When you think of plumbing, leaky faucets and clogged toilets may come to mind. The Mario Brothers would have you thinking it’s all fun and pipes, but there are so many other facets to plumbing to be mindful of when it comes to keeping your home or business up to par.
It’s never fun when plumbing issues arise and a wrench and some elbow grease simply won’t cut it. Unfortunately, most homeowners will likely experience water damage at some point during their lives. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the second highest culprit of insurance claims after wind and hail.
Keeping up a home or office is already a lot of work, so to lighten the load, we’ve put together a list of common plumbing services you should be aware of.
Common plumbing services offered by your local company:
- Residential plumbing
- Water heater repair and replacement
- Repiping services
- Fixture repair and replacement
- Gas line services
- Drain cleaning and pump services
- Sewer repair and replacement
The unpredictability of significant plumbing repairs and the maintenance of existing systems is a lifelong battle. Luckily, homeowners can gain peace of mind when they hire a PHCC-certified plumber trained and tested to tackle any plumbing issues. Let’s look at the plumbing services your local company should offer—hopefully with the help of a PHCC-certified plumber.
Residential plumbing service
The unsung hero of every home is its plumbing system. It works diligently behind the scenes to ensure your house runs smoothly. Residential plumbing focuses on all things home-related, from the kitchen sink to the bathroom shower and everything in between.
Your local company will undoubtedly offer any number of residential plumbing services to cover the basic necessities of your home, such as plumbing installations, repair, remodeling, drain cleaning, sewer maintenance, and so much more.
If you are building a new home or moving into an existing one, it may be worth your time to book a bundle of services instead of individual services for cost efficiency. You can save yourself a heap of heartache down the line by having your property adequately inspected so you don’t wind up in a sticky situation later.
Bundled services can be more cost-effective and typically include multiple options: inspection, service, installation, repair, and replacement of parts within your system.
Examples of bundled services:
- Inspection and repair of all the plumbing fixtures of your new or current home.
- Inspection and repair of water pressure issues, clogged drains, leaks, and burst pipes.
- Installation of water pipes or gas lines in a new home or upgrade in a current home.
The main idea behind a residential plumbing service call is to thoroughly inspect the entirety of your home to ensure you are fully set up to live comfortably and without any plumbing issues. When issues arise, it’s best to tackle them all together to prevent further damage and to save by bundling services.
Water heater repair and replacement
Sometimes, we take hot water for granted. After a long day, there’s something about stepping into a hot shower or taking a long hot bath that just cures all worries. Washing dishes, cleaning, and bathing are everyday necessities that are made possible through our trusted water heaters.
That said, many people don’t realize until it’s too late that water heaters require maintenance. The buildup of sediment and scale from the water inside your water heater causes it to lose efficiency over time.
Pro tip: this can be addressed by flushing your water heater regularly. If you haven’t been flushing your water heater regularly, then you may run into issues that a plumber can address for you.
Repairs for your water heater are necessary once it experiences any of the following:
- Any type of leak
- Loss in water pressure
- Appearance of rusty water
- Strange sounds from the tank/system
Sometimes, there could be a simple fix or an electrical tweak to repair your water heater tank. Other times, a total replacement is in order.
Nowadays, you have a few replacement options that include heat pump water heaters, tankless water heaters, 96% high-efficiency water heaters, or standard efficiency tank-type water heaters. It’s highly recommended that you speak with your technician to see which option would best suit your family’s needs.
Water pipes act as the veins and arteries of your plumbing system, helping water circulate throughout your home. Your local plumbing company should offer repiping services to help you fix pipes that are in rough shape, in order to avoid catastrophes in the future.
If your home has badly corroded pipes, they could cause discolored water and, even worse, they could burst. Lead, polybutylene, or galvanized steel pipes indicate that a repiping service could be necessary. If your home has been suffering from ongoing problems with water pressure or has experienced multiple pipe leaks, then that is another sign your home may need to be repiped.
Whole-home repiping is a complete overhaul of the water pipes that make up your plumbing system. While small, isolated leaks can require a quick fix, widespread issues left unattended can be a recipe for disaster if not addressed.
Fixture repair and replacement
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a dripping faucet. That’s a lot of hands. We’ve all been there. One of the most common plumbing services your local company offers is installing or repairing staple fixtures of the home, such as toilets, faucets, kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, tubs, showers, and random leaky valves.
Some of the most common types of leaks found in the home include faulty toilet flappers, shower heads, and dripping faucets. These are usually easy fixes, which can solve a nagging problem and help your water bill recover. Plus, your local plumbing company should have the required parts on hand for a stress-free solution.
Toilets themselves are another big culprit for common leaks. If your wax ring goes, you’ll have a pretty nasty mess on your hands. Handling the replacement or repair is usually a situation that is best left to the professionals.
Gas line services
When you think of a plumber, you may not associate gas lines with their line of work, but it is quickly becoming the norm for plumbers to handle gas lines.
Natural gas is a robust and dependable energy source that many homeowners are either already set up with or want installed. However, this needs to be handled with extreme care. That’s why it is essential to hire a certified technician to tackle any gas line repairs or installation. This is not DIY territory.
Your local plumbing company can offer gas line services that include everything from gas pipe leak detection to installing gas appliances, such as gas stoves, fireplaces, ovens, or grills. A professional plumber is required to handle these types of jobs since it is crucial to follow proper safety precautions.
Drain cleaning and pump services
One of the most common types of plumbing issues homeowners will grapple with revolves around clogged drains. Oftentimes, a clog will be dismissed as a minor annoyance, but if it’s not addressed in a timely manner, it can quickly escalate into a severe problem.
Suppose you notice your drain emptying slower than usual or it stops draining altogether. In that case, you can try to use common home remedies such as baking soda and vinegar or any number of commercial products designed to clear clogged drains, but keep in mind that some of those products can lead to eroding your pipes.
Find a licensed plumber who has the tools and knowledge for how to unclog a drain without compromising your system. They have access to state-of-the-art gadgets with inspection cameras to track down the clog that is causing the issue.
Sewer repair and replacement
If you’ve ever experienced a sewer backup in your home, you know all too well how unpleasant a situation that is. A reputable plumbing company should offer both sewer and drain services. The sewer system varies from your typical drain system, is a bit more complicated than a leaky faucet, and necessitates a qualified technician.
Your local plumbing company will be able to perform a video inspection to assess the condition of your sewer pipe and determine where the leak or crack is.
Tree roots are usually responsible for targeting cracked pipes and can be addressed by your local company. If your pipes are old clay pipes, they may recommend you upgrade your system to accommodate your needs. Be sure to find a plumbing company that is qualified in sewer installation for those more extreme cases.
Ongaro & Sons — Your Plumbing Experts
Ongaro & Sons is a family-owned business in its fourth generation of operation, providing complete plumbing services, including repair, maintenance, and replacement. We are a licensed state contractor with fully insured, qualified, and professional technicians dedicated to industry-leading plumbing solutions tailored to your specific requirements and budget. Our 100% guarantee ensures your complete satisfaction.
Contact Ongaro & Sons or call us at 707-419-3135 today if you have questions about our plumbing services and how we can best serve you.