Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Clovis’

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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How to Tell Your Boiler Needs Repairs

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

boiler-residentialWe’re plumbers, but we’re also experts with handling heater repair in Clovis, NM for boilers. Even with the most modern furnaces and heat pumps available, many homes still rely on the trusty boiler to provide heat by sending hot water to terminal points around the rooms. The best current boiler systems can more than handle our cold weather.

If you use a boiler, you want to make sure it always operates in top condition. As the cold weather arrives, we have some advice for how you can detect when your boiler is in need of our professional repair services. Below are a few of the major signs of a boiler that needs expert help:

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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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Do I Have a Minor Clog or a Major Sewer Line Problem?

Monday, July 30th, 2018

woman-with-plumberWe’d like to tell you that the issue you’re having with your drain is a simple clog and that all you need to do to fix it is to take a plunger, or a basic hand-cranked drain snake, and put in a few minutes of work. Presto! Done.

And sometimes this is the case. But it isn’t always, which is why we must keep you informed of the other possibilities for clogged up drains. There are signs to watch for that will help you figure out if you’ve got a minor clog slowing or stopping your drains—or something bigger like a broken or blocked sewer line. You need to have Clovis, NM drain cleaning service to fix this, or more extensive sewer line repair work.

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Contaminants That May Be in Your Home’s Water

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

boy-drinking-waterDo you know what is in the water you and your family drink every day and use to bathe, cook, and clean? Maybe you don’t want to know—but it’s vital for the health of your household to have any harmful contaminants removed.

Below is a list of some of the more common waterborne pollutants that may be traveling through your freshwater plumbing at this moment. As you read these, keep in mind that there are solutions to these problems.

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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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Some Odd Causes of Drain Clogs

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

Monday, 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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Does Your Bathroom Sink Need Repairs?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

bathroom-sink-faucetAs the holidays approach, your might be expecting guests in your home next month who may be staying for a few days, or maybe a few weeks. You’ll be preparing the house for them to make sure everything is ready. And one of the most important parts of the home to ensure is in the best shape is the various bathrooms. Are there any lingering repair issues in the bathrooms that must be taken care of before the holiday crowd shows up? Now is the time to schedule the work so you won’t have to worry about it later!

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Some Consequences of Hard Water You May Not Have Realized

Monday, September 25th, 2017

water-and-tapIn a previous post, we looked at the trouble with hard water in a plumbing system. Hard water is unfortunately a common occurrence in the U.S., and it’s difficult to prevent through municipal water treatment plants because the minerals in hard water (magnesium, calcium, gypsum) tend to enter the water after it leaves the plant. The minerals seeps through ground water into the municipal pipes and continues on to homes and businesses.

The biggest threat from hard water is to the fresh water pipes and appliances in a home, the water heater in particular. But there are some other consequences of hard water we haven’t discussed.

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