Water Leaks

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!

Hose flexible metal braid on a white backgroundAs a homeowner, you want to take good care of your home by preventing water damages and other problems that can arise. Many people know to check for water leaks around plumbing fixtures and to replace water heaters if they begin to rust significantly, but worn out washing machine hoses are often overlooked. Because burst washing machine hoses are one of the most common causes of residential water damages, our The Woodlands plumbers want to share with you a few tips on caring for your hoses.

Tips for Preventing a Burst Washing Machine Hose

  • Never run a load of laundry when you’re not home.
  • Place your washing machine at least four inches away from the wall to prevent the hoses from bending and kinking.
  • Inspect your washing machine hoses monthly. Pay special attention to the portion closest to the connection.
  • Look for signs of wear including blisters, stress cracks, and worn tubing.
  • Check to make sure hose connections are not loose. If needed, tighten these connections.
  • Replace your hoses every three to five years or anytime you see signs of wear.
  • Note that deterioration can occur from the inside out, so even if you don’t notice wear you should still replace your hoses regularly.
  • Turn off the hot and cold water valves anytime you will be out of town for several days.
  • Consider replacing rubber washing machine hoses with stainless steel braided hoses which are less likely to burst.

Preventing a burst washing machine hose could save you thousands of dollars in water damage repairs. It’s simple to inspect them, easy to replace them, and well worth the effort! For help finding water leaks or for other plumbing services in The Woodlands, give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call today!

Tap With Water Flowing SlowlyLow water pressure can make taking showers, washing dishes, and other routine tasks frustrating, as you work with a weak flow of water. But low water pressure isn’t just something inherent with your home that you have to deal with. Cases of low water pressure each have a cause and a solution. You just need to figure out what is causing the low water pressure and fix the issue. Rooter-Man Plumbers are here to help you every step of the way.

Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

Water Leaks – When a plumbing pipe has a leak, only some of your water will make it to its destination. If you have a water leak, our plumbers can find it with our leak detection service. Water leaks should be repaired promptly because they not only cause poor water pressure, but can also damage your home and increase your water bills.

Pipe Corrosion – Steel and galvanized plumbing pipes can become corroded over time, leaving little room for water to traverse. If this is the case at your home, you may need repiping service to replace these old, damaged pipes.

A Partially Closed Water Shut-Off Valve – Your shut-off valve may have gotten stuck at some point and isn’t open all the way. Make sure it is completely open so that you’ll have full access to your water supply.

Mineral Buildup – As water traverses through your plumbing pipes sometimes it can deposit minerals that build up over time, decreasing the space for water flow. In order to retain full flow, you’ll need to eliminate this buildup.

Whether the cause of your poor water pressure is one of these or something else entirely, you can count on our Tomball plumbers to determine the cause and implement the appropriate solution. Just give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call today!