Plumber Solutions by PPM Plumbing Draper

For 40 years, PPM Plumbing Draper has been providing Draper, UT with unrivaled plumbing repair services. When you’ve been in the business for as long as we have, you really see it all. Our team is grateful for the knowledge we have gained from our extensive experience, and we love to share this knowledge with our loyal customers. Below, we have provided a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from customers. If you can’t find the answer to your questions here, feel free to contact us.

What are the most common causes of a broken pipe?

There are a number of reasons a pipe can break, with the most common reasons being:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Moving pipes
  • Water pressure
  • Corrosion

When dealing with a broken pipe, it’s best to call on a qualified plumber so you can determine the exact cause in order to fix and prevent further problems from occurring in the future.

What are the most common causes of pipe corrosion?

Pipe corrosion is typically due to water quality, including:

  • Chemicals in water
  • The waters pH
  • The amount of oxygen in water
  • The waters temperature
  • The water pressure
  • The speed at which the water moves through the pipes

How do you know if you have a broken pipe?

You can tell if you have a broken or leaking pipe by paying attention to the following issues:

  • A drop in water pressure
  • Water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors
  • Unusually high water bill
  • A noticeable increase in your home’s humidity
  • Strange noises
  • Large wet spots in your yard
  • Water usage readings that exceed 12,000 gallons per month

If you notice any of these signs, it is imperative to reach out to an emergency plumber right away, so no further damages are done to your property.

What are the hidden dangers of broken pipes?

The biggest issue with a broken pipe is the longer it goes unnoticed, the larger the problem will likely become. Not only do broken pipes waste water, but they also can cause irreversible water damage to your home and foundation. Additionally, any leaking water coming from broken pipes that are not properly managed by a professional plumber can cause mold growth, which is a health hazard to you and your family. PPM Plumbing Draper offers 24-hour plumber services for these types of problems, so don’t wait until it’s too late for a solution!

What is home repiping?

Home repiping is when a plumber installs new incoming hot-and-cold water pipes inside your home to replace the existing galvanized or copper pipes.

Why would someone need home repiping?

Galvanized and copper pipes often fail because they have surpassed their lifespan. When you begin to experience leaks with these types of pipes, it tells us that there will be additional leaks that follow. Finding and repairing each leak as they happen is timely and expensive. A repipe is far less expensive in the long run, and your home will benefit from an up-to-date piping system.

How long does a repipe take?

With PEX, the professional plumbers at PPM Plumbing Draper can repipe your entire home in one day.

What is PEX?

PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. At PPM Plumbing Draper, our plumbing contractors highly recommend this plastic piping to Draper, UT residents because of its cost-effectiveness, durability, and easy installation process.

Which type of pipe is best?

While there is no “best pipe award”, PEX piping is installed into most modern homes due to its many advantages over traditional piping systems.

What is a maintenance plan?

Maintenance plans are something the team at PPM Plumbing Draper will set up with you to ensure we’re regularly servicing your home for its unique issues and situation. We will put together a plan when to come out and check on your home, testing for things like water quality and how your pipes are doing. If everything seems to be in working order, then great! If we find something, we’ll immediately let you know and then discuss our plan of action. We should note that our maintenance plan isn’t designed to make issues appear, it’s to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Why do I need a maintenance plan?

By allowing a licensed plumber to check on your water, pipes, and more, you’re basically getting your house a check-up. This ensures that even those out of sight, out of mind plumbing problems won’t have the time to develop into something more serious and costly. If you could catch all of your home’s plumbing emergencies before they even happen, wouldn’t you? If you answered “yes”, we encourage you to give yourself peace of mind with one of our comprehensive maintenance plans.

What causes sewer line failure?

Sewer line problems are relatively uncommon, and can be easily diagnosed as one on the following three issues:

  1. Your sewer line has been infiltrated by tree roots
  2. Excessive food, grease, or paper products have obstructed your sewer line
  3. Your sewer line is simply too old to perform optimally

An inspection by one of our plumbing contractors can tell you the exact cause of your sewer line’s issues.

There’s an awful smell coming from my drains. What could be wrong?

Foul odors coming from your drains are typically a result of your sewer line becoming backed up with an accumulation of waste, food, soap scum, or hair. These types of backups can cause more severe problems and should be addressed by a professional plumber right away.

Is there anything I should avoid putting down my toilet?

When you’ve been in the plumbing business as long as we have, you can answer confidently that the only things that should be flushed down a toilet is waste and toilet paper. We do not suggest flushing things like:

  • Baby wipes, napkins, facial tissue, or paper towels. These types of paper products do not break down like toilet paper does.
  • Pads, pantyliners, tampons, or diapers
  • Q-tips, cotton balls/pads, or dental floss
  • Hair
  • Food
  • Cat litter

What are the different classes of water damage?

There are four classes of water damage. They are:

  • Class One – Light water damage with easy clean up
  • Class Two – Water that has caused damages to your carpets and furniture, usually resulting in a more complicated cleaning process
  • Class Three – Water has probably soaked into your furniture and walls
  • Class Four – Water has damaged your floors, which will most likely require special and expensive water cleanup procedures to be carried out.

Is having a metal piping system in my home bad?

Though metal piping systems were all the rage in the past, today there are simply better alternatives. Galvanized pipes are a very outdated type of piping system. They typically show signs of water damage because over long periods, water will begin to eat away at metal. This works to cause leaking. In addition, copper piping has its own issues. Copper pipes are significantly more expensive than other options and are much more complicated to install. Like galvanized pipes, copper can be corroded by water, especially if the water in your specific area is more acidic. Metal piping systems have their fair share of issues, which is why it’s important to contact your local plumbers and take advantage of their maintenance plans and other preventative plumbing services.

How do I know if my water heater needs repaired?

If your water heater is experiencing any of the following problems, contact your local plumbers for quick repair services:

  • Leaking tank
  • Improperly working drain valve
  • Your unit is over 10 years old
  • There is rest in the water
  • You notice corrosion around the tank

What size tankless water heater is right for my home?

The answer to this question depends on the demands of your household. Think about the following questions:

  • How long are my family’s showers?
  • How often is our washing machine or dishwasher running?
  • Are any of these systems ever running at the same time?

These types of questions will help you assess your current water usage, which will ultimately decide which size tank is right for you and your family’s needs. Once you have a good idea of your general water usage, get in touch with one of our seasoned plumbers for size advice.

How long does the average gas water heater last?

A well-maintained gas water heater should last anywhere between 8 and twelve years.

How long does the average electric water heater last?

If maintained properly, an electric water heater should last between 10 and 15 years.

How long does the average tankless water heater last?

When optimally maintained, a tankless water heater has the life expectancy of more than 20 years. Get in touch with one of our plumbing contractors to see if tankless is the right choice for you and your household.

How can I tell if my water heater needs replacing?

If you’re water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan, it will typically show the following problems:

  • Rust colored water
  • Lack of hot water
  • Moisture or puddles of water around the base of your system

If you notice any of these problems, contact PPM Plumbing right away and we’d be happy to send you one of our emergency plumbers for assistance.

Why does my toilet keep overflowing?

A toilet that frequently overflows is typically the sign of a leak in your tank’s fill valve or deterioration of the shaft or wire that dictates fill levels. This problem can be easily fixed when you call on the plumbing contractors at PPM Plumbing Draper.

Why Choose Us?

  • Always 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed
  • Flat rate upfront pricing
  • No diagnostic fee when we do a repair for you
  • Local family owned business
  • Serving Utah for over 36 years
  • We service all plumbing, heating and AC brands
  • Rocky Mountain Natural Gas certified technicians
  • Full one year parts & labor warranty on all repairs and installations
  • Drug free / smoke free workplace
  • Background checked technicians
  • Customer Care Trained Team!
  • "I would rather lose money on a service call than have an unhappy customer" -Lance Hellewell, Owner