Sewer Line Inspections can save you money down the road, if done before the purchase of a new home. Many home buyers know to get a home inspection, however the thought of a sewer line inspection is an afterthought. In addition to assisting in the assessment of a potential home, we can also assist with any plumbing repairs your home inspector recommends. Slab leak repair, Gas Line Repair, Water Heater Repair or Installation, or other problems you need corrected before moving in.
You may also suspect you have a sewer line problem from sewer odor or backed up toilets.
If buying a new home, the time to learn about any potential sewer line issues is BEFORE you close on the house. A sewer line inspection can determine if there are any problems with the pipes or lines. Homes that are 20 years or older are especially prone to sewer line problems.
Tree roots, cracked pipes, or clogged pipes are all common problems found with sewer lines. Our sewer line inspection will determine if there are any issues with the sewer lines, what is needed to fix them and an estimated cost of the repair.
Roots crawl into tiny and expand into sewer lines, causing other elements to infiltrate the sewer lines and cause clogging or build up.
By using a camera and inspecting the sewer lines we can determine if there are any cracked pieces, or any clogged or blocked areas. During our sewer line inspection we can also determine what type of pipe was used and determine if there are any concerns with the material.
Although a complete sewer line replacement is rarely needed, it is common to find parts in need of repair or total replacement. Often these issues are found in older homes.
If you have a home you are thinking of purchasing, or currently live in a home you suspect has sewer line issues, give us a call at 972-684-4434. We serve the Dallas area specializing in Garland, Plano, Rockwall, Mesquite, Richardson and Forney.
With over 40 years of plumbing experience, we have the knowledge to recommend and repair the best solution to your plumbing problems. We pride ourselves on integrity and don’t have any drive time charges.Read More
Have you ever considered ways to save money on your water bill? Or thought about conserving water? Total Plumbing has many plumbing solutions, and Dual Flush Toilets are one of the most popular.
Our Plumbing Company proudly serves the Dallas area, including Garland, Plano, Mesquite, Rockwall and other DFW areas. In this article, we want to explain what a Dual Flush Toilet is and how we can either modify your existing toilet or install a new toilet for you.
Dual Flush Toilets are becoming more popular in America. Although they are not required here, in some other countries they are mandatory. High efficiency rebates are offered here in America for those that convert to the eco-friendly fixtures.
A Dual Flush Toilet is a high efficiency toilet that uses no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Older models typically use 3.5 gallons per toilet flush. Research shows 4,000 gallons of water can be saved per year by using a dual flush toilet in a residential household.
Aside from other benefits like their sleek style, they also clog less often, have powerful flushes, and of course save you money. Dual Flush Toilets aren’t always the easiest to install. That is why hiring a professional Plumber, like Total Plumbing is a good idea. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience installing toilets of both styles.
Maybe you aren’t ready to replace every toilet in your house with a new Dual Flush Toilet. That is understandable. We can also convert your standard toilet into a Dual Flush Toilet. As a Plumbing Company, we are always looking for ways to save our customers money and we like to make it as easy as possible. So, our plumbers are trained on converting standard toilets to Dual Flush Toilets. After unhooking the toilet, changing out some hardware and adding a second button for flushes, your old toilet will now be a dual flush toilet, instantly saving you money every time you use it.Read More
Do you have a sewer odor in the bathroom or kitchen of your home? Maybe it isn’t a strong smell, but it is consistent. Or it could be a strong smell that is only noticeable on occasion.
There are a few common reasons for a sewer odor in the bathroom. We’ll go over a few here.
1. The water trap under the floor drain has cracked due to lack of use. The floor drain can dry up, causing it to crack and allow sewer gas to come up through the cracks and be noticeable in the bathroom. If it is that simple of a cause you can put some water down the drain to restore the water trap.
2. You can check for a cleanout plug in the floor drain. There should be a plug inside the drain bowl. If it is missing sewer gas can come through and cause sewer odor.
3. Water in your toilet trap can also evaporate and cause the trap to dry and crack. This is less likely, it would take weeks of not being used for this to occur.
4. A bad wax ring between the toilet flange and base of the toilet can allow sewer gas to leak into the bathroom and cause a sewer odor. To fix this the toilet needs to be removed and the wax ring replaced.
5. It is also possible that a broken or cracked sewer line is the cause. This is a more serious problem and would require locating the break and replacing or patching the pipe.
Total Plumbing has the knowledge, skill and experience to help you with all of your plumbing needs, including sewer odors. Any of the issues listed above we can take care of quickly and easily, saving you time and giving you peace of mind that the repairs are done correctly. We are licensed and insured, serving Garland, Rockwall, Plano, Mesquite, Dallas and surrounding DFW areas.Read More
Slab leaks are one of the most difficult plumbing issues to repair. A slab leak will often require removing some of the slab to find the pipe break or leak. Once the leak is located we can repair the pipe and resolve the slab leak.
Some obvious signs of a slab issue are moist carpet, or wet spots on the floor. Other signs could be a loss in water pressure or an increase in your water bill.
Slab leaks can occur in your potable water pipes or in your sanitary sewer pipes. There are several causes of slab leaks in homes, we’ll go over a few of the most common. One is a shift in the foundation. The heat we experience in the Dallas area can be severe over the summer months. Keeping your foundation properly watered can help avoid a shift in your foundation. When a foundation shifts, it can pull the pipes apart and cause a break or leak. Another common cause is a chemical reaction between copper pipes and water or soil. Copper pipes often develop pinhole leaks and those can come from outside interaction with water or the water that runs through the pipes. A third way a slab leak could occur in a home is high water pressure. If your water pressure is too high it will cause corrosion in your copper pipes and will lead to a pipe to loose water. Another common cause of a slab leak is poor craftsmanship or workmanship. It could be an inexperienced plumber or a plumber that was just rushing through the work. The quality of the materials the plumber uses will also be important.
If you think you have a slab leak, give us a call for a FREE estimate. We have an A+ rating with the BBB and and don’t have any drive-time costs. We serve the Dallas area, including Plano, Garland, Richardson and Rockwall. With over 40 years of plumbing experience, we have the knowledge and tools to repair your plumbing issues.Read More
Summer is here in the North Texas area, including Plano, Garland, Rockwall and Dallas. We at Total Plumbing wanted to provide our clients with a few tips to help prevent some common plumbing issues during the summer months. We offer a variety of plumbing services and serve the entire Dallas area.
Last year we saw many broken or busted pipes due to the ground shrinking from the heat. While some people have sprinkler systems that may need repair, a greater concern is your main water line. Your main water line is often run to the house from the parkway or front of the lawn. In your typical neighborhood the pipes will come in from the street, go under the sidewalk and up to the house.
Since the parkway area is surrounded by concrete and may not be as easy to water, it is a common location for the ground to crack and shrink, which can cause a pipe break. So, tip number 1: Water your parkway. You can set our a sprinkler on your appropriate day for watering or water it by hand. Keeping this ground moist will help prevent pipe breaks, busts or cracks.
Your foundation can also affect the plumbing in your house. Also due to heat and lack of water, your foundation can shift. If the house were to shift a significant amount, plumbing pipes under the home could be broken, bent or cracked. This could cause a slab leak or an external pipe to be punctured in some form. Tip 2: water your foundation. Use a soaker hose as permitted by your water restrictions to keep your foundation moist and help prevent cracks and movement in the foundation of your home.
We proudly serve Plano, Garland, Dallas, Rockwall and other surrounding DFW areas. We have an A+ accredited rating with the BBB and an A+ rating on Angie’s List. Call us today for your free quote.Read More