Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

Considerations to Make when Remodeling Your Bathroom

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Luxury bathroom with separated shower and toilet roomsWith spring officially here, and temperatures slowly but surely rising, many homeowners are considering various remodeling projects in their living space. Bathroom remodeling is one of the most popular projects people take on this time of the year, and many homeowners try to attempt this remodel on their own—this can be a mistake.

If you try to tackle a bathroom remodel on your own, you could potentially damage your plumbing in Andover, MN, or you could inadvertently do an installation wrong due to improper measurements. What you need is a qualified professional, which is where our team comes in! We’re happy to share with you some important considerations that should go into a bathroom remodel, and when the time comes we’re happy to be there for the installation and any other bathroom plumbing services you may need.

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Winterize Your Outdoor Faucets ASAP

Monday, October 31st, 2016

It’s that time of year again. You have to start preparing your home for the cold in whatever way you can if you want to have an easier winter—and spring. The steps you take now can help to ensure that you’re not throwing money away in a few months on costly plumbing problems that were 100% preventable!

Every homeowner in our area should start to winterize outdoor faucets before the first freeze. Learn why and how in the guide below, and contact our friendly specialists with any plumbing questions.

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How a Water Softener Protects Your Plumbing

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

You may have heard someone complain about the effects of “hard water” before. Some people claim that if the water they use to wash their hair is what’s known as hard water, it makes their hair feel dry and brittle. Others claim it dries out the skin, while some say it makes a difference in the quality of their cooking.

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4 Things You Should Know about Sump Pumps

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Sump pumps are powerful tools when it comes to removing water from your home. If your home is prone to filling up with water, a sump pump is a necessity, but it may also be important for homes that are not inclined toward flooding. Learn more about the importance of sump pumps and professional sump pump services in today’s guide.

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What Causes My Drains to Gurgle?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

You don’t want to hear any unusual sounds coming from your drains. Something like a banging or gurgling noise indicates you need to have professional plumbing repair done before a growing, unseen problem turn into a large, visible (and probably messy) problem.

A gurgling drain can mean a number of different issues in your plumbing, and all of them require professional attention. Air Mechanical, Inc. offers comprehensive plumbing work that can take care of clogged or broken pipes, drain repair, and drain cleaning. We can solve whatever problem has developed with your plumbing system in Mounds View, MN.

The reasons for gurgling drains

That sound you hear coming from your drains is gas bubbles released into the water you have just poured down the sink. Most of the time, the gas is air trapped in a clog, and the air is getting into the water sitting on top of the clog.

These clogs can come from numerous sources. It might be a recent clog due to a piece of food jammed into the sink. More likely, however, the clog is a build-up of grease, oil, fat, and other food deposits that have developed along the inside of the pipe walls until it threatens to close off the drainpipe entirely. Removing this sort of heavy clog often requires the work of a hydro-jetter, a professional plumber’s tool that blasts a concentrated high pressure stream of hot water along the pipe. Hydro-jetters not only blast through clogs, they completely clean out the interior of the pipe.

An even more serious reason for a clog causing gurgling is damage to the sewer line. If the sewer line breaks or becomes blocked, it will start creating sewage back-ups in the drains. Air and other gas escaping from the sewage will create gurgling as it works up through water. Sewer line repairs are large tasks that need professionals to access the pipes and repair them.

There’s another reason for gurgling: blocked vent pipes. Vent pipes attached to your drainpipes allow the safe escape of sewer gas, usually near the roof of your house. They can become blocked because of dirt or animal nests, allowing sewer gas to push up into your drain pipes. Don’t try to go up on the roof to fix this! You need the work of professionals.

Heed the warnings

Although a gurgling drain usually indicates a problem, at least it gives you a warning before the serious trouble starts. Take advantage of this warning to call for professional plumbing in Mounds View, MN. Air Mechanical, Inc. is standing by to assist you, all hours of the day, every day of the week.

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How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Here in Andover, plumbing repair calls must often deal with freezing pipes. Water caught in your pipes in the winter can create all kinds of havoc. As it freezes, it expands: putting your pipes under tremendous pressure and eventually causing them to burst. Plumbers deal with more burst pipes in the winter than they do the rest of the year combined, and repairs can often be quite expensive. You can help by taking some simple preventative measures before and during the cold season.

Here’s how to prevent your pipes from freezing.

For starters, keep the water flowing in your pipes by leaving the faucets on just a bit during the cold months. He running water will lower the pressure and keep the flow normal when you need it. This technique can waste water, however, so apply it judiciously.

A more through step means insulating your pies from the cold. Keep them in heated part of the house during installation and have a plumber insulate them if they run through at-risk areas such as the basement or within a wall connected to the outside. Pipe sleeves can be installed to keep the pipes safe, and in some cases a plumber can re-route them to move through warmer parts of the home.

You can also keep our pipes from freezing by addressing insulation issues inside the home itself. Look for cracks or fissures that let cold outside air into areas which contain plumbing, then have them sealed up as efficiently as possible.  If you can, see about having more insulation added in your attic, and look into the possibility of insulating areas of the home that currently lack such coverage.

Our Andover plumbing services can help homeowners with such projects, as well as fixing pipes when they do burst. Air Mechanical, Inc. knows how to prevent your pipes from freezing, and our trained experts are on hand to enact such measures now, before the snows start falling. We’re completely dedicated to your satisfaction, so don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call!

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Ham Lake Plumbing FAQ: Do I Have a Frozen Water Line?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

If you think you may have a frozen water line leading to your Ham Lake area home, call the Ham Lake plumbers at Air Mechanical ASAP. A frozen water line can burst and cause a major leak and expense.

If you aren’t sure, here are some things that let you know that you could have a potential water line leak.

  • No Water to the Plumbing Fixtures:
    While any water lines inside your home should not freeze, this can happen with pipes in unfinished areas of the home, such as a basement. If the temperatures have dropped below freezing and you aren’t getting any water to your fixtures, you could have a frozen water line leading to that plumbing fixture or appliance.
  • Meter Is Not Running:
    If you aren’t sure whether the water lines inside or outside are frozen, turn off the main water source. Then check the meter to see if it is still running. If so, you have a frozen water line in the house. If not, you probably have a frozen main water line. Call your utility company if this is the case.
  • When to Call a Plumber:
    The best way to tell whether or not you have a frozen water line, is to call the Ham Lake plumbers at Air Mechanical if you suspect a frozen pipe. We will send someone to your home as soon as we can to take a look or walk you through what to do before we get there.

Call Air Mechanical for all your Ham Lake plumbing repair needs. Contact Air Mechanical today!

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Common Causes of Kitchen Plumbing Problems in Ham Lake

Monday, November 5th, 2012

We use our home plumbing systems every day of the year. Dependable indoor plumbing is one of the greatest luxuries that modern life has to offer, and your kitchen plumbing allows you to cook and clean conveniently and hygienically. Any disruption to the convenience can be a real headache, but every now and then a kitchen plumbing problem does develop. Knowing the common causes of kitchen plumbing issues – and avoiding the practices behind those causes – can help ensure the continued, uninterrupted performance you want from your kitchen plumbing system in Ham Lake. The expert Ham Lake plumbers at Air Mechanical have some information for you to review. If you have any further questions about the common causes of kitchen plumbing problems give us a call. One of our professional plumbers will be happy to provide you with the help you need.

At some point we will probably all have to deal with a leaking pipe or two. One convenient aspect of the plumbing in your kitchen is the fact that so much of it is exposed. Take a peak under your sink. With small leaks the most common cause to keep an eye out for is a poor or loose connection at a joint in the pipe. A worn out washer is another likely culprit, and both problems are easy and affordable to repair. A more serious leak can develop if your pipe has corroded through or is cracked.

A backed up sink is another common problem in the kitchen. When you’re cooking be sure to dispose of any food scraps in the garbage before washing them. Even small chunks of food can get trapped and block other scraps from passing by, leading to a backup. Remember also to never put any grease or fat down your drain. That frying pan may be full of liquid after you cook your bacon, but once that liquid cools down it will congeal and become gelatinous. This goop can stick to the sides of your pipes and cause serious problems.

If you have garbage disposal be sure that you are only putting appropriate foods down it. Pasta may not seem like it’s much of a match for those whirring blades, but its soft texture protects it from being broken down small enough to avoid trouble. Pasta also absorbs water, meaning that you’ve now basically got a shredded sponge in your drain. Oh, and next time someone tells you that eggshells are good for your disposal and sharpen the blades, ask them just how exactly they think that works. It doesn’t, and it’s a good way to clog your pipes.

There are plenty of other minor issues that cause the most common problems with kitchen plumbing. If you need help with a plumbing issue in the kitchen of your Ham Lake home, call the great plumbers at Air Mechanical. We’re always here to help.

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Ham Lake Plumbing FAQ: What is a Pressure Vacuum Breaker?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

We get a lot of Ham Lake plumbing questions from our customers, and one we get frequently is about pressure vacuum breakers. The plumbing experts at Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling & Plumbing want to help answer all your questions. Call us any time if you would like information about your plumbing system or the services we provide.

Here’s a basic description of a pressure vacuum breaker and how it works.

A pressure vacuum breaker (PVB) is a device that helps prevent the risk of waste water getting back into your fresh water supply. This is why they are also called backflow prevention devices. PVBs use a spring-loaded valve that blocks the waste water from flowing in the wrong direction. The opening of the valve is determined by the pressure of the water inside the check valve, which only holds up to 1psi at a time. The valve will only open when the pressure is greater than 1psi. Therefore, the water leaving the home on the other side of the check valve cannot enter back into the water supply because there’s no pressure behind it.

Keep in mind that your vacuum breaker valve must be tested periodically by a certified plumber who is familiar with local codes. We recommend that you have your backflow prevent devices inspected at least once a year. The life of the components depends on several factors, including the condition of your water. Corrosive water conditions may limit the lifespan of the equipment; however, routine inspections and maintenance will help ensure that the internal parts are working properly and extend the life of the machinery.

Any type of backflow prevention device needs to be maintained according to the regulations of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), so it is imperative that you make sure that you hire a plumber certified to handle these kinds of inspections.

Call the Ham Lake certified plumbers at Air Mechanical for all your backflow prevention needs.

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Plumbing Repair Tip: How Much Water Does a Leaky Faucet Waste?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

A leaky faucet can be a real annoyance. The rate at which the drips come out can determine how much water you are actually losing on a given day, week, or even year. For a home that has one leaky faucet which drips only once a minute, that is the equivalent of 1,440 times a day. Although it may not seem like a significant number, over the course of a year that single drip will equal 34 gallons.

If you happen to have two leaky faucets in your Ham Lake home which each drip on average 10 times a minute, you will be losing over a gallon of water a day from each, or over 694 gallons a year. Many faulty faucets can drip much more often than that, even up to a drip a second. When this happens, one faucet alone can cost you five gallons a day or 2,082 gallons a year.

If you’re interested in just how much water your home is losing due to one or more leaky faucets, there is a great website that will calculate it for you. The U.S. Geologic Survey has a quick drip calculator anyone can use to figure it out. Go to http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/sc4.html and plug in the numbers for yourself. What may seem like a little, insignificant drip can wind up being a lot of wasted water and money, literally going right down the drain.

In addition to losing water and increasing your water bill, this wasted water can have a negative impact on the environment, especially for people living in areas with drier climates or places that haven’t gotten as much rainfall as normal. When water isn’t conserved or is wasted, the supply can’t be replenished and the entire ecosystem will suffer as a result.

To save you both the annoyance and increased cost on your water and energy bills, call an Ham Lake plumber at Air Mechanical to come and fix the problem or install a new faucet. Leaky faucets are usually a quick fix that can end up saving you money the minute they quit dripping.

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