Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Silver Spring’

Watch for Warnings You Need Bathroom Plumbing Work

Monday, July 16th, 2018

bathroomThe bathroom has the most plumbing of any room in your house: more pipes than the kitchen, and more taps and fixtures as well. More than 40% of indoor water use goes to the bathroom toilet alone. The plumbing in your bathroom handles an enormous amount of work—and sometimes this leads to it needing repairs.

Cleaning silt out of an aerator in a faucet or getting rid of basic clogs with a plunger are bathroom plumbing fix-it jobs you can tackle on your own. Anything more complicated will take the work of licensed professional plumbers. Below are a few of the warning signs that you have bathroom plumbing in need of some expert work.

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Rusty Water: What It Means, What to Do About It

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

fresh-water-from-tapYou come back from an extended vacation and turn on the faucet in the bathroom for the first time in weeks. You’ll expect the water to have a brownish-red tint to it, but it will soon fade as the sink gets back into action. But when you spot this ruddy color in the water at other times, it may mean you’ve got rust in the plumbing system. The water will give off a metallic odor as well.

Is this unhealthy?

With the exception of a condition called hemochromatosis, people who drink rust in water won’t suffer ill health effects. Rust is oxidized iron, which isn’t harmful. But this doesn’t mean you should tolerate having rust in your home’s water. It looks ugly, for one, and it also can cause staining to fixtures, surfaces, and your dishes.

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Is Your Gas Boiler Prepared for Winter?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

gas-boilerMany homes in Silver Springs and the surrounding areas use a gas boiler to provide winter heat rather than a furnace. Boilers offer a more even distribution of heat in rooms, faster heat delivery, and energy-saving operation. Compared to a furnace, a boiler will need fewer repairs during its lifetime and should enjoy extra years of service.

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Places in Your Kitchen Plumbing That May Need Repairs

Monday, September 11th, 2017

kitchen-interior-with-islandThe most plumbing in a home is concentrated in the bathrooms. In fact, the toilets alone account for 40% of indoor freshwater use in a house. People often assume that the kitchen has the most plumbing. Although not technically true, it’s not a bad assumption to make if it means you pay close attention to the plumbing fixtures and pipes in this part of the home. Most kitchens receive an immense amount of use from day to day, and for households that do plenty of entertaining, the kitchen plumbing becomes critical.

Like almost all residential plumbing, any repairs done to the pipes or fixtures in a kitchen must be left to licensed plumbers. Below are some of the common parts of your kitchen plumbing in Silver Spring, MD that may require professional repairs. We’re here to help, and we offer 24-hour emergency service!

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Can I Do Water Leak Detection Myself?

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

water-leak-from-houseOne of the important services we offer to homes is detecting where leaks are occurring. A large number of residential plumbing systems suffer from leaks, and most remain hidden until they start to create visible damage—and by that point the leak has already caused extensive damage and wasted enormous amounts of water.

We recommend homeowners arrange occasionally for leak detection services, even when they don’t have reasons to be suspicious of water leaks. This is especially useful for homes built before 1970, which have aging plumbing.

But is it possible to do leak detection on your own? Well, “yes” and “no.”

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The Benefits of a Sewage Pump

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

sewer-lineA sewage pump is an installation that can benefit both homes and commercial businesses that rely on septic systems rather than a connection to a municipal sewer system. But they can also be useful to buildings with a municipal connection. Below we’ll look at the major benefits of sewage pumps in the situations where they are most often used.

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Causes of Slow Drains

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A drain that’s fully stopped is something you know has to be fixed as soon as possible. But how often have you ignored a drain that’s draining slowly? This warning sign often goes without the attention it needs—and that will eventually lead to a major blockage. As soon as you notice a slow drain, take steps to fix it. (And this doesn’t mean pouring caustic chemicals down the drain! Store-bought “drain cleaners” do not do an effective job and they may cause damage to the pipes.) If a standard plunger won’t clear the drain, contact professional plumbers for drain cleaning in Silver Spring, MD.

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Why Do Slab Leaks Happen?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

water-leak-from-pipeOne of the most important services that our plumbers offer to customers in Silver Spring, MD and throughout Montgomery County is leak detection. The majority of the plumbing in your house is hidden from sight, and that makes it difficult to tell exactly where (or even if) a leak is occurring. It takes skilled plumbers with the right type of detection equipment to pinpoint where the leak is so it can be repaired or the pipe replaced with the least amount of damage possible.

One particular kind of pipe leak is especially tricky to locate and fix: the slab leak. This refers to a pipe leak in the concrete foundation of a home, either in the cold water or hot water lines. (About 80% of the time the leaks are in the hot water lines.) These leaks not only waste a significant amount of water, they can also lead to structural damage to the house and the development of harmful mold and mildew. Leaks in the hot water lines also lead to the water heater wasting power.

Our plumbers use special equipment such as listening discs, ground microphones, and thermal scanners to find where slab leaks are happening. Fixing a slab leak sometimes involves using a jackhammer to reach the pipes, but less invasive methods such as lateral digging to create a bypass pipe are often possible.

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Is a Heat Pump Water Heater Enough for Winter?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We often recommend that our customers look into different options when it comes to a new water heater. The standard gas-powered or electric storage tank water heater isn’t the only choice any more. Tankless water heaters offer advantages like unlimited hot water and high energy efficiency. And for homes that use electricity, going with a heat pump water heater is a money-saving alternative to the conventional electric water heater.

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Our Plumbers at Work: Fixing Pinhole Leaks

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The term “pinhole leak” doesn’t sound like a terrible plumbing problem. But the name is deceiving! Pinhole leaks are a highly prevalent issue with pipes in both homes and businesses. The cause is a type of corrosion called pitted corrosion that can affect copper. (Copper is corrosion-resistant, but there are still a few types that can afflict it.) The weakening of copper from pitted corrosion soon allows for small holes to open up and begin to leak. Even the smallest leak can cause building damage and waste large amounts of water over time. When you have pinhole leaks occurring in your home’s plumbing, you need to call on professional plumbers such as ours for assistance.

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