With My Plumber, you’ll receive friendly and reliable plumbing service when you need it most. Available seven days a week, we’re here to service your plumbing needs - no job is too big or too small.
Leaks & dripS
A leaky faucet doesn’t seem like a plumbing emergency, but did you know that a faucet that drips 5 times a minute wastes approximately 230 gallons of water a year? Not to mention, a dripping faucet can quickly stain your sink and rust your fixtures. My Plumber repairs and replaces all types of faucets and fixtures.
Until you experience a leak or a few cold showers, you’ll hardly ever think to schedule water heater check-ups. As a matter of fact, some people wait so long to service their water heaters that they risk damaging the tank and using up way more energy than necessary.
Over time, sediments can build up in the tank and eventually cause your water heater to overheat. My Plumber can remove these sediments and, if necessary, drain the tank.
If you notice metal or rust in your tank's water, call us immediately. These particles may indicate the anode rod needs to be replaced. The anode rod attracts chemicals in the water and keeps them from rusting away the tank liner.
Oftentimes, if your home is experiencing water damage to floors, ceilings, or walls, it could be due to an incorrectly installed drain pan under your water heater.
Caution: Turn off the power at your circuit breaker or shut off the gas before making any kind of water heater inspection.
Repair or Replace? Before choosing to repair or replace your water heater, consider a couple of things. Is your residential unit out of warranty? If so, replacement could be the most efficient option. The cost savings from a new unit might outweigh the cost to repair the lack of performance from an old water heater. If you’re considering simply repairing your unit, always remember to never spend more than half of the cost of actual replacement.
My Plumber provides water heater repair and replacement services.
If you believe you have a water heater leak or emergency, contact us by calling 831-682-1934 immediately.
Garbage disposals make sink draining an effortless task. But if not cared for properly, your disposal will need to be replaced sooner than later. Here are a few tips to caring for your disposal:
- Hot water can melt fats that clog up. Use cold water when you grind food.
- Don’t overfill the garbage disposal.
- Always run water before and after using the disposal.
- Don’t put bleach, drain cleaners or other chemicals down the unit.
- Don’t try to grind bones, coffee grounds, overly-fibrous materials (like corn husks), or things like glass, metal, or rubber.
- Never use your hand to pull material out.
Water damage caused by a washing machine supply hose malfunction is a leading cause of home insurance claims. A failed washer hose can create a terrible mess and the resulting flood can result in expensive damage to your home.
Washing Machine Hose Check. Inspecting your washer hoses is simple and can help to prevent unexpected damage. When checking your hoses, look for leaks, bulges, or cracks. Also be sure to keep your washing machine at least four inches away from the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage.
Be sure to know where the shut-off valves to your washer are located. If a hose bursts, you can prevent extreme damage by quickly shutting off the water. Also, it’s recommended you stay home while your washing machine is running.
Replace Your Washer Hoses. If you find any leaks, bulges, or cracks upon inspection, you should replace your hoses immediately. After about 3 years, your hoses have likely aged. When purchasing new washer hoses, stainless steel is a better alternative to the traditional rubber hoses that leak and quickly deteriorate.
Contact My Plumber today to replace your hoses or to schedule an inspection.
Galvanized iron pipes were commonly installed in homes built before 1970. These pipes are covered with a protective layer of zinc to prevent rusting. Over the years, zinc erodes and pipe walls begin to corrode. Common signs of corrosion are drops in water pressure, a brownish tint in bath or sink water, and damage to water-using appliances.
Copper pipes can be just as problematic as galvanized iron. Low quality copper and corrosive water usually cause pinhole leakage that can be difficult to detect early on. Signs of corrosion include damp spots in your drywall and flooring, reduced water pressure and flow, and water discoloration.
Corroded pipes should be replaced immediately to avoid a costly leak and also to improve the water pressure in your home. We will need to remove the bad pipes, dispose of them properly, and install new pipes likely made with copper, CPVC, or PEX pipe.
Gas Line Repairs
Natural gas is one of the most common and affordable forms of energy to residential consumers. Although relatively safe and very efficient, consumers of natural gas should be aware of possible hazards to better protect their homes and families.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a potentially harmful by-product of using natural gas. When inhaled, this toxic gas can be very harmful. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is completely odorless and colorless, making it almost impossible to detect on your own. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as headaches and dizziness. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should get out of their home and call 911 immediately.
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in multiple areas of your home.
- Inspect the vents, flues, and chimneys of all gas water heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces for proper ventilation of exhaust.
- Never heat the house with your gas oven.
- Never sleep in a room heated by a gas or kerosene space heater without proper venting.
Gas Line Leaks. Gas line leakage is rare, but can be extremely dangerous. Natural gas buildup in an enclosed area can cause illness or even an explosion. Gas pipe leaks can also happen outside the home and are equally as dangerous. Before doing any job that requires digging outdoors, homeowners should call their local utility company to identify and mark the gas lines before digging begins.
Natural gas has a “rotten egg” odor that’s been added to warn us of a leak. If you smell this distinctive odor in your home, please do the following:
- Do not use your cell phone until safely out of the house.
- Shut off gas valves at your home.
- Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances.
- Do not smoke or use any open flame.
- Do not attempt to locate the leak.
- Get a safe distance away from the house, and then call 911 and the utility company.
- If a natural gas line is damaged when digging outside, call your local utility company immediately. Do not attempt a gas line repair.
Preventing gas leaks in the home is as easy as scheduling regular gas line inspections and ensuring proper installation of gas lines by licensed professionals. Contact us today for natural gas line repair.