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What You Can Do At Home To Clear a Clog

When you have a clog on your toilet, shower or sink, you may think there isn’t much you can do about it. The truth is, before you even call a plumber out to your home, there are few things you can do to attempt to fix the problem. You can:

Use Chemicals – There are special chemicals that you can find in most stores that are available to push down your sink. The trick to these is that they use the chemicals to try to eat away and break down the clogs that is in your sink. The negative side to these is that they will temporarily work but they won’t remove the clog completely. Basically, they are just buying you more time until you have a plumber come out and clean your pipes out. However, if the clog is small enough, this may actually do the trick just line.

Using a Hanger – If you have a metal wire hanger, you may be able to use it down your sink to until you feel the clog and you are able to either pull it out or push a hole through it so that the water will run through. Sometimes this knocks the clog lose and you are good to go. Other times it just fixes the problem for a while.

No matter what you decide to do, it will all depend on how it ends up. If the clog does not go away on its own, you will want to call a plumber out right away. At Westside Plumbing we have the best plumber around, just call 817-560-4144.

Common Toilet Trouble and What You Can Do about It

Toilet Repair

Your toilet is one of the most important parts of your home or business plumbing. When it backs up it can not only cause an emergency, it can be hazardous. For these bigger problems, you will need to contact your local plumber for fast and efficient service. There are a few common issues we all have to deal with when it comes to these parts of our system. We have compiled some of the top issues you may have to deal with and what you can do about them. 

Toilet Issues You May Experience

Your Tank Fills Slowly

After a flush, your bowl begins to fill again. However, if you notice if filling slowly, you may not be wrong in thinking there is an issue. A slow fill can be a sign that your tank isn’t getting all the water it needs when it needs it. This may be a partially turned off shut off valve. This will be located behind the tank. You can adjust this manually.

Your Toilet Bowl Water Level Slowly Drops

One your toilet bowl has filled, do you notice the water level slowly dropping over time? This can be caused by a couple of things, a clog or possibly a crack in the bowl itself. Inspect your toilet bowl for any damage or look at the base for water pooling. if you do find pooling water, follow it to its source to find the crack or damage. Repairing this issue will simply require a new bowl installation or clog removal service.

Your Toilet Flushes Slowly

A slow flush is an indicator that you have a partial clog in the line. Since the clog is only partial it is still allowing some of the water and waste to get through.The next time you flush, pay attention to the way your toilet flushes and any noises you hear. Gurgling sounds from your sink or tub are a sign there is some back up in the pipes. If the toilet backs up a bit before flushing, you have a clog!

Westside Plumbing provides toilet repair services for your home or business plumbing in , TX. We are your source for expert plumbing. Give us a call at __PHONE__ today!

How Do You Know If Your Pipes Have Frozen

When winter rolls around, every year peoples pipes end up freezing and causing a lot of trouble when they do it. Of course, there are ways to avoid this, but how do you know if you have frozen pipes? There are a few signs that you should pay attention to if you think your pipes are frozen.

Warning Signs

No Water – This is an obvious sign that your pipes are frozen. When you turn your water on and nothing comes out, it probably means that something is frozen so nothing can come through. At this point, it is important to either check each faucet to avoid a pipe from bursting. When ice gets into the pipes and freezes, it expands the pipes and will end up bursting.

Smell – If you suspect that your pipes may be frozen, a telltale sign is if you start to smell a bad odor from your sink or drains. Because the ice is blocking the drain, the odors that usually go down, have nowhere to go so you get to smell them in your home.

It Starts Getting Cold (we mean real cold) – When the temperature outside drops below 32 degrees, the water around you is going to freeze. There is nothing you can do at this point except, don’t turn your water on outside and pay attention to the weather changes. This will help you avoid getting water in your pipes and end up freezing and subsequently bursting.

All of these above are signs that your pipes may have frozen. If you suspect a pipe bursting in your home, give us a call right away at (817) 560-4144 and let our experts handle it for you.

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Are you having problems with slow drains at home? Over time, your drains can begin to accumulate oils, soap scum, food particles, hair, and worse. This can lead to clogs, bad odors, and even burst pipes. You may have heard about a service called hydro jetting. Today we will go over what hydro jetting is, and how it can help clean your dirty drains and pipes.

No More Clogs, No More Slime

hydro jettingCreated to clean your drains more effectively, hydro jetting services can also keep pipes clean longer. The antiquated methods such as snakes and chemicals, are less effective, and are known to be rather messy. Such antiquated techniques also create opportunities for additional clogs to gather, by forcing the pieces of the first clog deeper into the pipe. When clogs are forced deeper in the pipes, they can cause your pipes to burst from the pressure.

Hydro jetting solves these problems by blasting the clog apart completely, and leaving zero large parts behind to congeal lower in the drain. As added defense against additional clogs, the heavily pressurized water is extremely efficient at removing grime and oil off of the inside of the pipe, which are generally the starting points of many clogs. And thanks to the way the hydro jet destroys blockage within the drain, there is zero mess to deal with when the procedure is complete!

If hydro jetting sounds like the ideal option for your home’s pipes, give our team of experts a call today at (817) 560-4144!

What To Do In Case Of A Plumbing Emergency

Nobody wants to deal with a plumbing emergency at home. Water damages are hard to clean, and often require more replacements than repairs. Obviously the first step in a plumbing emergency is to call for help. If you call our team at (817) 560-4144, we can send a plumber out ASAP to help you out. However, there are also some things you can do to minimize damages while you wait for the emergency plumber to arrive. Today we will discuss the various ways you can keep your home from flooding during a plumbing emergency!

Shutting Off The Water In An Emergency

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Are You Prepared For A Plumbing Emergency?

Depending on what your plumbing emergency is, there are a few different ways you can address it, though all of these methods involve shutting off the water. For example, say your toilet is overflowing. In this instance, your simplest solution to minimize damage is to shut off the water valve located directly behind your toilet. That valve should effectively prevent any additional water from flowing into the malfunctioning toilet. This method is also effective fro appliances such as your fridge, washing machine, and sinks.

If you have a burst pipe outside of the home, or even within a wall that is leaking or gushing water, you will likely need to shut off all of the water to your home. Most houses are equipped with two ways to shut off the water to the home. One valve is located somewhere close to the wall of your home. It can often be found in your front yard, possibly in the garden. Sometimes, if the yard line is the line giving you problems, that valve may not be operational. In that case, you can use the water valve located in the street, typically directly in the front of your home. This water valve shuts off any water that goes into your home.

Be sure to know where all of the water shut off valves are located on your property, so that you are prepared in case of a plumbing emergency, and be sure to have our number (817) 560-4144 handy in case you need fast and affordable plumbing repairs.

What Not To Stick Down Your Home’s Garbage Disposal

 

What Not To Stick Down Your Home's Garbage Disposal

Your home’s garbage disposal is a great way to get rid of food waste without throwing it into the trash. While it is a great plumbing device to have, there are a number of things you can’t put down your home’s garbage disposal. Below is a list of foods and items to avoid throwing down your disposal.

Coffee Grounds

This seems like it would be easy for the garbage disposal to dispose of, and it is, but it ends up piling up and pasting together. This, in turn, will cause blockages in the disposal.

Egg Shells

Another item that we have always put down the garbage disposal, but we really shouldn’t are egg shells. While egg shells are soft, the membrane of the shell can stick to the disposal and wrap around the disposal’s shredder.

Food Peels

Carrot, potato, and apple peels should not go down the garbage disposal. Because of the texture, the mixture of water can cause a thick texture that will make it hard for the disposal to work properly.

Grease

This is pretty common knowledge, but it bears repeating. Do NOT put grease down your garbage disposal. This can cause clogs in your pipes, which is never a fun thing to deal with.

Pasta

When pasta gets wet, it tends to expand. When you dump uncooked or even cooked pasta down the disposal, it will eventually expand and clog up the disposal’s trap. Also, pasta like spaghetti or linguine can get caught around the blades, making them less efficient.

If you need garbage disposal repair in Fort Worth, TX Call Westside Plumbing at (817) 560-4144 today.

Common Reasons to Call a Plumber

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Westside Plumbing is Ready to Help

As Fort Worth, TX homeowners, we have a variety of things to worry about around the house. Add kids, and pets to the equation, and any plumbing defect can become a major issue. Westside Plumbing offers residential plumbing services in Fort Worth and has over 25 years of experience to back it up. If you are unsure about whether or not you require plumbing assistance, be mindful of these common reasons to call a plumber:

Leaky Faucet

Drip … Drop. It is the sound of money pouring down your kitchen or bathroom sink. That’s right, not only can the constant dripping keep you up all night, but it can cause a massive spike in your water bill. If you are considering whether or not to call a plumber for this issue, choose yes. This is one of the most common reasons to call a plumber, and you will be happy you did.

Running Toilet

Similarly to a leaky faucet, a running toilet can cause an increase in your monthly water bill. In fact, toilets can waste over 225 gallons of water per day. Combine that with the sound that can disturb other rooms of the house, and you have found yourself with a legitimate problem on your hands. Westside Plumbing is here to help and can diagnose and fix the problem.

Water Temperature

If you are not getting any hot water, be it from your sink, your shower, or your washing machine, you are experiencing a common plumbing problem. Chances are your water heater is either damaged, or needs to be replaced. If it’s lifespan has exceeded 12 years, it might be time to look into a replacement anyway. Call (817) 560-4144 for all your plumbing needs in Fort Worth, TX.

What You Need To Know About Hot Water Heaters

Are you looking for a new water heater for your home? If so, you’ve probably already realized that you have a few different types to choose from. Today, we’ll take a moment to explain the pros and cons of the three major choices available. If you already know exactly what you want, or if you have questions, give us a call at (817) 560-4144 to get started!

Gas

Gas is renowned as an efficient and affordable energy source, and because of this, gas water heaters are some of the most commonly used water heaters in American homes. Additionally, gas water heaters can hold up to 50 gallons of hot water at once, which is convenient for large families. Furthermore, they still work, even if the power goes out.

Electric

Electric water heaters are rising in popularity die to their energy efficient. Electric water heaters are more efficient than gas, but they also have smaller tanks, and are more expensive to initially install. Unfortunately this means that if you run out of hot water, it may take longer to get more than it would take for a gas powered water heater.

Tankless

Tankless water heaters are the newest option on the market. Instead of heating and then holding water until you need it, tankless water heaters heat the water as you need it. This makes it more efficient than either of the other options, and it lasts an additional 20 years. As is to be expected, it is also more expensive to install initially.

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Which Hot Water Heater Is Right For Your Home?

 

Signs Your Garbage Disposal Needs To Be Repaired

Signs Your Garbage Disposal Needs To Be Repaired

The garbage disposals in our kitchen play an important part in the clean up of our kitchen. They discard scraps so they can pass through our plumbing systems. Because of this, it’s important to keep them in good condition. However, everything needs repairs from time to time, including garbage disposals, but knowing what signs to look out for can save you money and time. Below are signs your garbage disposal needs to be repaired.

Bad Odor

Sure, our garbage disposals can smell bad if something isn’t properly shredded, but can usually be fixed by turning it on one more time to free up the scraps. However, there are times when bad odors occur and there is nothing you can do to make the smell go away. When you have tried everything, it’s probably best to call a professional.

Perpetual Clogging

It doesn’t matter if you are putting a lot of food scraps down the disposal or just a small amount, your garbage disposal will inevitably clog. When this happens, calling a plumber can remedy the situation so that the problem does not become worse.

Leaks

This is a big sign that your garbage disposal needs to be repaired. Either the seal around the garbage disposal is leaking or the actual device is leaking onto your floor, both things need to be properly dealt with in order to remedy the issue.

Won’t Turn On

If your garbage disposal simply won’t turn on one day, calling an expert plumber can ensure that your garbage disposal is up and running in no time, so you can have the ability to discard food from your plate without making your trash smell of old food.

If you need garbage disposal repair in Fort Worth, TX, contact the plumbers at Westside Plumbing today at (817) 560-4144.

 

 

5 Signs You May Need A Gas Line Repair For Your Home

5 Signs You May Need A Gas Line Repair For Your Home

Look Out For These Signs To Determine If You Need a Gas Line Repair.

One of the most important plumbing components you have in your home is your gas line. It is able to provide a lot of necessary functions to your home, so it is imperative that it is in good condition. While we want a gas line that is operating correctly, there will be times when your gas line will need repairs. Because gas line damaged or leaks are very dangerous, it is important to know when you need gas line repair. Here are five signs to look out for when you need gas line repair in your home.

Foul Odor

One of the biggest signs that you need to repair your gas line is a very bad smell. If you there is a smell like rotten eggs in your home and you can’t quite pinpoint where it is, please call a professional plumber immediately.

Hissing Noises

Have you heard any hissing sound coming from your gas appliances or gas lines? If so, this is an indicator that you need to call a plumber for gas line repairs.

Vegetation Problems

Your gas line is usually by grass and if you see that any of that grass is dying, that could be a sign that you need a gas line repair.

Hike In Your Gas Bill

If there has been a surge in your monthly gas bill, it is worth having your gas line looked at. This could be due to a gas leak in your gas line.

Damage to Appliances

Appliances that use a gas such as ovens and water heaters may have signs of corrosion on the connector that connects the gas line to the appliances.

If you think you need gas line testing and repair in Fort Worth, TX, please call Westside Plumbing today at (817) 560-4144.