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How do I know if my water heater is bad?

Water heater

Water Heater Issues

Every homeowner is grateful for the water heater. It’s nice to be able to turn on the faucet and like magic, we almost immediately have hot water at our access. Before the invention of the water heater, water was heated with fire or was made from other natural resources such as hot springs or natural gas. Every time somebody needed to bathe or wash dishes, they would have heat water over a fire. 

And then, Edwin Rudd invented an automatic storage water heater in 1889, and it has become the water heater unit we know today. Now, water is heated by the process of heat transfers from a source of energy to the tank, where the water is waiting for us when we turn that faucet on.

But what do we do when the water heater quits? We can either replace it, which is most homeowners do, or we can call a professional for hot water heater repair. Before servicing the water heater, the technician can advise if water heater repair or replacement of the unit is the best choice.

What Would Cause a Hot Water Heater to Stop Working?

Is there anything worse than to jump into the shower and have that warm water turn cold? Or running a bath and the water takes forever to get hot? If you have experienced either of these, then you already know, that often indicates a water heater problem. But do you have any idea what could have happened that made it quit working?

Some of the reasons that a water heater quits working are:

  • Pilot light – this applies only to gas water heaters. This is an easy and simple fix too! First check to see if the pilot light is still lit and if not, follow the instructions in the owner’s manual and relight it.
  • Gas line leak – Again, this applies to gas water heater s only. If you smell gas leaking around the water heater, recognized as a rotten egg odor, then turn the gas off immediately and call a professional plumber.
  • Heating element – Often the heating element will go out and this can be fixed by replacing the element. Once a water heater has reached 10 years lifespan, replacing it is the best solution.
  • Sediment buildup – Over time, a build-up of water contaminants is created at the bottom of a water heater and become hard. This will reduce its ability to heat enough water. By draining your water heater regularly, this can be prevented. If the water is hard where you live, adding a water softening agent to your home’s water supply can help prevent this as well. However, if the water heater is old and the tank has become rusty, that buildup cannot be removed, and the only solution is to replace the unit.
  • The thermostat – Check the unit’s thermostat if it seems as though the hot water you are getting is not as hot as it used to be. If it appears to have been lowered, try increasing, give the water time to heat up and then run the water again to see if it gets hot quicker. If not, this indicates the thermostat is not working properly and needs to be replaced.

Your home is your biggest investment, and just like your concrete driveway or roofing, the electrical and plumbing systems are a major part of that investment. Calling a professional plumber to repair or replace your water heater can protect your investment ensuring you have hot water for years to come.

Turning up water heater

Can a Water Heater Be Repaired?

It depends on the problem and the age of the water heater. Like any other appliance in your home, it’s lifespan can be extended with regular maintenance. And there are some repairs you can do to keep a water heater working as well, like replacing the heating element or the pressure-relief valve. It can also be an electrical problem if the water heater isn’t working properly, check for a blown fuse or tripped breaker. It may not be a water heater failure at all.

When is a water heater beyond repair? By the time a water heater reaches the age of 8 to 12 years according to most manufacturers, it has lived up to its life expectancy. How long a water heater lasts is dependent upon several factors:

  • Installation Quality
  • Location
  • Maintenance Schedule
  • Water Quality

So, if it quits heating water, is erratic in heating, or starts leaking, replacement is recommended. Or if it is older than 10 or 12 years, you may want to consider having your water heater replaced for energy-saving purpose.

What Trips the Reset Button on a Hot Water Heater?

The reset button on a water heater is there for safety. When the temperature inside the unit reaches over 180 degrees Fahrenheit, it automatically shuts the water heater off. So, what can cause this to happen? Here are four of the most common reasons a water heater reset button trips:

The Thermostat

The thermostat is how the water temperature inside the tank is measured and determines when the heating element should shut off. When a thermostat quits or gets stuck, it won’t turn the heating element off or on and will either not heat the water at all or, won’t quit heating it. In either case, the thermostat needs to be replaced.

Electrical Connection

A loose electrical connection is hazardous regardless of where it is, and with a water heater, a loose electrical connection will trigger the reset button.

Heating Element

Power will keep flowing even when there is a short in the heating element, even if the thermostat has shut off its power. In this case, the heating element will keep heating the water, and thus, trip the reset button.

Bad Reset Button

With normal wear and tear, all a water heater’s parts will eventually stop working, including the reset button.  When any of the parts are not working to full capacity, it will trip the reset button continually, no matter the temperature inside the tank. A reset button is part of the water heater’s thermostat and when it goes bad, it can, and should, be replaced.

So, how can you determine what is causing the reset button to trip? This can be a dangerous and tricky thing to diagnose because of the 240 volts of electric power running to the water heater. It is highly recommended that you call a professional plumber to check your water heater. They have the experience and knowledge of working with the electrical, plumbing and wiring of a water heater.

Do Plumbers Fix Hot Water Heaters?

When you have a water heater issue, it may lie in the electronic components, plumbing components, or fuel components. If the issues with your water heater indicate it is the electrical system within your home, an electrician is needed. Those problems could be one of the following:

  • The circuit breaker for the water heater keeps tripping
  • The fuse keeps blowing or overheating
  • There is loose wiring to the water heater

Indication when to call a plumber would be:

  • An unusually noisy water heater
  • Rusty water
  • Hot water pressure decreases
  • Water doesn’t heat up
  • A Leaky water heater
  • For a gas water heater, the pilot light won’t stay lit

Is It Dangerous to Have a Leaking Water Heater?

If a leaky water heater is left untreated, it can cause more than just an inconvenience of no hot water. Your home could be severely damaged by the issues affecting your water heater. Flooding alone could damage things like your floor, furniture, walls, and personal belongings. These damages could amount to thousands of dollars of repairs and lost items.

The exact danger of leaking water heater can be deadly, such as pressure building up in the water heater because the pressure relief valve doesn’t work. Faulty water heaters can cause carbon monoxide leaks, fire hazards, or scalding risks. Never gamble with the safety of your family and home – if the water heater is malfunctioning in any way, seek professional help immediately.

As we mentioned at the beginning of this piece, the water heater we have today has made life easier. With a properly working water heater, we no longer must gather wood for the fire and put a pot of water on to heat up. We simply turn the hot water faucet on and poof, we have hot water in a matter of minutes. Because this appliance gives us so much convenience, it is an important part of our everyday lives. Give it the attention and care it deserves by calling a professional plumber, or electrician is the best care you give a water heater. For water heater repair in Pittsburgh, PA, dial 412-561-3624 today.

Where to Start on a Bathroom Remodel?

A Bathtub Being Installed During a Remodel.

How do you plan a bathroom renovation?

A bathroom remodel is one of the most popular remodeling/renovation projects undertaken by homeowners. But, like other remodeling project, it takes planning to get the perfect bathroom for your home.

Whether you’re completely redesigning your bathroom or just making a few upgrades to modernize it, the first step in planning is developing a budget. Your minimum budget should be around $10,000. To help you with your bathroom remodel budget, get ideas online and from magazines. You will want to save, bookmark, print or cut out photos to refer to as you continue to plan. To help you with the planning, here are some basic bathroom remodel ideas:

  • Traditional bathroom: Traditional bathrooms normally feature full baths and shower.
  • Modern bathroom: Modern bathroom design is very sleek. Most modern bathrooms just have a shower stall, rather than a tub.
  • Craftsman style bathroom: Craftsman-style features hand-crafted wood cabinets or vanities. This style is often more costly.
  • Rustic bathroom: Rustic bathrooms will have features like wood walls to give it simple, comfortable look.

Of course, any of these styles could be mixed and matched depending on the individual. As you’re planning, the style you choose will be affected by the overall color scheme you choose. About 60% of your bathroom will be outfitted in the primary color, while 30% will be outfitted in a secondary color. Accent colors make up the final 10% of the color scheme.

Once you’ve set a budget, selected a style and color scheme, you plan out the layout. For a full bathroom remodel, you may change everything up, while a renovation may only require new fixtures or lights. In your planning, you’ll want to locate water lines and electrical outlets. You may want to design around them rather than repiping or rewiring your whole bathroom. In your design, you’ll want to pick a single fixture, such as tub, sink or vanity as a focal point. This will give you a more cohesive design. You also want to make sure there’s room for storage.

When you’re in the process of planning a bathroom remodel, you may want to consider a tankless water heater installation. Tankless water heaters can be placed directly in a bathroom without taking up much space, and serve as a great supplemental source for hot water. Call 412-561-3624 to find out from the experts at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating how a tankless water heater can prove valuable to you.

Also in the process of planning, you’ll want to decide whether you want to remodel the bathroom yourself or get a home contractor in for the project.

What are the steps to renovate a bathroom?

Once you’ve planned your bathroom remodel/renovation, you’ll be ready to get down to the actual work. 

  1. Demolition: Take care not to damage plumbing and wiring as you remove your old toilet and tub, then the cabinets, mirrors, floor tiles, and the rest.
  2. Installing shower and/or tub: The tub and shower are installed first.
  3. Lay down new tiles: New tiles are then put down. Make sure all flooring is waterproof.
  4. Hang drywall and paint: Once the floors are down, the drywall needs to be installed and then painted. 
  5. Install cabinets, mirrors and vanity: Some rewiring may be necessary when vanities and cabinets are installed.
  6. Install sinks and toilet: The new sink and toilet are installed.
  7. Add trim: Trim around the room and mirrors is the last step of the bathroom remodel process.

How long does a bathroom remodel take?

In an ideal world, where no workers get sick, there are no gaps between work stages, and all materials are readily available, a bathroom remodel would take about 4 to 5 weeks, if no work is done on the weekend. Realistically, expect the project to take about double the time, or about 9 to 10 weeks.

How can I remodel my bathroom for cheap?

While $10,000 to $15,000 is the average cost of a bathroom remodel, there are ways to save money and still get a nice, stylish bathroom when the work is done. One way to save is to just do a partial renovation. In some cases, just a new paint job or replacing accessories or replacing old faucets with new, modern designs, may be all that’s needed to make the bathroom look great. 

Other ways to save include revamping your design to limit the amount of tile used. Outside of new fixtures like a tub or shower, tile is one of the more expensive materials you’ll purchase in a bathroom remodel. Tile can be used sparingly in high-impact areas like the flooring or inside a shower stall. You can also save by going with less trendier styles in countertops, which can be pricey as well. 

A bathroom remodel without tub can save you money as well. It’s become trendy to replace the tub with a walk-in shower stall, even in master baths. Although tubs can be elegant and soothing, but can also take up quite a bit of space, especially in older homes, and, depending on the household, may be used less than the shower.

How do you redo a small bathroom?

The basic steps to remodel a small bathroom are about the same as for a large bathroom. Depending on the type of bathroom it is, it may not have a tub, or even a shower if it is a half bath or powder room. When remodeling smaller bathrooms, take into consideration how often it will be used, and who is using it. A complete overhaul may be unnecessary. Painting or changing out old fixtures may be all you want to do with a small bathroom. 

A Modern Installed in a Home.

Bathroom remodel and repair

If you are planning a bathroom remodel in Pittsburgh, PA, you’ll want expert plumbers like those at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating to install your tubs, toilets, showers and sinks. You’ll also want our team when you need repair services as well. Give us a call at 412-561-3624 to schedule services today.

What Are the Signs of a Broken Sewer Pipe?

Sewer Line Repair Done Through Trenching

Dealing With a Damaged Sewer Line

Owning a home or business comes with a lot of responsibility. There are seemingly hidden features that can easily be overlooked, like the sewer line. The sewer line can be used daily and often the only time many ever notice something is wrong is when things stop working completely. Many owners don’t realize there are several things to look for before things seemingly hit the fan. Regardless, when you need sewer line repair in Pittsburgh, PA, rely on Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We can help make sure your plumbing and property are in good condition. Call 412-561-3624 to learn more.

Contractor Digging for Piping to do Sewer Line Repair

Sewer Line Repair or Replace

With your property, there are several things to look for if you are concerned about a roof leak. Even if you have commercial metal roofing, there are several signs and causes for the damage. So what can cause sewer line damage? A lot of things, actually. The most common, however are:

  • Corrosion: The most common cause of sewer line problems is corrosion. Older pipes begin to wear out and become less effective. Holes start to form or connection become loose with age. Water doesn’t flow properly and leaks, creating a bigger problem.
  • Tree root infiltration: In your yard, tree roots pose a big threat to your plumbing. When planted too close to sewer lines, the roots can eventually wrap around the pipes and crush them. When that happens, trenchless repairs won’t be applicable. 
  • Ground Shifting: The ground where your pipes are is not always stable. Earthquakes and general movement of the earth can cause the pipes to move around. This can cause elbow joints to break apart, resulting in leaks and water ponding.
  • Freezing: The pipes in your home can easily freeze when temperatures drop suddenly. If water is not properly turned off ahead of time, the water freezes and expands within your pipes, causing them to burst. 

The million dollar question that everyone wants to know, though, “Is a sewer pipe covered by insurance?” Because what most of us want to know is, exactly who is responsible for sewer line repair? And the unfortunate answer is that, no, it is rarely covered by insurance. For any claim that you hope to file on your home, the damage needs to have happened by something called a covered peril. Insurance will cover any damage caused by the leaking sewer line, but they will most likely not cover the leaking sewer line itself. The same is true if something happened to your tankless water heater. Damage to the water heater will more than likely not be covered by insurance, but damage to your home will be.

Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

How do you know if your sewer line is leaking? There are a few signs to look for if you are worried about a sewer line leak.

  • Strange Sounds: Don’t discount the sound of constantly running water. If you hear what sounds like water still running, even after faucets have been turned off, you may have a sewer line problem.
  • Higher Water Bills: A tell-tale sign of sewer line and plumbing problems in general can be seen in your water bills. Spikes in your bills can indicate an issue with the water coming in or the water leaving your home. Either way, it shows you there is something wrong.
  • Water Ponding: When water and waste don’t have the usual route to take, it finds another way. If you are starting to notice water ponding in your yard, when it hasn’t rained heavily, your sewer line may be damaged. The same is true if you are noticing wet or damp floors inside your home.
  • Backup in the Tub: As mentioned, when water can’t go the usual way, it finds a new route. If water and waste bubbles up from the tub drain when you flush the toilet or use the shower, then your sewer line isn’t draining properly. 

Addressing a sewer line problem is critical for the health and safety of you and your home. Failure to do so can lead to dangerous problems that will damage your home and put your health at risk. Relying on sewer line repair contractors to inspect your plumbing as soon as you notice anything wrong can prevent major issues from occurring.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is sewer repair?
    • This is the process of digging up sewer lines placed on your property to find damage and repair it. For many, trenchless repairs may be an option, which eliminates the need to tear up their yard looking for piping.
  • How much does it cost to repair a main sewer line?
    • It can cost between $3,000 and $25,000 to dig up and repair a main sewer line. The cost varies so much based on location, amount of damage, type of damage, and more.
  • Does trenchless sewer repair work?
    • Yes, in most cases trenchless sewer repair is more effective and efficient than other options. Trenchless repairs may often be more costly, but they can provide almost immediate and lasting results.
  • Is sewer line repair covered by insurance?
    • Unfortunately, it is very rare that homeowners insurance will cover damage repairs to sewer lines. Unless the line was damaged by another party, like someone digging and damaging the sewer line, it most likely will not be covered.
Trenching to Complete Sewer Line Repair

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For sewer line repair in Pittsburgh, PA, look no further than Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We can expertly and efficiently find and repair any problem with your plumbing. Contact us at 412-561-3624 to get started. 

Are water line protection plans worth it?

A water line can become damaged for several different reasons like ground movement or tree root infiltration.

What is the Water Line?

Almost every home has one. It is used every single day, but the only time homeowners ever seem to notice it is when something goes wrong. What are we talking about? The main water line to your home. Every single house has a water line that connects to the main city source. They are all underground and built into your home, so it makes sense that many people don’t think about the water line to houses. But that water line is important to maintain because any issue with it can result in major damages to your property. If you are in need of water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA, then contact Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating at 412-561-3624.

The water line brings water in from a direct source while the sewer line drains water and waste away.

Water Line vs Sewer Line

Many people want to know what the difference is between the water line and the sewer line. The two lines serve two big, but different functions in your home. The water line is designed to primarily bring water in from a water source, whether it is from the city or a water well on your property. The sewer line on the other hand is used for draining water and waste away from the home. Both are underground and can be affected by the same things. It’s also important to note that roof drains and contents from gutters are not permitted to enter the sewer lines. So always make sure they are draining towards the street or elsewhere.

Options for Replacement

There are several reasons that can cause a water line burst. Most, if not all, of them are considered out of a homeowners control. What we tend to see happening, is the water line fittings become disjointed.

  • Ground movement
  • Soil erosion
  • Increased traffic
  • Tree root infiltration

These hazards are things that often can’t be controlled or prevented by the homeowner. For the most part, insurance companies do provide coverage for sudden and accidental water damage, which can be caused by the reasons listed above. That being said, there are several options for water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Sliplining: By far one of oldest and most used methods, sliplining is a process in which a smaller pipe is fed through the larger, damaged pipe. Sliplining is used to repair minor leaks and improve the structural ability. It can be done as one whole system or it can be broken down section by section. Either way will provide a durable and stable repair.
  • Cured-in-place (CIP) Pipe: A CIP pipe is actually a long piece of felt tube that has been saturated with polyester. Like sliplining, the CIP pipe is fed through an existing pipe and then with the help of air or water pressure, it is expanded inside the damaged pipe. Then it is left to cure which can take upwards of two days. This process helps to strengthen damaged pipes and repair leaks.  
  • Pipe Bursting: This method is typically used when a complete replacement is needed. For pipe bursting, an expander head is inserted and fed through the plumbing. The action slowly chips away at the pipes until they are completely broken up. They are removed and the same machine is used to feed the new replacement piping.

If you are noticing any issues with your water supply or even with water drainage, contact Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We are the experts when it comes to Water line needs. Call us, 412-561-3624, for water line repair services in Pittsburgh, PA.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to repair a broken water line?
    • Depending on the damage, replacing just one broken section can cost between $500 and $1,000. But if replacing the entire main line is necessary, then it can cost any from $1,500 and $5,000. Realistically, the number can fall between $2,000 and $3,000.
  • Is a broken water main covered by homeowners insurance?
    • Most insurance policies cover any sudden or unexpected water damage caused by a damaged or malfunctioning pipe. Generally, however, the pipe itself is rarely covered by insurance, but that is something to discuss with your insurance provider.
  • How much does it cost to replace a main water line?
    • The cost breaks down to about $10-$20 per square foot of piping. Which makes the overall cost between $150 and $300. The cost also depends on the type of material used which can be cheaper or more expensive.
  • How long do water lines last?
    • It depends on the type of piping that is used, but many homeowners can see their water line last upwards of 50 years.
  • What is the best pipe to use for plumbing?
    • PVC pipes, PEX pipes, CPVC pipes, and copper pipes, are some of the best options to use for plumbing.
We can help with any water line repair needs you may have.

Rely on Us for Water Line Services on Your Property

When you need a reliable plumbing team for a damaged water line, look no further than Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We are an experienced team of licensed plumbers in your area. For water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA, reach out to us. We’re available to help today. Call us at 412-561-3624 to schedule an appointment.

What’s Wrong with My Gas Furnace?

Propane flame inside of gas boiler furnace

What Can Cause a Furnace to Stop Working?

What’s wrong with my gas furnace? There are a number of reasons why a furnace would stop working, and while it’s a disappointing situation, there is invariably a solution. Let’s go over them briefly, and review. Lack of maintenance for your furnace ticks a fair few of the boxes. Make sure that the outside of your furnace is kept tidy, and that your air filter has been changed recently. Air filters should optimally be changed every ninety days. One of the other reasons why your furnace might not be working is due to wear and tear. An older furnace will ostensibly have more problems than a newer one.

The electric ignition could be faulty, or there might be a pilot control problem. Consult with a trusted heating and cooling specialist to diagnose problems inside the heater before tickering with your furnace yourself. Another reason why your furnace isn’t working is ostensibly because you have a malfunctioning thermostat. If you notice that your furnace doesn’t produce any heat, check the battery level in the thermostat. In some models, merely replacing the battery will do the trick.

What does it Mean When a Furnace is Short Cycling?

When your furnace is short cycling, or turning on and off frequently, there is a serious problem. The ramifications of your furnace short cycling is a higher energy bill and harm to your furnace. Four main reason why your furnace is short cycling is because:

  1. Dirty air filter. Measure the dimensions of your current air filter (there should be numbers on the side of the filter (length x width x depth) and find a replacement filter at your local hardware store.
  2. A misplaced thermostat. Have a trusted heating and cooling professional evaluate your thermostat. If your thermostat is located too close to a heat source, it will register the heat and turn off the furnace before the entire house is at an even temperature.
  3. A corroded flame sensor. A corroded or dirty flame sensor will diminish your furnaces capacity to function properly. The purpose of a flame sensor is to let the system know if there’s a flame when the gas valve is open. When the flame sensor is dirty or corroded, it won’t register the flame and your system will shut down. Call a profession to repair this issue.
  4. Blocked exhaust vents. Also known as a flue pipe, when an exhaust vent is blocked, it can cause short cycling. If debris from outside like sticks, leaves, or a bird nest blocks the pipe, hot gases will build up in the furnace and cause it to overheat.

How Long Should It Take for a Furnace to Ignite?

A furnace should start up within five minutes of the thermostat being turned on. There are no exceptions to this rule. If the furnace takes as long as fifteen minutes, there is a problem with the furnace. When the furnace takes longer than five minutes to ignite, the furnace is in the process of trying to ignite, failing, and then trying again.

Repairman vacuuming inside of a gas furnace during a cleaning.

What Would Cause a Gas Furnace Not to Ignite?

There are a number of reasons why a system would not ignite. Many of these reasons are especially applicable if you are returning to your residence after a long absence. Let’s go over them:

  • The thermostat. Troubleshoot the thermostat by making sure the thermostat is set to heat and that the temperature your thermostat is set to is accurate for your needs.
  • The gas line. Verify that that gas is turned on. If you are uncertain, there is a gas shut-off valve located outside your home. For a more localized solution, try turning on one of your gas appliances inside your home, such as your gas stove.
  • The furnace. Odd as it may sound, the switch inside your furnace may have been accidentally turned off. Check this switch to be sure it is in the ‘on’ position. Even if you have a gas system, your furnace uses electricity, and the electricity must be turned on. Located by the furnace will be a power disconnect switch. You can also check the breaker to make sure the power to the furnace has not been tripped.

How Do I Know If My Furnace is Working Correctly?

Make sure your furnace is quiet, odorless, in good condition, clean, and operating efficiently. There are a couple of indicators of this. The furnace will be soundless, or nearly. No strange odors, such as sulfur, or that of rotten eggs, can be smelled. The furnace itself, and the surrounding area, are clean and free of dust. You will be able to tell if your furnace is operating efficiently by how high your energy bill is. If you have a relatively low energy bill and do not see extreme fluctuations, this is an indicator of good efficiency.

Gas Furnace Is Loud

If your gas furnace is loud, you have a problem. Pings, pops, rumbles, and screeches are not sounds that you’d hear from a furnace that is running with high efficiency. If you are routinely hearing these sounds, it is time to have a professional step in and diagnose your furnace.

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Gas Furnace is Not Kicking On

If your gas furnace is not kicking on, one of the possible reasons why is due to an insufficient gas supply. Check the gas valve to ensure that the gas valve is turned fully on so that the furnace has a sufficient supply of gas to fire up the system. Other possible issues include making sure the pilot light is lit, that the electricity is switched on, and that your thermostat has been evaluated for any issues, including battery replacement. Find out what gas furnace repair entails.

Gas Furnace Cleaning

Gas furnace cleaning is a timely and methodical process involving a keen eye and careful maneuvering. Hiring a professional to accomplish this task is not out of the question. Many HVAC companies offer a gas furnace maintenance service, wherein they will clean your air ducts in addition to servicing your gas furnace. Call our professionals at 412-561-3624 to receive more information.

Gas Furnace Filter

There is a great variety of air filters out there that offer increasing levels of allergen prevention and fresh air quality. Ultimately, the most important factors concerning replacing your gas furnace filter are procuring the right dimensions for your furnace, and replacing said filter every ninety days. You can find the dimensions for your replacement air filter on your current, dirty air filter. Once you have these dimensions written down, head over to your local hardware store, and select a filter. While you may desire an expensive air filter that guarantees high levels of filtration, a cheaper or bargain level air filter nonetheless works in such a scenario. The professionals at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating will be happy to resolve all your gas furnace needs in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Call us today! 412-561-3624

Why Is My Bathroom Leaking?

Leaks are going to happen event with the most high quality of piping. These can occur from age, overuse, clogs, shifting of the foundation, tree root invasions, animals, and more. Signs you have a leak besides the obvious puddles of water on the ground can include things like low water pressure, dripping noises, and mold growth. If you notice any of these signs, you have a bathroom leak in your Pittsburgh, PA home and need to call the plumbers at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating at 412-561-3624 for repairs immediately.

How Can You Tell Where a Water Leak is Coming From?

faucet is broken and leaking

If You Have A Bathroom Leak From Your Faucet, Tub, or Toilet, Call Us Today For Repairs

How to find where a leak is coming from can be tricky. You can hear the sound of running water behind walls if a pipe burst but never know exactly where the spot that the hole in the piping is. That is why it is easier to call in professionals that can use water leak detection equipment that have heat sensors to quickly and noninvasively locate the leak. The most common places a plumbing leak will occur are:

  • The roof
  • Windows and doors
  • Air conditioning units
  • Plumbing fixtures

There are many possible reasons why your bathroom is leaking water. Not turning the shower or sink faucet completely off and letting the water continually drip, or having a clogged drain that results in overflow are common reasons for a bathroom leak. Toilets can also get leaks from cracks in the basin, get clogged, and flood. Even other lesser-known plumbing fixtures like water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines can get leaks, as well. Tank water heaters have drip pans to catch the built up sediment from water, but too much blockages result in clogs and leaking water. Sometimes the bathroom leak is not even caused by plumbing, but from outside elements, as that water leak in the ceiling below the bathroom could be from damaged roofing from storms.

Bathroom Sink is Leaking

If you are experiencing a bathroom leak, but don’t know where it is coming from, here are some ways you can narrow down what might be the culprit. If your bathroom faucet is leaking, there are 4 most likely causes for it. Age always plays a big factor in any type of machinery falling apart, so your bathroom sink or faucet could be leaking due to corrosion, build up, or wearing down of certain key parts. Look for rust on the valve seat, any built up residue on the washers and valves, any worn out seals or O-rings, and any general loose parts. All of these are indications that you need faucet leak repair.

Bathroom Tub or Shower is Leaking

Bathroom water leaks are often caused from the shower and tub. They often get mistaken as splashes of water from an overzealous exit from the tub or a playful bath. But just like cracks in the toilet basin can form, so can cracks in the side of the bathtub. This is because both are made out of porcelain, and this material is extremely durable and waterproof. Unfortunately, if the porcelain cracks, it cannot be resealed, and a new unit is entirely needed. This is where leaks often happen from. Clogged drains in showers and tubs are also a common contributing factor to a bathroom leak. So many things like hair, shampoo, soap, sediment build up, and more get stuck in the drain over time until the clog becomes too big and blocks the passage of water. This results in water pooling in the bottom of the tub until it starts to leak out.

Bathroom Toilet is Leaking

There are many ways a toilet can leak. Standing water around the base of the toilet is from a cracked basin, while a clogged toilet can result in overflowing that leaves water on the floor. If the toilet will not flush due to the flapper coming loose or another valve in the toilet tank has broken, you need to call for toilet repair. A bathroom toilet water leak sometimes gets confused with a tub bathroom leak, especially if the two are right next to each other.

Are Bathroom Leaks Covered By Insurance?

If you have a sudden or accidental bathroom leak, it will be covered by covered by your insurance. This means that if a pipe all of the sudden bursts, not one that has been slowly dripping for months. Insurance companies will do everything they can to get out of paying for your repairs, so they will send over inspectors to examine what caused the leak. If neglect or poor maintenance are shown to be the causes of your pipe bursting, then you will be forced to pay out of pocket for the bathroom leak repairs. Depending on how bad the damage was, a bathroom leak repair cost can range anywhere from $125 to $500. If the bathroom leak has moved outside of your bathroom and started causing water damage to other areas of your home, the damage costs only increase. Water damage costs could soar as high as $1500 to replace soaked flooring. If you have a bathroom leak in your Pittsburgh, PA home, call the plumbers at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating at 412-561-3624 today.

Preventing and Dealing With Burst Water Pipes

A Water Line Busted by Excess Pressure

Sometimes Improper Fittings Can Cause Your Pipes to Break.

Your plumbing system at home or at work is built pretty tough. However, there are plenty of internal and external threats that could cause an expensive water pipe burst. In the best case, the problem results in only a minor leak beneath the sink. In the worst-case scenarios, you could be looking at expensive slab leak or main water line repair! Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent a disaster.

Ways to Prevent a Busted Water Pipe

Start by targeting any external threats that could harm your plumbing system. For families and business owners, there are three serious outside forces that lead to a busted water pipe:

  • Freezing Temperatures
  • Shifting Ground (from Moisture)
  • and Invading Tree Roots

As you may know, water expands when it freezes. This is why homeowners and building managers are encouraged to let pipes drip during freezing weather. Ground shifts occur when the soil in a given area swells with moisture. The resulting force can completely snap underground pipes, especially rigid ones.

Invasive tree roots can be much more subtle. Roots gradually apply enough force to crack underground pipes, then grow directly into the water line. If this continues for long enough, the property owner could be faced with a very costly water line replacement.

Internal Threats

A Woman Calling For Emergency Leak Repair

Once You Locate the Leak, Make Sure You Call Your Local Plumber for Help Repairing the Damaged Area.

Internal forces are much more likely to cause ruptured piping. The usual suspects here are miscellaneous objects (tossed in the sink or flushed down the toilet) and hard water content. When a pipe cracks from internal force pushing outward, this is typically the result of a clog or choke point. The only items that should ever be flushed down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Save all other materials, including so-called “flushables” for the trash can. Also, try to avoid sending oily foods down the sink.

Hard water content” refers to dirt and minerals that accumulate in your water supply. These could be natural local impurities that slipped into your water on the way from the city treatment center. You can typically spot these contaminants swirling around in water or settling at the bottom of the glass. Make sure you either have your water treated with chlorine or have a water softener installed to combat mineral/dirt deposits. 

What Do You Do When Your Pipes Burst?

Perhaps the time for prevention is long gone. If you have a water pipe broken underground or in the house/office, you need to take immediate action to find and address the break. Your exact response will vary depending on where the leak is break is located, so you need to find it as soon as possible.

A Quick Guide: How to Find a Burst Water Pipe

  1. Make sure all water appliances are turned off on the property.
  2. Consult your water meter and write down the current reading.
  3. Take a slow walk through the house/building.
  4. Look and listen for running water.
  5. If you don’t find the leak inside, check the ground outside for puddles.
  6. If you still don’t find any leaks, consult your water meter again.

Should your water meter still indicate water is running somewhere on the property, talk with your local plumber. Make sure the problem doesn’t lie with the HVAC system or roofing. This might be an issue for your local residential or commercial roof repair service.

If You Have a Water Pipe Broken Underground

An Underground Leak Creates a Puddle in the Grass

Underground Water Line Breaks Create Soggy Areas and Puddles.

Underground leaks are the most frustrating to locate, especially when there aren’t any puddles to give away the burst pipe. Keep an eye open for soggy ground. Otherwise, you likely need to call a professional to locate the leak for you. Once you are sure the leak is underground, you’ll want to prepare for underground water line repair. If the leak is particularly bad, make sure you’ve shut off the water.

Some homeowners like to dig out the area surrounding the pipe. Do NOT dig up any area of the yard that may have a power or phone line. Depending on the size of the leak, the damaged pipe will either require repairs or replacement. If at any point you feel like you need help, talk with your local plumber about your water line repair.

If the Busted Water Pipe is Inside…

Interior pipe bursts are generally very easy to spot; the swelling pool of water is a dead giveaway. However, some leaks originate in pipes located behind the wall or in the ceiling (though that’s rare nowadays). If the leak is in a place you can easily access, you can apply plumber’s tape to the affected area to slow the damage until a professional gets there. For gushing leaks, it might be best to shut off the water.

You may be wondering “Is burst pipe covered by insurance?” Homeowner’s insurance will usually cover water damage in the case of an internal pipe rupture. If the burst occurred outside, you will have to prove that the resulting damage was indeed caused by the broken pipe. So try not to worry!

Schedule Your Pipe Repair Today!

If you need assistance with a busted water pipe or water line repair in Pittsburgh, PA, our experienced team at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating would love to help you fix the issue as quickly as possible. Contact our team today at 412-561-3624 for any questions!

What is Sewer Line Cleaning?

Sewer Line With Leak

Sewer Line Service and Cleaning Can Prevent Problems Like Sewage Backups.

Whether you are a residential or commercial property owner, two of the biggest concerns for maintenance are your plumbing and roofing. Issues with your roof are readily apparent and can be solved easily when you contact a residential or commercial roofing company in Pittsburgh, PA. However, with plumbing, an issue can be present and grow over time without you knowing until it is too late. In order to keep your plumbing at its best, regular maintenance such as sewer line cleaning is needed. Sewer line cleaning is a service that keeps your sewage moving easily through the pipes, preventing issues like clogs and backups from plaguing your home. This means that with a sewer line cleaning, you can ensure that you will never be taken by surprise with a sewer line plumbing problem. Your plumbing has a lot to deal with, from things we put down the drain to unexpected seasonal shifts. Choosing sewer line cleaning will have your plumbing ready for anything.

What are the Signs of Sewage Backup?

As we stated previously, plumbing issues can occur without you knowing, growing into a larger and larger problem. Sewer backups are a good example of this, as they can start small with signs you may not notice and then grow into a huge, hazardous issue. Knowing the signs to look out for can keep you informed on when it is time to call a plumber.

  • Multiple drains in your home are clogged
  • When you flush, your drains gurgle
  • Funky smells coming through your drains
  • Slow draining

Have you noticed any of these signs? Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating is always available to get started on your plumbing service needs and sewer line services in Pittsburgh, PA. Give us a call today at 412-561-3624.

The Dangers of Plumbing Backflow Problems

If you have ever seen sewage or water built up in your sinks, tubs, or showers, then chances are you have experienced a backflow problem. Plumbing backflow happens when something prevents your home’s plumbing system from effectively draining water. While many problems can lead to plumbing backflow, most are preventable with regular maintenance and care. The Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating experts can provide effective backflow prevention and repair for any drainage or venting need.

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Signs of Debris and Gunk are Indicators You May Have a Backflow Problem.

What Causes Backflow in Plumbing?

Plumbing backflow can be caused by a variety of problems in your plumbing system. Knowing the signs and symptoms of each could help identify the problem more quickly. While each issue is a real concern for health and safety, most problems can be repaired quickly. These are the most common causes of backflow problems.

  • Sewer Line Damage: Damage in your sewer line can cause a pressure change in your system that causes your water to back up in your home instead of flowing out properly.
  • Water Main Damage: Much like a sewer line problem, a city’s water main can dramatically reduce water pressure in your system.
  • Damaged Backflow Preventer: In homes that use a sump pump or ejector pump, a backflow preventer keeps water from backing up into your system. If this valve is broken, sewage can easily flow back into your plumbing system.
  • Damaged or Clogged Roof Vents: Your roof vents allow air to flow freely creating a vacuum to move your water through the pipes. Clogs caused by animals and roof sediment can cause your water to slow down due to the lack of air. A Pennsylvania Roofing Company can complete regular roof maintenance to ensure your vents stay free of debris and material bits.

Backflow Testing Available in Pittsburgh, PA

Ensure that your home’s plumbing system is always working as efficiently as possible with expert backflow testing delivered throughout the Pittsburgh, PA area. The Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating offers plumbing backflow prevention services to identify and eliminate damages before they cause dangerous problems in your home. Our professionals deliver a complete inspection of your system using only the best backflow preventers, vents, and pipes from companies like Grainger, Studor, and Amerivent.

To get the expert plumbing backflow prevention and repair you’re looking for in Pittsburgh, PA, call the Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating experts at 412-561-3624 to schedule your appointment.

Your Toilet Choices

When it comes to replacing the toilet in your home, you may have more choices than you think. From traditional one and two-piece models to modern wall models, your options are almost endless. When you’re not sure which toilet will be best for your home, let the Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating experts help you find the ideal model.

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Your Toilet Options are Vast. Let Our Experts Help.

Two Piece Toilets

We have all seen standard two-piece toilets that have a separate commode and tank. While these models deliver easier repair and replacement since they can be serviced separately, they also make cleaning more difficult. These toilets also take up more space than a one-piece toilet because of the feeding hoses and joints.

One-Piece Toilets

These models resemble a two-piece toilet but are one whole piece. Because of this, they present greater durability and easier cleaning. These models are also more compact than their two-piece counterparts because there is no need for junctions. However, these models are slightly more pricey up front and are also more expensive to replace since they have to be replaced all at once.

Wall Mounted Toilets

When you want a more modern design, these toilets take the win. Wall mounted models are efficient, effective, and use the least water of any type. However, these toilets are substantially more costly up front than one or two-piece standard models and are more difficult to install. Ideal for cramped spaces and modern areas, these toilets offer a small unit that hangs from the wall.

When you need help finding the perfect toilet for your needs, call the Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating plumbing experts at 412-561-3624. We offer knowledgeable advice and guidance to help you find the ideal system for your home.