Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

What is a Backflow Prevention Device?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The sewer system here in Huntsville, TX is first rate, and when linked to your home plumbing system can easily transport contaminated water out of your toilets and sinks to be safely processed and disposed of. There’s just one problem. For all of our technological advances, water still can flow both ways, which means that non-potable water can come up your pipes in the right (or wrong) circumstances. The solution is a backflow prevention device, installed at the apex of your home plumbing system and protecting you from the issue of backflow. Here’s how it works. (more…)

How to Prevent Clogs in Your Kitchen Sink

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Your kitchen sink is one of the most heavily trafficked areas in your home, where you prepare meals each day and get water for keeping the kitchen (and your hands) clean. Kitchen clogs are among the most common plumbing calls here in Huntsville, TX, and if you experience one, we’d strongly advise calling in a professional instead of trying to fix the problem yourself. But better than calling a repair session is preventing the clog in your kitchen sink to begin with, which you can accomplish with a little judicious attention and some timely preparedness. (more…)

Professional Tools Used to Treat Plumbing Clogs

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Few plumbing problems are as pervasive as the clog: created when food, hair and other particles gets tossed down the drain and blocking the flow of water through your pipes until your system can’t handle anymore. There are countless store-bought solutions you can pick up in any Huntsville, TX hardware stores, such as plumbing snakes and chemical cleansers. They tend to adopt a one-size-fits all approach, however, and rarely do the job the way you need them to. Professional plumbers, on the other hand, have access to high-end equipment: the sort of things that are too expensive for laymen (who would only use them a handful of times), but which professionals use on a regular basis. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of them, to give you an idea of what you’re paying for with a professional call. (more…)

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Our winters tend to be comparatively mild here in Huntsville, TX, which can often blind us to the very real dangers to our household systems that a cold winter entails. Among the worst is frozen pipes, which can cause your pipes to burst and create a huge (and very expensive) mess for you to deal with. The good news is that there’s a reliable plumbing service that can handle such issues. The better news is that you can take steps to prevent frozen pipes from appearing in the first place. Here’s a quick look at how. (more…)

Watch Out for Garbage Disposal Problems This Holiday Season

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Here in Huntsville, TX, we’ve just ended a big holiday weekend. But it’s not the only one on our calendars. With Christmas right around the corner and the holiday season in general arriving in full force, you’re apt to have friends and family over throughout the next month or so, which often means big feasts and lots of food preparation. Your garbage disposal is going to be put to the test during that time, and the last thing you need is a breakdown taking place just when you’re getting a big dinner ready. A trained plumber can solver most garbage disposal problems, but if you can watch out for them this holiday season, you’ll likely save yourself a lot of trouble. Here’s a few tips. (more…)

Plumbing Upgrades to Protect Your Home

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Plumbing is fairly straightforward, and while pipes are made of newer and more durable materials these days, they still do the same job they always have. That, however, is not the only component on your plumbing system, and here in Huntsville, TX, qualified plumbing services can install upgrades to your system that can protect it from harm.  Now makes an excellent time to contact a qualified plumbing service and have one installed. What kinds of plumbing upgrades can you get? We’ve included a quick list of the more popular below. (more…)

What is an Anode Rod and How Does It Affect my Water Heater?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

If you’ve ever dealt with water heater repair or maintenance, you may have heard the term “anode rod” before. It’s a simple component in a simple system: typically a rod made of aluminum or magnesium wrapped around a steel core. But it’s one of the most important elements in keeping your water heater free of trouble, and ensuring that it works the way it should for many years to come. Here’s a quick breakdown on how it functions and the way it affects your water heater. (more…)

Things You Should Never Wash Down the Sink

Monday, July 6th, 2015

We get used to disposing of food particles down our kitchen sinks, thanks to the use of garbage disposals which seem to take care of them for us. But not every piece of food should be cast aside in this manner. Certain types of food can come back to haunt you later, and while Huntsville, TX has plumbers who can correct the problem for you, far better to avoid it in the first place by refraining from washing certain food particles down the sink. We’ve provided a short list of the “prime offenders,” which you should always throw away in the garbage. (more…)

Why Work with an Experienced Plumber for Your Kitchen Remodel

Monday, April 6th, 2015

When you decide to remodel your kitchen, you may spend hours flipping through magazines and consulting with designers. But your vision may not be realized without the help of a quality contractor. Choosing a professional plumber to work with you for your kitchen remodel means making sure that everything falls into place in just the way you’ve pictured. Here are just a few of the tasks a professional plumber can help with during a kitchen remodel.

Check the Size of Your Appliances

Imagine this: you’ve found the perfect sink or dishwasher to match the design of your new kitchen. It’s delivered to your home and you take it out of the packaging only to discover that it does not quite fit into the space reserved for it. When you work with professionals every step of the way, they can make sure that everything goes as planned and that the job moves as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Extend the Pipes If Necessary

Why should you have to keep your dishwasher or refrigerator in the same location it’s always been? If you’ve got your heart set on a new spot, a plumber can add on or take away pipes so that you can arrange your kitchen in almost whatever manner you choose. And if you want your new sink to be lower to the ground or higher up to make room for more cabinet space, a plumber can make this possible as well.

Get an Inspection

If there is something wrong with the pipes that lead to your kitchen, it is better to find out early on. Upon request, a plumber can inspect your pipes to make sure that there is not a plumbing leak or a major drain clog that needs immediate attention before your kitchen remodel begins.

Call the professional plumbers at Ardon Maintenance for assistance with your new kitchen remodeling project in Madisonville, TX.

When Is It Time for Pipe Replacement?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The plumbing in your home is mostly out of sight. While this makes things more aesthetically pleasing, it makes it difficult to see if your pipes are in need of repair or replacement. So how do you know if it’s time to replace old, worn out piping? Look for these kinds of signs:

Repetitive Leaks

Is a section of your plumbing constantly springing a new leak, or are you seeing multiple leaks from various areas? This can be an indication that your current piping is either corroded or was installed poorly. Leaks can cause multiple plumbing problems, including water damage to parts of your home, so if you are experiencing multiple leaks, it may be time to consider re-piping.

Discolored Water

There are a few things that can account for discolored water, such as rust in your water heater, but if you are seeing discolored water from both taps continually, there is likely rust in your piping. Once rust begins it doesn’t stop, so it is likely that you’ll have to replace that area of piping.

Lead Pipes

While many homes with lead piping have been remediated, there are still some homes that carry lead pipes. The problem with lead pipes is that lead can leach into the water; lead can be extremely harmful to humans, so it has to be completely removed and replaced with safe piping.

Visible Corrosion

If you are seeing any kind of corrosion on your pipes, be it flaking, rust, dimpling or stains, you need to replace that section of piping in order to stop the corrosive process.

Development of Mold

Mold needs moisture to develop and grow; if you are seeing excessive mold growth around piping or smelling it coming from your plumbing, it is very likely that a leak has developed. Depending on the severity of the leak, the pipe may be able to be repaired, but it also may need replacement.

Bad piping can lead to serious water damage, so if you are seeing any of the above-mentioned signs, call Ardon Maintenance and schedule an appointment for plumbing repair in Huntsville, TX.