Video Pipe Inspection
Most plumbing problems occur near fixtures like sinks, tubs, and toilets. Sometimes, however, the pipes themselves are the root of the problem. Pipes can be temperamental - they can leak, sweat, freeze, or make loud noises.
Underground pipes, especially older pipes can corrode, crack, break, or be crushed. Roots from trees can infiltrate the tiniest opening and grow for years in your pipes, eventually blocking them altogether. Drain pipes that are broken cannot be repaired with sewer cleaning equipment.
If your clog has re-occurred or your drains are consistently slow, video pipe inspection can determine exactly where the problem is and what damage has been done. Our sewer cameras can inspect out to 100 feet and can record the inspection for later review. Our video pipe inspection experts can also locate and track the position of underground pipe and sometimes locate lost valuables that have been accidentally flushed down the drain.
Pipes – The Foundation of your Plumbing System
The foundation of your plumbing system is good piping and strong joints. Pipes may be made from a variety of materials, but the most common materials used for residential plumbing are copper pipes for water-supply lines, PVC plastic for drain lines, and PEX. Though copper is durable and has been the standard for many years, it is relatively expensive and can pit and corrode over time. PEX, a popular alternative, is a strong flexible pipe that comes in long lengths and uses fewer joints. PEX pipe is bendable and can be snaked into tight positions. PVC is a hard durable plastic used for drain pipes. Before PVC was available, most drain lines were made of cast iron and connected at joints with molten lead.
When a pipe bursts it can spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, which can lead to thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Look for signs of corrosion such as green stains around brass and copper fittings and on shutoff valves, or yellow or orange stains on old steel pipe. Corroded pipes can leak and cause bad pipe connections if not corrected. Look for signs of leaks in exposed pipes, where pipes run through the walls or the foundation of your home. Signs of a leak include puddles of water and watermarks. Little leaks can cause extensive water damage and expensive restoration bills. If your water bill starts escalating, it could be a sign of a hidden leak - Contact your local Fairhope, Daphne and Spanish Fort Plumbing Leak Specialists, All About Plumbing Services as soon as possible if you suspect you may need a water or sewer pipe repair or replacement.
Standing water is a common problem caused by a leaky or broken drain pipe. Excess water in a yard might come from a damaged sewer line and contain waste from the home. This is unhealthy for children and pets, and is a breeding ground for insects and germs. Call a professional plumber immediately to avoid possibly contaminating near-by water sources.
Although it doesn’t happen often in our area, beware the unexpected cold snap or deep freeze. Frozen water pipes are a serious risk during very cold winter weather. When water freezes in a pipe it expands and can exert pressure over 2,000 pounds per square inch. This pressure is enough to rupture any pipe filled with water. Insulate exposed pipes and faucets in freezing weather. If an outdoor faucet drips or leaks, you may have had a frozen pipe that has cracked and needs to be replaced.
Noisy pipes are another common plumbing complaint. The sounds can range from loud hammering to high-pitched squeaks. Loose pipes, water logged air chambers, or water pressure that's too high can all cause noisy pipes. Anchoring or wrapping exposed pipes may be a simple do-it-yourself solution; other remedies such as anchoring concealed pipes may call for a professional like All About Plumbing Services.