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Common Signs of Trouble with Water Heaters

Monday, April 27th, 2015

There are a lot of different water heaters available for purchase on the market today. It is important that you choose yours wisely, considering just how vital an appliance the water heater is. Try as you might, though, you are just not going to find a water heater that can truly offer a 100% reliable performance. All mechanical systems are subject to operational problems on occasion, and your water heater is not the exception to this rule. The good news is that there are plenty of signs which can alert you to the fact that your water heater in Nashville, TN is in trouble. As soon as you suspect that there is a problem with your water heater, contact the pros here at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to have the issue resolved as soon as possible.  (more…)

What to Do if Your Drain Won’t Unclog

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Drain clogs. They happen. No matter how well you take care of your home’s drains, scheduling routine cleaning and making sure that you keep fats and oils out of them, you will probably run into clogs from time to time. If you have a sink plunger (and you definitely should invest in one), using it is the first step toward attempting to unclog a stopped or slow drain. If the clog is minor, a plunger will usually eliminate the problem.

But what if it doesn’t? What should you do if a drain won’t unclog? The best step is to call on a professional plumber, as we’ll explain. The excellent plumbers at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are ready to help you with drain service in Franklin, TN that will fix any serious drain clogging fast and without damaging your plumbing.

The problem with liquid drain cleaners

A step that many homeowners take when they encounter a clogged drain is to resort to store-bought drain “cleaners.” We put cleaners in scare quotes because these bottles of chemicals don’t really clean out drains. They use acidic action to eat through a clog. This doesn’t remove the majority of the objects that lead to clogging, such as hair, instead leaving them inside the drainpipe to create future troubles.

On top of that, the chemicals in these products can cause serious damage to your pipes, and they leave behind toxic residue that can damage skin and eyes. No professional plumber recommends using chemical drain cleaners for residential drains.

The problem with consumer drain augers

What about using a drain auger (a.k.a. a drain snake)? Drain augers are effective tools at getting through clogs. They can corkscrew into the thickest clogs and then break them apart, and they also collect the debris that liquid drain cleaners don’t affect. However, a store-bought drain auger won’t do much good. The job requires a motorized auger, and these are not safe for non-professionals to use and might damage the drainpipes in untrained hands.

Call for a professional plumber

A sink clog may be an occasional nuisance for you, but professional plumbers deal with them almost daily, and they are a fast and easy fix. If that clog won’t give way to the plunger, leave aside the chemicals and the store-bought drain auger and instead call up Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We will use the best motorized drain augers and hydro-jetters to clear out that clog and prevent it from coming back. Contact us today to find out more about the drain service in Franklin, TN that we offer.

Common Issues with Bathroom Plumbing

Monday, February 16th, 2015

You probably rarely think about the state of your bathroom plumbing until you notice a problem. And even then, many people feel that it’s okay to neglect repairs until the problem becomes serious. A faucet that leaks, a showerhead with poor water pressure, or a running or leaky toilet may seem like a minor issue when you have little time to call a plumber for the time being.

But the people at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are here to tell you that any plumbing repair need should be treated as urgent. You should call and schedule repairs as soon as you notice trouble in order to keep the problem from getting any worse. The following guide lists some of the most common problems with bathroom plumbing systems in Hendersonville.

Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets aren’t much of an obvious inconvenience in most cases, especially when there are several other faucets in the home that you can use. But you should keep in mind that a leaky faucet can potentially cost you a lot more in utilities, not to mention the impact of your extra water usage on the environment. A small leak that drips at a rate of one drop per second wastes 5 gallons of water a day and over 2,000 gallons a year. And if several homeowners across the county have a similar leak, the effect on our natural resources can be huge.

Poor Water Pressure

Low water pressure is an inconvenience when you need a relaxing shower after a long day. But it can also indicate a major problem in your plumbing system. Often, low water pressure points to a leak that keeps water from reaching your showerhead. It may also be due to scale buildup that restricts the flow of water. Most plumbers will recommend a water softener to keep the issue from worsening since mineral buildup can ruin the pipes, and it may require replacing your entire plumbing system.

Broken Toilet

A leaky or running toilet also requires immediate repairs. A running toilet can use a lot of water and may overflow in some cases. A leaky toilet may not be too much of a big deal, unless there are cracks in the tank or bowl, in which case replacement is necessary.

Call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to schedule an appointment when you experience any type of problem with your bathroom plumbing in Hendersonville.

Are Gurgling Drains a Sign I Need Drain Cleaning?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Gurgling drains are a pretty common occurrence in the home, and are usually met with mild neglect. Sure, it’s a bit annoying, but if a gurgling drain isn’t that much of a problem, right? Actually, a gurgling drain is usually a warning sign that it’s developing a clog. Let’s take a look at what causes that gurgling noise, and what you should do when you hear it.

Causes of Gurgling

When a clog begins to form in a water pipe it tends to have air pockets, created by the uneven nature of its formation. These air pockets remain trapped in the clog, until exposed to water. As water comes into contact with the clog, it releases the air as bubbles. These bubbles float back up through the water until they burst on the surface, creating that gurgling sound that you hear every time you pour water down the drain.

Now, the real question is: where is the clog actually located?

Possible Clog Locations

The most common kind of clog is located in the actual drainpipe. This can be caused by any number of things, depending on which drain is experiencing the gurgling. If it’s your sink, you may have bits of food debris stuck in the pipe. Shower and bathroom sink drains can often form clogs made by hair or toothpaste, respectively.

Another possibility is a blocked drain vent. Drain vents are responsible for the removal of sewer gas from the drainpipes in your home. These vents often lead up to the roof, where they can vent the gas outside the house and into the open air. Unfortunately, these vents are often a prime target for bird nests and other animal activity. If the vent becomes blocked, it can force gas back down and into the pipeline. If the gurgling in your drain is accompanied by a bad smell, it might be because of a blocked drain vent.

If you are noticing gurgling coming from one or more of your drains, call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and schedule an appointment. We provide quality drain cleaning services throughout Brentwood.

 

Some Installations to Consider for Your Kitchen Plumbing

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Today’s kitchens aren’t just the place to cook food and wash dishes; they are the heart of your home, and with the kitchen appliances and amenities available to homeowners, a lot of planning has to be done to achieve the kitchen you want and need. It can be easy to miss some key components during your kitchen planning, especially if your kitchen is going to an intricate one. Overlooking key plumbing components in your kitchen can mean redoing walls and floors to accommodate for these missed items, which is why working with an expert from start to finish helps ensure that your kitchen plumbing in Antioch goes exactly as you want. The experts at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling have helped multiple customers with their new kitchen plumbing and installation, so call us today!

Items to Consider for Installation

Here are some items that our technicians see with new kitchen installations:

Garbage disposal

A garbage disposal is great for breaking down food waste and disposing of it in an environmentally-friendly way. You can also reduce the amount of food waste in your home’s garbage, which can help prevent unwanted odors permeating your home and unwanted pests from looking for a snack. Garbage disposals are part of your kitchen sink’s plumbing, which is why it’s important to have a professional install one.

Ice Maker/Water Dispenser

Many of today’s refrigerator’s do a lot more than store food; many provide fresh, filtered water and ice on demand. But to provide these things, your refrigerator has to be connected directly to your home’s water line. While it may seem simple, these types of refrigerators can be a challenge for someone who doesn’t have the expertise, so it’s best to call for an expert.

Sinks

Not too long ago, there wasn’t much to choosing a sink for your kitchen. These days, you not only have a variety of styles, you have a variety of sizes and can even have a separate, on-demand hot water spout for things like tea. Faucets have even become upgraded, with some having sensors to turn on and off. No kitchen can operate properly without its sink, so don’t take chances: call an expert for planning and installation.

Your kitchen plumbing is critical to its operation. If you are planning a new kitchen or have new kitchen appliances to install, call the people you can count on for all your kitchen plumbing needs in Antioch: Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

Leading Reasons for Clogged Drains

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

They are made of some of the most durable materials around, yet they can still clog from some small items: ‘they’ are your drains, and here are some of the top reasons how and why they can clog:

  • Grease – have you ever seen grease cool in a pan and become a thick, viscous substance? The same thing happens inside your plumbing when your pour grease down the drain. You may think, “I’ll just run hot water down the drain!” This doesn’t get rid of the grease, and in fact, can make things worse: hot water liquefies the grease and pushes it further down the drain; once it cools, it will congeal and can create a blockage.
  • Paper products – the only kind of paper product that breaks down in your plumbing system is toilet paper; otherwise, other paper items like paper plates, paper towels, napkins and feminine products do not breakdown. A continual stream of paper products in your plumbing will cause a clog to develop in your system.
  • Food particles – if you do not have a garbage disposal, you shouldn’t wash food down into your drain. Food does not break down easily and as such, can easily clog your drain. Even if you do have a garbage disposal, there are certain foods that shouldn’t be put in them, such as pasta, rice and potato peels, as these things absorb water and create problems inside the disposal.
  • Hair – hair will clog drains when it is allowed to accumulate. Once this accumulation builds, hair clogs can be tough to remove, and may require snaking.
  • Soap scum – if you’ve ever felt the layer of soap scum on your tub, then you have an idea of what’s happening in your plumbing. Soap scum is thick, and as it washes down your drain, it can form a layer on the inside of your pipes that will harden; left alone, this build-up can clog your drain.

Don’t Use Drain Cleaner

It can be very tempting to try and repair a clog with over-the-counter drain cleaner; this is not a good idea. Store-bought drain cleaners are highly caustic and rarely remove the clog; they will, however, eat away at your piping, and can actually cause damage. If you have a clogged drain and need a professional drain cleaning service in Franklin, call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to schedule a service appointment.

Professional Drain Services You May Need

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

You may not notice how essential your drains are in your daily life until you develop a problem. The drain pipes in your home lead to the community sewer main or to your septic tank, and have a number of features that keep your home safe and functional. For example, the p-trap, that curved piece of piping underneath the sink, keeps you from dealing with foul odors in the home. A set of plumbing vents prevents pools of water from forming during a long shower by allowing it to move down the drain at a quick enough rate. And the pipes are laid out in such a way to avoid clogs and leaks from occurring as much as possible.

However, drain problems are nearly inevitable from time to time, and you may find yourself in need of one of the following services at some point during the life of your plumbing system. For quality drain services in Hendersonville, call on the trained professionals at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

Drain Cleaning

One of the most common reasons homeowners call for professional drain services is due to a drain clog. Whether it’s big or small, a drain clog can seriously deter cleaning, washing, and food preparation efforts. Professionals have tools that are entirely safe for your drains, including drain augers to remove the clogs and fiber optic video cameras to inspect the pipes and make sure the problem is cleared.

Grease Trap Installation

Another drain service performed by professionals is grease trap installation. A grease trap is a plumbing component that prevents fats, oils, and greases (F.O.G.) from solidifying in the drain pipes. These installation are used most often for commercial kitchens, as the large amount of F.O.G. that moves down the drain can cause clogs and may damage the environment. A grease trap separates the grease from the rest of the wastewater to protect your pipes and prevent sewage leaks, which pose a public health threat.

Drain Repair or Replacement

If your drain pipes begin to corrode or leak, you will need to schedule drain replacement or repair services. Professionals can determine the exact source of the leak and decide whether the problem is with a single pipe or if all of the drain pipes must be replaced.

Call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to schedule an appointment today for professional, skilled drain service in Hendersonville.

Benefits of Scheduling Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The kitchen is a central area of your home, but without a number of different functioning plumbing fixtures, you would not be able to perform the simplest tasks that you need for cleaning and cooking. The appliances and fixtures in your kitchen need proper drainage and the correct water pressure in order to run as you’d like them to. Yet, clogs, leaks, and faulty operation of pipes, fixtures, and appliances are all a possibility at some point in the life of a plumbing system. Make sure your kitchen plumbing performs at its best with annual maintenance from a certified plumber. You may notice the following benefits when you do.

  • Reduce the Chances of Drain Clogs: During kitchen plumbing maintenance, a technician will use fiber optic video camera technology to inspect your drain pipes and look for any excessive buildup or potential clogs that require immediate removal. Drain clogs can cause sewage to back up into your home, which poses a health threat and risks damage to your belongings. Reduce the chances of drain clogs with a video pipe inspection and schedule drain cleaning as needed.
  • Protect Your Garbage Disposal: Kitchen plumbing maintenance can help protect your garbage disposal from premature replacement. A technician will make sure it is working properly and that it is not impaired by any grease or items blocking the motor. If your garbage disposal is not working properly, a technician may recommend replacement. Proper garbage disposal operation is key to a healthy drain pipe and sewer line, so this seemingly small maintenance task can actually do a lot for your home.
  • Maintain Your Dishwasher: During plumbing maintenance, the technician will also check the dishwasher and inspect for ample water flow as well as proper drainage. This helps prevent a costly replacement and gives you peace of mind that your dishes are cleaner and your appliance won’t fail at an inconvenient time.

You spend a lot of time in the kitchen, which is why your kitchen plumbing system demands a bit of your attention. Keep everything working smoothly when you call the experts at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for kitchen plumbing maintenance in Franklin.

3 Plumbing Services That Will Make Your Life Easier

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Modern plumbing systems make life easier in a number of ways. Most homeowners would not be able to function without the convenience of a water supply and drainage system. Cold or hot water is available immediately from any faucet in your home, and wastewater is disposed of quickly and easily. Despite the many benefits that come built into your home plumbing systems, you can make a few improvements to your plumbing that can make your life even easier. Consider the following plumbing services to simplify your life, all of which are available in Smyrna from the experts at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

  • Drain Cleaning: You know to call a plumber when you have a major drain clog, but scheduling drain cleaning service is also important for preventive purposes. A sudden clog can get in the way of daily tasks such as showering or washing the dishes. Blockage may be caused by a buildup of grease and debris along the inside of your pipes, which is addressed during professional drain cleaning. A plumber uses a drain auger to remove any major clogs and cleans out the drains with a high-pressure hose, preventing clogs from occurring in the future.
  • Garbage Disposal Replacement: If your garbage disposal just doesn’t seem to be cutting it, you may need a new unit. Garbage disposals will not last forever, and problems indicate that your unit may soon fail. A new garbage disposal may have better horsepower and could be more effective at preventing drain clogs.
  • Water Treatment System Installation: A water treatment system can make your water taste better and remove contaminants that you don’t want anywhere near your family. A water filter removes sediment and debris that may build up in your underground pipes over time. Specialty cartridges focus on specific issues that affect your home or your area, such as nitrates and arsenic. Or you may choose to install a water softener to prevent mineral deposits from ruining your pipes and appliances.

Scheduling these services can have a positive impact on your daily life, keeping your family happy and healthy and preventing the need for repairs. For quality plumbing services in Smyrna, call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to make an appointment!

Common Plumbing Issues with Bathroom Toilets

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Modern plumbing advancements mean that most home toilets are generally very reliable, needing few repairs over the course of their lifespan. Besides the occasional clog that can be removed with the help of a plunger, most toilets that are properly installed won’t run into too many problems. However, as with any plumbing fixture, a toilet cannot last forever, and repair needs or toilet replacement are both inevitable at some point in time. Here are some of the most common bathroom plumbing issues that occur with toilets.

  • Leaking: A toilet may leak from behind the tank, from the area between the tank and the bowl, over the sides of the bowl, or underneath the unit, depending on the source of the problem. Leaking around the bottom of the toilet may be due to a worn gasket, the seal around the base of the toilet. Leaking behind the toilet near the wall may be because of a shut-off valve leak, while leaking between the bowl and tank may be due to loose or damaged bolts. If leaks are due to cracks in the tank or bowl, your entire unit may need replacement.
  • Clogs: Most toilet clogs are easily solved with a plunger that loosens the clog so it can move into the sewer with ease. However, sometimes a clog indicates a problem further along in the pipes, which requires professional equipment to locate and remove. This should be done at the first sign of problems to prevent backup from entering your home.
  • Water Runs Excessively: If the water in your toilet tank will not seem to stop running, it may be because of a faulty float mechanism. The handle operates a flapper that lifts to allow water to move into the bowl. The flapper is supposed to close after the water rises to a certain level, but if this does not happen it may mean that the flapper is stuck open as it has become misaligned or warped. Running water may also have to do with the valve that lets water into the tank or the float that stops water from entering as it rises when the tank is full.

For bathroom plumbing repair in Brentwood, call the professional plumbers at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today!