Your water lines are one of the most important aspects of your Portland, OR property, so when they are experiencing problems they can cause serious issues. Water leaks may start small but often turn into large problems that could cause costly damage. At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, our trained and experienced technicians can handle all piping issues your water lines may experiencing. We always arrive at your property on time and prepared to detect your water leaks in the best way possible.
Leaks start small but can cause incredible damage if left alone for a long period of time. Our expert technicians provide comprehensive leak detection services via a comprehensive leak detection process. This service can be used for residential and commercial properties.
At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we utilize specialized technology to locate potable water line leaks using trenchless technology, a no-dig innovative solution that has been around for over a decade. Pinhole leaks can be detected no matter where they are in your potable water system, thanks to advanced camera equipment and inspection procedures. There’s really no reason why homeowners and business owners should stick with traditional detection methods. You get improved accuracy and there’s less interference from external sources. Overall, it’s a less labor-intensive operation that should benefit you in terms of time and expenses.
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Our service includes an accurate and systematic approach to detecting leaks coming from decayed and old pipes. In homes, leaks can ruin copper tubing and piping, which can then damage wall surfaces, hardwood flooring, and even furnishings. Water damage can result in black mold and innumerable health risks for you and your family. Furthermore, leaks can also be caused by cracked pipe seals, constant pressure and even freezing temperatures.
Leak detection services for potable water pipes normally involve water service lines, water lines, and water distribution lines within the property. Our technicians can work on any pipe material, from PVC, galvanized steel, copper and many more. At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning we have the right equipment and tools to do water detection the right way.
At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we can fix and repair any leak you may have in your home or business. Our technicians are experts when it comes to rehabilitating failing water lines and preventing its costly consequences. Using trenchless leak detection technology we can find what’s causing your potable water lines to act up without ever digging a single trench. Call us today.
Are copper pipes safe?
Copper pipes are safe. However, like other pipes, copper pipes can be prone to breaking, cracking, bursting and other defects over time.
Is copper pipe safe for drinking water?
Yes, copper water lines are as safe as PVC and other materials for drinking water.
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Unfortunately, it’s easy to accidentally put grease down your drains no matter how hard you try not to. When you rinse dishes in your sink, they often have a thin layer of grease on them. Your hot rinsing water dissolves this and helps it run down your drains. When the grease cools later, it hardens against the pipe wall. Over time, this can cause significant grease buildup that can also catch other debris in its trap, causing a major sink clog.
If the drains are ones you use a lot, try rinsing them with a 1:1 combination of vinegar and baking soda. Put the baking soda in the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then pour the vinegar down and leave it for 15 more minutes. Finally, wash it all down the drain with hot water and see if things smell better.
If the drains are ones you don’t use much, you may need to simply add water to them. Many drains keep out odors because they place a water trap between you and the smells. If this water leaks out, which it often does over time, there won’t be a barrier between you and the bad smells. Pour a bucket of water down the drains and see if that helps. If your water trap keeps disappearing, call one of our plumbers to find out why.
The key to making most garbage disposals work is to use enough water with them. You’ll want to allow the water to run for at least 10 seconds after the scraps you put down them are gone, and maybe up to 30 seconds. When you do this, you can put almost any non-fibrous items down the disposal, including coffee grounds, eggs and egg shells, potato peelings, bones up to ½” in diameter, apples, and citrus peels.
There are a lot of things that you can do to prevent clogs at home. Make sure each drain opening is covered by a trap of some kind. These will collect hair (in the shower) or food scraps so they don’t accidentally go down the drain and cause a clog. You should also make sure that only products intended for your toilets get flushed. In the kitchen, do your best to remove grease before you rinse your dishes in the sink and make sure larger debris either goes into the trash can or gets put down the garbage disposal correctly, with plenty of water.
Whether you try to unclog your own drains is up to you. We don’t recommend using chemical drain cleaners, like Drano. These won’t actually solve your problem but will, instead, simply dissolve a hole through the middle of your clog. If you use them too often, they may dissolve holes in your pipes, too! You can try leaving a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and baking soda in a clogged drain for up to 30 minutes and see if that helps, instead.
A plunger may also help with your clogged drain, even if it’s not in the toilet. If it doesn’t work, there are a variety of products that you can rent or buy that may help you unclog your drain. These hooks and short snakes can be useful, though they can also further damage your plumbing. If you choose to use them, make sure you understand how to do so before you start your project.
We are always happy to look at your drains, whether it’s for maintenance or to solve an acute problem. However, we definitely recommend bringing in a professional when:
Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!"
- Tim T., Google Review
Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers."
- Forrest W., Google Review
I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them."
- Jennifer T., Google Review