Our Services at Steve Huff Plumbing
Basement flooding is an all too frequent occurrence in certain areas during heavy rainstorms. The most common reasons for flooding are clogged gutters or downspout drains. The rain water then collects close to the house and seeps in through the foundation.
If the ground outside slopes towards the house instead of away from it, this directs the water to the foundation making the problem worse. A sump pump is needed as part of any corrective measure. The sump pump will aid in water removal as it enters and discharge it to the outside away from the house. A sump pump will also be of use in case of a water line leak or sewer back up.
Frost Proof Faucets
Most outside hose connections today are designed not to freeze during cold weather. But only if the water hose is disconnected and the faucet is allowed to drain. Quick disconnect fittings (if used) should also be removed.
To test an outside faucet to see if it has frozen and burst, put your thumb over the outlet. If you cannot hold the pressure then the faucet is okay. If you can hold the pressure then the faucet is leaking inside.
Be sure to run water in your disposal during and a few minutes after use. This helps to carry the food particles down the line and prevent stoppages. Make sure power is off before trying any of the following.
- If your disposal hums but does not run, it is jammed. Some disposers have an opening in the bottom to insert a 1/4″ allen wrench to twist the motor back and forth to unjam.
- If your disposal does nothing when the disposal is turned on, look for a small red button on the bottom or side. This is a re-set. Push it and try switch again.
If you need a new disposer, we offer a 7/8 HP Pro model with a 10 year warranty.
High Water Bill
Most water meters have a small red triangle on them that will turn when the slightest amount of water moves thru the meter. If the triangle moves with no water running the house, this indicates leaking pipes somewhere.
To determine if the leak is inside or outside your home, locate the emergency shut off (if accessible) where the water line first enters the house. Shut off the valve and observe the meter again. If the triangle continues to turn then the leak is between the meter and the house. If the triangle does not continue to turn then the leak is inside. Inside- One or two dripping faucets or a toilet that runs can add a lot to your water bill each month. Outside- A hole 1/32 of an inch in a pipe at 60 lbs of pressure will leak 6000 gallons a month.
High Water Pressure
High water pressure can cause a lot of problems. Everything from dripping faucets or toilets that will not shut off, to shortened water heater life, to burst pipes or washing machine hoses.
High water pressure can also cause a condition known as water hammer or noisy pipes. This is the thumping or growling noise you may hear in your pipes, especially at night when water pressure is at it’s highest.
Our technicians can check your water pressure to see if it is too high. If your pressure is above 55-65 pounds, you may need a pressure reducing valve installed or your old one replaced.
If you have a dripping faucet constantly, high water pressure or worn parts could be the cause. When trying to locate a washer, stem or seat for your faucet, we suggest taking the old part with you. Faucet parts come in a lot of sizes and shapes.
Pipe Joint Leaks
Water line leaks can be difficult to locate and repair. The leak is not always where the water shows up. A leak in a straight run of pipe can sometimes be fixed temporarily using a pipe repair clamp. A leak in a fitting is more difficult to repair.
Do not assume the leak will fix itself or diminish over time. Small leaks generally become big leaks that result in expensive repairs and property damage.
Private Sewage Disposal
This consists of a septic tank and field line (leach field). The waste from your house goes into the tank (usually a 1000 gallon capacity). Solids are broken down by bacteria and the water enters the field line for dispersal. The septic tank should be pumped every 3-5 years. This keeps any solids not broken down from entering the field lines and clogging them.
With today’s use of so many anti-bacterial products people are having more septic system problems, because they also kill the good bacteria in the tank. Regular use of BioSmart, an all natural bacteria and enzyme product available at Steve Huff Plumbing, will help keep your septic system in proper working order.
Washing Machine Hoses
According to State Farm Insurance, burst washing machine hoses are the number one cause of water damage.
Replacing the rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses will virtually eliminate the chance of this happening. Also, stainless steel hoses do not need to be replaced every 3-5 years as recommended for rubber hoses.
Water Heater Repair
No Hot Water? Electric – If you have no hot water, first check the circuit breaker. Turn the breaker off and back on. If after 30 minutes the water is not warming up, turn the breaker off, remove the top panel and push the red re-set button on the thermostat. If it has popped out, an audible click will be heard when it is re-set. Turn breaker back on.
If you still do not have hot water further evaluation should be done by a trained technician.
Gas – First check to see if the pilot is lit. Do this by removing the cover at the bottom of heater or by looking thru the glass porthole in the cover. A small blue flame should be visible. The pilot may be re-lit following the instructions on the heater.
If the pilot will not re-light or stay lit, further evaluation should be done by a trained technician.
Tankless Water Heaters
Gas (natural or propane) tankless water heaters are more efficient than a normal tank type heater. They only heat water as it is needed and shut down when water demand ceases thus using no energy. You are not constantly reheating water you are not using. With the energy savings and a typical 20 year life span (nearly double that of a tank type heater) they make an excellent choice when it comes time to replace your old heater. You will enjoy endless hot water — no more running out half way through your shower again!
Repiping Sewer and Water Lines
Inside or outside your home, We have the knowledge and equipment to re-pipe water or sewer lines and bring them back to perfect.
Water lines — If your home has galvanized water lines, over time the flow of water will become restricted by the build up of lime and calcium on the inside of the pipe. This will decrease the volume of water available to use more than one fixture at a time. For example, your water pressure would be low if you tried to take a shower and run the dishwasher at the same time.
Sewer Lines — Having to clear a clog in a sewer line more than once a year is just treating a symptom of a bigger problem. The problem could be a broken pipe or roots in the line. In either case, we have the equipment to see inside the pipes and determine the exact problem. Remember perfect plumbing does not stop up.
Fixing A Damaged Faucet Handle and Valve Seat
If the washer has become too worn prior to replacement, the metal will grind against metal and damage the valve seat. Water particles and mineral deposits can become trapped between the seat and the washer so that closing and opening the faucet handle grinds the particles inside and damages the seal beyond simple washer replacement.
Removing a faucet seat requires a special seat wrench. After removing a seat, it can sometimes be fixed by rubbing it on a piece of sand paper placed on a hard, flat surface to even out the face of the seat.
If the seat needs replacing, take it with you when hunting a new one. There are hundreds of different seats.
To view our complete line of faucets, please click the Wolverine Brass link below to choose your new faucet. That’s the faucet we recommend – and use in our own homes.