Water softeners are an essential part of a plumbing system. They help to reduce the amount of hard minerals in your water, protecting your home’s plumbing fixtures from damage while also improving the taste of your water. However, you may have noticed some strange noises from your water softener. Hearing these sounds may indicate a problem with your plumbing system requiring a professional plumber’s attention. This blog post will discuss the different types of noises from water softeners and what they may mean.
When your water softener is making a hissing noise, the drain or brine line might be cracked. The hissing sound is caused by air being stuck into the system. When air is stuck into the system, it will cause the system to malfunction and reduce its efficiency in removing hard water minerals. Furthermore, the hissing sound may accompany other symptoms, such as minimized water pressure or decreased soft water production. If you suspect your water softener is making a hissing sound because of a cracked drain or brine line, have the issue addressed immediately by a plumber. This will prevent damage to the system and increase its efficiency.
A broken gear tooth mostly causes an unusual clicking noise. A water softener is a mechanical unit that relies on gears, motors, valves, and other moving components. The motor helps power the water softener components, and it is more susceptible to wear and tear, decreasing its lifespan. Furthermore, the teeth gears may break due to the strong resistance against other parts, such as a stuck piston.
When the motor malfunctions, you will hear a clicking noise as the motor tries to turn the gears but cannot do so smoothly. Still, if the gear teeth are worn or broken, they will struggle to secure contact with the other working parts, making them slip and causing a clicking sound. The only way to resolve the problem is by calling a plumbing professional to replace the worn gears.
When you hear a banging noise from your water softener, it can be caused by a sticking valve. The control valve helps direct the water flow through the water softener’s components, and if the valve becomes stuck in one position, it can restrict or block the water flow. As a result, pressure will build up in the system, causing the water softener to produce a banging noise when the pressure is released. You will not hear the banging noise always – only when the stuck valve is unstuck.
If you suspect a sticking valve is causing the banging noise, it is good to call a plumbing professional to examine the water softener. They will inspect the valve for signs of wear or damage. If the valve requires lubrication or repair, your expert will handle everything. In addition, ensure your water softener is serviced regularly to ensure no mineral buildup.
Whining or Clunking Noise
Water softeners require a minimum water pressure of 15 PSI to move enough water through the system during regeneration. If the water pressure is lower than 15 PSI, or if there is a clogged pre-filter reducing the flow rate, you will hear a banging or clunking noise due to the unit’s components banging against each other.
Furthermore, a whining noise may occur when your unit tries to draw air into the tanks, making a high-pitched noise. To prevent water pressure losses, hire a professional plumber regularly to replace the water filtration cartridge. This will allow the pressure tank to deliver adequate water to the water softener (mostly for homes with private wells). If the water pressure is too low, consider installing a pressure booster pump at the main entry point.
Modern water softeners are equipped with timers. When you install a water softener, you program it to regenerate during certain hours. Water softeners need to know the time to regenerate, so they must have a timer motor. You will hear the motor slowly turning when you get closer to the water softener. A ticking or clicking noise indicates that the gears inside the time are working smoothly. A quiet ticking noise near the water softener is normal. However, if the ticking noise is unusually high, contact a plumbing professional to inspect the water softener.
Water Softener Alarm
Water softeners have alarms that sound like a wailing, beeping, or blaring noise loud enough to hear from another room. Mostly, noisy alarms from your water softener show an issue that needs immediate action. Most water softeners have an alarm that alerts you when the salt tank is low. Others sound an alarm if a leak or another issue is detected in the water softener tank. Call a plumbing expert for assistance if your water softener makes alarms and you can’t understand the issue.
Moaning or Squeaking Noise
A water softener has different fittings that help hold various components together. Over time, the fittings will become worn or cracked. Mostly, a cracked fitting will make the other components move against one another, causing a squeaking or moaning noise. The noise will only be noticeable when you get close to the water softener. However, if most of the fittings are worn out beyond repair, you will hear the noise from another room. A professional plumber can resolve this issue by replacing worn-out fittings with new ones.
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A water softener in good shape should not make unusual noises. The only noise it should make is during regeneration or alerting you that salt levels are low. If you hear unusual noises from your water softeners and don’t know what they mean, contact bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans for assistance. We have professionals who have dealt with water softeners for years, and they will be able to understand what the issue with your unit is when they hear the noise it is making.
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Is Hiring A Drain Cleaning Service Worth The Time And Money?
You already know that it’s essential to maintain your HVAC system every year to ensure it functions correctly and efficiently, but did you know that your plumbing system should also be maintained every year?
The drainage system is essential to your plumbing system because it removes water and waste from your home. Various issues can occur if your drains aren’t properly maintained, and even if the drainage system seems to be working correctly, you should hire a drain cleaning service every year.
If you aren’t sure if it’s worth the time and money to hire a plumber to clean the drains, you should consider how your home and family can benefit.
Water Will Flow Quickly Down the Drain
When you run the water, it should flow down the drain quickly. When gunk builds up along with the inside of the pipes, it can affect the water flow down the drain, and you can’t let the water run for long. Allowing the water to run for too long will cause the sink to overflow. If the tub drains slowly, you’ll find yourself standing in several inches of water when you finish showering.
If you hire a plumber to clean the drains every year, you can be sure the water will flow freely down the drain, and you won’t have to change how you do things.
Eliminate Small Clogs
As careful as you are with what you put down, the drains, grease, food, soap scum, and hair will end up in the drain, creating a small clog. You may not know there’s a clog in the drain until it escalates and affects how quickly the water drains. By the time you detect the clog, the water fails to drain at all.
If you hire a plumber to clean your drains every year, any small, undetectable clogs will be removed before escalating, ensuring the pipes are clear and the water drains quickly.
Protect Your Plumbing System
Plumbing problems are frustrating and stressful and can be expensive and damaging to your home. A plumbing leak can be a nightmare because the leak will cause water damage and mold growth in the area. Fortunately, you can prevent plumbing leaks by hiring a plumber to clean the drains regularly.
When a clog remains in the drainpipe, it can cause corrosion and decay, causing the pipe to leak. When a drain cleaning service eliminates the clogs, you won’t have to worry about clogs damaging the pipes.
Save Money on Plumbing Repairs
One of the most stressful things about plumbing problems is the repair cost. Between the cost of the service call, parts, and repair, fixing plumbing problems can be very expensive. Fortunately, you can prevent plumbing problems by hiring a plumber to clean the drains every year. They will be able to detect minor plumbing issues when they clean the drains and can make the repair before it escalates to something more serious that can be more expensive to repair.
Although the plumber will charge you to clean the drains, it won’t cost as much as fixing plumbing problems.
Eliminate Foul Odors
Is there a foul smell in your kitchen, and you can’t find the source? Have you cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom, and the smell remains? If so, the smell could be wafting up from the kitchen sink.
When food and grease build up inside the drainpipe, it will spoil, creating an awful smell. You can pour cleaning products down the drain to eliminate the odor, which often won’t work. It may mask the smell for an hour or two but won’t stop it completely.
If you hire a plumber to clean the drains, they will eliminate any buildup in the pipes, eliminating the odor, and your kitchen will smell clean and fresh again.
If you smell mold in the kitchen and can’t find the source, there could be mold in the drain. The drains are dark and wet, which is the ideal environment for mold growth. Your family will be exposed to mold when they stand near the sink, causing mold-related health problems. The plumber will eliminate the mold when they clean the drains, ensuring your family remains safe.
Eliminate Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are a nuisance, and they fly around your face and food, which is unsanitary. Do you have a fruit fly infestation in your kitchen, and you don’t have fruit, sweets, or dying flowers on the counter? If so, the drain could be to blame. When food, grease, and soap scum accumulate inside the pipes, it creates the perfect breeding ground for fruit flies, and it doesn’t take long for a few fruit flies to multiply into thousands, creating a nasty and annoying situation in your kitchen.
You can find recipes online to solve the problem using products you already have in your kitchen, but this is just a temporary fix. If you don’t use the solution at least once daily, the fruit flies will return.
The best way to eliminate the problem permanently is to hire a drain cleaning service. They will clean the buildup in the drainpipe, so your kitchen drain will no longer be a hospitable environment for fruit flies and will eliminate the infestation.
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Has it been a while since your drains were cleaned? Have they never been cleaned? If so, look no further than bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans. We’re a full-service HVAC and plumbing company, a Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association member, and a member of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.
Our plumbers are professionally trained and have undergone years of apprenticeship, allowing them to handle the most challenging jobs in the plumbing industry.
Plumbing problems can occur at the most inconvenient times and can affect your daily life, so we provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you have a problem that must be addressed immediately, we’ll get a plumber to your house as quickly as possible.
If you need an appointment for a drain cleaning service or any other service we provide, call us, or book online.
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How To Choose The Right Water Heater Replacement For Your Home
Water heaters are essential to any household, providing hot water for showers, washing dishes, and doing laundry. However, like any appliance, water heaters have a limited lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. Whether your water heater is leaking, not producing enough hot water, or simply old and inefficient, replacing it can improve your home’s energy efficiency and save you money on utility bills.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Professional to Replace Your Water Heater
Choosing the right professional to replace your water heater ensures a safe and efficient installation. Consider the following factors when selecting a contractor:
When choosing a professional to replace your water heater, it’s essential to consider their experience. Look for a contractor who has been in business for several years and has a proven track record of successful installations. An experienced contractor will be able to handle any challenges that may arise during the installation process and ensure that your new water heater is installed correctly. Local customers have been served by bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans for several years.
Ensure that your chosen contractor is licensed to perform water heater installations in your state. A licensed contractor has met the requirements and has the knowledge and skills to complete the job safely and efficiently.
Choosing a contractor with liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance is essential. Liability insurance will protect you in case of any damage to your property during the installation process, while workers’ compensation insurance will cover any injuries that may occur to the contractor or their employees while working on your property.
Research the contractor’s reputation before hiring them. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous customers to get an idea of their professionalism and quality of work. A reputable contractor will have positive reviews and a good reputation in the community. Past clients have recommended bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans for its quality services. Its good reputation continuously attracts new customers.
You should compare pricing from different contractors to ensure you get a fair installation price. However, be wary of contractors offering significantly lower prices than their competitors, as this may be a sign of poor-quality work or subpar materials.
You need a contractor with a flexible schedule to install your water heater within a reasonable timeframe. A delay in installation can cause inconvenience and discomfort, especially if you are without hot water for an extended period. Clients of bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans enjoy the company’s flexible schedules to suit their needs.
Effective communication is crucial when working with a contractor. Choose a contractor who is responsive to your questions and concerns and keeps you informed throughout the installation process.
Ensure the contractor offers a warranty on their work and the water heater. A warranty will give you peace of mind knowing that you are protected in case of any issues with the installation or the water heater.
A contractor who values customer service and is committed to ensuring your satisfaction is essential. A contractor who is willing to go above and beyond to meet your needs and address any concerns is a sign of a qualified professional.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional
Hiring a professional for water heater replacement offers several benefits, including:
Replacing a water heater can be dangerous, especially if you are unfamiliar with installation. Hiring a professional ensures that the installation is done safely and correctly, reducing the risk of injury or damage to your property.
A professional water heater replacement ensures that your new water heater is installed efficiently, maximizing its energy efficiency and reducing utility bills. A professional will also ensure that the water heater is sized correctly for your home, ensuring that you have enough hot water without wasting energy.
Expert Knowledge and Advice
A professional water heater installer has the knowledge and expertise to advise on the best type of water heater for your home, considering factors such as your home’s size, hot water needs, and energy efficiency goals. They can also guide you on maintenance and repair to ensure that your water heater continues to function efficiently.
Replacing a water heater can be time-consuming, especially if you are unfamiliar with installation. Hiring a professional saves you time and hassle, allowing you to focus on other important tasks while the installation is being done.
While hiring a professional may seem like an added expense, it can save you money in the long run. A professional installation ensures that your water heater is installed correctly, reducing the risk of damage or malfunction that can be costly to repair.
Access to Tools and Equipment
A professional water heater installer has access to specialized tools and equipment necessary for a safe and efficient installation. This includes tools for draining and removing the old water heater and equipment for connecting the new water heater to your home’s plumbing and electrical systems.
Compliance with Building Codes
A professional water heater installer is familiar with local building codes and regulations, ensuring that the installation is done in compliance with these requirements. This reduces the risk of fines or penalties for non-compliance.
Many professional water heater installers offer additional services, such as maintenance and repair, to ensure that your water heater continues functioning efficiently for years. This can save you money on repairs and replacement in the long run.
If you need water heater replacement, look no further than bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing safe, efficient, and cost-effective services to homeowners in the New Orleans area. We offer a wide range of water heater options to fit your needs and budget, and our team will work with you every step to ensure that you are satisfied with the installation. Contact us today to schedule your water heater replacement and experience the peace of mind of working with a trusted professional.
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When To Call A Plumber To Replace Your Shower Diverter
There’s nothing more frustrating than a shower that doesn’t quite work. One of the most common culprits is a malfunctioning shower diverter. The diverter is the valve that allows you to switch between the showerhead and bathtub faucet. Over time, these, like any other plumbing fixture or pipe, can wear out and need replacing. This post will discuss some of the most common signs that it’s time to call a plumber to replace your shower diverter.
One of the most obvious signs that there is a problem with your shower diverter is water leaks. If you notice water coming out of the showerhead and faucet simultaneously, you may have a leak. In some cases, you may notice that water is leaking from the shower diverter itself. If you notice water leaking from the faucet when you turn on the shower, it could mean that the diverter needs to be replaced. Ignoring the problem can lead to wasted water and higher bills and even cause more serious plumbing issues. So if you’re experiencing faucet leaks, don’t just reach for a temporary fix. Consider replacing your shower diverter to ensure the long-term health of your plumbing system.
Water Pressure Issues
Have you noticed a decrease in water pressure during your shower? It’s frustrating and might indicate that you need to replace your shower diverter. Over time, it can become worn and cause water to leak or reduce pressure. If left unaddressed, this can lead to serious water damage and costly repairs. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call a plumber to assess the diverter for a recommendation on whether to repair or replace it.
Difficulty Switching Between Shower and Bath
If you’re having trouble switching between shower and bath modes, then it’s highly likely that your shower diverter is facing some issues. Imagine taking a relaxing bubble bath, but the water still comes out of the showerhead! Not ideal. If you notice difficulties switching between the two modes or find the water coming out of the wrong outlet, it’s time for a new shower diverter. Don’t let this frustration continue – replacing your shower diverter is a relatively simple fix that can make your daily routine much smoother.
If you hear strange sounds from your shower when you turn it on or off, this could cause concern. These unusual sounds could range from a high-pitched squeal to a low-growling noise, depending on the severity of the issue. Over time, the diverter valve can wear down or become damaged, causing it to make strange noises like whistling, buzzing, or even rattling. Ignoring these sounds could further damage your shower system, resulting in costly repairs in the future. So, if your shower is making any suspicious noises, it’s time to call a professional plumber to assess the situation and replace your diverter if necessary.
Although repairs can be a quick fix for a malfunctioning diverter, constant repairs could mean a bigger issue is at play. Even if each repair seems like a small fix, these costs can add up over time. By replacing your shower diverter, you can save yourself the headache and expenses of constantly fixing it and enjoy a fully functional and uninterrupted shower experience. Don’t let a malfunctioning shower diverter hold you back from a refreshing and relaxing shower – decide to replace it today.
Diverter Handle Problems
If you have to jostle, tug, or prod the diverter handle to redirect water, it’s a sign that the diverter stem is worn or damaged. The handle could also be loose or stripped, leading to unpleasant showering experiences. A skilled plumber will examine the handle, identify the root cause, and recommend a replacement if necessary.
Nothing lasts forever, and that includes your shower diverter. Over time, this helpful little device can start to wear down and malfunction, causing costly water damage and frustrating dips in water pressure. But how do you know when it’s time to replace it? One telltale sign is age. If your shower diverter is over 10 years old, it may be time for an upgrade. A new diverter will provide better performance and give you peace of mind knowing that your shower won’t spring a leak anytime soon.
Types of Shower Diverters
Diverters come in three basic categories, although several additional variants are readily available. Each produces somewhat different results depending on the plumbing system’s needs or the water pressure requirements. The following are the main types of shower diverters.
Three-valve diverters are typically present when separate hot and cold water knobs exist. Once you find the ideal hot and cold water ratio, the third handle is turned clockwise to direct the water to the showerhead. After you shower, the handle is turned counterclockwise to divert the water to the tub. It gives you more control over your showering experience, making it more comfortable and personalized.
This kind of diverter is generally found in One-handle faucets. The smaller handle or level on the assembly controls the direction of the water, while the bigger handle controls the temperature. This kind of valve shower diverter is typically seen in older homes, and it can need some upkeep or repairs over time to keep working properly.
A single-valve diverter is the most typical kind of diverter. You most likely have a T diverter if your handle rises from the tub faucet. The handle opens the water flow to the tub spout when you press it downward. Its single handle regulates the water’s temperature, volume, flow, and flow direction.
We Are the Plumbing Professionals to Call
At bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans, we understand the importance of installing the proper shower diverter in your home. Our experienced plumbing professionals are here to help you with shower installation and assist you in making appropriate decisions regarding your home shower system. Contact us now to get started.
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