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What You Need To Know About Burst Pipes

As a homeowner, there are many different plumbing problems that you might encounter. One of the worst, in terms of residual damage caused, is a burst pipe. Today we will go over several things that can cause a burst pipe, so that you know what to look out for!

burst pipes

Burst Pipes Are A Pain, But Our Experts Are Here To Help!

Tree Roots:

Occasionally, a pipe will get broken into by a tree root in search for water. You can count on an underground leak and burst pipe if this happens. As a chance outcome, there is not much an individual can do to avert this happenstance.

Temperature Extremes:

Burst pipes also typically occur from cold weather. Water left stationary within piping will freeze as the weather plummets. As water becomes frozen, it expands. Frozen water can lead to burst pipes in the instance of a hasty, acute freeze or prolonged cold temperatures. To decrease the chance that your pipes shall freeze, you should drip the faucets throughout cold weather.

Pipe Clogs:

Burst pipes appear commonly due to untended pipe clogs. Clogs that get worse can cause an increase in pressure within a pipe. As the pressure rises, it will finally burst the pipe. Set aside time for service at the initial sign of a clogged or slow drain to avert this consequence.

To learn more, or to request speedy and affordable repairs, give us a call today at 317-677-4918!

How To Save Money On Your Water Bills

Ever looked at the water bill and were shocked by how much your family has used that month? No one likes high utility bills. However, there are simple ways to conserve water and save money.

The cost drips can add up over time.

Here are some tips to save money on your water bill:

Appliance Efficiency – New appliances have become more water efficient. If you’ve been using the same toilet for years, every flush could cost up to 7 gallons. A less efficient washer might use nearly 6 gallons per load. One load in older dishwasher could take up to 40 gallons, and washing by hand uses even more.

Faucet Drips – Dripping faucets are annoying and use a lot of water over the course of time. Drips usually happen when something isn’t completely sealing the water. Most of the time, the washer behind the aerator (the filtering screen on the faucet) has cracked, moved, or hardened.

Leaks – Check your meter frequently for water usage. Some leaks aren’t obvious and can be hard to detect. However, they become worse over time causing damage to your house and possessions. A broken pipe or loose connection could cost a large amount water.

Running Toilet – If you hear the toilet continuously running, there might be a problem with the flapper or fill valve that doesn’t allow the reservoir tank to fill up. This can be an easy fix and save you a lot of money in water.

If you have a leak or any other plumbing issue in Indianapolis, IN, Grateful Plumber is here to help you. Remember an unresolved plumbing issue could be costing you money in utility bills. Call us today at 317-677-4918.

Protect Your Plumbing this Christmas

Christmas is coming. If you’re expecting company, your rooms are not the only things that will be invaded; your plumbing will take a hit, too. Protect your plumbing this Christmas season by setting a few ground rules for using things like sinks and toilets. It may not save you in all cases, but it could make things a little easier on your plumbing system.

Go Easy on the Garbage Disposal

Two Boys in Santa Hats Making Xmas Cookies in Kitchen

Protect Your Plumbing this Christmas.

If you’re planning on big family meals, then your sink will probably get hard use. All that food and drink is a risk to your garbage disposal. Take extra care about what you put down the sink and disposal. Only grind softer foods–never bones and eggshells. When in doubt, throw it out with the garbage instead. Never wash foods down the sink, even if they seem liquid enough. Scrape and rinse into the disposal, or put a filter over the sink drain to catch food. Ask your visitors to follow these same rules.

Make Rules for Toilet Use

If lots of people will be using your toilet, there’s no harm in warning them to go easy. Ask that they limit their paper use and make sure there is plenty of room in the bathroom wastebasket for any extra paper. If there will be children, ask parents to be vigilant; you can even post a sign, if necessary. It’s your home, and there is no harm in asking others to help you prevent the need for a plumber.

Hopefully, you will be able to protect your plumbing this Christmas and have great holidays without a plumbing hiccup. If you need plumbing services in Indianapolis, IN, however, call 317-677-4918.

What Not to Put Down a Garbage Disposal

Household Garbage Disposal

Don’t Abuse This Great Home Appliance With Improper Use

Garbage disposals are great household appliances. They make our lives a lot easier, especially when we are in charge of the kitchen and meal preparation. Because of its ease of use, many homeowners tend to abuse it by putting the wrong kinds of foods down the disposal. In this case, you may require garbage disposal repair from Grateful Plumber. Here is what not to put down a garbage disposal

Chicken Bones

You would think this one would be fairly obvious, but you’d be surprised the amount of people that attempt to throw chicken bones in their disposals. Sometimes this is a case of young children improperly discarding their finished food. In other cases, it is just ignorance about the way that disposals work. Bones should not be limited to chicken either. Any type of bone will cause damage to your disposal.

Egg Shells

You wake up in the morning and make 2 scrambled eggs with some toast and butter. You might not think much of throwing the cracked egg shells into the disposal, but you should. Egg shells can damage the sides of the disposal, and even be tied around the shredder. It is important to note that egg shells will not automatically damage your disposal in the way bones will. But you should still try to avoid it.

Fruit Pits

Have you ever tried cutting through a fruit pit with a kitchen knife? We wouldn’t advise trying that but you can imagine that it would be quite difficult. The same will be true of your disposal blades. They won’t be able to cut through the pits without suffering damage. With that said, we’ve all thrown things down the disposal accidentally. So for garbage disposal repair in Indianapolis, IN, call 317-677-4918 today!

Toilet Trouble? When to Call a Plumber

Professional PlumbingTypically, we don’t call a plumber out for every little issue- we try to make the repairs ourselves. Toilet repair is usually no different, and we can replace rings, seals, and floats with ease. However, some projects need more expertise or specialized tools to complete. Below, we help you decipher which of the most common toilet problems to tackle alone and which to call in reinforcements for.

Flushing Problems

Whether your toilet is phantom flushing, double flushing, or only partially flushing, the problem is typically in the flapper. Observing the flapper while the toilet is flushing can confirm the problem, and a new flapper can be installed easily without a professional.

When to Call a Plumber:

If your toilet has a weak flush, it could be hard water sediment build up. This problem can be repaired with an acidic solvent, usually muriatic acid poured into the tank. However, these solutions can be very dangerous and have toxic fumes, so it’s better left to a professional.

Leaking Water

A leaky toilet usually means a broken seal, either at the base of the tank or at the floor. Simply replacing the correct seal bought from a home supply store can alleviate the problem completely.

When to Call a Plumber:

If you find that neither seal is leaking, there could be a hairline crack in your bowl or tank. Unfortunately, the only true way to correct this problem is by replacing the toilet. This will involve connection to water and plumbing lines and should be left to an expert to ensure proper installation and seal.

Clogged Toilets

Toilet clogs can easily be fixed by dispensing a store-bought solution and flushing. Snakes are also available for those stubborn clogs and can be rented from most home supply stores.

When to Call a Plumber:

If it seems that your toilet is always clogged, there may be a deeper problem like clogged sewer lines or sediment buildup within your pipes. A professional can track the problem and deliver repair options to completely fix the problem for good.

Before attempting repairs on your own, it’s always a good idea to consult with a plumbing technician to prevent costly damage. When you need plumbing advice, or if your plumbing problem requires a professional, call Grateful Plumber to schedule your consultation.

How to Tell if You Have a Gas Leak

Gas leaks are serious events. If you have a gas leak in your home, you and your family are in danger. Breathing in natural gas deprives your body of oxygen, which leads to asphyxia or even death. If you think you might have a gas leak, go outside and away from you house. When you are a safe distance from you the building, call Grateful Plumber at 317-677-4918 and we will come inspect and repair your gas lines.

Signs You Have a Gas Leak

So how do you know if you have a gas leak? Unfortunately, natural gas isn’t something you can see or taste. People sometimes have a gas leak and are not even aware of it. Here are some basic ways you can tell if your natural gas system is leaking.

Gas Burner

If Your Gas Stove is Making a Hissing Sound, You Could Have a Gas Leak. Call For Help Immediately.

“Rotten Egg” Smell

In its natural state, gas doesn’t really have any kind of odor. When it is used in homes, the gas company adds an odor for leak detection purposes. The added smell is created using sulfur and smells like rotten eggs. If you notice this smell in your home, go outside immediately.


Another good way to tell if you have a gas leak is to listen for a hissing sound coming from the appliances connected to your gas system. The two primary appliances hooked up to the gas line are likely your stove and hot water heater. If these start hissing at you, you might have a leak and should leave your home as soon as possible.

Contact us

If you suspect a gas leak, please don’t wait to call us. Your home may not be safe for you and your family. We will come and repair the problem promptly. Call us today at 317-677-4918.