Air conditioning is essential for the hot Texas weather. Most of us have had our AC serviced at one time or another. When the AC goes out, we tend to react pretty quickly. Fortunately, an AC failure doesn’t usually cause damage to the home. However, there is one area where AC and plumbing intersect which holds the potential of causing water damage. It is the AC condensate drain. It isn’t something most people pay much attention to until water starts dripping from the ceiling! Read on to discover everything you need to know about AC condensation and how to protect your home from water damage.
As a homeowner, you want to be aware of emerging technologies that help you take care of your home. Not only does this make you an educated consumer when contacting a potential plumber, it can also help you choose the fastest and least expensive option.
That’s where video pipe inspection comes in. It is likely that staying on top of plumbing technology hasn’t occurred to you, making video pipe inspection a foreign term. Video pipe inspection is an important development in plumbing and can help you deal with any residential plumbing problems you experience.
Video Technology Finds the Exact Location of Problems
Naturally, you hope to never encounter a plumbing problem that’s going to cause a major disruption in your home. A clogged toilet is bad enough. However, many people find themselves with an unexpected plumbing problem and no idea what the source of the trouble is. Unfortunately, many problems originate in places that aren’t easily accessible.
In the past, not know where the problem is has necessitated having your yard destroyed or parts of your home eviscerated during a search and destroy approach. The invention of video pipe inspection helps limit the damage caused to your home. Plumbers who use video technology are able to locate the exact source of the problem by inserting a video into your plumbing.
The specially made camera is simply pushed along until the problem is found. A device that emits an electronic signal is attached to the camera. Once the blockage or broken pipe is located, a professional plumber will use a location device to pinpoint the exact location.
Minimal Disruption During Repairs
Using video line inspection, a professional plumber can diagnose and locate just about any plumbing problem you may have in your home.
When your plumber has identified the problem area, they paint an X on the ground above the problem. This limits the scope of damage to your yard. Before, repairs could take days – a large portion of that time just dedicated to finding the problem. Now, video line inspection offers a fast and inexpensive way to locate the problem and work on it in a timely manner. Of course, this is a huge benefit to homeowners faced with unexpected plumbing problems.
How You Can Apply Your Knowledge
In the future, ask your plumber if they use video line inspection and the quality of their equipment. A good plumber will stay on top of the latest developments in their industry and be sure to offer the service that is the most efficient for you.
A clogged sewer line is never good news. When a sewer line clogs, it’s likely to lead to backup up drains, which ultimately leads to damage to your home. Luckily, there are some warning signs of a clogged sewer line so you can avoid serious damage.
Why do sewer lines clog?
Tree roots are the primary cause of sewer line damage, and this is especially true in older homes.
What are the warning signs?
The most common sign of a clogged sewer is gurgling sounds in your pipes, or if your drains and toilets are backed up.
What should you do if your sewer line clogs?
You will want to shut off the water at the source. It is possible to access your sewer cleanout line yourself, by looking for a round white pipe with a rubber cap. This will most likely be located somewhere in your yard. By removing the cap, the water will be diverted outside, relieving the pressure from inside your home.
If the problem still persists after you have cleared the line, it may be necessary to run a camera line down your pipes in order to diagnose the issue. This should always be handled by a licensed plumbing professional.
Plumbing problems are particularly frustrating for homeowners because the source of the issue is often hidden. If you hire a plumber who doesn’t use video line inspection, your plumbing problems are compounded by their search and destroy method to locating the source of the issue. Before you know it, your landscape has been destroyed and your life has been thoroughly disrupted.
While inconvenient, plumbing problems don’t have to be the end of the world. A professional plumber will utilize video line inspection, which allows them to snake a specialized camera through your pipes and locate the source of your plumbing problem. The visual inspection of your plumbing and sewer lines is a cost-effective and efficient way to solve almost all residential plumbing problems.
The benefits include:
Fast Diagnosis With Video Line Inspection
Before video line inspection, plumbers had to dig up multiple areas just to locate the source of the problem. Understandably, this delayed the diagnosis, which delayed the repairs. A plumbing problem could take over your life. A video line inspection gives your plumber visual confirmation of the exact location of the problem. Fast diagnosis is of the utmost importance, as you don’t want a small problem to escalate into an expensive plumbing catastrophe.
Comprehensive Look at the Whole Problem
There’s nothing worse than getting an estimate on a job, only to find that there’s a whole host of other problems the plumber wasn’t aware of before he started. Video line inspection allows your plumber to a look at the entire problem immediately upon diagnosis. Instead of performing a small repair that ignores the larger issues, your plumber will be able to provide long-term results. This also gives you the opportunity to catch plumbing issues before they escalate.
Saves You Time and Money
Instead of dragging the process out over weeks (or months if it’s done incorrectly), video line inspection helps you to get the problem solved efficiently. Your plumber will know exactly what is wrong and how to fix it as soon as he receives visual confirmation. Now you won’t have to worry about having a plumber in to fix something, only to find that you need to call another plumber in a few months to fix what the first one missed. Video line inspection is also a relatively inexpensive service, and its growing popularity means that most professional plumbers will use it.
How Often Should You Have a Video Line Inspection Done?
Video line inspections can help diagnose almost all residential plumbing issues. If you notice a significant jump in your water bill, backed up toilets, sinks, and showers, or any other plumbing related issue, ask your plumber about performing a video line inspection.
Here you will find additional tips to help you with your household plumbing maintenance from the numerous questions we answer each week.
Susan G., from McKinney, TX asked: My children always seem to leave a lot of soap residue on the faucets when they wash their hands, will that harm my fixtures?
Leaving a bit of soapy water behind on your faucet after washing your hands may seem harmless but beware, it’s not! Water and soap may cause faucets and fixtures to peel and bubble from corrosion.
The Best Alternative:
Take a second to wipe your faucets and fixtures off after use, or better yet, make sure hands are soap free before turning off the fixture. It just takes a moment but it is a small investment in time to increase the lifetime of your fixtures. Many lifetime warranties on products are void when the damage is from soap and water.
Matthew H., of Allen, TX asked: What’s the best way to avoid drain clogs?
The “out of sight, out of mind” concept doesn’t apply in the world of plumbing. Some foods such as pasta and rice can expand within your pipes creating blockages not visible from your sink drain. Without the right ratio of water to waste, pipes can easily become clogged.
The Best Alternative:
Avoid clogs by using drains properly. Fill basins with water before draining. Use a drain screen to protect all of your home’s drains, especially a shower drain to avoid nasty hair and soap clogs.