Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Did You Resolve to Save Water This Year? Here’s Some Help!

Monday, January 28th, 2019

calendar-scheduling-bookA month of 2019 already gone. Are you feeling a bit down because you haven’t even scratched the surface of some of your New Year’s resolutions? Most of those we can’t help you with—but if you made resolutions about improving your home’s plumbing or saving water, we’re the people who can make keeping those resolutions easy.

If your resolution was to cut down on your water usage this year, then we can certainly give you some help. Saving water is a goal we applaud, since it not only lowers your water bills, it’s a benefit to the environment. Here are a few tips and services to get you going with home water conservation.

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Smelly Garbage Disposal? What You Can Do

Monday, January 14th, 2019

girl-pinching-her-noseAfter the end of the year’s feasting, celebrations, and general busy times for your kitchen, you may find yourself in January with a disposal that, well, isn’t smelling all that great. This can happen any time of the year, however, and there are a few different sources for it. Depending on the root of the problem, there are different ways you can go about remedying it.

There are a number of simple home solutions. But if you have a more serious problem with the disposal or the plumbing system, you’ll need to contact a professional plumber in Clovis, NM or the surrounding areas.

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Bathroom Sink?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

bathroom-sink-with-wrenchYou’ve got a problem with your bathroom sink: there are cracks on the surface, leaks are appearing at the edges, the p-trap below has come loose, there’s permanent staining on the surface. Your first instinct is probably to call for professional plumbers to repair the sink. That’s the right first instinct, since trying to take care of a repair on your own can end up making the situation worse, leading to more leaking, water waste, and even property damage. However, this isn’t the only option you have when you call a pro plumber about your troublesome bathroom sink. You could have the plumber replace the sink entirely.

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5 Useful Facts About Plumbing

Monday, October 8th, 2018

surprised-woman-with-glassesThere are many interesting facts about plumbing people don’t know. For example, it was Alfred M. Moen who invented the single-handed mixing faucet. Moen came up with the idea after scalding his hands using a standard two-handle faucet. He had finished the project by 1939, but wasn’t able to find a manufacturer until 1947.

Interesting to know. But not something you’ll find helpful with your actual plumbing unless you want to impress houseguests with your knowledge of the origin of the single-handed faucet in the bathroom. We have some more useful facts about your plumbing to help you take care of it and know when to call a professional plumber in Melrose, NM for repairs.

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Things You May Not Know About Your Garbage Disposal

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

checkmarks-redThe garbage disposal is a good friend to have in your home kitchen. Maybe better than some of the finest books you can purchase on the culinary arts. You may not think of the sink disposal as a friend, but when you stop to consider the conveniences—and how much more work kitchen clean-up would be without it—you can see why it’s so important to have the disposal around.

The garbage disposal in Clovis, NM is one of our areas of expertise. We install them, replace them, and repair them, so we know quite a bit about their secrets. We’d like to share a few things you may not have known about the garbage disposal. These facts can help you take good care of your kitchen sink disposal and make sure it works for many years to come.

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Are There Health Risks from Old Pipes?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

pipe-decayPeople are more concerned today than ever before about the quality of the water that comes to their homes. Municipal water goes through treatment plants to ensure that it is safe to drink, but it’s possible for water to pick up contaminants through ground water seepage on the way to a residential plumbing system. (This is how hardness usually starts in water.) There’s also a concern about old piping and how it can add toxicity to the water supply. You can’t do much about municipal pipes, but what about the pipes in your home? If you live in an older house, you may have outdated and aging pipes—could these create health risks for your household?

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Repiping: How Much Your Home Needs

Monday, July 16th, 2018

pipes-corrodedPlumbing pipes get old, like anything else in a home. But how fast a pipe gets old, and what happens to it as age starts to catch up to it, is different depending on the pipe material. Throughout the history of indoor plumbing, many different materials have been used to construct the freshwater and wastewater pipes for homes: clay, copper, lead, cast iron, brass, galvanized steel, copper, PVC plastic, PEX plastic, and CPVC plastic. Based on the age of your house, you may have a variety of pipe materials running through the walls, ceilings, and underground—and some of them made need to be repiped for newer material.

The big question: When you call on a plumber in Melrose, NM for repiping, how much repiping do you need?

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How to Tell if You Need to Replace the Bathroom Toilet

Monday, May 21st, 2018

bathroom-with-visible-toiletThe toilet is one of the most important functional pieces of plumbing in your house. You know you can’t get along without one! But because the toilet so functional, people often don’t think about when the time has come to replace an old unit with a new one. No part of a home’s plumbing will last forever, so eventually that old bathroom fixture will need to come out—and it will take a professional plumber to do the job.

How will you know that it’s time to call our plumbers to replace your bathroom toilet? We’ve listed a few signs below that will alert you:

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Tree Roots vs. Your Sewer Line: It’s a Problem

Monday, May 7th, 2018

split-drain-pipe-tree-rootsThe sewer line is vital for a hygienic home and working drains and toilets. Like any pipe, it can become clogged, and the sewer line can often end up with obstructions from fats, oils, and grease or objects disposed of down toilets that shouldn’t go there, such as baby wipes. You may need to arrange for sewer cleaning services in Clovis, NM to get rid of those sewer pipe clogs that can end up making a nightmare in your home, such as sewage backing up.

But basic drain cleaning won’t take care of one of the major troubles that can assault a sewer line, and that’s tree roots growing into the sewer line. You’ll need plumbers with the best tools to take care of this, and may require larger sewer line repair work or possibly even a sewer line replacement.

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

Monday, 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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