Plumbing Priorities Before Hurricane Season

Hurricane season does not only affect the coastal states, it also affects plumbing systems in your home. Aside from common hurricane behavior comes many uncertainties. While hurricane season does not come with a written manual on how to fully prepare, we came up with a list of plumbing priorities you should know before hurricane season strikes. 

Locate shut off valve location for gas lines

Most homeowners are aware there are many responsibilities with residential property ownership. Some of those responsibilities do not necessarily include a list of maintenance tasks, but rather getting to know the plan of action for an emergency. Knowing where the shut off valve is for gas lines before hurricane season begins will come in handy. When the time comes that a gas leak occurs, locating the shut off valve and shutting it off inside and outside your home will prevent any further damage. Since gas is toxic, evacuating the home and calling the gas company will be the next step. As always, a plumber will have to do a gas inspection afterward. 

Schedule a sewer line inspection

Hurricanes involve unpredictable weather conditions such as strong winds and floods that can cause sewer lines to move. Tree roots can also hinder pipes in the process. By scheduling a sewer line inspection before and after a hurricane occurs, plumbers can look for pre-existing signs of low water pressures, notice any cracks and even make video pipe inspections to check for tree roots that may get in the way. 

Turn off the water heater

Water heaters work twice as hard when a hurricane occurs because there is added pressure for the system to continue to function. Turning off the water heater of the electrical supply line beforehand will help. If after the hurricane you notice that your hot or cold water is no longer working, call a plumber to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible. 

Have a sump pump on hand

The water that leaks into your home during hurricane season is usually contaminated. Be sure to look out for the water quality to ensure there is no risk in consuming water from the faucet. Besides shutting off the water supply line, having a sump pump on hand can help reduce flooding and prevent contaminated water from seeping into the supply line. Without a sump pump, pipes can easily burst and cause a leaky mess. 

Take action by preparing for hurricane season today. Call MudBug Plumbing & Remodeling to reserve a sewer line inspection at (504) 885-5266. We also offer video pipe inspection prior to removing drain build-up and tree root issues. 

Tankless vs Tank Water Heater? Which Choice is the Best Choice?

Your water heater is what heats all the water for your home. This includes water for showers, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines. Chances are you don’t give your water heater much thought unless it’s not working properly or needs replacing. 

When it comes to water heaters, there are two main kinds: tankless and tank heaters. At the end of the day they provide the same thing, but the way they function is very different. There are pros and cons to both types, so which type is best for your home?

Tankless Water Heaters 

The tankless water heater is a more modern approach to heating water for the home. These ultra compact water heaters take up very little space and are easy to find room for in your home. If you’re used to a more traditional water heater with a tank, you might be wondering just how a tankless water heater works. 

The big difference is that a tankless water heater doesn’t actually hold any water. The water passes through it and it’s rapidly heated when you turn on the sink or the shower or whatever source the water is coming to. This means you only pay for the water you actually use, rather than the surplus that’s sitting in a tank water heater. Tankless water heaters are more expensive upfront, but they do pay off over time by the decrease in your water bill. 

Tank Water Heaters 

The water heater you’re probably used to is a tanked water heater. They are quite large and take up a bit of room usually in a closet or storage area. They hold hot water inside them so it’s there whenever you need it. This means you can use it whenever you want without waiting and you can even use it in different parts of the house at the same time with little to no delay. 

Unfortunately, tanked water heaters usually come with a higher water bill. This is because the tanked water heater is always heating new water to be used. On the flip side, tanked water heaters are a lower cost up front. 

So Which One Is Right for Your Home?

At the end of the day, choosing a water heater style really depends on what you’re looking for in your home. If you want to conserve space go tankless, if you’re worried about upfront cost, go with a tanked heater. If you’ve got a tank water heater now and it’s bit the dust, maybe it’s time for a more modern upgrade, but that doesn’t mean you need to swap out a perfectly good tanked heater for a tankless one. 

Both types of water heaters have their benefits and both will get the job done, so choose the one that fits your budget, needs and home capacity. If you need assistance and advice from a professional, call Mudbug Plumbing and we will be happy to walk you through all of your options and help you select the best water heater for your home.

Picking the Right Residential Plumber for Your Needs

Picking the right plumber for your home is crucial. You need someone who you can trust to work in your home. Picking a plumber out of the phonebook or online can feel a lot like going in blind. Here are a few tips for how to decide which residential plumber is right for your needs. 

Figure Out Your General Needs - Depending on the size of your home, and the type of plumbing you have, you might want a plumber who specializes in different things. If your home is older and may need plumbing replaced, opt for a plumber who can do that work when the time comes. If you’re building a new home, you might even be able to hire the plumbing company who installed your initial plumbing.

Hire Someone With Good Reviews - Word of mouth and good reviews are the best way to know if a plumber knows their stuff. Take the time to read reviews and talk with friends, family and neighbors about who they prefer.

Select a Plumber With Experience - It might be tempting to hire a brand new plumber or a new plumbing service because their prices are low. New plumbers can be great, but someone with experience will be able to work more effectively and get the job done. Don’t rule out new plumbers from established companies though, because they will most likely have someone more seasoned they can rely on.

Pick Someone Who Offers Emergency Services - Hopefully you don’t have a plumbing emergency, but having a plumber on call who does emergency services can be lifesaver if something does happen. Being able to call your regular plumber for an emergency will save you time and headache. 

Hire a Plumber You Trust - Get a bad vibe from your plumber or their company? Don’t like the work they have done? Don’t stick with them. Find a new company who you feel comfortable having in your home. It’s okay to shop around for plumbers!

Go For Someone Who Keeps Up to Date - You want the best when it comes to your plumber. Make sure they keep up to date on the latest regulations, equipment and technology. Old school plumbing might get the job done, but it’s good to know you have all the latest options at your fingertips. You also want to make sure they are up to date on their training and skills.
Mudbug Plumbing & Repair has a team ready at any time to fix any plumbing problem or repair you may have. Your home’s plumbing is our top priority. Hiring a professional to come into your home can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be with Mudbug Plumbing & Repair. Do not hesitate to call us at (504) 290-0147.

Why is My Toilet Leaking At the Base?

If you’ve noticed water around the base of your toilet with no explanation, you’ve probably got a leak somewhere. This can be caused by a number of things. Keep reading to find out more about how to identify a leaking toilet and what steps to take. 

How to Identify a Leak

Identifying a leak in the bathroom can be tricky, especially if your toilet is close to your shower or a sink where water gets splashed on the floor. The easiest way to identify a leak is to ensure the area around your toilet is kept free of water from other sources. Then keep an eye out for water pooling around the base. You can also place a reusable color-changing cloth near the toilet to identify if there is a leak.

What is Causing the Leak

The most common cause of toilet base leaks is a failed seal. This seal is airtight and keeps water and sewage from leaking out of the toilet. If the seal gets damaged or worn, it may start to leak.  While a damaged seal is the most common cause of toilet base leaks, there are a few other things that could be wrong. Sometimes the bolts that attach the toilet to the floor can be loose, which causes water to leak from the base. Another issue that may cause a base leak is a leaky or corroded supply line.

How to Fix the Leak 

It is vital that you get any type of leak fixed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your bathroom. Repairing a seal, or tightening bolts is something you can attempt to fix on your own, but considering there are numerous factors that could be causing the leak, it’s best to call a professional plumber to help you with the repair. 

A trained professional will be able to assess the situation and tell you what’s causing the leak, they will also be able to discover if any damage has been caused by the leak or if there are any other issues with the toilet. Then they will also have the tools and the skills to be able to fix the leak and ensure no further leaks will occur. 

While you are waiting for the professionals to come and repair the toilet, minimize any further damage by turning off the water to the toilet, ceasing use of the toilet, cleaning up any existing standing water and placing rags or old towels around the base of the toilet. Continued use of the toilet may lead to further issues or a bigger mess. It can also be unsanitary if sewage is leaking from your toilet, so be sure to wash your hands and avoid touching the area around the toilet where the leak is occurring. 

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If you’re looking for highly trained professionals to assist with your plumbing needs, call Mudbug Plumbing today! Our team is ready to help you with all your plumbing problems no matter how big or small.

Picking the Right Residential Plumber for Your Needs

Picking the right plumber for your home is crucial. You need someone who you can trust to work in your home. Picking a plumber out of the phonebook or online can feel a lot like going in blind. Here are a few tips for how to decide which residential plumber is right for your needs. 

Figure Out Your General Needs - Depending on the size of your home, and the type of plumbing you have, you might want a plumber who specializes in different things. If your home is older and may need plumbing replaced, opt for a plumber who can do that work when the time comes. If you’re building a new home, you might even be able to hire the plumbing company who installed your initial plumbing.

Hire Someone With Good Reviews - Word of mouth and good reviews are the best way to know if a plumber knows their stuff. Take the time to read reviews and talk with friends, family and neighbors about who they prefer.

Select a Plumber With Experience - It might be tempting to hire a brand new plumber or a new plumbing service because their prices are low. New plumbers can be great, but someone with experience will be able to work more effectively and get the job done. Don’t rule out new plumbers from established companies though, because they will most likely have someone more seasoned they can rely on.

Pick Someone Who Offers Emergency Services - Hopefully you don’t have a plumbing emergency, but having a plumber on call who does emergency services can be lifesaver if something does happen. Being able to call your regular plumber for an emergency will save you time and headache. 

Hire a Plumber You Trust - Get a bad vibe from your plumber or their company? Don’t like the work they have done? Don’t stick with them. Find a new company who you feel comfortable having in your home. It’s okay to shop around for plumbers!

Go For Someone Who Keeps Up to Date - You want the best when it comes to your plumber. Make sure they keep up to date on the latest regulations, equipment and technology. Old school plumbing might get the job done, but it’s good to know you have all the latest options at your fingertips. You also want to make sure they are up to date on their training and skills.
Mudbug Plumbing & Repair has a team ready at any time to fix any plumbing problem or repair you may have. Your home’s plumbing is our top priority. Hiring a professional to come into your home can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be with Mudbug Plumbing & Repair. Do not hesitate to call us at (504) 290-0147.

Checking for Gas Leaks

Gas leaks are dangerous and need to be addressed immediately. These pesky problems can cause physical pain to the body in the form of headaches, dizziness and fatigue. They can also cause extremely dangerous situations like fires and even explosions. Because gas leaks are so dangerous, it’s important to know how to check for one, who to call if you suspect you have one and what measures to take. 

Signs of a Gas Leak

  • Smell - Detecting a gas leak in your home can be difficult if you don’t know what to be on the lookout for. One of the first signs is smell. If you smell something off, it’s time to start investigating. Gas leaks usually smell foul like rotten eggs or garbage. If you cannot explain the bad smell, you need to take further steps to ensure you don’t have a gas leak.
  • Sounds - Gas leaks can emit sounds that can be heard. This sound is usually a low hissing sound. The sound may not always accompany a gas leak, or you may not be able to hear it, so just because you don’t hear it does not mean it’s not happening. 
  • Effects on Vegetation - If you have plants in your home that are looking extra droopy or discolored, this might be a sign of a gas leak. This can be a sign of many other things too, like under or over watering or lack of sunlight, so it’s not a guaranteed way to know but it can be a warning sign. 

Gas Leak Detection 

The safest way to have a gas leak detected and confirmed is by a professional. There are gas leak detectors you can use at home, but you should evacuate your house if you think you have a leak. Don’t stick around to investigate on your own once the signs are there. 

Additionally you can install gas leak detection technology in your home. It works like a fire detector and can tell you if gas is being detected in the air. 

You Think There’s a Gas Leak, What Now’

If there are signs of a gas leak, you need to act fast. Open all the windows, evacuate your house and call 911 or a local professional immediately. There are also some things you SHOULD NOT do in case of a gas leak. The following can be catastrophic: 

Ready to schedule an appointment? Call MudBug Plumbing & Repair, Inc. to schedule a sewer service today at (504) 882-9428. We also offer video pipe inspection prior to removing drain build-up.

How to tell if a pipe under your home's foundation is busted?

If you think there might be a busted pipe under your home's foundation, there are a few things you can look for. Maybe one of these things already tipped you off and you need to know how to find out for sure. Here’s how to diagnose a busted pipe and what to do next.

There are a few signs to look for if you think you may have a busted pipe. These signs include: 

Freezing Temperatures - If the temperatures have been freezing, your pipes may have broken. It’s good to keep the recent temperatures in mind while looking for some of these other signs to see if you have a busted pipe.

Leaks & Water Damage - If you’re experiencing leaks or damage throughout your house, you may have a busted pipe. Look specifically at the walls and floor, as well as the areas where water or sewer are connected in the house. 

Increased Water/Sewer Bill - If you’ve noticed a spike in the price of your bills, there’s reason for concern. Bills do typically fluctuate depending on the time of year, so it’s good to look at your bill history over time to get a better idea. Compare your bills to the ones from the same time last year to get a good idea of if there’s been an unusual increase or not. 

No or Low Pressure - If you’re suffering from low or no pressure, you’ve most likely got a problem with your pipes that needs to be checked out. It may be a blockage or a busted pipe. 

A Strange Smell - If you’re experiencing a strange smell coming from your pipes, walls, or flooring, it may be a busted pipe leaking out water or waste. 

How Do You Find Out for Sure?

Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to get the damage assessed and find out for sure. Sometimes the symptoms of a busted pipe and a blocked pipe can be the same or similar, or there may be another issue. To find out what’s really going on, it’s best to have a professional come check things out. 

If you want to find out what's happening as quickly and as easily as possible, have a video inspection done. Having a video inspection done will allow your professional to see what's going on before digging up the yard to get under the house. It will also give you a chance to see if there are any other issues and provide a record for insurance and later work that may need to be done. 

Mudbug Plumbing & Repair can give you a professional diagnosis to tell if a pipe under your home’s foundation is busted. Your home’s foundation is our top priority. If you notice any sudden water change, odd sound or smell, do not hesitate to call us at (504) 290-0147. Emergency Services are also available.

How We Detect a Leak

Whether you own a home or rent one, there is a chance that you’ve found yourself listening to drops of water falling. Two thoughts may come to mind: where is it coming from and just how bad could it be?

Maybe you didn’t hear a leak but instead woke up to the cabinets underneath your sink flooded as you tread the puddle of water on your floor. 

Leaks aren’t always a constant dripping of water. In fact, they tend to be much more subtle until the drips become a flood. That is why detecting them early is the way to go. 

This is where Mudbugs can save the day with the latest technology and hard workers that will quickly locate and fix your leaks. 

We are called “Mudbugs” because our workers are not afraid of getting in the dirt. We can fix your issues with the appropriate skill, attention and care that you deserve. We have trained professionals in all aspects to help you get the quality of service you deserve. 

Before a leak occurs, it is always good to take precautions to help prevent them. 

Drain Cleaning - Drain cleaning allows your flow system to work better when your drains are free of debris.

Video Pipe Inspections - We send video camera technology into any sized pipes (from small and dark to large and spacious). This helps us see the issue with our own eyes. 

Under Slab Repairs & Tunneling - Concrete slab foundation leaks are dangerous. It is important to have this tricky issue looked at to prevent future problems. 

Hot Water Jetting - Trained professionals will clean your clogged pipes safely and effectively, ridding your pipes of tough materials like grease.

Leak Detection - Leaks can occur inside of your walls, under structures and under your floors. Mudbugs uses some of the latest technology to tackle your toughest leaks. 

Gas Inspection - Gas leaks can be deadly and are most certainly dangerous. Some gases are even completely invisible. If you think you may have a gas leak, call us immediately. 

Water Heaters - When your water heater goes out, you notice quickly. We can install or repair your water heaters in a quick manner. 

Tankless Water Heaters - We can install and repair tankless water heaters the right way to help you avoid issues that may occur.

Backflow Inspection - When water is flowing the wrong way, it can make your water hazardous. We have the right tools to indicate this issue and can fix it fast. 

There are many ways to detect a leak, so it’s important to look out for these things happening in your home. Call Mudbug Plumbing & Repair to reserve a drain service today at (504) 517-7656. We also offer video pipe inspection prior to removing drain build-up.

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

When making repairs, plumbers will often run into leaks, clogs and pipe issues. Having little to no hot water coming from the water heater and into the drains is also a problem homeowners may overlook. It is often due to the fact that the water heater needs repair or that it is time to make the switch to a tankless water heater. There are many benefits to a tankless water heater you will not want to miss!

Continuous Hot Water

We use hot water for multiple uses throughout our home without even realizing it. Some appliances that require hot water the most are dishwashers, washing machines, jacuzzis, showers and bathtubs. Before you know it, hot water is gone in the middle of the day and you are left with a not-so-warm bubble bath. A benefit of having a tankless water heater is that it provides hot water on-demand. That means unlimited hot water everyday, year-round. All it takes is making the switch from a traditional water heater to a tankless one with an easy installation made by a plumbing specialist

Is More Energy Efficient 

Saving money on your energy bill could not be any more beneficial without a tankless water heater. Unlike traditional models, tankless water heaters are newer and are known to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Traditional models work harder to keep up with hot water demand (a full tank’s worth) while the tankless version only heats up the water when needed. 

Compact for More Storage Space

Most water heaters are usually located in the basement, bedroom closets, laundry rooms or in a corner by the home’s furnace. Traditional water heaters are rather large and bulky and take up alot of space. Tankless heaters are more compact because they easily mount to the wall, are lightweight, sleek and make up for more storage space.  

Longer Lifespan 

While water heaters do not require frequent maintenance, traditional heaters have many components that require replacements when they do fail. The components of a traditional heater are known to be costly while tankless models are a single working heater without the hassle of various components. Tankless heaters do not collect sediment which helps avoid the mess and the labor to have it cleaned out. Put simply, a traditional heater will run you a good decade while a tankless version will last you up to double the number of years. One less worry off your list!

Make the upgrade today and call Mudbug Plumbing & Repair, Inc. to install or repair your tankless water heater and get your hot showers back in no time by calling (504) 885-5266. The process is made simple by our leading and trained plumbing experts.

Signs You Need Under Slab Tunneling

Leaking or clogging issues near or in your home’s plumbing system might have more to do with under slab tunneling than you think. The foundation, made up of concrete slabs, requires underground repairs for common plumbing problems. The goal is for a professional plumber that specializes in under slab tunneling to efficiently and successfully dig the required measurements for the tunnel repair process to begin. From there, pressure testing, repairing and mud pumping are administered. There are a few signs that indicate you will need under slab tunneling and by no means you should avoid it for your home’s safety. 

Repeated Clogs

Repeated clogging problems are a clear sign of under slab tunneling repair. The recurring issue stems back from debris accumulation which causes drain lines to become backed up. With an under slab tunneling repair service, the concrete slab foundation is quickly supported by the mud-pumping method, therefore, reducing clogs. 

Backwater Holds

A backwater valve contains an important component that prevents water from holding back. With a protective flap, the flap will close to prevent any blockage. If there is a backwater hold, it usually means there is a change in the water pressure and the flap will fluctuate with proper opening and closing mechanisms. Under-slab tunneling will clean out the valve while filling the hole at the end. 

Toilet Sink and Bathtub Backed Up

Slow drains from toilets and bathtubs that are commonly backed up require under slab tunneling repair. It is also often reflected in a high water bill or noticeable temperature change in cold water which detects a hot water supply line back up. The service itself is done in a way that does not interrupt your daily personal use of water in your home as it is done underground. Homeowners like the convenience of an under slab tunnel service as it is an efficient and cleaner way to find the source. 

You keep having to call a plumber

Disaster zones with any water sewage issue are never a good sign. Any indoor leaks or running water with the outdoor water meter affects the slab foundation. If you keep having to call a plumber, it is a clear indication under slab tunneling is needed. By getting your tunneling service squared away, you will save money in the long run with a proper backfill technique. This method ensures there is enough support on the slab without missing any holes along the way. 

Mudbug Plumbing & Repair can give you a professional diagnosis on under-slab tunneling. Excavation services are safe and are only done by experts. Your home’s foundation is our top priority. If you notice any sudden water change, odd sound or smell, do not hesitate to call us at (504) 517-7656. Emergency Services are also available.