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Problems if you Don’t Pump your Septic Tank

Some homeowners wonder if they should have their septic tanks serviced on a regular basis. The answer, of course, is yes! Forgotten septic tanks can cause serious problems for your home. Any septic system, no matter how advanced, will eventually fail without proper maintenance. Here’s what can happen if you never schedule a septic tank repair.

  • Plumbing Failure
    Septic tanks need to be drained on a regular basis. An experienced plumber can both drain the system and clean the sludge that blocks the septic tank drain field. Make sure to choose a septic tank professional that has experience with cleaning every part of the system.
  • Environmental Harms
    Damaged septic tanks do more than damage your home and pocketbook; a ruptured or backed-up septic system can also cause harm to the environment. A clogged drain field, for example, can cause septic fluids to leak onto nearby soils. As a result, local groundwater sources will be put at risk for contamination. You can make sure your natural environment stays pure by keeping your septic system under control.
  • Sale Problems
    The thought of an aging, worn septic tank is a deal breaker for most homebuyers. That’s why you should consider septic tank repair if you’re trying to sell your home. After all, septic tanks can rupture and leak if left alone for long periods of time. Show potential buyers you have maintained your home and your septic tank by having your tank serviced regularly.
  • Costly Repairs
    Having your septic tank pumped is an inexpensive and short repair, unlike a full septic tank repair. You can save thousands of dollars by simply scheduling appointments to have your septic tank pumped by a professional plumber on a regular basis.

Let Du-All Plumbers in West Palm Beach perform your septic tank maintenance. Our experienced plumbers can have your septic system cleaned and pumped in no time. Call us at 888-800-2555 for more information on our services.

How to Kill Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are some of the most annoying pests that often find a way into your home through your kitchen drains. Even though they seem harmless, they are not a good thing to have living in your house drains. They can consume everything and cover your whole kitchen with germs and bacteria.

Sewer flies or more commonly known as fruit flies like to stay near drains and plumbing fixtures, hiding there during the day time. Other times you can find them hovering around your sink drains or trying to make meal out of your leftover garbage bins or fruit sitting out.

To get rid of them you can get a professional exterminator or you can take matters into your own hands. Here are some tips and ways to prevent fruit flies getting in your house drain and how to get rid of them easily:

TIPS TO PREVENT FRUIT FLIES IN YOUR HOUSE

•             Make sure you keep your home clean behind all appliances
•             Keep foods stored safely away from moisture
•             Bleach and clean drain
•             Make sure drains and all plumbing works
•             Always take out your garbage and throw away old fruit
•             Clean smells with other cleaning supplies

HOW TO KILL FRUIT FLIES IN YOUR HOUSE DRAIN

•             Where are they breeding? Find out where they are laying eggs and spray the area with a bug exterminator and clean the area for nests.
•             Home style recipe for killing fruit flies:

  • 3 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar and 3 drops of dish soap in a cup and put it near your drain or counter. The flies will be attracted to the sweetness and get caught in the suds of the dish soap.
  • Use cleaners like bleach, detergent in your drains where the source of the problem is.

If these suggestions don’t work and you’re still having difficulty with fruit flies, contact Du-All Plumbers to have a look at your drains and appliances to find the origin of your problem. Call us today at 888-800-2555

Why is my toilet sweating?

A sweating toilet bowl can cause mildew and mold growth in your bathroom. Toilet bowls sweat because the air around the toilet is considerably warmer than the temperature of the toilet water. This creates condensation and causes the toilet to sweat.

You can purchase an anti-sweat toilet kit to insulate the tank and reduce condensation. Home Depot carries it for a reasonable price. To install, you completely empty the water from the tank, then use a hairdryer to ensure that the sides are absolutely dry. Cut the foam and apply adhesive. Let it sit for 6 – 8 hours and it will be ready to be refilled and useable. The kits are inexpensive, easy to install, and are very effective.

The second option is to install a mixer valver which uses both hot and cold water to “mix” – you can adjust the temp as you want until it stops the condensation issue. Depending on how far away the hot water heater is, it may take quite awhile for the hot water to get there. In some cases, just running a hot water line is sufficient. This method works well but you may have to hire a plumber for the installation.

Lastly and more expensive, is to replace the guts of the toilet and replace with a “pressure assisted” unit, like Flushmate – 1 gallon per flush. This option is a water saver and works very well – no tank sweating at all.

You can always opt for a total toilet replacement – Pressure Assisted Toilet. The cost is around $300 on up, but well worth it. This toilet has a pressure tank in it inside the water tank.

Give us a call today at 888-800-2555 and be sure to check out our website for our coupons.

Ask your plumber the right questions

Find out what to look for in a quality plumber and get some guidance on what questions to ask your plumbing contractor on the pages below. You can also learn more about using low-flow toilets to help you conserve water and lower your bills.

  • Does your plumber measure up? Look for reviews on Google and Facebook.
  • Visit this page from EPA.gov to learn about using low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water at home.
  • On this page from LRCA.org, you can see what practices can help conserve water and lower your water bills.

Contact Du-All Plumbers at 888-800-2555 to learn about our superior plumbing services today.

Leaky Pipes Account for 13% of your Water Bill

13 % of drinking water is lost through leaky pipes. Often, homeowners are unaware of the problem and continue to pay excessively on their water bill. Du-All Plumbing Services offers these tips to help you save money on your water bill:

1. Shut off all the water in your home.

2. Find the water meter box for your house.

3. Observe the meter; it shouldn’t be moving. You have a fast leak if your meter is moving. You have a slow leak if, after ten minutes, you see the meter move.

4. If you notice a leak, you should turn off the incoming water to your home. After that is complete, if the meter is still moving, there is probably a leak in the service line and the water company should be notified immediately. 

For all your leaks, plumbing and septic issues, call Du-All Plumbing at 888-800-2555, or visit duallplumbers.com.

Installing New Bathroom Fixtures?

Bathroom remodels are among the most cost-efficient home upgrades. In fact, the average bathroom upgrade returns over 60% of its purchase price. Make the most of your remodeling dollar by choosing a professional to install your new fixtures. Here are a just a few reasons to leave plumbing renovations to the pros:

  • Professional Experience
    Choose a company with decades of history in your local community. Long-term success for any company depends on consistent customer care and reliable service—this service can guarantee flawless installations of your new bathroom fixtures. Professional installation methods also result in a better-looking bathroom and a greater boost to the resale value of your home.
  • Quality Products
    Homeowners are at a disadvantage when it comes to buying bathroom fixtures. Retail prices and generic designs can put a damper on any budget. Thankfully, plumbers have access to professional parts and resources. Homeowners can save big on the cost of parts and enjoy high-quality fixtures by choosing professional installation.
  • Quick Installations
    Guesswork can bring bathroom fixture installations to a grinding halt. Don’t count on a manual to walk you through tough bathroom repairs—trained plumbers can have your new fixtures installed in a matter of hours. Plus, when you choose a professional, this installation speed never comes at the price of quality.
  • Full Redesigns
    A total bathroom fixture replacement project can take weeks. However, plumbers can work together to replace several fixtures simultaneously. The full support of an experienced plumbing team allows homeowners to transform their entire bathrooms in a reasonable amount of time. Professionals can also ensure that every piece of your new fixture set is a perfect match.

Du-All Plumbers is the perfect choice for all of your plumbing and septic tank upgrades. We have over three decades of experience in the plumbing repair industry, and we are ready to help you update your bathroom. Call us at 888-800-2555 to discuss your options for your home today!

Leak Detection

At Du-All Plumbers, we have seen leaking problems everywhere in the home. Leaving leaks to fix themselves will harm your property, eventually causing extreme and costly damage. Leak detection does not merely involve finding a puddle on the floor. Remember, leaks can start behind walls and in underground pipes, places you can’t see with the naked eye. Professional plumbing companies today use specialized equipment to detect these leaks before they become a major problem. There are several different methods used to detect a leak. Read about these popular methods below.

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Acoustic Leak Detection
Acoustic leak detection techniques allow technicians to quickly and efficiently locate hidden leaks. The sound sensor used gives the expert the ability to hear leaks in underground, pressurized pipes that he would otherwise not be able to hear. Every leak has a source; when a technician uses the equipment, listening from hydrants, valves and meters, he can pinpoint the location of the leak as the sound reaches its loudest. A detailed summary report on the leak detector results can be used for asset performance reports.

Infrared Leak Detection
Infrared technology has made leaps and bounds since it was first invented in the 1980’s.  Today there are infrared cameras that fit in the palm of your hand. With this technology, technicians can detect leaks and wet spots in your home that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Infrared leak detection is non-invasive and, most importantly, quick and accurate.

Tracer Gas Detection
The technician injects gas into suspicious areas and seals the injection point with tape. The Tracer gas detector’s leak meter is fitted with a miniature sniffer to locate the route of the leakage. This method of leak detection is especially useful for finding micro leaks. Helium gas is used for applications with high sensitivity. During industrial applications, hydrogen gas is used.

Digital Camera Leak Detection
If your leak has already created a flood or the leak is suspected to be underwater, your technician will use the digital camera leak detection technique. The system flashes an ultra-bright LED light from the outside of your camera housing when a leak is detected.

Every leak is a problem to be dealt with immediately for any home or business owner. If you notice or suspect a leak, call the professionals at Du-All Plumbers. We use several methods of leak detection to quickly and efficiently find the source of the leak and put a stop to it. We also specialize in water damage remediation if your leak has damaged your home or business. Call us today at 800-481-4100

How to conserve water at home

Going green at home can start with saving water. About 60% of all home water usage takes place in the bathroom. By installing low-flow plumbing fixtures, you can save thousands of gallons of water.

This video contains several tips for lowering home water usage.  For example, you can use greywater from your laundry to irrigate your yard and lawn. Turning water off while brushing your teeth is a no-cost way to save, and regular maintenance and repairs of your plumbing related appliances will save you both water and money in the long run.

If you would like to learn more about saving water and keeping your home’s plumbing system in good condition, contact Du-All Plumbing at 800-480-4100 today. We provide the Palm Beach area with high-quality professional plumbing services.

What Causes Clogged Drains?

Nothing puts a stop to your daily routine like a nasty plumbing clog. These back-up scenarios are always inconvenient and can spring from numerous sources. Here are a few of the top causes of clogged drains in your home:

Household Products
Homeowners are constantly tempted to toss daily one-use items down the train or toilet. Unfortunately, these products can quickly contribute to a debilitating clog. Home plumbing is only designed to transfer water and flushed toilet paper—any other product is liable to catch inside the drain. Keep all tissues, special wipes, feminine hygiene items,  and cotton balls out of your drains. Diligence in monitoring what goes down the drain will help prevent clogs in your home.

Food Waste
Small food particles are equally likely to collect in pipes and cause a clog. In fact, several appliances can contribute to these drain clogs. Dishwashers and garbage disposals, for example, collect food particles regularly. The particles are washed down a drain during regular use and eventually become a huge threat to your home’s piping system. Clean out and toss away food build-up in your appliances regularly to minimize these types of clogs.

Deep Obstructions
Some drain clogs start far along the pipe. Intrusion from tree roots, for instance, typically happens at a significant distance from the home. The solid precipitate from hard water salts can also begin to collect in any location along your drain. Choose a plumbing company that offers video camera sewer line inspections if you suspect a severe clog.

The best way to deal with nasty clog is to call a trained professional. Count on Du-All Plumbers to take care of your household’s clogs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can be reached for emergency or routine maintenance at 800-481-4100.

Signs of a Backed-Up Septic Tank

Septic Tank Pumping

A septic tank in good order will filter and safely release sewerage without issue. A backed-up septic tank, however, can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. You can prevent serious issues with your septic tank by keeping an eye out for these signs and symptoms:

You Smell Pungent Odors
One of the most obvious signs of a backed-up septic tank is the smell of sewage. These smells are strong and offensive; they typically emanate from drain openings and quickly spread to fill a room. Contact septic tank repair specialist if you detect sewage smells from your kitchen or bathroom sink. Catching a back-up problem early on prevents the chances of a full-blown problem down the road.

Your Tank’s Activity Has Increased
Your septic tank is designed to handle a certain volume of waste and water. This limit is determined upon installation and depends on the size of your family. Unfortunately, a few long-term house guests can quickly overload your septic tank and cause a problem. The same symptoms can occur if your family begins to become more wasteful with water. Consider having your septic system serviced if your monthly water bills jump sharply.

You Haven’t Had Maintenance Performed
Septic systems should be serviced on a regular basis to keep them in top shape. For example, make sure your septic tank is pumped at least once every three or four years. Failure to keep the tank empty will result in overflow and backup problems. If you haven’t scheduled a check-up in over a year, this is a sign you may need to have maintenance performed.

Call Palm Beach County’s Du-All Plumbing at 800-481-4100 to have your septic system professionally pumped or repaired. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and our same-day service. Visit our website to learn more about our company or to review our plumbing services.

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