Benefits of a Water Filtration System

Water Softeners & Filtration

Nothing tastes better than a glass of cold water on a hot summer day. Well, before you take a gulp, take a moment and thank your municipal water department for providing clear, safe water. However, the chemicals that go into purifying potable water can do a lot of harm to your plumbing.

Additives such as chlorine can cause build-up in your pipes and fixtures like your sinks, which in turn, can cause problems like slow and backed-up drains. One way to avoid these problems is to add a water filtration system to your home’s plumbing system. The addition of a water softener can filter out harsh chemicals and minerals at the source and keep them from building up in your pipes and appliances.

If you’ve been considering a water filtration system, call Atlas Butler. We’ll come out to your house and help your figure out the best solution to your hard water problems. Call us at 614-681-2183.

2021-08-31T13:05:16-04:00August 15th, 2021|Plumbing Vlogs|

Preparing Downspouts for Winter

Those colorful autumn leaves may be great to look at, but you won’t remember them so fondly during the winter months, when they’ve clogged up your gutters and downspouts. Winters in Ohio are harsh enough and you don’t need problems with frozen downspouts to add to the misery. If your downspouts are clogged with leaves and other debris, water from rain and melting snow can refreeze in the downspouts which will cause them to expand. This can cause the downspouts and gutters to pull away from the house. Clogged gutters can also contribute to the formation of ice dams, which is that thick layer of ice that forms around the edge of the roof and eaves of the house. The icicles might be pretty, but the constant freeze-refreeze cycle can cause roof damage and moisture can even seep further into the house, weakening and staining ceilings. During warmer weather, stagnant water along with damp and decaying leaves and debris in the gutters will trap moisture, which can lead to dry rot.

Even if your gutters are in good shape, they are useless if the downspouts are clogged. Leaves and other refuse can get lodged in the downspouts which will prevent water from flowing through to either the ground or into underground pipes. You also need to pay close attention to the elbow joints (the area where the gutter joins the downspout), which are particularly susceptible to clogs or ice. Another thing to check is to make sure that water from the downspouts flows away from your house. Otherwise, standing water can cause serious foundations problems.

If you are concerned about the state of your gutters and downspouts, call the pros at Atlas Butler. We can come out and inspect your guttering system to see what steps you need to take to prepare for winter.

You can also clean your downspouts yourself. You need a ladder, hose, spray nozzle and plumber’s snake.

  1. Remove any visible debris from the top of the downspout.
  2. Insert the hose into the top of the downspout and spray a forceful jet of water downwards. This will help loosen the clog.
  3. If the clog persist, insert the plumber’s snake and start cranking.
  4. Keep repeating the process until the clog is completely broken up.

Frankly, doing this one time will probably be enough. That’s where Atlas Butler comes in. We service downspout drains and can offer solutions to prevent the clogs in the first place. There are filtration systems that you can use that will prevent leaves and other waste matter from getting lodged in the gutters and downspouts. There are also thermal systems to use during the winter that will break the freeze-thaw cycle and prevent ice dams. Whatever the problem, Atlas Butler has a solution.

 

2021-07-27T22:16:34-04:00July 11th, 2021|Maintenance|

Keeping Your Drain Traps Clear

Many clogged bathroom drains are due to a build-up of hair. A quick way to tell is if the drain in the sink or shower is draining slowly or is completely backed up. If the water eventually dissipates, then you probably have a hair clog. One easy solution is to get a Zip-It tool, which is a thin serrated plastic strip that you poke down your drain, which you can find online or in a big box or hardware store. (They also go by names like “Hair Weasel.”) The plastic teeth on the strip will catch the hair and you can easily pull it out and dispose of it. However, if the Zip-It didn’t work or you suspect a more serious problem, then contact the service pros at Atlas Butler. We can take a look and see if your drains need to be snaked or rooted or if there is a more serious problem like damaged pipes or tree root obstruction. We are available 24/7; call us at 614-681-2183.

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00July 10th, 2021|Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|

How to Diagnose Low Water Pressure

There is nothing worse than turning on the shower and getting low water pressure. Or how about trying to fill a large pot full of water for cooking and only a trickle comes out of the sink. There are a few causes of low water pressure, but they all result in not enough water flowing through the pipes.

Common points for low water pressure are valves and shower heads, which may result from scale or calcium buildup in pipes and fixtures. Buildup is caused by minerals that exist in municipal hard water systems, and there really isn’t much you can do to prevent it. One DIY tip is to clean your shower head yourself in a solution of vinegar and water and some good old-fashioned elbow grease. However, when it comes to trying to clean out the pipes yourself, proceed with caution. Many OTC drain cleaners can cause even more harm to your pipes and a maintenance call from a licensed plumber will cost you less in the end.

Scale and calcium buildup also affects your faucets and shower heads, which in some cases, may require replacement. A shower head is a simple fix, but sink, tub and kitchen faucets may be a little trickier and may require a plumbing professional

If you are experiencing low water pressure, call the service pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing at 614-681-2183. We can diagnose the problem and recommend a solution, which may include replacing old valves, or something simple like a chemical solution to remove scale buildup. We also install water softeners to remove those particles from your water supply before they reach your pipes, valves and faucets.

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00May 11th, 2021|Maintenance|

What not to put down your kitchen drain

You flip on the water and the disposal after cleaning dinner dishes, and the water doesn’t drain. The water mixed with the scraps from dinner circle the drain while your disposal hums. You probably have a clog that needs to be cleared. The main culprit of a clogged kitchen sink is a backed-up garbage disposal, which can happen when you put things down the drain that collect in the pipe.  Kitchen disposals are designed to chop up food refuse and send them down the main drain, but there are some foods and particles that can collect and create a backup. There are many preventive steps you can take to avoid these problems, which starts with knowing what NOT to put down your kitchen drain.

The worst items to put down your garbage disposal are greases and fats, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps and eggshells. Other no-nos include pasta and rice, which when combined with water, can stick together and create a mess. A good rule of thumb, or hand, is … if the scraps are bigger than your fist, then don’t put them down the disposal. And don’t forget to run lots and lots of water.


If you have a clogged sink or backed-up garbage disposal, call Atlas Butler Plumbing at 614-681-2183 to schedule an appointment. Our experienced plumbing techs will inspect the drain and find the quickest solution to open your drain. The pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing are available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies in your home.

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00April 1st, 2021|Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|

DIY Fix for Your Sink Disposal

A sluggish or inoperable garbage disposal can be frustrating and inconvenient. The main clue that you have a problem is if the disposal emits a hum when you turn it on instead of a the familiar grinding noise. Before you call a plumber, try this DIY tip.

Take the tool that came with your disposal when it was installed. It is silver and bent at both ends and looks like an Allen wrench. Insert one end into the opening at the bottom of the disposal and gently move the tool from side to side. It should move easily and at the same time, dislodge any clogs.


If that doesn’t help, call Altas Butler Plumbing and have one of our pros check it out. If the disposal needs replaced, we can handle that as well.

Atlas Butler has served Central Ohio for decades and our plumbing team lives by the same principles of quality and service that we are known for on the HVAC side. If you would like one of our plumbing pro’s to check out your kitchen sink disposal, call us at 614-681-2183 to schedule an appointment.

 

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00November 1st, 2020|Plumbing Vlogs|

Avoiding Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in the Winter

As temperatures drop, frozen pipes are a big concern for many homeowners. If your pipes freeze during a cold snap, they can burst from the pressure and make a huge mess after the ice clog thaws. In addition to water damage to floors and walls,  tremendous mess, burst pipes can be very costly to repair or replace. There are many ways that you can protect your pipes from freezing during the winter and we will discuss those below. But first, one note of caution: Do not try to thaw frozen pipes on your own; you could start a house fire. If you experience frozen pipes, call the professional plumbers at Atlas Butler to help you safely thaw them

Insulate your pipes

This is an easy fix. You can use something as inexpensive as those foam swimming pool noodles that your kids use in the pool during the summer. Simply slit them open and place them over the pipes. You can also find pipe tape at your local hardware store; just wrap the tape around your pipes and they will be protected from freezing temperatures.

Heat tape

Heat tape is like pipe tape as you just wind it around the pipes. The difference is that heat tape is plugged into an electrical outlet to keep the water in the pipe warm. Just use caution if the heat tape is anywhere near insulation or in a tightly enclosed area.

Leave interior cabinet doors open

If the forecast calls for extreme cold, we recommend leave interior cabinet doors open to let heat circulate around the exposed pipes. This is particularly important for pipes that run along exterior walls, such as beneath the kitchen sink.

Let faucets drip

Allow a trickle of water to run through all of the household faucets. Yes, it might seem like a waste of water, but, a steady stream of water running through the pipes will prevent water pressure from building up. Water that is not moving is more likely to freeze, which can lead to a pipe burst.

Remove all garden hoses from outdoor spigots

At the end of autumn, remove and drain all hoses and bring them in for storage. You can buy inexpensive faucet covers for outdoor faucets to prevent them from freezing. You can also shut off any outdoor water lines for the winter.

Atlas Butler Plumbing is a phone call away

These simple suggestions can protect your pipes so you won’t experience a plumbing emergency in the dead of winter. If you do find yourself with a frozen or burst pipe, we are here for you. First and most importantly, find the main shutoff valve in your home and turn the water off. Second, call  Atlas Butler Plumbing at 614-681-2183. We are available to take your call 24×7 for plumbing emergencies.  We have proudly served Central Ohio for decades, and we will be here for you when you need us.

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00October 11th, 2020|Maintenance|

Dealing with Stubborn Drains

Clogged and slow drains can be a symptom of bigger problems in your home or commercial plumbing system that when not addressed, can lead to much bigger issues —– like a clogged sewer. If the clog isn’t removed, you could get damage from sewage coming into your home at the lowest points of the system. (filling the basement or craw with feces and other matter) If you are experiencing any type of plumbing problems like slow drains or toilets, give the pros at Atlas Butler a call. We can pinpoint the cause of the clog and recommend the best way to get rid of it.

Causes of Clogged Pipes

  1. Grease and fat. Cooking grease and fats that get poured down the drain can congeal and clog the pipes. The fat coats the inside of the pipes and congeals and the layers of grease eventually form a clog.
  2. Hair, dirt and debris. In a residential setting, hair can easily clog drains in the bathroom. Dirt and debris are more commonly seen in a commercial/industrial setting where they can easily stop up drains.
  3. Tree roots. Roots from trees and other vegetation can penetrate outdoor pipes and cause major clogs. Another signal that this is the problem is if you find unusual wet patches in the grass.
  4. Foreign objects. If you have raised kids, you know that toddlers are fascinated with the toilet and toys and other objects are flushed for their amusement.

Fixing blocked and slow drains

The best solution to opening a clogged drain is to start with a cable, this gives the professional a look into the cause of the blockage and will solve a large majority of them. Based on the cause of the blockage other recommendations may be made such as jetting, your professional will gladly cover the recommendations with you. Liquid drain cleaners are a tool to try before calling a plumber for more heavy-duty methods but can be dangerous and cause property damage if not done correctly. On larger drains a plumber can use a camera to inspect the drain and determine the best course of action.

One of the more effective ways to clear larger drains and main sewers is a process called hydro jetting. The jetting process uses  high-pressure water to breakup and dislodge clogs. A back-end flow of water removes mineral build-up inside the pipes, which is an extra benefit of jetting. Jetting is particularly effective with grease and dirt clogs and can remove some of the largest roots from the line. Clogs caused by excessive trees roots may require more extensive treatment, including excavation.

Preventing sewer line clogs

There are many ways to prevent clogged pipes. Here are a few:

  1. Dispose of cooking grease and fat properly. Pour it into a container then put it in the trash, rather than down your drain.
  2. Keep your bathroom drains free of hair. You can clean the drain coverings yourself or buy an inexpensive “hair catcher” to put inside your drain to catch loose hairs.
  3. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations about what can be put down the garbage disposal. Avoid eggshells, coffee grounds, bones and vegetable peelings.
  4. Only human waste and toilet paper should be put in the toilet.

Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with clogged pipes very often, but if you do, call Atlas Butler Plumbing. We will assess the type of clog and its location and recommend the best way to remove it.  We have proudly served the Central Ohio for decades with expert drain cleaning services and can help you get rid of clogged pipes, no matter what size or location. Call us at 614-681-2183 or request an appointment online today.

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00September 22nd, 2020|Maintenance|

Checking Downspouts

Preparing Downspouts for Winter

Those colorful autumn leaves may be great to look at, but you won’t remember them so fondly during the winter months, when they’ve clogged up your gutters and downspouts. Winters in Ohio are harsh enough, without the headache of frozen downspouts to add to the misery. If your downspouts are clogged with leaves and other debris, water from rain and melting snow can refreeze in the downspouts which will cause them to expand. This can cause the downspouts and gutters to pull away from the house. Clogged gutters can also contribute to the formation of ice dams, which is that thick layer of ice that forms around the edge of the roof and eaves of the house. The icicles might be pretty, but the constant freeze-refreeze cycle can cause roof damage and moisture can even seep further into the house, weakening and staining ceilings. During warmer weather, stagnant water along with damp and decaying leaves and debris in the gutters will trap moisture, which can lead to dry rot.

Even if your gutters are in good shape, they are useless if the downspouts are clogged. Leaves and other refuse can get lodged in the downspouts or in the underground downspout drain that carries water to the curb. You also need to pay close attention to the elbow joints (the area where the gutter joins the downspout), which are particularly susceptible to clogs or ice. Another thing to check is to make sure that water from the downspouts flows away from your house. Otherwise, standing water can cause serious foundations problems.

If you are concerned about a clog in your downspout drain, call the pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing. We can come out and inspect your drainage to see if there is a clog that would keep your gutters from draining properly this winter. In fact, for a limited time, we are offering a $99 downspout drain inspection special.

DIY Your Gutters and Downspouts

You can also clean your downspouts yourself. You need a ladder, hose, spray nozzle and plumber’s snake.

  1. Remove any visible debris from the top of the downspout.
  2. Insert the hose into the top of the downspout and spray a forceful jet of water downwards. This will help loosen the clog.
  3. If the clog persist, insert the plumber’s snake and start cranking.
  4. Keep repeating the process until the clog is completely broken up.

If you think that your downspouts are not draining properly, give Atlas Butler Plumbing a call at 614-681-2183 or request an appointment to have one of our technicians inspect your downspouts.

 

 

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00August 26th, 2020|Maintenance|

Signs Your Water Heater is On It’s Last Leg

Your water heater may be one of the most valuable appliances in your house. Not only does it provide hot water on demand for showers and baths, but it also provides hot water for your other appliances – washing machine, dishwasher, etc. So when your hot water tank goes out, you will begin to notice signs of wear and tear. Here are a few signs that your hot water tank is starting to go.

Decreased water temperature

If you like a nice hot shower in the morning, you’ll notice a drop in temperature. A drop in temperature indicates that the heating elements are not functioning properly. A licensed plumber can inspect the heating elements to ensure they are functioning properly.

Discolored water

When you turn your faucet on, if you see rust colored or brown water flowing from the tap, that may be an indication that you water tank is going bad. The most common reason for a failing water tank is a build up of sediment in the tank, which over time will damage the interior of the tank, and that sediment is what causes the water to turn colors.

Water leaks around the tank

If you notice water leaks around the base of the tank, the sediment has built up at the bottom of the tank and over time has damaged the internal tank. This sediment build up can lead to corrosion, which leads to the leaks you see on your floor.

A noisy water heater

For the most part, hot water heaters are quiet, so if you hear noises coming from your hot water tank, it may be a sign of a future repair or replacement.

Your tank is getting old

You can tell the age of your water tank by looking at the serial number. The average lifespan of a hot water tank is 7-10 years, which is the timeframe in which you will see these types of issues pop up. If you have an old water tank, it may be time to have a new water tank installed by the pros.

If you are seeing any of these signs, the pros at Atlas Butler provide service for hot water tanks. Our experts can examine your hot water tank and let you know if the existing unit can be repaired or if you are better off replacing the hot water tank. You can request an appointment online or call our team at 614-681-2183 to get an appointment with Atlas Butler, Central Ohio’s leading HVAC and Plumbing company.

2021-07-27T23:45:31-04:00August 11th, 2020|Hot Water Tanks|
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