Plumbing Mechanic (CHARLESTON)

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a skilled residential service and repair plumber with a minimum of 3 years of experience running residential service calls. Service plumbers are required to drive our company truck to each call, diagnose various plumbing problems, and repair or replace those problems. The service plumber is required to quote each job to the client, and to collect payment in full before moving on to the next call.

This is NOT a position in new construction! It is a residential service plumbing position. You must have experience in running residential plumbing service calls. A good attitude, people skills, and knowledge of various plumbing systems and fixtures is a must. A good driving record is a must with a clean MVR for past 3 years. You must pass a drug test and background check.

The right candidate will be well compensated. Features included signing bonus after 30 days, paid vacations, company truck, company uniforms, etc.

We are a busy shop that prides itself on top quality work and excellent customer service. We are looking exclusively for professional, goal oriented, quality minded people with good people skills.

Job Requirements:

  • Three years minimum experience in residential plumbing service house calls
  • Good People Skills
  • Drug Free
  • Good Driving Record, Clean MVR for past 3 years
  • Must have own basic hand tools
  • Must be able to work flexible hours.
  • Must be able to be on call nights and weekends during assigned rotation.

Interested and qualified applicants should email work experience and contact information to Mike@rootermansc.com.

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Time for a New Water Heater in Charleston SC?

charleston-sc-water-heater-568x1024A well-maintained water heater in Charleston, SC will supply you with hot water for years. If, on the other hand, you neglect common maintenance, your water heater can be a drain on your finances. This will happen sooner rather than later. Although replacing a water heater can be expensive, paying for an inefficient one isn’t going to save you any money. There are quite a few things you can do to help lengthen the useful life of your water heater. If your Charleston SC water heater is acting up give us a call at (843) 766-3311. Rooter-Man will be happy to take a look at it and discuss repair or replacement options with you.

Here are 4 simple steps to increase your water heaters efficiency:

  • Make sure that your water heater tank and pipes are correctly insulated. Be careful not to cover the tank thermostat.
  • The use of low-flow faucets and shower heads through your home will reduce the amount of water, and energy, used. This can make your hot water go farther.
  • Lower your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees. Your shower will still be hot, but it will save money and energy on heating the water.
  • Drain a quart of water from the water heater tank every 3 months or so to remove residue that reduces the heat transfer and drops the efficiency of your heater. Remember to follow your manufacturer’s steps in doing so.

When the time comes to replace your water heater, you have many options. Deciding between a tankless or traditional system, whether you want to use gas or electricity, and the quality of the water heater itself are all aspects of your decision. A tankless water heater is usually twice as much as a traditional one, but can also last twice as long and save you money in the long run

Finding an informed and dependable company to replace or install a water heater is important for saving money, and your own peace of mind. Improper water heater installation can lead to problems that can range from uncomfortable to deadly.

For 40 years, Rooter-Man of Charleston SC has been a renowned plumbing company. With the familiarity of a local plumbing company and the strength of a nationwide network, Rooter-Man can help you with every step of your decision to get a new water heater.

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Signs Your Sewer Line Is Clogged Charleston SC

clogged-toilet-charleston-scA sewer drain clog is a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately. It will eventually affect all the plumbing fixtures in your house and can lead to serious problems. There are several signs that will alert you to the problem that your main sewer line is clogged.

Multiple plumbing fixtures clogged – One fixture that is backing up may only be a localized problem. However, when more than one fixture is backing up, this is a sure sign that your main sewer line is clogged. Since toilets have the biggest drain line and a direct path to the main sewer line, they are usually the first ones to show the problem. It would be unusual to have a clogged main line if your toilets continue to work properly. Next in line would be the bathtub and shower, as they are located lower than the sinks. Also, signs of a clogged drain will show up first in the lower levels of your house, so if the lower floor or basement toilet and sink are clogged, you need to call a plumber right away. Your local Rooter-Man of Charleston SC is available 24/7 to assist you, you can call us anytime at 843-766-3311.

Unusual events when using plumbing fixtures – This could be several different things. If you flush the toilet and the bathtub backs up, that is an unusual reaction. Another would be turning on the tap in the sink and seeing bubbles in the toilet, or the toilet begins draining, or the toilet water rises. Lastly, if the washing machine is draining and any nearby fixtures backup or a toilet overflows, then you have a clog somewhere.

Main line clean out – If your system has a main line clean out, that can help determine if you have a clog. The main line clean out is a three or four inch diameter pipe that comes up from the ground with a cap on it. Open the clean out by either pulling off the cap or unscrewing it and then you will be able to see if there is any backed up water in there. If water is flowing up and out of the clean out, or if there is standing water, that will tell you that you definitely have a main line drain clog.

There are also some other basic signs such as:

  • The odor of raw sewage coming from your drains.
  • A gurgling sound that might indicate a clog somewhere in the system.
  • Water seeping out around a floor drain could be an indicator of a clog.
  • Another thing to watch is the toilet as you flush it. If the water level is not the same after flushing as it was before, you might have a problem.
  • Lastly, look outside along your sewer line. If there are trees nearby, their roots may have encroached into the pipes and could be clogging the drain.

A main line drain clog is considered a plumbing emergency. There could be water damage, mold could be forming, or the water could spread bacteria. If any of these signs are apparent, it is imperative to call a plumbing professional as soon as possible. For drain cleaning and plumbing services, call Rooter-man of Charleston SC at: 843-766-3311.

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Identifying Drain Problems in Charleston SC

Sewers and drains have been around for thousands of years. They have allowed people to lead healthy lives. Not too long ago drain cleaning was a difficult task, and if a severe clog occurred, a plumber could only dig, expose the pipes and then determine the problem. But in modern times, drain cleaning technology has enabled experts like your local Rooter-Man of Charleston SC to identify pipe problems faster without digging.

Modern drain and sewer cleaning equipment includes video technology, electric drain snakes, and high pressure water jetting. Video pipe inspections allow our technicians to locate the trouble inside the drain that is creating the blockage. Electric drain snakes can use powerful rotating augers to cut through grease, sludge, or tree roots. The high pressure water jets can literally blast away the grease and pieces of sediments that clogging the drain. These miniaturized machines are very powerful but also small enough to get them to any to any drain that may need to be be unclogged.

A clogged drain can cause a lot of inconveniences like not being able to drain water out of a sink or a bathtub, or the sudden flooding of water on the floor. An ordinary plunger sometimes helps to remove built up debris that blocks the flow of water but in most cases the debris is deep in the pipes where the plunger cannot reach. There are a variety of common products and household items that can slow down or totally clog your drains over time.

Some of the most common things that clog pipes include:

  • Hair
  • Food
  • Grease
  • Soap products!

Keeping up with a regular drain cleaning schedule in your home or business can stop drains from clogging or becoming breeding grounds for bacteria. Homeowners should take precautionary steps like getting their bathtub, shower, and sink drains cleaned annually by professionals in order to prevent costly repairs down the road. Alittle maintenance goes a long way! For professional drain cleaning and plumbing services, call Rooter-Man of Charleston SC Today at (843) 766-3311.

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Prepare for a Water Emergency

Don’t wait for a water emergency to learn how to turn off your homes water supply.

Locate your emergency shut off valve. This valve will allow you to turn off the flow off water into your home should you have a broken pipe or a leaking water heater.

The valve is usually located in the ground outside you home near your hose bib or spigot. Once you locate it, it would be wise to make sure that it is clearly marked and that everyone in the home knows where it is located.

Knowing where this valve is and how to use it can save you lots of cleanup and prevent water damage to your home in the event of a water emergency.

If you can’t find this valve or need to replace your old one, you can call a plumber to assist you with this project.

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After A Water Emergency

Water Cuts

Outage of the water supply : Water stops coming out of the taps! What to do about it.


Surviving a Water EmergencyIn some parts of the modern world, power cuts (outages of the electricity supply) are quite rare, but water cuts are even rarer, so rare in fact that some people are completely taken by surprise when it happens! Be aware, though; it can happen. What happens is the water pressure can be a bit low, and then it comes to a stop, after which when you turn the taps on, no water comes out. Also, in some places, if the electricity fails, then within a few minutes the water also fails. It can happen if the water supply pressure is provided by an electric pump, rather than by a gravity-fed height of water in a water tower.

It’s a problem, and can be quite scary, because although you can survive without electricity, you can’t survive without water. Water is an essential of human life, and it can be a bit of a shock when it stops coming out of the taps / faucets.

Here’s what to do if there’s a water cut:

1. Don’t panic. The supply will almost certainly come back on again in an hour or two.

2. Think about where you’re going to get fresh drinking water in the meantime, and in the unlikely event that the supply doesn’t resume (in case of disaster, etc). There are many possibilities and options, a few of which I’ll explain next, but first, here are a few precautions:

* Turn off all the taps. If you have turned a tap on and no water has come out, make sure it is turned back off again. This is important because when the supply returns, it will gush water out and be wasteful and possibly destructive. Taps can also suck in air, which isn’t good.

* Turn off the electric immersion heater. This should be done because if the hot water tank runs dry, the heating element will burn out if it’s powered up. Switching it off saves this from happening.

* Don’t flush the toilets. Unless you’ve got a “grey water system”, toilet cisterns contain some fresh drinking water, which is better to drink than to flush away. Yes, it’s true; the header-tanks of toilets (toilet cisterns) contain drinkable water.

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ROOTER-MAN SAYS TAKE A STAND ON WATER BILLS

Top 5 Causes of Water Leaks

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Clogs in Drains and Toilets: Clogged plumbing from your toilet, sinks, showers and drainage pipes (i.e. from washing machines, etc.) are common in most households. Hair, food, grease, toilet paper, the occasional children’s toy, etc… are all culprits at one time or another, but the result is usually the same.

Sinks, fixtures, toilets and appliances will show signs of slower drainage, and eventually, they will begin to leak or overflow causing serious problems. Unclogging pipes and drains can be a tricky job, but with some proper know how or the help of a professional, you should be able to fix these types of leaks before major damage is done.

Deterioration/Shifting of Pipes: This cause of leaking can be much harder to detect. After so many years of use, pipes naturally begin to rust and deteriorate, eventually leading to cracks and crevices that release various amounts of water. Also, natural shifting of your house frame or foundation can cause the joints in your plumbing to loosen or separate, which causes water leaks.

Sometimes it’s only a drop or two per minute, other times it’s a steady stream of water that leaks. All of this water has to go somewhere and can cause a damages if the leak is not detected and repaired in a timely manner.

Condensation/Overflowing of Drainage Pans: Many of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units have drainage pans and other systems for dealing with condensation and waste water. These things often require manual draining and can overflow if unattended for long periods of time. Be sure to check them often, especially during the hot months when ACs produce a great deal of condensation.

Rusting and Sediment in Water Heaters: The plumbing going into and coming out of a water heater is also a common point of water leaks. These leaks are often caused by rusting, deterioration and sediment build up inside of older tanks. Most hot water heaters will have many valves and filters that in can get “clogged” or blocked up from this sediment, which in turn, leads to water leaks.

External Leaks/Roots in Plumbing: This is sort of the reverse scenario for leaks, as it will happen outside of your home – but it’s a leak all the same, and can cost you a lot of money in water bills and repairs. What happens is that the plumbing and sewage pipes coming out of your home deteriorate over time, springing small leaks of vapor, which attracts roots to grow towards them.

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Have A Small Leak?

There are not many homes that we go into that don’t have some type of small leak. Water leaking inside your home should not be ignored. If not addressed immediately, these plumbing leaks could end up costing thousands in repairs. Furthermore, you may end up dealing with mold, mildew and permanent damage to your home.

Here are some questions to consider. Does your wood floor have significant give to it? Is there a warm area on your concrete floor? Is your carpet moist? Unfortunately, water intrusion is not always this obvious. Small leaks make take years to detect.

How can you tell if you have a small or hidden leak? The following is a list of red flags that might indicate a problem in your home and potential water damage.

Sign that you may have a leak:

1. Irregular floor
2. Wrinkling or warping of wall paper or paint
3. Musty odor
4. Unusually high water bill
5. Chronic sewer backups
6. Sound of running water when the water is not on
7. Changes in the water meter reading
8. Foundation cracks
9. Wet foundation

If you need help finding a leak or repairing one you may need a Charleston Plumber to assist with his expertise. Sometimes under ground or hidden leaks require electronic leak detection to identify and pinpoint the location of the leak. Most professional plumbers have this equipment on hand.

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A Dozen Plumbing Tips

Here are a dozen plumbing tips that can help improve your plumbing system:

1. Do not use chemical drain cleaners if you have metal pipes. Some chemical cleaners can cause damage to metal pipes and never mix chemical cleaners.
2. To prevent scalding, set you water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees F.
3. Check you washing machine hoses annually for wear and cracks. These hoses should be changed at least every five years.
4. If your water heater is over 15 years old, you should change it. This will save energy and aggravation.
5. Flush your water heater out once a year to remove sediment. This will make your water heater more efficient.
6. If your shower pressure is weak, take the shower head off and soak it in vinegar overnight. Scrub it with an old brush to remover mineral deposits.
7. To help keep your drains open, pour a gallon of boiling water down them every month.
8. Check your toilets and faucets for small leaks. Repair them before they become a bigger problem.
9. Check you garbage disposer and dishwasher connections. Make sure they are tight and leak free.
10. Monitor you water bill. A large spike may indicate a water leak.
11. Locate and mark your emergency water shut off valve. Test it and make sure it works. You will be glad you did when you have a broken pipe.
12. Locate and mark your sewer cleanout. If you do not have one, consider getting one installed. This will save you time, money and aggravation when you have a sewer backup.

If you need help with any of these projects, call your Charleston Plumber for assistance.

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I Think I Have A Leak

We get a good number of calls from customers who suspect they have a water leak somewhere because their water bill has gone up. Before you hire a plumber to do an electronic leak detection there are a few things you might want to check on your own.

1. Check all faucets and hose bibs for drip and leaks. Don’t forget to check under all faucets too. If your house is on a crawl space, poke your head under there to see if you see any water.
2. A running toilet is usually the main cause of most high water bills. It is a good idea to dye test you toilets. A leaking toilet can really run up a water bill and go undetected for a long time.
3. Check your water heater’s temperature and pressure relief valve. When they go bad they can constantly leak water.

Ok, so you have checked all your plumbing fixtures and you can’t find the leak. You suspect that there must be a leak underground. Turn off the main water valve inside your home. Then go outside to your water meter. If the dial is still spinning you may have a water leak underground.

Write down the numbers from your meter. Wait a few hours and check the numbers again. If the numbers have changed you have a leak.

At this point it is best to call a plumber to locate and repair the leak. The plumber can use an electronic leak detector to listen for the pressurized water leak underground. Once the plumber pinpoints the leak he can give you an estimate for repair.

Remember leaks don’t fix themselves, they only get bigger so it is best to locate and repair any leaks when they are found.

If you need help locating a water leak in your home, yard or under the slab call your Charleston or Summerville plumber.

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