The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heater Units

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Tankless water heaters are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional hot water tanks for the home. In fact, sales of tankless water heaters are expected to grow over 7% annually between 2018-2022. If you’re in the market to replace your home’s water heater, you need to inform yourself about today’s tankless options. That’s why we’ve created a handy guide.

What is a tankless water heater?

If you hadn’t guessed by the name, a tankless water heater produces hot water for the home without having to store it in a 40-50 gallon tank. Water is heated on demand through either a gas burner or electric coils.

Pros

Tankless water heaters offer the following advantages over traditional models:

  • Higher energy efficiency. For moderate hot water users, energy efficiency is increased between 24%-34%. This means less energy waste and more savings on your monthly utility bills.
  • More durable. Gas models of tankless water heaters can last over 20 years, which allows the savings on utility bills to add up over time. The electric models don’t fare as well, however, with a lifespan of 7-10 years. This is comparable to a traditional water heater.
  • Less chance of a leak. When traditional models spring a leak, the results can be catastrophic. This isn’t the case with tankless models, which don’t store water at all.
  • More compact. Tankless water heaters take up significantly less space than their traditional counterparts. They can fit in a relatively small space, whereas hot water tanks require more dedicated space in the garage or basement.

Cons

There are drawbacks to tankless water heaters, such as:

  • More expensive. Including the more involved installation process, tankless water heaters can cost up to five times more than traditional units.
  • Less hot water output. Cheaper tankless units will only provide enough water for approximately four faucets. This wouldn’t be enough to take a shower while the dishwasher is running, for instance. This can be offset by installing multiple units, but the cost would rise.
  • Sensitive to low flow. If sediment builds up in your pipes or showerheads and flow is significantly restricted, tankless water heaters are programmed to shut down automatically.

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New technological advancements

The technology behind tankless water heaters has been advancing quickly. Nowadays, you can find consumer models that sport:

  • Recirculation pumps. Pumps that can be scheduled to run on a timer or motion sensor circulate the cold water left in your pipes back to the heater. This keeps the water in your pipes warm, meaning you can have nearly instant hot water.
  • Ultra-high energy efficiency. There are now condensing gas heaters that convert their fuel to energy at a 96% rate. This kind of efficiency was unheard of in the past.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity. Some tankless models can be connected to your Wi-Fi network and controlled through an application on your phone. You can tweak settings as needed to increase overall efficiency and performance.

Bieg Plumbing has operated in the St. Louis area for nearly 60 years. We’ve got master plumbers with experience in tankless and traditional water heaters, and would be happy to discuss your options in greater depth. Contact us today to talk about tankless water heaters or any plumbing needs.

Cast Iron Systems Vs. PVC Pipe Systems

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Choosing the right material for your property’s plumbing system is a big decision. Cast iron and plastic PVC are two of the most common options for pipes, and they each have their pros and cons. Don’t make your selection without being informed on what material is the best for your situation.

Cast iron and PVC pipe comparison

Cast iron plumbing is a tried and true method that has withstood the test of time. In fact, the reservoir system for the famous fountains of Versaille were constructed with cast iron during the late 17th century and are still in use today! Safe to say, durability is one of its strengths. You must still be vigilant about maintenance, however, as cast iron pipes are prone to rust and must be repaired once the first signs of it are seen.

PVC pipes are made from plastic, are durable in their own right, and don’t suffer from issues such as rust. Here are some more comparison points:

  • Adjustability. Modern cast iron systems are surprisingly adjustable. Even after installation the fittings can be adjusted and oriented differently without problems. This can be helpful during home remodels. PVC can’t be adjusted after the fittings are installed, and if changes are needed, sections of the plumbing system have to be replaced.
  • Price. PVC pipes and fittings can cost up to 50% less than cast iron equivalents. They are also significantly lighter and take less time to install, meaning labor costs are lower. Unless extensive fire-stopping procedures must be followed, a PVC installation will typically be easier on the wallet.
  • Fire resistance. PVC and cast iron are both fire-resistant. However, the self-ignition temperature of PVC is 450 degrees, meaning it can melt in house fires. Cast iron pipes are extremely resistant to heat and won’t melt.
  • Flexibility. Although cast iron is strong, it can be brittle and break when blunt force trauma is applied. PVC is a much more flexible material and can withstand these forces without breaking.
  • Sound dampening. Cast iron is thick and dense. Water flowing through it won’t cause as much vibration as it would in a PVC pipe. These vibrations are what lead to noise, so if sound dampening is a major concern, cast iron is the better choice.
  • Water friction. The interior of PVC pipes are much smoother microscopically than cast iron pipes, resulting in less fluid friction and more consistent flow rates. Pressure will therefore not fluctuate as much and pipe performance will be better.

While PVC doesn’t quite have the rich history of cast iron, it has still been used since the 1950s to great success. Given its overall durability, attractive price and consistent flow rates, we recommend going with PVC for residential sewer lines. If you need a more heavy-duty commercial line, need to comply with strict fire-stopping regulations or want the quietest possible plumbing system, cast iron is a great choice.

If you are still unsure about which direction you should go regarding your plumbing system, contact us at Bieg Plumbing today for a consultation. We have served the St. Louis area for nearly 60 years and can guide you into making the best decision. We have experience with both materials and can install, repair or replace whatever you need.

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9 Ways To Prepare Your Plumbing For Winter

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Winter is just around the corner. Do you know what to do to prepare your plumbing system for the cold weather? These eight tips will help you avoid icy headaches in the coming months:

  1. Remove hoses. If you have hoses attached to your outdoor faucets, disconnect and drain them so that water will not freeze inside. Hoses that freeze during winter may become unusable next spring.
  2. Open cabinets. If the temperature is forecast to drop below freezing, allow warm air from your home to help heat your pipes. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets and let the ambient air circulate around the pipes. In some cases, a fan or portable heater may be required.
  3. Let faucets drip. Allowing indoor faucets to drip slowly when temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing can prevent pressure from building up in internal pipes. This is especially important if pipes happen to freeze outside.
  4. Avoid temperature extremes. Avoid being too aggressive when setting the thermostat. Keeping the temperature above roughly 45 degrees will prevent internal pipes from freezing while still saving money. In the event of extremely cold spells, simply try to maintain a constant temperature in your home.
  5. Drain exterior faucets. You already disconnected all the hoses, but don’t forget to drain those outdoor faucets. Water that freezes and ruptures inside the lines can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. An extra step of caution is to shut off water flow to all exterior faucets and drains.
  6. Prevent clogs. Even though your garbage disposal may seem like it can handle anything, certain products can cause clogs and should be thrown in the trash instead. Fibrous and stringy food scraps like carrot skin or banana peels are hard to grind into small enough pieces to flow down a drain. Additionally, leftover grease should be thrown away as it can congeal inside drain pipes and cause problems.
  7. Cover up pipes. Any exposed pipes in basements, crawl spaces or attics should be wrapped with insulation. If your home experiences extreme temperatures, you may want to consider heat cable in addition to the insulation. Heat cable has a thermostat that senses ambient temperature and activates an electric heating element if it gets too cold.
  8. Maintain your sump pump. Check your sump pump and the pit it is located in before winter arrives. Clean the pump to ensure it will continue to operate in low temperatures. A malfunctioning sump pump can result in severe flooding that is very expensive to repair.
  9. Fix any leaks. If you have known leaks, now is the time to get them repaired so they do not freeze and cause bigger problems.

Tackling these tips should not be a cause for concern. Call Bieg Plumbing and let us winterize your home’s plumbing system. We’ve been serving the greater St. Louis area for nearly 60 years, so we know a thing or two about cold weather. Our skilled and professional plumbers will quickly get your home or business ready for anything Old Man Winter can throw at it so you can enjoy the changing seasons without worry.

Is Your Water Heater Ready for Winter?

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The winter months are the hardest on your plumbing, and the water heater is no exception. During cold weather water entering your water heater can be up to 25 degrees cooler than it is during the warmer months. This colder water, along with the fact that homes naturally use more hot water in cold weather means the water heater has to work harder to keep the water hot. This can result in the need to repair or replace the heater. Here are a few common issues you may face when the temperatures drop.

Pre-winter checklist for your water heater

If you notice your hot water is lukewarm in the winter, check its thermostat. If it’s at 120 degrees, you can raise the temperature in five- to 10-degree increments. Don’t go past 140 degrees (and be careful even going that high); this can result in scalding. If it doesn’t fix the problem, you could be experiencing the following problems:

  • Poor insulation. Either the piping leading into the tank or the tank itself may not have sufficient insulation. This results in significant heat loss, which can really strain your water heater. Foam insulation can be wrapped around the pipes and the heater can be fitted with a special jacket to prevent as much heat loss as possible. If you’re already properly insulated, but the area the water heater is in is very cold (such as in a garage or basement), try to eliminate drafts to keep it warmer. This can have a tangible effect on your water temperature.

  • Sediment buildup. As time passes, minerals and sediment build-up at the bottom of the water heater. This sediment actually absorbs the heat your water heater is producing, and it is wasted. We recommend you flush your hot water tank once a year to prevent buildup.

  • Faulty components. On average, we suggest you replace your water heater every eight to 12 years. If your system is getting older, faulty components could drastically reduce the energy efficiency of the equipment. Issues range from broken dip tubes, thermal switches, thermostats or heating elements (in electric water heaters). Allowing the water heater to further deteriorate is a bad idea, so get it looked at as soon as you notice a problem.

If you’re having trouble diagnosing the issues, you should contact us today to schedule an inspection from one of our certified, professional plumbers. Water heaters can be dangerous, and amateurs shouldn’t tamper with them.

Bieg Plumbing is one of the most trusted plumbing companies in St. Louis, and we have served the area for nearly six decades. Throughout the years we have seen (and fixed) everything imaginable. Everyone deserves a hot shower during the cold winter months, so if you’re not getting the temperature you need from your water heater, call in the red truck.

Top 3 Halloween Plumbing Nightmares To Avoid

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Halloween is upon us again. The season of spooks, specters, and scares is the one time of year where you don’t mind being frightened as long as it’s all in good fun. However, true terror could be lurking in your pipes. Avoid these common Halloween plumbing nightmares to ensure the season’s frights end up being harmless.

Top 3 Halloween plumbing nightmares

  1. Pumpkin pulp down the drain. Who doesn’t love a spooky jack-o-lantern on the front porch? Americans spent about $575 million on the classic Halloween decoration last year. That’s a lot of pumpkins! It’s also a scary amount of pulp that could be going down your drain. The pulp and seed mixture is like glue once it gets into your pipes. Do not put it down your drain or garbage disposal for any reason. We recommend not even rinsing your hands in the sink after pulp removal. To be safe, remove the pulp onto a newspaper and put it in the trash. Rinse your hands with an outside faucet or hose. Separate the seeds from the pulp and roast them in the oven. It’s a delicious, healthy snack and makes the house smell wonderful. You might have to replace your disposal or have your pipes professionally cleaned if you don’t follow this important advice. It’s almost like having to call the Ghostbusters, but not as funny.
  2. Candy wrappers down the toilet. Can your toilet double as a trashcan? No! Talk to your children about the importance of using the toilet only as intended. Kids have been known to sneak candy treats and dispose of the evidence with a late-night flush. This will wreak havoc on your plumbing and lead to difficult clogs. Perhaps be lenient on the typical “no candy after dinner” rule during this part of the year. The feelings of panic and dread you’ll experience as the toilet water reaches the top of the bowl and begins to spill over might be worse than the jolt you get from a scary movie scene.
  3. Inconsiderate houseguests. Do you throw the best Halloween party on the block? Then you know that sometimes party-goers can be a bit inconsiderate. Obviously, the first priority of a party is having fun, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare the home against dire plumbing situations. Pick up some drain screens and ensure each bathroom has an accessible plunger. Being proactive and preventing problems means that you won’t have to stress about it during the actual festivities. There are better things to worry about, like peeling 5 pounds of grapes for your eyeball hors d’oeuvre and having a source of dry ice at the ready.

Follow our advice and you’ll likely have an appropriately frightening Halloween without experiencing a plumbing nightmare. If for any reason, you do need the help of plumbing professionals, Bieg Plumbing has got you covered. We’ve served the St. Louis area for over 60 years and are available 24 hours a day to assist you. Contact us today with any questions or concerns you have.

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Top Five Plumbing Jobs That Are Not DIY Friendly

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Thanks to the prevalence of tutorials and information online, there are now more DIY plumbers than ever. Unfortunately, watching a five-minute video about a plumbing job doesn’t match up against a professional plumber’s years of training and experience. Attempting to do a major plumbing job yourself can result in expensive problems that require the help of a plumber anyway. Here are five common plumbing projects that are better left to the professionals.

Top five jobs DIY plumbers shouldn’t do

  1. Dishwasher installation. Dishwashers are surprisingly tricky to install. They normally sit in very tight spaces. This makes it difficult to properly hook up supply and drainage lines. If the connections on these lines aren’t adequate or there are kinks, they won’t function correctly. This can result in a malfunctioning machine or the drain backing up. It’s much easier to have a trusted plumber install it, and it’s less expensive than dealing with water damage or broken dishwashers.

  2. Water heater installation. Think twice before attempting to install a water heater. These are appliances that usually need to be hooked up to the gas line as well as the waterline. A leaky water line is a nuisance that could lead to significant water damage. A faulty gas line is downright dangerous and could lead to fires or explosions. Keep your family safe by having it professionally installed.

  3. Pipe replacement. Replacing any percentage of your property’s pipes is a huge undertaking. Proper procedures must be followed and the right materials have to be used. Replacing even small amounts of pipe could necessitate welding – certainly not a job for an amateur. Mismatching the materials of your pipes means the connections won’t be solid and your other pipes could sustain damage. Save yourself the potential headaches.

  4. Dealing with major clogs. If you have a clog deep within your plumbing system, a plumber should deal with it. Depending on the materials of your pipes, trying to unclog it with tools or chemicals can do more harm than good. A trained professional can assess your situation and use the right tools for the job. They have access to specialty snakes, augers and hydrojetting machines that can clear your clogs quickly and easily without causing damage.

  5. Almost any project without the proper permit. This is kind of cheating, but it’s overlooked so often we needed to include it. Unless your plumbing project is very small scale, such as replacing a faucet, chances are you need a permit from your local government. Jobs such as bathroom remodeling, installing new sinks and pipe replacement all need the proper permits before work can begin. Codes and regulations need to be followed precisely to ensure your project’s safety. If you fail to get a permit and something bad happens, it needs professional help to be fixed and you could be fined.

Bieg Plumbing has been serving the St. Louis area for nearly 60 years. If you’re inexperienced with plumbing issues, we recommend calling in the professionals. We can help with all your plumbing needs, and you can rest assured that the job is done right. 

Contact us today and we’ll be happy to send out the red truck!

Is My Plumbing Repair Covered By My Home Insurance?

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A plumbing emergency that results in thousands of dollars in damage will stress you mentally and financially. Fortunately, depending on the situation, homeowner’s insurance may cover the cost for repairs and replacements. It’s important to know which issues are covered and which will need to be paid for out of pocket. While not every insurance plan is the same, many feature similar general provisions when it comes to plumbing problems. We’ll go over the basics, but you should contact your insurance agent to discuss your policy in-depth.

Does my homeowner’s insurance cover pipe replacement?

It depends on your situation. Generally, when the damage to your pipes isn’t due to negligence, insurance will cover the costs for repair or replacement. The insurance will cover sudden issues such as a pipe bursting due to a fire or another environmental issue.

When you file your claim, however, an adjuster from the insurance company will usually want to visit your house and inspect the damage. If they find that your pipes were old and corroded, you claim will most likely be denied. Typically, homeowner’s insurance will not cover pipe replacement when it is found that the damage could have been prevented.

Does my homeowner’s insurance cover clogged drains?

Unless a pipe bursts from a newly clogged drain, insurance likely will not cover it. If it is found that the clog has been building for a while or was the result of neglect (e.g., you tried to put the leftover Christmas ham down the garbage disposal), you will be left to foot the repair cost.

Does my homeowner’s insurance cover sewer line repairs?

Potentially. Insurance will usually cover damage from events such as:

  • Hail, wind, and fire

  • Explosions

  • Vandalism

  • Falling objects (tree branches, parts of the house)

Unfortunately, they will deny claims caused by:

  • Preventable sewer line damage. This includes things such as corrosion, damage from tree roots and pest infestation.

  • Sewage backup. When your line backs up and the sewage causes damage, it is typically not covered. You may be able to purchase a special “rider” to ensure you’re safe, though.

Riders

There are many add-ons you can purchase for your insurance policy that provide extra coverage. They are called riders and can include protection against:

  • Sump pump backup. As we’ve seen, sewage backup isn’t normally covered, but most insurance companies will have rider options to cover these issues.

  • Flooding-related issues. Sometimes, flooding can cause problems for your plumbing as well. Pipes can burst, back up or be damaged by the rising waters.

  • Mold infestation. Once there is water damage in a wall or beneath the floor, mold can grow and spread. This can be an extremely expensive problem to fix, so you should inquire about a mold protection rider.

Preventing future plumbing problems

Proper maintenance is the key to preventing costly plumbing emergencies. Have your pipes and sewer line inspected yearly to stay informed about their current conditions. With current technology, a camera can be snaked through pipes, issues can be assessed quickly and dealt with before major problems arise. Sewer cleaning is also a great preventative solution that provides lasting results. Since the major component deciding whether or not an insurance company will cover a plumbing issue is if it would have been preventable with proper maintenance, you can’t afford to slack up on your upkeep.

It’s important to note that your policy may have significantly different provisions from what we’ve stated above, so please look over your policy with an agent to be as informed as possible. If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency and need help, Bieg Plumbing is here for you 24 hours a day. We’ve served the St. Louis area for more than 60 years and have seen it all. Contact us today to schedule a visit from one of our trusted professionals.

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How Poor Plumbing Systems Can Lead To Legionnaires’ Disease

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Legionella Pneumophila Bacteria

What is Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia that is caused by bacteria growing in stagnant water. It is transmitted to humans when we breath in small water droplets that contain the Legionella bacteria. Symptoms include cough, fever, headaches, and shortness of breath. It can result in lung failure and even death, so it should be taken extremely seriously. Poor plumbing conditions can allow Legionella to grow and fester, so you need to take steps to prevent this from happening.

How poor plumbing can cause Legionnaires’ disease

While Legionella is commonly found in large plumbing systems such as commercial cooling towers, it can also appear in residential plumbing systems. It can occur in hot tubs, fountains, water storage tanks, water heaters, sinks, tubs, and showerheads. If your plumbing system is not properly configured, water can be stagnant for long periods of time. This leads to Legionella growth. Similarly, homes that don’t properly maintain their plumbing systems are susceptible. Biofilm, a plaque-like substance consisting of different microorganisms, can build up around the interior of your pipes which feeds and protects the Legionella bacteria. This can then flake off and be transported throughout your water system.

How to prevent the bacteria from growing

Luckily, there are a few good ways to prevent the threat of Legionnaires’ disease. These include:

  • Sanitize the bathroom. Regularly clean your bathroom thoroughly with a diluted mixture of water and bleach. Pay special attention to sinks, tubs, and showerheads. Scrub down other surfaces such as countertops with a disinfectant spray.

  • Set the water heater to 140 degrees. Legionella can’t survive in a hot water heater if the temperature is set this high. Please note this can lead to scalding and is not recommended for homes with children. If you do have children or are otherwise worried about scalding, you can replace your faucets with specialized temperature-regulating models that lower the temperature of the water.

  • Use a water softener. Water softeners can minimize the buildup of sediment and biofilm in your pipes so that Legionella can’t grow. While helpful, this does not guarantee your pipes will be Legionella-free. Use in conjunction with other methods.

  • Minimize water stagnation. Flush seldomly used water fixtures regularly to prevent stagnation. If you suspect poor plumbing design could be an issue, have a plumbing professional inspect your system and make improvements, if necessary.

Bieg Plumbing is a family-owned business that has served the St. Louis area for nearly 60 years. We’re here to help whenever you have an issue. We can inspect your pipes for biofilm or other buildup and get them back in great condition. Contact us today to schedule any of our services.

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When Do You Need To Secure A Plumbing Permit?

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Plumbing projects big and small require permits from the city. This ensures that the work done on the plumbing system meets local codes and regulations. Before starting your next plumbing project, look into whether or not you need a permit. The City of St. Louis publishes a full list of guidelines, but since the information is not in an easy-to-read format, we’ll explain the basics below.

When a permit is typically necessary

The following plumbing jobs will usually require a permit:

  • Repiping. If your home needs some or all of its plumbing system replaced, you will need a permit before work can start.
  • New installations. If a new section of pipe needs to be installed, you’ll also need a permit from the city. An example of this would be if you were finishing your basement and were installing a new bathroom. Also, a permit is needed any time a new feature, such as sink or toilet, is installed.
  • Replacing the drain line. If your drain line has ruptured or otherwise needs replacing, you should file for a permit.
  • Anything to do with the sewer line. Since the sewer line also connects to a public utility, any work on it will need to be approved by the local government. This makes sure that all safety codes will be followed.
  • Moving the plumbing system. If a part of your plumbing system is moved to a different location, it is seen as a remodel and must have a permit.
  • Water heater installation. This is a common issue, as water heaters only last eight to 12 years. Once yours kicks the bucket, a permit will be needed before the new one can be installed due to water heater safety regulations.
  • Soil stack repair. If your soil stack is damaged or not venting properly, repairing or replacing it will necessitate a permit.

When a permit isn’t necessary

While permits aren’t typically needed for the following plumbing projects, you should still contact the city at 314-622-3313 for verification.

  • Repairing or replacing existing features. You should be able to replace accessible plumbing features such as faucets and garbage disposals without a permit provided no additional repair work is required beyond the fixture tubing connections. Remember that large installations such as sinks and toilets do need a permit, however.
  • Repairs to piping. If the piping that just needs minor repairs due to leaks, you may be in the clear.
  • Installing lawn irrigation. Once the backflow device – which does require a permit – is installed, the rest of your irrigation system can be installed without a permit.

In order to receive a permit as a homeowner, you need to meet certain criteria. If you plan to hire a plumber to do the work, they should be certified by the City of St. Louis. They should acquire the necessary permits before starting the job.

Bieg Plumbing has master plumbers who know all about the permitting process and how to adhere to safety codes, guaranteeing your project is done correctly. We’ve been a family-operated business serving the St. Louis community for nearly 60 years. We can help with any plumbing project you may have, so contact us today to discuss.

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5 Commercial Plumbing Problems Businesses Should Know About

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Businesses may not give a second thought to their commercial plumbing system…that is until something goes wrong. Some problems may get ignored for a long time while others force business owners to act immediately. Regardless of the issue’s severity, an improperly functioning plumbing system will negatively affect your business. Here are a few of the most common commercial plumbing problems that businesses should know about.

Clogged toilet

This is a fairly common problem with a variety of causes and sometimes a very simple solution. People may use too much toilet paper or accidentally flush items that are not toilet-safe. The result is that a toilet will back up and possibly overflow. Simple cases can be solved by plunging. However, in the event a clog is persistent, professional plumbers can make that issue disappear down the drain.

Ruptured pipes

It could be old age, freezing conditions, corrosion, high water pressure or even careless digging, but ruptured pipes can ruin a building and its contents in a matter of minutes. If not attended to quickly, water damage, mold and rot can occur. If you experience a burst pipe, it is important to determine the exact cause in order to prevent the problem from recurring. An experienced, licensed Bieg Plumbing plumber can inspect your plumbing, determine your home’s water pressure and make any necessary adjustments.

Low water pressure

A ruptured pipe will often cause low water pressure. But a lack of force from your faucets may be an indicator of a different problem. If dirt, debris or minerals begin to collect in pipes, the result will be lower pressure. Additionally, if the main regulator is not set to the fully open position, your water flow rates will be restricted. If the regulator is in the correct position, it’s time to call a professional commercial plumber.

Sneaky leaks

Leaks can cost thousands of dollars in wasted water and building damage. A quick way to tell whether there may be a leak in a building is to monitor the water bill month to month. If there is a constant increase in water used without any difference in your employee’s habits or patterns, there may be a leak that needs to be investigated. If the water usage spikes without any reason, there is definitely a leak, and it needs to be found and repaired immediately.

Stinky sewer smells

Properly operating commercial plumbing systems do not have an odor. But if they are not maintained, you may detect the stench of sewer gas wafting through your building. Hazardous to breathe directly, sewer gas is usually diluted substantially once it exits the line. In other words, the gas will not hurt you, but it will smell terrible. Causes include blocked vent pipes, traps that have dried out or damaged drain lines. If you want to keep these unpleasant and off-putting smells out of your business, you need to get a commercial plumber to review and address this as soon as possible.

Don’t let plumbing issues affect your bottom line. If your business is experiencing problems with plumbing, contact Bieg Plumbing at 314-487-4564 to schedule a complimentary estimate. We’ve been serving the greater St. Louis area for 60 years and are ready when you need us.

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