What are some of the most common plumbing problems for residential and commercial properties?
Owning a home or business comes with many challenges, including plumbing problems. Although inconvenient, plumbing problems will inevitably happen, and dealing with them swiftly and efficiently will allow you to maintain your pipes and avoid emergency repairs.
Some of the most common plumbing problems include leaking pipes, clogged toilets, drain backups, and low water pressure. The majority of the time, something like a clogged toilet is easily fixed with a plunger. However, when do-it-yourself methods don’t work, it’s time to call the professionals at I Fix Pipe. We use modern technology and industry-leading techniques to treat the root cause of your plumbing problems quickly and accurately.
How do I know when I have a leaking pipe?
Leaking pipes can lead to high utility bills, property damage, and other problems. That being said, they usually start small and grow bigger over time. Catching a leak early will save you money by reducing property damage and simplifying your repairs.
You may have a leaking pipe if you experience:
- The sound of water running, even when your fixtures are all turned off
- A sudden spike in your water bill
- Wet spots around your property
- Musty smell in or around your home or business
A leaky pipe is easily fixed – when it’s caught early. Contact a professional at the first signs of a leak to avoid property damage or a burst pipe.
What is causing my plumbing leak?
Leaks can be caused by a variety of different sources. Corrosion occurs gradually over time, but can eventually compromise your pipe. Added pressure from an obstruction can also cause your pipe to crack. The natural shifting of the ground, or the presence of heavy construction nearby can cause your pipes to shift and often leads to a crack. Lastly, invasive tree roots can grow into your pipes through tiny cracks or holes and cause further damage.
What are the symptoms of a clog?
A clog can happen anywhere in your plumbing system. Paper products, food waste, grease, and scale buildup can collect in your system and slowly close off your pipe. If it closes off completely, you could experience a sewage backup or other plumbing emergency, so keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Fixtures that drain slowly or not at all
- Multiple fixtures are backing up at once
- Gurgling sound coming from the pipes
- The toilet fills up when you run the sink
As is the case with most plumbing problems, early detection and treatment are vital to avoiding more costly repairs down the line.
Should I try to fix my clog myself?
Clogs seem relatively straightforward, and most of the time they are. Usually clogs are fixed after a couple tries with a plunger. When the clog doesn’t seem to be going away, that could be indicative of a more serious problem.
If the clog is located farther down your sewer line, like when tree roots invade your pipe, your plunger will not cut it. Don’t resort to other harsh DIY unclogging devices because you can end up damaging your system.
Why should I call a professional for my clogged toilet?
The professionals at I Fix Pipe use professional-grade equipment that can easily clear your clog without damaging your pipes or your toilet. We use a variety of different methods based on the nature of the clog. A clog composed of paper products or other softer materials can be cleared with a drain snake, while clogs caused by tree roots or mineral buildup can be cleared using drain cleaning. Our drain cleaning methods are efficient and environmentally friendly so you can regain full use your plumbing system without downtime.
What is a camera inspection?
A camera inspection is a modern inspection technique that does not require any digging. The high definition camera is fed down your pipe from an existing access point so we can get a first-hand look at your system without digging up your property. Using the camera, we can identify clogs, damage, and other areas of concern. The image from the camera is relayed to a monitor so our technician can analyze and diagnose your system in real time and use that information to recommend repairs.
Why do I need a camera inspection of my plumbing?
The camera inspection allows us to suggest the exact services you need to ultimately save you money with accurate, durable repairs. Other methods of inspection may not provide a clear idea of what is happening inside your pipes, and occasionally could result in a larger work area if the initial excavation was not precise enough.
Your unique situation will also influence the best method of repairs. Our services are customized to your pipes and the type of damage that has occurred, so a camera inspection allows us to identify the location, cause, and severity of your plumbing problems.
What is tree root invasion?
As tree roots grow in search of water and nutrients, they have a tendency to seek out plumbing systems. A tiny crack or hold can leak water into the surrounding soil and draw in the tree roots. Tree root invasion is common when you have certain types of trees on your property, and it can worsen in drought conditions.
Tree root invasion will get worse with time as it is left untreated, and it will often exhibit symptoms similar to a clog. If you have a stubborn clog that doesn’t seem to go away, it could be caused by tree roots.
How is tree root invasion fixed?
In the past tree roots were removed by removing the tree itself. However, modern techniques allow us to clear the obstruction from your pipes without damaging your property. We typically use hydro jetting, which is a safe and effective form of drain cleaning that uses a nozzle spraying multiple high-powered streams of water in your pipe. It blasts through tree roots and other buildup and washes it away down your system. We then perform any necessary repairs, and you are able to keep your tree!
What are the benefits of hydro jetting?
Hydro jetting is one of the safest and most environmentally friendly methods of drain cleaning. The entire process is completed using just water, so there is no risk of contamination from chemicals or other materials.
The pressurized stream of water is powerful enough to disintegrate even the toughest buildups, but it is not powerful enough to damage your plumbing system. The entire process can be completed from a nearby access point, so your property will be left intact. It can be used to fix an existing obstruction, or incorporated into your preventive maintenance plan to keep your pipes running smoothly.
I have a damaged pipe – now what?
When damage has occurred in your plumbing system, repairs can seem like a huge hassle. However, I Fix Pipe utilizes advanced technology to offer simple and easy repairs. Many of our repairs can be completed using modern techniques that won’t require digging on your residential or commercial property.
When you encounter a damaged pipe, make us your first call. We will thoroughly inspect the damage and recommend the perfect repairs. When extensive damage has occurred, we also perform pipe replacement. In many cases your entire inspection and repair can be performed without digging a trench.
What is no-dig pipe repair?
No-dig pipe repair is a convenient alternative to traditional dig-and-replace techniques that required digging a trench the length of the damaged area. Our non-intrusive repairs can typically be completed from an existing access point, eliminating the need for a trench.
The most common form of no-dig pipe repair is pipe lining. When mild to moderate damage has occurred and your current pipe can still be salvaged, we use epoxy resin to adhere a flexible tube of material to the inside of your pipe. The epoxy resin fills in cracks or other damage, and the lining will create a smooth and durable surface inside your pipe.
What are the advantages of non-intrusive pipe repair?
No-dig repairs are the quick and convenient way to restore your plumbing. Traditional repairs used to involve reconstruction costs to repair your landscaping, pavement, and structures. However, modern repairs drastically reduce or even eliminate cleanup and reconstruction costs.
Without the use of trenches, your repairs can be completed in a fraction of the time. Most pipe repairs can be completed in as little as a day. When your pipes are still in good condition despite one area of damage, our pipe lining services will help you get the most out of your current plumbing system before pipe replacement is necessary.
When will I need pipe replacement?
Although our convenient pipe lining can repair most damage, severely damaged pipes may require pipe replacement. Extensive damage can be present when tree root invasion occurs over a long section of your sewer line or after a plumbing emergency like a burst pipe.
When pipe replacement is necessary, we can use one of many methods to make sure the job is done right. We even offer no-dig replacement whenever possible to ease the impact to your property.
What is pipe bursting?
Don’t let the name fool you! Pipe bursting is actually a convenient form of non-intrusive pipe replacement. A mechanical device is inserted into your plumbing system with a bursting head at the end that is slightly larger than your existing pipe. It pushes through the existing pipe, breaking it apart and displacing the pieces into the surrounding soil.
The same device also pulls in a new length of pipe and installs it directly behind the bursting head so your pipe replacement is completed in one motion from a nearby access point.
How can I save money with no-dig repairs or pipe replacement?
Perhaps the biggest amount of savings associated with no-dig repairs is due to the decreased reconstruction costs and time savings. Our minimally-invasive techniques will leave your property untouched so you won’t be stuck with landscaping, paving, or other reconstruction costs.
Without the time needed to dig a trench and fill it in after the repairs are completed, your repairs can be completed in as little as a day. The time savings will allow you to get back to your daily routine quickly without plumbing repairs lingering for days or weeks.
Will no-dig pipe repairs last as long as traditional repairs?
Your no-dig repairs will last just as long if not longer than traditional dig-and-replace repairs. Our durable pipe lining materials are more difficult for tree roots to invade, and it will be slightly more flexible in the event of natural settling and other ground movement. The ultra-strong materials are extremely durable and also won’t develop corrosion or oxidation like other pipes. The surface is also slick, decreasing the likelihood for clogs.
What should I do in a plumbing emergency?
If you come home to find a flooded bathroom or other plumbing emergency, your mind will be racing. It is important to remain calm and don’t do anything that will make the situation worse. Make sure everyone around you is safe, and then turn off the water if possible to minimize property damage. Stay away from any sources of electricity. You can also try to mitigate the damage to your property by placing a bucket underneath drips or leaks when they are accessible.
Call the professionals at I Fix Pipe and we will get someone to your location as quickly as possible. We will perform any combination of services to repair your pipe efficiently and help you get back to normal fast.
Why should I contact I Fix Pipe for my plumbing needs?
Plumbing repairs are likely to happen sooner or later. Understanding the signs of a plumbing problem will allow you to contact professionals before the problem gets worse. Our convenient non-intrusive techniques result in high-quality, durable repairs without the hassle of excavation. Our years of experience and industry-leading techniques make I Fix Pipe your local resource for plumbing repairs. Give us a call at the first sign of a plumbing problem and we will be happy to assist.
With a complete list of services, our professional staff is ready to fix any plumbing issues throughout Central & West Texas. We understand that unexpected repairs can be frustrating, so let us solve the problem for you.