Easton Leak Detection Guide: Signs of a Plumbing Leak You May not Notice

January 23rd, 2015

A major plumbing leak can lead to some serious consequences, especially when it’s not repaired early on. Sometimes, a burst pipe is obvious, flooding your basement or yard or leaving pools of water or sewage around your property. Other times, however, a plumbing leak may not be so obvious. The United States EPA estimates that 10% of homes in the country have a plumbing leak that wastes 90 gallons of water per day, and leaks across the country waste over a trillion gallons of water each year. As it turns out, homeowners are unaware of many of these leaks.

In today’s guide, we’ll go over ways you can spot leaks on your own. If you need repairs or professional leak detection in Eaton from a trained plumber, call the plumbing experts at Resolve Rooter.

Keep an Eye out for the Following

These signs are commonly overlooked by homeowners, but require immediate attention.

  • Low Water Pressure: Low water pressure may be a sign of a leaky pipe, as the pressurized water drains out and can no longer flow easily from the faucets. On the other hand, you may have a problem with mineral buildup on the insides of pipes that can sometimes be descaled. A technician will also recommend water softener installation to prevent mineral buildup from damaging the pipes in the future.
  • Wet Spots on the Walls: If you notice any unusual dark or wet spots on the walls or ceilings, it’s not a problem you can ignore. The water has already leaked to the point of damage, and you should try to avoid mold development as much as possible.
  • A Musty Smell: Sometimes, you can catch a leak behind the walls before it makes an appearance. When a musty scent reaches your nostrils, don’t hesitate to call for leak detection services just in case.
  • Green Patches: Patches of grass that are much greener than the rest of the yard may be positioned above a major plumbing leak. While it may be good for your grass, it can lead to flooding, and it’s certainly not good for your utility bills.

Call the professionals at Resolve Rooter for early leak detection in Easton with professional grade equipment used by plumbing experts you can trust.

Is Electrical Conduit Installation Ever a D-I-Y Job?

January 22nd, 2015

If you have an outside shed, separate garage or an alternative detached structure, you need electricity if you want to get the most out of your investment. Electrical wiring allows you to use your building as a workshop, a guest room, or a storage space with a controlled temperature and lighting. Of course, you’ll need to find a way to run the electrical wiring from your home to the detached structure.

Usually, extending the electrical wiring involves using an electrical conduit, a tubing system that protects the wiring. This conduit is made of metal, plastic, or fiber, and it may be flexible if necessary for installation. Electrical conduits are available at most hardware stores, but should you attempt installation on your own?

Schedule Professional Installation Only for Your Safety

Electrical conduit services are best performed by professionals for several reasons: to ensure wiring is done properly, to make sure all electrical codes are followed, and, most importantly, for your safety. When you’re dealing with exposed wires, the risk of electric shock is high. If the wires come into contact with any source of water during installation, or if children fiddle with the wiring without your knowledge, there could be serious trouble. You’ll need to bury the wire underground in a timely manner and make sure the wiring is set up properly, a job which a professional can handle best.

Select Contractors Use Trenchless Technology

And when you schedule installation with a contractor who uses trenchless technology, there is minimal damage to your landscaping. Trenchless technology is conventionally used with pipe installation, but may be employed for electrical conduit installation as well. The technician simply digs two holes where the electrical conduit will begin and end its route. They will then use a hydraulic machine to draw the conduit through. And that’s it! You don’t have to deal with an unsightly trench in your yard or any costly landscaping. The job take a lot less time than if you were to dig a trench yourself or hire a professional to do the job without trenchless technology.

Contact Resolve Rooter today to schedule trenchless electrical conduit services in Montgomery County from a trained professional using trenchless technology.

Are There Any Risks Involved with Trenchless Technology?

January 20th, 2015

One of the greatest innovations in plumbing today is the development and widespread use of trenchless technology. Trenchless technology can be used for a few different purposes: replacing water or sewer pipes, repairing water or sewer pipes, or even electrical conduit installation. And just as it sounds, there is no trench involved when installing or repairing something using this technology.

While it is sometimes referred to as “no-dig” technology, there is a little bit of digging involved. With sewer line replacement, for example, the technician will dig a hole where the sewer line meets the municipal sewage pipes only, and will also need to access the point where the sewer line reaches your home. They’ll then use hydraulic machines to break up the old pipe and draw a new pipe through the existing one. It’s a fairly simple process with little damage to your landscaping and very little risk.

Risks Are Eliminated with Trenchless Technology

In fact, many risks are eliminated with trenchless technology. For one, trenchless technology gets the job done more quickly than the traditional method of digging trenches and excavating pipes. This means you won’t necessarily have to seek alternative living arrangements during the process. And there is little risk that your landscaping will be damaged in a way that cannot be quickly repaired, especially since most contractors will make every effort to leave the property in the same condition it was found.

In fact, trenchless technology even reduces the risk of electrical shock with trenchless electrical conduit installation. In the past, running the electrical wiring from your home to an outdoor shed or other detached structure could be dangerous, as exposed above-ground wiring was exposed to moisture and unsafe for children and pets to be around. With trenchless technology, burying the electrical conduit is done quickly through the use of hydraulics, reducing the risk of damage to the wiring and requiring minimal excavation.

Despite the effectiveness of this technology, few companies have the resources to make trenchless repairs or replacements.

Resolve Rooter has the right equipment and enough experience with trenchless technology in Pennsylvania to make sure the job goes smoothly with very little risk to your property.

The Purpose of the U-Shaped Drainpipe Under the Kitchen Sink

January 19th, 2015

If you’ve ever peered underneath the sink, you’ve probably noticed that there is a U-shaped pipe where the water drains. To some people, its structure may seem counterintuitive. Wouldn’t a U-shaped pipe interfere with the normal gravitational flow of wastewater down the drain? But this pipe actually serves an important purpose in helping everything run smoothly with your bathroom and kitchen plumbing. Learn how this plumbing innovation helped change the modern plumbing system for the better.

The U-shaped pipe under the sink is actually called a P-trap, because the straight fitting it attaches to makes it look much like a sideways letter “P.” And this piece is actually beneath all of the major fixtures in your home, including the sink, tub, and toilet. Without a P-trap beneath all of these fixtures, conditions in your home would stink—literally—as sewer gases could easily make their way into your home. Let’s take a closer look at how this works.

Positioning a bent pipe beneath the plumbing fixtures is nothing new. The S-bend was first invented in 1775 as a way to keep sewer gases from infiltrating a building. Water builds up in the bend, forming a barrier that effectively blocks smells and gases from entering the building. However, the S-bend could get jammed, and required an overflow. It wasn’t until Thomas Crapper’s 1880 invention of the U-shaped trap that our modern plumbing marvel developed, as it could not jam up as easily. With the addition of an extra pipe angled at 90 degrees, the P-trap was born.

A small pool of water nestled in the P-trap is essentially all that stands between your home and the toxic and nontoxic gases that collect in a sewer system, which is why it’s important to maintain your plumbing. And the easiest way to maintain a P-trap is to simply run the water from time to time. If you notice smells from the drain and you haven’t used that particular fixture in a while, try simply running the water to refill the P-trap. If that doesn’t get rid of the stench, you may have a larger problem on your hands, and it could be time to call a plumber for repairs.

We have the tools and experience to tackle any plumbing problem, big or small.

Resolve Rooter is the place to call when you encounter a problem with your kitchen plumbing in Bucks County. Contact us today!

What Causes Pipes to Deteriorate over Time?

January 13th, 2015

You probably don’t give much thought to the piping that runs hidden through your home. And that is the way that it should be: effective piping will cause few regular problems, and will only need service when something major goes wrong.

Unfortunately, some residential plumbing needs to have replacement work done because the pipes will suffer from deterioration over the years. Pay close attention to the warning signs that you have pipes that are falling apart: a drop in water pressure, numerous leaking troubles occurring in different parts of the house, damp spots on the lawn, and the appearance of reddish-brown discoloration in water from the taps. If you live in a home built pre-1970, these signs often indicate that you need extensive repiping to replace decayed pipes.

Resolve Rooter is a full-service plumbing company that handles pipes & sewers in Montgomery County, PA. If you think that your aging pipes need to be replaced with new material, give us a call and we can arrange the work that will get the job done fast and leave you with piping that will endure for decades.

Why pipes deteriorate

Corrosion is the number one enemy of the pipes in homes—or at least, it once was. Modern plumbing material either does not corrode at all (PEX and CPVC piping) or is highly corrosion-resistant (copper). But many homes still have older pipe material, principally cast iron and galvanized steel. Cast iron pipes are common for houses built in the first half of the twentieth century, and galvanized steel was popular up to the 1970s. If your home was built in these eras, you may have pipes that are subject to corrosion. This corrosion is a natural process for these materials that is difficult to avoid. If your home is older than 1970 and has never received repiping, you should consider it sooner rather than later.

But copper pipes can deteriorate as well, and in this case the reason is usually something inside the fresh water system. Chemicals such as formaldehyde are common intruders into the water that enters homes, and these chemicals trigger a reaction in copper leading to small pinhole leaks that will rapidly turn into significant problems. Although you will rarely need to replace all the copper piping in a home, you may need to have select pipes replaced if they are suffering from corrosion due to chemicals.

Resolve Rooter is glad to help you whether your home requires extensive repiping or only requires a few replacements. Call us when you experience any of the warning signs of corroding pipes and we will find the best solution to the problem.

For pipes & sewers in Montgomery County, PA, you can trust to the pipe and sewer experts at Resolve Rooter: “One Call Resolves It All.” 

Why You Shouldn’t Schedule Sewer Line Replacement with Just Any Contractor

January 12th, 2015

The sewer line that removes the wastewater from a home is one of the most important parts of a residential plumbing system. If the line breaks or becomes clogged, it can make a home unlivable until the problem is remedied. Should your home run into numerous problems due to an aging sewer line, you should have professionals replace it before the sewer line fails entirely.

However, not all plumbing contractors are equal when it comes to sewer line replacement work. Some contractors do not offer the service at all, while others use older techniques that are costly, time-consuming, and damaging to property.

Resolve Rooter offers the kind of sewer line replacement in New Jersey that you should consider when it’s time to replace an aging or broken line. Contact us to learn more about the trenchless pipe replacement jobs that we do.

Wait a minute: What is “trenchless pipe replacement”?

Trenchless pipe replacement technology is not a new invention, but its application for homes is relatively new. Trenchless technology involves using hydraulics and lateral borers so that plumbers do not need to rip open long trenches to access buried pipes, such as sewer lines, from above.

The standard method for sewer line (and water line) replacement for many years was to use large digging equipment to excavate lawns and gardens in order to reach the subterranean pipes. This process usually requires a few days to finish and creates an unattractive appearance resembling an archeological site. Trenchless pipe replacement only requires that the plumbers digs one or two small holes on the lawn, and the job usually only takes a few hours of work before it is completed and a brand new pipe is fit in place.

The special equipment and training required to perform trenchless pipe replacement means that not all plumbing contractors can offer the service, even the ones that do offer regular pipe replacement. Although you can still choose to have large-scale digging done on your yard when you need to have the sewer line replaced, there is no reason to prefer this. Trenchless technology is better in every way: faster, cleaner, and more cost-effective.

You don’t have to undergo an ordeal when your sewer line fails or starts to fail: call us and we will see that your new sewer line goes into place with as few hassles as possible.

Resolve Rooter takes pride in our trenchless technology service; it is one of our specialties and a reason that many homeowners call us first for sewer line replacement in New Jersey.

What Parts of My Home Benefit from Water Softener Installation?

January 6th, 2015

Hard water is a major issue for many homes: the magnesium and calcium minerals suspended in hard water can create numerous difficulties throughout a residential plumbing system. However, it is simple to have this treated with the professional installation of a whole-house water softener that counteracts the hard water minerals with sodium.

If you are experiencing hard water problems with your plumbing in Scranton, PA, call Resolve Rooter today and ask our water treatment specialists about installation of a water softening system. We have the experience necessary to protect your plumbing from the dangers of hard water.

Parts of your home that will benefit from a water softener

  • The pipes: All the pipes. Over time, the minerals of hard water leave calcite deposits along the inside of fresh and waste water pipes. As these deposits begin to accumulate, they will reduce the volume inside the pipe. Although it is extremely rare for hard water deposits to completely close off a pipe and block it, the reduction in volume will cause a spike in water pressure that will lead to major leaking throughout the plumbing and damage to appliances. A water softener will eliminate the development of deposits and give you healthier plumbing all around.
  • The water heater: Every appliance hooked to your plumbing will benefit from a water softener, but especially the water heater. The high temperatures inside the tank of a water heater cause the minerals inside hard water to turn into limescale that will start to line the tank’s interior. Limescale is an insulator, and as it builds up along the tank it will start to change the temperature inside as less heat escapes. Limescale will eventually cause the tank to overheat and even require the entire system to receive a replacement. Your water heater will last much longer with a water softener protecting it from limescale.
  • Faucets and other fixtures: Hard water deposits will appear on your fixtures as a white, flaky substance. A water softener will prevent these unattractive deposits, as well as stop ugly film from developing over shower and sink surfaces.
  • Your regular shower or bath: No, this isn’t a “part” of your home so much as a daily routine, but it is still one of the major beneficiaries of water softening. One of the problems that hard water creates in a home is that it makes it difficult to create soap lather. Consequently, keeping clean with regular showers and baths also becomes difficult. If you have noticed that working up a good amount of suds on a shower sponge is a serious effort, you probably have hard water and should call for water softener installation.

Hard water is something to take seriously, since it can cause extensive damage to plumbing that will force you to have numerous repairs and replacements. When you detect signs of hard water in your home, call on Resolve Rooter. We will help you find the right whole-house water softening system to protect your plumbing in Scranton, PA.

Plumbing Installations You May Need for Your Home or Business

January 5th, 2015

Plumbing is an important part of any home or business. Maintaining and repairing the pipes, drains, and appliances of the plumbing system in a house or commercial building is key for its day-to-day functions. Just as important is keeping up with new installations that will help you get the most from the plumbing system and to keep up with a growing family or company.

Whether you require new plumbing installations to replace old and worn components, or you are expanding your home or business, call on experts in Warminster, PA for plumbing work. Our plumbers at Resolve Rooter are experienced with handling both residential and commercial installations, and we offer comprehensive services that will take care of whatever you may require—fast and right the first time.

Here are some installations you may require for either your home or business

  • Sump pump: For residential and commercial buildings that have basements, a sump pump can be an invaluable asset to prevent water damage and flooding. Sump pumps remove excess water that collects due to high water tables or heavy rain and then places it safely into the wastewater system. This keeps building material and valuables safe and prevents an increase in moisture. Professionals will determine the right size and type of sump pump for your home or business, then excavate the sump (the water collection pit) and install the pump so it does the job you expect from it.
  • New water lines: A water line is vital for any plumbing system. If your building has an aging or inadequate water line, contact plumbers who use trenchless technology to install a new one without causing massive disruption to your property.
  • New sewer lines: Just like water lines, sewer lines are crucial for any home or commercial building. Trenchless technology allows skilled plumbers to fit new sewer lines quickly and easily.
  • Water softeners: Hard water—water with excessive amounts of minerals suspended in it–can cause damage to the plumbing in a building and lead to leaking and high water pressure. The best way to stop problems from hard water is to have plumbers install a water softening system onto the water main to counteract the minerals with sodium ions.

Call us to find out more about plumbing installations

This is only a small sample of the installation jobs we offer at Resolve Rooter. We can fit your home or business with new drains, toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, well pumps, etc. We also offer trenchless water and sewer line installations. When you need new plumbing in Warminster, PA, look no further than our experienced team for whatever you need.

Trenchless Technology: From Mining to Your Home

January 2nd, 2015

At Resolve Rooter, we take great pride in our skill with trenchless technology in Montgomery County, PA. Using this modern lateral digging technology, we can take care of sewer and water line replacements and repairs in only a fraction of the time that conventional excavation techniques require. We also use trenchless boring to install electrical conduits that permit homes to expand their central power supply to outbuildings such as sheds and barns without the risk of exposed hanging cables. Trenchless technology has many excellent uses, and it saves time and money since it places pipelines and conduits without requiring extensive surface digging. The technicians only need to excavate a few small holes in order to place hydraulics and lateral borers, leaving the ground above virtually untouched.

Although innovative and only recently applied to houses, trenchless technology is not a new development. The first stirrings of the technology occurred in the mid-19th century, when workers who needed to lay pipes under existing railroad tracks used hydraulic jacks to push the pipes through the ground underneath without disrupting the tracks above.

However, where trenchless technology really boomed was in the coal mining industry in the early 1930s. In 1941, Kandal Motors began production of the first marketable Auger Boring Machine, and the technology was commercially available for the first time.

These early devices could only dig through soft material, such as silt, sand, and gravel. As the technology evolved to handle harder material, it entered into the sphere of civil engineering. This is where trenchless technology proved an invaluable tool: it enabled cities to expand water, gas, and electric lines without the expense of tearing open asphalt streets and creating ugly and disruptive constructions areas. Without trenchless digging, the modern growth of cities would have been slower and more difficult.

Eventually, precision developments on horizontal auger boring allowed the technology to enter the residential sphere. Although conventional excavation techniques are still common when it comes to replacing sewer and water lines for homes, they are no longer the only techniques available. Resolve Rooter is one of the contractors who offers residential trenchless technology in Montgomery, PA to take care of your sewer line, water line, or electrical conduit needs without tearing open your property. Our technicians can handle these jobs in only a few hours and leave the grounds around your home looking pristine.

Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you without our trenchless “no dig” technology.

12 Grapes for 12 Months: An Unusual New Year’s Tradition

January 1st, 2015

Across the world, many cultures have specific traditions to celebrate the transition from the old year to the new. In the U.S. and Canada, we associate New Year’s with the ball in Times Square, kissing at the stroke of midnight, resolutions, and singing “Old Lang Syne.” But for many Spanish-speaking countries, one of the key traditions has to do with eating grapes as fast as possible.

The “twelve grapes” tradition comes from Spain, where it is called las doce uvas de la suerte (“The Twelve Lucky Grapes”). To ensure good luck for the next year, people eat one green grape for each of the upcoming twelve months. However, you cannot just eat the grapes during the first day of the new year any time you feel like it. You must eat the twelve grapes starting at the first stroke of midnight on Nochevieja (“Old Night,” New Year’s Eve) as one year changes to another. And you have to keep eating: with each toll of midnight, you must eat another grape, giving you about twelve seconds to consume all of them. If you can finish all dozen grapes—you can’t still be chewing on them!—before the last bell toll fades, you will have a luck-filled new year.

Where did this tradition come from? No one is certain, although it appears to be more than a century old. One story about the Twelve Lucky Grapes is that a large crop of grapes in 1909 in Alicante, Spain led to the growers seeking out a creative way to eliminate their surplus. But recent research through old newspapers shows that perhaps the tradition goes back almost thirty years earlier to the 1880s, where eating grapes was meant to mock the upper classes who were imitating the French tradition of dining on grapes and drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve.

It can be difficult to consume grapes this fast, and the lucky grapes of New Year’s Eve have seeds in them, making the job even trickier. (Seedless grapes are not common in Spain the way they are over here.) For people to manage eating all the grapes before the last stroke of midnight requires swallowing the seeds as well and only taking a single bite of each grape.

Oh, there is one more twist to the tradition: you have to be wearing red undergarments, and they have to be given to you as a gift. The origins of this part of the tradition are even more mysterious, and it’s anybody’s guess why this started.

Whether you go for the grape challenge or find another way to ring in New Year’s, all of us at Resolve Rooter hope you have a great start to the year and a fruitful 2015.