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Is your water heater costing you more than it should?

Hot water heater being serviced.

Signs of Water Heater Problems 

You wake up for work, hop in the bath for that nice warm shower as part of your morning routine, and BOOM! You got a cold wake-up instead! What was that all about? Yeah, you’re awake now, but you also know you may have a problem, and water heater repair or replacement was not on the agenda today. 

Maybe if you’d noticed a few things, you could’ve seen this about to happen and got the water heater repaired over the weekend. So what are some signs your hot water heater is going out? Here are some indicators telling you that water heater repair or replacement is going to be needed soon: 

  • Age – You probably don’t have a birthday party for your water heater; you save that for the cat and kids. However, you need to stay on top of how long you’ve had your water heater because by the tenth year, it is reaching the end of its life. If it’s a good quality water heater, repairs have been little to none, and the water quality is good, you could get upwards of 15 years. 
  • Puddles – You know the water is supposed to be inside the tank, right? So, when there are water puddles around the outside of the water heater, repair or replacement is needed. Before you call a professional for help, save yourself a little money by checking all the pipes and knobs and making sure everything is fitting as tightly as it should. 
  • Noises – A water heater will make some noises, but if it’s making noises more frequently and it’s getting louder, like an angry goblin coming from the closet, or you’re hearing clanking sounds and rumbling, you may have some sediment build up inside the tank. A good flushing will take care of that sometimes, but if you’ve never flushed it and the water heater is around 8 to 10 years old, water heater repair probably isn’t possible.
  • Rusty Water – If the water coming out of the faucets and spigots is a rusty brown or red, that could be from the water heater tank. Try draining it and let it refill again. If the water is still rusty, it is time for a new water heater installation. 
  • It’s Not Heating Well – Do you get one shower or one load of laundry done before you’re out of hot water? Have you adjusted the temperature on the unit and found it’s still not any better? You are beyond water heater repair at this point. Start shopping for the different types of water heaters on the market.

What is the average life of a water heater?

The average is between 8 years to 12 years, depending on few factors such as the quality of the water heater, the quality of the water, and how well you perform maintenance on the unit. If you never do the recommended flush routine, the sediment will keep stacking up inside the tank and affect its efficiency. Some areas have hard water, which has more sediment, and that can take a toll on any water heater. 

How do you know when to replace a hot water heater?

As it has been said, all good things must end, and that’s as true a statement with a water heater as with anything else. When it isn’t doing the job you need it to do, electric or gas water heater repair may be possible, but you need to be prepared for any of the following, because these mean it is time to replace the unit: 


As we mentioned earlier, you’re lucky to get 15 years from a water heater, especially if you never had to get water heater repairs! If it hasn’t gone out by its 15th birthday, you may consider replacing it anyway before it catches you with a cold shower one morning. 


If your water heater doesn’t offer a good volume of hot water, it is time to get a new unit.


A big part of your energy bill is used to heat water with the water heater. If that amount has gone up substantially lately, it could be because the water heater can’t keep up with the demand. It could also be too old or maybe even too small. 


If you’re seeing corrosion on the exterior of your water heater, that means it is leaking and there isn’t any safe water heater repair to fix that. Replace the unit soon! 


As we mentioned earlier, if you’re getting brown or red-colored water from the faucets or spigots, and draining the water heater tank didn’t help, it is time to replace the unit. 


If you have had several water heater repairs over the past year, and it’s giving you trouble again, it’s time to save that money and put it towards a new water heater. 

Plumber fixing a hot water heater.

In Conclusion 

Okay. Now you’re convinced you need a new water heater. Do your research so you know what types of water heaters are on the market today and what is the best choice for your home and your family. These aren’t just electric and gas water heaters anymore. There are choices such as tankless water heaters and high recovery water heaters that may be more suited for a large, busy family. For help figuring out which choice is best, or help with water heater repair in Dallas, TX if there’s still some life in it, call Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. at (214) 402-5454 today. 

What is Faucet Repair?

water dripping from faucet

What is the most frequent failure part in a typical faucet?

When we consider that 19% of a home’s water usage is from the bathroom and kitchen faucets, consuming as much as 20 gallons of water each day, the faucet is used a lot!  As with anything that has that much daily usage, there is bound to be the need for faucet repairs or replacements. 

The rubber washers. Every bathroom and kitchen faucet can have multiple rubber washers, and there are two factors that cause them to wear out: 

  • Usage
  • Water

Worn out rubber parts on any faucet will cause it to leak either at the base, under the handle, or under the knobs. 

How do you fix a broken faucet?

When the kitchen faucet breaks, it is easy to pick up the telephone and call a plumber. Or you can do your own faucet repair  and save that money!  You’ll need a few common household tools like Allen wrenches, flat-head screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, and slip-joint pliers. You’ll also need the basic materials that are available at your local home improvement center:

  • A faucet repair kit
  • Water diverter for hot/cold
  • Packing grease

With these tools and materials gathered, follow these steps for a mixer-style water faucet repair: 

Turn the Water Off & Remove the Handle

Turn off the water under the sink then turn the faucet on so it can drain any water still inside. Next, put the stoppers in the drains to keep small parts and pieces from falling in.

With your Allen wrench, loosen the faucet handle setscrew and remove the handle. Set the parts out in the order your remove them so you have a line-up how to reassemble. 

Remove the Bonnet, Ball and Cam Assembly

Cover the slip-joint pliers teeth with masking tape and remove the bonnet, then remove the ball and cam assembly.

Remove the Springs

Using the needle-nose pliers, remove the springs and packing pieces the clean any buildup and sediment from inside the faucet.

Remove the Diverter and O-Rings

With both hands, grab the spout and move it back and forth until it is loosened, then remove it, the O-rings, and the diverter. Clean any buildup and sediment from the faucet face.


Place the new diverter into position and install the new top O-ring, followed by the others after coating them in the  packing grease. The packing grease protects the components of the faucet by protecting them from the high temperature. 

Connect the Spout

Press the spout into place, pressing with both hands firmly. If you’ve been considering updating your kitchen, now is the time to install a new spout. With the Allen wrench guiding them, slide the springs and packing pieces in place.

Finish Up

Position the faucet ball into the slot, install the cam and its packing reinstall the bonnet and handle.  Now turn on the water and if any leaks, backtrack your steps, usually an o-ring is out of position. 

How do you fix a broken faucet stem?

In every home, it is the bathroom faucet that gets used the most, next to the kitchen faucet. That repeated use causes the stem to wear out, then they drip water even with the handles in the “off” position, wasting water and money. 

If you can’t afford a plumber right now, the following steps will guide you how to do your own faucet repair by replacing the stems and stop that constant dripping of water and money:  

  1. Turn the water supply off under the sink then turn on both cold & hot water knobs to release any pressure & water left in the faucet & lines.
  2. Pop the caps off the top of the knobs using a flathead screwdriver. If there isn’t a cap, there should be exposed screws that need to be removed.
  3. Now pull the faucet handles of. This will expose the stems.
  4. Loosen the retaining nuts with the pliers if the faucet has cartridge stems. If the faucet has ceramic stems, loosen the mounting nuts. Then pull the stems out of the faucet body.
  5. If you haven’t already got the replacement stems, take the ones you removed to your local home improvement store or a plumbing supply store to get the correct replacement stems.
  6. Install the cartridge stems in the faucet body and place  new O-rings above the threads on the compression stem bottoms, coated with plumber’s grease.
  7. Use the retaining nuts to ensure the cartridge stems are securely in place, then install the packing nuts with a clockwise turn of the pliers till tight.
  8. Install the handles on the faucet stems and tighten the setscrews to secure the handles or install new ones.
  9. Turn the faucet handles on and turn the water back on under the sink slowly.

Why does my faucet drip after I turn it off?

The working part of a faucet is the valve which is located in the handle. This is what controls the on, off, temperature, and volume. As  you use the faucet every day, it wears the valve out and it loses the water-tight seal which allows the water to drip when you have the faucet turned off. Follow the steps we listed above for a DIY faucet repair. 

How do you fix a faucet that won’t turn off?

When you turn the faucet off, there are either rubber or plastic components inside that compress across the opening that stops the water flow.  When the water is still running after you’ve turned the knob off it is usually the cartridge, stem, or O-rings are worn out.  Follow the steps we have listed earlier in this article for faucet repair. If you aren’t able to do this yourself, turn the water off under the sink and call a plumber. 

How do I know if my faucet cartridge is bad?

Fortunately, a faucet cartridge will let you know it is getting worn out. Some of the typical indications are: 

  • Constant  water dripping
  • Adjusting the temperature
  • Hot water coming from the cold water outlet

How long do faucet cartridges last?

The lifespan of a faucet cartridge will be affected by how much it is used. A home with one or two people, the faucet doesn’t see as much use as a household with kids. On the average though, you shouldn’t need a faucet repair to replace the cartridge any sooner than 15 years, maybe even 20 years if it is a high quality faucet. 

new faucet installation

Can Washerless faucet be repaired?

When we hear the words “washerless” faucet, we automatically think it is free of needing any faucet repairs. Oh, but how we are wrong in that thinking!  This simply means there is not there isn’t washer in places where standard faucets have them, but they do have a gasket, an O-ring and other rubber parts that need replacing.  So, yes, a washerless faucet could still need faucet repair, and we have provided you steps here to replace those parts. 

If faucet repair wasn’t the fix and you’re going to replace your faucet, which faucets have lifetime warranty?  First, you need to understand that a Lifetime Warranty will generally cover the end consumer that uses the product in their residence. So, if you sell your house, the warranty doesn’t transfer to the new owner or is you’ve purchased it for a commercial setting, the warranty isn’t included. 

The best brands of faucets that will need limited to know faucet repairs are Delta and Moen with lifetime warranty. However, this will require you maintain your faucet with regular cleaning as they instruct in their paperwork. Call (214) 402-5454 for your faucet repair needs in Dallas, TX.

What is considered a plumbing emergency?

damage to internal plumbing

Keeping your plumbing at its best

Indoor plumbing isn’t a luxury for us anymore. Instead, it is just assumed it will always be there and we never think twice about it. Until we need emergency plumbing help, then we make that emergency plumber phone call. We explain our situation and then the response we get is scheduling an appointment for the next day. 

So, what is not an emergency when it comes to plumbing? If the plumbing problem can wait, you don’t have a really true emergency. Here is a list  of things that plumbers do not consider an emergency: 

  • Furnace tune-up
  • Water heater flush
  • Slow or clogged drains 
  • Remodeling
  • Plumbing inspections
  • Appliance installations
  • A leaking faucet
  • A running toilet

What’s the worse thing that could happen if you make an emergency plumber request, then they determine the issue wasn’t a true emergency? Well, the plumber will likely take care of the issue for you, but you’re going to pay for after hours or holiday rate.  

What is considered an emergency plumber repair then? The first thing you should ask yourself before making that phone call for an emergency plumber service is, “Can this wait till the next business day?” and “Is having a professional plumber come unclog my drain worth $100 an hour service call?”  Some true plumbing emergency examples would be: 


When there is a risk of your home flooding because of a busted pipe, sump pump failure, backed up sewer, or failed water shut off valve. These are legitimate reasons that can justify an emergency plumber service call. 

Backed Up Sewer

If your sewer line is backed up and there is sewage puddling in the yard or under the house makes it inconvenient to use the basic household facilities or access running water. What justifies this for an emergency plumber service call though is the health hazard it presents. Exposed sewage is an extremely health issue that should have immediate attention. 

No Water

If you have encountered a plumbing issue where there is absolutely no access to running water and you have checked everything you can (non-payment water bill, city emergency cut off), can become a safety concern. 

Pipe Burst Possible

A frozen water pipe and/or water spigots can cause two issues: 

  • Busting and flooding
  • No water 

A frozen pipe keeps water from flowing and it can also expand and crack while frozen. Then when the water thaws, flooding prevails. If you have frozen pipes and notice it has crack, an emergency plumber call is justified if you don’t know how or where to turn the water main off.  

Is a clogged toilet a maintenance emergency?

A important component of your home’s plumbing is the toilet. In fact, it could be the most important next to having running water. So when that prized gem becomes clogged, is it worth an emergency plumber service call?  

If you have more than one toilet, no, that is not a plumbing emergency. However, if you only have one toilet in the house and you haven’t been able to unclog it with a plunger, make that emergency plumber phone call. 

burst pipe leak

Is a leak an emergency?

If you can see a leak, that could justify an emergency plumber phone call, but only after you have tried to shut the water off at the main without success.  If you don’t know where the shut off is located and how to use it, you should have your plumber show you. 

For a leak that is obvious, but is small, is that worthy of an emergency plumber call? Not is placing a bucket under will catch the leak for a while where you take care of it later or a non-emergency plumber appointment will suffice.  However, you do need to either address it yourself or schedule a plumber soon. Why? 

A leak is telling you that something is wrong, and often, if there is one obvious leak, there could be another leak somewhere else that you don’t see. An unseen leak is the worst leak possible. Plumbing leaks happen when the water pressure rises or there is a buildup of corrosion, limescale, etc. If there is unseen leaks, it is leaking somewhere that is going to cause mildew, mold, rot, and from there, you’re looking at extensive structural damage. 

Just a few drips behind a wall or in the ceiling will begin soaking through drywall. By ignoring these signs or putting off taking care of them, you’re creating an expensive mess for later. So, while your immediate issue may be put off with a bucket catching a few drips right now, don’t let it become an emergency plumbing and drain problem. Schedule your plumber sooner than later, just not necessarily an emergency plumber appointment. 

When you do make that emergency plumber call, how long do emergency plumbers take? When emergency plumber call out is made, a professional plumber will stay and work on the problem until it is fixed. There are emergency plumber cases that are solved with in an hour or two and others that take three or more hours. There is no set time frame because the plumber won’t know what they are dealing with until the arrive and assess the problem. Even then, once they start working on it, another issue may arise causing it to take longer. Call (214) 402-5454 today for emergency plumbing services in Dallas, TX.

How does leak detection work?

leaking pipe  in wall

How common are water leaks?

Not all that long ago, when your home or business had a sewer leak or water leak, leak detection wasn’t always easily found. Today’s plumbing technology has brought some excellent leak detection and repair methods that our grandparents never would think possible. 

On a city or public level, they are staffed with equipment for leak detection on water mains, so they stay on top of them. The average home loses as much as 20,000 gallons each year because of leaks. While some of that is attributed to dripping faucets, showerheads, or running toilets, there are unknown leaks too. With leak detection equipment, this could be eliminated and would protect one of our valuable resources. 

What do you do if you suspect a water leak?

Because you just noticed a water leak doesn’t mean it just started.  A water leak can go undetected for days, months, even years.  If you suspect that you have a water leak, your first step should be contacting a professional plumber immediately. Since you don’t know how long this leak has been happening, you don’t want to delay getting repaired. 

A water leak ignored is asking for trouble in the way of expensive damage to your home. From foundation problems and more, a busted pipe or small leaking pipe can add up fast with the water bill and the cost of repairs. If the water leak is obvious, a busted pipe, you can turn the water off at the main located at the water meter. Take the time now to know where you water meter is so that you can get to it easily in case of water leak detection of a busted pipe. 

How can you tell where a water leak is coming from?

Water is a basic ingredient in our homes. We take for granted that it will always be there, safely contained, and useable in the pipes, appliances, sinks, tub, etc. Water can also become an enemy too when it is going places it shouldn’t, causing damage and havoc. 

Yes, we’re talking about plumbing leaks, which are unfortunately, pretty common in homes. Every home, even a new home, will experience a plumbing leak some time. Not all leaks are noticed or obvious either, which is why we need to do our leak detection using the following steps: 

Water Bill Monitoring

Your monthly water bill is probably fairly predictable. So, when you get one that is higher than normal and you know you haven’t filled a swimming pool or did the football team’s laundry and you can’t find a leak, you need to call a plumber that has leak detection capabilities. 

Water Meter Watching

When you suspect a water leak, you can watch your water meter to get an indication using these steps:  

  • Turn all water using appliances, faucets, and spigots off inside and around your home.
  • Go outside and look at the water meter, write down the numbers on the dial. Wait one hour and check the meter again. If the numbers changed, you have a water leak. It could possibly be in places you can’t see, so your next stop would be to call a plumber for leak detection help. 

Inspect Your Appliances and Fixtures

If the water meter testing indicated a leak,  check inside the cabinets under all the sinks, check for any water puddles around the toilets, tubs, and showers, look around the dishwasher, washing machine, and water heater. It may only be a loose connection, or you may need to replace a connection. 

Green Grass Patches

You want your lawn green and lush, but not in patches.  When you notice you have some patches that really green and lush that grows faster than the rest of the law, you probably have water leak in a buried line.  A plumber with leak detection equipment can find that leak faster than you can digging your lawn up. 

burst pipe outside

Can plumbers detect leaks?

Yes, when you believe you have a leak, an experienced plumber will be able to find leaks that you’re not able to see with leak detection equipment. This equipment enables them to accurately find leaks quickly and get right to the problem area. This includes leaks underground and within your foundation or under your home. 

The leak detection equipment that plumbers utilize today includes video inspection that includes a leak detection with infrared camera connected to a fiber optic  tool that sends the picture to a small monitor. With this equipment, the plumber will be able to pinpoint the problem and get it repaired. 

So, yes, there is leak detection equipment for the home, several different companies offer them, and they vary based on certain features with wide range of prices. What is the best water leak detection system?

There are several different leak, and detection company products that are focused on this equipment. They have spent years studying undetected leaks causes and issues, to find way that can help homeowners. Insurance companies love these companies of course, it saves them thousands of dollars in claims. Consumer Affairs has listed the following as being one of the best for specific reasons as noted: 

  • A water leak detector by LeakSMART Water Leak Detector Starter Kit
  • A smart water leak detector  by Flume Water Monitor
  • A Wi-Fi water leak detector by Honeywell Lyric
  • A wireless water leak detector by Zircon Electronic Water Detector
  • A budget water leak detector by Glentronics Watchdog
  • A plug-in water leak detector by Eve Water Guard
  • A water leak detector w/automatic shut off by Grohe Sense Guard Smart
  • A home kit water leak sensor by Fibaro HomeKit Flood Sensor
  • An emergency water leak detector by Govee Water Sensor
  • An underground water leak detector by 2M Ultrasonic

Any of these water leak detection tools are great for homes of all ages and sizes, and especially older homes where the age of the pipes may be unknown.  For your water bill and for the sake of a protecting one of our natural resources, the expense of these is well worthwhile. Need plumbing leak detection in Dallas, TX? Call (214) 402-5454 today!

How Often Should Gas Lines Be Inspected?

gas line along home

Heating your home with gas

Inspecting gas lines aren’t something that most of us think about, especially on a daily basis. However, gas line inspection is important to maintain safety and optimal performance. While gas still remains to be one of the best choices in a heating source, it still brings questions about those who aren’t familiar with the product.

The question is, do you do your own gas line inspection, or should you hire a professional gas inspector? You can do it either way but hiring a professional in the case of gas line safety is recommended. What does a gas inspector do that you wouldn’t know to do when it comes to gas line inspection?

The first thing to realize is that a professional gas line inspection is done by somebody that has been educated and trained in Ways to check gas lines and all issues related to gas lines. A professional gas pipe inspector will examine all gas pipes connected to all gas appliances including the cooking, heating, water heater, and more. They have studied the federal environment association and specific local building codes to know what to look for in the ways of leaks, pressure problems, and spills.

The duties of gas line inspection consist of the following main function: To establish and follow with extent practices and processes in a language that has been taught by the proper institution that meets the requirements of a set of criteria in place for a quality control system. A professional gas line inspection will include the following steps in summary:

1. Preparation for the gas line inspection

  • Get an update on the location
  • Check pertaining documents
  • Set the inspection process up
  • Co-ordinate with the property owner, construction, or co-inspector
  • Organize the inspection including inspection timetable and items to check
  • List areas of attention specifically needed

2.  Collect data and describe evidential facts

  • Meet with management and staff
  • Make notes
  • Visit the premises
  • Observe
  • Check documentation
  • Verify information
  • Observation

How do you check a gas line?

A professional gas line inspection will be done with the exact and proper equipment and tools. As a homeowner, you can take the following steps for at-home gas line inspection or leaks yourself, but never attempt to do your own repairs:

  1. A mixture of soap-and-water solution sprayed on each gas line connection.
  2. Once the gas is turned on, check for bubbles.
  3. Any bubbles form, using a pipe wrench and tighten the fittings slightly then recheck.
  4. If there appears to still be gas leaks, disassemble the gas fitting, and check the flare.      

How do you detect a natural gas leak?

Natural gas is an efficient and relatively safe, convenient source of energy that is used by over half the homes in the country. Homes use natural gas for bathing, cleaning, cooking, and heat water. To use it as safely as possible and as efficiently as possible, routine gas line inspections and installation are important. At any time you discover any of the following, have a professional gas line inspection done promptly:

  1. Sounds of hissing or whistling.
  2. Bubbles, clouds, or dust in standing water.
  3. Visible gas line damage.
  4. House plants dying.

A gas leak is rare but there are health risks involved with the explosive potential of this highly flammable nature and vapors. Natural gas isn’t the only possibility of a gas leak. Gas leaks can come from radon which can cause significant health issues. There are combination detectors that every home with or without natural gas use should have installed for this very reason.

How do I know if I smell gas?

The following odors are indicators of a possible gas leak and suffice to have a professional gas line inspection at the earliest chance possible:

  1. A rotten egg odor – some say a garlic-like odor.
  2. Blowing or hissing coming from a gas connection.
  3. Dying and discolored plants or vegetation.
  4. Dirt blowing from the gas connections.
  5. Standing water with bubbles.
gas burner on stove

Are there gas leak detectors?

Yes, and for anyone that lives in an older home, having a gas leak detector is as important as having a fire extinguisher.  Fortunately, gas detectors are not as expensive as you may think and what expense you have placed into the purchase will be worth the peace of mind and an invaluable ROI.

Gas line maintenance and inspection are key in having the safest use of natural gas. While it is a safe source of energy, there are dangers that justify routine gas line inspection with a professional that Gas line inspection and repair service to be assured that all is in proper working order. Gas burns cleaner heats faster and is better for the environment and personal health.  Natural gas is used in most of the country’s restaurants for these exact reasons. Call (214) 402-5454 today for your gas line inspection in Dallas, TX.

Water Softener System

an barrel of salt blocks for the softener

Remove Hard Water

It’s important to have water quality that is safer to drink and use with the various rooms of your property. Depending on where you live contaminates and conditions of hard water will range in severity. With a water softener, you can ensure that water is transformed to become more drinkable. There are ultimately different systems that will match with different homes and different numbers of occupancy, get in contact with a professional to get set up with a system that’s right for you. Until then, here is some general background information regarding water softeners that may prove useful to you.

What exactly does a water softener do?

Essentially a water softener will have hard water undergo ion exchange by removing the calcium, magnesium, and other minerals from drinking water and exchanging them with sodium or potassium. There are resin beads inside the softener which will trap and conduct this process.

How long does a water softener last for?

A water softener can last anywhere from 10-15 years yet will require periodic maintenance and service in order to last a longer amount of time. 

How long does it take to get soft water after installing a water softener?

After getting a water softener installed you’ll have softened water upon use yet you’ll start to have scale removed from your pipes in two weeks.

Will a water softener clean my pipes?

A water softener will work to eliminate the hard water scale from inside your pipes and appliances as it works to reduce the amount of magnesium and calcium in water which plays an active hand in pipe corrosion and clogs. Additionally, softened water will work towards getting rid of the soap scum left behind when cleaning with hard water.

What should I look for when buying a water softener?

If you’re in the market for a water softener first determine what the appropriate size will be for your property. You can do this by multiplying the number of people in your home by the gallons of water they use each day. (A helpful point of reference is that usually 80 gallons per person is used each day on average.) Multiply that number by the grains of hardness in your water to see how many grains will need to be removed each day.

View of water softeners in industrial plant

What is the best water softener?

  • Best Overall: AFW Filters Iron Pro 2 Water Softener
  • Runner Up: Fleck 5600SXT 64,000 Grain Water Softener
  • Best Bang For Your Buck: iSpring ED2000 Whole House Electronic Descaler
  • Upgrade Pick: DuraWater 64k-56sxt-10al 64,000 Grain Water Softener
  • Salt-Based Pick: Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 Grain Water Softener
  • Salt-FreePick: Watts Premier OneFlow + Salt-Free Filtration System
  • Magnetic Pick: YARNA Capacitive Electronic Water Descaler System

How do I know if my water softener is working properly?

You may be able to tell that your water softener is working properly by conducting a soap test. Add pure liquid soap like Castille soap to a pool of running water in a sink and see if it lathers and bubbles. With soft water, it will do this yet with hard water this same soap won’t function properly.

Do water softeners need maintenance?

A water softener will require maintenance periodically such as adding the right type of water softener salt into the system as needed. As most water softeners are fully automatic and provided they are properly sized with your home, they can operate for years with minimal maintenance. See what needs to be done with your particular system specifications by speaking with a professional about these details upon installation.

Is it bad to let your water softener run out of salt?

If you forget to top off your water softener the softening resin will stay saturated which will bring the ion exchange to an abrupt halt and allow hard water minerals into your pipes, fixtures, and appliances once more. In order to avoid this make sure to periodically refill your brine tank with salt. 

Should my water softener recharge every night?

Regular regenerations with your water softener are recommended as it will keep the resin bed active. Regeneration should be done every two to three days yet with highly efficient water softeners you’ll see regenerations every day or even multiple times a day.

Get in Touch With an Expert About a Water Softener For Your Property

When you’re looking to have a water softener for your property it’s best to get set up with a professional who will best be able to match the right kind of system with the specifications and needs of your property. A water softener installation will be easy to maintain and you can discuss instructions of care with your installer. Ensure that your pipes, appliances, and fixtures are being taken care of with softened water running through them. Get better water quality today with the addition of a water softener system. 

If you’re interested in a water softener in Dallas, TX call Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. at (214) 402-5454 for a great system!

What Do I Need to Know About Toilet Installation?

toilet installation

What Do You Need to Install a Toilet?

Toilet repair and installation is an important service that requires tools and materials. But what exactly are the necessary materials? To begin with, brass toilet bolts, caulk, a flexible water supply, plastic shims, a toilet flange, and more are necessary. Due to the fact that toilet installation is a plumbing service, it is important to secure a plumber first and foremost. While some websites claim that installing a toilet can be done by a DIY-er, this is simply not true or safe. In order to make sure that the operation goes off without a hitch, it is critical to secure a certified and insured plumber.

What Does Rough-In Mean for a Toilet Installation?

Are you wondering what a rough-in toilet installation entails? Please review the following bullet points to learn more.

  • To begin with, the measures for the area must be correct. Make sure that the toilet will fit the space. In order to do this, measure the rough-in size. This is the distance between the wall behind the toilet and the center of the drainpipe or the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor.
  • This measurement should be done before the old toilet is removed. 
  • You will measure the wall behind the toilet to the center of one of the closet bolts. These are bolts that hold the toilet down. 
  • If your toilet has four bolts, then you can measure it to the center of one of the rear ones. Next, you will measure from the center of the mounting holes to the back of the new toilet you’re considering. You will compare these two measurements. If the base of the new toilet is smaller than the distance between the rear bolt holes and the wall, the new toilet should fit.

Do All Toilets Fit the Same?

Are you wondering whether all toilets fit the same? Actually, most toilets will have a twelve-inch rough-in. If you have a toilet with a ten or fourteen-inch rough-in, you should know that these toilets are a little less common. Because these toilets are less common, you won’t have as much of a toilet selection to choose from than if you have a twelve-inch rough-in. Nonetheless, a reputable plumber will be able to install your need toilet regardless of the dimensions of the rough-in.

How Long Does it Take to Install a New Toilet?

If you are scheduling a new toilet installation? If so, it will be important for you to understand how long the process will take so that you can schedule accordingly. According to leading plumbing experts in the industry, it takes between one to four hours for a proper toilet installation. This time range depends on the difficulty of the toilet installation.

Can an Elongated Toilet Replace a Round Toilet?

Technically speaking, an elongated toilet seat will fit on a round toilet, nut the fit and the comfort of the toilet overall will be compromised. This is because an elongated toilet seat will potentially overhand a round toilet seat. This would be fine except the rim of the toilet will be visible within the opening of the toilet seat.

With regard to an actual toilet installation, an elongated toilet will not usually fit in the same space as a round-front toilet. If the plumbing fixture is specially designed, it could work, however.

What is Toilet Installation?

The best person to consult concerning your new toilet installation is a certified and insured plumber or plumbing company. Plumbers are individuals who are specially trained and have the right tools and experience to manifest a superb toilet installation.

What is 3 Bolt Toilet Installation?

Are you looking for more information pertaining to 3 bolt toilet installations? There is a proper way to tighten toilet bolts. This means that if you tighten the bolts too much, you can pull the closest bolt out through the flange which could potentially break the flange or the porcelain. That is why it is important to secure a plumber for such plumbing installations because if anything were to go wrong, a plumber would know how to solve the plumbing conundrum.

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If you are searching for toilet installation services, it will be important to be discerning with how you go about selecting your plumbing company or plumber. Please be sure to ask a friend or neighbor for a referral or search the internet for a plumbing company with good reviews that ranks highly.

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Toilet Installation in Basement

If you are looking to install a new toilet in your basement bathroom, it will prove to be a great idea to consult with a plumber and relay all the information pertaining to where the toilet will be located. A good plumber will discuss if a pump is necessary and install your toilet for you with great efficiency.

Are you in need of a new toilet installation in Dallas, TX? If so, we can help. Please reach out to us at (214) 402-5454 to set up an appointment today.

Do Liquid Drain Cleaners Work?

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Are Drain Cleaners Good at Cleaning Drains?

Our drains work overtime when it comes to the things it does for us. Plumbing drains allow wastewater, waste, and liquids to be removed from our homes, so it is an important aspect of our plumbing. Because our drains come into contact with hair, food particles, soap, and more, drains can become easily clogged. Some clogs are bigger than others and will continue to get bigger and more persistent. The reason you want to take care of clogs before they become too big is that they can cause bad odors in your home, it can create dirty water, poor drainage, and leaks. In order to prevent these things from happening, homeowners tend to buy a bottle of chemical drain cleaner and hope that it removes the clog.

What is drain cleaner? Drain cleaner is a liquid that is used to clear out clogs in drains and pipes. People also refer to plungers and snake augers as drain cleaners, but the most common drain cleaner is a chemical cleaner. Because a drain cleaner is chemical based, a lot of people tend to ask, “Do Liquid drain cleaners damage pipes?” The answer is yes. The reason that drain cleaners can damage pipes and drain is because of the ingredients, which typically use hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients can clear away a clog in your drain and pipes, but they are also going to create a lot of heat in the process, which will damage the drain and the pipes. So next time someone asks, “Are Liquid drain cleaners safe for pipes?” you can confidently tell them that they are very caustic to pipes and drains. The best thing you will want to do is get professional drain cleaning service.

What is the Best Home Remedy for Clogged Drains?

Clogs can be very annoying, as they can cause water to pool in your showers and sinks. If you have a clog but you know chemical drain cleaners are bad, is there a do it yourself drain cleaner? There are actually a lot of DIY drain cleaners that people can make at home to try to get rid of a clog. The most common cleaner that is used to remove is a clog is combining vinegar and baking soda. You use 1/2 a cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain, then let it sit for an hour. Once it has set for an hour, you will pour boiling hot water down the drain. Other DIY methods that are popular to use are

  • Baking soda and lemon
  • Baking soda and salt
  • Baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar
  • Salt, borax, and vinegar

All of these methods suggest letting the mixture sit in the drain for an hour and then wash it away with either boiling water or hot water from the tap. While these are very popular forms of drain cleaning services you can do on your own, they aren’t exactly effective in keeping them from coming back. Sure it can remove it for a while, but it doesn’t really get rid of the underlying problem. The best way that you can prevent clogs, as well as remove clogs for good, is by getting drain cleaning service from a plumbing company. A plumbing company has the equipment and knowledge to remove the clog and make sure that it doesn’t come back.

What is a Drain Cleaning Service

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Best Type of Drain Cleaning Service

Many people who have clogs and need them cleaned out are always curious about drain cleaning service. Professional drain cleaning service is when a certified plumber comes and cleans your drains. They are able to clean your sink, bathtub, shower, outdoor drain and any drain that needs to be cleaned. This type of cleaning service is so effective because of the equipment that is used throughout the process. Depending on the methods that are used to clean your drains will depend on what kind of drain cleaning equipment is used. One of the best machines that are used for drain cleaning service is hydro jetting. But what is hydro jet drain cleaning? Hydro jetting is the use of a powerful hose that will blast water at a very high pressure.

The reason hydro jetting is so great is that it doesn’t just remove clogs, it keeps them away. Chemical drains cleaners plus DIY drain cleaners will never do that–only expert drain cleaning service like hydro jetting will make sure that the clogs are gone and that they stay gone. If you are experiencing issues with clogs in your drains, you can call Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. for hydro jetting in Dallas, TX. Hydro jet equipment can be rented or bought, but you wouldn’t do your own infrared moisture detection in Austin, TX, so why do your own hydro jetting? Our plumbers have the skills and experience to use hydro jetting equipment and ensure the clog is gone. Call us at (214) 402-5454 for more information about our drain cleaning service cost.

How Does a Sewer Inspection Help Your Plumbing System?

When it comes to plumbing lines, anything from an overgrown root system to a rat or other animal caught in the pipes can cause a backup. Luckily, in today’s plumbing world, there is no need for digging to repair most water lines and sewer pipes. In fact, with the help of modern technology, your plumbing clog can be fixed quickly and more efficiently than ever before.

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A Sewer Inspection Can Minimize Damages and Repair Costs to Your Sewer Lines.

What is a Sewer Inspection?

As a homeowner, you face many hazards within your home that could quickly turn into costly hassles. One of those problems is a clogged or backed up plumbing pipe. Backed up sewer lines can cause sewer water to collect in your bathtubs and sinks and can lead to safety issues. Backed up water lines can cause poor water pressure and sedimentary build up that leads to pipe degradation and water contamination. Keeping your pipes clean and in good shape can help prevent backups, leaks, and other plumbing problems.

The most efficient way to ensure plumbing health in your home is with a plumbing inspection and cleaning service. These tasks allow a plumbing professional to inspect your pipes with the use of a small sewer inspection camera and locator equipment which allow the expert to see inside your plumbing system, much like the scope a doctor uses.

Why Get a Sewer Inspection?

Plumbing pipes endure a large amount of wear and tear through the years that can lead to leaks, cracks, clogs, and other issues. These problems not only cause frustrating issues like low water pressure and higher water bills, but they can also lead to:

  • Digestion Problems
  • Faucet and Fixture Build Up
  • Stained Dishes and Clothing
  • Cloudy or Foul Tasting Water

Sewer and water line inspections help to identify, locate, and eliminate your pipe problems to prevent more serious issues in the future. With regular inspections, you can ensure that your water isn’t leaking away into the soil or picking up unwanted contaminants through worn seals and cracked pipes. You can also ensure that your family won’t have to deal with drain backups or non-flushing toilets. While sewer cameras are available at your local hardware supply store, calling a professional is recommended. Because of the variation in size, quality, and age of residential sewer and water pipe systems, an expert is best left to decide on the best sewer inspection camera for your home’s needs.

Sewer Inspection Timeframe

How Long Does a Sewer Inspection Take?

The amount of time a sewer inspection takes depends on the size and shape of your home as well as the number of plumbing pipes. Some homes are done quickly, and can even be completed within just a couple of hours. However, larger homes and homes with extensive plumbing could take the better part if a day to complete a comprehensive inspection.

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How Much Does a Sewer Inspection Cost?

Like the timeframe, your plumbing inspection cost depends heavily on the size and intricacy of your plumbing system. However, you can expect to pay anywhere between $70- and $95 per hour for a comprehensive plumbing inspection.

In the Event of Damage

No homeowner wants to hear that they have plumbing damage. Oftentimes, pipe damage requires location and replacement efforts that can be expensive. However, a plumbing pipe that’s left unrepaired can lead to more costly problems such as:

  • Unhealthy Water Conditions
  • Dry, Itchy Skin
  • Costly Plumbing Leaks
  • Faucet and Fixture Degradation
  • Expensive Pipe Bursts

Typically, a professional plumbing team can locate and repair your pipe without the need for trenching or digging. This is done with the same camera used for inspection. The damaged area is located and assessed, then an expert can use a specialized tool to cut away and replace the pipe or to reline the pipe, creating a new seal that eliminates leaks and cracks.

What Does it Cost to Replace a Sewer Line?

If your sewer line is too damaged to repair with a pipelining, your plumber may recommend a replacement. Much like a pipelining installation, plumbers can use a specialized tool to cut away the old pipe while threading in a new pipe.

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Plumbing Health is Imperative for Manageable Water Bills and Healthy Drinking Water.

This new and innovative technique eliminates the need for costly trenching and landscaping, saving you money, time, and hassle. In fact, by using these new methods of pipe repair and replacement, your project can be completed on the same day and without extreme equipment or labor charges, in most cases.

If it’s time for your water line and sewer inspection in the Dallas, TX area, call the Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. team to help. Our professionals are experienced and knowledgeable in all types of plumbing inspection and repair for quality service you can count on. The Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. team will perform a complete inspection of your plumbing system and discuss the results with you, detailing all damages, weaknesses, and degradation so you know exactly what to expect. We will go over each of your options to help you make the right choice for your home and complete your service quickly and efficiently for minimal disruption to your day. Call our experts at (214) 402-5454 when you need sewer camera inspection or repair in Dallas, TX that you can trust.

What Is a Plumbing Inspection?

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As Part of a Plumbing Inspection, You Should Expect a Comprehensive Report on Your System.

A plumbing inspection represents one of the most important types of preventative maintenance for your home. Unfortunately, while most homeowners appreciate the necessity of air conditioning or heating maintenance, they frequently overlook the needs of their plumbing. At Tribeca Plumbing, Inc., we always emphasize the importance of regular plumbing inspections. This service can readily identify problems in your plumbing, from the location of water leaks, to the nature of a clog, and much more. For most people, their home represents the single most important investment they will ever make. To maintain the value of this investment, you must take care of your home’s various components.

For example, if your roof sustains hail damage, the value of your home will plummet, and can only recover once you’ve had an inspection and repairs. Your home’s plumbing can also have a huge impact on its overall value, not to mention comfort and security. Most people take their plumbing for granted, after all, as they’ve become inured to its continuous, dependable operation. When a plumbing crisis appears, such as a burst pipe or overflowing drains, it typically occurs as a total surprise. While a swift response can help avert the worst of the damage, it’s possible you might have avoided the issue entirely through regular plumbing inspections. For a plumbing inspection in Dallas, TX, don’t hesitate to give Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. a call. We’re available any time to answer questions or schedule service, so pick up the phone and dial (214) 402-5454 today to set up an appointment.

What Happens During a Plumbing Inspection?

Generally speaking, plumbing inspections determine the location and viability of your piping and other plumbing implements. A professional plumber should also test for reliable water flow, and also the health of your sewer line and drainage of various fixtures. Overall, you should expect a review of the following plumbing elements.

  • Water Distribution: Is water readily available where and when you need it?
  • Interior Piping: This refers to the piping and fixtures inside your home, as opposed to those outside.
  • Hose Bibs: These are the spigots outside your home where you attach water hoses. They can frequently become damaged from freezing temperatures.
  • Vent Pipes: These typically protrude from your roof, and introduce air into your plumbing to ensure proper flow.
  • Sinks: All fixtures are tested for adequate operation and leaks.
  • Bathtubs & Showers: An inspector should fill your bathtub and observe its drainage to determine proper operation.
  • Toilets: These are inspected for leaks, and flushed multiple times to detect any repair needs.
  • Water Heater: A water heater inspection should determine proper functionality, identify any leaks and damage, and involve a flush to remove sediment.
  • Gas Lines: This indispensable component of a plumbing inspection checks the functionality and integrity of your gas lines. If you ever suspect a gas leak, leave your home and immediately call for an inspection and repair.
  • Drains and Sewer Line: As the source of some of the worst possible plumbing crises, your drainage and sewer lines deserve the benefit of a careful review. Before you schedule an inspection, check to ensure that the plumber can perform a camera inspection of your sewer.

When Is a Plumbing Inspection Required?

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A Comprehensive Inspection Should Cover All Elements of Your Plumbing.

As a home or business owner unfamiliar with this service, you naturally will wonder why and how to get a plumbing inspection. There are numerous reasons you may need a plumbing inspection. If you suspect a water leak, for example, but cannot identify the source, a plumbing camera inspection will prove invaluable. You may also need a plumbing inspection report if you plan to buy or sell a home, as you’ll need absolute clarity on the condition of this and other home systems.

At Tribeca Plumbing, Inc., we’re the local experts for all plumbing-related needs, including a plumbing inspection in Dallas, TX. Across our many years in this industry, we’ve encountered a few common questions that homeowners share in regards to plumbing inspections.

How Much Is a Plumbing Inspection?

The prices of plumbing inspections vary widely, due to the size of the property, presence of existing problems, or use of specialized equipment like sewer cameras. Generally speaking, a plumbing inspection could cost as little as $100, and as much as $800.

What Is a Rough Plumbing Inspection?

A rough-in plumbing inspection frequently occurs as part of code compliance for a new construction project. Before the elements of a plumbing system get covered with walls, concrete, or dirt, they require an inspection from a licensed plumber to determine that installation was performed correctly.

What Is a Sewer Line Inspection?

A sewer line inspection generally involves the use of specialized video equipment for an internal review of a sewer line. Since sewer lines are located underground, cameras represent the only non-invasive strategy for an inspection. This process begins with the insertion of a sewer video camera into the sewer’s clean out. From there, a plumbing professional will guide the camera through the system with an eye for any leaks, clogs, or other problems.

How Long Does a Sewer Inspection Take?

A quality, comprehensive sewer inspection could take up to four hours. This allows a trained, skilled plumber plenty of time to carefully review your sewer line on a video feed. You never want to rush a sewer inspection, as small issues that escape detection can quickly evolve into full-blown problems.

At Tribeca Plumbing, Inc., we’re your local experts for a plumbing inspection in Dallas, TX. We also specialize in a wide variety of plumbing-related services, from leak and clog repair, to appliance installation, drain cleaning, and faucet and sink replacement, just to name a few. If you have any additional questions about plumbing inspections, or would like to schedule service, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at (214) 402-5454.