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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!

 

3 Common Myths about Garbage Disposals

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Many homeowners rarely think about what they put down the kitchen drain and how it might affect their garbage disposal. Instead, people passively toss items into the sink and flip the disposal switch without thinking much about future repairs. But if you’re not careful with your garbage disposal, you may damage the blades, stop the motor, or cause serious damage to your pipes. To help you avoid any slip-ups with your unit, here are some of the most common myths about garbage disposals debunked.

  • Garbage Disposals Can Handle Most of Your Garbage: One of the biggest problems with garbage disposals is that some people treat them like trash containers, disposing of household products such as materials made from paper or plastic. But these items can harm your motor or seriously clog your drains. In fact, many food items should be avoided as well. While many people are aware that they should avoid harder food items such as meat bones and popcorn kernels, you should also know to avoid fibrous foods like celery that may wrap around the blades as well as fat, oil, and grease, which clog drains.
  • You Can Sharpen the Blades: There are a couple of myths about how you can sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal unit for better performance. Some say you should throw eggshells or ice down the garbage disposal as the roughness will keep the blades sharp. The fact is, however, if you were to disassemble your garbage disposal, you would see that the blades actually aren’t that sharp in the first place. Rather, the impeller breaks up food into small pieces. And while egg membrane may damage the blades, putting ice down the disposal is actually a great way to keep them clean.
  • Run Hot Water Every Time You Use the Disposal: You use hot water to do a lot of cleaning around the house, so for some it’s only logical that hot water would help the garbage disposal. But hot water may actually do more harm than good, pushing grease further into the pipes and creating clogs. Cold water helps grease to solidify and move more easily with the wastewater. But you should always dump fat, oil, and grease in a trash receptacle, as clogs may still occur.

If you own a garbage disposal in Nashville, you should service it regularly and call for repairs as soon as problems occur. For reliable technicians that offer quality garbage disposal service, call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today!

Common Causes of Slow Drains

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

We need the drains throughout our homes to drain water and waste quickly during many of the most common household tasks such as dishes and showering. So when your wastewater moves down the drain too slowly, you may look into home remedies like chemical drain cleaners to solve the problem. However, these liquids may be hazardous to your health and can further damage your plumbing. Instead, call for professional drain cleaning services if you encounter a slow drain due to any of the following sources.

  • Soap Scum and Hair: One of the most common sources of clogs that may cause water to drain slowly from your shower or sink is a buildup of soap scum and hair. You can alleviate the problem somewhat with a drain cover, but this probably will not solve the issue completely. When soap scum and hair lead you to call for professional drain cleaning, a technician will use a motorized drain cleaner that reaches deep into the pipes to ensure the problem is removed.
  • F.O.G. (Fat-Oil-Grease): Fats, oils, and grease mayseem harmless when you pour them down the kitchen sink, but these substances are harmful to pipes because they expand as they cool. This can lead to serious clogs and may cause your plumbing to backup, so be sure to dump these substance into a trash receptacle instead.
  • Hard Water: If you have hard water, it means high levels of calcium and magnesium are in your water supply, and these can cause problems for your plumbing. Mineral deposits may buildup along the insides of pipes and drains, so water will move slowly. In this case, a plumber may recommend that you purchase a water softener to rid your water of excess calcium and magnesium.
  • Broken Plumbing Vent: Your plumbing system contains vents that help water move down the drain with ease. If one of these is broken, water cannot move quickly enough to handle the rate at which water enters the drain.

Scheduling professional drain cleaning is one of the best way to clear clogs now and prevent slow drains from affecting your daily life later on. If you want drain cleaning in Franklin, call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment!

Tips to Get a Long Life from Your Garbage Disposal

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The garbage disposal is a modern convenience which many homeowners don’t think much about when everything is running smoothly. When you throw food waste into the disposal, it breaks the food into small pieces so that can easily flow into the sewer system with the rest of your home’s wastewater. Without a garbage disposal, tasks associated with cooking and cleaning become more difficult. You may have to take out the trash more frequently, for example, or you may notice the sink clogging more often.

As a homeowner, you want to keep the important appliances in your home running smoothly for years to come in order to avoid inconveniences and the cost associated with repairs and replacement. We’ve put together this list of some of the ways to get a long life from your disposal. However, when you do run into problems with your garbage disposal, plumbers in Antioch, TN are here to help.

  • The Garbage Disposal is not a Trash Can. First and foremost, never put any non-food item down the disposal and only dispose of small quantities of food at once. Avoid some dry foods like rice or pasta that may expand as they move down the pipes, causing clogs. Fibrous foods like celery and corn husks may wrap around the blades and force the motor to stop. Grease, oil, popcorn kernels, and animal bones may also damage the disposal or the pipes.
  • Run the Cold Water: Running the cold water anytime you put food down the garbage disposal keeps food from sticking to the pipes and causing clogs. While cold water allows grease to solidify so it can be processed by the disposal, warm water may not do the trick.
  • Sharpen and Clean the Blades: To clean or sharpen a disposal, you should never ever put your hand down the drain. However, you can put items down the disposal to keep the blades sharp and prevent food and oils from sticking to the blades. The abrasiveness of a few handfuls of ice help to keep blades sharp, while baking soda and vinegar can help keep the disposal clean.

When you are in need of plumbers in Antioch, TN, call the professionals at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

 

How Plumbers Use Drain Snakes for Drain Cleaning

Friday, August 8th, 2014

One of the most useful tools for plumbing is the drain snake, which is also known as a drain auger or plumber’s snake. Drain snakes allow professional plumbers a way to rapidly and effectively clear out tough drain clogs from sinks in bathrooms and kitchens, without the need to resort to any toxic, acidic chemicals. If you feel tempted, when confronted with a slow drain or full clog that will not give way to a plunger, to use store-bought bottles of “drain cleaner,” instead reach for a phone to summon a plumber armed with a drain snake to handle it.

Our skilled plumbers on staff at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will use all the best tools available for excellent drain cleaning service in Antioch, TN. Drain snakes, hydro-jetting, video pipe inspection equipment… we put the best technology to use to give you clear and clean plumbing.

How Drain Snakes Work

There are a number of different types of drain snakes. A common one that is commercial available is the manual or hand-crank model. Plumbers, however, use a more powerful motorized drain snake when tackling tough clogs.

A drain snake consists of a long, flexible coil of metal wires. The plumber sends the end of the snake down into the clogged drain, and it then “snakes” through the bends in the pipe until it runs into the debris that is blocking the drain. The plumber then activates the motor that turns the coil of wire. The wires screw down into the clog, much like a corkscrew going into the cork of a wine bottle.

The plumber can now either pull out the clog (especially useful if the clog is a single object that fell down the drain, such as a child’s toy) or push the coil around to break apart the material so that it flows down the drain.

Plumbers can also use the end of the drain snake to scrape away deposits on the inside of the pipe, such as accumulations of fat and other organic matter, to clean out a pipe with reduced volume. For heavy build-ups, a plumber will usually bring in hydro-jetting equipment to handle it.

The best professional drain snakes come with interchangeable blades to fit different pipe diameters. These heavy-duty drain snakes have the capability of breaking through obstructions as strong as tree roots. But they could potentially damage copper and plastic plumbing if used improperly, so you need to leave handling drain snakes to skilled professionals.

Eliminate the hassles of drain clogs fast and without endangering your pipes: call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for your drain and sewer service in Antioch, TN. We make the promise that if you are not happy with our service, the service is free!

Planning for New Kitchen Plumbing

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Putting new plumbing into your kitchen can be part of a remodeling job, installing new appliances like sinks or dishwashers, or as part of extensive repiping to replace aged and corroded plumbing. Whatever the reason that you have decided to install new plumbing for your kitchen, this is a job that calls for experienced and trained plumbers. This is not a “do-it-yourself” project to try to tackle over a weekend. The last thing you want when the job is finished is leaking and inefficient plumbing and kitchen appliances that will end up costing you for years in repair work.

When you are ready for new kitchen plumbing in Franklin, TN, make sure you contact plumbers with the experience to deliver work that meets and exceeds your expectations. At Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we make this promise: “Happy You’ll Be or the Service Is Free.”

How to Plan for New Kitchen Plumbing

First, have you contacted a plumber with the experience and qualifications to remove most of the worries from your mind? If you have, then you’ve already removed the majority of the burdens from yourself. Keep a good line of communication with your plumbers and the work will go smoothly toward the end result that you want.

Second, consider if you want to replace the plumbing and appliances you have with similar installations, or if you want to upgrade them. The former option is the less expensive one, and probably the first one that comes to mind. But consider the ways you can save money in the long term if you switch to a new appliance for your plumbing that works more efficiently and features extra options that will make work easier in the kitchen. Also consider what adding on luxury items (such as ice makers, multi-bowl sinks) will do to enhance your life and how much of your budget you can allocate to them.

Energy-efficient appliances are a key part of new plumbing installation, and you should give them serious consideration. For example, low-flow faucets. If you are worried about how effective such appliances will work with your kitchen, consult with your plumber. He or she will see that your newly installed water-saving appliances will deliver the quality performance you want while saving you money.

Also keep pipe replacement as an option, even if your goal did not originally involve swapping out aging pipes. Replacing pipes and putting in new ones can make for a more efficient kitchen and also give you additional options for installation, since the plumbers will not have to work around old plumbing when adding new appliances.

Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers comprehensive plumbing services in Franklin, TN, whether installing, maintaining, or repairing. If you find yourself baffled about how to improve your kitchen or solve problems with your appliances, call our team today.

How Professional Plumbers Can Help with Drain Cleaning

Friday, June 27th, 2014

How do you clean your drains?

  • “With a plunger.”
  • “With liquid drain cleaner.”
  • “I don’t clean my drains.”

If you answered with any of these, you need to call up a professional plumber to assist you with drain cleaning in Brentwood, TN. There isn’t anything wrong with using a plunger to clear out occasional minor clogs, but plungers won’t clean drains. Liquid drain cleaners are a no-no, since they are highly acidic and will severely damage your pipes over the long term. They also produce dangerous fumes and can burn your skin and eyes if used improperly. And leaving your drains without regular cleaning can lead to high water pressure and consistent clogging problems.

Call the Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling specialists in drain cleaning in Brentwood, TN today to schedule a professional job that will provide you with the work necessary for clean, efficient drains.

Ways Professional Plumbers Handle Drain Cleaning

  • Drain snakes: This is the simplest way the professionals take care of safely removing blockage inside drains without needing to use chemicals. Drain snakes are long flexible wire coils that thread down into drainpipes until they come across a clog. Using a motor to turn the coils, the plumber drills the snake into the clog, and can then remove it or break it up. Although manual drain snakes are available in some hardware stores and online, you should only trust a trained plumber to perform drain snaking.
  • Hydro-jetting: This technique uses devices that blast out high-pressure streams of hot water along the inside of drainpipes. The scouring effect of hydro-jetting cleans out most fat, grease, oil, soap scum, hair, and other deposits that can build up inside drainpipes over time. Hydro-jetting is potentially dangerous if done without training, so make sure that you only trust this work to professionals.
  • Video pipe inspection: A key part of cleaning drains today is knowing exactly what needs to be cleaned out and where it is. Thanks to video pipe inspection equipment that uses miniaturized cameras sent down into drains, plumbers can have clear views of the inside of plumbing and know exactly what work they need to do to provide a homeowner with clean drains.

Whether you need emergency unclogging for your kitchen sink, or you want general drain and sewer services in Brentwood, TN to keep your plumbing healthy, you can rely on the plumbers and equipment at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We promise you’ll be satisfied with our work…or the work is free! Give us a call today to schedule your next service with us.