Don’t do it yourself: the dangers of DIY plumbing repair

The Internet has profoundly changed our lives. Of its many impacts, one of the most significant is that millions of people now have instant access to tutorials, videos, and instructions on how to do or build things themselves.

Don’t pour boiling water on your pipes to unfreeze them.

From building your own coffee table to “lifehacks” that turn old bike handles into in-style wall decor, “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) is more popular than ever. Here’s where you should draw a line, though: unlike bottles recycled into planters, DIY plumbing repair is never a good idea.

In this blog, we’ll go over why you should only trust your plumbing repair needs to a professional plumber who has the right equipment, training, and more to get the job done.

Situation #1: Frozen pipes

Every winter here in Buffalo, frozen pipes pop up all across the city. And, every winter, homeowners decide that they want to take matters into their own hands. In one of our previous posts, we addressed why this is bad idea. Put down the hairdryer or—especially—the blowtorch and call Reimer, instead.

Seriously: no blowtorches.

Any kind of “hack” for unfreezing your pipes could make the situation a lot worse. Frozen pipes are very volatile: the expanding ice has placed the pipe material under immense pressure.

A professional plumber has the equipment and finesse to gently thaw the ice and relieve this pressure with no further damage to the structure. Other methods, however, risk the pressure building further and the pipe bursting. Not good!

Situation #2: Drain cleaning

As plumbers, we believe that it’s important to know what you’re getting into before each and every project. Drain cleaning is a good example: we use equipment to figure out what is down the drain before we attempt to remove it.

Many homeowners resort to using store-bought chemicals. Here’s the thing, though. If these chemicals are harsh enough to eat through whatever’s down there, aren’t they harsh enough to also damage your pipes? The answer is yes, which is why we think drain cleaning chemicals should be rarely used, and only as a last resort.

Instead, call Reimer. Our plumbers have a variety of professional snake tools that we use to clear drains, depending on what the obstruction is.

Situation #3: Re-piping

The popularity of home renovation shows on TV has prompted a number of homeowners to try to give their own property a makeover. That’s great: as long as you enlist the help of some professionals, opening up that kitchen will really bring your home up-to-date.

However, there’s two areas where you should really call in a specialist: plumbing and electrical. Reimer can help with the former. Moving pipes, sealing pipes, and any kind of re-piping should really be left to the experts.

The last thing you want is to get everything the way you want it, go to turn on the water supply to your home again, and disaster strikes. It’s just going to ruin everything you worked so hard for, and it can be prevented by calling in an expert.

DIY some things, call experts for others

Sure, there are some things that homeowners should try taking on themselves. However, we recommend calling Reimer if you get in over your head, or if you’re tackling something big, potentially dangerous, or technically complex.

To schedule service, contact us online, or give us a call at (716) 694-8524.

Demand-type water heaters: What are they, and how do they work?

Are you looking to upgrade to a new water heater? If so, you should consider making the switch to one of our demand-type water heaters. These systems are great, and you’ll love having one in your home.

In this blog post, we’ll review what demand-type water heaters are, how they work, and the benefits of making the change.

What are demand-type water heaters?

Tankless Water Heater Repair Buffalo NYAlso known as tankless water heaters, demand-type water heaters are a new alternative to the “traditional water heater” that has been the standard in American homes for decades. Efficient, effective, and long-lasting, demand-types are, well, in demand here in Buffalo and Western New York.

What’s the main benefit of switching to a tankless system?

Demand-type water heaters cannot run out of water like a typical water heater. In fact, they can supply a near-infinite amount of hot water for you and your family. That’s unlimited hot water for showering, dishes, laundry, and more.

How do they work?

In contrast to standard water heaters, which heat water in a tank and maintain it at temp until it’s needed, demand-types heat water as needed in your home. This is accomplished by running cold water from the tap past heating elements inside the unit, which quickly warm the passing water until it’s at the desired temperature.

If you think about it, the name itself makes sense. When you demand hot water, you’ve got it. Since the system heats water as needed, you can’t “run out” of hot water like with a standard system.

That means fewer cold showers in the morning for your family.

What about energy-efficiency?

Depending on how much water your family uses on a daily basis, tankless water heaters are anywhere between 24-34% more energy-efficient than standard units, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

That may not seem like much. However, over the 20+ year lifespan of the system, those savings can really add up. In fact, over time, your energy savings will exceed the additional cost of upgrading from a standard to tankless unit altogether.

What are some other benefits?

Many tankless water heaters are wall-mounted. A standard water heater can take up a significant amount of real estate in your garage or utility closet. With a mounted tankless system, you can get that floorspace back.

Tankless water heaters don’t have a tank, which means they don’t present the same leak or burst risk that a traditional water heater does. Plus, as we alluded to earlier, tankless systems last longer and run better, often past the two-decade mark.

How do I learn more?

If you live here in Buffalo and Western New York, start by contacting Reimer. We’re more than happy to review our selection of tankless water heaters with you and answer any questions you have.

Plumbing 101: What should you do if your pipes freeze this winter?

For many Buffalo homeowners, having their pipes freeze and burst is one of their worst nightmares. All it takes is one especially cold night and your furnace breaking down, and your home is at risk.

Last month, we reviewed some tips for preventing your pipes from freezing. But, what do you do when it’s already too late, and your pipes have frozen?

Don’t assume the problem will solve itself

When your pipes freeze, call Reimer for service.A frozen pipe is not something you should take lightly, or try to wait out. It’s very possible that a frozen pipe can burst, even after daybreak brings warmer temperatures.

At the same time, don’t panic. You need to act fast, but don’t do so in a way that puts yourself or others in danger, or that leads to worse problems for your home’s plumbing.

When your pipes freeze, here’s where you start

When your pipes freeze and you first notice the problem, start by immediately turning off the water supply at the main valve.

Here in Buffalo, snow drifts can often cover your outdoor valve—we recommend always knowing where this is, and perhaps even marking it so that you can find it quickly in an emergency and at night. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where the water valve is located, and also how to turn it off.

Turning off the water supply will at least limit the extent of the damage if your pipes do burst.

Next, call Reimer for emergency plumbing repair services. We offer 24/7 service specifically to deal with problems like frozen pipes.

Here’s what NOT to do

#1. Never try to defrost your own pipes

This is often a source of heartbreak, as a homeowner—in a panic—follows some not-so-sage Internet advice and attempts to defrost their own pipes using either boiling water, poured over the pipe, or an electric hairdryer. This is not recommended.

First, you don’t know where the freeze is at, so what you’re doing could be relatively ineffective. Second, frozen pipes are more likely to burst when rapidly defrosted. Plumbers carry special equipment that slowly-but-steadily defrosts the pipe, avoiding damage to the pipe and avoiding a burst.

#2. Don’t continue to use water and toilets

As we mentioned above, you need to turn off your home’s water supply. If there is a freeze in the pipe, it’s going to block water from going down. What can’t go down must come up. In other words, a frozen pipe is no time to be doing the dishes.

Call Reimer for emergency plumbing services in Buffalo and Western New York

When your pipes freeze, quick thinking and remaining calm can protect your home and your plumbing. Make the right call to Reimer for 24/7 emergency plumbing services. We have the right tools and experienced technicians who know their way around frozen pipes.

Contact our team today, or give us a call at (716) 694-8524.

Here are the five signs you need a new water heater in your home

There are certain telltale signs that indicate that it’s time to replace your water heater. You just have to know what to look for. In this blog, we’ll run through the five signs that you need a new water heater, and when you need to call in the professionals at Reimer.

5 signs you need a new water heater

For most of the time, your water heater just works, without incident. So, how do you know when it’s time for a new system? Let’s run through the 5 signs that you need a new heater—and when you need to call Reimer.

1. Your older water heater is getting up there in age

Most standard water heaters last about a decade before they need to be replaced. You may squeeze a few more years out of your system, but past the 10-year mark, you need to at least consider buying a new water heater.

If you’re unsure how old your water heater is, check the serial number. This is most likely on a sticker on top of the unit. If you can’t find a date, plug that serial number into the manufacturer’s website for more information.

2. It’s making strange noises

A water heater makes strange noises as it gets older. Over time, sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank. When the water is heated, the sediments harden. As a result, you can hear banging or rumbling noises from inside the heater.

This is a sign that you need to get a new water heater, as its nearing the end of its operational lifespan.

3. You’re getting rusty water out of the tap

Another sign that you need to buy a new water heater is rusty water. Water, plus metal, will eventually equal corrosion, especially after the sacrificial anode rod is exhausted. After that point, the water will likely pick up the corrosion, leading to rust.

If this is happening early in the system’s life, you can have the team of plumbers here at Reimer add a new zinc anode rod to the water heater. However, late in the system’s life, it’s probably more cost-effective and easier to just replace the entire unit.

4. Your hot water doesn’t last as long as it used to

Insufficient hot water is yet another sign that you need to buy a new water heater. Not only do water heaters get worse at heating water as they age, but they also lose capacity due to that sediment buildup we mentioned earlier.

Lack of hot water is a clear sign that your heater is failing and needs to be replaced. If hot water supply is an issue in your home, you may want to consider the benefits of a tankless water heater, which can provide your family with an endless supply of hot water.

5. There are water puddles around the unit

If you see water leaks around the water heater, there might be a leak in the tank that needs to be dealt with—immediately. Slight fractures develop over time as the metal tank expands and contracts with heat, over and over again. However, when it fractures, you’re at serious risk of a tank burst, and it’s time to call in the professionals at Reimer.

Call Reimer for new water heater here in Buffalo and Western New York

If you’re experiencing water heater trouble, Reimer is the company to call here in Buffalo and Western New York. Our experienced and licensed plumbers can resolve all kinds of plumbing issues. We also repair and install new water heater units. Contact us today!

Prevent water pipes from freezing by following these three steps

Frozen pipes are a common problem in the winter here in Buffalo and Western New York. They are a pain to deal with, and—in the worst cases—can cause pipe bursts that lead to thousands of dollars in property damage. In this blog, we run through the top 4 ways to prevent water pipes from freezing.

Prevent water pipes from freezingWhat causes water pipes to freeze in the winter?

Your water pipes freeze during the coldest nights and days of the year when exposed to below-freezing temperatures for an hour or more. So, why is this a problem? First, using the water again will require professional pipe thawing services from Reimer. But, you’re also at risk of a pipe burst.

What is a pipe burst?

As it freezes, water expands into ice, physically taking up more space. For pipes filled with water, this means that freezing causes the ice to push up against the sides of the pipes. Sometimes, nothing happens. But, if the pipe can’t handle the strain, it will burst.

The damage is prominent at the point of freezing and the water source as the blockage experiences an increase in pressure. A burst pipe can flood your home and generally turn you entire life upside-down. It’s not a good situation to be in.

Our four best ways to prevent water pipes from freezing

Here are four ways you can prevent water pipes from freezing this winter:

1. “Hide” your water lines by insulating them

Ok, let’s start with the most-vulnerable targets: your outside water lines. If you want to prevent water pipes from freezing, this is where you need to start. 

These lines are too exposed to keep the water in them liquid without your help. What you need to do is insulate these pipes so that they have a blanket of warmth protecting them at all times.

If you need further tips and advice—or would like a professional plumber to come to your home and inspect your outdoor pipes—give the team here at Reimer a call.

2. Make absolutely sure you know where your shutoff valve is

This is a big one. We’re always surprised at the number of people who don’t know where the water shutoff valve is, especially renters. Most of the more catastrophic pipe bursts can be nipped in the bud by quickly and effectively shutting off the water in your home, limiting the damage caused by a frozen pipe.

You want to prevent water pipes from freezing in the winter, but you also want to be ready to deal with those that do, in the event that something goes wrong.

The last thing you want to being doing at 2:35 on a cold Buffalo morning in December is running around the outside of your house in the dark looking for a snow-buried shutoff valve. Locate it now in the fall so you know what to do in the case of an emergency.

3. Check the insulation in your attic and basement

We’ve already talked about outdoor pipes and plumbing that are exposed to elements. But, insufficiently insulated plumbing in your home’s attic and basement can also freeze up if not given an extra layer of protection.

Take a quick look through your basement and attic. Are there exposed pipes near outside walls or the ceiling? If so, it might not be a bad idea to wrap them in an insulating layer.

“But, these pipes are in my house!” Yes, but consider this: in the event of a furnace breakdown and the need for furnace repair, any extra insulation on those pipes can buy them critical hours as the rest of your home gets frosty. In other words, insulation can be the difference between waking up to a frozen pipes and, well, not.

4. Schedule a heating tune-up with the team at Reimer

One of the best ways to ensure that your indoor pipes don’t freeze this winter is to make sure that your home’s furnace is running right and not at risk of a breakdown. Furnace problems that happen while the family is sleeping are the most common cause of frozen pipes. 

You can’t prevent every problem, but you can greatly reduce your risk of a breakdown by scheduling a furnace tune-up with our team. Not only do furnace tune-ups help you avoid furnace issues throughout the winter, but they’ll also make your system more energy-efficient—saving you money, all winter long.

That’s a win-win.

For more plumbing tips, advice, and other services, call the team at Reimer!

At Reimer, we handle all your frozen pipe problems with our 24/7 emergency plumbing repair services. For service here in Buffalo and Western New York, give us a call at (716) 694-8524 or contact our team online.

Seasonal plumbing tips to get your home ready for winter weather

The falling temperatures during the fall are a polite reminder that the winter season is not far away. This is the season when you should get your home’s plumbing ready for the fall. In this blog post, we’ll share 5 seasonal plumbing tips to help you, your family, and your home have a happy and safe winter.

Pictured: Using our seasonal plumbing tips, this bathroom in Buffalo is ready for the winter ahead.

Prepare for cold weather with our seasonal plumbing tips

Here are five seasonal plumbing tips that can help you to avoid plumbing disasters during the coldest months of the year.

1. Check the insulation around pipes

There’s no two ways about it: frozen pipes are an absolute disaster waiting to happen. That’s why one of the most essential tasks in the fall is making sure your pipe insulation is ready to go. Properly insulated pipes are not just less likely to freeze, but they can help your water heater work more efficiently, since less heat escapes from the pipes as water is transported through them.

Have one of the professional plumbers here at Reimer check both your inside and outside pipes to make sure the insulation is in good shape and not showing signs of deterioration. If your pipes do need new insulation, we’ll advise you on how to best go about that and what areas of the home need to be re-insulated.

2. Have Reimer check the water pressure in your pipes

Another one of our seasonal plumbing tips: check the water pressure. You can buy a gauge from your local hardware store to check the water pressure. Experts suggest that the water pressure should be between 40- to 80-pounds per inch (PPI).

So, what if you find that you do have high water pressure? You need to call Reimer. We have tools and ways to reduce the water pressure in your home’s plumbing. Excessive water pressure can result in damaged pipes, valves, and faucets. It can result in a pipe leakage problem and dramatically shorten the lifespan of your home’s plumbing.

3. Call our team for a leak inspection

When people picture leaks, they often imagine them in easy-to-reach places, such as underneath their kitchen sink. That’s because you don’t see many of your home’s water pipes, which are underneath the slab, in walls, or behind cabinets.

Left untreated, a water leak can destroy your home by causing all sorts of problems, ranging from structural damage to the growth of mold and mildew. That’s not something you want to be dealing with during the holidays!

If you suspect you have a leak in your home, contact Reimer for leak detection services. Our plumbers have specialized tools that allow us to pinpoint where leaks are. From there, we’ll talk with you about your options for fixing the leak and any damage that it has caused.

4. Have Reimer inspect your water heater

On a cold morning here in Buffalo, is there anything more important than a hot shower? That’s why one of our seasonal plumbing tips is to have Reimer inspect and maintain your water heater.

If you own a standard water heater, chances are that it will need to be replaced after approximately 10-12 years of service. If yours is getting up there in age, it’s an especially good idea to have Reimer take a look. Even if we advise a new water heater, that’s better than having yours fail on the coldest night of the year or, worse, having it burst and flood your garage, basement, or laundry room.

5. Get your sump pump checked

Your sump pump is the last line of defense for your home. Sump pumps help protect your basement from flooding, and it’s important that yours is in working order ahead of a winter full of snow and burst pipes.

Have the team at Reimer take a look at your sump pump to make sure it’s ready for the cold weather ahead.

Call Reimer for your plumbing needs in Western New York!

If you want to schedule a plumbing maintenance to get ready for fall, you can contact Reimer Home Services. We provide expert plumbing service in Buffalo and surrounding areas. Ourexperienced team of certified and licensed plumbers will do a terrific plumbing job for you.

Sewer camera inspections: Here’s why you need to see into your sewer

Sewers do not have a positive reputation. Most people associate them with awful smells, disease, pests, and—given the latest box office—possibly even murderous clowns. All bad things! But, your sewer does serve a purpose. In this blog post, we’ll walk through the reasons why a sewer camera inspection for your home is something you should consider scheduling.

Here in Buffalo and Western New York, Reimer offers sewer camera inspection services to homeowners. If you need to schedule an inspection or you need repairs to your sewer line, we can help. Call us at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online to get started.

A cracked sewer pipe is a big problem

Pictured: A sewer camera inspection can help you avoid the need for major sewer line work.

Pictured: A plumber having to dig up and fix a ceramic sewage pipe that clogged. A sewer inspection can help you avoid this outcome.

When was your home built? Today, homes are built with PVC piping for sewer draining that—left undisturbed under normal conditions—should last more than 100 years. However, if your home was built before the 1980s, chances are that your piping is made of steel, clay tile, or some other, less durable material. A crack is not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when.

The natural wear on the sewer pipe is one thing. However, tree roots and weight on the ground can prematurely take out your pipes, as well. If you have trees around your sewer line, their roots could envelop around the pipe and eventually even break into it, blocking waste and water.

Signs of a cracked sewer line

A cracked sewer pipe is a slow-moving disaster that is not to be ignored. Look for the signs of a cracked sewer pipe:

  • If you have a rooted tree that is near or over where your sewer line runs, you’re at high-risk for problems.
  • Look for conspicuous wet spots on the ground around or over where your sewer line runs.
  • If you smell sewage outside or inside of your home, that’s a potential sign that something’s gone wrong.

If you see any of these signs, call Reimer for a sewer camera inspection immediately. We have a variety of cameras and tools for looking into sewers and seeing if roots and / or cracking is an issue that needs to be addressed.

A sewer backup could be an even bigger problem

So, intruding tree roots can block things from exiting the sewer line. But, so can grease, oils, trash, and a whole number of other things. Over time, grease and oils can accumulate into a physical mass (gross!) that clogs the sewer and reduces the outflow.

On a larger scale, this recently happened in a London municipal sewer, and the results weren’t pretty (you might not want to look on a full stomach!)

However, sewer backup can also be a problem that impacts residential homes right here in Buffalo and Western New York. We recently covered it in our blog on three situations in which you need drain cleaning, but here’s the basic idea:

What goes down must come up, if there’s no “down” to go to.

The telltale sign that your sewer line has completely seized up? Nothing goes down, and all your sinks, showers, toilets, and everything else clog at the same time. When this happens, turn off the water and immediately give Reimer a call.

How to avoid a sewer line blockage

A clogged sewer line is not something to be fixed “tomorrow” or “in the future”. We’ve seen too many homes that have been flooded, damaged, and destroyed by a clogged sewer line. It’s heartbreaking, and we recommend people take these steps to help avoid sewer blockage:

  • Don’t pour grease or oil down your sink. Instead, pour it into a disposable container (preferably, something biodegradable) and throw it away in the trash once it has solidified.
  • Watch what you flush in the toilet. Never flush anything plastic, metal, or really anything that counts as “trash” down the toilet. Too many people think their toilet is a magical portal that transports things “away” from their home. We’re plumbers: trust us, it’s not.

To learn more about our sewer cleaning services, be sure to check out our blog post.

Don’t buy a home without a sewer camera inspection

Great news! You’ve found your dream house here in Western New York—and at a great price! Sounds like a good deal. You hire a general home inspector to look at the furnace and air conditioner. Maybe you get a pest expert, too. But, what about the sewer?

Most experts agree: your general home inspector doesn’t have either the cameras needed to see into sewer lines nor the tools needed to clear blockages or fix problems. Shining a flashlight into your sink drain tells you nothing about the condition of the sewer lines.

Instead, you need to schedule a separate homebuyer’s sewer camera inspection from a professional plumbing company such as ours. We have the cameras and tools needed to see inside sewer lines and determine if cracks or blockages exist.

Knowledge is peace of mind

From there, as a prospective homebuyer, you can use that knowledge to either walk away from the purchase or to negotiate with the seller to get it taken care of by our team.

This goes for many things when you’re buying a home, but double for anything involving sewers: the price of an inspection and the peace of mind it provides is nothing next to the cost and headache of buying a home and then later discovering that you’ll need to sink money into major repairs.

Call Reimer for sewer camera inspections in Buffalo & Western New York

Reimer has been serving Buffalo and Western New York homeowners for more than 95 years. As the “Wizard of Comfort,” we’re known throughout the region for our outstanding heating, cooling, and plumbing services. From drain cleaning to sewer camera inspections, we are here for you.

Some reasons to trust us with your sewer line inspection and plumbing repairs:

  1. We’re an A+ rated business (Better Business Bureau)
  2. Our customers on Facebook love our work and team
  3. We back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

For 24/7 emergency plumbing repair service in Buffalo, call us at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

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.

Call Reimer for all your plumbing needs

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.