Monday, July 27, 2020


Older homes can be romantic and beautiful, but they can also be a plumbing nightmare. Old pipes can cause leaks, water damage and structural damage, and many older plumbing fixtures are inefficient and costly to use. Homeowners who aren't aware of their plumbing problems can find themselves paying hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs, or may pay extra money for utilities over time.

If you're thinking about buying an older home, knowing the plumbing problems typically associated with an older property can help you identify issues before the deal is final. This can help you decide whether or not an older property is right for you.


Legislation passed in 1992 limited the volume of water that toilets could use for each flush. Before that time, many toilets used between 3 and 7 gallons per flush.

This means that a pre-1992 toilet may use thousands of extra gallons of water every year. If you're not sure how to check whether or not a home has an inefficient toilet, look inside or on the back of the tank where it connects to the bowl. If the home you're thinking about buying has inefficient toilets, consider negotiating an upgraded toilet into the purchasing agreement, or plan to replace the toilets after moving in.


Galvanized pipes were commonly used in homes the 1930's through the 1980's. At the time, they were the best kind of pipes available to homeowners. We know now that galvanized pipes last between 20 and 50 years.

Toward the end of their service life, galvanized pipes become brittle, corroded, and leaky. Fixing galvanized plumbing can be time-consuming and sometimes you cannot repair galvanized pipes.

Eventually, you'll need to replace galvanized pipes. If the home you're thinking about buying has galvanized pipes, plan to set aside several thousand dollars to replace the pipes in the next several years.


Hard water causes scale to build up in pipes over time. Over many years, scale can cause the pipes to become narrow, which can affect the water pressure. Eventually, the scale can cause pipes to become so narrow that they clog.

Older homes are no more likely to have hard water than newer homes, but if the problem has gone untreated for many years, the pipes in an older home are much more likely to have irreversible damage. Watch for signs of hard water problems in the home you're thinking about buying. Green, flaky scale around plumbing fixtures and hard water stains on the windows and dishes is a sign that a home has hard water and the current owners have not fixed the problem.


Lead was commonly used in main water lines for decades until modern plumbing eliminated the need for lead pipes. Many service lines still deliver water to homes through plumbing made of lead. You can tell whether or not this is a problem in the home you'd like to purchase by finding the main water line to the house.

Scrape away a tiny bit of the corrosion on top of the pipe with the edge of a screwdriver. If the metal underneath is silver and shiny, this is probably lead. Have it inspected by a professional for confirmation.


Older sewers are susceptible to problems like root damage and pipe collapse. A sewer replacement can cost several thousand dollars and can be very disruptive in a busy household. The only way to find out if an older sewer has these problems is to have a professional plumber inspect the sewer with a camera. An inspection will reveal whether or not the home you would like to buy will need sewer replacement soon.


At Vines Plumbing, we take pleasure in answering customer questions about old plumbing and routine maintenance. To find out more about older plumbing systems, contact us today.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


No one likes seeing mold grow in their home. Mold not only damages the walls and floors of your home, but it also poses a significant health risk. As soon as you notice it, contact a professional to have mold remediation  done to your home.


Certain groups of people may be more likely to experience health problems as a result of mold than others. Infants and the elderly in particular are susceptible to issues. Some of the most typical problems that result from exposure include:

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Coughing

  • Eye and skin irritation

  • Nasal congestion

  • Asthma

  • Nosebleeds

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Complications with a pregnancy

  • Cancer

  • Immunologic disorders

  • Neurotoxicity

Everyone experiences the effects of mold differently, but no matter how well-equipped you think you are for this disaster, it is always preferable to be safe than sorry. No amount of mold should be considered safe, and it is always easier on everyone if you eliminate mold from your home when there is still relatively little of it. Contact Vines Plumbing today at (843) 258-5677 to have mold removed from your home.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

How to Save Water at Home

Whether you are concerned about your water bill or you simply care about the environment, you might be looking for ways to conserve water each month. Even when you make small changes to your daily routine, the savings can be tremendous.

Beyond the basics of cutting back on baths and turning the water off when you are brushing your teeth, you have other options. These tips will get you started on your quest to save money and water.

Save Money in the Bathroom

Most things you do in the bathroom may lead to water use, but there are several things you can do to prevent wasting water.

First, always fix plumbing issues soon after they appear. Leaking faucets waste money and could cost you more money than having a plumber come in.

You might also consider changing plumbing fixtures. Aerated faucets and low-flow toilets are great choices for conserving water. Plus, new toilets tend to use less water than their older counterparts. Dual-flush toilets also help conserve water.

Lastly, avoid disposing of unnecessary materials in the toilet. This uses many more gallons of water than is necessary and could lead to a clog in your pipes.

Of course, you may not be able to make big changes in your bathroom right now. Until you can, consider limiting shower time to only the essential amount.

Save Money in the Laundry Room

Laundry is a major source of water use, but it does not have to be. These tips help you save water when you are washing your clothes.

To start, use cold water to wash your dark clothes. Not only does this help your clothes keep their color, but it also saves both water and energy.

Did you know that some clothing does not need to be washed as often as others? Jeans are one of them. You may only need to wash your jeans every four to six wears, saving you money on your next load of laundry.

Next time you go to wash your clothes, use these tips in mind along with the advice that washing a full load is your goal if you want to be most efficient.

Save Money Outside
How much time do you spend watering the lawn and maintaining a garden? Doing this more efficiently can save money and water.

First, rethink your yard's irrigation or sprinkler system. Talk to the professional you hire about how you can make improvements to ensure that the yard is efficiently watered.

Want to water your yard less? Adjust your mower height so that it is at about two inches. Tall grass actually provides more shade for the root, allowing moisture to stick around. You can also opt for drought-resistant plants next time you are landscaping.

When you are efficient with your landscaping and watering routine, you can easily save more money outside the home. Your water bill will thank you for this.

Save Money in the Kitchen
From washing dishes to boiling water, your kitchen gets a lot of water action. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can save money in the kitchen.

Sometimes water can serve two purposes. Instead of dumping water from cooking down the drain, use it to water your plants. You can do this with ice cubes that have fallen on the floor too. You can also attach your steamer full of vegetables to something you are already boiling, like potatoes or noodles.

Then, wash your dishes in stages rather than running the water the entire time. Use one side of the sink for scrubbing and the other side for rinsing all the dishes at the same time. Dishwashers actually have the potential to use less water than washing dishes by hand, and this is something to keep in mind next time you shop.

Finally, simply be mindful that every drop of water is important. Taking care of your plumbing is one way to do that. Vines Plumbing & Water Restoration is here to assist you with your plumbing needs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Advantages of Hiring a Local Plumbing Company Over a National One

As a consumer, there are lots of options to choose from when a service is needed. That applies to the plumbing industry as there is no shortage of local and national plumbers spread throughout the United States. Examining the benefits of each one often provides a logical answer.

Customer Benefits

A national plumbing company does not have to rely on regular customers. Their brand is usually enough to bring them business. But a local plumbing company depends on quality customer service for its survival. For that reason, a local plumbing company will always take additional steps because it needs local customers to support its business.

More Vested

Local plumbing contractors have more vested in their projects as they can be used as referrals or turn into repeat business. These are also the businesses that pay taxes in the local community, which really binds them to their work. These local contractors may also see their clients on a regular basis, which means their reputations are at stake during each job.

Similarly, a local plumbing company has more vested in your project than just seeing it completed. If the contractor’s work meets or exceeds your expectations, then you can become a positive referral, resulting in even more local business for the contractor. Local home improvement contractors often live in the same community as the homes they remodel and can’t afford to disappoint their neighbors. Plus, they pay taxes and have a commercial interest in your community’s success.

Word of Mouth

National plumbing companies have plenty of marketing funds to advertise. Their company does not have to rely on word of mouth, whereas local plumbers do. One unsatisfied customer could quickly balloon to many because of word of mouth. This is why quality is a must for local plumbing contractors. They know that and are often more accessible, flexible and outgoing to their clients.

A Connection to the Community

Local plumbing companies make up the fabric of a community. Since the people who run these businesses are also consumers in that same area, there is typically an extra attention to detail. That is because there is a name to go along with the face. Local plumbers can relate to their customers because they share the same community. That connection adds value.

Lay of the Land

Local plumbers know the ins and outs better than a national company because of their experience. This can also lead to advice on how to maintain your plumbing, as well as insight on common plumbing problems specific to that area.

Vines Plumbing is ready to step in and be that local plumbing company you can trust.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A Message from Rick Vines on the Coronavirus

Dear Friends,

It seems like coronavirus is all anyone can talk about — and that’s for good reason.

This virus is sweeping the globe, and has been classified as a pandemic…

Which means it’s a serious health condition that’s spreading at above-average rates, all across the world.

Now, I believe we SHOULD take coronavirus very seriously…

And I want you to know, you can take some basic steps to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy during these uncertain times.

Here’s what I recommend you do:

1. Know Your Risk

Early research out of China shows the people who are most at risk are older folks, as well as people with underlying medical conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, or respiratory issues.

So, if you fall into one of these categories, make sure you are taking EXTRA precautions during this time. Try to stay 6 feet away from other people, and practice “social distancing” as much as possible.

That means staying out of crowded public places, like malls or movie theatres… and staying at your own home as much as possible to reduce your risk.

What can you do?

2. Keep Things Clean

Clean, clean, clean! Now, you DON’T have to run out and stock up on hand sanitizer — but you SHOULD be frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds.

Keep your hands away from your face, mouth, and eyes to help stop the virus from entering your body.

And be sure to wipe down surfaces you touch frequently, like doorknobs, keyboards, light switches, and even your cell phone. You can use products like bleach and Lysol. If you are really concerned you can have  Vines use a fogger in your home or business using a green product.

If you ARE out of your home for any reason, please avoid touching “high-touch” areas, like elevator buttons or stair railings. If you MUST touch them, use a tissue, a sleeve, or something else to put a “barrier” between your body and the surface.

And then wash your hands as soon as you’re able!

If I sound like a broken record, it’s because washing your hands is the #1 thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs. It’s THAT important!

3. What If You Get Sick?

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include coughing, fever, and shortness of breath… and these signs can show up anywhere from 2–14 days after you’re exposed.

This is another reason why it’s important to stay away from other people who may be infected — they could be sick without knowing it.

If you start to feel sick, call your doctor and let them know as soon as you can — but please, don’t drive to their office unannounced. Most of us have specific instructions from our County Health Department about where to send our patients for testing.

Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders — many people will be able to recover at home in about 2 weeks’ time.

4. Try To Keep Things Normal

It can be scary to stay at home for a long period of time… and it’s normal to feel anxious or unsure of what you can do. This is a great time to read you bible and listen to sermons online.

So, try to keep things normal as much as possible. Instead of having friends over for dinner, call them up on FaceTime and “get together” digitally. You don’t have to completely give up social connection… it just needs to look a little different for now.

If you normally take a walk after dinner, go take a walk after dinner! You can stick to your normal routine as much as possible — just try to keep at least 6 feet between you and other people. If you’re taking a walk around the block, it shouldn’t be too hard.

Yes, I’m going to do MY best to keep the same routine, too! I might even teach Stacey how to fish!!

Be careful out there, and take care of yourself. I’ll do my beat to keep you posted and remember if your in a bind Call VINES !!!

God bless,
Rick Vines

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Your home's water heater is one of the main components of your plumbing system, and it works to provide hot water to all of the faucets and other hot water-using appliances in your home. There are several different types of water heaters available Myrtle Beach, each of which operates in a different manner to perform the same function.

Understanding the differences in each type of water heater and what they have to offer your home's plumbing can help you figure out which variant is the right choice for your plumbing needs.


Conventional water heaters use a large storage tank with an installed heating element to keep a supply of hot water at a constant temperature, able to be used at any time. They are the most affordable type of water heater on the market and can provide hot water to multiple sources at once.

However, conventional water heaters do require time to recharge once all of your hot water has been used. This can be offset by installing a larger tank, but that will take up more space within your home. Conventional water heaters are also not very energy efficient and can drive up your monthly electrical bills.


As their name would suggest, tankless water heaters do not have a large storage tank to hold hot water in. Instead, they heat water up on demand. This means that they will not have to constantly cycle on and off to maintain a supply of hot water, which can save you money on your energy bills each month.

Further, their lack of a tank means that they take up much less room, which makes them ideal for smaller houses and apartments that don't have the storage space for a conventional water heater.
However, tankless water heaters do represent a higher initial investment than conventional water heaters do, which means that they won't be able to fit into every budget. Further, the fact that they heat water on demand means that they can have issues supplying hot water to multiple faucets or appliances at once, which can limit their effectiveness in larger homes.


Solar water heaters are designed to save you even more energy than tankless water heaters. Solar heaters use solar panels installed outside or on top of your home to generate power which then heats water in a conventional hot water storage tank.
This method of heating water can eliminate - or at the very least severely reduce - your energy bills each month.

However, solar water heaters are extremely expensive compared to other variants, as they require their own infrastructure to be installed in the form of solar panels and specialized electrical equipment. They also take up a great deal of space both within and outside of your home, and they require constant maintenance to ensure that the solar panels are kept in good condition.
There's also the obvious downside that solar water heaters are only well-suited for consistently sunny climates; colder and cloudy areas just won't generate enough power to provide an adequate amount of hot water.


Heat pump water heaters work by moving heat from outside of your home into the hot water storage tank and don't actually make use of a heating element to heat up water. This makes them extremely energy efficient and more reliable than solar water heaters.

However, heat pump water heaters work fairly slowly and are only well-suited for climates that do not have cold winters. While they may be energy efficient, they can have trouble heating up large quantities of water. Because of this, they are usually installed as hybrid units so that a conventional heating element or tankless water heater can take over when they are not able to generate enough heat.

For any questions that you may have about your home's water heater or if you have any other plumbing concerns, please feel free to contact us at Vines Plumbing & Water Restoration.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Recovering From Storm Damage


There are many natural elements that can take a toll on a home. Winter blizzards, summer thunderstorms, and year-round flooding are constant threats. Many times, damage from a natural disaster is unavoidable, but here is a look at ways to recover from storm damage to your property.

Damage Assessment

This involves a careful, yet calculated inspection of the damage brought on by Mother Nature. The obvious signs of damage will jump right out, but also be sure to look for more inconspicuous damage. For example, a roof may be missing shingles, cracked flashing or dented vents. Inside the home, examine the structural status and if there is significant damage, get out and put your own safety first. It is also advisable to take pictures.

Check Appliances

It must be noted that if there is standing water inside your home, do not start messing with the power. It is best to cut off the power until all the water has been removed. But you don’t necessarily have to check appliances for functionality. Look to see if they have been dented, dinged, cracked or have become discolored. These are often costly replacements, so it is important to make a note of them right away for insurance purposes. 

Call Your Insurance Carrier

There is a specific process for dealing with insurance claims. You will need to obtain a claim number and report the occurrence. It is also important to note that insurance providers are looking to get away with paying out as little as possible. You may also want to hire a public claims adjuster, so do not feel like you are subject to do whatever the insurance provider says. However, an important point is doing your part to avoid any additional damage.  

Select a Contractor

Chances are you are going to need a contractor to help put the pieces back together again. The type of contractor you will choose will depend upon the level of damage. Post-storm projects may include flood damage repairs, mold elimination, fire damage restoration, and biohazard cleanup that not every handyman will be able to handle. Finding a reliable contractor can start with a call to Vines Plumbing and Water Restoration of SC. They specialize in disaster recovery that restores homes and business back to their original states –or better.

Consider Emergency Funds

You will most likely be covered financially in restoring your home. However, you may need to shell out some money to compensate for living arrangements, safety, etc. This would be a good time as any to utilize a rainy-day fund for the time being.

For post storm recovery assistance in Georgetown and Horry counties of South Carolina, contact Vines anytime, 24 hour a day and 7 days a week. Their highly trained technicians will respond quickly and get the job done right so you can get back to normal life.

Visit today to learn more.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

All About Water Heaters

Water heaters are an integral part of our lives as they are one appliance that many people take for granted. There is an intricate process behind the functionality of this major household appliance and here is all you need to know about water heaters.

Energy Consumption
It is a lesser known fact among many people that water heaters are responsible for roughly 25 percent of energy use in a home. Keep in mind that water heaters are not just used for long, hot showers. They are also used in dishwashing, and laundry. The average household in the U.S. is responsible for using anywhere from 80 to 120 gallons of hot water on a daily basis. 

The Lifespan
Purchasing a water heater does not mean it is going to provide you with a lifetime of service. Water heaters that are equipped with a tank average of about 10 years. Some wind up conking out around eight years while others last up to 12 years. Some of the newer, more sophisticated models may even last 15 years. Regular maintenance and frequency of use both contribute to that varying lifespan. Tankless water heaters last longer, with an average life span that is upwards of 20 years.

First Hour Rating
Water heaters are often judged by their first hour rating. This rating is located on your tank and refers to the gallons of hot water that can be produced during a unit’s first hour of operation. A couple of factors can also influence the first hour rating, such as the water pressure in your home and temperature of the incoming water.

Tank vs Tankless
Traditional water heaters feature a tank, which holds the water that will be heated. Tank water heaters come in different sizes and are powered by electric, gas or propane. Tankless water heaters heat water as needed and provide an endless supply while also taking up much less space. They are a bit pricier, but have become a popular choice.

Brands of Water Heaters
There is a wide selection of water heaters to choose from when it comes to manufacturers. Some companies specialize in electric water heaters while others focus on the tankless variety. Here is a look at some of the leading manufacturers who are the most respected names in the industry:

•    Rheem
•    A.O. Smith
•    Bradford White
•    General Electric
•    Bosch
•    Richmond
•    Rinnai
•    Noritz

For all types of water heater repair or service, contact Vines Plumbing today.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

5 Most Common Unnatural Causes of Water Damage

When the thought of water damage comes to mind many people immediately imagine homes and businesses flooding due to natural disaster. This is especially true in Lowcountry. However, there are other sources that at any time can cause water leaks and damage inside a home. With a little knowledge and proactiveness you maybe able to avoid these often sudden surprises or, at least take quick action if it occurs.

While this may seem daunting, there are a few easy things that homeowners can do to prevent various types of water damage on a regular basis. Knowing what to check first and what to do can make a big difference in minimizing loss and expenses. Take a look below at the 5 most common causes of water damage in a home.

Don't be inconvenienced by plumbing problems any longer. Contact Vines at the first sign of trouble to get repairs done quickly and avoid extensive water damages.

Leaking Roof

Roofs are only meant to last a certain number of years. Add in the fact that the wear and tear of Mother Nature is constant and there is a greater chance that a roof will eventually spring a leak. There is also flashing, roof penetrations and an underlayment that could all break down. Even a leak inside your house can be the result of a roofing problem that is not directly above it Having your roof checked regularly is a good defense.

Old Water Heater

Most water heaters are only built to last about 10 years. However, when they are starting to wither, there are no tell-tale signs. Eventually, the water heater starts to leak and sometimes that can come in bunches. Keep an eye on the age of your water heater and don’t wait until it exceeds its lifespan to get a new one.

Busted Pipe

Pipes can steer to wear down over the course of time and that could result in a sudden burst. This also has no preliminary warning signs, although it can cause quite a mess. A residential plumbing professional can identify older pipes that may be more prone to bursting. Pipes that freeze during the winter months could also burst and create a lot of problems.

Leaking or Overflowing Toilet

A clogged toilet will overflow and immediately send water streaming throughout your home. However, it does not have to be instantaneous as slowly leaking water can be equally as damaging. This is a common problem and when there are even subtle signs of toilet issues, it is wise to have a plumber take a look.

Household Clogs

The purpose of all the drains in a home is to promote water outtake. If there is a clog, then water could back up and this could even be the reason a pipe bursts. Clogs left untreated will keep excess water inside the home and when that water cannot be released, it has to go somewhere. That means it is bound to cause damage inside the home. 

For more helpful information and tips, continue to explore our blog or visit our Learn More page.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Key Steps to Restoring Your Home After Fire Damage

Inside a home or business, even a small fire can produce a different kind of damage. Not many people have extensive experience restoring a dwelling that has been damaged by fire. That is why this type of service is carried out by specialists. Attending to fire damage includes a variety of procedures.

Assessment and Sealing
The process begins with an assessment conducted by trained professionals. Homeowners receive a detailed report of the damage and what it will take for restoration. Most instances will require boarding up the windows. In some instances, a tarp will be placed over any damage in the roof to prevent any additional damage. Sealing off the structure is very important.

Water removal
Next up comes the drying portion, which includes an important element of water removal. After a fire, there is usually leftover water that has saturated the structure. Before any rebuilding can begin, this water needs to be removed. Contractors with plumbing experience prove to be particularly useful during this phase. This typically requires the removal of large puddles through the use if sump pumps.

Once all the water is removed, then comes the drying stage. No real restoration can begin until the entirety of the structure is completely dried out. And because of the toxic nature of what fire can do, the area also needs to be sanitized. This means ridding any harmful toxins that may have been produced by the fire and settled into the structure.

Smoke and Soot removal
Once these prior steps have been taken, it is important to remove that smokiness that often becomes entrenched in the remains. Leftover soot on a wall can also be unsightly. To remove smoke and soot, there are special techniques and professional equipment that needs to be utilized. This process is by no means a DIY endeavor.

Only when all these steps are completed can the repair process begin. This will also give homeowners a better idea of what can be salvaged and what has to be rebuilt from the ground up. There are instances when things like the plumbing remain intact and there are other times when only a partial remodel is necessary.

If your home is damaged by fire, contact the team at Vines Plumbing and Water Restoration. We have all the equipment, personnel and experience to provide fire damage restoration in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Behind the Scenes of Your Plumbing Company

Vines Plumbing & Water Restoration - locally owned & operated.

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of your plumbing company in SC, much of which is unknown to regular customers. There is a lot that goes into the day-to-day operations in the world of plumbing and here is a look at some of the scenes that are not as widely publicized. 

A simple formula

Plumbing may seem complex, but it basically relies on pressure and gravity. Plumbing basically operates in two fashions. It either pushes water out or brings it in. Pressure moves water through piping and that water is cold, which explains why water heaters are needed. Most plumbing problems are a result of water leaving the home, which essentially abides by the laws of gravity. However, impediments and ruptures along the way are two primary reasons a plumber is needed.

It’s risky business

Plumbers are at risk on the job every day. Since there is a not so glamorous side of the job that deals with human waste, plumbers are always at risk of getting sick and most plumbers have a story or two to tell about that very subject. Plumbers continually find themselves at risk of contracting hepatitis, E Coli and parasites among other illnesses.

Constant on-the-job learning

The art of plumbing is constantly being upgraded, prompting plumbers to learn and adapt to new innovations. Modern plumbing has introduced a variety of new products that were not around when most plumbers underwent their initial training. That means reputable plumbers continually have become accustomed to new fixtures, appliances and other industry-related products.

People are not as defenseless as they think

When it comes to plumbing, most people just hand over responsibility to the professionals. However, every homeowner can make an effort to maintain their plumbing. For example, defending against leaks can be accomplished in three simple steps: adjust water pressure between 55 and 75 psi, learn how to shut off your main water supply, and install flow sensors as they can detect any leaks in the plumbing.

A modern convenience

Most people have little idea of what happens after they flush their toilet and leave the bathroom. It is actually a detailed process that begins by sending waste through a pipe that connects to another exit pipe which leads to the local sewage system. This ends up at the local treatment plant where it is filtered and divided into sledge, scum and wastewater. That leads to multiple treatment phases for the wastewater where bacteria is removed and more filtering takes place until the water is deemed safe to be released into a nearby source.

Vines Plumbing and Water Restoration is ready to put our expertise to work for you by providing expert plumbing service in Myrtle Beach SC and the surrounding communities.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

What to do After Water Damage Happens in Your Home

One minute everything maybe fine. Then, the next can be full of 😧 "Oh NO!"

Most homeowners never anticipate having to deal with water damage, although it is more common than most people may realize. Some types of water damage are not preventable, although knowing what to do in the aftermath can be a tremendous benefit. Here is a look at what to do after sustaining water damage.

Safety first

The first priority in any situation is to ensure the safety of everyone in the home. If a pipe bursts or something else springs a serious leak, make sure the power is turned off before you start sorting through the mess. This will prevent any appliances from shorting out, shocking anyone in the home or starting a fire.

Find source of leak

It is easy to identify the source of a leak when a pipe bursts, but the source of water damage is not always easily identifiable. Some of the most severe water damage can occur from a slow leak which spans lengthy periods of time. If it is too tough to detect, contact a plumber right away.

Out with the wet

It is recommended to remove any furniture or carpets that sustained damage. A little splash of water is not going to ruin these items, but severe water damage might just make them unsalvageable.

Contact insurance company

There is always a chance that your homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of water damage. However, it is important to not delay this process. There are steps for contacting individual insurance companies and reporting the damage Get to know that process beforehand.

Dry out

As long as there are no frigid temperatures outside, it is a good idea to air out your home. Opening up the windows and doors will help dry out the inside of your home. This process can be accelerated by bringing in fans and letting them run on high.

Consider a remodel

Some water damage may be just too much for some patchwork to fix. If the damage occurred in the bathroom, then you could consider a bathroom remodel This option may be more intriguing if your insurance company assumes financial responsibility.

Look for other warning signs

There is no reason a little bit of water damage cannot turn into a lot. Do a once over in and out of the house. After checking all the water supplies in the house, looks outside for wet soil on the ground or any signs of rust stains as they can be strong indicators that there’s a bigger problem.

Contact Vines Plumbing for any other questions about water damage to your home.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


Your home is a lifelong investment and you want to do everything you can to maintain its value. Unfortunately, if your home is ever subjected to water damage, it could decrease its value and come with other costly hazards.


Asbestos growth in your home can be dangerous to you and your family. It can cause breathing problems and other lifelong side effects. Water damage may increase the presence of asbestos.


Mold needs a damp place to grow and spread, and if your home has water damage, it provides the ideal environment for that to happen. The presence of mold in your home can cause breathing problems, allergies and other permanent side effects if left untreated.


Water damage is not only bad for your health, but can also do harm to your home’s structure. Leaving water damage untreated can cause wood to rot, wallpaper to curl and flooring to bulge. It could leave a big dent in your wallet as you try to fix all the secondary problems caused by water damage.

The best thing you can do if your home ever gets water damage is to take care of it right away. If left untreated, it can really pose an expensive and dangerous threat to you and your family. Hire a professional to address your water damage issues and help you reverse the damage and fix the other issues in your home.

To learn more about the hazards of water damage, contact Vines Plumbing at (843) 258-5677.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Plumbing Tips on Saving Money

As a homeowner or landlord, there is always some need for an upgrade. That means more dollars out of your pocket. However, you don’t always have to be spending as there are South Carolina plumbing tips you can use to save money.

Insulate water heater

Adding insulation to your water heater will enhance its lifespan and will also decrease your monthly energy bills. This is due to the fact that the water heater will have to use less energy every time the water is turned on.

Install strainers in drains

It costs practically nothing to install a drain strainer in your kitchen and bathroom sinks and tub or shower. Definitely less than the cost of hiring a plumber for drain cleaning. These strainers will keep debris from going down your drain. In the kitchen, that means stopping pasta and other types of food. In bathrooms, it means stopping hair and other particles.

Keep gutters clear

As long as you are not endangering yourself at great heights, keeping your gutters clean is a regular job that can be done by homeowners. Gutters that remained clogged can back up and eventually cause a leak in your roof. Checking gutters regularly is an inexpensive and valuable task.

Be familiar with age of plumbing

Water heaters, garbage disposals and sump pumps all have an average life span. Once each of those items reach their age limit, the time for replacement is near. Getting out in front of those issues by replacing those items could prevent other problems that could occur in the event of a complete breakdown 

Learn how to shut off main water supply

If your plumbing springs a major leak, your home could be subjected to water damage. However, that damage can be minimized by immediately turning off the home’s water supply. If you are unaware how to do so, then water will continue to flow throughout your home until a professional plumber arrives. That could add up to a lot in damages. Vines Plumbing and Water Restoration knows firsthand how important it is to act fast to reduce damage as well as complete repairs to get your life back to normal.


Spending a little money now means saving a lot more in the long run. Installing new shower heads and low-flow toilets will save you money every month in energy bills. This will also give you long lasting products that won’t need to be replaced for a number of years.

Garbage disposal guidelines

To get the optimal amount of use out of your garbage disposal, read and follow the guidelines exactly. This will teach you what not to put into your unit and how to maintain it so that you get every penny’s worth of your purchase.

We hope you enjoy these money savings tips. Myrtle Beach and Conway area residents and business owners can call on us anytime you need plumbing and water damages restoration services.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Biggest Plumbing Myths

There are a lot of misconceptions about plumbing that lead homeowners to create more trouble than necessary. It is important to know which popular plumbing myths are simply myths and not based on anything factual. Here is a closer look at the biggest plumbing myths.

Myth: You can safely pour grease down a drain after mixing it with hot water
It does not matter what form of grease you put down the drain because it is eventually going to congeal. That heightens the change of a clog. Hot, or boiling, water might appear to liquefy grease, but there is no way to safely put grease down your drain. Always dispose of your grease by other means.

Myth: Flushable wipes are Flushable

The only manufactured product intended to be flushed in toilets is toilet paper. Any kind of wipes should be disposed of in other ways. Baby wipes are also not meant to be flushed down a toilet as this is a major reason for household clogs.

Myth: Water heaters that make noise need to be replaced
A water heater that has a bit of rattling going on is not a reason for immediate replacement. That is normally just a sign of sediment buildup inside the water heater. This can be fixed with some simple maintenance and does not require the purchase of a new unit.

Myth: Liquid drain cleaners should be regularly used
While a liquid drain cleaner may be successful in breaking up a clog, regular use of this product can cause more damage than good. That is because the chemicals used in liquid drain cleaners will start to produce corrosion. This will steadily diminish the integrity of your drain lines over the long haul.

Myth: A Leaky faucet is not an issue
A faucet that is leaking is symptomatic of a bigger problem. That problem may not be a super expensive one, but it is still a problem. A leaking faucet is just like a leak in a ceiling in that it is evidence of another problem that should be attended to right away.

Myth: Preventative maintenance is not necessary
There are so many potential problems that can affect your plumbing if they are not addressed early on. It is wise for homeowners to invest in regular plumbing maintenance because the major problems that start out as minor ones can be very expensive to fix.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Emergency Plumbing Solutions

Most times, a plumbing problem will occur without any prior notice. And many times, it will come as an immediate inconvenience that requires immediate action. The good news is that you don’t need to be a professional plumber to apply an emergency plumbing solution that can hold things over until professional help arrives.

Pipe Burst

When a pipe bursts, water just keeps gushing out of the opening. The only way to stop that water from flowing right away is to shut off the water. You can do that by finding the shutoff valve and turning it off. Once the water is off, you can turn on the cold water in various fixtures to drain the remaining water and then wait for help to arrive.

Faucet Problems

There could be an instance when water does not stop flowing or begins spraying awkwardly from a faucet within your home. This does not require shutting off the entire water supply to the home. Underneath the sink, there are a pair of shutoff valves, one designated for hot and one for cold. Turning them clockwise will do the trick and if they are tough to turn, use a pair of pliers.

Pipe Freezes

A frozen pipe during the winter months could eventually burst. The first response is to shut off the main water supply. You can then take additional measures by trying to thaw the pipe, but do not expose a direct flame to the pipe. Instead, use hot water bottles to gradually reduce the chill. Pipe repair or replacement and water damage restoration will be the final fix to this issue.

No Hot Water

When you realize your home is not producing any hot water, the first place for inspection is the hot water heater. If it is a gas-operated water heater, shut the gas off Also, look for signs of a leak. Also, double check to ensure you paid your monthly water bill.

Multiple Drain Clogs

When you are experiencing more than one clog at a time, it is usually the sign of a larger problem that can be costly to fix. If there is an unpleasant odor accompanying those clogs, it usually indicates that your sewer system is backed up. Contact a specialist if this occurs.

Water is Too Hot

There could be an occasion when the hot water comes out scalding. This could be a very dangerous situation and generally means that there is an issue with your water heater temperature setting. If you are unaware how to adjust the setting, contact a professional right away.

In the event of a plumbing emergency, contact the team at Vines Plumbing and Water Restoration for a fast and affordable solution.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Most Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

Residential plumbing is a service that is not often mastered by homeowners. In most instances, plumbing problems require the expertise of a trained professional. However, that does not mean that homeowners should not try to stay informed. Here is a look at the most frequently asked plumbing questions

What is the tank on my toilet overflowing and what should I do?

This is not uncommon and it most often occurs because of a leak in your fill valve. Replacement of that fill valve is a cheap, quick fix. But it could also be due to a corroded wire that sets your water level.

What should I do if there is a water leak in my home?

The first thing you need to do is locate the shut-off valve. This should be located before any problems arise as it shuts off the main water supply. Once that is done, call a professional plumbing service so that the problem can be immediately diagnosed.

Why is my monthly water bill higher than usual?

Unless you are housing a lot more people who take long and frequent showers, there is a problem. This often means there is a leak and that could extend to the faucet, toilet, underground pipes or sprinkler system. Water bills should be relatively the same throughout the year.

Should I invest in a water softener?

This is a good investment that will improve the health of everyone in the home. Softening your water will improve the quality of skin, hair and make for cleaner, fresher laundry. It is also safer to drink than hard water because water softeners remove minerals.

How do I avoid drain clogs?

The top reason for drain clogs is a buildup of soap scum. This soap scum acts as a glue that collects some particles like hair, dirt and debris that falls into a drain. Reduce the soap scum and it will lessen the chances of a clogged drain.

What is causing my faucet to leak?

A constant or subtle drip can be the result of numerous faults. A corroded valve or a washer that is worn can both be the culprits. A broken fitting or a worn seal can also be the cause and the good part is that all of these are relatively inexpensive fixes. 

Why has my water pressure dropped?

There is no universal answer, although it means there is something is amiss as water travels from the main water system all the way through to the faucets in your home. This could be caused by a variety of reasons and a plumbing professional can identify the source.

The team of trained technicians and customer associates at Vines Plumbing and Water Restoration welcome any other plumbing questions you may have.

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Many homeowners enjoy the benefits of a traditional tanked water heater. In addition, many people are discovering the great benefits of tankless water heaters. If your water heater is older and you want to replace it, check out these facts to determine if a tankless or tanked water heater is the right choice for you and your family.

Tankless Systems Reduce Energy Consumption

If you want to cut down on energy spending, a tankless water heater is a great choice because it can drastically reduce energy consumption.

If you use an average of 41 gallons or less of hot water per day, your tankless water heater may be 24 to 34 percent more efficient than a tanked system. If you use more water - such as 86 gallons or more per day - you may use 8 to 14 percent less energy than with a tanked system.

The biggest reason tankless systems are more efficient is because they don't heat the water until you need it. Once you turn on the hot water, it starts getting hot. With a traditional water heater, the tank is full of hot water, which uses electricity to keep it hot. However, as long as your water heater is well-insulated, it should keep much of the water naturally hot without wasting too much energy.

Tankless Systems Come in Point-of-Use or Whole-Home

With tankless systems, you can choose a point-of-use water heater or a whole-home water heater. With point-of-use water heaters, the water heater only provides hot water to one faucet. This can help you save money if you only use hot water on some faucets, such as the washing machine, dishwasher, or kitchen sink. You can also use a point-of-use system in conjunction with a tanked water heater, especially if you have problematic faucets.

A whole-home system provides hot water to every faucet in the home, much like a traditional water heater. You can install the whole-house systems in one central location, but they take up much less room than a traditional tank.

Tanked Water Heaters Provide Instant Hot Water

The biggest benefit of having a tank of hot water is instant hot water. If you have a tanked water heater, as soon as you turn on the hot water faucet, hot water starts flowing because it comes directly from the tank. If the house uses all the hot water, you'll have to wait for the tank to refill, but as long as you choose the appropriate size tank for your family, you shouldn't experience a problem.

With a tankless system, the water runs over a heating device, but the heating device isn't active until you turn on the hot water faucet. Therefore, you may have to wait for the heating device to fully warm. As a result, you may have to let cold water run for a while before the water reaches the desired temperature.

Tanked Water Heaters Are More Affordable to Purchase

Ultimately, many people choose tanked water heaters because they are more affordable to purchase and install. You can expect to pay between $300 and $3,500 for a traditional water heater and professional installation. The price depends on many factors, including the size, quality, and insulating properties.

A tankless system may cost $1,800 to $5,000 for the system and installation. Tankless water heaters tend to last longer than traditional tanked heaters, but tanked systems still last 10 to 15 years, making them an affordable investment for many homeowners.

Your home's water heater is invaluable for providing heated water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. However, while many people prefer a tanked system, a tankless water heater may be a great choice to consider. For more information about water heater replacement or which type of system is best for your needs, contact us at Vines Plumbing and Water Restoration today.

Monday, November 26, 2018


Mold can become an issue in your house due to water damage from plumbing issues that aren't correctly dealt with. When you have mold in your home, it can spread quickly and lead to serious problems that affect everything from your flooring to the home's structure.

Mold can also cause many health problems. To protect yourself, learn about mold and the ways mold in your home can affect your health.

How You Get Mold in Your Home

Mold requires certain conditions to thrive. These conditions include oxygen, warmth, darkness, moisture, and mold spores. Mold also needs a surface it can feed on such as drywall, fabric, or wood.

Many places in your home provide these conditions to mold. If moisture is introduced to a dark and warm place in your home, such as a closet, cupboard, or basement, then you can find yourself dealing with mold. If you don’t have a professional remove mold correctly in the early stages, it can cause damage to your home as it grows and lead to a variety of health problems.

What Health Problems Mold Can Cause

Some people are more susceptible to mold reactions than others. For anyone who is predisposed to mold sensitivities, mold can cause allergy-like symptoms. These symptoms include red and itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose, runny nose, and rashes.

People with serious predisposed sensitivities to mold can experience more severe reactions including breathing difficulties. People with conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can experience asthma attacks and serious respiratory issues.

Exposure to certain strains of mold, such as aspergillus and stachybotrys chartarum, may lead to another major health concern. These strains of mold produce mycotoxins, which cause inflammation and other issues such as a condition called toxic mold syndrome.

Toxic mold syndrome is a type of black mold poisoning. Some of the symptoms that can come from toxic mold syndrome include anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, weakness, vertigo, memory loss, confusion, lack of concentration, verbal issues, learning difficulty, digestive issues, appetite loss, skin changes, depression, and infertility.

Toxic mold syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because many of the condition's symptoms coincide with the symptoms of other conditions, such as bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autoimmune disorder, and attention deficit disorder.

How Conditions Due to Mold Exposure Are Diagnosed

The technology for testing for many mold-related conditions is still limited. However, in some cases, mycotoxins can be found in urine. Another way to diagnose conditions like mold toxicity syndrome is with a nasal swab test, which a doctor performs to test for the presence of bacteria.

Hormone changes often take place with mold-related issues that can be picked up in blood tests. For example, a skin prick test can show an allergic reaction to mold, which can help diagnose a mold-related condition.

Negative tests don't necessarily mean a person is free of mold-related issues. In many cases, a physician will make a diagnosis based off the patient's symptoms and/or the fact that mold was found in their home or workplace.

How to Protect Yourself From Mold

The best way to protect yourself from mold is to keep your home mold-free. Have roof leaks repaired immediately. Also, schedule repairs for plumbing issues as soon as you find them.

If you find a leak or see signs of moisture, such as damp carpet, bubbling paint, stains on the walls, or anything else that can point to plumbing leaks or other issues, contact us to come repair those issues right away.

If you think you already have mold in your home, we can come out and remove the mold safely from your home. You won't always be able to see mold, so call us if you notice other possible signs of mold growth, such as a musty smell or dark areas of flooring.

Thursday, November 22, 2018


Nobody sets out to encourage mold growth in their home. But between using natural materials such as fabrics and wood, and putting lots of water in the air, it can happen accidentally. Here are five ways to avoid providing a utopia for unwanted mold colonies.

1. Use an Electric Dehumidifier

If you have a small house and your excess moisture is coming from the basement, a large dehumidifier unit running in your basement could help keep your humidity levels appropriate. The ideal humidity levels for avoiding mold should be below 50 percent, but don't go below 30 percent or your skin might start drying out.

You can also purchase smaller units for individual rooms, or move the unit around to different rooms of the house as convenient.

2. Add Moisture Absorbers and Fans

A whole-house dehumidifier won't keep moisture from collecting on a window or behind the toilet. It can make sure there's less water available, but the water can still condense on a cool surface. For these situations, small electric fans can help keep air moving rapidly across the surface so it doesn't have time to allow moisture to condense out.

For small, enclosed spaces, even if there's no window pane for water to condense on, the lack of air circulation can encourage mold growth. Keeping the humidity levels even lower in these spaces (such as cabinets and drawers) can be accomplished by using individual moisture absorbers.

3. Check Humidity Levels With a Hygrometer

If you're not sure which areas in your house are the dampest, a small, affordable hygrometer could become your new best friend. Simply place it in various spots around your house, leaving it in each spot for 24 hours and keeping track of how the humidity fluctuates, to get a baseline for the level of dampness present in each room. Then, try putting it in more isolated spots such as inside cabinets or under sinks to gauge how much higher the humidity levels are there.

4. Clean Susceptible Surfaces Frequently

Mold spores float through the air until they land on a habitable surface such as a damp wall. Then they'll start sprouting and growing. But the more often you clean any given surface, the less time any mold spores will have to sprout and grow before you wipe them off.

Remember that cleaning to avoid mold is very different from cleanup after the fact. While you can't simply wipe mold off after it's started growing (it will grow back), you can clean the mold spores off with mold-killing cleaners before they've gotten established. If you already have visible mold growth, consider a professional remediation before the infestation worsens.

5. Leave Curtains Open (Except Shower Curtain)

Although sunlight doesn't necessarily kill all mold (some mold is quite happy growing around the edges of a sunny window), the UV rays that it provides do have a generalized anti-mold effect. In addition, leaving thick curtains down will trap cool, wet air against the window (and any parts of the wall that it touches), making any beginning mold colonies extremely happy.

An exception to this is the shower curtain. Opening the shower curtain directly after a shower can trap water in its folds, encouraging mold and mildew there. Instead, leave the shower curtain closed (stretched out across the bathtub) until it dries.

These tips will help you control the environment inside your house so that the mold spores floating through the air are less likely to find a perfect home behind your furniture or under your sink. If you need help with mold cleanup beforehand, give Vines Plumbing & Water Restoration a call today.

Friday, October 5, 2018


One of the most likely places you'll discover mold in your home is the basement. Your home's basement is often dark, undisturbed, and naturally moist due to being underground in your home's foundation, creating the ideal breeding ground for mold spores.

The key to keeping your basement mold-free lies in knowing how to identify a mold problem, treating affected areas effectively, and preventing mold growth in the future. Read on to learn how to manage mold in your basement. You can use this advice for other mold-prone parts of the home as well, such as your attic and garage.

Identify Mold in the Basement

Mold carries a particular odor, often smelling like wet dirt or an old, musty rag. You'll notice this smell in damp areas of your basement, such as in corners, under the stairs, or near windows where moisture is likely to get in. Mold will also grow around exposed pipes.

Not all mold is black in appearance: you may see mold in your basement — or stains from mildew — that is brown, yellow, tan, pink, or green in color. Mold comes in many forms, including large uneven shapes or small dots lining walls and exposed flooring. Mold will grow nearly anywhere in the basement as long as there is humidity, including along cement and brickwork.

Treat Mold in the Basement

The first way to treat a mold problem in your basement is to identify the type of mold existing in your home. Several species of mold are common to houses, including black or toxic mold. A mold remediation specialist will identify the type of mold you are dealing with. Black mold should always be treated by a specialist.

Some species of mold, such as aspergillus, are relatively harmless and easy to get rid of with ammonia or other chemical treatment. However, treating mold on your own poses a health risk to you and your family if you don't use the right treatments or don't have enough ventilation in your basement to prevent spreading mold spores.

That’s why you should leave mold remediation to a professional. A water damage restoration contractor will assess your basement's mold damage and remove all traces of mold from your home.

Prevent Mold in the Basement

Prevent mold growth by providing ventilation to keep the air dry. Install ceiling or wall fans, crack open windows, and wrap exposed pipes with insulation to prevent condensation buildup and in turn help avert future mold growth. If your climate is naturally humid, place a dehumidifier in your basement to manage humidity in your home.

If moisture is getting into your home from outside, replace or repair rain gutters and place gravel around your home's foundation. You can also waterproof basement walls with a special material to keep mold at bay.

Your water damage restoration contractor will identify where and how moisture is getting into your basement as part of your mold remediation process. Follow your expert's advice for keeping your basement dry to keep mold from returning.

If mold is a consistent problem in your basement, have your contractor visit your home periodically to check for new mold spores. Keeping on top of a mold problem may take more than one professional treatment, particularly if you have a very damp basement that floods or leaks easily.

Mold is a common household concern and managing the fungi is difficult to do on your own. Our team of experts at Vines Plumbing & Water Restoration are able to identify and treat your basement's mold problem. Call us to schedule a consultation for mold remediation and restoration services today.

Monday, September 3, 2018


You've toured home after home, searching for your dream property. Now that you've found a house that has the perfect number of bedrooms, a backyard for your pups to run free, and closets that you can actually walk into, you're ready to put down an offer.

Before you sign anything, every would-be homeowner needs to make sure that the property isn't just everything you want aesthetically. The home also needs to have a full inspection. Water damage is sneaky in the way it can hide in almost plain sight. If you notice suspicious stains or any other possible water damage red flags, you need to take caution before moving on to the next step in the home buying process.

What should you do if you think your potential home has water damage? Take a look at how you can protect yourself and your investment.

Visual Inspection
Knowing what to look for when it comes to water damage is a step in the right direction - that is, if you want to uncover a potential problem before making a hefty down payment. Even though you may not have expert knowledge, you can still visually inspect the home for noticeable signs.

What are the symptoms of water damage? Look for peeling or flaking paint, moist or wet patches on the walls, or walls that are bowed. Keep in mind, peeling paint and damp walls aren't always the result of water damage from a plumbing problem, leak, or flood. These symptoms also show up if the air is too humid or when paint or plaster is incorrectly applied.

Along with peeling, bowed, or wet areas, you may also see dirty or stained marks from dried water or mold. Even though the home may seem dry, these leftover telltale signs indicate that, at some point, the home may have had water damage. If that damage wasn't handled correctly - that is, by a restoration expert - the home may have lingering problems that you'll have to deal with as the new owner.

Professional Inspection
Along with inspecting the home yourself, hire a professional inspector to assess the possibility of water damage. Not only will the inspector note areas of water damage, but they can also help determine what's causing the issue.

An issue such as this has many possible causes. Anything from a slowly leaking pipe to a previous flood during a rainstorm can result in water damage. The inspector will review the home's systems, as well as its exterior and interior components. This helps the professional determine the extent of the damage and what issues are at fault.

The home-buying process isn't an overnight or instant event. It takes time. What started with a water damage question following your own inspection may have turned into a water damage confirmation after the professional inspection. After you've received the full report from the home inspector, it's time to decide whether you want to buy the property or not.

Some types of water damage are fairly minor and won't require extensive repairs. A patch of peeling paint following a one-time washing machine leak or a stain after the dishwasher overflowed are more of aesthetic issues than functional problems. But if the inspector feels that the cause behind the damage is ongoing (such as a leaking pipe) or has left behind wood rot or mold that you'll have to repair, you may be looking at an expensive fix.

You have a few different options after getting the not-so-good news that the home has extensive or ongoing water damage problems. You can walk away and keep the search for your dream home going. If that's not an option, you can get a repair estimate from a restoration company.

A professional contractor can plan a safe, appropriate fix and provide you with a price. In some cases, the seller will agree to pay for the costs.

Does your would-be new home have water damage? Contact Vines Plumbing & Water Restoration for more information.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Annual checkups are recommended for a variety of household systems; and even if you remember to get your AC system checked at the beginning of every warm season, you may not realize that your plumbing system needs to be regularly maintained as well. Unlike your AC, your plumbing system works year-round and accumulates constant wear and tear.

So whether you decide to have your system inspected and cleaned as part of your spring cleaning or in the fall before winter storms can burst any unprotected pipes, there are a number of factors in your plumbing system that require a professional checkup each year. Here are a few examples.

1. Water Heater

Sometimes water heater problems can sneak up on you. For example, if there's sediment buildup in the tank, you might not notice that your system is sounding more rumbly than it did a few months ago - after all, each day sounded about the same as the day before.

A plumbing inspection includes water heater checkups, and a plumbing technician can find and diagnose problems such as sediment buildup, thermostat problems, valve problems and leaks in a tank easier than you could on your own.

A technician can also help you with problems that are just annoying, such as slightly-too-high water pressure. A technician can also perform regular maintenance services such as flushing out the tank and putting in a new anode rod, meaning there will be less maintenance work for you later.

2. Sump Pump

Your sump pump probably doesn't get used often, especially during the less-stormy times of the year. However, after months of inactivity, some sump pumps may develop a malfunction. You can't be sure yours will work perfectly just because it did so last year.

Instead, including the sump pump in your annual plumbing maintenance and inspection visit will help ensure that it's in good working condition next time there's a storm.

Although there are several maintenance tasks you can do yourself, such as cleaning out the pump screen, a professional inspection will include testing of the alarm and backup power, checking for functional valves and correct pit size and more, so you don't have to worry about those maintenance tasks unless you want to.

3. Water Pipes

Not all homeowners realize this, but your water could be negatively affecting your pipes in a variety of ways. For example, if the water is too hard, it could be causing a layer of lime scale to build up on the inside of your pipes, which can gradually reduce their diameter until no water can get through at all.

On the other hand, if your water softener is too strong, the chemicals might damage your pipes as well. In addition, a too-high or too-low PH can also have ill effects, causing erosion or other problems.

So no matter what type of water you have - well water or city water - an annual inspection to make sure your pipes are in good health is ideal.

The plumbing inspection will also include checking for any drips, slow leaks and other "small" problems that could develop into very large problems at some point during the next few years. Having a professional look at your pipes can be very helpful that way.

As you can see, there are a number of reasons that annual inspections are recommended for your plumbing system. These few examples show that there's a lot that can go wrong if you don't stay up to date with upkeep.

If you'd like more info about plumbing maintenance or if you'd like to schedule a repair or maintenance visit, contact the experts at Vines Plumbing & Water Restoration today via our website.

Friday, September 8, 2017


As a homeowner, you probably have a seemingly endless list of projects you want to complete when you finally have the time. Surely some projects, like re-painting a hallway or updating your cabinet hardware, can be put on the "one day" list with few consequences.

However, many homeowners place seemingly small plumbing issues on the back burner because they assume that these issues are not a big deal yet. Unfortunately, this mistake can be costly in the long run.

Plumbing problems — even the small ones — always deserve your prompt attention. Here are five often-ignored plumbing problems that you should address as soon as possible before they become much worse.


While you might figure a few drops of water from a tiny leak are not a big deal, the problems that the water causes are actually what is dangerous. A tiny plumbing leak often leads to a consistently moist surface, whether it be a wall or a floor, and consistent moisture encourages mold growth. Mold can cause respiratory symptoms, rashes, fatigue, nausea and an array of other health problems.

As soon as you notice a leak of any size, call your plumber to come repair the pipe in question. Otherwise, you may end up having to replace a lot of moldy, water-damaged building materials, too.


A running toilet doesn't make a mess and is not dangerous. Therefore, many homeowners consider a running toilet easy to ignore. However, a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day, or 6,000 gallons of water per month.

This water waste is not good for your wallet or for the environment. Plus, fixing a leaky toilet is usually as simple as replacing a component or two within the tank.


A pipe freezing and thawing occasionally may present a minor inconvenience if it keeps you from using a certain tap for a few days here and there in the winter. However, when a pipe freezes, you need to do more than just wait for the pipe to thaw. You need to take action to keep the pipe from freezing again because the next time it freezes could be the time it bursts and floods your home.

Adding insulation to exposed water pipes is often the best way to prevent them from continuing to freeze. You can also leave the tap in question on, just slightly, during very cold periods to prevent the associated pipes from freezing.


Is your water heater making a rumbling or chattering noise every time you turn it on? If the water is still coming out hot, you may be tempted to just ignore the noise. However, rattling noises usually mean that sediment has accumulated in the bottom of your hot water tank.

This sediment increases your energy bills and can cause your water heater to fail prematurely. You can have your plumber come backwash the water tank to remove sediment and prevent future issues.


Mineral buildup can easily be removed from faucets with limescale remover or even white vinegar, but removing the deposits from faucets is really just treating the symptoms and not the true problem.

Mineral deposits occur when you have hard water — water with a high concentration of dissolved calcium and magnesium. If minerals are depositing on your fixtures, they are probably forming deposits inside your pipes too.

Pipes clogged by mineral deposits eventually need to be replaced as they lead to low water pressure. It's a lot easier to have a water softener, which is a device that removes minerals from your water, installed in your home. This will prevent future mineral deposits on your faucets and within your pipes.

If you ever notice one of these problems with your plumbing, do not hesitate to call Vines Plumbing. We can handle all of your plumbing issues — hopefully before they result in substantial damage or the need for extensive repairs.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


You know you should fix water leaks and drips in your home to keep from wasting water and running up your bill. What you may not know is a leaky drain or dripping pipe can attract household pests.

The dripping water plus an enclosed space behind a wall or under a sink creates a bug paradise. Here's a look at some common bugs that are attracted to high humidity or damp wood that's caused by leaky plumbing.


You probably have booklice in your home all the time. Their numbers swell when you have a leaking pipe that causes mold to grow under a sink or on a wall because booklice love mold.

They may have gotten their name from the fact that they are often found on moldy old books. These pests contaminate your food and destroy your paper documents and books. The best way to get rid of them is to dry out your home and remove the mold.


Silverfish love humid areas. If a water leak in your home is bad enough or goes on long enough that it increases the humidity, silverfish can thrive. They'll flourish, even if the high humidity is in an enclosed place behind your sink. Once the colony is established, they'll spread through your home and destroy books and documents.

They can wiggle inside cardboard food boxes and contaminate your food. Silverfish love to hide in folds of paper and clothing. They'll give you a surprise when they scurry out of a book you pick up. Repair water leaks in your home and dry out the humidity with fans or a dehumidifier to drive these pests out of your house.


Roaches are pests that love humid areas and water sources. If you have a drip under your kitchen sink, it probably won't be long until roaches are attracted to the water source and dampness. Roaches invade your food supply, and they are unsanitary.

You should eradicate them quickly, but they will keep coming back until your plumbing problems are repaired and the damp wood is dried out. Once you've dried out your home, you may need to use insecticide to get rid of lingering roaches.


Carpenter ants are drawn to wet places that are out of the way of human activity. If you have a pipe dripping behind a wall, the ants can move in without you being aware of their presence.

Carpenter ants chew on whatever wood is in your home, but they love to live in damp wood. These pests can do a lot of damage to your home when their numbers grow. They are just as destructive as termites, so you definitely want to dry out damp wood in your home and give these pests the boot.


Termites have a reputation for destroying houses for a good reason. These bugs are among the most destructive pests to invade your home. There are different types of termites, but one type is drawn to moist areas. In fact, these bugs build mud tunnels to travel through so their environment is always moist and humid.

A water leak that keeps your wood cabinets, subfloor, or walls damp is a magnet for termites when there is a colony nearby. Termites alone are a good reason to have plumbing repairs completed as soon as you can.

If the thought of all these bugs moving into your home is creepy enough to make you want to repair your plumbing and dry out your house right away, brace yourself for even worse news: when your home develops an increase in bugs due to dampness, mold, and water leaks, it changes the entire ecosystem in your house.

When you have an abundance of bugs, you'll have an abundant food supply for other bugs that feed on them. That means you could see an increase in spiders as they move in to take advantage of the new food supply. The solution is to call Vines Plumbing to fix your leaks and repair water damage before you notice bugs so the pests won't find your home so cozy.