Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing Repair’

Let’s Talk Drain Clog Prevention: Hair Clogs

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugIn our last post, we surveyed common reasons for drains clogs in your house. First on our list was hair. Tangles of hair are the biggest cause for the drains in your bathrooms to turn slow or stop draining completely. Because hair clogs are tough the eliminate using household methods like a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake, often you’ll need to contact a plumber in Cleves, OH for professional drain cleaning.

As much as we’d love to have your business for drain cleaning, we’d also like to help you stop drain cleaning troubles in the first place. Here’s some advice on how you can stop hair clogs from happening.

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How to Catch Plumbing Troubles Early

Monday, July 10th, 2017

plumber-doing-kitchen-repairsPrevention is always better than having to deal with a plumbing repair problem as it happens. If you can catch a plumbing issue early, you’ll be able to avoid both a costlier repair job down the road and major consequences that can lead to water damage in your house or vital fixtures (such as the toilet) no longer working.

It’s easy to say you should try to find plumbing problems as early as possible. It’s another thing to be able to do it! But that’s why you have professional plumbers like us around! Below are some tips for preventing plumbing troubles in Cincinnati, OH and throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.

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Knowing How to Shut Off Your Water in an Emergency

Monday, June 5th, 2017

leaking-pipeA plumbing mishap can range from small leaks and clogs to major water damage from a busted pipe. All plumbing issues require attention, but flooding from a broken pipe is one that creates a justifiable sense of panic in homeowners. Water damage can add up to thousands of dollars in repair costs and lead to the loss of irreplaceable valuables.

In case of a broken pipe emergency, you need to know how to shut off the water in your household and stop the problem at its source. Then contact professional plumbers to handle the repairs and turn the water back on when they’re finished.

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Piping Materials the Modern Professionals Use

Monday, May 15th, 2017

cut-pvc-pipesPipes are what most people think of when they hear the word “plumbing.” This makes sense. Pipes are the essential part of what plumbing is, the transportation of water, sewage, and gas from one place to another.

Since piping has a long history, there have been many different materials used to construct it, such as clay pipes back in the Bronze Age. (Clay, although better than Bronze Age era clay, was also common through the first half of the 20th century.) The piping materials used up to 1970 were usually cast iron, galvanized steel, and lead. These have fallen from favor, especially lead because of the toxicity it can add to fresh water. These materials are also prone to corrosion, which is why older homes often need to have water and sewer line replacements.

The modern plumber has superior piping materials available. Below are some of the materials we use for working on piping in Cincinnati, OH and the surrounding areas:

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Copper, Corrosion, and Water Treatment

Monday, February 20th, 2017

leaking-water-pipeAre you at the mercy of leaking pipes in your house? One of the most likely causes of consistent pipe leaks is corrosion.

At this point you might say, “But I have copper pipes. Copper doesn’t corrode.”

But that’s not actually true. Copper is corrosion resistant, not corrosion proof. It won’t corrode under most common circumstances (metal and oxygen in the presence of water) like steel and iron will. But exposure to certain chemicals and compounds sometimes found in water—especially water coming from a well—will create specific types of corrosion in copper.

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Why Do Frozen Pipes Burst?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

In our post last week, we went over a few of the important steps for winterizing your home. The major concern with residential plumbing during a cold Ohio winter is frozen pipes. This is most likely to occur in exposed pipes around the water heater, but it can happen almost anywhere in the home where pipes encounter too much cold without sufficient insulation.

A frozen pipe is a significant problem. Not only does it mean that water won’t flow, it also puts the pipe at risk of bursting, leading to flooding and an expensive repair. But why does pipe bursting happen? The answers might surprise you.

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Fixing Pinhole Leaks the Professional Way

Monday, November 7th, 2016

We’ve written before about the problems of the pinhole leak. This is a ubiquitous plumbing aggravation, and it’s not one that can be prevented easily. But it can be repaired easily! It’s not something that you should do yourself, however. Even locating the leaks is tricky unless you’re a licensed plumber, and fixing the leaks takes special tools and training.

To give you an idea of the sort of work that we do regularly as plumbers, we’re going to show you how we combat pinhole leaks.

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Tips for the Holidays and Your Garbage Disposal!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Mid-October is the signal for the beginning of the “Holiday Home Stretch” for the end of the year. Major holidays start piling up, and many of holiday celebrations involve food. Plenty o’ food. Although this means fun times with family and friends and a delicious range of delights from main courses of turkey to piles of candy, there’s one part of your home that goes through a major test at this time of year: the garbage disposal. In fact, calls about garbage disposal problems are among the most frequent calls that plumbers receive during the last three months of the year.

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Pinhole Leaks: What They Are, Why They’re a Problem

Monday, May 30th, 2016

There’s an adage in professional plumbing that there is no such thing as a “small” leak. A leak in a pipe may be tiny, but it is still a significant problem because it wastes water, lowers water pressure within the plumbing system, and creates significant damage to walls and flooring. If not fixed, the leak will almost certainly worsen.

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How to Check for Leaks in Your Plumbing

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Plumbing leaks can be extremely costly, not to mention inconvenient. A leaky faucet, for example, could waste gallons of water over the course of a couple months, with your monthly water bill suffering the consequences. It’s best to call a professional plumber to repair any leaks that may be occurring. However, in the meantime we’ve shared some action steps below for you to find if you truly do have a leak and to find where it is coming from.

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