll be able to detect it quickly so you can call for professional repairs. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of plumbing problems.

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Detecting a Plumbing Leak: A How-To Guide

July 29th, 2019

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeIn our previous blog post, we talked about how your air conditioner could leak, why this happens, and what to do about it.

But what about the leaks we’re more familiar with—plumbing system leaks? They can happen from literally anywhere within your plumbing system, which can sound pretty ominous. They also aren’t easily noticeable in most cases—they may do a significant amount of damage beneath your slab or behind your walls before you even see that you have a leak.

But wait, there’s good news! There are tell-tale signs you can watch out for that indicate your home is, in fact, experiencing a plumbing leak. Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

Are You Using Your Heater Efficiently Enough?

January 28th, 2019

dog-under-blanketIf you’re like most homeowners, you’d probably like to do anything you can in order to save money on your energy bills. And there are a couple appliances in particular that heavily contribute to these costs—your air conditioner and your heater. We’re going to focus on your heater today, given the time of year we’re in.

Did you know there are some simple steps you can take to not only ensure your heater is performing efficiently, but also boost its efficiency? You don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save money. You can just follow the tips below, many of them small adjustments, to see huge benefits. (more…)

Avoid These Common Midwinter Furnace Repair Needs!

January 14th, 2019

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.The fortunate thing about today’s gas furnaces is that they are built to last, and run into very few malfunctions during their lifetime. Well, at least, this is true if you have your gas furnace professionally installed and regularly maintained on a routine basis. This will help ensure you can relax during the winter, knowing there’s little chance you’ll have furnace trouble.

If you skipped maintenance, on the other hand, or even if you have an aging furnace, there’s a bigger chance you’ll run into a midwinter furnace repair need. You can call on us if this occurs. In the meantime, we want to go over a few common midwinter furnace repair needs so you can be more prepared if you, in fact, face one. (more…)

The Importance of Hiring Professional Plumbers

December 31st, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWe’ve met many a homeowner who loves DIY projects. If you are one of them, we admire your ingenuity! However, your plumbing system really isn’t eligible for a do-it-yourself experiment. It needs a professional team to keep it running as it should. Any plumbing issue, no matter how mild you think it is, needs to receive expert service.

The plumbers here at Roadrunner are licensed, highly trained, and appropriately experienced. We’re serious about the quality of our service, and that shows in the work that we do. This is something that you simply cannot get with an amateur or a general handyman. What does a pro bring that an amateur can’t? Read on to learn. (more…)

Heed These Signs You Need Plumbing Repair

December 17th, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationIn many cases, plumbing issues can be hard to detect without professional equipment and experience. Obviously, if you have a burst pipe spewing water across your kitchen floor, you’ll know there’s a problem—but then you probably wouldn’t be reading this post!

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with more subtle signs that you’re, indeed, in need of professional plumbing repair in Santa Fe, NM as most of your system is hidden from sight. Maintenance will help prevent the worst of your plumbing problems, but if a problem happens between maintenance appointments, knowing these signs will allow you detect it quickly and call for repairs before it does turn into a much bigger emergency. (more…)

What Should Your Water Be Tested For?

December 3rd, 2018

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapThe short, easy answer to this is going to be “contaminants.”

“But wait,” you may wonder, “doesn’t my city filter out any contaminants that may exist in my drinking water?”

Yes, they do. But it’s important to realize that the water in your pipes still has a long way to go before it reaches your plumbing fixtures. As a result, it can pick up pollutants along the way, or even minerals like calcium and magnesium. We’ll get more into the latter below, but what’s important to know is that these minerals aren’t harmful to you, but are harmful to your plumbing. (more…)

Is Your Household Suffering from Hard Water?

November 19th, 2018

Pouring water in the kitchenMost municipal water supplies throughout the country go through heavy filtration before they reach the taps in your home, and Santa Fe is no exception. If you’re using ground water instead, you likely have your own water treatment system on-site. Still though, there is often something missing from either of these water treatment systems, and that is protection from hard water.

What is hard water, you ask? This is the description given to water that contains a high level of minerals in it—namely, calcium and magnesium. They are harmless to ingest, but can do more damage to your plumbing system than you may realize. Fortunately, this problem can be easily resolved with a professional Santa Fe, NM water softener installation! Without this system in place, you’ll likely find yourself facing the following issues—and their consequences—in your home. (more…)

Can a Tankless Water Heater Malfunction?

November 4th, 2018

tankless water heater on groundThe short answer to this is, “yes.” But, we’re not going to leave you hanging like that, and we definitely don’t want to deter you from purchasing a tankless system!

In fact, we often recommend the installation of a tankless water heater system over the more traditional tank water heater due to its numerous advantages, like lower energy bills, longer equipment life, and perhaps the biggest appeal, an unlimited hot water supply.

Tankless systems do suffer from less repair needs on average than their storage tank counterparts, since they don’t deal with the stress of water stored in a tank, and the continual need to use energy in order to keep that water heated. Tankless systems essentially do less work and don’t wear down as fast, as a result. However, as we alluded to above, they can malfunction, and when they do it is important that you call for professional Santa Fe, NM water heater services as soon as possible. (more…)

Is It Time for You to Call a Plumber?

September 10th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around itPlumbing problems are notoriously frustrating, and often difficult to detect without professional experience or professional equipment. Most of your plumbing system is completely hidden from view, and the issues that typically impact it are subtle when they first come about.

This is part of the reason we advise you schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, you should familiarize yourself with the warning signs your plumbing system is having some type of issue, so if something does occur during maintenance appointments, you can be on top of it and know to call a plumber right away.

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