Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog

Should I Call One of Those Big Rooter Companies to Clean My Drains?

April 23rd, 2018

bubbling-drainAn occasional clog in one of your drains is a nuisance, but usually it can be taken care of with a plunger, a hand-cranked drain snake, or a call to your local professional plumber. But if you have a larger problem with your home’s drains and you want extensive drain cleaning done—something you should arrange once a year—what kind of contractor should you call?

Your first instinct may be to call one of the big rooter companies that operate nationwide. These companies have extensive exposure and the large advertising budgets to make themselves sound indispensable—the only choice if you need drain cleaning. So are these people your best choice?

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Some Odd Causes of Drain Clogs

April 9th, 2018

What are the leading causes of drain clogs? Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Fats, oils, and grease—most often a problem for kitchen sink drains
  • Hair—big trouble for sink and bathroom drains
  • Soap scum build-up
  • Hard water deposits—which often requires installing a water softener
  • Small objects accidentally tipped over into the drains

When our plumbers are called on for drain cleaning in Clovis, NM or elsewhere because of a clogged drain, it’s usually one of the above problems, or a combination of them, that we have to deal with.

But drains clog for more reasons than this. There are a few unusual problems plumbers sometimes run into. As a break from lists of “common causes of [fill in plumbing issue here],” we have a list of uncommon causes. You still need to watch out for these ones, however.

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Why the Toilet Is Running (And What to Do About It)

March 26th, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushAfter a toilet flush, you should hear water running for under a minute as the water in the tank is replace through the feedline connected to the plumbing system. (The feedline is the plastic tube that runs from the bathroom wall to the base of the toilet.) But sometimes, you might hear water continue to run. The toilet isn’t in danger of overflow most of the time; the water is simply going from the tank straight into the bowl and down the drain or down the overflow tube. But it is a big waste of water and something needs to be done about it. Let’s take a look and the what and how of the situation.

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The Top 4 Reasons You Have a Clogged Drain

March 12th, 2018

tapwater-sink-drainWhen you think of problems with your home’s plumbing, what’s the first one that pops into your head? We’d bet it’s probably “clogged drains.” As professional plumbers, we’ve seen all types of drain clogs, and we know how common they are. Everybody runs into a clogged up bathroom sink drain or a shower that drains so slow the water is up past the ankles before the shower is over.

One of the reasons that drain clogs are so common is that there are many causes behind them. We’re going to list the top four reasons you’ve got a clogged drain making life a bit more difficult and much more annoying:

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5 Questions to Ask Before a Kitchen Remodel

February 27th, 2018

kitchen-stool-around-islandYou’ve made the choice to remodel your kitchen. That’s a great idea! But don’t charge into this job too fast. You have many choices to make, and haste can result in a kitchen that doesn’t meet your needs or just looks ugly. Here are five important questions to ask yourself about your kitchen remodel from the start.

1) Are You Planning to Sell Your Home in the Near Future?

This question goes to the basic reason you’re deciding on a kitchen remodel. Many people decide to remodel the kitchen with the goal of increasing its market value. This is an excellent plan, since a new kitchen adds immense appeal to the home and excites potential buyers. If you are planning to remain longer in your home, however, make sure the remodeling isn’t done strictly for appeal to others but for appeal to you. Don’t compromise on what you’d love to have in your new kitchen.

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Bathroom Remodeling vs. Mold and Mildew

February 12th, 2018

luxury-bathroom-white-showerRemodeling one of your home’s bathrooms is an excellent choice for sprucing up the home, even if it isn’t the first spot most people think of for remodeling. There are many good reasons to go with a professional bathroom remodel:

  • Replace water-wasting fixtures with water-savers. You’ll cut down on your bills and help the environment.
  • Upgrade the bathroom for people in your home with mobility issues or other special needs.
  • Increase the market value of the home.
  • Make a tired bathroom more pleasant to be in.

Here’s a reason you may not have thought of: remove damage caused by mold and mildew.

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You Need Professionals for Your Dairy Plumbing!

January 29th, 2018

hay-bales-at-sunriseDairy is a big industry here in Clovis, NM. There are numerous dairies located in the region, and many have been operating for decades under the same family ownership. Such a vital part of the local economy requires special attention to all its details. That’s why we recommend you only look to professional dairy plumbers for the work your business needs. And the company we recommend—well, us! That’s not a brag. As you’ll see, we’re the right team for the job.

Why You Must Have Professional Dairy Plumbers on the Job

If you own and run a dairy, you don’t need outsiders telling you how essential each part of your dairy is for daily operation. You put in an immense amount of work each day: we’ve worked with enough dairies to know that dairy employees and owners are among the hardest working people we’ve met! But with so much to keep track of, you’ll welcome any chance to delegate crucial support services to the professional who can best handle them.

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5 Great Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen This Year

January 15th, 2018

kitchen-interior-with-islandDid you start off 2018 creating a list of changes you want to make during the year? Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with a good list: things you know you can actually get done and which will make a difference in your life.

We have a suggestion: have your kitchen remodeled!

What’s that? You haven’t thought of that before? Well, here are five reasons you may wish to include a plan for kitchen remodeling in Melrose, NM on your 2018 “to-do” list. Unlike many other items on “to-do” lists, this one is easy to complete. Just contact our new construction professionals to take on the remodeling work.

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Hydro-Jetting: A Great Way for Early-Year Drain Cleaning

January 1st, 2018

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramIn our previous post, we wrote about why it’s a good idea to have drain cleaning for the beginning of the year. After the holidays, the drains around your house will probably be in a poor condition—especially in the kitchen, where an immense amount of food waste and fats, oils, and grease has gone down the drains.

So you’ve decided on scheduling drain cleaning in January. You need to have this job done professionally. A hand-cranked drain snake won’t do the work, and pouring store-bought chemicals down your drains won’t do it and may even hurt your pipes. When you call on a plumber for the job, you want a professional with the best possible equipment. And this means hydro-jetting.

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After the Holidays Is a Good Time for Drain Cleaning

December 18th, 2017

drain-with-chain-plugWe’re coming up on the New Year, and once it’s 2018 it will be the end of the holiday season. When you’re cleaning up and putting away all the decorations, there’s another chore you may wish to think about doing: after the holiday is a good time to arrange for professional drain cleaning in Melrose, NM or elsewhere in our wide service area.

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