Plumbing Terms Glossary

PLUMBING TERMS GLOSSARY When You Need To Know What A Plumbing Term Means, Use Our Handy Plumbing Terms Glossary ABS: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. A black plastic pipe used in plumbing for drains and vents. ABSORPTION FIELD: A leeching or seeping field engineered to receive septic tank effluent. ACRYLIC:  A thermoplastic used on the surface of bathtubs and [...]

April 24th, 2017|Plumbing|

When A Low Priced Plumbing Repair Is NO Bargain

When A Low Price Plumbing Repair Is No Bargain A Low Priced Repair Becomes Wasted Money If The Repair Fails & Must Be Done All Over Again Some Some Plumbing Problems Cause Additional Problems  -- Slab Leaks Can Lead To Foundation Damage Al's Plumbing, Heating & A/C Was Called To A Home Because A Recent [...]

April 20th, 2017|Plumbing|

Slab Leak — 17 Signs You Have One

A SLAB LEAK Is Caused By A Leaking Water-Supply Pipe -- 17 Signs You Have One A Slab Leak Is Caused By A Leaking Water-Supply Pipe Under Your Home   Your Water Pipes Are In The Soil Underneath Your Home's Slab Foundation The Term Slab Leak Is Commonly Heard In DFW,  It can be caused by [...]

April 18th, 2017|Plumbing|

Whole-House Sewer Clog

Whole-House Sewer Clog             It's not uncommon.  Yesterday everything seemed fine.  Today every drain is backed up.  What happened?   A Whole-House Sewer Clog... In many cases, the problem was building over time, and eventually a Whole-House Sewer Clog has occurred.   In some cases, the problem happened all at [...]

April 11th, 2017|Plumbing|

Instant Hot Water Dispenser — Hot Water Any Time You Want It

Al's Plano, TX Plumbing   Instant Hot Water Dispenser -- Hot Water Any Time You Want It! An Instant Hot Water Dispenser is quite simple.  A cold-water line runs to the tank & another line takes the hot water to the separate faucet.  The tank is electric and thermostat controlled, so you can choose the [...]

November 8th, 2016|Plumbing|

Porcelain Toilet Parts: Identifying Each Component In The Toilet Tank

Al's Plano, TX Plumbing   Porcelain Toilet:  Parts Identification & Basic Toilet Repairs These Toilet Parts Are Inside Every Toilet Tank: These toilet parts are found in every toilet.  You can buy replacement toilet parts on-line, at big-box home improvement stores and at hardware stores. Fill-Tube is white and located in the center of the [...]

November 8th, 2016|Plumbing|

Whistling Water Pipes — Causes & Cures

Al's Plano, TX Plumbing   Whistling Or Banging Water Pipes - Causes & Cures Whistling Whistling or squealing in pipes results from water being forced through a smaller opening than the original plumbing components are designed for.  This is a result of wear & tear, or water mineral build-up in faucets and wall shut-off valves. [...]

November 7th, 2016|Plumbing|

RainWater and GreyWater Will Water Your Lawn For Free

Water Your Lawn With Less Cost, Or Free, With RainWater and GreyWater Collection, Storage, and Pumping Systems   There are technologies currently available (with more on the way) for minimizing lawn-watering water usage, and capturing & distributing RainWater and "GreyWater" to use for watering your lawn.  Gray water comes from your washing machine and showers.  It's [...]

October 20th, 2016|Plumbing|

Energy Star Water Heater Versus Standard Efficiency — Your Lifetime Cost For Each

Energy Star Water Heater Versus Standard Efficiency Your Lifetime Cost For Each After cooling and heating costs, water heating is the next largest energy consumer in your home.  If you are considering replacing your gas or electric water heater, choosing an Energy Star water heater may save you money over the lifespan of the new water heater. [...]

October 18th, 2016|Plumbing|

Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement If you own a DFW area home built before roughly 1975, chances are it has Clay sewer pipes in the lawn (connecting the house to the city's sewer main) and Cast-Iron sewer pipes under the house (unless they have already been replaced with PVC).  Both cast-iron and clay pipes fail over time [...]

October 11th, 2016|Plumbing|