Serving East Texas Since 1920
Are you having a bad day because of a plumbing issue? Get in touch with Rudd Plumbing right away and have a qualified plumber at your door in no time. We are here to take your bad situation, help you find a solution that fits your needs and budget, and get your home or business back in order.
Since 1920, our local company has been providing top-notch plumbing services in Tyler and throughout East Texas. From simple repairs and routine maintenance work to other complex projects including a complete bathroom or kitchen remodel, our Tyler plumber team utilizes cutting-edge methods and technologies to ensure a job done right the first time.
Rudd Plumbing has nearly a century of experience solving practically every plumbing issue imaginable. We might be an older company, but that doesn’t mean that we are stuck in the past. Over the years, our expert team has continuously participated in advanced training and education to stay ahead of the curve. We have also adapted the latest equipment and methods to deliver the highest level of quality service.
We offer a wide array of plumbing services in Tyler, Longview, and nearby areas, including:
Below are four root causes of common plumbing issues that “start out small” but have a way of leading to bigger trouble down the road. If your home is plagued with one of these four problems, you’ll want to address it now before it gets worse.
1. Sediment Buildup
Sediment is an umbrella term used to describe the “matter” that collects in your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and water heater. Sediment can be things like dirt, flakes of rust, and hard water minerals. Over time, it can restrict the openings in pipes and plumbing fixtures, contributing to water flow issues and water pressure problems. When sediment coats the bottom of your water heater tank, the water takes longer to heat up, which makes the water heater less efficient.
Solution: Flush your water heater tank at least once a year to get rid of the sediment. If sediment is restricting water flow through your drain pipes, hire a plumber to perform hydro jetting to blast away years of stubborn buildup from your pipes’ interiors.
2. Grease in Your Drains
Grease is one of the biggest clog-causers around. It’s imperative that you never pour or rinse grease down your sink when washing the dishes because one day this will come back to haunt you. Grease hardens as it cools down, and it has a bad tendency to create stubborn globs in your pipes that capture other things trying to pass through, like toilet paper and hair.
Solution: Pour used grease into leftover foil or a jar, and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s time to throw it out on garbage day. Wipe greasy cookware with a paper towel before washing it in the sink, and be sure to use soap and hot water to break up any leftover grease.
3. Hard Water Minerals
When water is “hard,” that means it contains a lot of calcium and magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates, and sulfates. When you heat hard water, solid mineral deposits (or limescale) can form. Aside from being unattractive, these mineral deposits can clog up your plumbing fixtures and faucet aerators, and they can also decrease the efficiency of your water-using appliances (like your dishwasher and clothes washer).
Solution: Soak your plumbing fixtures in white vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits, and scrub away what’s left with a sponge or old toothbrush. To combat extremely hard water, consider installing a water softener.
4. Excessive Water Pressure
No one likes a shower with weak water pressure, but if your home has extremely high water pressure, you could have some significant problems. The forcefulness of excessive water pressure can create leaks and burst pipes. It also puts unnecessary wear and tear on your appliances, shortening their lifespans.
Solution: Contact a plumber to install a water pressure regulator.
1. Slow Draining
Many people try using over the counter drain clearing products such as Drano to fix slow or backed up drains, but this method may end up causing more harm than good! To avoid damaging your pipes and exposing yourself to harsh chemicals, leave the job to an experienced plumber with the right tools for the job.
2. Poor Water Pressure
Low water pressure could be a sign that you just need to clear a build-up of minerals in your faucet's aerator, or you may need to make an adjustment to your home's pressure regulator valve. If could also potentially signal an issue with aging water pipes that need to be replaced. A plumber can quickly identify the source of the problem and recommend the right fix.
Backflow describes an unwanted flow of water through your plumbing system in the reverse direction (in other words, wastewater flows backwards through the system due to a sharp decrease in water pressure). This is a huge health hazard and is considered a plumbing emergency, so call your local plumber ASAP if contaminated water is backing up into your home.
If you're hearing a gurgling sound coming from your toilet when you're using your shower, your drainage system is clogged and looking for air. This situation means pressure is building in your drain and sewer lines, and the result can be a pretty serious situation if it isn't taken care of.
5. Toilet Won't Stop Running
This is most likely happening because your toilet's flapper isn't sealing properly, either because the chain is unhooked or too long. If it's unhooked, simply hook it up. If the chain is too long, you can adjust it so that it stops blocking your flapper. If you're extra handy you can replace the flapper or adjust your water level, but you might be better off or calling in a plumber.
6. Constant Dripping Faucets
Not only can this be incredibly annoying, but this can cost you a ton of money if you're on a water meter. Sometimes leaky faucets can be repaired, but if the fixture is old and corroded, it may need to be replaced.
7. Weird Pipe Noises
Are your pipes making weird banging, knocking, or rattling noises inside your walls? This is not something you should ignore—your pipes are alerting you of an issue with excessive water pressure, a loose pipe fastener, or air in your water pipes.
8. Wet Drywall or Flooring
Any time you see water where there definitely shouldn't be water, you have a problem! Contact a plumber if you see weird puddles near your foundation, leaks under your sink, or areas of wet drywall or flooring that would indicate a hidden water leak. Water damage can be very destructive and expensive to fix, so don't wait to get a professional involved.
As a trusted local plumbing company serving Tyler, Longview, and surrounding areas, we ensure convenient appointments, fair and upfront pricing, no-mess service, a job done to your satisfaction. For quality workmanship and caring customer service backed by numerous five-star reviews, we invite you to give us a call today to request your free estimate. We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with our expert opinion on how to resolve your plumbing issue.
Our Tyler plumbing services are second to none. Call Rudd Plumbing today or contact us online to make an appointment!