A sewer leak on your drain line, or main sewer line, can be hard to detect and can also damage your property. Standing or ponding water from leaking sewer lines are also a health hazard and frequently go undiagnosed. Leaking drain pipes can also undermine your drain system and cause separations. Our plumbers often perform a dye test to pinpoint the source because the source of leaking water can be hard to detect. Commonly, pipes or water service lines are replaced, only to discover they were not the source of a leak. Suprisingly enough, sewer water is not always dirty or discolored and often gets mistaken for a water supply line leak.
The word "plumber" dates from the Roman Empire.[3] The Latin for lead is plumbum. Roman roofs used lead in conduits and drain pipes[4] and some were also covered with lead, lead was also used for piping and for making baths.[5] In medieval times anyone who worked with lead was referred to as a plumber as can be seen from an extract of workmen fixing a roof in Westminster Palace and were referred to as plumbers "To Gilbert de Westminster, plumber, working about the roof of the pantry of the little hall, covering it with lead, and about various defects in the roof of the little hall".[6] Thus a person with expertise in working with lead was first known as a Plumbarius which was later shortened to plumber.
Nationally, the average water heater repair cost ranges between $120 and $200, although prices can range up to $400 or more. Water heater repair costs will depend on the type of water heater you have (tankless, electric, natural gas, etc.), the source of the problem, the cost for new parts, and labor rates in your area. Common water heater issues include problems with the thermocouple, thermostat, heating element and leaks. Most standard electric water heaters have two thermostats and two elements. One example for the cost to replace a bad thermostat is $185 for parts and labor. Replacing both the thermostat and the heating element could cost approximately $150-$200. The thermocouple is a safety device that senses when the pilot light is burning and signals the gas valve to close if the pilot light goes out. If your thermocouple is bad or corroded, the average cost to clean and repair it could be between $350 and $400. If your water heater has started to leak, it is usually more cost-effective to invest in a new water heater than to repair it, unless you’re covered by a warranty.
You need the right tools when repairing your plumbing systems or installing new devices. Menards® has a large variety of plumbing tools, including pipe threading; plumbing hand tools; plumbing tool kits; and torches and soldering tools. Keep your drains clean and free of clogs with our drain cleaning equipment and supplies, including hand, chemical, and powered solutions.
The bathroom isn’t the only place you might want to install a shower. Outdoor showers are popular in homes near lakes or beaches as well as homes with pools or hot tubs. Many homeowners install outdoor showers for other reasons. An outdoor shower is a great feature for a garage gym. They are also highly convenient for households with young children or dogs—a quick rinse in an outdoor shower can save hours of time cleaning dirt and mud tracked indoors. Avid gardeners also enjoy outdoor showers after a long day in the dirt.
It shouldn’t have to be a challenge to find a reliable plumber in your area. We know that you may be wary of less than ideal service. But at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air & Electric we work with a customer-first mindset. This means your problem becomes our top priority. We go above and beyond to make sure your problem is fully resolved and that you are 100% satisfied with the result. If you are not completely satisfied, we will correct the situation and do not consider the job done until you are confident in the work.

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