-When it comes to plumbing problems, we tend to think of clogged drains, leaky faucets, or burst pipes. However, a range of lesser-known factors can wreak havoc on plumbing systems and Sky Sepulveda the Paso Robles plumber with Quality 1st Plumbing and Drains has identified the most overlooked issues.
- Tree roots: Trees provide shade and beauty but their roots can pose a significant threat to plumbing systems. Over time, tree roots can infiltrate underground pipes, seeking moisture and nutrients. As they grow, they exert pressure on the pipes, leading to cracks, leaks, or blockages. The signs of tree root invasion include slow drains, gurgling sounds, or recurring clogs. Tree roots and other blockages can be blasted out by the Paso Robles plumber using hydro-jetting, a long flexible water hose with powerful water jets that clears sludge and debris and can cut through tree roots.
- Mineral buildup: Minerals present in hard water, such as calcium and magnesium, can accumulate inside the plumbing system. This mineral buildup, also known as limescale, can narrow the pipe diameter, reducing water flow and increasing pressure. Over time, it can lead to clogs, reduced water pressure, and even pipe corrosion. Regular descaling or water softening can help mitigate this uncommon yet persistent issue.
- Sewer line issues: The main sewer line carries wastewater from your home to the municipal sewer system. Unfortunately, this critical component can encounter problems that many homeowners overlook. Issues like tree root intrusion, ground shifting, or aging infrastructure can cause sewer line blockages or collapses. Warning signs include multiple drain backups, foul odors, or soggy patches in your yard. Prompt action is crucial to avoid messy and costly repairs. The Paso Robles plumber can quickly identify sewer line issues with the use of a fiber optic sewer pipe inspection camera.
- Plumbing vents: Plumbing vents, typically located on the roof, play a vital role in maintaining proper air pressure in the drainage system. They allow air to enter the pipes, facilitating smooth wastewater flow. However, vents can become obstructed by debris, bird nests, or ice during colder months. Blocked vents can result in slow drains, gurgling sounds, or sewer gas odors inside your home. Regular inspection and cleaning of these vents can prevent potential plumbing issues.
- Water hammer: That loud banging noise after turning off a faucet or valve is called water hammer. This phenomenon occurs when water abruptly stops or changes direction in the pipes, causing a shockwave. Water hammer can lead to damaged pipe joints, loose fittings, or even burst pipes if left unaddressed. Installing water hammer arrestors or cushioning devices can effectively absorb the shock and protect your plumbing system.
- Corrosion: While corrosion is a well-known issue, its lesser-known causes deserve attention. Apart from chemical reactions with certain metals, aggressive water conditions, such as high acidity or alkalinity, can accelerate corrosion. Additionally, stray electrical currents in the ground can contribute to corrosion in underground pipes. Regular water testing, proper pipe insulation, and the installation of dielectric unions can help prevent corrosion-related plumbing problems.
Plumbing problems can arise from various unexpected sources, but don’t wait for them to happen. The Paso Robles plumber has the tools and skills to inspect, identify and repair issues before they become problems. The technologies that can identify and resolve these issues include:
- A fiber-optic sewer camera that can be inserted into sewer pipes and return images of the conditions of the pipes as the camera travels through the sewer system.
- Hydro-jetting for breaking up tree roots, using a long flexible water hose with powerful water jets that clears pipes and can cut through tree roots.
- Advanced repair technologies such as a special curing substance that can seal leaks and fractures in pipes, or pipe-bursting technology that feeds new pipe through an older pipe.
All of these technologies reduce or eliminate the need for digging holes and trenches and minimize damage to the landscape. Sepulveda and his crew make sure that any holes or trenches are backfilled and the area is cleaned before leaving the job.
Owner, Sky Sepulveda has been serving San Luis Obispo County since 2003. His relationships include well-known businesses and property management companies throughout the area. Sepulveda has developed techniques for troubleshooting common and uncommon plumbing issues allowing him to keep his pricing fair and competitive.
Quality 1st Plumbing and Drains is continuously researching state-of-the-art plumbing techniques and tools which allows them to stay on the cutting edge of the plumbing industry. They pride themselves on offering excellent plumbing services at reasonable prices.
Quality 1st Plumbing and Drains
Paso Robles, Ca 93446