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How to Detect a Gas Leak

Detect a Gas LeakUnderstanding how to correctly detect a natural gas leak early on is certainly a must if you use gas in your home. Discovering and fixing the leak is a matter of safety for everyone in the home, and could very well be a matter of life or death. If you’re uncomfortable performing your maintenance work, or perhaps discover leaking gas and are in a panic, it’s important that you call in the true professionals to handle the issue promptly. First off, though, you need to know how to detect gas in the home.

Detecting by Odor

Natural gas is completely odorless when in its normal state. Gas suppliers add fragrance to the substance to ensure it can be detected should there be a leak. Most people think the smell is similar to rotten eggs. Anyways, the scent is strong and highly unpleasant – there is no mistaking the smell of leaking gas.

First off, determine which appliances are using natural gas in your home and give them a sniff. The odor should be stronger around the device that is leaking. While doing this, check to ensure the pilot light for these appliances is lit. Many modern appliances do not have pilot lights, though, and instead use electric igniters. If this is the case, turn off the gas to the appliance at the angle switch on the gas supply line, then call a professional promptly.

Detecting by Sound

While the smell is the most common method to detect a gas leak, the sound is also a dead giveaway. You may notice a slight hissing sound emanating from one or more appliances in your home. While checking for gas leaks, listen carefully for the noise. If you can hear a hissing, the leak is substantial, so be wary.

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For more information on detecting a gas leak, or to schedule service, contact Whitten Plumbing at 501-607-6596. We would be happy to assist you today!

Water Heater Installation and Repair Tips

water heater repair little rockWater heaters have come a long way over the years. The units available to homeowners today are far more efficient than what they once were. Despite the advances being made, water heaters today work in the same way they have for decades. With this in mind, homeowners should know proper installation and repairs tips. With this knowledge available, you can prevent costly issues and keep your home running smoothly with hot water for everyone!

Regular Maintenance

The most efficient way to avoid costly repairs is by performing regular maintenance on your water heater. Some experts recommend draining the water tank once per year. Others suggest draining just one quart every three months, give or take. In any case, removing the sediment that builds up over time will prevent costly repairs down the road.

Some common problems a water heater may experience over time includes:

  • No hot water
  • Cold or cool water
  • Hot water running out quickly
  • Odd noises

If you experience any of these issues, the best tip we can offer is to call in a professional.

Installation Tips

If you have the right experience and tools, installing a water heater is certainly possible. If not, we cannot recommend completing the project on your own. A new water heater requires water pipe connections and potentially new pipe installations. This is a job best left to professionals.

If you do have the experience, make sure that your hot water faucets are open before you turn on the water supply, once the tank is connected to the pipes. Let the water flow from each faucet, then turn them all off.

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For more information on installing and repairing a water heater, contact Whitten Plumbing by calling 501-607-6596 for same-day service. We would be happy to help install or repair a water heater and offer our expert advice at the same time!

How to Know When Your Home Needs Repiping

Vertical image of a tap with water flowing slowly during a period of scarcity

Vertical image of a tap with water flowing slowly during a period of scarcity

If you currently live in an older home or one that has not been remodeled in quite some time, the chances are high that you have old pipes that need replacement soon. If you’re unsure whether or not your home could benefit from repiping services, call in a professional plumbing technician to examine your current system and offer their sound advice on the situation.

Signs of Trouble

For starters, take a look for any signs of trouble in your home. Exposed pipes in the basement, crawl spaces or even the pipes connected to the water heater should be carefully examined. Any signs of stains, discoloration, dimpling, or other signs of corrosion are evident reasons to have your home repiped.

If you happen to notice leaks in the pipes, there may be more than you are unaware of. A leak is a sure sign that your piping system is old and worn out. Instead of continually repairing the system, your best option is to replace the old pipes.

Best Time to Replace

As a homeowner, you need to time your investments wisely. When it comes to remodeling or home renovations, there has never been, nor will there be, a better time to replace the pipes in your home. However, if your home was constructed on a raised foundation, replacing the pipes can easily be accomplished with minimal damage, making it a sound investment to take advantage of. Homes built on a slab foundation will also benefit from repiping, though the cost for drywall patching and painting is higher.

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If you believe your home could benefit from repiping services, please call Whitten Plumbing at (501) 607-6569. We would be happy to schedule a consultation visit to your home with one of our experienced plumbing technicians. So, do not hesitate, give us a call!

Steps to Do Before Calling Emergency Plumbing

clogged-sink

Emergency plumbing services are a last resort when your home or business is experiencing plumbing troubles. Most plumbing companies offer 24/7 plumbing services for serious issues, such as a burst pipe or backflow from the sewer system – both terrible occurrences to deal with as a homeowner. Not all problems require emergency plumbing, however, and when you do need the service, it is best to have some information readily available beforehand.

Turn Off the Source

The first step to take before ever calling in an emergency plumber is to turn off the main shutoff valve and reduce any further damage. A broken water supply line can cause overwhelming amounts of damage to your home or business if left for too long. Shutting off the supply of water will mitigate the problem for the time being.

If the issue is limited to a single fixture or appliance – such as an overflowing toilet – turn off the water supply line valve behind said unit first. This will effectively stop the flooding.

Clean Up

Most homeowners assume the plumber won’t mind wading through excess water or sewage to fix the problem. While this is certainly true, it does help to clean up the surrounding area as best as possible before calling in emergency services. By cleaning up, you are removing anything that could have been damaged by the water. It will be easy for the plumber to reach the issue and solve the problem upon arrival. Mopping up excess water will minimize potential flood damage, too. Standing water in the home is a breeding ground for mold or mildew and various insects.

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If you’ve experienced an emergency plumbing situation and need the problem solved promptly, do not hesitate to call Whitten Plumbing at 501-607-6596. We’d be happy to assist you in any way possible.

What You Need to Do With Your Leaky Kitchen Faucets

a stainless steel kitchen sink drain detail

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in every home. This is the place where we prepare and enjoy food, clean the dishes, and wash up after a long day. The sink is a vital part of cooking and cleaning, so the faucet must work properly. Of all kitchen plumbing repairs, a leaking kitchen faucet should be the first task performed. If not, there will be no place to clean dishes or take care of food-related tasks.

Leak Repair

Depending on the problem, you may be able to repair a leaking kitchen faucet on your own. Just like a professional, study the inner workings of your kitchen sink, learn about the parts and systems that make it run. Some homeowners go so far as to purchase a book on plumbing from their local store to tackle the task.

Alternatively, if you do not feel comfortable performing your repairs, call in a professional plumbing service. With the right tools and training, an expert plumbing technician can have a leaking kitchen faucet fixed promptly. When time is of the essence, never hesitate to call in the professionals who get the job done.

Common Tips and Maintenance

You should never allow your kitchen faucet to fall into disrepair. One way to ensure your drain is clean is to use clean the system every so often. One of the most common causes for a leak is lime build and sediment blocking the openings inside the aerator. A small brush dipped in vinegar will quickly remove the built-up residue.

A nasty clog can also cause leaks to form as the pressure begins to build up. There are various products available to remove a clog effectively.

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Call Whitten Plumbing if you notice any leaks beginning to form in your kitchen faucets. You can reach us at any time at 501-607-6596.

Common Garbage Disposal Problems and Solutions

garbage disposalYour garbage disposal was installed in the kitchen in an effort to make your lives easier. It reduces food waste and prevents clogs in the plumbing system of your kitchen. Of course, the system can only remain effective if you follow the specific instructions that came with the disposal when it was installed. Preventative maintenance and a regular cleaning schedule can ensure the whole system continues to function as intended, too. Unfortunately, many homeowners experience a few common problems with their garbage disposal. Thankfully, there are solutions to such woes.

Common Problems

One of the most common problems a homeowner may experience with their garbage disposal is the unit not turning on properly. It should make a humming noise when the system is operating normally. Be sure the disposal is plugged in, for starters. If it is, then utilize the reset button installed on the bottom of the unit. If this does not work, you may need to replace the disposal.

Another common problem is a leaking disposal system. To fix the problem, turn off the disposal using the service panel, tighten the mounting bolts. If the bolts were already tightened, the leak is caused by failing plumbing putty. Force some putty between the sink flange and the sink itself. Go all the way around the flange to stop the leaking.

Preventative Maintenance

To ensure the garbage disposal continues operating as it should, consider utilizing preventative maintenance on a strict schedule. Whitten Plumbing can visit your home once or twice per year to examine the system and perform any necessary repairs, replacements, or just simple maintenance. This way, the entire disposal system will continue operation when you need it the most.

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For comprehensive garbage disposal diagnosis and repairs, contact Whitten Plumbing for same-day service at 501-607-6569.