Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

3 Family Tips to Avoid Drain Clogs

Monday, November 28th, 2022

For many families, plumbing disasters during the holidays have become a running joke. Perhaps some of the cousins decided to put their action figures down the shower drain while having an epic battle. Or, maybe the toilet has been used three, four, or even five times more than it normally would be, leading it to eventually overflow and shut down. This isn’t rare by any stretch of the imagination, and they’re so common that we’ve decided to write a blog post about them.

The first and most important thing that we want to emphasize is that there are things you can do right now to prepare for the holidays and these potential plumbing disasters. For instance, scheduling drain cleaning in Strongsville, OH is easily the most valuable thing that can be done to eliminate clogs. Our powerful hydro jetting systems, industrial-grade drain snakes, and specifically sized plungers will be able to remove any clogging material.

But, for everyone who isn’t quite there yet, here are a few extra tips to help.

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3 Tips to Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

Monday, October 17th, 2022

Now that temperatures are starting to sink and we’re enjoying all of the fall festivities, we need to talk about our plumbing systems. Mainly, why you might want to consult with a plumber in Westlake, OH to ensure your pipes don’t freeze this winter.

Frozen pipes are an insidious problem. They can be disruptive, messy, and cause your home to waste a lot of water. Luckily, they can be avoided with a few DIY steps and some help from your friendly, local plumber!

This blog post is dedicated to preparing your home for the frigid temperatures ahead and making sure that you don’t become the victim of a frozen pipe. From pipe insulation, to calling a professional to have your plumbing system inspected for exposed pipes, we’re going to detail all of our solutions and be as informative as possible.

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Why Your Toilet Needs to Be Bolted Down

Monday, June 13th, 2022

This might sound like a niche problem, right? As long as your toilet flushes, doesn’t leak, and just works in general, then who cares if it’s securely bolted to the floor? We understand this sentiment, and we don’t want to tell any homeowners how they should live their lives.

However, an unbolted or unsecured toilet can not only be a safety hazard, but it could potentially lead to leaks and other issues down the line. There’s a good reason why every home inspection when purchasing a new house includes checking the toilet’s seal on the floor. This is a vital part of your bathroom, and we urge homeowners not to forget about it.

If you’ve recently noticed that your toilet is starting to wobble, or that the seal is starting to wear down, then don’t hesitate to call our team for toilet plumbing in Strongsville, OH. We’ve got your back!

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3 Necessary Tools for Your Sink Drain

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Your sink is an integral part of your plumbing system. Think about it, when was the last time you used either your kitchen or bathroom sink? An hour ago? Four hours ago? It’s something that we use daily and yet we pay so little attention to it when we’re not cleaning it or dealing with a problem. That’s why we want to focus today on three specific tools that can help you keep your sink drain in good shape.

One of those tools is scheduling service for your sink plumbing in North Ridgeville, OH. Professionals like the ones on our team have industrial-grade equipment that can help loosen and remove even the toughest drain clogs that might plague your sink. So, if all the tools we mention below aren’t getting the job done, you can always rest assured that we’ll fix the problem!

With that said, let’s talk about some nifty tools that will help your sink this spring.

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Get Ready for Spring With a Sump Pump!

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Here at Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing, we’re on a mission to make sure that homeowners stay safe and protected from flash floods. They’re a problem in many areas of the country and they can be extremely bad in the spring. When the snow and ice melt, and the temperatures rapidly warm up, water can become a major issue for the basements of homes all throughout our area.

Consider investing in a sump pump in Westlake, OH! This nifty piece of technology can simply drain out the water that would otherwise flood your basement and send it somewhere gravity can remove it. If you’re new to the world of sump pumps, or perhaps you’re a veteran to this kind of plumbing technology, we’d like you to keep reading to learn why you might want a sump pump this spring!

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How Backflow and Leaks Contaminate Your Water

Monday, March 7th, 2022

Plumbing systems are pressurized and flow in one direction for a very good reason. When water comes into your house from its source and doesn’t come in contact with anything else, then it’s considered “clean” or at least “fresh.” This is an important metric to use, because the moment your water starts interacting with things like infiltrating tree roots, other water pipes, or even it’s own backflow, then you’re dealing with a serious health and safety concern.

When it comes to sink plumbing in North Ridgeville, OH, water should only flow in one direction. It should come out of the faucet and down the drain. If you suspect there’s a leak in your plumbing system somewhere, or you think that there’s a problem with backflow, then we recommend calling our team as soon as possible. We can help install a backflow preventer and even provide video pipe inspection to monitor the interior of your plumbing system.

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Insulate Your Pipes to Protect Them

Monday, January 10th, 2022

Temperatures are dropping, and soon they’ll be hitting record low levels. Every year it seems like we are hitting new record lows while we stay indoors with our heating systems to fight against the heat. Before we get into anything, we’d just like to reassure you that we’re here for you! The team at Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing can provide you with high-quality services for your heating system that will ensure you stay warm this winter, guaranteed.

However, today we’re not talking about your heater. We’re talking about your pipes. Frozen pipes are one of the worst things to experience during the wintertime. They can rupture and break (since water expands when it turns into ice) and then when it warms up again and thaws, it can leak and destroy your property. Let’s talk about frozen pipes in Westlake, OH, and how you can best avoid them.

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Drain Clogs: What’s the Biggest Culprit?

Monday, November 1st, 2021

This is an interesting question to any experienced plumber in our area. Homeowners might look throughout the internet and come up with the idea that the biggest culprit for drain clogs is “hygiene products” or “food waste.” But what if your home doesn’t cook that often and you’re still getting clogs? Or what if your bathroom drains are fine, but your kitchen drains are the ones getting clogged up?

These are the scenarios that make answering this question so difficult. But we’re always down for a challenge!

Today we’re going to focus on sink plumbing in Bay Village, OH and some of the biggest culprits of drain clogs in our area. The answer to this big question depends greatly on your lifestyle, but we hope we can point you in the right direction. Just don’t forget to call us for drain cleaning services if you need them!

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Everything to Know About Galvanized Steel Pipes

Monday, October 18th, 2021

To many homeowners, there are two types of pipe materials: lead pipes, and everything else. While we agree that lead pipes can pose a safety hazard to a much higher degree than other pipe materials like galvanized steel, older homes aren’t in the clear yet.

Galvanized steel pipes were used in homes before the 1960s when it became clear that they could corrode in ways that were destructive to homes. Galvanized steel pipes are sturdy but they can lose their structural integrity and lead to all sorts of problems. Also, galvanized steel pipes usually still contain lead, which means as they corrode you could have the same effect that you would with entirely lead pipes.

As your go-to local plumber in Westlake, OH, we’re going to talk about galvanized steel pipes, the pros and cons of having this plumbing material in your home, and why yours might need to be replaced.

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Don’t Pour Chemicals Down Your Bathroom Sink!

Monday, September 20th, 2021

We all know how convenient it is to head to your local grocery store for some drain cleaning chemicals. They’re neatly labeled and organized, promise a quick and easy solution, and sometimes they even show the chemical reaction on the back with cute pictures! How could you possibly go wrong with these store-bought solutions?

Well, chemicals rarely do the trick when it comes to draining your sink. And to make matters worse, they’re horrible for your home’s plumbing, the environment, and your personal health. We’d like all homeowners to know that we highly recommend steering clear of these chemicals.

Before you feel disappointed, remember that we have natural solutions for your sink plumbing in Strongsville, OH. If you keep reading, we’ll clue you in to how this can be an exciting opportunity to have your drains cleared by a team of professionals, water, and a little bit of elbow grease, instead of harmful chemicals.

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