4 Benefits from Having a Sewer Line Camera Inspection

4 Benefits from Having a Sewer Line Camera Inspection

  • Drain Cleaning
plumbing repair in Texas by Alliance Plumbing

Are your plumbing systems acting strange? Is your toilet backing up despite not appearing clogged? It might be time to call Alliance Plumbing for a sewer line camera inspection! Sewer cameras consist of a camera at one end of a long, flexible rod. The camera connects to a computer to show a live feed of what’s inside your sewer pipes. Call our highly-skilled professionals, and we’ll be able to get your pipes cleaned out. But how does sticking a camera into your pipes help you get your plumbing unclogged?

 

Here are 4 of the benefits you can reap compared to other repair methods:

  1. Get the right fix the first time. There are a variety of reasons your drain pipe may not be working. Things flushed down the toilet or the sink drain may have caused a blockage, tree roots might have grown into the pipe, or the sewer line may be cracked or disconnected. There’s also the possibility you have a water leak. Each problem requires its own unique solution, and a sewer line camera can help us figure out exactly what we need to do to fix it.
  2. Avoid unnecessary digging. Usually, the only way to get a good look at your pipes is to dig into your yard and look at the pipes. Not anymore! Sewer line cameras offer a non-intrusive way to get a good look at your pipes and avoid tearing up your garden.
  3. Receive a reference video for insurance. When you get your pipes checked by a sewer line camera, you also get a video of the footage for your own use. This can be useful if you have to explain to your insurance agency what happened.
  4. Much cheaper. As well as being cheaper and faster than digging for pipes, sewer line cameras can help you locate early warning signs of bigger problems. By finding these issues and dealing with them quickly, you can save more money by not undergoing serious repairs.

 

Why trust Alliance Plumbing with your sewer line camera inspection?

Founded in 2003, Alliance Plumbing is owned by Kelly Caudel, a second generation master plumber. Alliance hires the best in local talent and trains them to provide the highest level of customer service and technical training. By choosing Alliance, you’re ensuring your plumbing is serviced by technicians who get the job done right the first time.

Call us today if you’re having problems with any of your plumbing!

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Houston Tankless Water Heater Installation

Houston Tankless Water Heater Installation

  • Water Heaters
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When getting a new water heater, there are other models to consider besides the classic tank model. One of the most notable kinds you can get for your Texas home is the tankless water heater. As the name suggests, these water heaters don’t use a large tank that heats water for the home. Instead, it boils and heats water as it moves through the pipe into your home. These models have several advantages over their tank-using counterparts.

Here are 5 reasons you need Houston tankless water heater installation:

 

Cleaner water

You likely don’t get to see their insides very often, but water heater tanks can get pretty nasty. It’s not uncommon for the water inside the tank to leave behind hard water stains as it sits in there. Also, sediment often builds up inside the tank. The sediment can not only get in your drinking water, but it can also damage the tank’s inside until rust starts getting into the water. Tankless water heaters don’t have this tank, so you won’t have to worry about your water heater making your water taste strange.

 

More space

Regular water heaters come with a large tank that can take up a good bit of space. Without the tank, tankless water heaters take up a third of the space their tank counterparts use. Also, they make use of technology that makes them lighter and smaller than other models. Some models are capable of reaching only five pounds. You can free up even more space by mounting the tankless water heater by mounting it to a wall.

 

No waiting for hot water

Instead of storing water to heat for usage, tankless water heaters heat the water as it goes to your faucet. With normal water heaters, the tank heats the water when you want it, but you have to wait a bit for the water to heat up. This means you’ll be wasting some water while it runs unheated. While re-circling pumps are available to save the water, you’re switching wasted water for wasted electricity and energy. Tankless water heaters can comfortably supply a full-sized three bedroom two bathroom home with water. All without having to wait!

 

Longer lasting; fewer breakdowns

Depending on who you ask, the average tank water heater can last anywhere from eight to fifteen years. This depends on plenty of factors such as the quality of the installation, your water’s quality, and how good its owners are about providing maintenance. Meanwhile, tankless water heaters can optimally last for over twenty years. Part of their long lifespan comes from the fact that they don’t need as much maintenance. This translates into less potential breakdowns that could cost you money to fix. Also, manufacturers often give longer-lasting warranties for these water heaters due to their longer lifespans.

 

Save the environment and your money

Tankless water heaters let you save money while saving the environment. The average tankless models use about 10% less energy than the average water heater. These savings can save four-person households hundreds of dollars over the water heater’s lifespan. This doesn’t take into account the possibility of rebates for switching to a more energy-efficient solution.

 

Why choose Alliance Plumbing for my water heater needs?

Alliance Plumbing is a company made up of homegrown, hometown service professionals that hire and train our local talent. We are dedicated to offering impressive customer service and exceptional skill in our quest to become the best plumbers in Texas. We emphasize quality goods and services and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Call Alliance Plumbing today to learn more about how we can help you!

 

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6 Benefits of Houston Repiping

6 Benefits of Houston Repiping

  • Plumbing
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Over time, your home’s water pipes can get slowly worn down by chemicals and minerals in the water. This is even more likely if you’re using outdated piping materials such as galvanized iron. As a homeowner, you’ll eventually need to call to get repiping for your Houston, TX home. Otherwise, your old pipes may break and cause heavy amounts of water damage. By replacing your old, worn-out pipes, we can greatly improve your home’s plumbing system.

Here are six ways repiping your Houston home can improve your home:

Cleaner water

Depending on what pipes you have, corrosion may be a big factor in your decision to get repiping. Materials like galvanized iron are prone to rusting from the inside out, and all of that rust gets in your water. Not only is rust gross to have in your water, but it can also hurt your piping even more. Replacing your old piping with copper or PVC pipes can help you avoid dealing with rust.

Better water pressure

When pipes get damaged, this can often cause your home’s water pressure to drop. If your shower’s spray isn’t as forceful as it used to be, that’s a sign your water pressure isn’t doing well. Getting repiping will not only restore your water pressure, but it’ll ensure you can run multiple plumbing appliances at once.

Improve your home’s value

While repiping isn’t a visibly obvious renovation, but it’s still one buyers will appreciate, and it’ll improve your home’s value. If you’re thinking about selling your home, repiping can be a good investment. Repiping shows that you care about your home as a homeowner and are willing to keep it in good condition.

Improved appliances

Are your clothes coming out of the washing machine still dirty? The problem might not be on your appliance’s end. They’re only as good as the water they get is. If you get a repiping, you may find that your appliances will work much better than they were before.

More hot water

When your home’s water pressure is good, they’ll be able to fill up your tank water heater faster than they could before. This means you won’t have to wait as long to get hot water for your showers or dishwasher.

Save money

While it may not seem like paying for a repiping is cost-effective, it’ll save you money in the long run. Having healthy pipes means you won’t have to worry about leaks and water damage, both of which can cost plenty of money to repair.

What makes Alliance Plumbing my best choice for plumbing services?

Owner Kelly Caudel is a second-generation master plumber. Growing up in a plumbing family, his father is also a master plumber. The Caudel family are residents of the greater Clear Lake Area and have been providing professional plumbing work for decades. We’re lifelong citizens and we love our community! We hire and train the best local talent. We know that by providing the best in customer service and technical training to our plumbers, you get the best product, which makes us the best choice. By choosing Alliance Plumbing Services, you are supporting a local small business and building local jobs in our community.

Call Alliance Plumbing today for your FREE in-home estimate!

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6 Reasons to Get a Garbage Disposal Replacement

6 Reasons to Get a Garbage Disposal Replacement

  • Plumbing
garbage disposal replacement in Texas by Alliance Plumbing

If you own a garbage disposal, it can be a convenient way to dispose of trash and keep your sink and pipes clean. However, like any other appliance or bit of plumbing, your garbage disposal will get worn down and need replacement, even if you’ve been careful about what goes into the disposal. Having a worn-down or broken garbage disposal can make it harder to cook or clean. Whenever a garbage disposal needs to be replaced, you’ll often notice a variety of signs.

Here are six signs that your garbage disposal needs replacement:

 

Foul smells

It’s not uncommon for garbage disposals to smell since they often have to break down wet food. When that happens, you can often fix it with some rinsing and cleaning. However, the stench can sometimes persist even after cleaning. When that happens, call a plumber so they can carefully take the garbage disposal apart and find the source of the smell. What you shouldn’t do is use chemical cleaners on your disposal. Using these will often damage the blades and components.

 

Power problems

A faulty motor may prevent your garbage disposal from turning on or staying on for long. However, there are a couple of other possible reasons why your garbage disposal won’t start, both of which you can easily solve. First, you’ll want to see if resetting the garbage disposal does anything. You’ll also want to see if the circuit breaker is working properly. If those are both working properly, give us a call to work on the faulty motor.

 

Frequent clogging

If you’ve read our previous blogs, you likely know how to use your garbage disposal without clogging it. However, it’s still possible to get frequent clogging problems. When this happens, it’s a sign that either the garbage disposal is malfunctioning or you just need one with a higher capacity.

 

Frequent resetting

Your garbage disposal has a reset button to help it some problems, but you shouldn’t have to use it very often. However, if you do have to reset your garbage disposal a lot, it might be time to replace it. It’s also possible you’re dealing with loose wiring, which requires the help of a plumber or electrician.

 

Strange noises

Garbage disposals can get noisy, but they can get especially noisy if there’s something wrong. Get some tongs and a flashlight and look for anything that may have gotten stuck in there, like a lost spoon. If you find and remove something, try the disposal out again to see if it’s quieter. If that doesn’t help, make sure the disposal’s components are working properly before you call us.

 

Leaking

Your garbage disposal can leak from a variety of places. Most often, it’ll be some sort of connection leak, which can easily be fixed via some tightening or replacement parts. However, older disposals may develop cracks that can’t be fixed and require a replacement.

 

  What makes Alliance Plumbing a trusted name in kitchen plumbing?

Owner Kelly Caudel is a second-generation master plumber. Growing up in a plumbing family, his father is also a master plumber. The Caudel family are residents of the greater Clear Lake Area and have been providing professional plumbing work for decades. We’re lifelong citizens and we love our community! We hire and train the best local talent. We know that by providing the best in customer service and technical training to our plumbers, you get the best product, which makes us the best choice. By choosing Alliance Plumbing Services, you are supporting a local small business and building local jobs in our community. Fixed Right, RIGHT AWAY! When you call us, we answer the phone or return your call as soon as possible. We understand that it can be stressful when you have a problem with your plumbing. Call Alliance Plumbing today to learn more about our garbage disposal services!

 

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How to Disconnect the Gas for Your Water Heater

How to Disconnect the Gas for Your Water Heater

  • Water Heaters
water heater gas in Texas by Alliance Plumbing

There are times you have to shut down one of your appliances or systems to protect your home. One of the more common examples is having to cut off a gas water heater from its gas supply. It might be something as simple as disconnecting the gas so you can replace the water heater. However, you might also need to shut off the gas because flammable gas is leaking and could cause a house fire. If you don’t know how to shut off your water heater’s gas, we tell you what to do.

 

Important safety warning

These instructions are meant to cover dealing with small gas leaks. With larger gas leaks, you should take CenterPoint Energy’s advice and leave your home. Leave on foot to somewhere safer, and call 911 and CenterPoint Energy only when you’re a safe distance away from your home.

 

How to turn off the gas for your water heater

There are two places in your home where you can turn off the water heater’s gas. For the water heater, there’s a shutoff valve near the water heater. However, for emergencies, you should shut off the gas completely at the gas meter outside. Both methods are important, but the gas meter is a safer option.

For the gas meter, you’ll want to find the gas shutoff valve nearby. Take a wrench and turn the valve 90° clockwise to shut off the gas. Meanwhile, water heaters have a single valve handle on the gas pipe to control its gas intake. Turn the handle 90° so it’s perpendicular to the pipe, and the gas should shut off. You’ll know the gas is off when your water heater’s burner turns off. In any of these situations, if you fear a gas leak, call your gas company to schedule a free inspection.

 

Why call Alliance Plumbing to handle my water heater’s gas problems?

Owner Kelly Caudel is a second-generation master plumber. Growing up in a plumbing family, his father is also a master plumber. The Caudel family are residents of the greater Clear Lake Area and have been providing professional plumbing work for decades. We’re lifelong citizens and we love our community! We hire and train the best local talent. We know that by providing the best in customer service and technical training to our plumbers, you get the best product, which makes us the best choice. By choosing Alliance Plumbing Services, you are supporting a local small business and building local jobs in our community. Fixed Right, RIGHT AWAY! When you call us, we answer the phone or return your call as soon as possible. We understand that it can be stressful when you have a problem with your plumbing. Call Alliance Plumbing today to learn more about our gas line services!

 

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What Should I Set My Water Heater Temperature To?

What Should I Set My Water Heater Temperature To?

  • Water Heaters
water heater temperature in Texas by Alliance Plumbing

A surprise cold shower is never fun, but neither is one that scalds your skin. This is why it’s so important to choose the right temperature for your water heater to heat up to. However, you’re not just trying to balance comfort and heat; there are bacterial concerns to think about as well. Keeping the temperature low yet comfortable can keep you and your family from being scalded, but higher temperatures are more capable of killing off bacteria. If you want an expert’s opinion, Alliance Plumbing can give you that knowledge.

How to adjust my water heater’s temperature

Water heaters can have different ways to adjust the temperature depending on the model and fuel type, but they’re all pretty similar. For electric models with a tank and newer gas models, look for the controls behind an insulated access panel. Also, electric models may have the temperature controls on the top/bottom of the tank. With tankless models, you just have to find the temperature readout, which will have the controls on there. Always make sure you test the water’s temperature after you change it. To do that, hold a thermometer under a sink’s running water for a minute when it’s set to be as hot as it can go.

Determining the best temperature

There are two “optimal” temperatures, but which one you want depends on certain factors. 120°F, the temperature suggested by the U.S. Department of Energy, is good at preventing scalding. At this temperature, it takes about a minute of exposure for the water to cause damage. This temperature is especially useful in homes with children or seniors, both of which are more susceptible to scalding. Also, lowering your temperature to 120°F causes your water heater to use less energy to heat the water. This can help you save some money on energy bills and extend the water heater’s lifespan. You shouldn’t go any lower than this, though, or you’ll have problems with bacteria.

The second recommended temperature, as suggested by OSHA, is the default water heater temperature of 140°F. At this temperature, your water will be safe from just about all bacteria. While most bacteria will die off at 120°F, bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease is slightly more durable. 140°F is more capable of scalding, but it’s certain to wipe out LD bacteria. In most cases, you’ll find the bacteria in older water systems or water storage systems that are either outdoors or let water stagnate.

So what’s the best option for your home? In most cases, LD bacteria are uncommon enough that 120° is the safer choice. However, if you know your home is at-risk for LD or someone living there has a compromised or sensitive immune system, go with 140°F. In these cases, it’s also a good idea to look at anti-scald devices to protect the children and seniors in your home.

 

What makes Alliance a trustworthy source on managing my water heater temperature?

Owner Kelly Caudel is a second-generation master plumber. Growing up in a plumbing family, his father is also a master plumber. The Caudel family are residents of the greater Clear Lake Area and have been providing professional plumbing work for decades. We’re lifelong citizens and we love our community! We hire and train the best local talent. We know that by providing the best in customer service and technical training to our plumbers, you get the best product, which makes us the best choice. By choosing Alliance Plumbing Services, you are supporting a local small business and building local jobs in our community.  Your issue will be fixed right, RIGHT AWAY! When you call us, we answer the phone or return your call as soon as possible. We understand that it can be stressful when you have a problem with your plumbing. Call us today to learn more about our services!

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