SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing Repair’

Video Pipe Inspection Saves the Day

Monday, July 1st, 2019

pipe-flowThere are a lot of reasons why you should always hire a professional plumber in Washington Township, NJ. Professional plumbers have the tools and training that they need to get the job done right the first time, and in a timely fashion. They also have the diagnostic skills to recognize and define problems accurately in order to resolve them promptly. And, they understand that certain issues may not seem like an emergency, but they may require more advanced solutions than homeowners realize.

One of the greatest tools that modern plumbers have at their disposal is video pipe inspection equipment. While a clogged drain may not sound all that complex, the information gathered through a video pipe inspection is invaluable in many instances. If you’re having trouble with your drains or suspect an issue with your sewer line, you want a member of our team equipped with video pipe inspection equipment at your home ASAP! Contact us when trouble is brewing.

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How to Confirm You Have a Leak

Monday, January 28th, 2019

diy-pipe-repairWhen it comes to plumbing leaks, we often imagine the annoying drip, drip, drip of a faucet, or unsightly water stains on the ceiling or wall. But those types of leaks don’t make up the majority. For every other kind of leak, you’re going to need to take some indirect approaches. We’ll explain how.

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How to Detect Plumbing Leaks in Your Home

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Burst-PipePlumbing leaks have the obnoxious qualities of being both very common and very difficult to detect. A lot of the water damage inflicted on homes across the country occurs because small leaks are not detected and fixed in a timely manner. Professional maintenance conducted on an annual basis is a good way to lessen the chances of a leak spending months rotting out the surrounding area undetected. However, you still need to keep an eye out for warning signs that your plumbing system is developing leaks. The following are a few different signs that can indicate that you have leaks forming in your system.

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Careful of These Nasty Plumbing Problems

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

plumber-water-heaterPlumbing systems are built to last. Many can survive for decades and decades with only a few pipe replacements here and there, provided you take proper care of them.

That’s the most important thing, though: taking proper care of your plumbing system. In order to do that, you’re going to need to know what kinds of issues your plumbing system is likely to run into, so you know when to call for repairs if you spot their warning signs. We’ve outlined some common plumbing problems, their symptoms, and what you should do about them below.

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Tips on Keeping Your Plumbing System in Top Shape

Monday, April 9th, 2018

plumber-water-heaterIt can be tough to keep your plumbing system healthy, especially since we’re willing to bet you don’t think about it that often. Most of the system is hidden from view, and most people take it for granted until something starts to go wrong with it. If you want to keep your plumbing system in the best possible shape for as long as you can, though, you’re going to need to take a couple of proactive steps.

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Neat Tricks for Detecting Plumbing Leaks in Your Home

Monday, February 12th, 2018

burst-pipePlumbing leaks are among the most insidious and subtle problems that can affect a home. They may not be that threatening at first, but they can cause quite a bit of damage in the long run if they aren’t caught as early as possible.

The best way to catch plumbing problems early is to have a professional examine your system. In between maintenance appointments, though, you can still have a good chance of detecting leaks yourself if you know what to look for.

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Be Careful of These Symptoms That You Have a Plumbing Problem

Monday, August 14th, 2017

burst-pipePlumbing problems can be difficult to detect without professional equipment and experience. Most of the system is hidden from view, and the problems that typically afflict it are subtle to begin with. This is part of the reason why we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, you should familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having some kind of issue. On the off chance that a problem does occur between maintenance appointments, you can detect it quickly and have it repaired. Be aware of the symptoms below, and what they mean.

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Ways to Avoid Emergency Plumbing Repair

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

When a plumbing leak or sewage backup from a major clog threatens to damage your home, you may be left searching for a plumber in the late hours of the night. Luckily, many plumbers offer 24-hour emergency service for these types of events. However, this is not an ideal situation for any homeowner, especially if the damage is already done. Avoid emergency plumbing repair and costly reparations by following a few simple steps.

Watch What You Put Down the Sink

One of the easiest ways to avoid emergency repairs is to pay attention to what goes down your drains. Drain clogs are not only an inconvenience, they can also sometimes cause waste to backup into your drains. This risks damage to your home and prompts health concerns, which is why you should take care to protect your drains from major sources of blockage. Purchase an inexpensive drain trap from a hardware store for your shower. And always put the following food items in a separate trash receptacle instead of the garbage disposal: hard foods (popcorn kernels, meat bones), expandable foods (pasta, rice), non-food items, fat, oil, and grease.

Know the Early Signs of Leaks

Another way to avoid an emergency is by knowing what signs to look for that could indicate a leak in your plumbing. A major plumbing leak can cause flooding, structural damage, and the development of mold and mildew. Keep these types of emergencies from occurring by catching leaks early on. Look out for any of the following signs:

  • Low Water Pressure
  • High Utility Bills
  • Water Spots on the Walls or Ceilings
  • Water Spots in the Yard

Schedule Plumbing Maintenance Every Year

Finally, you should schedule plumbing maintenance with a skilled professional every year. During plumbing maintenance, a technician will check every portion of your pipe for leaks, corrosion, or clogs, as well as an inspection, cleaning, and/or adjustment of additional plumbing fixtures and faucets. This may include your water heater, toilets, washing machine hoses, and water treatment system. Maintenance keeps the components of your plumbing running smoothly and helps alert you to any early warning signs.

SPS Mechanical Inc. offers a maintenance program which includes two maintenance visits per year and covers your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems as well as discounts on parts and services. To schedule annual maintenance for 24-hour emergency plumbing repair in Sewell, call now!

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How Do Professional Plumbers Detect Leaks?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

If you have a noticeable plumbing leak in your home, it’s bound to be an inconvenience. Low water pressure may be irritating when you need to take a quick shower, or you may hear water dripping or notice pools of water gather in your home. But not all water leaks are this obvious, and a bigger problem is that even a small leak may cause major problems for your home and for your plumbing.

Water leaks may drip into a home and damage the walls or floors. This can attract mold or mildew which affect the air quality in your home and threaten your family’s health. Otherwise, water or sewage may flood into your yard or basement or it may back up into the drains. To prevent such problems from occurring, it’s important to call for plumbing repair at the first sign of leaks.

You don’t have to know the exact source of a leak when you call for plumbing repair. Plumbers are equipped with specialized tools to find and repair leaks throughout your system. Here are the ways a plumber may detect leaks in your home.

  • Visual Detection: First, a plumber may simply check visually to find the general area of a leak. Water spots, drips, and moist areas outdoors may all give a plumber some clues, but plumbing equipment is still needed to locate the leak.
  • Video Pipe Inspection: Your plumber may be equipped with a fiber optic camera for leak detection. A small video camera is attached to the end of a cable that is fed through your pipes. A video feed allows the plumber to observe your pipes and spot the exact location of a leak.
  • Listening Equipment: Alternatively, a plumber may use high-quality listening equipment to hear areas where water flow slows down or stops completely.

You may need professional leak detection services even if you do not see any water pooling around your home. Keep an eye out for problems like reduced water pressure, and call a plumber whenever you need to know if leaks are threatening your home and costing you extra on your water bills. When you need professional plumbing repair in West Deptford, call the experts at SPS Mechanical Inc. today!

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Pipe Material Options for Repiping

Monday, February 17th, 2014

For many decades, the most popular material for plumbing in both residential and commercial buildings was galvanized steel. Steel is durable and effective, and it was crucial for the revolution in indoor plumbing for homes. But it is now considered a less than ideal material because of its tendency to corrode over time. Modern plumbing has moved on to different materials for pipes, and in this post we will look over the most common types.

Whether you live in an older home that still has steel pipes, or if you have more modern materials, at some point you will need repiping services to keep your plumbing system working. For quality repiping and plumbing repair in Cherry Hill, NJ, look to SPS Mechanical Inc. You can consult with us regarding your best options for new pipe material.

Modern Pipe Replacement Materials:

  • Copper: This was the first material to take the place of galvanized steel, and it is still very common. Copper is rigid and durable, won’t sag when stretched over a long space without supports, and is lightweight. Most important, copper is resistant to corrosion and lasts much longer than steel.
  • CPVC: This is an abbreviation for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride. CPVC is a common type of plastic pipe that has become a popular option to replace copper. Like other plastic piping, it is flexible and easy to fit into any area of a house. Its main advantage over earlier PVC pipes is its increased heat resistance
  • PEX: The most recent innovation in plastic piping, PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) is rapidly becoming the top choice for many plumbers. It costs less than copper, doesn’t require glue for connections like CPVC does, comes in colors to assist in clarifying plumbing systems for repairs, and has a life expectancy of 50 years.

When you need repiping in your home, it isn’t an all-or-nothing situation. Plumbers can use a variety of different pipe materials, depending on your specific needs. If you hire a plumbing contractor with skill and experience, you can feel secure that you will end up with the right pipe material to make your plumbing as trouble-free as possible.

Call SPS Mechanical Inc. today to talk about the repiping possibilities for your home. We take pride in our plumbing repair services in Cherry Hill, NJ.

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