Preventive Plumbing Ideas From Flex Plumbing

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You lose hair all your life.

It is not uncommon for hair to go down the drain.  If you have multiple family members using the same shower or tub, then even more hair has probably accumulated just beneath your drain site.

After a while, the hair can buildup, attracting soap and other small items that go through the drain, causing a slow draining process.   This hair can accumulate and create severe plumbing problems.

A great solution to avoiding this common plumbing problem is to use hair traps. These are small, inexpensive devices that fit over the drain area, serving as a filtering mechanism for the hair that would otherwise be sent down the drain.

You can buy these hair traps in most home improvement stores. They usually cost less than ten dollars.

If you are experiencing clogging or drain stoppage, Flex Plumbing is ready to give you experienced service.

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Hot water heaters
  • Boilers
  • Oil to gas conversions
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Sewage injector pumps
  • Main and backup sump pumps
  • Code violation corrections
  • Water purification systems
  • Garbage disposals
  • Backflow device installation
  • Water mains
  • Sinks
  • Faucets
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Tubs
  • Laundry
  • Pipe repairs
  • Fixtures
  • Leak detection
  • Remodeling and additions
  • New construction

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Low Water Pressure Can Be Frustrating

Not having water for a shower is always annoying.

Not having water for a shower is always annoying.

There is nothing more irritating than struggling to take a shower, only to discover your normally robust water pressure is weakening and turning into a lackluster drizzle.

Low water pressure can have numerous causes, ranging from simple all the way complex. As a homeowner, there are several things you can do to try and determine what the cause(s) might be.

The first thing that needs to be determined is whether or not the low water pressure is localized to a specific faucet, or if the problem is occurring throughout your home.

If the problem is isolated to one faucet or shower head, most likely this faucet or shower will need to be cleaned or replaced. Remove your showerhead or faucet screen and inspect it for a build-up of mineral deposits. If there appears to be a clog, you can soak it in white vinegar. This will take a couple of hours. if you have older heads or faucets you might need to be replaced.

If the low water pressure is presenting itself throughout your home you should check with your water utility company to see if there are any known issues in your area. Oftentimes, a wider problem affecting multiple homes will occur, causing the low water pressure. If this is the case, make sure it is documented that your home is also experiencing issues and ask the water company’s customer service representative if there are any boil water notices for your area.

After speaking with the utility provider and finding there are no issues, then you could possibly have an internal pipe leak within your own home.

You can check yourself if you have a leak. Turn off the water to your home. Check the water meter. After a few hours, then recheck the meter. If the meter has gone up, you have a leak.

Leaks can be very serious. Potential flooding and/or compromises to your home’s foundational structure are all potential possibilities if the leak is not identified and corrected as soon as possible.

Call Flex Plumbing to help you find the leaks and alleviate them. 1-888-255-7579.

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Check All Sources of Potential Water Damage

Make sure your rain gutters are functioning properly.

Make sure your rain gutters are functioning properly.

If you haven’t inspected your gutters on your home, it’s probably time. Properly working gutters are necessary to protect your foundation and avoid some types of water damage.

When there is substantial rainfall, water that randomly falls and runs off a roof can lead to flooding, soil erosion and a whole host of other problems. Gutters capture this rainwater at the edges of the home’s roof and then the connected downspouts direct water away from the structure. They are also helpful in doing the following:

  • Preventing water damage to the siding of home, particularly if there are any cracks that water can enter into
  • Preventing water stains
  • Preventing soil erosion, which can compromise the foundational integrity of a home
  • Preventing dry rot
  • Preventing window and door damage and/or warping

Rainwater is not the only way New Jersey homeowners suffer from water damage. If you have any concerns about the plumbing systems in your home or are experiencing other water-related contact Flex Plumbing immediately.

Flex has the tools, experience and expertise to get the job done right the first time so you don’t ever have to worry because we stand behind our work. Our fully stocked vans and quick response time save you time and money especially in those unforeseen emergency situations.

We are prepared to serve: Montclair, Pompton Lakes, Woodland Park, Passaic, Wayne, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Montville, Fairfield, Butler, Mahway, Wyckoff, Morris County, Ridgewood and all areas in between.

Call the experts at Flex Plumbing. They can help you crunch the numbers and decide what would be best for you and your family.

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Check for Plumbing and Other Utilities Before Digging

equipment-703806_640Some New Jersey homeowners ambitiously start performing Do It Yourself (DIY) renovations this time of year. These include building a deck or redesign the landscape. Sometimes these individuals forget to take a few necessary safety precautions.

Surprisingly, many homeowners are not aware that prior to doing any type of digging on a property, all relevant utility companies must be properly notified so the ground can be marked with flags and/or paint.

Every digging project, regardless of size, requires homeowners or contractors call utility companies.

In the event you begin a digging project without properly notifying utility companies, you can be subjected to fines and penalties.

Additionally, if damage occurs during an excavation project, you may be liable for repairs which can be extremely costly. In addition, there is significant danger posed when unknowingly digging near lines and cables that run beneath the ground. This includes gas lines, power lines, communication lines, cable television lines, water lines, irrigation lines (sprinklers) and sewer/drain lines.

Homeowners also need to ensure a backyard project is not inadvertently being performed on top of a septic system or drain field.

Remember to call the utility companies. Also a plumber from Flex Plumbing can help you know if your DIY project is detrimental to your plumbing.

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Back to School Can Be Hard on Your New Jersey Plumbing

back-to-school-413848_640We knew it was coming. Summer vacation is coming to a speedy conclusion. The kids are headed back to school. While the whole family is getting back into the groove of things, the last thing you want to deal with is a plumbing disaster in your home.

With school back in session, your schedules begin to change within your household. Your morning routine may require twice the amount of showers, your garbage disposal takes a beating from all of the lunches being made, and your washing machine is running on overload.

Here are few tips for you to make sure your home is working properly during the new school year:

  • Your water heater is used the most during the morning hours. When school is back in session, the morning becomes busier. You don’t want to have the last person dealing with a cold shower. If that is happening in your house then consider the following:

Wait at least 15 minutes before each shower, so your water heater has enough time to replenish hot water.

Consider installing a tankless water heater. This system can provide an entire family, and more, with endless hot water, lower heating costs, and has a shelf life of over 20 years!

  • The kitchen is also getting a high intensity work out especially your garbage disposal.

Don’t put these items down your drain: Grease, celery, onion peels, lettuce, fibrous foods, pasta, potatoes, rice, coffee, egg shells, bones etc…

To keep your disposal in good condition, run the water for about 60 seconds to flush out any leftovers in the disposal. While the water is running, put a few ice cubes down the disposal. This helps keep the blades sharp. If you have an odor coming from your drain, throw a few lemon peels while the water is running and run the disposal.

  • If your children are like mine they feel it essential to wear a different outfit every day. This means there is a mountain of laundry piling up.

If your washing machine stops draining there are a few different reasons why. Maybe there are blockage from debris. Call Flex Plumbing if you feel this might be an issue.

There could also be a problem in the drain tube. These tubes should actually be replaced every 3-5 years, so if your machine is fairly old, it might be time to replace the tube.

Have a good school year, and call Flex Plumbing if you have any concerns about your plumbing.

If you need help performing some preventative maintenance on your plumbing or heating call Flex Plumbing at 1-888-255-7579.

 

Flex Plumbing Can Fix Any Plumbing Code Violation

There are requirements about the space you need in a bathroom.

There are requirements about the space you need in a bathroom.

At Flex Plumbing we often have homeowners and even business owners who call to say they have a plumbing code violation. All of our plumbers know the local codes and are prepared to fix it for you. Here are some of the most common code violations that we see in the both Bergen County and Passaic County, NJ.

  • Space around your toilet. Sinks and toilets require sufficient space around them. This is so that individuals with more bulk can use the facilities. The actual code requires 24 inches minimum to the front of the toilet and a minimum of 15 inches on each side.
  • Too few air gaps. Air gaps are designed to separate fresh water and waste water. If there are not enough air gaps, then it is possible for the waste water to mix with the fresh water.
  • Misplaced clean-outs. A plumber should have access to any area that needs to be cleaned out. If they don’t, it is a violation.
  • Not enough clean-outs. There are certain number of mandated clean-outs between the building drain and sewer, as well as in the bathroom and the kitchen sink.
  • Flat Venting. A wet vent is a large pipe that functions as a vent. This vent is to ensure that adequate sanitary space exists between living spaces and the sewage system. If there is not a proper vent, then harmful gases as well as insects can find their way into the home.
  • Improper drain slope. The ideal slope for drains is 1/4 inch for each foot. In some codes, this can be as little as 1/16th inch per foot. A slope that is too great, such as more than 1/2 inch for each foot, will likely clog because the liquid is moving too fast. A medium needs to be reached to keep everything moving without causing remnants to be left behind.

Contact Flex Plumbing or read more about them here. They have qualified plumbers who will travel to Passaic County, Montville, Fairfield, Wayne, Woodland Park, Pompton Lakes, Montclair, Cedar Grove, North Caldwell, Totowa, Little Falls, Hawthorne, Lincoln Park, Nutley, Verona, West Caldwell, Kinnelon and more.

We can handle any plumbing situation you have. Please give us a call to speak to a plumber now! (888) 255-7579.

With 24 Hr. Emergency Service we are on standby and available any time of day to help with your plumbing emergencies.

Don’t Pour Money Down the Drain. Call Flex Plumbing

dollar-163473_640When you waste money you are “Pouring it down the drain.”

At Flex Plumbing, we recognize there are plumbing situations, where you, are in fact, allowing money to flow down your drain.

Here are a few no-brainer ideas of things you can do around the house and yard to be sure you don’t “Pour money down the drain.”

  • Consider a tankless hot water heater. This can reduce water costs since your water will heat faster and only when you need it.
  • Take a shower rather than a bath. The average bath uses between 35 and 40 gallons of water. If you take a five-minute shower with a low-flow shower head you will use half that amount.
  • A dishwasher is more effective using water to wash your dishes than you are buy washing them by hand.
  • Don’t just run the water until it gets hot when you want to make a cup of tea. Instead put the cup in the microwave.
  • Check your toilet. Is it leaking?

Contact Flex Plumbing for all your plumbing needs.

We offer the following services:

  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Boilers
  • Oil to Gas Conversions
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Sewage Injector Pumps
  • Main and backup Sump Pumps
  • Code Violation Corrections
  • Water purification systems
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Backflow device installation
  • Water mains
  • Sinks
  • Faucets
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Tubs
  • Laundry
  • Pipe Repairs
  • Fixtures
  • Leak Detection
  • Remodeling & Additions
  • New construction

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Call 1-888-255-7579 for service or contact us online.

Call us today. We can handle any plumbing situation you have. (888) 255-7579

24 Hr. Emergency Service.

Plumbing Myths Debunked by Flex Plumbing

Just because you repeat something over and over, does not make it true. As plumbers, we often hear myths repeated, over and over again.  Here are a couple of our favorites. 

  • Putting a brick in the back of your toilet bowl will save money.

In reality this may break the flapper in you toilet. You will end up having to flush twice which wastes water. Bricks also have a tendency to crumble and deteriorate over time.

  • bleach-147520_150Use toilet tablets with bleach to keep the toilet fresh

In reality the heavy concentration of bleach will destroy the internal parts of your toilet. This can happen in less than half a year. There is nothing wrong with using bleach as a toilet bowl cleaner, but only allow it to sit in the toilet bowl for a few minutes.

  • A gurgling sound in your water heater means that you need to move because it might explode.

The gurgling is probably occurring because sediment from hard water is being moved around the inside your water heater near the burner on the bottom and it is causing loud noises. This sound is actually air popping because it cannot rise to the top due to the sentiment blocking the way. You probably want a plumber to come out to drain and flush your water heater.

  • lemon-304545_640Adding lemon peels will make your sinks smell good.

The smell might be lovely and citrusy; however, the peels can be hard on your garbage disposal. Instead you might want to use a mixture of vinegar and a little bit of baking soda completely dissolved. Pour this down the drain to keep it smelling good.

  • If the wipes say “flushable” then it’s okay to drop them in the toilet.

As plumbers at Flex Plumbing, we know that we remove a lot of “flushable” towels which are causing clogging issues. The reason for this is that they are not as biodegradable as they are advertised to be.

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Flooding Problems Need Professional Plumbers

If your toilet is flooding, you would be wise to quickly turn off the water valve underneath the tank. Now make sure there is enough water in the bowl to cover the hole and hold the plunger upright to ensure a tight seal.

Push the plunger all the way down and then pull up sharply without releasing the seal. Repeat this same step a few times. At this time release the plunger and check if the toilet is working. You may have to repeat the process several times.

If this does not work, you may need to call a professional Clifton, New Jersey plumber. A Flex Plumbing technician can feed a snake through the line to remove any inflexible clog.

Flex Plumbing has been helping business and homeowners through the Bergen County, Montville, NJ; Fairfield, NJ; Wayne, NJ area with their plumbing issues .

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Flex Plumbing Is Good For New Home Construction

construction-19696_640There has been a lot of new home construction happening recently. Flex Plumbing enjoys working closely with home owners and builders to provide quality plumbing systems for your project.

We have all of the experience you could need for piping, fixture installation, design consulting, and rough plumbing—we have a full range of plumbing services necessary for remodels to new construction.

If you are in the process of building a beautiful new home or commercial building for a client and you need pristine plumbing done to match your quality craftsmanship, you don’t want to ask just any plumbing contractor to complete the job for you- you want the best.

You want someone that will help you and your client make important decisions about which of the myriad of plumbing offerings are best for the specific construction project you are working on.

You need a subcontractor with years of quality experience in their field who can come in with minimal direction and knock out the plumbing of the new home or building with exactness.

If you hire a subpar plumbing contractor it will ruin your project.  If you hire Flex Plumbing, your customer will be ecstatic with their new home or building and the plumbing within it.

Some of the reputable builders/contractors Flex Plumbing is proud to work with are:

  • CLC Builders, Boonton, NJ
  • Grippo Construction, Clifton, NJ
  • Nazario Construction, Clifton, NJ
  • Sachs Construction, Short Hills, NJ
  • Stanley Puzio Builder, Montville, NJ

So call Flex Plumbing now.  Toll Free Number 1-888-255-7579.