7 Plumbing Myths

by Yussef on October 24, 2016

#1 Draino Magically Clears Drains


-Only if it were that easy! Just about every customer that calls us claiming they used Draino before calling us will tell you Draino and Similar products are not very effective in clearing a clog. We have experimented ourselves with Draino and did not see any results. In addition, the chemicals are known to be hazardous; therefore must plumbers will not service a tub or sink full of dirty water and Draino.


#2 Snakes (the reptiles) Often Come Through toilets.


-This has happened but its very rare. In fact, the most recent times it happened was because the snakes were somebody’s pet and they ended up getting loose in apartment and tried escaping through the toilet. While its not impossible, I think one would have better odds of getting struck by lightning twice.


#3 All Plumbing Companies are Cons


-This is true, Rayne Plumbing is the only Company who is not. JK! Plumbers do have a bad rep but there are still a few honest contractors out there. Poor ethics are not embedded in Contractors, they are embedded in the Ownership and Management of the Company. There sure are some scum bags out there who are always looking to make an extra buck any way possible but there are also Companies who believe in being ethical and maintaining a good reputation in the Community. Tip: Before hiring a contractors check their online reputation and ask if the technicians are commission based (some commission based Companies have a reputation for being shady).


#4 Baby Wipes Are Flushable


-This one is tricky. If your sewerline is immaculate condition this statement is true. Unfortunately, most sewerlines are not in immaculate condition. A good percentage of our clogged drain calls are due to baby wipes. What happens is the wipe gets stuck on a offset in the sewerline and because they don’t dissolve like toilet paper does it eventually starts to accumulate debris.
#5 Plumbing Contractors Are Always Late
– A Plumbing Company with poor scheduling skills will always be late. In our Company we give windows, yes we know they are annoying but because plumbing never goes as expected it is impossible to time everything to the tee. We would rater give you a 2-4 hour window than show up 2-4 hours late.
#6 All Plumber are Created Equal
-While some may be created equal, they are all very different. It’s all about training and experience. Just because someone has been in the industry for 20 years it does not make them a Master Plumber. What separates a good plumber from a bad one are the following traits; learning ambition, customer service, reliability, ethics and knowledge retention. In the 52 years in business we have hired thousands of plumbers, not are all equipped with all the traits we want but if they have a good attitude and are willing to learn we are willing to train. It is the Management’s duty to create superior plumbers.
#7 The Lowest Plumbing Bid is Always the Best
-Yes, we all like a good deal but at what cost? Plumbing is a very competitive field, therefore some Companies have acquired sneaky ways to bid low but charge extra. Example: If you hire a Company who bids $500 for a job while the other’s bid $800 but the lowest bidder than gives you a change order of $500, the math will show you that they in-fact were not the lowest bidder. Also beware of Companies who charge tons of “fees” such as; travel fees, gasoline fees, vehicle maintenance fees, convenience fees, etc.


Ever Wonder Whats in Your Crawlspace?

by Yussef on June 29, 2016

As you could probably imagine, we spend a lot of time under homes and buildings. A majority of the time we are called out by realtors who just received an inspection report that states the plumbing under the home or building is falling apart. The other majority of the time we get a call from home owners or managers who smell some funk from under the property (or hear water leaking). It’s not too often people hang out in attics or crawlspaces, so let us tell you what we often find.


Besides black widows and rodents, pipe leaks are our most common discovery. As you probably know most plumbing is hidden behind walls or under floors. So how do you know if something is leaking? Well, if there is a leak in the wall, you’ll know when the sheet-rock starts to plump up or paint becomes discolored. But detecting a leak under the property is tricky. If it is a waste line that is leaking, you’ll more than likely smell it. If it is a water leak, you may hear it or see a big difference in the water bill. If it is a small leak, it will be hard to detect.


Most the leaks we find under homes and buildings are small, usually several drips a minute (which do add up). Our suggestion is to conduct a property inspection once a year. Give us a call and have us do a thorough inspection of your property. Hiring us for an hour to perform such a service could end up saving you a lot of money and trouble. If you leave leaks or pipe breaks unattended for too long, you’re going to accumulate quite the mess and you know what that means right? Yup, time for a restoration company and a hefty bill. So with that said, I think it’s a good idea to be preventative and make sure you’re plumbing is in good shape (especially if you’re in a older property and have not been in the crawlspace or attic in several years).


Here are a few other tips that will help keep the plumbing under your home in good shape. Make sure your water lines are properly strapped; water flow causes vibration in pipes, vibration causes pipes to come loose and leak. Another recommendation we make to people who have vacation homes or dont frequently stay at home is to make sure water is ran from every fixture every so often. Why? Because crawlspaces tend to get really hot and if there are no liquids running through the pipes (mainly ABS and other plastic based pipes) they tend to dry up and crack.


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