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Frequently Asked Plumbing And Drain Questions

Water Line Repair

Even a small water leak will quickly begin to damage the structure and contents of your home. Shut off the water to the leaking pipe or fixture if possible. If your home does not have isolation valves, it could be necessary to shut off the water to the entire house. Then open faucets throughout the house to allow the water to drain out of the pipes. Next, call G.I. Plumbing at (412)866-2719 for water line repair.
A main water line leak could create moisture or a flood in your basement, a marshy area in your yard, or allow contamination to enter your water line causing discoloration of the water or particulate contamination.

Sewer Camera Inspection

A tiny waterproof camera is the best way to find blockages or damage to a sewer line. The camera will provide clear images of any problems and allow plumbing experts to determine the location of the trouble without digging up the sewer line.
When a plumber deploys a camera into a drain line, sewer line, or water pipe, the real-time images reveal any blockages or damage to the pipe without invasive digging or destruction of the pipe. Camera inspections are the most cost-effective and non-invasive process to locate issues inside piping to determine the best solution for the plumbing problem.

Sewer Repair & Cleaning

The most common signs of a damaged sewer line are raw sewage backing up into the basement or house, a very moist area in the yard with a foul odor, unexplained foul odor in your home, or excessive and unexplained mold growth.
Professional sewer line cleaning is recommended once each year to help eliminate the potential of clogs and raw sewage backups in your home.
A hydro jet machine is the safest way to remove any blockage or debris inside a sewer line. The device uses only a high-pressure jet of pure water to wash away the clog and residue inside the pipe to eliminate foul odors and reduce the potential for future clogs.

Water Filtration

A quality water filtration system is far more cost-effective than purchasing bottled water. In addition, the filtered water is less likely to cause mineral buildup and deterioration of your plumbing pipes and fixtures. And finally, it is more environmentally friendly as it eliminates the need for plastic bottles that end up in landfills.

Garbage Disposals

A reputable garbage disposal should provide around a decade of service with proper care and use.
As a general rule, all food waste should be removed from dishes and cookware before rinsing. This step eliminates all of the large pieces of food that will damage a garbage disposal. Unlike the name implies, only tiny bits of food are appropriate for a garbage disposal to grind and flush away with dirty water.

Drain Cleaning

Drain lines should be professionally cleaned on a regular basis to prevent clogs from forming and damage to the drain lines from excessive pressure.
At G.I Plumbing, our team of certified technicians uses various tools to remove clogs from drain and sewer lines. Plungers, plumbing snakes, and hydro jet machines are all used to remove clogs safely.
Chemical drain cleaners should never be used in your home’s drains. These products are prone to damaging both metal and plastic drain lines due to the heat created by the chemicals. In addition, chemical drain cleaners rarely remove clogs and never scrub away the residue that will create future clogs and blockage issues in a drain pipe.
The sour or foul odor coming from your home’s drains is typically due to greasy residue buildup inside the pipes. A simple and drain-safe process to remove the residue will also eliminate the odor and decrease the potential for future clogs. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let the bubbles scrub the pipe clean for about 10 minutes, then flush the drain with several minutes of hot water to wash away any softened residue remaining on the pipe walls.

Faucet & Leak Repair

If left unrepaired, even a small leak or dripping faucet can cause extensive water damage. There is also a significant possibility that there are other leaks in the fixture that are hidden inside the cabinetry or wall, which are creating costly water damage and promoting hazardous mold growth. Call G.I. Plumbing at (412)866-2719 at the first indication of a water leak or dripping faucet to prevent water damage and keep the repair cost as affordable as possible.

Gas Line Repair

Natural gas has no odor. However, there is an inert additive that provides a rotten egg or sulfur odor to alert people of a gas leak. If you smell rotten eggs, hear a hissing sound near a gas line, or suffer from difficulty breathing, drowsiness, or other signs of oxygen deprivation, evacuate the property leaving doors and windows open. Then call G.I. Plumbing at (412)866-2719 for emergency gas line repair service.
A residential gas line should provide reliable service for 30 to 50 years when properly installed and maintained. However, regular gas line inspections are recommended to ensure the safety of you, your loved ones, and your home.

Tankless Water Heater Installation

While tankless water heaters are typically more expensive to purchase and install, they operate far more energy efficiently than a traditional tank-style water heater.
Many homeowners appreciate that a tankless water heater provides an endless supply of hot water. The amount of hot water it can deliver is not limited by the capacity of a holding tank. In addition, the life expectancy of a tankless water heater is around twice as long as its traditional counterpart.

Hot Water Tank Installation & Repair

There are often many indications that a water heater is wearing out. The most common include low hot water pressure, inconsistent water temperature, and discolored water or water that is contaminated with dark flakes or particulates.

Remodeling Plumbing Service

Using a licensed plumber ensures that all plumbing work will be done correctly, to local and national building code, and be covered by a full warranty on the workmanship and materials used in the project.