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  • Signs Your Dishwasher Water Line May Need to Be Replaced

    Dishwashers may make our lives easier, but if there is a common issue with the water line leading to this appliance, it can cause headaches for any homeowner. To avoid this situation, look for these signs that your dishwasher water line may need to be replaced:

    1. Not filling with water

    If your dishwasher doesn't fill with water, the issue may stem from a variety of sources, but a bad water line may be the true culprit. If there's no water at all, you'll want to make sure that the water inlet hose is connected properly and that its valve is in the open position. If the hose is hooked up correctly and there are no kinks, it should fix the problem. However, if the dishwasher still doesn't fill with water and the other parts of the appliance have been examined, it may be time to replace your water line.

    2. It's frozen

    A frozen pipe can lead to major long-term complications, and this is true for your dishwasher water line as well. If water isn't flowing freely from your line, that could mean that it's frozen. It's important to remedy this issue before the pipe bursts or results in damage to your plumbing infrastructure. If your water line is frozen, it may be necessary to replace it. You also want to check your dishwasher drain to determine if it's frozen as well. Note that the risk of a dishwasher water line freezing is limited to pipes that are located along outside walls in uninsulated or unheated areas.

    Dishwasher3. Leaking

    If you see water coming from under your dishwasher, the first thing you should do is check your water line. Ensure that its connections are tight and secure, and work out any kinks that might be in the hose. If this doesn't fix the problem, there could be a hole in the water line, which should be replaced immediately. Leaks not only can cost a significant amount of money in wasted water, but they can also require extensive repairs to recover from the water damage.

    Dishwashers are a luxury for many homeowners, but when something goes wrong, it may be time to call in a plumbing expert. Roto-Rooter plumbing professionals are equipped with the skills and tools necessary to diagnose problems with your dishwasher and replace the water line if necessary. To schedule a consultation for your plumbing needs, contact Roto-Rooter today.

  • Simple Plumbing Jobs Any New Homeowner Can Tackle

    RefrigeratorBuying a home gives you a lot of freedom to remodel, decorate and add on to the building as you please. At the same time, homeownership carries a lot of responsibilities with it that will be probably new to you if you have only ever rented or lived in someone else's domicile. Having to take care of your plumbing system is probably one of the biggest changes.

    Sometimes, you'll run into an issue - like a broken sewer line or damaged pipes - that will require prompt assistance from a licensed plumber. However, there are many situations in which you can likely fix things up yourself. Let's look at one of them - fridge water supply hookup - in more detail.

    1) Begin connecting fridge to water supply

    If you need to set up a refrigerator that has an ice maker and/or drink dispenser, you'll have to tap into the nearest cold water supply. Usually this is a pipe under the sink, behind the wall or under the floor. Once you've found it, be mindful of any nearby electrical wiring or air ducts if you must clear a path to it by drilling.

    2) Install copper tubing

    Calculate how much 0.25-inch outside diameter flexible copper tubing you'll need for the connection. Keep a few feet extra so you can coil it behind the refrigerator so that it can be pulled out during service and repair. Avoid running it near cabinets or drawers so that it doesn't get crushed.

    3) Settle on a connection type

    Most of the time, the best approach here is to solder in a 0.5-inch tee in a removed section of the cold water supply pipe. This tee could be made of copper, PVC or steel, depending on what the original pipe consists of. Alternatives are to do a solder-free compression tee or to purchase a kit that contains a saddle valve for connecting the fridge and cold water supply.

    4) Check for leaks

    Once you have everything hooked up, look for leaks in the fridge and pipes. Unsecured pipes can result in a clogged or broken ice maker, or in water backups around the house. If you hit an impasse in this process, call a professional plumber to get further assistance in connecting your water supply to your refrigerator.

  • 3 Possible Causes of a Leaky Refrigerator | Roto-Rooter Blog

    Water dropIs your refrigerator running? Well, you better go catch it! Although this may sound like a joke, we're actually pretty serious. If you have a leak in your kitchen, but notice it's not coming from the sink or dishwasher, chances are your refrigerator is the culprit. If you find yourself poking around the fridge and are still not seeing any pools of water, check underneath the appliance. Ah ha - there it is!

    Not sure what's causing the leak? Here are three possibilities:

    1. Water filter

    If your filter is installed improperly, old or doesn't fit with the model of your refrigerator, chances are there is a poor connection between the filter itself and the supply of water. To prevent the appliance from leaking, check to see if water is escaping due to holes in the filter. Also check the size and model of both the fridge and filter to ensure it's a perfect match.

    2. Drain pan

    Check the drain pan, located at the bottom of the refrigerator, for any cracks. It's okay if you spot a tiny bit of water, but if you see a significant amount of pooling, chances are the pan has a crack and that's what's causing the leak. If you notice any damage, replace the pan immediately.

    3. Defrost drain

    One of the most common causes of a leaky refrigerator is a faulty defrost drain. When the drain is blocked by food particles or ice, it prevents the water accumulated during the defrost cycle to properly drain into the pan. Eventually, water will start to build up, and since it has nowhere to drain, it will flow right onto your floor. Remove the blockage by flushing the drain with hot water and removing debris with a wire hanger.

    For more information on flooding due to appliance failure, contact your local Roto-Rooter professional today.

  • 3 Ways to Conserve Water in the Kitchen | Roto-Rooter Blog

    Water dropYou may not realize it, but all that dirty work you do in the kitchen contributes to the 400 gallons of water wasted, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA also found that the average household's leaks account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water, so be sure to double check all your kitchen appliances for any signs of pooling. If so, you're most likely dealing with a cracked pipe or faulty machinery. Contact your local Roto-Rooter professional right away so someone can come check it out for you.

    In the meantime, here are three ways to conserve water in the kitchen:

    1. Stop rinsing your dishes

    If you're someone who typically washes the dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher, consider skipping this unnecessary step from here on out. Doing so could save up to 10 gallons of water per every cycle.

    2. Place a full pitcher of water in the fridge

    By constantly keeping a full pitcher of water in your fridge, you'll save both time and water when getting a drink: time in the sense that you won't have to wait for freezing water to flow out, and water in the sense that you aren't just running a constant stream until it reaches your desired temperature.Start stocking up on those pitchers and keep one (or multiple ones) in your refrigerator at all times!

    3. Wash your dishes in the sink

    If you don't have the luxury of a dishwasher, you probably wash your dishes under an open tap. This is a huge waste, considering the fact that this method can use up to 20 gallons of water at a time. Instead, fill the sink up with water (a large bucket or bowl works too) and close your taps. Just refill it when the water starts getting dirty. By simply closing the taps every time you do the dishes, you could save up to 10 gallons of water.

    For more information on sealing those cracked pipes or putting an end to your leaky kitchen appliances, contact your local Roto-Rooter professional today.

  • Quick, Effective Fixes for Your Leaky Kitchen Faucet | Roto-Rooter Blog

    Kitchen FaucetWant to get rid of that annoying, drip, drip, drip of your faucet? Good news: There are ways you can do this yourself. Although this problem may seem small, it can actually cause bigger issues down the road, like increasing your water bill or growing mold. Here are a few quick ways to fix your leaky kitchen faucet:

    Replace the seal
    First, shut off your water supply to the sink. This step is vital in protecting your home from water damage while you work. Then, you can move on to the main repairs. A typical issue that could be causing your leak is a worn-out rubber gasket or seal that's located inside the valve. Replacing this piece should fix your problem, but you may have to disassemble your faucet to reach it.

    Dirty aerator
    The aerator could also be a reason that you are experiencing a leak in your faucet. Take a look at it, and see if there are any particles surrounding it. If so, remove them, and see if the leak is gone. Keep in mind that the nozzle could also be loose. If so, use a wrench to tighten it, and see if the spigot is still leaking.

    Invest in a new one
    If your leaky-faucet problem persists after trying the quick fixes above, it may be time to purchase a new fixture altogether. Faucets experience a lot of wear and tear over time, especially the ones found in your kitchen. Buying a new one will definitely solve your problem. And if you decide to buy a new one, consider the many new options available to you, including hands-free faucets for the home.

    Call a professional
    Sometimes, the issue might be out of your hands. If your faucet isn't old, and you've tried fixing it, it could be a bigger issue with your plumbing. Don't hesitate to call Roto-Rooter. We'll send out a professional and experienced plumber to take care of your kitchen faucet repair.

  • 2 Plumbing Services You'll Need For An Aurora Kitchen Remodel

    Luxury bathroomAre you considering remodeling certain parts of your Aurora, Colorado, home? Perhaps you want to make some upgrades to create the dream kitchen you've always wanted. But before you commit, you should have a clear vision of what you want the end result to look like. To upgrade your appliances, change the fixtures or even move the sink, contact your local Roto-Rooter professional to get the 411 on all the kitchen plumbing services you're going to need.

    Here are two plumbing services you'll need during a kitchen remodel:

    1. Sink and dishwasher installation

    If you want to relocate the sink and dishwasher, major plumbing work needs to be done. The sink needs an access point to both hot and cold water, which connects from the faucets and a waste-pipe. Your dishwasher calls for the same type of plumbing work. The water supply and waste-pipe access are extended from the sink to the dishwasher, which is why these two appliances need to be placed next to each other.

    If you're simply looking to have a new sink installed in the same location, less professional work needs to be done, meaning your bill will be significantly cheaper. When shopping for a new sink, consider upgrading to features like extensions, sprayers, soap dispensers and a stainless steel garbage disposal.

    2. Plumbing and gas pipe reroute

    You're committed to moving your appliances and fixtures to a new location in your kitchen, so your plumbing will be vastly affected. Your water supply, drain lines and gas pipes need to be rerouted, so be sure to contact your local Roto-Rooter plumber.

    After learning about these services, you may want to consult with an expert to discuss the renovation process. He or she will be able to give you all the options that will work best with your desired setup, especially if you're looking to move your sink. If this is the case, involve your plumbing professional early on in the project. As soon as you get the ball rolling, you'll be able to determine the most effective and inexpensive renovation techniques, which will make this process more seamless for everyone involved.

    For more questions about remodeling your kitchen, contact your Aurora Roto-Rooter professional today.

  • Tips to Make Your Dishwasher Last Longer | Roto-Rooter

    DishwasherDishwashers are extremely useful household appliances that can save you hundreds of hours of scrubbing over the course of their lifetime. If there's one caveat to these convenient machines, though, it's that they're fairly expensive to replace.

    As such, the goal with any dishwasher should be to get the greatest possible return on your investment, and the best way to do that is to keep the appliance running as long as possible. To avoid having to make an unnecessary purchase of a new dishwasher, here are a few tips to help you prolong the life of the one you currently own.

    The question of rinsing

    One of the main culprits for clogs, either in the spray arms of a dishwasher or in the filter, is food debris that is allowed to build up over time. As such, check your dishwasher's filter – which can be found at the bottom of the appliance, near where the water drains – after each load to make sure that it's functioning properly. How often you actually need to clean the filter may vary between models, so it's always a good idea to refer to your appliance guide just to be sure.

    An issue of contention regarding food-related clogs in your dishwasher is whether or not you should rinse dishes before loading them up. Leftovers should be scraped into a garbage disposal or trash bin, but that's all. Also, some detergents clean by affixing themselves to food particles, and then breaking them down. Without any "gunk," the detergent would run right over the dish without thoroughly cleaning them.

    The other side of the argument is that most experts would recommend the opposite, claiming that the combination of soap, minerals and food gunk will eventually cause sludge that could lead to poor drainage, and possible even cause backups that will leave you washing your dishes with dirty water.

    As a middle ground to the argument, always refer to your handbook for best practices that will prolong the life of your appliance without sacrificing the quality of each load.

    Careful placement of dishware

    The average life expectancy of your dishwater is around a decade or so. But even if the central components of the machine such as the drainage and the spray arms work just fine, it's also important to be mindful of the appliance's hardware, such as the fixtures on the inside of the door and the dish racks.

    For example, forks and knives should be placed in the dishwasher with handles up. This is good for safety reasons, but it's also a smart way to prevent blades from dragging along the interior wall as you slide the racks, or sticking out and cutting into the door as you close it.

    As a few final tips, it's important not to overload dishwashers, as this can add unnecessary wear and tear. Also, don't put any non-dishwasher safe items into the appliance.

    Last but not least, if you experience problems with your dishwasher, don't hesitate to call your Port St Lucie Roto-Rooter. It's better to fix a problem the right way the first time than risk having to buy a whole new dishwasher later.

  • Unclogging the Kitchen Sink: First Steps | Roto-Rooter

    Clogged kitchen sinkAt some point, you or someone you know will find themselves in the unfortunate situation of contending with a clogged kitchen sink drain that's too tough for drain cleaner. In a city like Lakeland that already has more than 38 lakes, the last thing anyone wants is one more body of water in their kitchen.

    Before getting on the wire with your local Roto-Rooter, here are a few first steps to take when you get a clog.

    Start with a plunger

    If you don't already have a plunger for your sink, invest in one. Many clogs can be cleared with a good plunging. Many models of sink plunger sell for less than $10, and can be purchased online or at a local hardware store like Hardy's or Jereco.

    As for the actual act, plugging up the unclogged drain on the opposite side of the sink with a wet rag before getting started, as this aids in delivering the pressure directly to the clog. Next, fill the clogged side of the sink with a small amount of water, and begin plunging away (remember it's all about the up motion, not pushing down). Hopefully any food or paper products locked in the pipes will budge when you do this.

    Next steps

    If that doesn't seem to do the trick, then fashioning a wire coat hanger into an impromptu pipe cleaner. Bend a small hook onto the end using pliers, insert the coat hanger, and wiggle it up and down to try to dislodge any food that may be caught in the pipe. This may succeed where the plunger failed. (Caution: Do not stick equipment or appendages into a garbage disposal without first cutting the fuse.)

    However, there is a chance that the clog is father down the drain, whereby none of the above methods will work. If this is the case, then first start by running a snake down the drain. These can be purchased at your local hardware store like the aforementioned examples. If that still doesn't work, you may have to take the trap beneath the sink apart, and snake the drain more directly. This requires a bit of hands-on effort, so you may want to wear rubber gloves. Be sure to place a bucket beneath the trap to catch any dirty water. Finally, you can begin snaking the drain.

    Last step: Call in a professional

    When you've exhausted all remediation efforts to unclog your drain, you know it's time to call a licensed plumber. Don't hesitate to contact your Lakeland Roto-Rooter. They certainly won't hesitate to head over and unclog your drain.

  • 3 Possible Causes of a Leaky Refrigerator | Roto-Rooter

    Are you noticing signs of a refrigerator leak?  If you have a leak in your kitchen, but you know that it is not coming from the sink or dishwasher, chances are your refrigerator is the culprit. Check underneath your fridge for signs of pooling water. If you are unsure of what is causing your refrigerator leak, here are three possibilities:

     Kitchen water machineWater filter

    If your filter is not installed properly, or the filter is old or doesn't fit correctly with your refrigerator model, chances are there is a poor connection between the filter and the water supply. To prevent your refrigerator from leaking, check to see if water is escaping due to holes in the filter. Also, check the size and model of both the fridge and filter to ensure it's a perfect match.

     Drain pan

    Examine the drain pan for any cracks, which is located at the bottom of the refrigerator. It's okay if you spot a tiny bit of water. However, if you notice a significant amount of pooling, chances are the pan has a crack and that's what is causing the leak. Replace the pan immediately if you notice any damage.

     Defrost drain

    One of the most common causes of a leaky refrigerator is a faulty defrost drain. When the defrost drain is blocked by food particles or ice, it prevents the water accumulated during the defrost cycle to properly drain into the pan. Eventually, water will start to build up. Without anywhere to drain, water will begin to flow right onto your floor. Remove any blockage caused by food particles or ice by flushing the drain with hot water and removing debris with a wire hanger.

    For more information on flooding due to appliance failure, contact your local Roto-Rooter professional today. In the event of a water emergency, Roto-Rooter is simply the best when dealing with water damage clean up and restoration of all kinds.

  • 3 Dishwasher Repairs You Can Do Yourself | Roto-Rooter

    DishwasherA dishwasher is a true time-saver. Reduce the time you spend scrubbing your plates clean, while keeping your sink clear of dirty dishes with this must-have appliance.  When your dishwasher is not working properly, you're going to want it fixed fast. Here are three dishwasher repairs you can easily do yourself.

    Check the hot water heater

    If you notice that your dishes aren't coming out clean, it may not be your dishwasher at all. If the water from your plumbing system isn't getting hot enough, your plates will never fully be sanitized. Are your showers lukewarm, too? Not to worry, a dishwasher repair may not be necessary at all.  Shifting the thermostat of your hot water heater will ensure that all of your appliances receive warmer water.

    Clean the spray arm

    Check your dishwasher’s spray arm to see if it's spinning correctly. If it isn't, there could be food particles or other debris caught in the arm. Twist off the spray-arm cap (it should pop off if you turn it clockwise). Proceed to pick out or empty any excess debris you see. Place it back in your dishwasher properly, and the problem should be fixed.

    It is always a good rule of thumb when dealing with any dishwasher problems, to first check for any kind of obstructions by examining the interior of your dishwasher.

    Examine the door latch switches

    If your dishwasher will not start, you could have an issue with the door latch or door latch switches. These fixtures are made to ensure that your dishwasher door stays closed during a wash and they are designed to prevent water from leaking onto your floor. There could be something in between the door not allowing it to properly close. Take a peek inside your fixture to make sure nothing is blocking it. If there is something, remove it so the door can close completely, and your dishwasher should work again. In the event of a water emergency due to a faulty dishwasher, contact Roto-Rooter for premiere water damage restoration service.  If you do have to replace your dishwasher, contact the plumbing professionals at Roto-Rooter for the best installation and prompt service available.  

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