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Garbage Disposers

Garbage DisposalMany of 911 Plumbing Services’ service calls involve garbage disposers. They may be one of the most misused appliances in any home. Few people realize that garbage disposers are only designed to handle light food residue that is rinsed from plates and cooking utensils before they go into the dishwasher.

Large quantities of food and debris going into disposers can overwhelm them and clog the kitchen sink drain. Few things are more frustrating than a kitchen sink that won’t drain but 911 Plumbing Services will repair or replace broken disposers and get your sink back to normal.

Problem: When your Garbage disposer hums but won’t operate properly you can do the following
Solution: Press the reset button located on the bottom of the disposer. If this doesn’t work, turn off the power switch and shine a flashlight into the drain. Look for a foreign object such as a coin, plastic bread tie or staple. Remove the item with pliers or a grasping tool. It is very dangerous; DO NOT put your hand inside a disposer. Your disposer may have a hex key jam clearing tool. Look for it under the sink or taped to the disposer. Check for a slot at the bottom of the disposer where the tool can be inserted and turned back and forth to clear the jam.


Faucets & Sinks

Faucet LeaksHow to turn off the water supply if your faucet breaks?
When your faucet breaks/ leaks or for some reason you would like to turn off the water supply line for particular faucet; look beneath the sink for the water shut-off valves. There is a cold water shut-off valve and a hot water shut-off valve. They’re usually chrome with a small oval valve handle. Turn the handles clockwise until the water stops pouring out of the faucet. Sometimes water shut-off valves freeze up from lack of use. If it won’t budge, get a pair of pliers and slowly turn the knob back and forth until the rubber seat inside loosens. Don’t force it all at once or it could break and cause bigger plumbing problems. If the valve spins freely and won’t turn the inner seat, tighten the set screw on the face and try again. In case of any leak or pipe bursting, we highly recommend calling 911 Plumbing Services in order for prompt service.



ToiletsHow old and inefficient is your toilet?
If your toilet was manufactured before 1994, it is probably costing you a fortune in water. Most older toilets used 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). Newer low-flow toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush or less and the newest low-flow designs provide the same amount of flushing power as old 3.5 gallon models. A 911 Plumbing Services specialist can install an efficient new toilet that will conserve water and save you money month after month.
There are many new environmentally-friendly toilet designs that go even further to save water. Some designs have a dual flushing system which uses only 0.9 gallons to flush liquid waste but all 1.6 gallons to flush solid waste. You are welcome to purchase a toilet from the store of your choice then seek our plumbing services to have it installed. Or we can provide you with options before delivering and installing the toilet you want.

How To Check Toilet LeaksHow to check a toilet for a leak: Flush the toilet and while the reservoir is still filling, add 2 or 3 drops      of food coloring to the water in the reservoir.

Wait 15-30 minutes. If the water in the bowl changes colors it means your toilet has a leak. CALL 911 Plumbing Services and our highly trained plumbers will be able to fix your toilet leak in a very fast and timely manner and most cost effective way.


Water Leaks

Finding water leaks can save you water, which means saving money on water and sewer bills. Follow these easy steps to determine if you have a leak in a domestic or a sprinkler irrigation system.

Water Meter Water meter with red triangle leak indicator.

How to check for a water leak
Follow these steps to find out if your system has sprung a leak:
Step 1. Turn all water-using appliances off so that no water is being used. This means turning off all water inside and outside the house including showers, sinks, washing machines and any appliance that uses water. If you have a sprinkler irrigation system, turn off the controller and manually shut off the two valves at the double check valve assembly (DCVA) to isolate the irrigation system.

Step 2. Take the lid off the meter box and lift the protective cover. (Photo at right.)
Water meter with red triangle leak indicator.
Watch the meter. Your meter will have a triangular red or silver and black round disc that is commonly called a “leak indicator.”
•    If it is spinning, you have a leak. If there is no indicator and the actual meter dial hand is moving, water is running somewhere in your system and you have a leak – go to step 3.
•    If the hand is not moving, note the position of the hand and wait 10 minutes. Check the meter again, if it has moved, you have a slow leak – go to step 3

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Step 3. Locate the customer-side shut-off valve (Photo at Right) to the house.

Step 4. Turn off the valve.

Step 5. Turn on a faucet inside the house to test.
•    If water still flows from the faucet after several seconds, the shut off valve is not working.
•    If no water flows through the faucet, the shut off valve is working. Return to the meter.


Another type of water meter.

Another type of water meter. Another type of water meter.

Step 6. Check if the meter’s leak indicators hand is moving.
•    If the leak indicator or dial hand is still moving, water is flowing between the meter and the shut-off valve. That means you have a leak between the meter and the customer-side shut-off valve.
•    If it is not moving, then you have a leak between the customer-side shut-off valve and possibly somewhere in the house. Check toilets, washing machines, faucets, etc., for any leak. After evaluating all faucets and fixtures and no visual leak is detected contact 911 Plumbing Services and will take the manner in a professional way by performing additional tests, which will allow us to detect the leak and take the necessary steps for repairs.


Gas Leaks

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Natural gas has become a widespread energy source because it’s highly combustible, which means that it can produce large amounts of heat when you burn small amounts. Consequently, a natural gas leak can increase the risk of fire and explosion since it spreads quickly and combusts easily. An electrical spark or fire source can set this off if you have a leak in your house.
If you suspect a natural gas leak inside, immediately stop what you’re doing (do not flip any electrical switches, unplug anything or use a telephone). Inhaling high concentrations can also lead to asphyxia (when the body is deprived of oxygen) and possibly death. Early symptoms of asphyxia include fatigue and chest pain. 911 Plumbing Services plumbers are specialized to detect and repair gas leaks. Our latest State-of the Art technology combined with our expertise gives as the ability to provide you with the best possible service with a reasonable pricing.


Copper Re-Piping

Copper Re-PipingCopper re-piping is basically the process of replacing piping that is already in place. The older piping systems in homes were usually iron coated with zinc. The problem with this is that the pipes begin to erode and rust forms. Obviously this is not a good thing for pipes in the home, or anywhere else for that matter. This is where copper re-piping comes in. Copper re-piping is the process of replacing the zinc coated iron pipes with new copper pipes. There are many reasons why people choose copper pipes over the older iron pipes. The first reason, of course, is that copper does not rust. As well as this, copper re-piping is safe, and provides a durable piping system in the home.
For those who want to look into copper re-piping for their home, there are a few options available. The first, and most sensible option, is to hire a professional to do the repiping job for you. This will, of course, cost more than doing the job yourself, but at least you know that the job will be completed properly.
As well as this, there is the option of installing the copper re-piping yourself, but this is something that should be very carefully considered. If you were to do the job wrong then you are going to face a very high cost to get the problem sorted, so it is always best to have the piping installed by a professional. However, if you feel confident enough in your skills to do the job yourself then there are a few things that you are going to need.
The first thing that you are going to need to buy, of course, is the copper pipes themselves. If you are going to do the whole piping system in your home then you should be aware that you are going to have to buy a lot of copper re-piping. As well as this, you are going to need all of the different fittings in order to install the copper re-piping properly. When you consider this, it makes much more sense to hire a professional to install the copper re-piping in your home. This way you can make sure that everything goes smoothly and with no problems at all. Here, in 911 Plumbing Services we specialize in copper re-piping and are able to provide you with the peace of mind that your copper re-piping will be performed professionally as needed.


Water Heater Shutdown Instructions:

Gas: Twist the dial on the top of the thermostat from the ON to the OFF position.
Electric: Switch the circuit breaker for the water heater to the OFF position.
Turn the handle on the water valve CLOCKWISE until it stops. If the water does not stop, turn off the main water valve for the entire house.
Attach a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Run the other end of the hose to a lower place where you can drain rusty, hot water without causing damage. Open a hot water faucet in the house to let air into the tank.
Flip handle so it is sticking straight out or up. (CAUTION: Scalding hot water).

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Drain Stoppages

In case of a drain stoppage, STOP using your drain system immediately to avoid any possible backups.

Avoid any drain cleaners, such as bleach, solvents or any none bio-degradable substances.

Above mentioned chemicals such as; bleach solvents can cause serious damage to your pipes.

Biodegradable drain removers are made with natural enzymes and accomplish the intended goal without polluting the air in your home and the water on the other side of the drain.

In case if you used any chemicals, you should inform your technician, in order to protect him and your property from any possible hazard.

This types of chemicals can cause burns if spilled on your skin, and permanent eye damage in case of an eye exposure.