By Bulldog Rooter 12 Dec, 2017

Most plumbing jobs require a professional due to the intricacies of the plumbing system. There are a few tasks that you might be able to take on yourself, provided you have the right tools and a basic understanding of the main plumbing parts and how they work. If you know nothing of plumbing, be sure to familiarize yourself with the following parts of your plumbing system before attempting any DIY work:

  1. Main Water Valve – The main water valve controls the flow of water into your home, and is the first thing you should shut off in case of an emergency. This is also the first indicator of leak or burst in your pipes.
  2. Shut-Off Valve – Before you start any of your own plumbing repairs, always turn off the water supply to the fixture or the main shutoff. A shut-off valve allows you to cut off the flow of water to certain plumbing fixtures while still supplying water to your other fixtures that need it (toilets, sinks, etc.). Shutting off the water is often the first step of many plumbing projects. Locating and turning off the appropriate water shut off valve is therefore, very important.
  3. Traps – The curved or S-shape section of pipe under a drain, traps are vital components of the drainage system. Water flows from the basin with enough force to go through the trap and out through the drainpipe, but enough water stays in the trap afterward to form a seal that prevents sewer gas from backing up into your home.
  4. Water Meter – A water meter is a device that allows you to see the overall health of your system. The primary purpose of a water meter is to measure the flow of water flowing into the home. If there is low pressure, a leak or defects in your plumbing system, this can all be identified through your water meter.
  5. Pressure Regulators – A water pressure regulator is an indicator of how much pressure there is in your water flow. This can be useful when there is too much pressure in your pipes which could cause damages to your pipes and to the home owners.

If DIY plumbing is not something you’re up for trying, don’t sweat it!

Bulldog Rooter  is Spokane’s premier plumbing company. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all of your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. Got a clog?  Call the dog !

By Bulldog Rooter 07 Nov, 2017

Since pipes are often located underground and in between walls, problems may linger without you even having any idea. This can be costly if you have any pipe leaks, which can result in several gallons of water lost. It can also take away from the performance of your home’s most essential plumbing fixtures, including showers and toilets.

Here are some of pipe repair warning signs:

  • Multiple Leaks: One leak may be easily repairable, but you should definitely call a plumbing service when you notice leaks coming from all angles of the system.  This may be indicative of something seriously wrong with your system.

  • Unexplained Cracks and Holes: Through the outdoor or basement pipes, you should be able to notice any damage like cracks or holes. Damage like this is much more common in older pipes.  Consider repiping services so you can save money on repair cost and future bigger costs.  

  • Corroded Pipes: You can often see from the outdoor and basement piping if there is any corrosion.  Corrosion is piping that appears rusty, looking like a plumbing probp to the point where it looks like a plumbing problem lem may be may break out at any moment.    

  • Low Water Pressure:  Times you may notice water pressure is when taking a shower or washing the dishes.  This could be a sign of pipe failure and that you should call for service as soon as possible.

  • Unexplained Dampness: Are you noticing your walls and floors becoming inexplicably damp? Usually a sign of a pipe problem, it should be fixed immediately.  If not fixed immediately, you risk facing high costs on water damage restoration services.

  • Contaminated Waters:  If you are noticing murkiness on a much more consistent basis, your water may be contaminated. Damaged, leaking pipes may allow contaminants to enter your water supply, putting the health of your entire family at risk.  It’s a sign that there might be a serious problem with your piping.

  • Outdated Pipes: If you have older pipes made from outdated materials, you may just be better off seeking a full-scale pipe replacement service. Any piping made of polybutylene, clay, or cast-iron will be much more likely to break apart and leave you with costly problems.

Bulldog Rooter  is Spokane’s premier plumbing company. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. Call us at (503) 535-3447.  


By Bulldog Rooter 04 Oct, 2017

As summer draws to a close, it’s important to make sure our homes are prepared for the cold winter months ahead. Preparing your home can help prevent broken or frozen pipes, and save you money down the road.

  1. Outdoor Water: If you have an indoor shutoff valve for the outdoor water, make sure you shut off the valve to ensure the water drains out of the faucets. Also remember to drain and store hoses so they don’t have to weather the cold outside. Another aspect of outdoor water to keep in mind are sprinkler systems. If you use a sprinkler system, make sure you get them blown out before it freezes to prevent cracking and damage. This will keep your sprinkler running for years to come.

  1. Prevent Frozen Pipes: A great way to ensure your pipes don’t freeze is to check the foundation of your home around pipes to make sure there aren’t any cracks or gaps that would allow cold air to pass over the pipes. This helps keep the water a safe temperature, and prevent broken or cracked pipes down the road.

  1. Adjust Your Water Heater: To keep your water heater running efficiently in the winter, the temperature should be set to 120 degrees.This will allow it to perform its best and prevent burn injuries.

  1. Have a Plumber Inspect Your House: A licensed plumber from Bulldog Rooter will know where the most plumbing problems occur in a home during the winter. An inspection won’t take long, and they can also give you tips on how to keep your plumbing in tip top shape all year long.

  1. Don’t Procrastinate! Waiting to complete any of these tasks can create quite a headache, for you and your wallet, down the road. Prepare for the cold early, before you run into any problems.

If problems with your plumbing do occur this winter, or if you’d like some advice or help answering questions on preparing your plumbing for the cold, call the experienced professionals at Bulldog Rooter. We can help answer any questions, and we’d love to help you keep your plumbing in the best possible shape all year long. Give us a call today at 509-535-3447 or visit our  website .

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