ToiletYou’ll be in a big trouble this Valentine’s Day if you forget to give your significant other something special, but you’ll be in even bigger trouble if you neglect your plumbing system! Plumbing problems and the water damage are the worst heartache to suffer on Valentine’s Day or any time of year! You can minimize the chances of having to experience a plumbing emergency by being proactive about plumbing maintenance.

Whether you wake up to a plumbing emergency on Valentine’s Day or are concerned about a leaky faucet next month, you can always count on Rooter-Man North Houston to come to the rescue! With over 60 years of plumbing knowledge, you can trust our skilled plumbers to handle all of your plumbing problems and concerns. Our range of plumbing services cover a number of plumbing issues, from plumbing emergencies to routine inspections.

Here’s how heartless plumbing problems and water damage can be on Valentine’s Day.

Bubbled wallpaper and ceiling damage

A long, hot shower might feel good but it won’t make your bathroom wallpaper look good. Over time all that steam can wrinkle your wallpaper and cause it to bubble in places. The only thing worse than that is a hidden water leak in your bathroom, which can cause potentially dangerous mold and mildew growth. Stains on the ceiling below your bathroom are among the clearest signs of a hidden water leak.

Frozen and burst piping

Did you know that a ⅛ inch crack in a pipe will spew up to 250 gallons of water a day? Burst piping can cause serious flooding, structural damage, and increases the potential for mold growth. Always winterize your plumbing to minimize the chances of frozen pipes.

Backed up toilet

An overflowing toilet caused by a clog is a surefire way to put a plug in your Valentine’s Day festivities. To prevent clogs, never flush waste such as cotton balls, old medication, and even “flushable” baby wipes down the toilet. If you do get a clog, our top notch drain cleaning service clear things up fix it in no time!

Smelly laundry

Prevent a musty laundry smell by doing your hottest load of laundry last on wash day. This can help to dissolve and wash away odor causing residue. Using cold water for laundry can reduce energy costs but cold water can make it more difficult for dirt and grime to wash away. And if you forget to dry your laundry, you might return to a stinky surprise!

BaseMent flooding

The majority of basements are likely to see some kind of water damage during their lifespan, so it’s important to make sure your sump pump is in good working order. Do this by keeping up with its maintenance and testing it regularly.

For plumbing peace of mind this Valentine’s Day and any other day of year, call Rooter-Man North Houston for all your plumbing needs!

Old Chrome Tap Dripping WaterWinter can be a hard season and hard water doesn’t help any. Dry skin and frizzy hair are worsened by effects of hard water, which can also leave your dishes spotty and your laundry dull or dingy looking. This happens because the high mineral content of water makes it difficult for soaps and detergents to work properly, leaving behind an unsightly filmy residue.

However that’s not the hardest part of dealing with hard water! Over time the impurities in hard water can damage plumbing pipes and appliances by forming a buildup known as scale. Sometimes this buildup can be seen clinging to the outside of faucets. Scale buildup not only affects the performance of appliances such as dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines, but it also shortens their lifespan.

While “soft” water has no metal or mineral impurities, hard water is full of them and has excessive amounts of calcium, iron, and magnesium. Could your home be among the 85% of American homes that have hard water, according to hard water statistics published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS)?

If it is, then you can rely on us to help you explore your water treatment options! At Rooter-Man, we have over 60 years of combined plumbing knowledge, so you can rest assured we’ll help you find the a solution that works best for you. Our plumbing services include advanced water filtration systems and water softeners for hard water that not only improve your home’s water quality but use as little energy and water as possible.

Water softeners are a popular water treatment for hard water, especially here in the Lone Star State. They work by using salt to remove excess minerals from hard water through a process known as regeneration. In areas prone to having especially hard water, they’re a worthwhile investment. They also help to prevent damaging scale buildup in your plumbing.

Point of use water filters are affordable but limited solutions to water softeners. They can easily be fitted over your kitchen and bathroom faucets. You can even install one on your showerhead! While these are effective in removing mineral impurities, they do not prevent buildup in plumbing pipes. Water pitcher filters are also simple, affordable, and effective way of having high quality water for drinking on hand.

You might also be surprised to know that distilled white vinegar can be used to brighten and soften your laundry by adding one cup of it to the rinse cycle! Try using it as a rinse aid for shiny, streak free dishes or running a brew cycle of it through your coffee maker to remove buildup. Tired of flat lifeless hair? Try a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse to restore body and shine! The only downside to vinegar may be the slight smell that lingers after.

Most people want a more comprehensive solution to their hard water problem. Don’t make dealing with hard water harder than it needs to be! Give us a call today to explore your water treatment options!

fresh showerIf your New Year’s resolution is to save money, then plumbing upgrades for your home is a must! It might seem like a relatively small change, but even swapping out a few old fixtures for high efficiency ones will lead to big savings. Considering water conservation is an important issue here in Texas, eco-friendly plumbing upgrades are also a great to reduce your home’s water usage.

If you’re due for a plumbing upgrade or two you can rely on Rooter-man’s top notch plumbing remodeling service. Our professional plumbers are happy to help you select plumbing upgrades that will improve the look, efficiency, and safety of your home.

Start the New Year off right with these plumbing upgrades!

For your bathroom
With the average person using up to 100 gallons of water each day, the bathroom has a lot of potential for water wasting. Any outdated plumbing fixtures can contribute to this, so now is a good time to install high efficiency bathroom fixtures such as faucets, low flow showerheads, and low flush toilets. These use less than half of the amount of water of their traditional counterparts! For added energy and water savings, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends WaterSense bathroom fixtures, which are even more efficient than other high efficiency models without sacrificing performance or quality.

For your kitchen

Although that leaky faucet is annoying you may not realize exactly how much it’s actually costing you and the environment. Did you know that in a year, leaky faucets can waste enough water for more than 180 showers? Replacing a leaky faucet with a newer, high efficiency model can cut down on your water bill and conserve a lot of water. Some models use as little as 1.5 gallons per minute, which is less than half of what a standard model uses. Swapping out the aerator, or the little screen at the end of your faucet, is also a cheap and easy way to improve its efficiency. And although garbage disposals may not use much energy, an old, dull or damaged one can cause plumbing problems so now might be time for an upgrade.

For the rest of your house

Does your water heater make a lot of noise and performs poorly? It might be time to upgrade! Tankless hot water heaters are well known for their high performance and energy efficiency and are able to supply an unlimited amount of hot water. If water quality is a concern, a whole house water filter can supply each water source in your home with clean, pure water. With flash flooding being a concern for many North Texas homeowners, a battery backup sump pump is one plumbing upgrade you can’t afford to not have!

Let Rooter-Man North Houston Texas rescue you from old and inefficient plumbing fixtures with money and water saving plumbing upgrades! Call us today!

contrast shower with water streamOf all the energy hungry appliances in your home, your hot water heater is among the top two. They have been known to cost upwards of $800 in energy costs on the high end of the spectrum and in areas of the country that have higher than average utility rates. Why do they use so much energy? Conventional hot water heaters keep water stored and constantly heated in their tanks even when it’s not needed, which uses a lot of energy.

Energy efficiency is on the minds of homeowners across the country and tankless hot water heaters are a great way to reduce your home’s energy footprint. Since they only heat water on an as-needed basis, tankless units can lead to big energy saving. An Energy Star certified gas-powered tankless hot water heater can save a family of four $1,800 over its lifetime!

The cost to purchase and install a tankless unit is higher than a conventional one, but many homeowners feel their energy savings and benefits make it a wise investment. There are also federal rebates available on certain gas models that can help to recoup the cost.

Take a look at some of the other tankless hot water heater benefits!

Enough hot water for everyone

Running out of hot water during the winter isn’t just frustrating but it can be a downright embarrassing plumbing problem especially when you have guests! With tankless hot water heater, you’ll never have to worry about coordinating showers. Since the water is only heated when needed, there’s plenty to go around for everyone. Models with high output allow you to shower while doing other chores that require hot water.

Clearer, cleaner water

Did you know that a buildup of scale, sediment, and rust can form on the inside of a conventional hot water tank over time? This debris can have a negative impact on the clarity and quality of the water you use to cook and bathe with. Without a tank for debris to cling to, you can enjoy fresher, cleaner water with a tankless hot water heater.

More closet and floor space

Since they don’t have a bulky tank and are mounted directly on a wall, tankless hot water heaters free up valuable floor and closet space that can be used for other purposes.

Reliability you can count on

The average life expectancy of conventional hot water heaters is roughly 8-10 years whereas a tankless unit has a life expectancy that’s nearly double that! In addition, most have service warranties between 10 to 15 years, providing you with greater peace of mind.

At Rooter-Man, we understand the decision to install a tankless hot water heater is a big one, but it’s one our friendly and experienced plumbers are happy to help with. Our water heater service can help you weigh your options to decide if a tankless unit is a good fit for you. Call us today!

Water valve set in the building, Control water flow by valve,Just like how it’s important to know how to safely operate your electrical panel, knowing how to shut off your main water is an essential aspect of general home maintenance. In fact, knowing how to do so in the event of plumbing emergency such as a frozen or burst pipe pipe can help save you money by greatly reduce the chances of significant water damage!

Rooter-Man’s professional plumbers always to the rescue here in North Houston and Magnolia! Our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee means your safety and protection is our top priority. Whether it’s fixing a leaky faucet or scheduling a routine inspection, our expert plumbers are equipped to handle a number of different jobs including main water valve repairs, so never hesitate to call us!

Here’s how you can find and operate your main water valve.

Find your main water valve

Depending on the climate, main water valves can be located inside your home in an area such as the basement, a crawlspace, or utility room or outside your home along a wall. In colder climates, it will most likely be inside to prevent freezing and for warmer climates it can be found outside. In either instance, it can be found close to your water meter. Look for brass valves with a handle. If the handle is round like a wheel, this is known as a gate valve. Ball valves have handles that are flat like popsicle sticks. Share the location of your main water valve with the rest of your family so they can also be prepared in the event of a plumbing emergency!

Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off

Turning the valve clockwise will shut off the flow of cold water into your home. Appliances that need water to operate cannot be used until you turn the water valve counterclockwise to restore water. You may need a crescent wrench to turn the valve if you’re not able to do so by hand. This is common especially in valves that have not been used in some time. Gate valves may need to be turned several times. For ball valves, turn the valve clockwise until it is perpendicular to the pipe. It’s range of motion is 90 degrees.

Turn on your faucets

Turning on your faucets after shutting off your main water supply may seem counter intuitive, but it’s necessary for draining any existing water out of your system. Simply turn your faucets on to open them and allow the water to empty. Before turning the water back on, be sure to unscrew the aerators or small screens at the end of faucets. That way you can remove any scale or residue that may have come loose from the inside of your pipe while it was draining.

Turning off the main water supply to your house is different than turning it off from the street water meter. Usually, there are only three reasons where this would be necessary: the main water valve in or outside your home isn’t working, the line between your home’s main water valve and the street’s has a leak, or your home’s main water valve is in the process of being repaired. While the majority of water companies allow open access to the street shut off valve, it doesn’t hurt to check with them first before shutting it off.

Street shut off valves and meters are often located in boxes with access covers and work in very much the same way as your home’s main water valve. You may need a wrench in order to access and operate the valve properly and remember to always turn clockwise in order to shut it off.

Whether it’s a quick fix, help navigating your home’s plumbing system, or plumbing nightmare, let Rooter-Man be your solution to all your plumbing emergencies and problems! Our certified North Houston plumbers are dedicated to keeping your plumbing, and your life, flowing smoothly!

Detail of water attachment to the washing machine.Are you planning to get away this winter? ‘Tis almost the season for holiday visits with family, catching some fresh powder on the slopes, or just getting out of town for a while. While all of these are excellent ways to break away from it all, it’s important not to forget about your plumbing before you go! Even here in Texas, the unpredictability of winter cold fronts can take a toll on your home’s plumbing while you’re away.

Our number one goal at Rooter-Man is to protect your home, that’s why we’re proud to offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Our screened, professional North Houston plumbers have the know-how and tools to tackle a variety of plumbing problems, including help you prepare your plumbing before you go on vacation.

Follow these easy vacation plumbing tips to get your plumbing ready before you go on!

Leave your heat on

Even though it’s really tempting to turn your off while you’re gone in order to save both energy and money, it’s not really worth it. Shut off your heat and you run the risk of having your pipes freeze, or worse, burst! All it takes is one cold front or hard freeze like last winter and you just might have frozen pipes on your hands! To avoid this, keep your heat on at a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Check out your washing machine’s hoses

Washing machine hoses see a lot of wear and tear and only have a life expectancy of about 3 years. During this time major calcium build up can happen and cracks can form, causing leaks and other problems. Stop to take a good look at your washing machine’s hoses before you go so you can spot any potential issues. If you find anything, don’t ignore! Call us immediately!

Send your water heater on vacation too!

Not literally of course, but water heaters have a vacation mode that can be turned on before you leave. If your water heater isn’t equipped with this option, simply turn it off. Both options not only save power and therefore money, but they also reduce the chances of damage caused by frozen pipes leading to and from your water heater. This is important because a burst pipe can can damage your water and cause the water to drain from it all over the floor. Not only can this cause water damage, but the heating element in your hot water heater will burn out without water. Talk about a hot mess!

Shut off the main water valve

Turn off your main water valve if you’re going to be away for any extended period of time. This is extremely important because it can greatly reduce the chances of flooding by preventing water from continuing to flow into your home’s pipes, where it will freeze and may burst. Yikes! Be sure to drain any water leftover in the pipes by opening the hot and cold water faucets. If you happen to have a boiler, just skip this step because your boiler needs water to keep heating your home!

Keep drain odors where they belong…nowhere

The thought — or smell — of coming home to foul drain odors is pretty gross, isn’t it? Well, you can prevent them for happening by giving your drains a thorough cleaning before you go. Or, why not call us and we can clean your drains for you! Any kind of food residue stuck in your garbage disposal or kitchen sink drain will get pretty funky while you’re away so be sure to clean them. Similarly, clean your bathroom drains with natural cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda to flush away residue and odors. Bleach works too!

Whether it’s a big job, a small fix, or somewhere in between, Rooter-Man’s North Texas plumbing technicians are always to the rescue! Remember, your satisfaction is our guarantee, so calls us right away with plumbing questions or concerns!

A plumber uses a plunger to unclog a toilet.The holiday season is a special time of year in North Houston, as families gather together to give thanks and share in the festive spirit of the season. While the winter holidays are undoubtedly an exciting time for everyone, they can be taxing on your home’s plumbing.

At Rooter-Man, our main priority is customer satisfaction. With over 60 years of combined experienced and over a decade in business, our friendly North Houston plumbing problem experts are ready 24 hours a day to ensure your holiday functions flow smoothly.

Here are simple solutions to five of the most embarrassing and common holiday plumbing problems.

Garbage disposal problems

No one wants a broken, smelly garbage disposal! Although they might be pretty tough but they aren’t meant for disposing of fats, grease, and oils. These should be allowed to solidify before being thrown in the trash. Similarly, hard kitchen waste such as bones and starchy vegetable peels are better off in the garbage or compost pile. Remember to always run cold water when your garbage disposal is on. To remove foul odors, trying running cold water while feeding ice into your garbage disposal to remove debris. White vinegar, table salt, and even citrus rinds are also excellent alternatives. Environmentally friendly drain cleaners work best for strong, stubborn odors.

Not enough hot water

How annoying and embarrassing is it to run out of hot water, especially with guests around! You may be able to boost your water heater’s capacity to meet the increased demand by turning it up. This may supply enough hot water for dishes, laundry, and showers for you and your guests. For comfort and safety, never turn the temperature past 125 degrees. To avoid this problem altogether, consider having a tankless hot water heater installed.

Clogged shower drain

The only thing worse than a cold shower is a backed up shower due to a clogged drain. This happens when debris such as hair and soap residue build up and prevent water from properly draining. Not only can this gross out your guests, but it can cause problems down the road. Cleaning your drain on a regular basis will prevent this, so be sure to do so before your guests arrive. Installing a drain screen is an effective way to minimize the amount of debris that gets washed down the drain.

Clogged toilet

Waste items such as cigarette butts, cotton swabs, paper towels, and even “flushable” wipes can cause clogged toilets  in no time. These items are best disposed of the in trash, so be sure to keep a waste basket close or next to your toilet for easy disposal. After all, no one wants the embarrassment of being “the one” who clogged the toilet! Keep a plunger nearby for unexpected clogs. Sometimes a toilet may continue to clog despite these measures due to having the incorrect water level or a flapper that only partially opens when the toilet is flushed, so be sure to consider these areas as well.

Wobbly toilet handles

Do you really want to have to warn your guests about your loose toilet handle? Of course not! Chains with too much length and slack are often the reason behind loose toilet handles. Due to the excess length, the chain slides under the flapper when the toilet is flushed and allows water to continue to run. Jiggling the handles releases the chain and allows the flapper to fall back into its proper place. You can tighten loose toilet handles simply by shortening the chain or just give us a call and we can do so in no time! Be on the lookout for damaged or worn flapper as this can also lead to similar issues.

Avoid the inconvenience of North Houston holiday plumbing problems by giving Rooter-Man a call. From clogged drains and toilets to garbage disposal maintenance, it’s always Rooter-Man to the rescue!

pumpkin on tableWhile many areas of the country are bracing for the start of winter next month, North Houston and Tomball residents are still enjoying warm temperatures. But as things to continue to cool off during the fall, even Texans should pay attention to their home’s plumbing systems. A storm or unseasonably cold temperatures is all it takes for frozen pipes and burst piping to occur.

Although frozen or burst piping may not be among the most common plumbing repairs in North Houston and Tomball, our expert team of plumbers have the skills to remedy any plumbing issue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re proud to offer the friendliest service and the most advanced techniques in addition to plumbing maintenance tips that will help you save time and money on plumbing repairs.

Here are 3 ways North Houston and Tomball homeowners can maintain their plumbing this fall.

Clean gutters and downspouts

It may not seem that important, but keeping your gutters and downspouts free of debris such as fallen leaves and twigs can prevent drainage issues such as water overflow, which can find its way into the basement or foundation of your home. Trapped water in your gutters will also freeze and expand when temperatures drop, potentially causing roof damage and breakages.

Take a good look at your pipes

Pipes in your home’s crawlspaces, garage, and even under your sinks can still freeze during the winter. They not be outside but piping in enclosed areas is still vulnerable to freezing, despite not having direct contact with the elements. To prevent frozen pipes both in and outside of your home, consider insulating them. But before doing so, make sure your pipes are in good condition. Damaged pipes that are insulated may still cause problems down the road.

Disconnect your outside hoses

As temperatures drop it’s important to disconnect and drain your outside hoses. In cold weather, leaving hoses connected to your outdoor faucets leads to frozen piping or worse, burst piping. Similarly, you should also drain and shut off any outdoor faucets. Water left inside a connected hose or outdoor faucet is likely to freeze, expand, and may even damage your indoor plumbing. Now is also a good time to inspect your outdoor faucets and look for any signs of dripping or leaking.

Rooter-Man plumbing technicians are equipped to tackle any plumbing problem, big or small. From frozen pipes to routine maintenance and other common North Houston plumbing repairs, it’s always Rooter-Man to the rescue!

Mold On White Ceiling And Heat PipeHidden water leaks can cause serious problems around your home. They can damage walls, ceilings, floors, or even a home’s foundation. Furthermore, leaks waste water constantly and will drive up the cost your water bills. So, it’s extremely important that you find water leaks as early as possible to minimize damages and expense, but how do you find a water leak that doesn’t make itself apparent? All you need to do is watch for these signs of a hidden water leak and contact Rooter-Man Plumbers for leak detection service in Tomball! 

Signs of Hidden Water Leaks in Tomball

Mold, Mildew, & Musty Odors – Mold and mildew love to grow in the damp space created by a water leak. If you clean and clean but are still dealing with a musty odor in your home, it’s time to call for leak detection service.

Unusually High Water Bills – Your water bills should remain somewhat steady so long as your usage does. If you receive a bill that has skyrocketed in cost since the last, you probably have a leak.

Discolored Flooring & Wet Spots – Take time to inspect the floors in your kitchen and bathroom. Discolored areas may indicate that there is a leak nearby.

Running Water Sounds – You’ve probably heard that you can tell your toilet is leaking if it runs constantly. Other running water sounds that occur when you are not using water are signs of leaks as well.

Poor Water Pressure – A crack in your plumbing pipe will allow water to escape before reaching your plumbing fixtures, thereby decreasing your water pressure. 

Foundation Cracks – While it is normal for some cracks to occur as your home settles over the years, cracks that suddenly appear may indicate that a water leak is weakening your home’s structural components.

Rooter-Man Plumbers can help you deal with water leaks every step of the way. From leak detection to pipe repairs and pipe replacements in Tomball, we’ll fix your water leak so that you can stop paying for wasted water. If you spot a sign of a water leak at your home, give us a call right away before the problem gets worse!

Environment PollutionAre you suffering from the bottled water blues? Are you sick of paying big bucks for cases of bottled water to then have to drag them from your car’s trunk into your house to then have stalk your family members to make sure the bottles get put into the recycling instead of the trash? Buying bottled water is an expensive and unnecessary endeavor because the truth is that your tap water is just as clean and healthy as bottled water.

Don’t let the bottled water manufacturers fool you: there isn’t anything wrong with drinking water from your kitchen faucet in Klein, TX. Sure, bottled water must meet certain standards for quality, but municipal water supplies are treated and tested to ensure that they are safe for drinking as well.

But knowing that your tap water is perfectly safe to consume isn’t always enough. Many people prefer the taste of bottled water. At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we pride ourselves on helping households to get great-tasting water in their homes, so that they can avoid the expense and environmental concerns that come along with purchasing water bottles week after week. We install water filtration systems in Klein, TX that can make your water taste even better than bottled water, while allowing you to save money in the long run and help the environment by reducing the number of water bottles that must be disposed of.

Imagine being able to get great-tasting, clean, healthy water from all of your plumbing fixtures! With a whole-house water filter, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do, so give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call today! Our local plumbers are improving water quality and taste one home at a time!