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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.

3 Repairs Faced by Commercial Plumbing

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The plumbing systems for commercial buildings are, at their basics, similar to those found in homes. The difference is one of scale: consider the amount of drainage that the kitchen of a restaurant needs as opposed to that of a single family home, or the amount of hot water a commercial kitchen requires from a hot water heater. Even non-food service businesses have much more significant load requirements than single family dwellings.

Commercial plumbing therefore needs repair work from commercial plumbing experts. You cannot rely on plumbers who only have experience with residential work. Not only are plumbers trained on commercial systems more qualified to handle repairs, but they also know how to keep a business up to code.

Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has a team of experts that can take care of light commercial plumbing as well as other plumbing services Franklin, TN. Here are a number of the more common plumbing repairs that we handle for businesses:

1. Cleaning grease traps

Grease traps are essentially for commercial kitchens in order to prevent large amounts of grease, fat, and oil from entering into the public sewer system. When wastewater enters the trap, it passes through baffling that removes light-than-water material, such as oil and grease. If the traps are not cleaned and maintained regularly, they can begin to block up drains and create terrible odors. Professionals must handle work on grease traps in order for a restaurant to stay within local plumbing codes.

2. Sewer line repairs

Moving on from the grease trap is the sewer line from a business out to the municipal system. The business owner is responsible for this pipe until it reaches the city main, and if the lines sustains damage (which sometimes happens because of construction) or becomes clogged due to organic waste, it is up the owner to have repairs done. Not only do damaged sewer lines violate building health codes, they can cause immense damage to a business, especially to basement storage areas. If you have multiple slow or blocked drains at your business or detect an unpleasant sewage smell, call for an experienced plumber right away.

3. Leak detection and sealing

A common problem that businesses face from faulty plumbing is when leaks cause the collapse of ceiling tiles. If you see discoloration appearing on ceiling tiles that resembles water damage, you need to have it looked into right away. Leaks can occur in less obvious places, but will leave signs such as spots on walls and lumps under the carpet. Professionals will use high-tech leak detection equipment to pinpoint where leaks are occurring and repair them with minimal damage to building material.

The worst action you can take when it comes to plumbing issues is to ignore them. The second worst action is to bring in amateur or inexperienced plumbers to repair them. Move fast, and make the right move for your light commercial plumbing in Franklin, TN: call Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

3 Ways Commercial Plumbing Differs from Residential Plumbing

Friday, May 9th, 2014

In many ways, the plumbing systems inside homes and businesses are similar: a commercial system is larger, but otherwise it uses similar pipes, drains, and appliances.

However, the repair and installation work required for commercial plumbing systems is far removed from that found inside even the largest homes. If your company needs work done on its plumbing, you cannot call up a residential plumber and hope to have the job done right. Make sure you call specialists in light commercial plumbing in Antioch, TN when you need the finest professional services for your company, done right.

Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers the same promise to our commercial customers that we do to our residential customers: we’ll perform the work to your satisfaction—or the work is free.

Here are 3 ways commercial plumbing is different

  1. It must be handled by professionals: In general, professional plumbers should also handle residential plumbing as well, but there are a few jobs that a homeowner can manage. But with commercial plumbing, the large extent of the work involved and the necessity of keeping a building up to code means that this work must remain in the domain of licensed professionals—particularly plumbers familiar with light commercial plumbing work.
  2. More complex drainage: The number of drains and the amount of wastewater they remove from a commercial space is significantly larger than that of a home—especially if the business is a food service. Local codes will restrict what can enter the sewage system from a business, and this combined with the many drains and their large load requirements means that only plumbers with specialized training can effectively work on commercial drainage. Poor work on commercial drainage systems due to lack of familiarity with codes could result in a company being shut down.
  3. Larger safety concerns: Residential plumbing systems do not have the same concerns with hot water and high pressure as a commercial system. You will rarely worry about safety as an issue with residential plumbing, but with commercial plumbing it is paramount: untrained work can result in serious scalding injuries from high pressure steam lines.

When it comes to light commercial plumbing in Antioch, TN, you cannot call up any residential plumber and expect to get the quality work necessary. You need to find a contractor familiar with plumbing codes and the workings of commercial systems who knows how to handle any job safely and effectively.

Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling repairs and installs plumbing for light commercial businesses. You can rely on our training and experience to protect your company and its plumbing. Give us a call today!

3 Considerations for Pipe Replacement

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Few parts of your home will endure as long as its plumbing. You can expect to replace your refrigerator and air conditioner every 15 years or so, and your furnace every 20. But solid pipes in your plumbing can last for over 30 years, especially if they’re made from corrosion-resistant copper alloy.

However, pipes aren’t invincible or immortal, and you will eventually need to have professional plumbers take care of the job of replacing old and damaged ones. In some situations, such as with older houses that have galvanized steel plumbing, you might want to have whole-house repiping. At other times, you will only need a few deteriorating pipes replaced. Consult with a skilled plumber to find your best options.

In Clarksville, TN, the plumbing experts at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling have extensive experience with pipe replacement. They will go over every step of the piping process so you will know what work they need to do and how much it will cost. You can trust to our integrity and skill when it comes to your pipe replacement needs.

3 Options to Consider for Pipe Replacement

  1. Whole-house repiping: Although this is a large task, it is sometimes necessary for homes built before the 1970s, when galvanized steel pipes were still common. Although steel is a durable metal, it will also eventually corrode over time, and chances are high that if you have steel pipes, you are overdue for repiping. The job can take around three days while the plumbers uncover your old pipes and replace them, but the plumbers will ensure you have minimal water shut-off periods and that the work goes smoothly.
  2. Copper pipe replacement: Copper alloys have taken the place of galvanized steel as the metal of choice for new plumbing. Copper is lightweight, rigid, less expensive than steel, and corrosion-resistant. It’s best to have your central plumbing lines replaced with copper lines, which serve as a strong backbone.
  3. Plastic piping: CPVC and PEX plastic pipes are the two most common plastic materials for plumbing. Plumbers tend to favor either one or the other, often for different reasons. They are less expensive than any metal pipes, weigh very little, and can fit into spaces not available to copper pipes.

You don’t want to try pipe replacement as a “do-it-yourself” project: the chances of causing flooding into your home due to improper work are too high. Instead, contact the professionals at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for quality plumbing service in Clarksville, TN. We’ll help you find the best options for replacing your old pipes. Give us a call today and speak with our experts about all of your home plumbing needs.