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6 Common Pipe Issues

Regardless of whether you are on sewer or septic, your pipes are a critical component of your plumbing system. In fact, they do the “grunt work” of providing fresh water to your family and eliminating wastewater from your home. Unfortunately, when just one pipe fails, it can disrupt your entire plumbing operation. There are different types of pipes for different areas of your plumbing system. Pipe materials have also revolutionized since their beginning. Therefore, older homes may have different pipes than newer homes. The four most common types are PVC, PEX, Galvanized and Copper.

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Are You Exceeding the Capacity of Your Septic Tank?

While they all operate in much the same way, not all septic tanks are equal. A major difference involves the size of the tank. This is important because a septic tank’s capacity must be equal to or larger than the wastewater coming from the home. In other words, if you have a small septic tank for a very large family, you could end up with costly septic disasters or the need for very frequent pumpings.

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When Your Shower Smells Like Rotten Eggs

If your hot showers suddenly start smelling like rotten eggs, it may seem like a major problem. The reality, however, is that this is a common plumbing issue with a relatively simple fix in most cases. There are even a few things you can do on your own to narrow down the cause of the foul water odor.

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The Importance of Proper Drain Field Installation

Your septic system relies on several different components that work together to get rid of wastewater and deliver clean, safe water back to your home. If one of these components breaks down, you may experience a disruptive septic backup and other costly issues. In fact, when your drain field fails to do its job, your groundwater can become contaminated and your family could become very sick.

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Avoid These Toilet Habits and Avoid Costly Repairs

It may seem like the fastest and easiest way to get rid of something, but your toilet is simply not designed to be a trashcan. Think of your toilet as a gateway to your plumbing system, which includes your drains, pipes and septic tank (if you have one). If you are flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down your toilet, your entire plumbing system is at risk. This could result in clogged pipes, damaged pipes, backed up septic tanks and much more.

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Why You Need a 24-Hour Plumber

Unless you live in a very rural area, you’ve likely got countless plumbers to choose from. Beyond making sure your plumber holds the proper licensure and insurance, it is also important to ask about their business hours or availability. If your plumbing company doesn’t offer 24-hour service, you may want to rethink your choice. 24 hour plumbers exist to address one main thing – plumbing emergencies! Who wants to be caught without professional help when an emergency occurs?

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