How Tree Roots Can Affect Your Water Line

September 8th, 2014

The water line, the pipe that runs from the municipal water supply to your home’s plumbing system, is responsible for delivering all of the water you use in your home. Without a working water line, you wouldn’t have any water available for drinking, cooking, cleaning, watering the lawn, washing the dishes, showering, and various other activities.

Many homeowners will take necessary steps to protect their water line and ensure they never run out of water or need water line repair at an inconvenient time. But one problem that’s difficult to protect your water line against is tree roots. Yes, the roots from any trees planted in or near your yard pose one of the biggest threats to your plumbing system.

Roots grow naturally towards sources of water. If your pipes are somewhat aged or if there are weak points anywhere along the water line, roots may eventually move toward the pipes. Once they reach your water line, the roots will take hold, wrapping around the pipe or penetrating the water line until it bursts.

If tree roots cause water to slowly leak from your water line, you may only notice a drop in water pressure. Or, if a pipe bursts open or collapses, you may notice pools of water forming in your yard. An unfortunate outcome is if a tree root causes water to leak into your home, damaging the foundation and your possessions. Furthermore, water leaks can cause mold or mildew to grow around your home, affecting the indoor air quality.

One way to prevent problems from occurring with your water line is my calling for plumbing maintenance once a year so that a plumber can inspect your entire system. Our technicians have the tools and knowledge to spot leaks caused by tree roots and other sources, and we can get your plumbing working as usual with professional water line repair in Yardley.

If you notice water spots in your yard, or even if you only feel a slight drop in water pressure in your home, call the experts at Resolve Rooter.

How to Tell It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

September 3rd, 2014

Water heaters can last for a very long time without needing any major repairs, so when your unit runs into problems, you may wonder whether a quick fix will get it back to normal. But if you have an older water heater, sudden problems may unfortunately indicate the need for replacement. And while most water heaters should last at least ten years, even some problems with newer systems may unfortunately mean your system is irreparable.

  • Leaks from Your Storage Tank: If your storage tank is leaking, this usually means your unit is beyond repair. Leaks may indicate corrosion due to rust or other sources, which prevents your unit from storing hot water as is necessary for proper operation. However, if the leak only comes from a part of your system, such as the water-in pipe, you may only need to replace this component.
  • Discoloration: If you turn on a hot water tap and notice a reddish-brown discoloration, the problem may be beyond repair. As rust builds up in your storage tank, it may soon corrode, causing water to leak into your home. However, rust in your water may also simply mean the anode rod has rusted through. If this is the case, a technician will simply replace the anode rod, the part which keeps your tank from rusting.
  • Not Enough Hot Water: If the water is not hot enough, you may have a part that is too worn down to function. Similarly, if water runs out too soon, it may be time to replace your unit, particularly with older water heaters. However, if you own a newer water heater that’s suddenly run into this problem, it may indicate a broken heating element, or a pipe that has moved out of place.

To prevent these problems from occurring prematurely, we recommend scheduling regular water heater maintenance. During maintenance, a plumber will check your unit, change the anode rod, clean any sediment built up in the tank and check the thermostat and pressure valves for accuracy. Of course, you should always talk to a professional to decide whether your water heater needs repair or replacement. For more about water heaters in Trenton, call the experts at Resolve Rooter today!

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Resolve Rooter hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

Do Bad Smells from My Drains Mean They Need Cleaning?

August 29th, 2014

When foul odors waft from your drains, you can’t leave the problem alone for very long No homeowner wants to stand near a smelly drain when doing dishes or showering, and, even if you adjust to the smell, your guests are sure to notice. So what’s to be done about this problem? Do bad smells from your drain mean you need drain cleaning?

While bad smells may indicate other problems in your plumbing system, professional drain cleaning often takes care of the smell. A smelly drain may indicate a clog that needs to be cleared to prevent problems with your plumbing system. In your sink, smelly drains may mean that food has become stuck on to the sludge that sometimes lines the pipes. Or foul odors may suggest that mineral deposits, grease, or other common sources of clogs have prevented wastewater from making its way down the drain and into the sewer main. In this case, professional drain cleaning is necessary.

Sometimes, you are able to clear a clogged drain with a simple plunger. But when this not is the case, many homeowners rush out to purchase liquid drain cleaners that claim to clear drains quickly and with little hassle. Oftentimes, however, liquid drain cleaners cannot reach clogs that are located far down in your pipes. Besides, drain cleaners are one of the most hazardous chemicals available for consumers to purchase in stores, as most contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous for your health and bad for your plumbing.

With professional drain cleaning, a plumber may use a motorized drain snake to clear problems deep within your pipes. Alternatively, a drain auger or hydro-jetting may be the best solution for your pipes. While foul odors may instead indicate issues with the sewage line as well, a pipe inspection before your drain cleaning can rule out this possibility.

For plumbing repairs and drain cleaning in Media, you want professionals with years of experience who can locate the problem and ensure wastewater moves through your plumbing system with ease. Call us today!

Are Damaged Sewer Lines Dangerous?

August 28th, 2014

You may not think much about what goes on underneath your property, but your home relies heavily on the sewer line to carry wastewater to the public sewer main. So if your home’s pipes are damaged, this important process becomes compromised. But can a damaged sewer line actually become dangerous for your home? Yes! Damaged sewer lines put your home at risk for some serious problems. We’ve detailed some of these problems below, but the most important thing to know is that this major issue cannot wait on repairs.

When you run into the need for sewer line repair in Southampton, call an expert like the plumbers at Resolve Rooter to ensure the problem is solved as quickly as possible.

One of the most common reasons this part may begin to break is if the roots of trees in the yard infiltrate the sewer line. Roots naturally grow toward sources of water, so they may wrap around the sewer line and infiltrate it at weak spots along the pipes. If this happens, sewage may leak into the yard. You may notice pools of sewage or wet spots in the grass, which mean you have a serious problem that needs immediate attention as it can only worsen over time.

Another potential problem for sewer lines is a collapsed pipe. A pipe may collapse if the density of the surrounding soil shifts due to changes in the environment and there is increased weight on the pipe. For example, nearby construction may cause soil to resettle. Otherwise, damage may occur from standard wear and tear that comes with old age. If a pipe collapses, sewage becomes backed up into your drains or areas like the basement. This is dangerous for your home and for your family’s health and safety.

When this problem affects your home, you need a reliable plumber who can get the job done quickly and professionally. At Resolve Rooter, we use trenchless pipe repair and replacement technology to take care of sewer line damage without any major damage to your landscaping. When you need sewer line repair in Southampton, give us a call today!

Plumbing Repair Question: What Causes Low Water Pressure?

August 22nd, 2014

Low water pressure is an inconvenience for many of the basic tasks around your home. It’s difficult to shower or wash dishes when water can only slowly trickle out of your faucet. Low water pressure can also affect the performance of your washing machine or dishwasher, so it’s important to get the problem checked out by a plumber quickly so that all of your appliances can be up and running like normal.

If you have low water pressure, there may be one of several sources for the problem. If the problem is only in one area of your plumbing, it may be due to the water heater or a clogged aerator. If your entire home seems affected, on the other hand, it may be due to a major leak or buildup in the pipes.

  • Leaks in the Water Line: If the water pressure seems low throughout your entire home, the culprit may be a leak in your water line. Because the water line runs under your house, it may be difficult to detect leaks as you likely won’t see pools of water. However, low water pressure is a good indication that you need to call a plumber.
  • Water Heater Issues: If you notice that the problem only occurs when you turn on a hot water tap, it may be that your water heater is the source of the problem. If pressure is low because you use hot water from multiple sources at once, you may need a new unit that can better handle this demand.
  • Clogged Aerator: Sometimes, low water pressure has an easy fix. If you only have low water pressure in one area of your home, try unscrewing the screen from the end of your faucet and clear any clogs.
  • Debris Buildup: A buildup in the pipes may also be responsible for low water pressure. Occasionally, mineral deposits may build up in the pipes of your home if you have hard water. Alternatively, your system may be affected by dirt, sand, and other debris.

When you decide you’ve had enough of low water pressure and you need a plumber in Southampton, call Resolve Rooter. We offer 24-hour emergency service for all of your plumbing repair needs.

The Most Common Causes of Drain Clogs

August 21st, 2014

Drain clogs are a big inconvenience when you need to run the sink or shower. Sometimes, a plunger can get rid of the issue, but occasionally the problem is too large. And if you use a liquid cleaning agent to attempt to get rid of a clog, you may only make it worse. Liquid drain cleaners, such as the ones you can purchase at grocery stores and department stores, can cause problems for your plumbing, and they may not even clear your drain at all. Many also give off toxic fumes. When you have a drain clog, you should trust a professional with the right drain cleaning equipment to get tough jobs done. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common causes of drain clogs so that you may be able to prevent some clogs from occurring in the future.

  • Soap scum: Soap scum is a common enemy for drains, but it’s a difficult clog to prevent. It’s inevitable that soap will make its way down the drain of your sink and shower, which may build up and lead to clogs, and they may also damage the pipes. Drain cleaning is the best way to get peace of mind that soap scum will not harm your plumbing.
  • Hair: Hair is a huge problem for many sinks and showers. As it moves down the sink, it may buildup in the p-trap, the curved pipes beneath sinks, or it may become stuck in the sludge that lines shower drains and pipes. You may reduce the chances of hair clogs with a drain cover. However, if the problem is too serious, a plumber may need to use an electric drain snake to clear your pipes.
  • Liquid F.O.G. (Fat-Oil-Grease): Although pouring these substances down the drain may seem harmless, fats, oils, and grease may clog drains and damage pipes, since these can solidify as they cool. Whenever possible, pour fat, oil, or grease into a trash receptacle instead.

Attempting to remove these problems on your own may be costly.

When your home’s plumbing is clogged, you need professional drain cleaning services. For professional drain cleaning in Princeton, call the plumbers at Resolve Rooter today!

How Tree Roots Can Damage Sewer Lines

August 15th, 2014

The sewer line that runs under your home and out to the municipal sewer system consists of a durable pipe that should last for many decades before it needs replacement. However, there is a persistent and common danger to sewer lines that can threaten them long before that time: infiltration from tree roots. The damage that root infiltration can cause to sewer lines is extensive and often costly to fix if it is left without attention.

When you notice issues with the drainage in your home, such as slow or clogged drains in different rooms occurring at the same time, odor smells emanating from the drains, or unpleasant smelling pools appearing on the yard, you need to call for professional plumbers right away to investigate the problem. If root infiltration has caused major damage to the sewer pipe, you may need to have the pipe replaced.

Fortunately, thanks to the trenchless technology at Resolve Rooter, you can have a fast sewer line replacement in Allentown, PA. Call our plumbing team for the work you need done to eliminate the problems from root infiltration into your sewer line.

The Problem With Tree Roots

The roots of large, sturdy trees will naturally grow toward sewer lines on the property. The reason this happens is that roots move toward areas that contain water and nutrients—all of which a root can locate inside a sewer line. The pipe doesn’t need to have a major break to attract the roots: the flow of warm water from the house through the pipe causes vapor to escape through tiny cracks or loose joints into the cooler soil, and the tree roots move toward this source until they reach an entry point. The roots then burrow inside the pipe, where they will continue to grow.

These roots will start to damage the pipe, widening the gaps where they enter, turning into a blockage. The blockage will start slowly, so if you notice trouble with slow drains in your home, you might be in time to have the roots eliminated without needing to have a full sewer line replacement.

The pressure from the roots will eventually start to crack the pipe at the joint, which may cause the pipe to break apart entirely. At this point, the sewer line will require a full replacement.

You can help plan ahead to avoid this situation by knowing the location of your sewer line and making sure that no to plant deep-root trees closer than 10 feet from the pipes. Choose shallow-root bushes and shrubs for the areas near the pipe.

If tree roots do compromise your home’s sewer line, you can trust to Resolve Rooter to handle the problem using trenchless “no dig” technology for the line replacement. Call us today to find out more about how we can make your life easier when it’s time for sewer line replacement in Allentown, PA.

Will the Utility Company Repair My Water Line?

August 14th, 2014

Homeowners are sometimes unsure about their responsibility for the parts of their plumbing that connect to the municipal systems, i.e. the water line and the sewer line. If a water line needs repairs because of leaking, blockage, or bursting, should the homeowner call for repairs from a plumbing company, or does it fall to the utility company to handle it?

In most cases, the utility company is not responsible for trouble with a home’s water line. If you notice water leaking up onto your lawn or through the sidewalk, don’t wait for the utility company to attend to it: call for water line repair in Newtown, PA from professional plumbers right away.

For fast service that makes use of the best in trenchless water line replacement, contact Resolve Rooter. We are ready around the clock for the emergency service your water line needs.

Water Line Responsibility

Across the country, what part of the water line the homeowner is responsible for varies. However, in most cases, the utility company will cover the water line from the location where the lateral line leaves the main line until it crosses the curb stop valve or the water meter at the edge of the homeowner’s property. (In some cases, the utility company is not responsible for any part of the lateral line.) It’s best to visualize that wherever the water line runs underneath your property, it is your responsibility to handle any repairs.

Should you see pools of standing water starting to form along your lawn, or water gusshing up through stones along walkways, you should assume that it is coming from the portion of the water line for which you are responsible. Sometimes, the leaking comes from another portion of the line and has moved over to your property, but you won’t know this until you have professionals investigate. Never take chances and hope that the water company will be out fast to solve the problem: you need to call up a dependable repair company before you lose your water supply or your property suffers from water damage.

Keep a watch for drops in water pressure or changes in the color of the water coming from your taps; these are other warnings that your water line could be experiencing trouble. These issues could also originate from problems in the municipal supply, but a professional plumber will be able to find out for certain.

Repairs to a water line can be costly and time consuming—but they don’t need to be if you hire a company that uses trenchless “no dig” technology. The work necessary to repair or replace a water line will take only a few hours and leave your property virtually untouched.

For the water line repair in Newtown, PA that you need, call Resolve Rooter. We offer comprehensive plumbing services and trenchless technology to Bucks County. Give us a call today.

Is There a Way I Can Detect Pipes Leaks Myself?

August 8th, 2014

Leaking pipes are one of the leading reasons that people require professional plumbing repairs. Even a small leak, such as pinhole leaks, can lead to massive water waste, damage to building material, elevated humidity, and the growth of mold and mildew in a home.

Except for breaks along exposed pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks, leaks are difficult to detect and locate. You will recognize signs that leaks are occurring, such as a rise in water bills and spots of discoloration along drywall, but unless you have X-ray vision, you won’t know exactly where the leaking pipes are located. For this job, you must call on plumbers with leak detection equipment and the skill to find where you need repairs.

Resolve Rooter can take care of your plumbing in Jamison, PA when you suspect that water escaping from your pipes is putting your home and water bills in jeopardy. Our plumbers are on call 24 hours a day. Contact us today.

Isn’t there a way to find the leaks myself?

Yes, sometimes. There are external signs that will point toward where a leaking pipe is located behind drywall, wood floors, or concrete slabs.

Cracks along slabs are a good indicator of where a pipe leak has occurred beneath. The most tell-tale sign for leaking pipes under drywall is moisture developing along the walls or rusty-brown discoloration appearing. If you have a schematic of your plumbing system available, you can look over it and match it with the spots on the wall to have an idea where the leaking pipes are hidden.

However, there really isn’t any reason for you to do this extra work, since you can’t repair a hidden pipe on your own. The work of reaching the pipe requires professional plumbers, and unless you have 99% surety that you know where the leak is located—something that is impossible without advanced leak detection equipment—you should never start to rip apart drywall or pull up floorboards to get to a pipe. And when it comes to slab leaks, which often need jackhammers to access… well, do we need to go any further in that direction? Make this work simpler, faster, and safer for your home and call for skilled plumbers right away. If you think or know you have a leak, step back and let experts with listening devices, thermal sensors, and pipe cameras pinpoint the leak location exactly and find the best way to repair it.

Look to the experience and the advanced technology for professional plumbing service in Jamison, PA available through Resolve Rooter. Our plumbers will have your leaks fixed and your house left looking just as we found it.