MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

Slow Drains Are Slow to Go

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Contrary to what the title might make you believe, this is not a children’s book. This is a blog post with the hope of informing you about the possible problems that could be causing your slow drains. There are some big differences between different types of slow drains, and it’s pretty important not to misdiagnose the problem with your plumbing.

The truth is, if you’re having one slow drain, that could be a problem that’s easily fixed. Something could be clogging your pipe, or there could be a leak that’s decreasing the pressure in your pipe system. Either way, one pipe is much easier to fix than an overhaul of your plumbing system.

However, when multiple drains in your home are having trouble and seem clogged, there could be a deeper, more sinister problem with your plumbing in West Orange, NJ. Keep reading and we’ll get into the specifics.

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4 Reasons to Stay Away from Chemical Drain Cleaner

Monday, October 7th, 2019

drain-water-drainingNo matter how well they’re labeled, how good they smell, or how cheap they are, drain cleaners aren’t a good solution to a clog in your plumbing. We know, it’s a hard pill to swallow, but we’re just trying to help. In fact, most homeowners don’t even know that they tend to do more harm than good when they are used. These volatile liquids will rot away your pipes and leave your system needing much more than just a drain cleaning.

So, you must be wondering what the alternative is? There are several alternatives to chemical drain cleaners, but they all usually involve your local plumber. You see, with your plumbing in Clifton, NJ there are no easy solutions to a drain clog. The best you can hope for is a capable plumber like us to perform a hydro jetting procedure, or use an industrial drain snake to try and pull whatever is clogging your system apart.

However, if you’re still leaning towards the car keys to pick up some industrial cleaner, keep reading and we’ll let you know why we never recommend them.

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What to Do With a Sudden Pipe Leak

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Pipe leaks can occur in the middle of the night or on a holiday, right when you least expect them to. While you’re panicking calling plumbers in Wayne, NJ, there are a few steps you can follow to stop the leaking and at least save some money on wasted water and property damage. So, take a deep breath and calm down, we’ll give you some reliable tips to address the problem at hand while you wait for your trusted service professional to take it from there.

From pipe clamps to pipe wraps, there are some solid solutions to pipe leaks that—while they won’t last for too long—will ultimately keep your pipes from leaking until your plumber can address them. Remember before you keep reading, that the best solution to plumbing leaks is to prevent them from occurring in the first place, with a quality plumbing maintenance plan.

Now that we’ve covered that, let’s address that leaky pipe!

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Getting to Know Your Water Meter and Shut-Off Valve

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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Think fast! Your reverse osmosis system just broke. Water is flooding all over your kitchen and spreading across the home. What do you do?

Hopefully, you would rush to the shut-off valve and turn off the water. But if you’ve never had the pleasure of having to use the shut-off valve before, it would be easy to panic and not know what to do.

In this post, we want to talk about two plumbing fixtures that are essential for emergencies. One is the water meter, and the other is the shut-off valve.

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Signs You Need to Repair a Plumbing Leak

Monday, June 18th, 2018

rusty-pipe-burst-leakPlumbing leaks never seem to be that big a deal in the beginning. After all, it’s just a few drips here and a few drops there. Ignore this at your own peril, however, as even a slow or intermittent leak can quickly turn into costly damages and repairs. As soon as you have any of the indicators below of faucet, water heater, sewage line, or slab leaks, make the smart call: contact a professional plumbing contractor to immediately diagnose and fix the issue.

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How to Handle a Leaking Pipe

Monday, January 1st, 2018

frozen-pipe-damLeaky pipes are unfortunately quite common in the winter. The freezing and thawing of water in the pipes causes them to expand, which may force a pipe to burst open. Other factors can contribute to leaky pipes too, of course, such as corrosion or other means of excess pressure on the pipes.

For the most part, a homeowner is not most concerned with how a leak happened. It’s important to know whether corrosion indicates your pipes are in need of replacement, but the first thing you want to know is how to stop the leak and get things under control.

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Preventing Everyday Plumbing Clogs

Monday, December 18th, 2017

plunger-woman-call-plumberWhen you’re in the business of plumbing, you know that this is any homeowner’s biggest grievance. Sure, there are worse things that could happen in a home, but few of them happen again and again the way plumbing clogs often do. Some can be unclogged yourself while some will always require a plumber’s help, which is why it’s so important to focus on prevention.

You may be able to prevent many of those everyday clogs you find most annoying, and even the big clogs that don’t come up so often but tend to cost you more.

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Is a Plumber Necessary for That Drain Clog?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

drain-water-drainingWe’re big fans of all the crafters, woodworkers, and general do-it-yourselfers out there. When you can look up a solution for a home problem and have it fixed relatively quickly, why call in a handyman to help?

We don’t typically encourage DIY work for large plumbing problems, but there are even some things that seem complicated you can handle yourself: resetting the garbage disposal, cleaning the aerator when there’s no water pressure, and even unclogging a drain. Some drain clogs have simple solutions, or at least a solution that does not require costly equipment or professional drain cleaning. But that doesn’t apply to all drain clogs. How do you know the difference?

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3 Signs Your Pipes Need Replacement

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

rusty-pipe-burst-water-leakWhen is the last time you got a good long look at the foundation of your home? What about your home’s air ducts? Your septic tank? Chances are that these are things you don’t get a chance to inspect very often. Like your plumbing pipes, they are hidden from view, so for routine maintenance you’ll typically have to call in a specialist for an inspection.

Your home’s plumbing pipes are hidden behind walls, under the floors, and in the ground. You cannot really get a look at them, for the most part, without specialized equipment to do so. However, there are some signs your pipes are beginning to fail. Follow our tips to recognize a problem with your pipes, one that may require them to be replaced, and contact our team when you notice a problem.

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Is DIY Plumbing Your Best Option?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

plunger-woman-call-plumberDo-it-yourself work has reached a new peak in recent years. With Pinterest and other DIY sites and guides, you can give it your best when you decide to take up wood crafting, knitting, cooking, or any hobby around the house. You can also learn some of the tips and tricks for, say, fixing a squeaky door or cleaning stains off the carpet.

But some repairs may not be suited to the same DIY treatment. When it comes to your home’s plumbing, you can’t afford to lose access to clean water, or to have a leak take over your home. Often, a professional plumber who has the right training for the job is the best bet—but some projects still have an easy DIY solution.

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