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How Do You Repair a Frozen Pipe?

Frozen nozzle pictured outside covered in frost

Frozen Temperatures; Frozen Pipes

The temperatures in Indianapolis, Indiana can frigid during the winter, especially at night. Many homeowners have experienced the aftermath of these cold temperatures that leave them needing frozen pipe repairs and the clean-up of what happens when those pipes burst. 

Can frozen pipes be fixed?

When you realize you have frozen pipes, repairing won’t be the first thing you’ll think about. Your first thought will be, “How long does it take for pipes to unfreeze?”. The answer to that is, “It depends on the weather if you’re going to wait for them to unfreeze on their own.”. 

You won’t know you have frozen pipe repairs until they do that though, but yes, if they do burst, a plumber can repair the pipe. However, depending on how damaged the pipe is, they may have to replace the pipe instead. 

But really, do pipes eventually unfreeze on their own? 

Yes, really, frozen pipes will eventually thaw on their own. But as we just said, it will take time for the pipes to thaw because the temperature has to get above freezing first, and then stay there for a while. While this is taking place, they can actually re-freeze as temperatures begin dropping again. And that is when they are most likely going to burst: during re-freezing. 

Is it OK to let frozen pipes thaw on their own?

You can, it’s a personal decision to wait it out or you can assist in the start of thawing them. If you assist in the thawing process, you’re less likely to need frozen pipe repairs. 

How do you know if a pipe is frozen? 

The first indication you’ll have is no water is coming from the faucet when you turn it on. Or worse, the toilet doesn’t flush after you’ve used it. Then, how can you thaw frozen pipes?  Well, first you need to gather some tools, which include an electric hair dryer, space heater, and heat tape. With these things in hand, and if the thermostat setting is down low, turn it up and open all cabinet doors then follow these steps: 


Depending on the size of your house, this may not be that easy. Start in obvious areas, like a drafty basement, under cabinets, and areas where the exterior walls aren’t insulated. If your home is a pier and beam build, look under the house. When you find the frozen pipe, open the faucet that is closest to that area. Then locate the area of the pipe that is frozen, it will likely be covered in frost. 


Next, with the hair drying on the highest setting, start moving it back and forth over the frozen area.  NEVER use any type of open flame for the thawing process! Yes, that would thaw the pipe faster, but at great risk of catching your home on fire. 

Keep moving the hair dryer back and forth along the frozen area, evenly, never stopping in one area of the pipe. This will help thaw the pipe while minimizing the chance of it rupturing. 

While you’re using the hair dryer, have somebody place the space heater close but not too close (a three-foot distance is recommended) and turn it on. Make sure the heater isn’t near anything flammable.

You can also wrap the pipe with heat tape. Make sure it is evenly wrapped and then plug it in. As the cable in the tape heats up, it will start slowly thawing the pipe. Once the water begins flowing again, unplug the heat tape, heater, and hair dryer to keep from getting shocked. And never leave the heat tape plugged in without being there to watch over it. 

If the pipes are broken, as they thaw, the water will start coming out, and that is when you’ll know you need frozen pipe repairs! How much does it cost to fix a frozen pipe? 

This cost will vary between plumbers, the location, and the size of the busted pipe. After examining where the frozen pipe repair is needed, a plumber may quote you a flat rate for the job. Most plumbers, however, will charge by the hour plus materials. 

Can you do your own frozen pipe repairs? 

In most cases, with some basic tools, yes, a DIY homeowner can do their own frozen pipe repairs. After you’ve thawed the pipe and have seen where the frozen pipe repair is needed, the process will depend on what type of pipe your home has. 

With PVC pipe, you can simply cut out the damaged area with a hacksaw and replace it with a piece of PVC pipe and PVC glue. If the pipes are any type of metal, you’ll need a torch and that is when calling a plumber is recommended. 

How long can pipes be frozen before they burst?

Plumbing pipes aren’t going to freeze and burst immediately. They have to be exposed to below-freezing temperatures for a minimum of 6 hours before they become frozen. However, during that 6-hour period, the water won’t be able to flow once the freezing starts. 

How can you prevent needing frozen pipe repairs? 

As tempting as it may be to turn the thermostat down when you’re not home during the winter, DON’T!  Keep the thermostat set at a decent setting, keep the cabinet doors open, and leave the water at a trickle when you know the temperatures are going get down to or below freezing (32 degrees is the warning temperature). 

Before winter arrives, make sure all exposed pipes are wrapped, and wrap any pipes that are along exterior walls, like under sinks. Wrap the water heater in a blanket made for water heaters too. 

In Conclusion

Never ignore frozen pipes! Once you know you have frozen pipes, even if you’re not going to try to thaw them, make sure the faucets are open so that when they do start to thaw, hopefully, the open faucets will relieve the pressure that freezing creates and causes pipes to burst. 

It’s a good idea to call us this winter when you experience frozen pipe issues. Call us at 317-677-4918 for frozen pipe repair in Indianapolis, IN.

How Do You Know it is Time to Replace the Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposal in use

Does Your Garbage Disposal Need Maintenance?

The garbage disposal is often unappreciated. This kitchen device is, usually electrically powered, and is installed under the kitchen sink, situated between the drain and the trap. It shreds food into small pieces that can pass through the drain. 

There is a debate about when and by whom the garbage disposal was invented. Was it by John Hammes, a Wisconsin architect in 1927 or 1935 by a team at General Electric?  It was in the late 1930s when it became widely available, and after World War II, its popularity increased as kitchens were modernized and remodeled. 

Today, you’d be challenged in trying to find a home without a garbage disposal, with the exception of older homes built before the 1960s. This small device has become an essential kitchen appliance, and like the water heater, it is usually hidden from sight. 

Are there different types of garbage disposals? 

This is something that most homeowners do not realize, there are two types of garbage disposals. 

Continuous Feed: This garbage disposal grinds the food continuously until the switch is turned off. There are pros and cons to this type of garbage disposal: 

  • The Pros:

The waste is inserted in small amounts and ground all at once. This keeps the kitchen counter clean, cleared, and organized as meals are prepped and cooked. 

  • The Cons: 

Because the drain is continuously open, it is accident-prone with other things falling into the drain by accident. This type of garbage disposal uses excessive amounts of power and water with continuous running power and water. 

Batch Feed: The mechanics of the batch feed type of garbage disposal runs when the drain cover is in place. As you fill the chamber and turn the machine on, it then begins to grind the food waste. If any random items fall into the unit unintended, they can be removed safely with the unit turned off and reaching in with tongs. 

  • The Pros:

The cover is protection which prevents accidental grinding. It uses less power and water because they are only turned on when the unit is in operation.

  • The Cons:

This type of garbage disposal is more expensive than the continuous feed type. It is louder when operating, requiring a noise suppressor.  Possibility of health hazards if the chamber has food left ungrounded, allowing bacteria to grow. 

How is a garbage disposal properly maintained? 

With proper cleaning and maintenance, a garbage disposal can last forever. The first step is to never put anything in the unit that shouldn’t go in it! What should never be put in a garbage disposal? The following items should never be put in a garbage disposal: 

  • Bones, Fruit Pits
  • FOG (fat, oil, grease)
  • Pasta, Rice
  • Stringy Foods
  • Fruit and Vegetable Peelings
  • Anything that isn’t food related 

Always allow the unit to thoroughly grind the food and run cold water while grinding the food waste and practice a monthly cleaning. Any of the following will work in cleaning your garbage disposal: 

Weekly cleaning of the inside with a bottle brush. Grinding up citrus food will cut any grease that is coating the inside and give it a fresh smell.  Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays and then grind one or two in the garbage disposal to eliminate bacteria buildup. 

What are the signs a garbage disposal should be replaced?

If your garbage disposal is doing any of the following, it is time to replace the unit: 

  • Making loud sounds. 
  • It doesn’t grind food properly and thoroughly. 
  • Leaking water under the sink. 
  • The unit jams and resetting doesn’t help. 
  • Keeps clogging.
  • Has been installed for 10 years or longer.

What are the common causes that garbage disposal? 

A garbage disposal is a basic, yet complicated unit. There are several plastic components and parts inside the unit that can cause a clog. Other things that can cause the garbage disposal to clog are: 

  • Motor burns out
  • Blades get jammed
  • The drain pipe has clogged
  • Too much food is put in the garbage disposals

How do you unclog a garbage disposal? 

First, use a flashlight and look for anything obvious in the drain. Turn the unit off and use tongs to pull out anything you see clogging the drain. If there isn’t anything obvious, follow these steps: 

  • Pour half a cup of baking soda into the unit.
  • Pour half a cup of white vinegar into the unit.
  • Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes. It will be fizzing as it cleans.
  • Next, pour hot water into the unit, then let the hot water run for 5 minutes.

Keep It Grinding! 

Can a garbage disposal be installed as a DIY project, or do I need to hire a professional? A homeowner that has some mechanical knowledge should be able to follow the instructions that come with the garbage disposal for installation. Be sure to follow all safety measures recommended by the manufacturer. Keep in mind that if any errors are made during installation, the warranty is voided. Please give us a call at 317-677-4918 if you would like a consultation or to schedule garbage disposal repair in Indianapolis, IN.


Can a Toilet Be Repaired?

bathroom with a white porcelain toilet

Dealing With Toilet Damage

There it sits, all day, every day, at your beck and call. It doesn’t require much attention –  an occasional cleaning perhaps. It’s always at the ready when you need it, but then out of nowhere, something goes wrong. Yes, the toilet is what we’re talking about, at the most inopportune time, you find yourself needing toilet repair service. 

Or maybe your toilet has been telling you it was getting ‘sick’, but you weren’t paying any attention to the indications it was giving you. Now, here you are, having to pay for emergency toilet repairs. Some common toilet issues that maybe you could have taken care of before having to call a plumber for toilet repair services. 

You may find yourself asking “How can I know what’s wrong with my toilet?” Try these Toilet Repair Examples first:  

  • Phantom Flushes: If you’re noticing that your toilet will periodically and spontaneously flush itself and refill, this is usually an indication the flapper inside the tank needs replacing. This doesn’t have to be done by calling a plumber for toilet repair service. You can purchase a replacement flapper at any hardware or big box home improvement store and do it yourself, following the directions on the package. 
  • Trickling Water: Why is my toilet running nonstop? If you’re hearing your toilet hissing, check the overflow tube inside the tank. The water should never get more than an inch below the overflow tube rim. If it is, then adjust the float cup by turning the adjustment screw on the valve assembly. If the float cup is functioning right, the fill valve assembly needs to be replaced.
  • Slow Flushing: If the toilet bowl is emptying slowly, has a weak flush, or the toilet isn’t flushing at all, sometimes it is because the holes under the bowl rim are clogged. You don’t need a professional toilet repair for this, just a piece of wire poked into each hole will usually clear those clogs, using a mirror to see where to poke the wire, be cautious not to scratch the toilet bowl. 
  • Clogs: Probably the number one call for toilet repair service calls are clogged toilets. There are several methods to clear a clogged toilet, start with the basic toilet plunger. With repeated hard thrusting of the plunger, most clogs can be cleared. 
  • A Leaking Seal: There are a minimum of five seals on any standard toilet and each one of them has the potential be a leaking problem. When you notice you have water leaking from the toilet, you need to determine where the leak is coming from, in most cases, you won’t need a professional toilet repair service, you can simply tighten up a connection or replace the seal. 
  • When is an overflowing toilet an emergency?

No matter who you are, an overflowing toilet is an emergency plumbing matter. Let alone the possible water damage happening, the cleanup process of what overflowed with the water is not pleasant. There are three possible issues that can cause a toilet to overflow: 

Float Improperly Adjusted: A float that is adjusted too high will allow water to overflow from the tank. Most of the time, you can adjust the float yourself without having to pay for toilet repair service. 

Blocked or Clogged Drain: Yes, the clogged toilet drain is the most common cause for a toilet to overflow from the bowl. As we mentioned earlier, using the plunger will clear most toilet clogs. If it doesn’t then you will need a professional toilet repair service. 

Vent Pipe Blocked: If your toilet is clogging frequently, it may not be the toilet. The vent pipe that runs through the roof could be blocked, usually by a bird or other critter nesting.  With a little bit of knowledge, which we are about to share with you, you can do your own toilet repair service: 

  • Step One: Close the Toilet Valve at the shutoff behind the toilet. If this won’t turn or you don’t find one, then you’ll need to turn the water off at the main. 
  • Step Two: Stop the Water Flowing inside the toilet tank by removing the tank lid and checking the flapper. This is the rubber disc covering the hole at the tank bottom. If it is up, push it down to close it. If it won’t stay down, then lift the float. You may need to prop it up for now. The toilet float, the cylindrical or ball-shaped valve that sits on top of the water in the tank, should work to shut off the water. To keep it off, you may need to prop or hold the float in place.
  • Step Three: Attempt to unclog the toilet using the plunger first. If that doesn’t clear the clog, use an auger or plumber snake. If you don’t have those tools, squirt some dish liquid into the bowl and then pour hot water into the bowl. Last resort, use your wet/dry shop vac and try to suck the clog out. If none of this works, call for a professional toilet repair service! 
plumber surrounding by plumbing tools providing toilet repair

In Conclusion 

How often should I have toilet maintenance? As regards cleaning your toilet, with all the bacteria, germs, and viruses around today, twice a week is recommended, using an anti-bacterial agent. And when do toilets need to be replaced? If your current toilet is over 10 years old, it should be replaced now. The toilets today are designed as low flow, which will save you money on your water bill. Then every 10-12 years a new toilet is recommended. 

Should I get a home water filtration system?

woman holding a glass of water

Keeping Your Water Clean

Like anywhere else, homeowners in Indianapolis, Indiana are concerned about the water quality in their homes. And therefore, water filtration systems have become incredibly popular today. Federal, state, and local governments have put certain regulations into place to assure that the water going into homes is safe. So, are water filtration systems necessary then? 

While the systems are used for assuring that we have clean water coming into our homes, there is always the slightest chance of failure. So no, a water filtration system isn’t necessary, but it doesn’t hurt to be safe either, right?  There is always the chance of system failure and mishaps from the very start of mass water safety. 

 A water filtration system can eliminate the contaminants that may get through the city, county, or state filtration system. There can be contaminants between the last bit of the filtration process and the plumbing in our homes that have contaminants that could make the water taste bad, or even make us sick. 

Why Water Filtration is Important

Water is something we use every day. It is an essential part of our lives, so being concerned about the quality is natural. A water filtration system can give us assurance that we’re receiving the best water possible, especially in areas where the tap water has been deemed undrinkable. 

A water filtration system takes out the contaminants and can make water taste better.  It encourages us to get the hydration we need every day without the worry of becoming ill.  This can be of special concern when there are elderly adults, infants, or anyone in the home with an immune system that is at risk of being compromised. 

When water has the possibility of being contaminated by any of the following due to any failure or outbreak in the water system, the repercussions can be deadly:  

  • Copper
  • E. coli
  • Hepatitis A
  • Norovirus
  • Salmonella

Each of these is a contaminant or heavy metal that has been known to be associated with issues of the kidney, respiratory system, cancer, and cause reproductive challenges. A water supply that is polluted can damage the hair and skin, and finally, the pH level in water has been found too high in many areas. A water filtration system in the home can help minimize, or even eliminate these possibilities. 

When you know the basics of how water filtration works, you can appreciate these concerns better. First, the large interior surface of a water filtration system traps contaminants and sediments physically. Then, almost like a magnet, there is activated carbon that catches lead, volatile compounds, and others as the water passes through.  The last step of most water filtration equipment, chlorine and other like chemicals are reduced. 

What type of water filtration system do I need?

 Before you buy a water filtration system for your home, you should know how to choose a water filtration system. There are different styles, and each has a specific function for different contaminant issues.  Experts in water filtration systems recommend having your water tested to find out what is in your water first. 

There are companies that will come to your home, this is the more expensive way, or there are DIY water testing kits you can purchase. That is the least expensive but not always as comprehensive. No water filtration system will be 100% effective in removing every possible contaminant. This is why knowing what is in your water is important before you make the investment.  A list of water filtration systems that are available: 

  • Water filter pitchers: These are filled at the top of the pitcher and a built-in filter will filter the water as it is poured. These are the most inexpensive, easy to use, and don’t require any installation. The downside are the limited models, the pore size, the filtering process is slow, and the filter needs to be replaced on a regular basis. 
  • Refrigerator filters: Today, a refrigerator with door access to water and ice will have a built-in water filtration system that will improve the taste of the water and ice. The filter will need to be replaced on a regular schedule. 
  • Faucet-mount filters: This type of water filtration system will attach to your kitchen faucet and is manually turned on and off as desired. A relatively inexpensive investment but may not work on every type of faucet. 
  • Faucet-integrated filter:  Designed with a built-in filter, this option requires installation, and is easy for switching between filtered and unfiltered. A more expensive water filtration system that requires installation. 
  • On-counter filters: Another faucet-integrated filtration system with built-in filters that are installed, making it easy to switch between filtered and unfiltered water. A more expensive choice of water filtration systems. 
  • Under-sink filters: As the name says, these are installed under the sink, the water goes through a pipe to a specially installed faucet. Substantial amounts of water are filtered without taking up countertop space. Plumbing modifications are required and this is one of the more expensive water filtration systems on the market. 
  • Whole-house water treatment: The crown of all water filtration systems, and the most expensive but comprehensive. Water throughout the home is filtered, a plus in areas with hard water and high VOC count. The unit itself is expensive in addition to the upfront cost of professional installation by trained professionals that know how to install a home water filtration system as well as provide a routine maintenance schedule. The types of filtering system will often remove chlorine that is needed to keep germ growth at bay. 
worker installing a water filtration system

When It Is All Watered Down …. 

Once you make the investment, how long do home water filtration systems last? Each of the water filtration systems we listed have different lifespan expectations. If you have a thorough understanding of how to maintain a water filtration system, the longer the service. For example, a whole house water filtration system is typically maxed at 12 months.

How can you tell if your pipes are leaking?

mildew growth on a wall

Get Your Pipes in Shape

Has your water bill been slowly increasing over the past couple of months? If you haven’t been watering the lawn or filling up a swimming pool, you could be dealing with a leaking water pipe. This leaves two questions. Where is that leaking pipe and how quickly can you get a pipe leak repair

It could simply be that your water bill rates have increased, but it’s worth checking for a leak, right? Before you call the water department and complain about your bill, you need to make sure the problem isn’t on your end. If it is a leak, the quicker you find it and get it fixed the better, both financially and for the sake of your home. 

Here are some subtle visual indicators that can help if you’re trying to figure out how to detect leaking pipes:

  • Water stains on ceilings, floors, and walls
  • Wet areas on the floor and walls
  • Mildew and mold along the outside of the shower and bathtub
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Musty odors of mildew and mold
  • An unexplained increase in cost and usage on the monthly water bill
  • Sounds of water running  

How do I stop my pipes from leaking?

So – how to fix leaking pipes. This can be a challenge no matter how much DIY experience you’ve got. But if you have a water pipe leak, repairing it is a “must do” – not a “when I get around to it” thing. So, what’s the big hurry? Is there a reason why leaking taps and pipes should be repaired sooner rather than later? 

Yes, there is a reason why any size of water pipe leak repair is urgent! If you leave a water pipe leaking, the amount of damage it can cause may be devastating to both your budget and your home. Even a seemingly minor leaking water pipe can cause structural damage. So, along with the cost of the pipe leak repair, you could also end up needing to repair or replace your ceilings, flooring, and walls. 

There are many different ways to take care of water pipe leak repairs. Often, you can use epoxy plumber putty and/or pipe clamps for a temporary fix. But first, you need to know the location of the pipe leak, as repairs differ for each one. Read on as we answer a few more questions on different types of leaks and their locations. 

How do you tell if pipes are leaking behind a wall?

You may be able to recognize you need pipe leak repair behind a wall with these common indicators: 

  • A musty odor in a certain area of the house
  • Mildew or mold on the baseboard and wall
  • Water stains on the wall
  • Paint or wallpaper bubbling and peeling
  • Walls warping 
  • Ceiling and floor buckling 

How do I know if my pipes are leaking under my floor?

For a home on a foundation, this could be a slab leak. This is an ASAP repair as not only is this breeding mildew and mold as it leaks, but it is also creating serious damage to the foundation, which will affect the floors, walls, and more until a pipe leak repair is completed. So, how do you know if there is a slab leak? 

  • Sounds of Running Water: If there aren’t any water fixtures turned on inside or outside of your house and you’re hearing running water, it is most likely under the foundation of your home. 
  • Wet Areas on the Floor: Pinpoint where you’re hearing water running and then check the floor in that area for damp or wet spots; you may even find puddles of water. You could also feel a warm spot on the floor. These are often signs of a pipe leak in the slab. 
  • Higher Water Bill: If your water bill has gradually increased or had a sharp increase and your water usage hasn’t changed, this could indicate a water leak in the floor or other parts of your home.
  • Buckling or Cracking Foundation: A slab leak can damage the foundation so that it begins to buckle or crack. You may notice cracks in the walls, the doors not closing or opening right, or doors staying opened/closed. The same can happen with your windows. You may even feel “soft” spots on the floor.
  • Damp or Moldy Carpeting: When a water pipe leak repair is needed in the slab, the foundation will become saturated with moisture over time. That dampness will cause mildew and mold under your carpeting, in which case you’ll end up with a musty odor throughout your home that carpet freshener can’t cover up. You then have a health hazard in your home, as well.
  • Cracking Garage Floor: If the garage is attached to your home, a slab leak will start showing itself there too. In fact, if the slab leak is at the water heater in the garage, it may show up there before appearing anywhere else in your house with cracked flooring. 
  • Low Water Pressure: If you have noticed a drop in the water pressure while bathing, showering, washing dishes, or doing laundry and there isn’t any running water in other parts of the house, you may have a pipe leak. Repairs are needed pronto. 

How do I know if my underground pipes are leaking?

The signs we have mentioned here are typical indicators of water leaks, but they aren’t always there. Sometimes the signs you need pipe leak repairs are more difficult to find, like those underground. The following steps can often help make that determination: 

  • Turn all faucets or water-using appliances off, both inside and outside.
  • Get the reading off the water meter.
  • After two to three hours, check the water meter reading.
  • If the water meter shows any increase, you likely have a water leak.

What causes leaking pipes? 

Here are seven common causes of water pipe leaks: 

  • Appliance Seals: These are one of the best pipe leaks you could have because the repair is simple – replace the seals to the appliance!  This can happen over time as the appliance ages, the seals age, and wear and tear weaken them. 
  • Clogged Drain Lines: Clogged drains are always inconvenient, but a severe clog can cause the drain to overflow or worse, burst your pipes.  Don’t take slow drains too lightly! 
  • Corroded Pipes: As pipes age, they begin to corrode and may even develop rust, which will start eating away at the pipes. A visual check of the pipes in your home can help you catch this kind of issue before a pipe bursts. Replace the rusting pipe yourself or call a plumber. A professional inspection of your home’s plumbing is never a bad idea if you suspect corrosion.
  • Pipe Connections and Joint Damage: Water pipe connections are one of the weakest parts of a plumbing system, yet they are necessary. Over time, those joints will start to deteriorate and can even leak. Unfortunately, you won’t always notice a leaking pipe joint, but sometimes you can hear a banging sound while running hot water due to those weakened plumbing joints being under pressure. A professional plumbing inspection is recommended in this situation.
  • Water Pressure: While you may enjoy having nice, high water pressure as you bathe or wash dishes, it could be damaging the water pipes by putting them under strain. Plumbing fixtures and water pipes are designed to withstand a certain max in water pressure. Going beyond that can cause them to wear out faster. 
  • Tree Roots: Underground leaks are often caused by tree roots – the biggest enemy of water pipes. Does your yard have wet patches without any rain? How about sinkholes? Call a plumber and they can do a camera inspection of your underground plumbing to determine if it is tree roots or simply a water line that’s busted due to age.
  • Sudden Temperature Changes: This is common in the winter when the ground freezes up and the plumbing going into your home begins to freeze. Water pipes contract and expand with temperature changes, and that can cause them to break, burst, and crack. 
burst pipe gushing water

In Closing – Financial Help?

As a homeowner, you know you’ll have unexpected expenses, including pipe leak repairs. So, does insurance cover leaking pipes? Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover water pipe leaks and the water damage caused because of an accident or a sudden, unexpected event. This includes a water pipe that has burst with no obvious warning. Any subsequent damage it causes is also typically covered under a homeowner’s insurance policy.

Do note that if you have a water pipe leak that causes gradual water damage over time, this will not be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy. This is especially true if there were obvious signs that you had a leak. It is always best to review your own policy and question your agent about the coverage so you know exactly what kind of help you can receive paying for your water pipe leak repairs.

How do I know my garbage disposal needs to be replaced?

garbage disposal

Signs of garbage disposal issues

With the holidays coming up fast, you want to make sure you have all the ingredients for those wonderful meals and treats. The ham and turkey, the cakes, cookies, and cheeseballs and more, there is baking and cooking to be done! The last thing you have on your mind is the garbage disposal failing. 

With all your holiday preparations, take the time now to make sure you don’t have a garbage disposal failure and get it repaired or replaced. How do I know if my garbage disposal is bad? While the garbage disposal is an invention that has become an essential fixture in kitchens today, they do wear out. When you think about how much it is used on a daily basis, not to mention the overtime during holiday baking and cooking, it isn’t surprising that they do, right? 

 If your garbage disposal is showing any of these four signs, it is time to shop for a replacement: 

  • Not Functioning: Now, this could be a simple power reset button on the bottom of the garbage disposal, or breaker switch in the electrical panel. Make sure the unit is plugged in and press the reset button. If it still isn’t working, check the breaker box and flip the breaker if it is off. 

If you hear the motor trying to turn but the blades aren’t moving, with the unit unplugged, shine a flashlight inside the drain and see if anything is stopping the blades. It could be a dish rag wrapped up, or paper, a utensil, or even food that didn’t break up and wash away.  If there isn’t anything stopping it up and all of these steps doesn’t get it started, it is time to replace the unit. 

  • Foul Odors Lingering: Combine food waste with moisture, and you’ll get foul odors if the garbage disposal fails to grind it up and wash it on down. The foods that are the worse in causing this are oily, sticky foods byproducts like chicken skin, grease, vegetable skins and stringy foods that get wrapped around the blades, creating clogs. You can help keep this from happening as much by running hot water with degrease soap in the drain with a couple of cups of ice cubes. It gets the stray food removed and sharpens the blades too. 
  • Draining Slow: A garbage disposal can sound like it doing okay, but it takes forever for the water and food waste to drain. This can be caused by either a clog in the drain line or in the garbage disposal itself. Try plunging the drain with a basic household plunger and see if that helps. Keep repeating the process several times if necessary.  If plunging doesn’t work, you should look for a replacement unit. 
  • Water Leaking: Depending on the problem, there are several places a garbage disposal failure can start leaking. The leaks from the top are the easiest to handle with simple resealing the flange. Leaks from the bottom are usually a sign of garbage disposal failure. 

When should a garbage disposal be replaced?

If your garbage disposal is exhibiting any of the things we just covered, and you’ve tried the recommended steps, then you need to replace the unit, sooner than later. Especially with the holidays coming up, you’ll be glad you did! 

Why do garbage disposals stop working?

If you’re having garbage disposal failure by not turning on, then it has lost power. Three things to do are: 

  • Make sure the unit is plugged in
  • Push the reset button on the bottom of  the unit
  • Check the circuit breaker

The other common reasons for garbage disposal failing is a clog. If you’re hearing a mute humming sound, it could be a clog. The unit is getting power but because there is a clog, the blades can’t spend.  You can remove the clog, press the rest button, and try to use the unit. If it still won’t work, then you need a replacement unit. 

What causes garbage disposal leaks, and can I install a garbage disposal myself?

The following are three scenarios of a garbage disposal failing with leaking issues.  There are also recommendations of what you can do yourself before deciding the unit needs to be replaced. 

  • If your garbage disposal is leaking from the top, it is probably the piece that connects the garbage disposal and drain, the flange. The flange is installed with plumber’s putty, and you can re-putty the flange should stop the leaking from the top. Additionally, check the brackets under the sink that attach the unit to the sink. 
  • If your garbage disposal is leaking from the side, it could be coming from the drainpipe that connects to the dishwasher and garbage disposal. The drainpipe may have come lose and can be reattached will typically fix this garbage disposal failure. Check the drain hose as well and all brackets that attach the unit. 
  • A garbage disposal failure with a leaking bottom could indicate the unit has simply reached its end of life. There could be internal damage as well. In either of these cases, it is best to replace the unit. 

How can you tell your garbage disposal motor is burnt out? 

One immediate thing that will indicate the motor to your garbage disposal has burned out would be a burning smell. Other things that can indicate the motor is burnt out could be one of the following: 

  • Needs Frequent Resets
  • Leaking From Bottom 
  • A Persistent Odor
  • Grind Time Extended
  • Unusual Sounds
  • Clogs Frequently
  • No Power with Reset Button and Circuit Breaker
garbage disposal under sink

Who can fix a garbage disposal?

If you have a garbage disposal failing, a professional plumber would be the first person to call, or a small appliance shop.  Since it has to connect to water, the plumber would be the best choice. 

How long does a garbage disposal usually last? On average, with normal usage, a garbage disposal should last no less than eight years. A quality brand unit could last up to 15 years. Can you live without a garbage disposal? Yes, with some changes to your daily routine, there are other ways to dispose of your food waste, one would be to start a compost pile. Call 317-677-4918 today for your garbage disposal repair in Indianapolis, IN.

When Is a Gas Leak Dangerous

Gas stove with leak

What to do if you think you have a gas leak?

While natural gas is one of the cleanest, efficient, and safest ways to provide a way to cook and heat a home, it can be dangerous too, but everything has an element of danger. What can make gas safer is knowing how to use it, when to use it, and when to get a gas line repair done. How dangerous is a gas leak?             

There are greenhouse gases produced when natural gas is burned, but it is still greener than other fossil fuels. It burns cleaner than a  wood burning fireplaces or electricity, but any gas leak issues are not addressed, and needed gas line repairs are ignored,  can lead to explosions, fires, and even poisoning when inhaled too much for too long. 

Anytime you suspect you may have a gas leak and there is no apparent issue like a burner left on, you and everyone in the house should evacuate immediately. Make sure everyone is out and safe then call 911 and the local natural gas company. Do not light any matches or turn anything electrical as both can cause a spark which will cause the gas to explode. Once the gas line repair is completed and local officials have declared it is safe, you can return home.

What does gas leak smell like?

One of the most commonly known gas leak in house symptoms is the smell of rotten eggs.  Mercaptan, a harmless chemical, is added to natural gas giving it that awful rotten eggs odor.  Without Mercaptan, natural gas has no odor. 

However, chemical and/or physical processes can dilute that odor,  then any gas line repair needed isn’t detected because the smell has been diluted or removed.. Odors fade by being absorbed, oxidized, or a combination of these actions. 

What type of situations can cause the odor fade or dissipate when a gas line repair is needed? 

  • New manufactured steel pipe that hasn’t been used with odorized natural gas 
  • A high gas pressure that occurs in natural gas piping systems 
  • When there is intermittent or limited natural gas flow, liquids, pipe thread compound, condensates, cutting oil, other substances, or air in the line
  • A small gas leak may not be enough to release an odor

Other ways that can alert you to gas line repairs needed when odor isn’t there, would be any of the following: 

A hissing sound: Large gas leaks, usually from the main line or an appliance, may have a hissing noise, even when all the gas powered appliance are turned off. If you hear any hissing sounds, check all gas powered appliances and make sure the gas line is turned off. 

Air bubbles: A natural gas leak can happen underground if there is a gas line repair needed. An indication of that gas leak is bubbles coming up from the ground in mud and any standing water. 

Dead and dying plants:  If you have plants dying, dead or appear to have a stunted growth, inside or outside, you could need a gas line repair.  Natural gas will use up any oxygen around it, keeping the oxygen from the plant roots, causing them to wilt, or keep them from growing. 

Higher gas usage: If your monthly gas bill shows an unusual increase than the previous month, check all the gas lines or have a plumber check them. If they find any issues with the gas line, repairs can be done then. 

Can fumes make you sick?

 Yes, there is a strong connection between gas leak and health of you and your family, making gas line repairs even more important. Another telltale sign of a gas line repair needed are physical symptoms by you or a family member. The symptoms that you or your family are exposed to a low level of natural gas are: 

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache, 
  • Irregular breathing
  • Loss of concentration
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Suffocation
gas line nozzle

Do plumbers fix gas lines?

As we stated earlier, if you smell gas and cannot find the cause immediately, like a burner left on or an oven didn’t light, evacuate, and call 911. If you need a gas leak fix, or a gas appliance installed, you can call a plumber, but not every plumber is equipped, experienced, and prepared to make gas line repairs.  As you search for a plumber, you need to find a specialty plumber, which should be in their internet or yellow page ad.  As you call for an appointment, advise them what you’re experiencing in the way of a gas leak, and they can confirm if they are the right plumbing service. 

While natural gas is a great source for cooking and heating, and many homeowners prefer it, most restaurants use it, safety should always be practiced. With caution exercised and safety measures followed, your family, home, and/or business will be safe. Call 317-677-4918 today for your gas line repair in Indianapolis, IN.

Which is better hot water heater or tankless?

water heaters in basement

Water heater options

If you’re needing to replace your current water heater, or you know the time is coming soon, you’re probably considering a tankless water heater.  While this is the latest innovation, along with PEX, that is taking over the home repair industry, is a tankless water heater the right choice for your home? 

We’re going to answer some basic and commonly asked questions about this very topic, because there is more to having a tankless water heater installed than the traditional water heater. Let’s start with this question, “what are the pros and cons of tankless hot water heaters?”

A tankless water heater is more energy efficient than the traditional water heaters because they don’t continuously heat and reheat the water. Instead, they instantly generate hot water with either electric coils or gas burners. Doesn’t that mean a tankless water heater uses more energy? Yes, for the onset of heating, but then it doesn’t have to keep reheating water that is in the tank, because there is no tank.

Like anything else though, there are pros and cons with a tankless water heater, which we’ve listed here. Use these to help you make the decision if going with a tankless water heater is right for your family lifestyle. 

  • Pro: Hot Water Instantly

Once the cold water is flushed from the plumbing and out the faucet, a tankless water heater can provide instant hot water unendingly. Gone is the big, bulky appliance that is taking up real estate inside your home. 

  • Con: Temperature Inconsistent 

Reports and surveys have found that tankless water heater have an inconsistent water temperature. Typically, what is happening is there is more than one outlet using hot water. Tankless water heaters aren’t able to send water to several outlets at once, like washing dishes in the kitchen while somebody is taking a shower. 

  • Pro: Longer Lifespan

Tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan compared to the standard water heater. A high-quality water heater can last 10 to 12 years where a tankless water heater will last 20 years or longer. 

  • Con: Initial Cost Higher

Tankless water heaters having a longer lifespan means that they are made different and will cost more to purchase and have installed than the traditional water heater, $500 versus $1,000 or more. 

  • Pro: Month-to-Month Energy Costs Lower

Yes, the tankless water heater is more expensive, but because they are more energy efficient, you can re-coup your money a little each month. This will be a nominal savings each month, but it will add up to several hundred over a year. 

  • Con: Hot Water Supply Limited

We briefly discussed this in the beginning. While a tankless water heater will supply an instant and steady stream of hot water, its capacity is limited. A standard water heater heats several gallons at once, ideal for a good, long hot shower or a load of laundry and the dishwasher. However, the tankless water heater system doesn’t have that 30 gallons to 80 gallons of water in the tank waiting to heat on demand. So, it can only offer so much hot water in limits. You may not be able to wash dishes, and somebody shower at the same time. 

  • Pro: Space Saver 

A tankless water heater isn’t as bulky as the traditional water heater. They are typically mounted on a wall inconspicuously.  

  • Con: Additional Equipment

In some cases, to ensure your tankless water heater is operating properly, you may need a water softener installed too, which makes the space saving pro invalid, not to mention the need to purchase bags of salt for the water softener treatments. 

  • Pro: Special Financing and Tax Credits 

Because tankless water heaters are more efficient, you’ll qualify for federal tax credits. Couple those credits with the energy savings each month, and the cost of your tankless water heater will be re-couped.  

  • Con:  Gas Lines Need Rerouting

The setup of a tankless water heater is as non-traditional as the tankless water heater itself, which makes the initial purchase of one more expensive. If your water heater is gas, the gas line has to be rerouted; an electric set up my need new wiring and breaker, and the venting is different regardless electric or gas. 

  • Pro: Standby Loss Eliminated

With a tankless water heater, there isn’t any more standby loss, which with the traditional water heater there is a lot of energy and water wasted as it heats water even when you’re not using any hot water. 

  • Con: ROI Takes Time

The tankless water heater will cost less each month, but it isn’t enough to get your ROI back quick, in fact, it can take as much as 6 years or more. 

  • Pro: Endless Hot Water

A traditional water heater will run out of hot water in houses with an active family. After 3 to 4 showers and maybe a load of dishes or laundry, the tank is empty for about an hour or longer.  With a tankless water heater, the water heats as it is being used so it never runs out.  It will have difficulty keeping with hot water demand at different locations at the same time, but for those morning showers, you’ll have endless hot water. 

  • Con: Change Of Water Usage Habits Required 

A tankless water heater is more energy efficient, but you may need to make some household changes, like showering routines, to see the water bill reduce too. Change out the plumbing fixtures to low-flow and invest in a new dishwasher that is more energy efficient too. 

  • Pro: Electric and Gas Available

Tankless water heaters are available in electric and natural gas. Going with an electric model could eliminate the need to reroute gas lines. 

  • Con: Solar Heating Available

Tankless water heaters are gaining in popularity with the solar power homes. This definitely negates the need to reroute gas lines or get new electrical wiring.  

  • Pro: Longer Warranties

Because tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan, they have a longer warranties too. Repairs and replacements are covered by most tankless water heaters for up to 20 years. This means as long as manufacturer’s recommendations are followed, with a tankless water heater is not working or if your tankless water heater is leaking will never be an issue! 

  • Con: Additional Maintenance 

Tankless water heaters require routine annual maintenance to keep the warranty valid in addition to having a water softener installed. That maintenance requires flush the tankless system to keep possible mineral build-up in the tankless water heater and water lines eliminated. 

  • Pro: Ideal for Minimal Hot Water Requirements

For anyone living in a smaller home with modest hot water demands, the tankless water heater is ideal. 

What is the downside of a tankless water heater?

We listed 10 cons of the tankless water heater above, but the one that may be considered the biggest is the initial upfront cost. The tankless water heater itself is more than the traditional water heater. Then the installation is significantly higher as well, especially if new electrical needs to be ran or gas line rerouted. 

With the installation, the homeowner is sometimes required to install a water softener, depending on the water quality where they live. Many homeowners considering tankless water heater setup are turned off by the purchase price and the install cost and requirements. 

Do tankless water heaters run out of hot water?

No, a tankless water heater will never run out of hot water. However, if there is more than one water outlet using hot water, it can’t keep up with the demand. This means one or both, or multiple places demanding hot water at the same time, one or all may not get the amount as hot as they desire. 

Things that can help you get more hot water when needed is to have low-flow water features installed. If the tankless water heater is on an exterior wall, consider adding insulation in that wall. You can consider a tankless water heater with recirculation as well. 

A recirculation pump will circulate the water periodically back to the tankless water heater where it is reheated. This prevents the water inside the pipes from cooling off and you’ll have hot water instantly the next time you get in the shower.  

How big of a tankless hot water heater do I need?

When choosing your tankless water heater, consider two factors in determining what size you need: 

  • Flow Rate: The GPM is the gallons per minute is how much hot water is needed at any time. You need to determine the heaviest water use expected.
  • Temperature Rise: The difference between the temperature of the cold water incoming and the desired temperature by using a map that gives you the groundwater temperature you’re your area of the country. 

A professional plumber will be able to assist you these figures to help you choose the tankless water heater in the right size for your family and home’s use of hot water. 

tankless water heater in shower

How long do tankless water heaters last?

The average lifespan of a tankless water heater that has had proper annual maintenance as suggested by the manufacturer will have 20 years life. Most tankless water heaters have replaceable parts and when installed by a professional, you’ll get even more years from your tankless water heater.

When considering going with the tankless water heater or tank standard water heater, while there are great things about the tankless way, it is a financial investment and in some ways, new habits and routines to be learned. Call 317-677-4918 today for your tankless water heater needs in Indianapolis, IN.

How do you fix a sewer pipe?

damaged sewer pipe

Damaged sewer pipe

It is an accomplishment to be make homeowner status. You now have an investment that you can take pride in having and enjoy for years to come. You also have a property that will throw you a curve ball from time to time, like the HVAC system going out or realizing you need sewer line repair. The HVAC system going out is obvious, but what are the signs of a broken sewer pipe?

If you live on Elm Street, a broken sewer pipe is a nightmare on Elm Street, or any street. However, being an attentive homeowner that keeps a check on all major components of a home, you can get those nightmares put to bed quicker. Like,  if you notice a broken sewer line and have professional sewer line repair done immediately, that nightmare will vanish without much damage. Here is a list of ten tell-tale broken sewer line symptoms.

1. Strong unpleasant sewer odor

A strong, unpleasant sewer odor is the first sign your home needs sewer line repair.  Every home has a sewer vent stack on the roof that helps the sewer pass on through the sewer lines. When you can smell sewage, there’s a problem somewhere along the sewer line. 

2. Gurgling toilet 

After you flush the toilet, if there is s gurgling sound or other unusual noises, the sewer line toilet waste empties into, aka the sewer line, trapped air is being released unexpectedly, meaning the sewer lineis probably broken or at least cracked. 

3. Slow drains 

When there is an isolated clog in the bathroom or kitchen every so often, that isn’t unusual. When all the drains are draining slow and no amount of plunging or drain cleaners is help, you probably need a sewer line repair. 

4. Sewage backs up in toilet or tub 

When you have constant backup in the toilet or tub from other drains, like the toilet, tub, kitchen sink, dishwasher, or washing machine, your sewer line is usually the problem. It is cracked or broken and the only way to fix this is with professional sewer line repair.

5. Mold or mildew 

Are you finding mildew or mold growth behind the walls or on the ceiling? This is an indication of too much moisture in the air creating a high level of humidity. With that mildew and mold, if you’re smelling sewer odors, then you need sewer line repair because it is broke or cracked and letting moisture escape and build up in your home.

6. Cracking walls

This is usually a sign that your foundation has cracked and shifted, the reason why could be simply the ground has moved or it could be a sewer line leaking. Either way, you need professional foundation service and possibly sewer line repair immediately.  The foundation of your home supports the structure and if it is weak and shifting, your home is not going to be safe. 

7. Pest invasion 

Are you noticing a sudden invasion of  cockroaches, rodents, sewer flies, and other pests? Insects and rodents travel through sewer lines,  this is why they are nasty beings. If your sewer line is damaged, they are making their way into your home from the sewer line. This is making your home unhealthy and unsanitary.  A sewer line repair is urgent to keep your family healthy and safe. 

8. Greener lawn patches

If there is a  broken sewage line running under your lawn, you’ll know it by really green, lush patches of grass, usually in a line.  Sewage is a natural fertilizer, but it is also bacteria and other contaminants that are unhealthy to breath or walk through.  Sewer line repair is the only way to fix this situation. 

9. Lawn indentations

Are the pavers you installed starting to sink below the ground level? Is there dampness pushing up from under them when you walk? Or maybe you have indentions in your lawn?  These are indications of a broken sewage line that is leaking and displacing the soil.   Sewer line repair is needed to stop this and make your home and lawn healthy. 

10. Sewage pool

If you have pools of sewage in the lawn, there is no doubt you need sewer line repair. This is your toilet and other wastewater backing up in your lawn instead of flowing on through the main sewer line. 

What happens when your sewer line breaks?

Of all the things in your home, the sewer line is one thing you can’t ignore. Especially when you’re experiencing any of the thing we listed above, this is a serious and urgent matter.  In addition to those things, you’re setting your home up for possible catastrophe. 

That catastrophe can include flooding inside your home and contaminated groundwater seeping into the yard, possibly into your home. That contaminated groundwater is full of bacteria, germs, and other factors that can make your family sick. Not to mention, your yard become useless, because you’ll be living in a swamp. 

Can you patch a sewer line?

Yes, when a sewer line is broken, there are ways to have sewer line repair or replacement done by a professional plumber. The two options available and the plumber will determine which sewer line repair method is best: Pipe Lining or Pipe Bursting. 

  • Pipe lining—This method is done by inserting an epoxy covered, inflatable tube in the sewer line. The plumber will inflate the tube while inside the sewer line and the epoxy will harden, filling any cracks or holes. Once the epoxy is hardened, the tube is removed and not more leaking sewer line. 
  • Pipe bursting—Some sewer line are damaged beyond the pipe lining option to work, so the plumber will use a trenchless method to repair the pipe. It is more invasive to the plumbing but not as destructive to your lawn as it was in the years past.  A cone-shaped bit is fed into the existing sewer line , destroying it and then a new one is inserted through the same hole dug to insert the cone-shaped bit. 

If these two methods for sewer line repair are not possible fixes for your sewer line, the plumber may have to resort to old school plumbing method and dig your lawn up.  This is very rare these days, but sometimes it is the only option. 

How long does it take to repair a sewer line?

If your plumber can complete a sewer line repair without digging, it shouldn’t take more than one day. However, there are a variety of factors that affect how much time it will  take.  Those factors are the pipe location, the pipe size, and the amount and type of damage the pipe has incurred. Some sewer line repair jobs can take up to 5 days or more. 

broken sewer pipe

When should I replace my main sewer line?

Although sewer line repair and plumbing are certainly durable, eventually, they will age and  need replacing. Maybe you’re lucky and never have any need for sewer line repairs, that doesn’t mean you never will.  How soon will you need to worry with this sewer line replacement? 

This can vary with different factors to be considered. Like how many clogs your home has experienced over the years, the type of soil where you live, and what type of pipe materials your sewer lines are made.  Some estimate aging times are: 

  • Clay pipes up to 60 years.
  • Cast iron pipes up to 100 years.
  • PVC pipe could be indefinite, but the material is too new to be sure yet. 

As a homeowner, take pride in your accomplishment and take care of that investment. There is more to homeownership than making mortgage payments, mowing, and cleaning the house. You need to be aware of all things like electrical, HVAC, electrical, roofing, and more. Monthly inspections are always a good idea. 

You should know upfront though, when you have sewer line issues that require sewer line repair, homeowners insurance doesn’t pay for those repairs. Your policy may have coverage for repairing damaged caused by sewer line failure, but not the repair or replacement of the sewer line. Call 317-677-4918 today for your sewer pipe repair in Indianapolis, IN.

What is a sump pump and how does it work?

sump pump well

 What does the sump pump do?

Sump pumps, usually located in the basement or crawl space, in a corner, against an outside wall, channels water away from a sump basin.  There are two types of sump pumps:

  • Submersible sump pumps
  • Pedestal sump pumps

A Navy electrician invented the sump pump in 1946 and ever since that time, the sump pump is a common fixture in many homes today, especially those with a basement. Home that were built in the 1980s were often constructed below the water table or on a floodplain. This necessitated having a sump pump for most of those homes and in1987, sump pump for basement became required by the  U.S. Federal Clean Water Act for any new construction. 

After locating your sump pump, uncover the debris that is often covering one and look inside the unit. There are multiple holes in the wall of a sump basin, each one connected to a drainpipe. Some drainpipes extend from weeping pipe tiles on your home’s foundation exterior. Other drainpipes connect to the basement’s interior drainage system.

As groundwater accumulates on the exterior of the foundation or under the basement floor, it flows into the sump basin through a drainpipe. When it has reached a certain level, the sump pump automatically turns on.  

There is a sump pump and pit, and inside the sump pump is a impeller that pulls water from the sump pit and with centrifugal force, pushes that water up into a discharge pipe. The water is then emptied from the discharge pipe out and away from the foundation. Some setups are for the sump pump to sewer downhill from the foundation. 

There are two methods for activating a sump pump:

  • A pressure sensor: This signals the pump when the water pressure has exceeded the specified level. 
  • A float activator arm: This has a buoyant ball attached that floats on the water’s surface and when the water has reached a certain height, the sump pump is activated. 

Do all basements need a sump pump?

No, not every house with a basement is prone to flooding. A house that is constructed over a pit or below the water level of the area has the tendency to flood and would need a  sump pump in the basement. The sump pump eliminates moisture and keeps a home from flooding by collecting any excess water and pumping it away from the house. 

Do sump pumps need maintenance?

If your home has a sump pump, then it is as necessary as any other appliance in your home, and yes, it will need occasional maintenance in order to work when you need it to work. A sump pump prevents water from entering the basement, pulling it from around the foundation and draining it somewhere downhill and away from your home and the foundation. The following are tips that help you keep your sump pump ready for action: 

  • Monthly: A sump pump that disposes of washing machine water should be cleaned monthly. Unplug the unit first, remove and clean the screen, then return the screen, plug the unit back in and test. 
  • Quarterly: A sump pump that doesn’t dispose of water from the washing only needs cleaning every 3 months.  
  • Annually: Once a year, clean the pump and pit is recommended.

Once a year, hiring a professional to inspect your sump pump is the same has having your HVAC system inspected each year.  It is a maintenance appointment that will make sure your sump pump is ready for action when needed. Check your sump pump’s manual and following the manufacturer’s recommendation is always the safest way to assure you unit will be ready when you need it. 

Sump pump cross section

Do sump pumps make noise?

A normal operating sump pump will make some noise from the air that comes before the water that is flowing through the piping. The better made, higher-quality pump won’t make as much noise but the older a sump pump gets, the louder it will get. If your sump pump is loud, there are are some noises that are not normal and you should have a professional plumber inspect the unit. Those noises are: 

  • Clanging: Much like any plumbing pipes in your home clanging noise from your sump pump indicates the pipe is hitting the basin or the well wall. This can be remedied by wrapping the pipe with foam insulation or placing rubber stoppers under sump pump lid so that it can’t make any connection with the interior components. The same type of stoppers can quiet rattling motor noises too. 
  • Gurgling: This sound, or a slurping noise, is typically from a standard check valve. A plumber can install a spring-loaded replacement valve that may eliminate that noise.
  • Motor Noise: Older sump pump models that are constructed from plastic or PVC are nosier than the durable iron sump pumps made today. Sump pumps today have self-lubricating motors that allow them to operate quietly. If your older model sump pump motor is getting noisier and the rubber stoppers didn’t eliminate that noise, it may be time to replace your sump pump. 

If your home came with a sump pump installed, it needs to be there for a reason. If it did not come with one and you need one, or the one you have needs to be replaced, this is an expense that you likely are not prepared for, but the results of the work they do is worth the cost. In most cases, sump pumps that are maintained as recommend can last for a long time. How many years does a sump pump last?  All appliances and equipment in will need replacing at some point, including a sump pump. Fortunately, they have an average lifespan of 10 years. The cost of a sump pump will vary from region to region, but the average cost for installing a sump pump is just over $1,000 and upward to $1200. Call 317-677-4918 today for your sump pump repair needs in Indianapolis, IN.