DC Cheek Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Signs That You May Need Whole House Repiping

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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Do you know how old your plumbing system is? Chances are that if you’re new to your home, you don’t know this—it’s often not revealed in home inspections and it’s not a popular topic among new homebuyers—but it probably should be!

The fact of the matter is, if your home was build in the last 30 years or more, and the plumbing system has never been replaced, then you might need to explore the idea of repiping, which is when a portion or even the whole home has its plumbing pipes replaced.

But how do you know if you really need this service? Are there signs to watch out for?

We’re glad you asked! Yes, there are absolutely signs to watch out for that indicate you’re in need of whole-home repiping. Read on to learn what they are.

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How to Detect Plumbing Leaks

Monday, March 21st, 2022

In our previous blog post, we went over an essential method to prevent plumbing leaks–routine plumbing maintenance. Still though, even with diligent care, there’s still a chance you can experience leaks between routine plumbing maintenance sessions. This week, we’re going to talk about how to find out if you already have a plumbing leak.

Knowing these signs can help you mitigate a much bigger problem–after all, leaks can be silent for a long time before you even notice the damage they’ve caused. Read on to learn more!

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How To Prevent Plumbing Leaks

Monday, March 7th, 2022
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One of the most annoying, and yet most common, problems that homeowners face is that of plumbing leaks.

There probably isn’t a homeowner in the area that hasn’t had to deal with at least one minor leak, even if it’s just a drippy sink faucet. This may leave you wondering, though, can you ever prevent a plumbing leak? And if so, how?

Well first, scheduling routine plumbing maintenance so that our professionals can inspect your pipes and make sure they’re in good shape is a great first start. Next, it’s best to avoid chemical drain cleaners… these are actually quite caustic and can eat away at the lining of your pipes, ultimately doing more harm than good.

You may still deal with a leak here or there due to wear and tear, but at least you can try your best to avoid some of the most popular leaks such as…

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Plumbing Factors to Consider in a Kitchen Remodel

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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Planning a remodel is one of the most fun and exciting things you can do in your home. And this is the perfect time of year to do so, between the holidays and spring/summer when you’re most likely to have guests over.

Oftentimes, however, people don’t think too much about their plumbing system in regards to their remodel. Sure, you might plan on getting a new kitchen faucet, or maybe you’re adding a garbage disposal after never having one before. But have you considered all the plumbing factors you need to?

Read on to learn more, and for your kitchen plumbing needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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Here’s How to Detect a Plumbing Leak

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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We’ve probably all seen those movies or TV shows that show a character discovering a terrible leak when a rainstorm hits, or when they really need to get their home ready for a gathering. These scenes are dramatized and typically involve an aggressive jet of water spewing out a cabinet.

In reality, plumbing leaks are generally not that dramatic. This can be a good thing and a bad thing.

The good news is, you’re probably not going to come home to a completely flooded home with thousands of dollars worth of property damage if you have a leak. The not-so-good news is, the damage you do have from a leak can be hidden–underneath your slab, floorboards, or even behind your drywall.

Some more good news is that there are signs you can watch out for that indicate a leak. If you keep an eye out for those signs and then call our team right away, you may be able to mitigate most of the damage. Read on to learn what these signs are!

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Signs That It Could Be Time for Repiping

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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There’s a component of your home that you rely on each and every day, but probably don’t give a whole lot of thought to–your plumbing system! You rely on it for hot water to bathe with, cook with, clean with, and water to nourish your yard and houseplants.

But what if your pipes are old? Could this cause problems? Yup, it certainly can! Aging pipes are prone to pinhole leaks and corrosion. Sometimes, whole-house repiping is necessary to get this system back in good shape. Read on to find out if it might be time for repiping in your home!

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How to Avoid a Kitchen Plumbing Mishap this Holiday Season

Monday, November 1st, 2021

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us, but here we are! Soon enough you’ll be making plans to have family over for Thanksgiving and whatever other holiday festivities you decide to have this year.

There’s one thing you should know–the holiday season is actually when we receive the most calls for plumbing services, usually dealing with clogged drains, jammed up garbage disposal systems, overwhelmed water heaters, and clogged bathroom plumbing.

For the purpose of this blog post, we’re going to talk about your kitchen plumbing in particular. Please be sure to read this before proceeding with cooking your next big meal!

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How to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies

Monday, October 18th, 2021

One of the worst things that can happen in your home is a plumbing emergency. This is because plumbing emergencies are often completely unexpected, intense, and they can have quite the disastrous domino effect. Knowing how to handle a plumbing emergency is vital, but knowing how to prevent the emergency altogether is even better. If you’d like to avoid plumbing emergencies in the future, then you’ve come to the right place.

Of course our plumbers in Duluth, GA care about quality repair service. It’s something that’s integral to our business. Another thing that is important to us is education. We want you to have the resources you need to have a healthy home. Here are some tips you can try going forward…

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Slab Leak 101: What You Need to Know

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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For anyone who’s ever had a slab leak in their home, the term itself can send anxiety coursing through them as they remember the experience of managing it. Slab leaks are among the most insidious of plumbing problems after all, as they are hidden and often don’t show symptoms until a great deal of damage has already been done.

We don’t say this to scare you, but to urge the importance of contacting a professional, and experienced, professional the moment you suspect that your home is experiencing this problem. Read on to learn more!

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How to Check Your Sump Pump Each Season

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
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Sump pumps–one of those systems that you kind of hope you’ll never need, but when you do, you’ll be glad you have it. Sump pumps effectively remove water from the lowest point of your house in the case of a flood from either stormy water or from a plumbing mishap.

Of course, sump pumps can only do their job reliably if they are well-maintained. Professional maintenance is vital to keeping the system in great condition. But did you know there are smaller maintenance steps you can take on your own each season between annual tune-ups? Read on to learn how to adequately check your sump pump each season.

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