Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Archive for January, 2017

What Are Slab Leaks, And Why Do They Happen?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

water-leaking-from-broken-pipeWe handle many different plumbing jobs for homeowners (and businesses as well) in the Clovis area. One of our essential services is locating pipe leaks and repairing them. So much of the plumbing in a home is disguised behind walls and floors that even when a homeowner is aware that a leak exists, actually pinpointing its location so plumbers can reach it with little disruption to building material requires skill and special equipment. You can count on our plumbers to get leak detection done fast and right the first time.

There’s a special type of plumbing leak we want to focus on, because it presents special problems for detection and remedy. It’s called a slab leak.

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Indications Your Toilet Needs a Professional Plumber

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Did you know that the toilet in your house can account for up to 40% of your indoor water use? You probably think of your toilet as a standard household necessity—which it definitely is—but it’s more important to your residential plumbing system than you may have realized.

This makes it doubly important that you never ignore indications that the toilet isn’t working the way it should. There are some basic plumbing troubles you can solve on your own, such as using a plunger for simple clogs, or untangling a chain in the tank. But most toilet problems require licensed professional plumbers.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Always Better Than a Tank Water Heater?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Among the many plumbing jobs that our licensed plumbers handle is the installation of tankless water heaters. These kinds of water heaters are becoming popular for homes for a number of good reasons. Compared to tank water heaters, tankless water heaters are…

  • …highly energy efficient, since they only run when there’s a demand for hot water.
  • …space saving.
  • …excellent a providing large quantities of water, since there’s no water supply to deplete.
  • …long lived.

So, a tankless water heater is always the superior choice when it’s time for a new water heater installation, right?

No, not necessarily. No two households have the same water heating needs or the same budgets. There are times when a storage tank water heater is a better choice.

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How to Tell You Need a New Garbage Disposal

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

As the new year starts, you’ll want to plan on getting a few home improvements done. Maybe not anything major like a remodel; just replacing some worn out appliances that aren’t doing the best job anymore, or are costing too much to run.

We have a recommendation: getting rid of an old garbage disposal and having our plumbers install a new one.

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