Advice from Southwest Florida’s Emergency Plumbing Experts
When you need advice from licensed plumbers in Southwest or Central Florida, BHS has an entire team at your disposal. Below, you’ll find answers to commonly asked plumbing questions we often receive from customers. If you could use additional plumbing tips, reach out to our emergency plumbing experts via phone or email, any time, day or night. We’re available around the clock for 24-hour emergency plumbing in Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, Fort Myers, and surrounding communities. Please contact us with any additional residential or commercial plumbing questions or concerns. We’re always here for you!
What Are Some Tips for Choosing a Plumbing Company?
Any time you need to hire someone for home repairs, it’s essential to check their credentials. The state of Florida requires plumbers to be licensed. However, your research should go a step beyond just checking to see if a plumber is licensed. You can gauge a company’s level of professionalism by how willing customers are to do repeat business with them or to refer them to friends and family. BHS has thousands of reviews from satisfied residential and commercial customers online. Our employees are thoroughly trained and background-checked to ensure their reliability. You also want to look for a plumbing company that can respond to emergencies promptly. We’re available around the clock.
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Homes?
Leaky faucets, corroded or frozen pipes, clogged toilets, sewage back-ups, and leaks causing flooding are all common plumbing issues we see at BHS. Have you noticed murky, brown water coming from your taps? What about strange noises coming from your pipes or inconsistent water pressure? These are all warning signs you need an emergency plumber, and pronto. There are many plumbing myths you should be aware of, such as using over-the-counter products will help you unclog a drain. The reality is these products often cause more damage due to their harsh chemicals. Your best bet is to call a plumber.
Why Is It Critical to Hire an Experienced Plumber?
Professional, experienced plumbers possess the necessary training and equipment to handle plumbing installations, repairs, and maintenance without any hassles. Efficient plumbing help can be hard to come by, but not when you call BHS. Our family-owned and -operated company was founded in 1980 and employs only the best plumbers in Southwest and Central Florida. We ensure everything is up-to-code. Don’t jeopardize the safety of your family or home by attempting to fix plumbing issues yourself.
Where Can I Get More Info About Your Plumbing Services?
Our plumbing services range from sewer inspections and replacing polybutylene pipes to drain cleaning, sewer jetting, and dealing with plumbing emergencies of all varieties. From burst pipes to sewer system back-ups, major water leaks, and overflowing toilets, there’s not a plumbing emergency we haven’t tackled. Although winters are mild in Southwest and Central Florida, we can help you winterize your plumbing to avoid freezing or bursting pipes. We also install and repair traditional and tankless water heaters and state-of-the-art water filtration systems to help Florida residents improve their water quality. Any time you need plumbing help, we’re just a phone call away!
Do You Offer Emergency Plumbing Services After-Hours?
Yes! Plumbing emergencies often happen on evenings, weekends, and holidays, but that doesn’t mean you should be without water. If you’ve experienced a major water leak, frozen pipes, or a sewage back-up, give us a call immediately. We have plumbers available 24 hours a day to prevent further damage. Our staff always goes above and beyond to respect you and your property, taking the time to wear shoe covers and use floor covers without leaving a bigger mess behind.
How Do I Choose the Best Plumbing Repair Service?
You should always check a plumber’s credentials, background, and references. For your peace of mind, you should hire an experienced plumber who is licensed, certified, and insured. Reputable plumbers usually come with an “A” rating by the Better Business Bureau and online reviews left by satisfied customers, two things BHS can boast. When you rely on BHS for all your home repair needs, you can watch all your plumbing problems go down the drain. Check out our blog for ways to avoid common plumbing troubles during the holidays and any day, really. If you heed our professional advice, you can save yourself – and any house guests – the hassles and headaches caused by plumbing issues. Our plumbers would also be happy to give you plumbing maintenance tips to help you avoid costly repairs.
How Do I Know If I Need a Water Heater Repair?
The average water heater should last at least 8-12 years with proper maintenance. However, there are several telltale signs you may need a water heater repair. Have you noticed rust around your water heater tank? What about a pool of water at its base? Leaks or a lack of hot water are cause for concern. If your water heater is older than 10 years, you may find its performance to be steadily on the decline. Have our master plumbers take a look as quickly as possible. We specialize in repairs and replacements.
What Are Common Causes of Pipe Corrosion & Leaks?
Corroded and leaky pipes may be caused by issues with your home’s water pressure, harsh chemicals in your water or unbalanced pH levels, and extreme temperatures in your water. If you suspect you have a water leak, we suggest checking your water meter. Record its level and then check again in a few hours (ensuring nobody uses the water during this time). If the level has changed, you should call our experts to take a closer look at your pipes. Not only can leaks get bigger over time (and they usually do), but they can end up costing you more in higher water bills, emergency repairs, damaged belongings, and more. Did you know a leaking faucet could result in hundreds of gallons of wasted water per year? Get it checked out right away. We may be able to repair your faucet, but sometimes a replacement is cheaper.
What Benefits Do Tankless Water Heaters Offer?
Not only are they small and compact in size, but tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan than traditional water heaters. They offer the advantage of hot water on demand, which is especially enticing the larger your household. Say goodbye to waiting for hot water to shower while someone else in your home is doing dishes or laundry when you invest in a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are also about 24-34% more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters, which can help you significantly reduce your energy bills. Reach out to our team today to discover additional benefits.
What Are Warning Signs I May Need a Plumbing Repair?
Steadily increasing water bills is a good indication you have a plumbing problem. A leak in your system could cause spikes in water usage. Stains on your ceilings or walls usually represent a leak of some kind, whether it’s in your plumbing or roofing. If you’ve noticed inconsistent water pressure, you could have a water main issue. Extra green grass on your lawn may sound like a good thing, but it could indicate you have a leak in your sewer line. Often, tree roots cause issues with sewer lines resulting in uneven water levels in your toilets. Finally, any noticeable cracks found in your plumbing system should be addressed immediately. Cracks tend to get bigger and cause more widespread issues over time.
How Do I Know If I Need Home Repiping Services?
If you live in an older home and it hasn’t been repiped in over 15 years, you’re likely due. Signs you could benefit from our home repiping services include noisy, leaky, or corroded pipes, low water pressure, foul-tasting or murky water, and fluctuating water temperatures. Not getting your pipes redone could lead to larger disasters down the road. Many older homes have polybutylene pipes that need to be replaced because this material causes damage to your home’s plumbing and structural integrity. Polybutylene was commonly used between 1978 and 1995, affecting anywhere from 6-10 million homes nationwide. If you are in doubt about your home’s pipes, call BHS for a professional plumbing inspection and recommendation. You may also read our blog “When and Why You Should Consider a Whole-Home Repipe” for additional insights.
Are Plumbing Inspections Included in Your Maintenance Plan?
Yes. When you invest in BHS’ Home Care Maintenance Plan, you’ll receive one plumbing inspection, one electrical inspection, and two air conditioning maintenance visits per year. You’re guaranteed priority service without after-hours emergency rates applied. Plan members also enjoy discounts on repairs and worry-free scheduling, meaning we’ll remind you when it’s time to schedule your annual maintenance. You can relax, knowing your home’s HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems are working in harmony. Check out our testimonials to see why our services come so highly recommended by your neighbors.
Do You Offer Financing for Home Repiping & Other Services?
Of course. We know plumbing emergencies often come unexpectedly. Not only do we accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards for our plumbing services, but we also offer third-party financing options through Microf and GreenSky™ for your convenience. Contact us with additional concerns!