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No matter how well you take care of your home, plumbing issues are inevitable. When you realize your system isn’t flowing like it should because of a drain stoppage, schedule an initial consultation with Lloyd’s Plumbing Service in Rockport.  Based in Rockport, we offer plumbing service throughout the entire Texas Coastal Bend. Drain stoppage is a major issue that can lead to clogged drains that need to be repaired. The time to act is now! We utilize more than three decades of experience to solve the plumbing problems in your home.

We are also able to install new plumbing fixtures to make your kitchen or bathroom look new again.

Water Heaters / Tankless Heaters Re-Piping Sewer Lines Drain Cleaning Leak Location Gas Lines / Gas Tests Garbage Disposals Toilet Repair & Installations

No Hot Water?

Electric – If you have no hot water, first check the circuit breaker. Turn the breaker off and back on. If after 30 minutes the water is not warming up, turn the breaker off, remove the top panel and push the red re-set button on the thermostat. If it has popped out, an audible click will be heard when it is re-set. Turn breaker back on.

If you still do not have hot water further evaluation should be done by a trained technician.  Call Lloyd’s Plumbing Service right away.

Gas – First check to see if the pilot is lit. Do this by removing the cover at the bottom of heater or by looking thru the glass porthole in the cover. A small blue flame should be visible.

If the pilot will not re-light or stay lit, further evaluation should be done by a trained technician.

What Is A Tankless Water Heater?

Most traditional water heaters maintain a large volume of water at a constant heated temperature stored in a holding tank. This consumes a great deal of energy during periods of time when it is not in use. Comparatively, a tankless water heater goes into action the moment you require hot water, which is heated instantly as it travels through the heating system, being delivered continuously and on demand.

Since it only consumes energy when being actively used, it is an economical and environmentally friendly option for your home.

More Benefits Of A Tankless Water Heater

Not only will a tankless heater save you money on your energy bills, it will also save valuable space within your home since these systems do not require large holding tanks like their traditional counterparts do.

Another feature that makes these new, more modern heaters very popular is the fact that it is virtually impossible to run out of hot water. It only takes a few consecutive showers to deplete a traditional heater’s tank. Afterwards, it is necessary to wait until the tank’s contents are heated once again before you can access hot water. With a tankless system, the supply is continuous and plentiful.

Tankless hot water systems have proven to be more durable than traditional systems. Reports indicate that they can last as much as 10 years longer. Therefore, they can be the wisest investment from a longer-term perspective, despite their higher initial cost.

Do You Need Re-piping?

Many plumbing issues, like minor leaks or breaks, can be fixed without needing to complete a re-piping job. It’s only when the problem is more serious or extensive that re-piping becomes necessary. As the pipes in your home become older, they can start to wear and become prone to frequent leaks and breaks, which can cause flooding and serious damage in your home.

Another frequent reason for re-piping is if a plumbing system is made up of several different kinds of materials. You may also want to consider re-piping if there are any lead pipes in your home.

Common Signs That You May Need Re-piping In Your Home

Some of the indicators that might suggest that part or all of your plumbing system may be in need of a repipe can include frequent leaks or drips. Some leaking pipes can be very difficult to detect; dripping slowly and resulting in a musty smell somewhere in the home.

Your pipes may also need to be replaced if you detect a metallic taste, a strange odor, or a milky or discolored look to your tap water.

A Blocked Sewer Line

It is among the worst issues that a homeowner can face. A clogged sewer line that sends wastewater backing up into the home is a messy and smelly situation. The mess and nasty smell makes it unpleasant to be in your home, and the damage to your belongings as well as to your building can be significant.

A clogged sewer line is often caused by a buildup of grease and gunk inside the pipe, often the result of greasy or fatty foods being sent down the drain. The sticky build up then catches passing debris and solids such as hair. The flow of wastewater becomes increasingly restricted until it is finally completely blocked.

Common Signs Of A Problem With Your Sewer Line

Some of the most common indications that your sewer line may be in need of repair include a pungent, unpleasant odor coming from your drains, unusual gurgling sound coming from the pipes, and water rising up from your drains.

Clogged Drains

If the sinks and bathtubs in your home are taking longer than normal to drain, you probably have partially blocked drainpipes. These can be quite bothersome and can lead to messy and harmful flooding in your home. Your best bet is to contact a qualified professional as soon as you notice a problem.

Usually, clogged drains are caused by a buildup of grease or grime, most often from food waste or other organic matter, along the inside of the pipe. The sticky buildup can trap hair and other solids to further constrict the flow of wastewater and eventually become completely blocked.

Foreign objects accidentally sent down the drain can also cause a clog.  Call Lloyd’s Plumbing Service in Rockport for clogged drains, we service the entire Coastal Bend and we can help.

Resolving The Problem

Drain cleaning products like those you will find in your local grocery or hardware store are only effective in eliminating some clogs. Furthermore, in some instances, they can create a bigger problem than they solve. For most clogs, we will employ an auger or snake to quickly and effectively clear out the blockage. In the case of tougher clogs or blockages caused by tree roots growing into the sewer line, we may use a process known as hydro-jetting to resolve the problem.

Hydro-jetting uses pressurized water sent through the pipes to blast away the built up grime and gunk in the pipes and can quickly sweep away overgrown roots.

 

Hidden Water Leaks

A leak in your plumbing system can cause a great deal of damage to your home and your belongings. The water can weaken the structure of your home, warp floors and walls and ruin furniture and other belongings. The dampness can also lead to the growth of harmful mold and bacteria.

Often times, when a leak occurs, the source is readily evident. Either one can see the rushing water or hear its sound. Smaller leaks, however, can be more insidious. The water hidden inside your walls or ceiling can travel a great distance before it becomes evident, making it difficult to know where the problem lies.

Other hidden leaks can occur in underground pipes or pipes that run under concrete. You may not even be aware that it is happening unless you happen to notice water pooling in parts of your yard, hear a gurgling or dripping sound, or notice an increase on your monthly usage bill.

If you suspect you have a hidden leak, you can check by first making sure that all the taps in your house are shut off and that none of the appliances that consume water are in use. Then, check your water meter. If it indicates that water is still being consumed, you probably have a hidden leak.

Locating The Source Of Your Water Leak

Gone are the days of opening up ceilings and walls in an effort to locate a hidden leak. Lloyd’s uses the latest in leak detection technology. Included among these are sensitive audio equipment that can detect the sound of an underground leak and tiny waterproof video cameras that can travel through pipes allowing us to see the condition of your plumbing from within. These tools greatly minimize the need to damage floors, walls and ceilings.

Gas Leaks

If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home or business, take immediate action. Natural gas has an additive that gives it a strong and unpleasant sulfuric odor specifically for the purpose of detection.

  • Evacuate immediately: Your first priority is the safety of all the occupants in the building. Make sure to get everyone out and to a safe distance from the building as quickly as possible.
  • Do not use any electrical devices: In a gas leak, any spark could cause an explosion. Therefore, you should not switch any light off or on, use the telephone or any mobile device until you are safely away from the building. Also, leave all computers just as they are.
  • Leave the door open: As you exit, leave the door open behind you. Also leave any windows open. This will help vent some of the gas.
  • Call 911: Once you have exited the home and are at a safe distance, call 911 for your gas company to have the supply line shut off and make sure the building is safe.
  • Call in the experts: Once you have been given the all clear, call Lloyd’s Plumbing in Rockport, we can respond to all areas of the Coastal Bend. We will be able to find the source of the leak and complete the repair in order to return your home to normal.
What To Do If You Suspect A Gas Leak

If you detect a strong sulfuric odor in your home like that of rotten eggs, you may be experiencing a gas leak. Safety must be your number one priority. The first thing to do is to evacuate your home immediately.

Make sure everyone leaves the home as quickly as possible and gets to a safe distance. Do not use any electrical devices, including your phone or any mobile devices until you are outside. Leave the door open behind you as you leave in order to help vent the gas out.

Once you have evacuated the home, call 911 or your gas company. They will be able to cut off the supply line to your home. After the immediate danger has been taken care of, you can call in the plumbing experts at Lloyd’s Plumbing Service in Rockport, we can fix gas leaks anywhere in the Coastal Bend. We will use the latest technology to find the source of the leak in order to repair it quickly and efficiently.

Hidden Gas Leaks

In some cases, you may have a gas leak and not smell the telltale odor in your home. This can be the case if a leak has developed in an underground line. Some of the signs that this is happening can include your monthly usage bills creeping upwards or areas of vegetation or grass that are dying around your yard.

Even in the case of a hidden underground leak, our team is fully trained in the methods required to locate and repair the problem with as little disruption to your home or property as possible.

Garbage Disposal Units

A garbage disposal professionally installed under your sink is not only a great convenience when cleaning up after meals; it is also an environmentally friendly feature for your kitchen. Food waste that is sent down your drain through the garbage disposal gets shredded into tiny pieces that can be safely eliminated with your wastewater. Doing this diverts solid waste from landfill sites. It is estimated that approximately 12% of all solid waste in US landfill sites are made up of food scraps. As these food scraps decompose, they release a harmful greenhouse gas called methane into the atmosphere.

Many water treatment facilities are now harvesting the methane found in municipal wastewater and converting it into biogas. Therefore, adding food scraps to your wastewater increases its methane content, thereby aiding in the production of a renewable source of energy.

Another benefit of adding a garbage disposal is that it reduces the risk of unpleasant odors coming from garbage receptacles and makes them less likely to attract pests or vermin.

Problems With Your Toilet That Require A Repair Or Replacement

The most common issue with the toilet is a stubborn clog that causes the water to overflow, creating a terrible mess in your bathroom. When using a plunger proves to be ineffective in solving the problem or if the clog happens frequently, you will probably need the assistance of a professional.

Another common problem is the constant running of water from the tank into the bowl. This issue, in addition to being annoying for the constant noise it creates, can also be an expensive one when you consider the cost of all that wasted water on your monthly bills. This kind of problem is usually the result of a faulty component inside the tank that allows the water to continuously drain into the bowl.

Water may also be leaking from your toilet if the wax ring locally located between the bowl and the drain becomes cracked or dried out. You may also notice your toilet wobbling from side to side or appearing unstable if you have a broken anchor flange.

A crack or break in the bowl or tank is also a common reason for replacement, as such problems cannot usually be repaired.

Replacing Your Toilet

Many customers with older toilets want to replace them to help give their bathroom an updated look. This is particularly the case if its color has fallen out of fashion.

Other customers grow tired of stains and discoloration. When no amount of scrubbing with even the strongest of cleaning products will remove the unsightly stain, their best choice is to have a new one installed.

Another advantage to updating your old toilet is the greater efficiency that the latest models can provide. Today’s toilets consume less water per flush thereby saving you money on your water bills.

Lloyd’s Plumbing Service in Rockport has been serving the Texas Coastal Bend since 1978, for any plumbing needs give us a call or send us an email to get started!


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