Leaking drains? Here’s some solutions for this common plumbing problem

The plumbing system in your house is very important for convenient and comfortable living. However, we know that, eventually, all the plumbing that makes our life easier will encounter problems. One common issue you’ll encounter are leaking drains.

In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the causes of leaking drains and what you can do to fix them. When in doubt, call (716) 694-8524 to speak with the experts at Reimer Home Services.

Leaking drains in the kitchen

Pictured: Drain pipes under the sink. Leaking drains can cause a major disaster—call Reimer for service today!

Leaks in kitchen can happen for many different reasons, including problems with your sink, dishwasher, and more. Let’s review some of the causes of leaking drains:

Clogged-up sink drain

If we talk about the drain leaks in the different parts of your house, then the kitchen is that space where most of them occur. The reason? The clogged-up drain pipes of your kitchen sink. This problem usually happens when the discharge hose of the dishwasher is below the sink and the draining through the sink is happening at snail’s pace.

This problem can cause leaks to happen from dishwasher and that can cause a mess on your kitchen floor.

You can first try yourself to unclog the drains by flushing them with boiling water. You can also try running a solution of vinegar and baking soda through it. If these home remedies don’t solve your problem, then you might need professional drain cleaning services from the Reimer team.

Broken door seal on your dishwasher

If your dishwasher is not leaking constantly and only starts leaking when it is being used or turned on, then a clogged sink drain is not the reason behind this leakage. Run the dishwasher and note if the leak is happening in the final stages of the wash cycle, because that means something is wrong with the dishwasher.

Leaking bathroom sink drains

This is another leaking drain problem, just in a different room. Most of the time, the drain pipe under the bathroom sink starts leaking just because of the loose nut joining the drain flange with the sink. A simple tightening of the nut can stop the leak.

Sometimes, the answer isn’t so simple. An uneven gasket or rubber washer—which is used to make a seal between the nut and sink—can also cause the drain leak. Reimer can replace these with with even and flat washers to stop the leak.

Problems with leaking drains? Call Reimer!

Reimer Home Services is your source for expert plumbing services in the Buffalo and Western New York area. We help homeowners with all their plumbing needs—including fixing leaking drains. For 24/7 plumbing repair, call (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

High water pressure can be dangerous for your home’s plumbing

Most people don’t realize that high water pressure puts undue stress on the entire plumbing of the house. In fact, many think that high water pressure is a good thing. While you don’t want weak water pressure, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

While high water pressure may fill the bathtubs in no time, the reality is that an extended period of high water pressure can cause great damage to your home plumbing.

High water pressure

Think of it this way: water pressure is similar to your blood pressure. High blood pressure puts a strain on the heart muscle, can damage arteries, and increase the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Similarly, high water pressure will put pressure on the plumbing pipes.

In this article, we will talk at length about how high water pressure can harm your home’s plumbing and the steps that you can take to fix high water pressure plumbing problems.

How does high water pressure harm my home’s plumbing?

High water pressure can cause many different types of plumbing problems. If left untreated, high water pressure can lead to the following plumbing issues:

  • The decreased lifespan of appliances such as your dishwasher and water heater
  • An increase in energy bills due to increase in amount of water that requires heating
  • Extensive damage to pipe joints
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Older water heaters also run the risk of exploding. This can result in a plumbing nightmare

So, what can you do to prevent these problems?

#1. Have Reimer install a water pressure gauge

You can buy a water pressure gauge for a few bucks online or from your local home improvement store. The gauge will display a pressure reading in your home. You should attach the gauge to the drain connection of the water heater or an outside water heater. If you need assistance with this, give the plumbers at Reimer a call.

Consider calling a professional if the water pressure reading goes above 80 psi.

#2. Buy a water pressure regulator

Installing water pressure regulator is the recommended way to solve a high water pressure problem. Also known as pressure regulator valve, it is installed on the water supply line near the shut-off valve. In case your home was built after 2002, the valve may already be installed as it was mandatory for all homes built after that year.

Keep in mind that the typical life span of the regulator is around 7 to 12 years. If you need a new one installed, give Reimer a call for professional plumbing services.

What are the signs of high water pressure?

  • You should call a professional plumber if you hear banging of pipes. The banging occurs due to excessive pressure in the plumbing system that results due to thermal expansion.
  • Also, spitting from the faucet aerator when turning the faucet can be an indicator of high pressure.

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Reimer Home Services is here for all your plumbing needs. We have a team of experienced and certified plumbing professionals who can solve all types of plumbing issues. Contact us today!

5 plumbing tips to avoid a nightmare this summer

The summer season is a great time for traveling, relaxing, and having fun outdoors. You should not let the festive atmosphere of the season be ruined by plumbing problems. Here are five common plumbing issues that you should watch out for during the summer. By following these plumbing tips, you can help you and your home avoid a plumbing nightmare.

Plumbing Tips - Plumbing Issues1. Avoid a clogged garbage disposal

If you prepare meals at home, you should be extra careful of what you throw in the garbage disposal system. Fruits and vegetables are certainly good for health, but they are not particularly great for the garbage disposal system.

You should avoid disposing of hard fruits, such as watermelon rinds, as the rinds can damage the disposal unit’s blades. This can result in a stubborn clog.

Also, you should avoid putting cooking oil or grease down the disposal unit.  This can also result in a clogged pipe down the road when the oil or grease solidifies.

2. Prevent sprinkler problems

At the start of the summer season, you should inspect and clean the sprinkler system. Also, when mowing your lawn, you should make sure that the sprinkler heads are lowered. This will ensure that the sprinkler is not damaged and doesn’t cause a plumbing problem in the long run.

3. Be careful about pet hair clogging tubs

Pets, including both cats and dogs, tend to shed hair all year. They grow bulky coats during the winter that sheds during early and late summer. This hair can clog the pipes, resulting in a plumbing nightmare.

You should avoid bathing your cat or dog in the bathtub. If you do bathe the pet in the bathtub, you should consider trapping fur and hair before it goes down the drain.  Also, you should brush your pet regularly to reduce the chances of the hair clogging the drain.

If you do need drain cleaning, we can help.

4. Have Reimer inspect and repair your sewage pipes

Excessive rain water can get in your sewer pipes through cracks, resulting in the overflowing of the sewer. To avoid this problem, you should consider having the sewer drains checked and repaired by a professional plumber at the start of summer.

Also: you should also call a plumber in case the pipes have been damaged due to tree roots spreading underground.

5. Avoid small plumbing issues

Probably the best way to avoid a plumbing problem is by having a professional plumber check the plumbing at least once a year.

The plumber will perform a thorough check to ensure that everything is in good condition. In case any problem is detected, the plumber will perform the required repairs. They can also provide you with plumbing tips and advice. This will ensure that small plumbing issues don’t turn into a major problem.

For more plumbing tips and help, call the team at Reimer!

Residents of Buffalo and surrounding areas can contact Reimer Home Services for help with any plumbing problems. We have a team of certified and experienced plumbers who can perform the task efficiently for you.

Whether you have a minor or major plumbing problem, our experienced plumbers will resolve the issue quickly and professionally.

Call our plumbers and avoid using toxic drain cleaners

Why You Should Avoid Using Toxic Drain Cleaners Many people use liquid toxic drain cleaners to clean the drain. They seem to be a quick and inexpensive solution to clogged drains. Compared to the upfront costs of the plumbing repair, liquid cleaners appear to be an inexpensive and easy option.

However, you could end up damaging your pipe or yourself by using liquid drain cleaners. We’ll explain more in this blog post.

Three reasons to avoid using toxic drain cleaners

Relying on liquid drain cleaners is not recommended. Here are three reasons you should avoid using them to unclog or clean the drain.

1. Drain cleaners can damage your pipes if used regularly

Using liquid drain cleaners can result in long-term damage to your pipes. The cleaners can remove clogs, but they can also do damage to the drains. Old pipes are particularly susceptible to damage when liquid drain cleaners are used.

Frequent use of liquid drain cleaners can eat away at metal pipes. It can create a hole in the drain pipe that will require costly and invasive repairs. You could end up with a bigger plumbing problem if you use cheap and toxic drain cleaners to remove clogs.

2. Drain cleaners are highly toxic liquids to have in your home

Certain brands of liquid drain cleaners are highly toxic. If you get in touch with the liquid, it can result in injury. The splashes of the liquid can burn the skin.

Also, they can cause irreparable damage in case they get into the eyes or are accidentally ingested. Ingestion of the liquid can prove fatal. So, it’s absolutely necessary to keep them away from pets and children, but keeping them around still means you need to store them in your home.

3. Drain cleaners are bad for the environment

Liquid drain cleaners cause damage to the environment. The liquid that remains in the bottle will end up in landfills. From there, they can seep inside the ground causing damage to the underwater reservoirs.

Even worse is using the toxic drain cleaner, which ends up in ponds, lakes, rivers, and—eventually—oceans, poisoning wildlife and fish.

Considering the environmental effects of the liquid drain cleaners, it’s recommended that you avoid using them to unclog the drain.

Your alternatives to using drain cleaners in your home

While liquid drain cleaners seem to be a quick and an inexpensive way to unclog the drains, you could end up doing major damage. There is a risk of injury in case the liquid inside the drain cleaner comes into contact with the skin or the eyes. Also, the fact that drain cleaners could cause damage to the ecology means that you should skip drain cleaners altogether.

Instead of using liquid drain cleaners, you should consider clearing the clog using a plunger. In case you are not able to clear the clog, you should consider hiring a professional plumber from Reimer. An experienced plumber will know about safe methods to clean the clog. The professional knows about safe chemicals that won’t do damage to the house plumbing.

We have experienced and certified plumbers who can expertly perform the repair work. Whether you need to install a new plumbing fixture, or require plumbing repairs, you can count on our experienced plumbers to do the job for you. Learn more about our drain cleaning services.

Here are 3 important water conserving plumbing tips for your home

water conserving plumbingThe waste of water not only increases your water bill. It is estimated that about 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted every year in the country, and a lot of that is due to plumbing problems. That’s why it’s a good idea to have Reimer install water conserving plumbing fixtures.

For instance: a faucet leaking at 10 drips of water results in wastage of 526 gallons of water every year. This adds about $10 to the annual water bill. Many other plumbing problems contribute to wastage of water.

In this article, we will share some of the smart plumbing fixes that could help you play your part in conserving water and also save money along the way due to reduced water bills.

1. Fix toilet and faucet leaks

Toilet leaks are often hidden from sight. They remain hidden for long periods of time and waste up to 200 gallons in a single day.

Faucet leaks are more visible that also result in wastage of hundreds of gallons. So, it’s important that you contact a professional plumber to detect and fix plumbing leaks. This could help conserve a large amount of water and prevent inflated water bills.

2. Install smart plumbing fixtures

If you have old plumbing fixtures, it’s recommended that you consider replacing them with new ones. Older model toilets use about 3 gallons of water per flush, while the newer models made after 1990s only use 1.6 gallons per flush.

Also, the latest dual-flush toilets can further help in conserving lots of water.  You can also buy smart plumbing fixtures that provide water whenever the hand comes close to the fixture. It’s easy to find ways to install water conserving plumbing. Be sure to call our team at Reimer for more on fixture installation.

In this way, you can conserve a lot of water that is otherwise wasted due to a running tap when brushing teeth or washing hand and dishes.

3. Have Reimer install a low-pressure valve

The installation of a low-pressure valve is another effective way to conserve water. You should particularly install the low pressure valve in case the water pressure inside the house is 60 pounds per square inch. This not only results in water wastage but also damage the plumbing system. The low pressure valve can effectively limit the wastage of water.

Other tips for water conservation in your home

The above are the three of the most important plumbing tips to conserve water. Of course, there are plenty of other ways in which you can conserve water. Consider rinsing fruits and vegetables in a bowl instead of using running water, or use aerators in the taps to reduce the water flow.

Call Reimer for water conserving plumbing work and other plumbing services

In case, you want professional plumbing service in Buffalo and surrounding areas, you can call us at Reimer Home Services. We have a team of certified plumbers who can give you expert, money-saving plumbing advice.

Here’s how to prevent your downspouts from clogging

Prevent Downspouts From CloggingMost people tend to overlook the importance of keeping their home’s downspouts cleaned. They are an important component of the house that drains away the rainwater, thereby preventing it from accumulating on the roof.

However, as the water drains through the downspouts, so does debris—including leaves and twigs that can clog the drainpipe. Luckily for you, Reimer offers drain cleaning services in Buffalo and Western New York.

What happens if a drain pipe clogs?

Roofs, especially those with parapet walls, are catchalls for any and all sort of debris, including leaves, twigs, and plastic bags, among others. Drains and debris don’t mix. A drain’s dome lets water flow through while catching debris, which would otherwise clog the plumbing. Unfortunately, this debris builds up around the drain dome, slowing or eventually stopping the water.

Keep in mind that debris and drain is a bad match. If you don’t clean the debris, it will slowly accumulate around the drain dome and slow down or stop the flow of water. A clogged drain pipe can result in accumulation of water over the roof that can cause damage in many ways:

  • As water seeps into the gaps, it can expand and contract due to changing temperature thereby weakening the seams of the roofing material
  • Accumulated water can deteriorate roofing cement, tar, and caulking
  • Build up of water may strain the structural support of the roof due to additional weight
  • Lead to the formation of moss, plants, and slime on the roof deck
  • Create the breeding ground for mosquitoes

So, how can you prevent your home’s downspouts from clogging?  

The answer is simple. You should either regularly check the condition of the downspout yourself, or have the downspouts checked by an experienced plumber. The plumber can inspect the dome of the downspout and clear twigs, leaves, and other debris using proper tools without damaging the assembly or the structure.

Another advice to avoid clogged downspout is to ensure that the correct type, size, and thickness of the drain-dome slot is installed. You must talk with a professional roof drain expert to inquire about the right size and type of downspout for your home. Some of the factors that determine which is the right size downspout for your house include average rainfall exposure and the roof size.

In the end, remember that the best time to inspect and clean the downspout is before the rainiest season of the year. You should have the downspout inspected and cleaned of all debris. Also, after a heavy snowstorm, you should maintain the openings by creating a 12-inch path along the curb for the melting snow.

Call Reimer for drain cleaning of downspouts and other drains

If you to have the downspout checked and cleaned in the area of Buffalo, you can contact Reimer Home Services. You can rest assured that our highly experienced and trained plumbers can expertly perform all kind of plumbing in your home.

The Difference Between Boilers and Furnaces, Explained

Difference between boilers and furnacesHave you ever wondered what the difference between boilers and furnaces are? In this blog post, we’ll compare the two different kinds of heating systems so that you can weigh which is best for your home.

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The majority of homes in the US have a central heating system. But not all types of heating systems are the same. The two most common types of heating systems installed in homes today include the furnace and the boiler. Some people think that the difference between the two is just semantics. However, this is not the case.  Sure, both the systems keep the room warm, but the way that the warm air is generated is different.

Knowing the differences between a boiler and a furnace will be helpful when it comes to new heater installation.  It will also be of use when conversing with the technician about heater problems. So, what are the differences between the two? You should continue reading the article to find out.

What’s the difference between boilers and furnaces?

Boilers generate warm air through the heated water in a tank. They don’t require ducts to circulate warm air throughout the house. Instead, heated water is circulated through pipes to different end points located inside the house that are typically baseboard heaters or radiators.

Electric boilers have heating elements to heat the water, while gas heaters use jets under the tank for the same purpose. The heat is moved through the end points into the living space through radiant heat transfer – the delivery of heat by increasing the surface temperature so that it warms the nearby area.

On the other hand, furnaces use forced-air systems to generate warm air. The forced systems heat the air through a device known as heat exchangers. The heated air is then circulated inside the house through the ducts by blower fans. In electric powered furnaces, heating elements are present that create warm air, while in fuel powered furnaces the warm air is created by the gas jets.

So, which is better?

Each of the types of the heater has its own advantages and disadvantages. Boilers tend to produce cleaner heat and entail lower repair and operation costs. They also tend to be more energy efficient also as you can heat only the areas thereby saving on energy bills. This is a big difference between boilers and furnaces.

However, the problem with boilers is that they take longer to warm the room and can freeze during very low temperature. Also, boilers tend to raise humidity levels inside the house for which you need to install a separate humidifier.

Furnaces, on the other hand, have low installation costs and won’t freeze up during the winter. But they have shorter life span and require frequent repairs. Also, furnace air filter needs to be changed regularly which is not the case with boilers.

Call Reimer for heating installation in Buffalo and Western New York

Whatever heating equipment you purchase, you can ensure that it continues to operate without a major fault for a long time through regular tune-up. If you want to get in touch with experienced NATE-certified furnace repair technicians in Western New York, you can contact Reimer Home Services.

Electric Or Gas Tankless Water Heater: Which One Should You Buy?

Electric or gas tankless water heater

Deciding between an electric or gas tankless water heater? In this guide, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each system.

Most people tend to get confused when it comes to deciding whether to buy an electric or gas tankless water heater. Both the versions have different advantages and disadvantages.

Knowing about the pros and cons is important to make a wise purchase decision for the home. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each system.

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The pros and cons of gas tankless water heaters

The gas tankless water heater is run by either gas or propane.  Some models also have both propane and gas option. The reputable brand gas heaters tend to cost about $1,000 to $2000 and more. The venting requirements add to this cost of gas heaters. In some cases, you might also have to install the right size gas line for the heater.

Gas water heaters have a greater flow rate as compared to electric heaters. They can heat up to 8 GPM and more in warmer climates. Another advantage of gas heaters is that they are 10 to 20 percent less costly to operate as compared to electric heaters.

The pros and cons of electric water heaters

Electric tankless water heaters tend to be much less costly as compared to gas tankless heaters. You can find a good model electric heater for about $500 to $800. There are no requirements of venting or another gas line as is the case with gas heaters.

Operating costs of electric water heaters is high. The electric heaters use traditional electricity that is more costly than gas.

Also, in colder climates or where there is a need for high flow rate, a 200 AMP electric service needs to be installed that adds to the cost of the heater. For warmer regions, about 100 to 150 AMP electrical service is required. This is an important consideration when buying an electric heater as not all homes have such electrical service available, and upgrading can substantial add to the cost of installing the heater.

The bottom line: which is the better 0ption for the home?

After reading the above pros and cons of gas and electric tankless heaters, you should be able to make up your mind as to which is the better option of the two for you. If you have a gas line installed in your house that can support gas water heater, the best option is a gas water heater.

Also, a gas water heater is the right choice if the existing infrastructure does not support the electric power heater requirements. In such a case, a gas water heater will be better as not only the installation cost will be less but you will save money due to lower energy bills.

In all other cases, electric tankless water heater is the right choice. There is no need to install additional gas line or venting for the heater. Also, if you area suffer from gas line disruptions such as during extreme frigid months, it’s better that you install gas electric heaters.

Have Reimer help you decide between an electric or gas tankless water heater

For more information on buying the right tankless heater in Buffalo and Western New York area, you can contact Reimer Home Services.

Here’s How To Prevent A Clogged Kitchen Drain

Clogged Kitchen DrainA clogged kitchen drain can be a nuisance for anyone. Dealing with a clogged drain can be time-consuming, and the smell that comes from a clogged system adds to the inconvenience of having to deal with a backed up system.

Fortunately, you can avoid clogged drains by taking a few simple steps. In this article, we will share 5 simple steps that you can take to prevent kitchen drains from becoming clogged thereby saving on plumbing costs.

If you do have a clogged kitchen drain, contact the team at Reimer for drain cleaning service.

1. A few things you should never pour down the sink

In order to avoid clogged drains, you should never pour certain substances down the sink. Some of the items that you should avoid pouring down the sink include coffee grounds, cooking oil, and fats trimmed off meat. These substances tend to accumulate in the pipes, leading to blockage.

Also, you should never pour setting-type joint compounds down the sink as they harden up upon contact with water. If you pour the compound down the drain, you will be in for a rock-solid clog. Sand is another building element that you should never pour down the drain. The sand can settle down the drain that is difficult to remove.

2. Use a sink strainer

Consider using sink strainer over the drain. The strainer can catch food particles and other substances that can’t wash down the drain. This will greatly reduce the chances of a clogged kitchen drain. Just remember to empty the strainer when it becomes full.

3. Pour hot / cold water down the drain

You can pour boiling kettle water down the drain at least once week to melt away fat and grease that may have collected inside the pipes. Make sure that you pour the hot water slowly to avoid splashing.

If you have garbage disposal installed, you should consider running a stream of cold faucet water while using the disposal. This will carry the waste material through the drainage system.

4. Use baking soda to clean the drain

To clean the drain, it’s recommended that you throw a handful of baking soda followed by hot water down the drain. Baking soda can not only clean the pipe of accumulated waste but also absorb foul smells.

5. Use a stopper once a week

In case your kitchen has a stopper, you should fill the sink once a week by closing the stopper. When you release the stopper, the force of the water flow will flush substances that stick to the pipe. If you don’t have a stopper in the sink, pouring boiling water can do the same trick.

Call Reimer for help clearing a clogged kitchen drain

In case you have any plumbing problem in the area of Buffalo, you can contact Reimer Home Services with confidence. Our licensed, trained and expert plumbers can solve all kinds of drain problems including a clogged kitchen drain.

3 Important Things To Know Before New Septic Tank Installation

New Septic Tank InstallationAre you having a professional contractor install a new septic tank on your property?

In this blog, we’ll discuss some tips and things to know before getting started. For more expert plumbing advice and septic tank services, call Reimer.

Why should you install a new septic tank?

Living in the rural areas can be the perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolis. However, it also means that you have to forego certain services such as connection to the main sewage pipe. For such areas, a septic tank can be the perfect solution as it acts as a mini-sewage treatment plant.

If you own or intend to move to a house where there is no connection to the sewage line, you should consider installing a septic tank. Septic tanks store oil, fat, waste water, and scum that is flushed down the sink or toilet in the home.

Here are a few factors that you should consider before buying a septic tank for the house.

1. Local laws and regulations

Before installing the new septic tank, it is important that you find out about the local rules and regulations. You do not want to invest a large sum in installing a septic tank only to find out later that it does not conform to local zoning laws or codes relating to septic tank installation.

In order to avoid this prospect, it is important that you visit the local permit office to find out about the required rules and regulations.

2. Lids and risers installation

Installing the lids and risers is recommended, as it can later help in servicing of the septic tank. They bring the tank up to or just above the ground level. Keep in mind that in some localities, installing risers on the septic tanks is not optional but in fact mandatory, according to local regulations.

The initial cost of the lids and risers will be more than worth it in the end as it will cut the time and cost involved to identify and dig up to access the tank for pump outs in the future. Also, hard or frozen ground will make it extremely hard—if not impossible—to access the septic tank. That’s an issue here in Buffalo and Western New York.

3. Inspect the surrounding landscape

Before installing the septic tank, it is important that you inspect and remove anything that can damage the septic tanks. Bushes and tree roots can cause major damage to the water pipes so they must be removed.

Trained septic tank installers (like the ones at Reimer!) will know what can damage the septic tanks and take the require steps to remedy the problem.

Ready to get started? Call Reimer for more advice and septic tank services

You should considering the above mentioned three things before installation of a slept tank as it will save you a lot of cost and headache later on. Once the septic tank is installed, you must have it pumped out every three to five years. The family size, tank capacity, and whether or not you use a garbage disposal, will determine the septic tank pump out schedule.

If you want to install septic tank in the Buffalo, New York and surrounding areas, you can contact Reimer Home Services.