Finding a Professional Plumber

Finding a plumber in your area can be a major task. With many various companies to choose from, you can count on Alamo Plumbing Solutions to provide top notch and professional plumbing services. Alamo Plumbing Solutions is Master Plumber certified M#39431.

 

Affordable Plumbing Services

Major plumbing issues can cause harsh conditions in the home. That’s why we care about our customer’s needs. Whether your water heater repair needs replacement or your drain clogs need to be serviced, our professional plumbers are equipped to handle difficult jobs. With this, it allows Alamo Plumbing Solutions to offer affordable plumbing service pricing to our customers. 

 

What Does Being Master Plumber Mean?

Being a Master Plumber means our plumbing professionals stay educated and trained on plumbing issues. Licensing is issues by the State of Texas. Our plumbing technicians also join organizations to stay up-to-date  one latest plumbing developments in the field. If you are looking to hire a plumber, our technicians will gladly provide licensing information, along with experience and training as needed. 

 

The Advantage of Hiring A Professional Plumber

A professional plumber will posses many years of experience and an advanced skillset. Our team of professional plumbers have the proper training to keep your plumbing projects in compliance with city code. Each customer we work with has a budget. We outline the plumbing issues and provide best suggestions to move forward to addressing issues, all while staying within budget. If you are faced with any type of plumbing challenge, we strongly advise seeking a professional plumber.  

 

What Causes a Main Sewer Clog

Having a main sewer clog is a serious plumbing situation that, if not handled properly, may result in expensive repair costs.

The best way to avoid this is by identifying and fixing the root of the problem quickly before it gets worse. Here are some tell-tale signs you should look out for if you suspect that your main sewer line is clogged:

    1. Having multiple backed-up drains (showers, toilets, sinks, bathtubs, etc.). This is one of the most common signs your main sewer line is clogged.

    2. Slow drains

    3. Lush vegetation along your main sewer line

    4. Foul smells around your main sewer line

    5. Depressions along your main sewer line

All the signs above are usually as a result of different causes of clogs.

While many causes of main sewer clogs can be avoided, some occur naturally and the only thing we can do about them is to fix them as fast as possible.

Here are some of the main causes of main sewer clogs and how you can avoid them:

Root Intrusion

Root intrusion occurs when roots from surrounding vegetation bore through your main sewer and clog it. Root intrusion has a snowball effect where sewage leaking from the main sewer line attracts even more roots, which cause further blockage.

To avoid this, never let your main sewer line pass through an area that’s close to trees and shrubs. Always clear out all vegetation that is close to your main sewer line.

Using Your Drain to Dispose of Oil and Grease

This is the most common cause of main sewer clogs because people do it thinking that it will be okay if they pour hot water down the drain afterward.

In reality, hot water never helps. By the time the hot water gets to the main sewer line, it usually has cooled down together with the grease, which then sticks to the internal surface of the pipe and causes clogs.

To avoid this, never pour oil or grease down your drains. Instead, package it in biodegradable materials and throw it in the trash.

Operating and Parking Heavy Machinery/Vehicles On Your Main Sewer Line

When you operated heavy machinery or park vehicles on top of your main sewer line, it may get bent downward and create a depression within the pipe.

As a result, sewage may collect in this depression and solidify over time. This can cause a main sewer clog.

To avoid this, always avoid parking or operating heavy machinery and vehicles over the main sewer line.

Throwing Garbage Down the Drain

When it comes to this, the top culprits include paper, diapers, and other household items.

Your drainage system is not designed to handle such materials and as a result, it gets clogged up. To avoid this, only dispose of human waste and water down your drains.

If You Think You Have a Main Sewer Clog, Call Alamo Plumbing Solutions Today!

Failing to address the main sewer clog can result in very expensive repair costs. To avoid this, always call us when you have plumbing issues!

Whether you have a clogged sink, a slow draining sink, or need information on how to clear a slow drain, our customer service team is always happy to help!

Leak Detection

Leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems. When they occur at your home or place of business, they can cause a lot of problems if they are not located and sealed quickly. In the old days, a plumber would inspect an area and dig it up or drill the walls just to confirm whether there was a leak or not. This method was both costly and ineffective. Nowadays, leaks can be detected far more easily using non-invasive methods that do not involve any digging or drilling.

Causes of Leaks

Leaks can be caused by many things. Most of the time they are caused by conditions that compromise the integrity of plumbing systems. Such causes include temperature variations during the winter when pipes freeze and heat up too quickly, roots boring into pipes, excess water pressure, corrosion, damaged joints, broken seals, and so on.

How to Detect Leaks

So, how do you know if you have a leak? That’s easy. Here’s how to detect leaks in water and sewer lines:

Water Lines

These usually run from the pump or meter and throughout the house. They may run through your lawn, back yard, driveway, and into the walls of your house. When there’s a leak in the waterline, you may notice a drop in water pressure, see cracks on the pavement of your driveway, wet spots on the walls of your house, and have an unexplainable increased water bill. A simple way to detect a water line leak is to turn off all the taps in your house and check your meter after an hour or two. If the reading has gone up, you probably have a leak.

 

Sewer Lines

Sewer lines run under your house. Signs that your sewer line is leaking include a gurgling sound when you flush your toilet, a bad odor coming from the sewer line or an increase in lush vegetation along the sewer line.

 

Sewer Camera Inspection

Although you can use the methods above to determine whether or not you have a leak, the only sure way is to contact plumbers who offer leak detection services. With their expertise, they will easily find any holes or openings where water or sewage may escape from. One such method is through the use of a sewer camera. Whenever you suspect that you have a leak in your plumbing lines, the safest course of action is to order for a plumbing leak detection service as soon as possible.

Inspecting your sewer and water lines using cameras can help to identify issues such as root intrusion, blockages, leaking pipe joints, cracked pipes and so on. All these issues can lead to serious leaks which will cost you more money to fix over time.

At the end of the day, leaks are inconveniences that may destroy the areas surrounding them and cost you a lot of money. This is why you should get them fixed as soon as possible. With the detection techniques described above and the foolproof camera inspection, you can get any leaks located and fixed before they develop into even bigger problems. Stay leak free!

Signs You Have a Slab Leak

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While it is easy to notice signs of a slab leak, it’s a bit harder to figure out where the slab leak actually is. Most leaks have general signs such as unusually high water bill or high heating bill or your meter still running when all your taps are closed.

So, how do you find out where your leak is? You will have to look for signs that are specific to certain types of slab leaks.

With this, we discuss the signs you should look out for to find out whether you have a slab leak.

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