Plumbing: the beauty of running water.
“Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is.” – Spencer Tracy
At Cummings Plumbing Heating and Cooling, we understand that your plumbing system is more than just a maze of pipes. It’s a complicated system that should be handled with care. Most people don’t give much thought to their plumbing system. That is, until it doesn’t work.
From drippy faucets, clogged pipes, to water leaks, we’ve seen it all. Since 1985, the experts at Cummings Plumbing Heating and Cooling have been your plumbers of choice. Whether it is residential, new construction, or commercial plumbing, we can help you with all your plumbing needs.
Don’t just trust anyone with your plumbing; trust Cummings Plumbing Heating and Cooling.
The Importance of Plumbing
Modern plumbing has come a long way from where it originally started. Since then, it’s only progressed and gotten better. Long gone are the days of fetching water from the stream or using an outhouse. We now have luxuries at our disposal that we don’t even give a second thought.
But imagine waking up one day to no running water. What would you do? How would you shower? How would you brush your teeth, wash your face, or get ready for the day? How would you cook? The plumbing in our environments are an integral part of our every day lives; yet we barely pay attention to them.
All too often, we get phone calls from customers, frantic because there’s an issue with their plumbing. The thing is, a lot of these problems can be avoided with proper maintenance and care.
Here are some of the most common issues that we get and some tips on how to avoid them and fix the issue before it becomes a huge problem.
Clogged pipes are one of the most common issues that we receive and the EASIEST to avoid! There are a multitude of things that you can do in order to avoid paying for a plumber to come out to your home:
Don’t dump stuff in the drain. All too often, customers will dump oil, grease, and other items that can clog pipes down a drain. Thinking that if they just run hot water down the drain, it would solve the problem, they assume that everything is good until everything backs up. Even though hot water runs down the drain, by the time it reaches the main line, it’s cooled off exponentially. This means that any of the grease, oil, dirt, or mud that you dumped down the drain will solidify and coat the pipe. When that coating becomes too thick, the drain will clog and the water will back flow. To avoid this, grease, oil, clay, mud, and any items of that nature should be bottled up for proper disposal instead of being rinsed down the drain. This also applies to food. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, don’t dump food down the drain.
Use paper products appropriately. There have been times when we’ve snaked pipes to find that baby wipes and other non-flushable paper was used and flushed. Keep a trash can near the toilet and throw out these products instead of flushing them. Depending on the size of the pipes in the home, sometimes, the effects of flushing wipes can become evident immediately. At others, it takes a while for the build-up to show it’s ugly head. Either way, by simply tossing out the trash, you can avoid a call to the plumber.
Hair, hair, and more hair. Hair is another huge culprit when it comes to clogged drains. Coupled with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and other shower products, hair easily turns into a huge mess in pipes and cause blockages that can be costly. By simply adding a hair stopper to the drain, the mess can be avoided. Just simply clean it after each use by throwing out the debris and you won’t have to worry about a yucky hairy mess.
Don’t flush non-flushible items. From plastic applicators, cotton swabs, cardboard, to toys, there are a variety of things that get flushed. The best thing to do is to throw this stuff in the trash (minus the toys). This, again, proves why having a trash can by the toilet can become so handy. By throwing things out, the chances of something clogging the drain is lessened. Also, it’s important to teach children not to flush toys, no matter how much fun they think it may be.
Do not use drain clog removers or CO2 drain blasters. Liquid clog removers are designed to “eat” at the clog so that it can lessen in size and move along. But guess what this process also does to your pipes? Correct…it eats away at them. This will inevitable cause leaky pipes in the future and lead to costly repairs. As for CO2 blasters, they send a jet of “pressurized air” into the drain. This force pushes the clog down the drain. But this “pressurized air” also causes additional pressure in your pipes that can cause fissures and cracks; again, leading to leaks.
Foreign blockages are common. Sometimes, the clog is a lot bigger than anything that you may think. There could be roots, obstructions, or other things that can be causing the clog. By troubleshooting the issue yourself, you may be using remedies that are ineffective. This not only costs you time but also money.
If you have a clog, the best thing to do is to call a professional to take care of it so that there is no damage done to your pipes. At a minimum, we’ll give you a free estimate and let you know what’s wrong.
Drip, drip, drip goes the kitchen faucet.
When it comes to dripping and leaking faucets, the problem is typically bigger than applying waterproof sealant to the location of the leak. What we often find is that the leak is only the pre-cursor to a bigger problem.
From faulty washers, ill-fitted fittings, to fissures and cracks, leaks indicate that something is wrong.
Sweaty pipes are also an issue, as it indicates an imbalance between the interior temperature of the pipe and the exterior temperature. More common in humid and cold climates, sweaty pipes create excess moisture in the surrounding area. This can create environments that cultivate the growth of mold.
It’s important to check your kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathroom walls, and other areas for leaky pipes or moisture rich walls. Doing this frequently allows you the opportunity to check and ensure that there are no problems. Most of the time, people don’t notice, or take action, until there has been a significant amount of damage done.
Replacing a vanity, having new drywall put in, and other costly repairs, ends up being a lot more expensive than just taking care of the initial problem. There are also a lot of health risk involved if mold spores are evident. Mold can cause a lot of serious illnesses and can even lead to death, if not treated.
Don’t put the health of your family at risk. This is when to get an expert opinion. When in doubt, get the answers you need with a free estimate. It’s better to know what’s wrong and how to fix it then to avoid it.
We’ve all heard the toilet running before. Most of the time, it’s ignored. But what about the water waste? A running toilet is estimated to waste 200-250 gallons of water per day.
With an average water bill costing $33.00 for every 9,000 gallons of water, this could cost you an extra $0.73/day. This may not sound like much but throughout the course of a few weeks, months, or years, this adds up to quite a bit of money; not to mention all of that wasted water.
Running toilets can typically be repaired easily. More often than not, it has something to do with the toilet tank set up. Whether it’s the chain, the float, the flapper, or the other parts of the toilet tank, the running water can be stopped with a little trouble shooting.
There are times when the issue is more troublesome than that. These typically are faulty washers, cracks, and other hidden issues.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, or have tried some solutions but nothing has worked, give us a call and schedule your free estimate. We’ll be more than happy to come out and take a look at your setup, provide you with permanent solutions, and help resolve your issue.
Polybutylene Piping is a form of plastic resin (the blue or grey plastic pipe) that was used extensively in the manufacture of water supply piping from 1978 until 1995.
It has become apparent over the time that polybutylene pipes can leak or burst anytime without warning – destroying furniture, family heirlooms, and making structural damage.
In most cases, it takes years for polybutylene systems to fail, but when it does, it can be very hazardous. While it may leak within the few years of installation, the majority of leaks occur between 10 to 15 years.
It is very important to understand that having these types of pipes in your house could increase insurance premiums. Also, insurance companies might limit coverage in homes with polybutylene leak claims.
Homes with polybutylene plumbing sell for less and take longer to sell because mortgage lenders insist on insurance documentation before closing. Frequently, a home inspector flags the problem, and the pipes might be replaced before closing. Additionally, some prospective buyers simply ignore homes with polybutylene because they recognize it as a potential problem from the start.
We efficiently re-pipe homes to give you peace of mind.
If you are in the process of selling your home, the payment for most of the jobs can be handled through Escrow.
We are more than happy to come out and do a free estimate, help you decide if repiping is something you need, and then go from there.
With the fast growing trend of house flipping, thanks to HGTV, more and more people are wanting to remodel their bathrooms, redo their kitchens, and upgrade their homes.
The most common misconception that people have is that plumbing is a DIY job. While you may initially save money in the beginning, when there is a leak and the walls need to come down, you’ll be looking at more money than what it would’ve cost to just pay a plumber.
There is also something very important to consider: permits.
Although most people think that permits are only needed for large jobs, that’s not always the case. There are many instances where even small plumbing jobs require a permit. Not having a permit can cause issues later down the road; for instance, when it comes to selling your home.
Without proper knowledge of the proper local building and plumbing codes and laws, it’s tricky to know what is necessary before starting any plumbing project. Your best bet is to call us for a free estimate. We’ll give you a scope of work and let you know what’s needed to ensure your job is done properly.
Emergency Plumbing and Hot-Water Heater Repair
If you have an issue with your pipes, hot water heater, or plumbing fixture, you can call us 24/7. Since 1985, we have been providing emergency plumbing service. We have a large team to ensure that you receive expert repair services quickly.
If you need a new gas or electric water heater, count on our more than 50 years’ experience with hot-water heater replacements and upgrades.
Whether you need to repair your existing unit or are looking to upgrade your hot-water heater, we’ll help you find the best option for your situation.