HVAC and heat pump installation, replacement, maintenance, and repair
Plumbing probably isn't something you think about often unless there is a problem. Your home's plumbing system is very important, however, and preventative maintenance (and a watchful eye on what goes down the drains) can help ensure it stays healthy and functional.
Plumbing problems that aren't addressed promptly and correctly can turn into the need for water or mold remediation as well as reconstruction for walls and floors. This type of work is costly and disruptive, so don't take any chances by trying a DIY fix. Always call in the pros, whether a pipe has sprung a sudden leak or your toilet has started making suspicious noises.
Some of the more common plumbing issues a homeowner can encounter are:
If your home has a below-grade basement or crawl space, it should also have a sump pump. With the higher rainfall levels in the area, there are more opportunities for flooding and water seepage in below-grade areas. A sump pump, as long as it's installed correctly and regularly maintained by a professional, can help prevent major water-related disasters.
Life on the west coast means that earthquakes and seismic events are a possibility. If you have natural gas service to your home, ask your plumber whether a seismic shutoff valve for the gas service line is a smart addition.
A seismic shutoff valve is triggered by movement and will prevent the flow of natural gas to your home in the event of a tremor or earthquake. Seismic shutoff valves should be regularly inspected, and they can only be installed by a licensed professional gas fitter.
Plumbing companies can handle any sort of plumbing issue, and almost all can respond after hours in cases of emergency. While there are some things you might be able to troubleshoot and fix on your own, it is always best to contact a professional before deciding on that option. Chemical drain cleaners and plungers, for example, can damage pipes, and they don't often get to the root of the problem.
Additional services some plumbing companies provide include:
Some companies even offer multiple lines of work, including electrical work and HVAC installation and repair. When you talk to your local professional, make sure to ask what services they offer. In some cases where there are several issues at play, like clogged drains caused by root intrusion on the exterior of your home, it is best to contact a professional that handles more than just interior plumbing.