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Sump Pumps: Preparing Your Home Against Flooding

Installing a New Sump Pump in the Basement

Sump Pumps are Great for Homes That Need a Way to Drain Water Quickly.

The Dallas / Fort Worth area is notorious for flash flooding emergencies. When sudden downpours combine with hilly topography, it makes for the perfect flooding environment. This can lead to thousands of dollars in restoration costs and furniture replacement. That’s why it’s so important to get your home ready with roofing maintenance, landscaping, and (potentially) sump pump installation.

How to Start Your Preparations

Take a few minutes to walk around your home and examine your property. You’ll want to answer a few critical questions:

  • Does the landscaping direct water toward or away from my home?
  • Are my gutters draining water far enough away from the walls?
  • Is my roofing (especially my flashing) ready for a sudden downpour?
  • Do I have a system in place if my basement or garage starts to flood?

If the gradient of the street and lawn naturally direct water towards your house, you’ll need to be prepared to divert water away. You can install drains in the ground to redirect water, and/or you can install a sump pump to pump the water out. 

Does My House Need a Sump Pump?

Not every home requires a sump pump. Houses fixed on hilltops are generally safe from any serious flooding, while homes in valley areas may experience flash floods on a regular basis. Should you regularly have water pushing up against the walls, you’ll need a sump pump.

There are several models available on the market, so you can easily discover a pump that fits your needs. You’ll want a pump that won’t stop running when lightening affects the local power grid. If you do have an electric-powered system, you may want to purchase a backup just in case. Make sure to checkup on your sump pump every year to ensure it’s operating effectively.

Schedule Your Sump Pump Installation Today!

Without taking steps to prepare your home, you could be looking at significant flood restoration costs down the road. If you think your home would be safer with a sump pump installation, you’re welcome to talk with one of our Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. experts at __PHONE__!

Why and How Sewer Lines Clog

Sewer lines are 6 inches or wider, so it takes a lot for a main sewer line to clog. Most of the time, clogs are caused by tree roots growing through the piping in search of water. A sewer inspection camera can identify the exact cause of your sewer damage, and if tree roots are the problem, you can get tree removal. When the tree roots push through the piping, this leads to holes where leaks can occur. Wastewater is now blocked from being pushed out to the city’s sewers, creating a build up of septic waste until it backs up into your faucets. For sewer line cleaning, call Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. at 2144025454 to use their sewer inspection camera in DallasDallas, TX.

A Sewer Inspection Camera Can Identify Tree Roots Clogging Sewer Lines

How To Prevent Your Sewer Line From Clogging

  • Replace clay pipes. Clay and lead pipes used to be popular way back in the days, but over time have shown just how useless they really are. Recommended pipes nowadays are copper or PVC due to their durability and longevity.
  • Keep trees and foliage away from sewer lines. You can still have plants on your property, but foliage too close to your sewer and water lines underground and their roots will instinctively grow toward the warm water source.
  • Use enzyme cleaners instead of chemical cleaners. Chemical cleaners only push clogs deeper into your pipes and corrode them, providing water minimum access to drain. Enzyme cleaners are an eco-friendly version that is less harsh on your pipes.
  • Only flush waste and toilet paper down drains. Don’t flush diapers, kitty litter, feminine products, or grease down the toilet or sink. They get stuck in your sewer lines, eventually coming back up and out of your faucets.

Do You Need Water Heater Repair Service? 5 Signs Repairs Are Needed

Our water heaters are one of the most important components of our house. They ensure we get water to drink, clean with, and bathe with all on demand. Since they are so essential, it’s important to get repairs when they are needed. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners aren’t sure when they need to call for repair service. Below are five signs that indicate water heater repair service is needed.

Water Temperature Varies

Do You Need Water Heater Repair Service? 5 Signs Repairs Are Needed

Learn When You Need To Get Water Heater Repair Service.

Have you experienced fluctuation in water temperatures? This can be super frustrating, especially when you are taking a shower. The temperature shift could be due to a damaged heating element.

Water Tastes Metallic

If you have noticed that the taste of your water is now metallic, this could be because your plumbing pipes are corroding. This can cause the tank of the water heater to become damaged or completely fail.

Water is Rust Colored

Rust color is also a sign that your plumbing pipes are corroded. Again, please call for immediate help when you notice changes in taste or appearance in your water.

Water Heater is Making Noise

If you hear popping or rumbling noises coming from your water heater, this isn’t normal. The noises could be due to the water heater working harder than it should because there are sediments collected at the bottom of the water heater tank.

Water Pressure is Low

Not only can sediments that collect in the tank make your water heater work harder than it should, they can cause low water pressure. This is because the sediments block the pipes so the water pressure is lower.

If you need water heater repair or installation service in Dallas, TX, call Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. today at (214) 402-5454.

Do You Have a Gas Leak?

Gas leaks can be extremely dangerous to your health and if left long enough can even lead to death. If you have gas lines in your home, you need to know the signs of a gas leak so that you don’t ever find yourself in a terrible situation. It is also to protect your animals and your neighbors as well. Below, we will discuss the possible symptoms that you may feel if you do in fact have a gas leak and also what to do in this case.

Signs You Have a Gas Leak

If your home is piped for gas, there are a few safety things that you should know and always be on the lookout for. For your own safety and for those around you, if you suspect that you have a gas leak, call 911 and get out of the home or building right away.

  • Dizzy
  • Smell of rotten eggs
  • Dying plants
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Hearing whistling sounds from gas pipe
  • Nauseousness

If you feel any of these or are noticing the smell of rotten eggs, it may very well be a gas leak. Ifg you know how to turn your gas off, do that right away and then call 911. Once you do this, it is best to leave the home. If you do end up with a gas leak, call Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. at (214) 402-5454 and we can get it fixed for you right away.

Signs You Need Water Line Repair

Water Line Repair

A Leaking Water Line Can Create a Serious Problem for a Homeowner.

Your home’s water line represents one of its truly indispensable components. Your water line connects to municipal water pipes to provide your home with all the fresh water you need for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing. Water line repair needs should get attended to immediately, as they can quickly balloon into a major issue. If you notice any of the following signals for water line repair in Dallas, TX, make sure to call the experts of Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. at __PHONE__.

Low Water Pressure

If the flow of water in your home seems less powerful, you could possibly have a water line issue. This becomes much more likely if the low water pressure affects every tap in your home. A leak represents the most common cause of this problem. Main line water leaks should be repaired quickly. If allowed to persist, you water line could burst and create a true crisis.

Higher Bill

Another sign of a water line leak will appear on your monthly bill. If nothing has changed about your usage, but your bill has unexpectedly spiked, then a leak is the most likely culprit. Act quickly for repair, as leaks in your water line can create a serious expense over time.

Darkened Water

If brownish water has begun to flow from your taps, you have a serious problem. A compromised water line can represent one of the main causes of this issue. A water line made from rust or clay may have begun to decay, an issue that calls for re-piping. You may also have a leak, in which dirt has begun to infiltrate your line.

If you need a new water line in Dallas, TX, call the local experts at Tribeca Plumbing, Inc.. We stand ready for your service at __PHONE__!

Gas Line Leaks: What To Look Out For

The smell of gas leaking has become a common smell that people know means something isn’t right. We have all smelled the propane from the bbq or when construction on major gas line are happening nearby, but what if we start to smell that inside our home? There are signs and symptoms that you need to look out for if you have a gas line running through your home. It is not always as apparent as you think, so paying attention when you start to have a feeling that something is wrong, is the best way to avoid any danger.

Symptoms

gas line

Nausea
Headaches
Fatigue
Chest pain
Trouble breathing
Dizziness

These are all common symptoms that you might experience if you are in a place for a while with leaking gas. Not only can these symptoms be annoying and troublesome, but they are very dangerous to your health. Gas is poisonous to your body and if you breathe it in for too long, you can end up dying from it. The same goes for animals as well. The best thing you can do is turn off your gas if you have a valve that you can find and call 911. The very next thing you need to do is grab everyone that is living in your home, including pets, and get out of the house right away. There is not only dangerous to your health but, if gas catches fire, it can blow your house up.

If you believe you have a gas leak, follow the directions above and then call Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. at (214) 402-5454 immediately following and we will be out to you right away to get the problem resolved.

What Are Tankless Water Heaters?

Every suburban home has some kind of water heater in place. Traditionally, many homes rely on gas water heaters with large tanks. However, newer home are opting for a space-saving and energy efficient option, tankless water heaters. Today we will go over what tankless water heaters are, as well as the benefits you can expect from them.

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

tankless water heater

Tankless Water Heaters Are An Energy Efficient Option.

A tankless water heater is a water heater that operates without a tank full of stored water. Traditional tanks hold gallons of heated water until they are needed, but tankless water heaters heat the water as you use it instead. For this reason, they are generally regarded as more efficient.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

 

We depend on the water heaters in our houses to supply us with instant hot water, so it can be particularly frustrating when we learn our water heaters aren’t heating like they used to. When it comes time to replace yours, consider a tankless installation. First and foremost, tankless water heater installations remove the risk of gas leaks and carbon monoxide. Additionally, the tankless units are more efficient, since they don’t need to store water and maintain that water at a warm temperature until you need it.

If your water heater is no longer working properly, or if you’d like to learn more about alternative water heater options, give our experts a call today at (214) 402-5454!

 

Treat Your Garbage Disposal Better

When is the last time you cleaned your garbage disposal? How have you been treating it, lately? We take garbage disposals for granted. Most people know how to treat their garbage disposals, but the devices are so durable that we unwittingly forget that they won’t work for us forever. Suddenly, we’re faced with a broken garbage disposal. That is, unless you start treating yours better.

Start Cleaning and Make Rules About Use

Garbage Disposal Under Sink

Treat Your Garbage Disposal Better

For a better-running disposal, start with a good clean. Use some baking soda and vinegar and let that sit for a few minutes. Then, rinse and run the disposal. This should clear up some residue that can build up over time and stall your disposal. It will also help with any odors. Make doing this a habit two or three times per month.

Then, start being more careful about how you use your disposal. If you know you have a habit of putting things in that you shouldn’t, stop doing that. Limit yourself to only very soft, organic materials. Rinse the disposal with water every time you use it. And, don’t run the disposal for a long period, or in close succession. It needs a break between grinding items.

Poorly-used garbage disposals may struggle or break down. This can also affect your sink plumbing in general. If you’re already struggling with your garbage disposal in Dallas, TX, contact your local plumbers at Tribeca Plumbing, Inc, at (214) 402-5454. Our plumbers have the skills to handle all your potential plumbing issues.

Start the Year with a Plumbing Inspection

The start of the new year is a time for hope that you can do things better in the coming year. Sometimes that to-do list for the start of the year can be overwhelming, but it’s important to start the year off as productively as possible. It can make the rest of the year easier. If you haven’t had a plumber check your system in a while, the new year is a good time for a plumbing inspection.

Plumbing Ready for the Year

Man Working on Drain Pipe Under Sink

Start the Year with a Plumbing Inspection

Did you have any plumbing mishaps in the past year? Even small ones, like clogs, count as reasons to have your plumbing system evaluated. If you didn’t call a plumber to solve those issues, then you may not have solved them completely. Even if you were lucky enough to be plumbing-problem-free, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plumbing issues waiting to reveal themselves. Stop them before they start, or before they get expensive.

The longer you wait to have even small plumbing problems fixed, the closer they get to becoming large problems. If they grow, you could be facing more expensive solutions. When you call a plumber to fix the small things and inspect your plumbing, you take precautions to prevent major problems, even through the rest of the year. Call a plumber whether you have had plumbing trouble or not. Discuss all concerns with your plumber, including the minor ones that you fixed yourself. Request a drain and pipe cleaning as a preventative method, in addition to the inspection. All this could leave you problem-free this year.

Get your plumbing inspection and start your year off well in Dallas, TX. Call Tribeca Plumbing, Inc. at (214) 402-5454 for all your plumbing needs.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

When water freezes, it expands. This a potential problem for your pipes in the winter. It puts pressure on them and they may burst, causing major damages and expensive repairs. Do your best to prevent frozen pipes this winter with some basic tips.

Preventing Water Pipe Freezing

Pipes exposed to the cold are the most susceptible. This includes outdoor hose bibs, water supply lines, sprinklers, and more. Before the temperature begin to drop to extremes, insulate your pipes. You can use heat tape and certain types of foam to do this. It is best for those pipes that are not aided by the heat in your home. Add some extra insulation to your attic, too. This will help maintain better heat in your home, and for your pipes.

Frozen Burst Copper Pipe with Leak

Trust Us for Preventing Frozen Pipes and Their Repairs this Winter.

Open the cabinets and other doors to places inside where you have water pipes. This may help circulate the warm air in your home around the pipe and prevent freezing. You can also leave just a little drip of water running overnight, but because about that; you don’t want that water freezing as it moves in your pipes outdoors in severely cold weather.

If you believe you have frozen pipes, you may be able to save them from damage. Check the pipes you can see for signs such as frost on their exteriors. Apply mild heat to the area. You can use a heating blanket or hair dryer on a low setting. Be cautious when doing this. When in doubt, always call a professional plumber.

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to prevent them, water pipe repairs must be done. If you have frozen pipes, or pipe damage in Texas, call us at (214) 402-5454 and we will handle it for you.