• Tips for Repairing a Leak Under Your Sink

    What you can’t see can’t hurt you. The problem is, once you do see the problem, it’s usually a problem that needs to be fixed right away. This is certainly true for plumbing problems. Pipes aren’t traditionally exposed in your home, so you can’t see the small leaks, the corrosion of the pipes, or a clogged pipe. When water does appear, the problem becomes immediate. One of the most common places there are plumbing issues is at your sink; whether it be your kitchen, bathroom, or utility room sink. Luckily, leaky sinks aren’t complicated to fix.

    Repairing of a Leak Under Sink in Jacksonville, FLTips for Repairing the Leak

    When you see water on your floor coming out of your pipes you know that there is an issue with your plumbing, but here are some signs that you have a water leak when you don’t see water: water bills are higher than normal; water meter moves when water is turned off at each faucet; running toilets; spongy, soft, discolored walls; musty smell around floor and/or walls; or mildew present on walls, floor, and/or ceiling. Knowing what causes a leak under your sink can help you know how to fix it. Three of the most common reasons for a leaky sink are dirty parts, worn parts, and/or damaged parts.

    Root Cause and Treatment Action

    If you can’t visibly see where water is leaking from you will need to determine where the sink is leaking before being able to fix it. Identify the leak by checking the following areas of your sink and water flow:

    • Drain Seal: A leaky drain seal is easy to identify when the sink cannot hold water without it dripping. Run water into your sink and then allow it to drain. If the water leaks while the sink is draining, your drain seal needs to be repaired. To repair a drain seal you have to purchase a new one and install it remembering to apply new adhesive around the bare drain.
    • Sink Faucet: Leaks at the faucet level won’t be a cause for concern in the area of damage, but it is one of the main sources of water being wasted. If you notice water leaking from the top of the sink when the faucet is turned on, your faucet is leaking. To fix a leaky faucet, tighten or replace the washer in the faucet.
    • Water Supply: A water supply leak usually isn’t discovered until there is water gushing out from under the sink potentially causing serious water damage. To know if your water supply is leaking, plug the drain of the sink. If a leak appears under the sink while the water is running out your water supply is leaking. To fix a water supply leak find the joint that water is emerging from and tighten the joint. If this doesn’t stop the leak, call a local plumber.
    • Sink Drain: Detecting a leak coming from your sink drain is not always easy to find because the leak usually occurs directly below the drain opening. A leaking sink drain is detected when there is a presence of discoloration due to rust and mineral build-up.
    • Shut-Off Valves: The shut-off valve does what its name describes: shutting off or allowing water through the line. A leak is detected at the shut-off valve when the water cannot be closed off through the pipe. If the shut-off valve is screwed on it can easily be replaced, but you will need to call a plumber if a compression fitting is used.
    • Water Hose: A leak from a water hose is detected when water comes out of the connection between the hose and the faucet. Tighten the connection between the hose and the faucet to fix the leak. If that doesn’t work, replace the gasket on the faucet and/or the hose.
    • P-Trap: The P-trap begins to leak when debris and food is trapped in the P-trap and water backs up and is forced out the P-trap. To fix a leak in your P-trap, remove the P-trap, clean it out, and ensure there is no clog. Your P-trap may also leak because there is a hole in the actual pipe. If this occurs, you will need to replace the entire P-trap.
    • O-Ring, Washers, and Valve Seat: Your sink has several connecting points where O-rings, washers, and valve seats keep water flowing in the correct direction and from leaking out of the pipes. To find if each of these are the cause for the leak, each joint will need to be opened and visually inspect the O-ring, washer, or valve seat.

    If you need further assistance with your sink repair, or any other plumbing issues, and you live in the Jacksonville, FL area, contact Eagerton Plumbing Co. at 904.638.7979 or online. We have been in business since 1954 and are a trusted plumbing business in the Jacksonville area.

  • Things to Consider Before Hiring a Plumbing Contractor

    Why do you need a plumbing contractor?

    When you have water where there isn’t supposed to be water, it is time to contact a plumbing contractor. Googling “local plumber” leads to numerous results, so how do you pair down your list to the plumber that you need to contact? We’ll explore some of the factors that you will need to consider before calling a plumber.
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    Six Factors to Consider

    One of the biggest mistakes that customers make is to only ask about the price the plumber will charge. There are several other factors to consider and questions to ask of your plumber before hiring them. Here are the factors that will help you find the best plumber for your plumbing situation.


    You can’t gain experience without doing something the first time, but you don’t want your plumbing problem to be the first time your plumber has faced this issue. Ask your plumber how long they have been in business, how many times have they encountered the problem you are facing, and what is usually the result when they encounter your problem. The more often they have encountered your problem the more comfortable and confident they will be while fixing your problem. They will also do a better job, complete the task quicker, and not have to come back out and fix anything that they “fixed”.


    Just because we said you shouldn’t ask first about price doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask about price at all. Always ask for a price quote before agreeing to hire the plumber. Also, ask what the quote entails: priced by the job or by the hour and does it include all parts or just the parts they suspect they will need. When you consider the different prices you have been quoted, make sure they are equal quotes when you compare them. Just because one plumber has a lower quote doesn’t mean the final cost of repair will be the lowest. This also means that the highest quote means they will do the best work with the best quality products.


    Ask your potential plumber if they are licensed in your state, what license they hold, what certificates they hold, and if they are part of a union of plumbers. These licenses and certificates do not mean they will be flawless, but it does mean that they are held accountable to a third party agency and that their work is endorsed by them. When you ask for their license, verify their license number. Check to see if your state requires plumbers to be licensed because not all states require a license to perform plumbing tasks. Even if your state does not require a license you can enquire to see if complaints have been filed against your potential plumber.

    Insurance and Bonding:

    When a plumber carries insurance it protects them and you. Accidents happen while on the job, and your property and their person should be protected. Your plumber should also be bonded to cover the cost of the job in the event the terms of the contract are not met. The potential plumber should be bonded for a minimum of $500 but should be bonded for the entire cost of the job or for the job to be redone.


    You will come across some groups that do not recommend asking for references from your potential hire because they will only provide references of people who will speak positively of them. If you do ask for references and they aren’t able to provide any, or are hesitant to provide references, you should be hesitant to hire the individual. You can also do your own search of the individual plumber online to see what comes back and what kind of reviews people have given them.


    Your top plumbers will offer you a warranty without you even asking because they stand by their work, and if the work is substandard, they want to correct their mistakes and make it right. If your potential plumber doesn’t offer a warranty, you should ask them if they provide a warranty to back up their work. The warranty is not an indication or an expectation that they will perform substandard work, but a guarantee that the work that you pay for will be completed correctly, whether it be the first or second time.

    If you live in the Jacksonville, FL area and need a plumber, contact us at 904.638.7979 or online to discover our experience, prices, licenses we hold, insurance we carry, warranties that we offer, and reviews that our customers have left for us over the past 70 years.

  • 5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

    Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

    How much do you think about your water heater? If you are like most of us, it’s not very much. Typically, people don’t really give much thought to the water heater as it faithfully goes along, providing hot water at the twist of a faucet. It’s only when there is a problem or the water heater begins to fail that we think about it, and that makes sense, because water heaters are pretty sturdy, typically meant to last 10 to 15 years. That’s a long time, but it’s not forever. How do you know when it’s time to replace the water heater?

    Signs it’s Time for a New Water Heater

    Water Heater Replacement in Jacksonville, FL

    • Sometimes, knowing when to replace the water heater is as simple as knowing its age. If you weren’t the one who purchased the water heater, this can be a little bit tricky. Fortunately, there is a simple way to determine your water heater’s age. Look at the serial number, and you will see something like this: D081193740. The letter represents the month, with A meaning January, B meaning February, and so on. The two numbers after the letter represent the year. So, in this example, you can determine that your water heater was manufactured in April of 2008. (This is generally the case, but some manufacturers use different serial numbers, so it is wise to check with the manufacturer.) While water heaters have been known to last 15 or even 20 years, most do not. The average lifespan is eight to 12 years, and for gas water heaters it is even shorter than that, so if your water heater is over eight years old, even if you are not noticing any major issues, it’s time to think about replacing it.
    • One of the most obvious signs a water heater is failing is that it stops heating your water. Hot water is necessary to our household tasks, yet we often take it for granted. It is not until we run out of hot water during a shower or find that the water isn’t warming up when we are washing our hands or washing dishes that we notice that something is wrong. When a water heater stops sufficiently heating your water, the problem is typically one of three reasons. In some cases, the thermostat is misadjusted, and this is a problem that can be fixed without water heater replacement. The problem could also be a broken heating element, which can sometimes be repaired. However, insufficient hot water is often a sign that the water heater tank is too small for your household. Especially if you have added more family members to your household, your water heater may not be able to handle its workload, and in this case, it will need to be replaced.
    • Listen to your water heater: it may be telling you it’s time to replace it. Do you regularly have your water heater flushed? If you don’t, sediment can build up in the tank. When this happens, this sediment can harden and grow thick on the bottom of the tank, and the tank will make noise every time it heats water. Sediment in the tank can also waste energy because it makes it more difficult for the water heater to function, and it can shorten the lifespan of the water heater. The first step, if your water heater is becoming noisy, is to call a plumber out to flush it. If that doesn’t stop the noise, though, it’s time to replace the water heater.
    • Rust is always a bad sign for a water heater. Take a peek at your water heater tank from time to time, just to make sure everything looks right. If you notice any signs of rust or corrosion, have these checked out by a plumber. Rust is particularly concerning around the temperature and pressure relief valves, or the inlet and outlet connections. If you notice rusty water on the floor near the water heater or you notice that your hot water comes out of the tap looking discolored, this probably means you have rust in your water heater tank. This is a serious problem, because it can degrade the metal and cause a leak.
    • A leaky water heater needs to be replaced. If you notice a little bit of water pooling around the water heater, call a plumber immediately. The plumber can tell you whether it is simply a problem with a connection or your pressure overflow pipe, but if you are told to replace the water heater, it is important to do it as quickly as possible. You might be concerned about water heater replacement cost, but it will be far more costly if a leak turns into a flood and damages your home.

    Eagerton Plumbing Can Help

    For over half a century, Eagerton Plumbing has been a leading provider of residential and commercial plumbing services in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding areas. Customers in Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties know they can rely on us not only for comprehensive plumbing services, but also for slab leak detection and repair, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and more. No job is too big or too small, and we are here for our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering exceptional customer service and reliable repair services, backed by service guarantees. All of our experienced plumbers are licensed, insured, and background checked, and we are committed to getting the job done right the first time, customizing an affordable solution to meet your needs and solve your plumbing problems. When you need a reliable plumber, any time of day or night, call 904.638.7979 or contact us through our website.

  • Why Chemical Drain Cleaning Is Bad for Your Plumbing

    Pros and Cons of Chemical Drain Cleaning

    Plumbing clogs are nobody’s favourite, and when you find you have a clog, your first instinct is probably to get rid of it as quickly as possible. In your quest for a quick solution, you may reach for a liquid drain cleaner, but should you? Sure, it’s a quick and easy solution, because all you have to do is pour it into your drain and wait for the clog to dissolve. Drain cleaners are also inexpensive when compared to a plumber, and they do a really good job on removing food or hair buildup in your drains. The big question is, can drain cleaner damage pipes? Unfortunately, yes, and it can cause harm in other ways, too. This is one of those situations in which the cons outweigh the pros, so keep reading to learn more.

    What to Know About Drain Cleaners

    Drain Cleaning Tips by Eagerton PlumbingThe first important thing to understand is the mechanisms behind drain cleaners. Chemical drain cleaners work, as you might expect, by causing a chemical reaction between the ingredients in the cleaner and whatever is causing your clog. If the reaction works as intended, the clog will either dissolve or move along. However, chemical reactions can be unpredictable and dangerous, and the chemicals used in the cleaners can linger in your kitchen or bathroom plumbing. There are a few different types of chemical drain cleaners.

    • Acidic cleaners break down clogs with acid. They are typically made of sulfuric or muriatic acid and may need to be used several times to get rid of the clog. These drain cleaners are most often used to remove clogs caused by hair.
    • Oxidizing cleaners are not quite as harsh as acidic cleaners. They contain ingredients like bleach, peroxide, or nitrates, and they can require a significant amount of time to work. They are often not very effective, and work best when used on clogs made of something that’s easy to break down, like food.
    • Caustic cleaners are similar to acidic cleaners in how they work. Typically made of lye or potash, they have a much higher pH than acidic cleaners, and are best suited for removing grease clogs.

    Why Use Chemical Drain Cleaners?

    What are chemical drain cleaners used for? These products are appealing because they’re easy to use. Because they are heavier than water, they can easily sink through standing water in your sink or toilet plumbing and get to the clog, in order to break it down. The ingredients in drain cleaners are meant to decompose organic materials like hair and grease, but they can also cause problems not only for your pipes, but also for your health.

    Chemicals Drain Cleaners are Bad for Pipes and People

    How is drain cleaner bad for pipes? First, the combinations of chemicals used in the cleaners can burn through clogs, but the chemical reactions they cause can create heat and gas in your pipes. Especially if you have old plumbing, this can destroy your pipes. Then, too, if the problem is something liquid drain cleaner cannot handle, like tree roots in the plumbing, then all those chemicals are just left sitting in your pipes, eating away at them. And even if the pipes are not damaged immediately when you use drain cleaners, the cleaners leave residue that can cause future chemical reactions.

    The chemicals are dangerous for people, too. They can splash on you, burning your skin and injuring your eyes, and in some cases, air pockets can be created that cause blow back from the pipes, resulting in injury to the person using the drain cleaner. What’s more, these products are not environmentally friendly. When they get through little cracks in the waste line, they can leach into the ground and harm organisms and plants there, even damaging tree roots. And when you throw away the bottle, it is likely to end up in a landfill, further damaging the internet.

    Try Natural Solutions

    If you have a clog and you are considering drain cleaner, try some simple, natural solutions first, like using a plunger, or a plumbing snake or auger. You can also make drain cleaners yourself, with materials you probably already have around your kitchen. Try a baking soda and vinegar rinse, for instance, giving it time to work and then rinsing it with boiling water.

    Call in the Professionals

    For over half a century, Eagerton Plumbing has been a leading provider of residential and commercial plumbing services in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding areas. Customers in Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties know they can rely on us not only for comprehensive plumbing services, but also for slab leak detection and repair, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and more. No job is too big or too small, and we are here for our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering exceptional customer service and reliable repair services, backed by service guarantees. All of our experienced plumbers are licensed, insured, and background checked, and we are committed to getting the job done right the first time, customizing an affordable solution to meet your needs and solve your plumbing problems. When you need a reliable plumber, any time of day or night, call 904.638.7979 or contact us through our website.

  • How to Prevent a Clogged Shower Drain?

    Dealing with Drain Clogs

    Drain clogs happen, but they are certainly not pleasant. No one enjoys stepping into the shower, hoping for a relaxing, spa-like experience, only to find that dirty water is pooling around their feet because the drain is clogged. Plumbing a shower drain is tedious, but you do not have to be stuck in that position. In fact, one of the best tips for plumbing problems of all kinds applies to a clogged shower drain as well: the best way to deal with it is to be proactive in preventing it. Here, we offer tips for how to unclog a shower drain, along with maintenance tips to keep your drain from clogging in the first place.

    What Not to Do for a Clogged Drain

    Drain Clog Prevention in JacksonvilleIf your shower drain is currently clogged, you probably don’t want to read through preventive maintenance tips before learning how to unclog it, so we’ll get right to it. First, let’s talk about what not to do. Never use harsh chemical drain cleaners like Drano or Liquid plumber, and do not try to clear your drain with a wire clothes hanger. Doing any of these things can damage your bathroom plumbing, and lead to a much larger problem! Instead, try flushing your drain with boiling water, or vinegar and baking soda. If that is not successful, try using a plunger, removing the drain cover and centering the plunger over the drain. Run a little bit of water to create a seal under the plunger, and then push the plunger up and down several times to try and dislodge the clog. If you cannot safely fix the problem using one of these methods, it’s time to call a plumber.

    Simple Steps for Clearing a Drain

    In the future, though, you can prevent a clogged shower drain by following these tips:

    • Brush your hair. Did you know that most clogs in shower plumbing happen because of hair in the drain? When this hair combines with soap, conditioners, body oils, and other products, it can create a sludgy mess that sticks in your pipe. One simple step towards fixing this is to brush your hair before showering. This will remove loose hairs so that they don’t go down the drain when you take your shower.
    • Use a mesh hair trap. This is another way to keep hair out of the drain. These traps fit over the drain and catch hair before it can go into the plumbing. Then you simply remove the hair from the trap and throw it away. If this job seems gross to you, wear gloves. It’s well worth handling some wet hair to save yourself some plumbing headaches.
    • Keep oily body products out of the shower. We realize this one is tricky, because many body products contain oil, from conditioners to lotion to sugar and salt scrubs. However, oil can harden in your pipes, creating the perfect environment for clogs to form. It is a good idea to apply your oil based products outside of the shower and wipe off as much as possible before getting in or use them after you get out of the shower.
    • Don’t dump buckets down the drain. If you mop your floor or do some other dirty chore that involves a bucket of water with cleaners in it, dump these somewhere other than your shower drain. Not only can the chemicals be too harsh for the drain, but dirt and debris in the bucket can result in a clog. One interesting idea is to pour dirty water into cat litter, then throw this away. This keeps contaminants not only out of your plumbing, but also out of the soil around your home.
    • Regularly flush the drains. First, when you are finished with your shower, let the hot water run down the drain for a few minutes, to help move stray hairs and body products through the pipes. Then, once a week, flush the shower drain with boiling water, taking care not to splash yourself with boiling water. From time to time, especially if you notice that your shower drain is running a little bit slowly, do a vinegar and baking soda rinse. This is a simple process: just pour one half to one cup of baking soda into the drain, following it with one cup of white vinegar. Let this mixture foam for 10 to 15 minutes, then follow it with about a gallon of hot water.

    Tough Clogs Require Expert Help

    Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you encounter a shower clog that is beyond what you can manage. When that happens, call a reliable plumber. For over half a century, Eagerton Plumbing has been a leading provider of residential and commercial plumbing services in Jacksonville, Florida, and the surrounding areas. Customers in Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties know they can rely on us not only for comprehensive plumbing services, but also for slab leak detection and repair, kitchen and bathroom remodelling, and more. No job is too big or too small, and we are here for our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering exceptional customer service and reliable repair services, backed by service guarantees. All of our experienced plumbers are licensed, insured, and background checked, and we are committed to getting the job done right the first time, customizing an affordable solution to meet your needs and solve your plumbing problems. When you need a reliable plumber, any time of day or night, call 904.638.7979 or contact us through our website.

  • 10 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Drain

    Ten Things You Should Never Put Down Your Drain

    Every family has daily routines and habits. You make your morning coffee, cook pasta for dinner once a week, and perhaps enjoy a fried breakfast on the weekend. But have you ever considered how these seemingly harmless habits can disrupt your home’s plumbing system? If you’re not cautious about what you put down the drain, you could end up with some serious clogs. Protect your plumbing system by understanding what should never go down your drain.

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    How to Know If Your Drain is Clogged

    Spotting a clogged sink or shower drain is straightforward. The first sign is water draining more slowly than usual. If you don’t address this issue promptly, the water may stop draining altogether, signaling a complete blockage. Slow drains typically don’t arise overnight. They develop after weeks or months of foreign objects going down the drain, so there’s usually plenty of time to act before the clog becomes severe.

    Things to Not Dispose Down Your Drain

    It’s a common misconception that if your sink has a garbage disposal, all foods are fair game. But this is simply not the case. Certain items can harm your plumbing system whether you have a garbage disposal or not. Here’s what you should never dispose of down the kitchen or bathroom sink:

    • Used cooking grease: This is perhaps the most notorious drain-clogging substance. Grease is liquid when hot, but as it cools, it solidifies and sticks to the inside of your pipes. This sticky residue then attracts other items, like eggshell bits or food particles, creating thick, goopy blockages. Even if the grease manages to remain a liquid until it reaches the city sewer line, it causes problems there, resulting in millions of dollars and countless hours of repair work.
    • Coffee grounds: Many people mistakenly believe that coffee grounds won’t pose a problem if rinsed down the sink. After all, the particles are tiny and harmless, right? Think again. Coffee grounds are a leading cause of clogged kitchen drains because they can easily accumulate and cause blockages.
    • Pasta: Cooked noodles might seem like a soft, easy-to-break-down food, but the starchy consistency is problematic for drains. Pasta containing semolina continues expanding and softening once it’s down the sink, resulting in a sticky substance that can form blockages. While organic pasta without semolina might be less problematic, it’s always better to avoid the risk.
    • Rice: Rinsing large amounts of rice down the drain might seem like no big deal, but like pasta, rice expands when it absorbs water. Over time, these grains can grow and clump together, leading to potential blockages that may be difficult to dislodge.
    • Eggshells: Have you heard that eggshells sharpen garbage disposal blades, meaning you should intentionally put them down the drain? Don’t fall for this rumor! Eggshells present a unique problem because, once ground up, they turn into smaller bits, which combine with grease and other residue to form a sandy paste. This paste can easily stick to the sides of pipes, creating obstructions over time.
    • Flour: A staple in most kitchens for baking cookies and thickening gravy, flour can be deceivingly harmful when mixed with water. After all, flour is a thickening agent. When it combines with water in the pipes, it coats the insides, slowly building up and catching other waste items until severe blockages occur.
    • Fruit pits: A garbage disposal might seem powerful, but it’s not robust enough to effectively pulverize fruit pits. Not only can this jam the disposal or damage the blades, but large pit fragments can become lodged in the drain.
    • Bones: Small chicken bone fragments are easy to miss when rinsing your plate, but do your best to scrape them into the trash instead. Standard garbage disposals aren’t equipped to break these down, so over time, bits and pieces can accumulate in the drain and cause blockages.
    • Medication: Disposing of unused or expired medicine down the drain might not directly clog your pipes, but they can enter the water supply and cause broader environmental and health implications. Recent studies from the US Geological Survey have found traces of pharmaceuticals in the drinking water supply, underscoring the importance of proper disposal.
    • Household fluids: Similar to medication, household fluids like paint thinner, bleach, coolant, and motor oil don’t necessarily cause clogs, but they pose a different kind of threat. Many regions have strict regulations on household fluid disposal to prevent water contamination. Follow these guidelines to avoid contributing to environmental and health concerns.

    Contact Eagerton Plumbing

    With 70 years of experience, Eagerton Plumbing is a trustworthy place to turn for drain cleaning services in Jacksonville, Orange Park, and nearby areas. As a Florida State Certified company, we prioritize affordable and tailored solutions that align with your needs. Our commitment is further showcased through our 24/7 emergency plumbing services. Don’t let a clogged drain disrupt your peace of mind. Contact us at (904) 388-0761 to schedule the plumbing services you need.

  • Types of Backflow Preventers

    The one-way flow of water into your home ensures you receive clean water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. However, sometimes the flow reverses, allowing contaminated water to mix with your clean supply. This plumbing anomaly is called backflow, and it occurs when water reverses its course, potentially introducing contaminants into the potable water system. The primary causes of backflow are backsiphonage and backpressure.

    Backsiphonage occurs from a drop in water pressure, such as during a water main break or when a fire hydrant gets hit. This pressure drop can pull contaminants from areas like gardens or commercial locations into the drinking water.

    Backpressure results from increased downstream water pressure. This can happen if an irrigation system gets blocked, causing contaminated water to push back into the clean supply.
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    What is Backflow Testing?

    To stop backsiphonage and backpressure, you need backflow preventers, essential devices that maintain the integrity of your household’s water supply. Backflow prevention involves installing the right devices and ensuring they work effectively. That’s where backflow preventer testing comes in.

    Evaluating the backflow prevention devices within your plumbing system allows certified plumbers to determine if these barriers are working optimally to protect your water. This regular assessment involves checking valves for leakage or malfunctions. If any issues arise, a quick, efficient repair ensures your water remains uncontaminated.

    Importance of Backflow Testing

    The consequences of backflow can be dire. Here’s what backflow testing aims to prevent:

    • Disease: Backflow often involves sewage backups, introducing harmful bacteria to your water supply. This can lead to dysentery, typhoid, and salmonella outbreaks.
    • Heavy metal contamination: Public spaces can experience heavy metal contamination due to backflow. Examples include copper poisoning from soda dispensers or other harmful metals leaching into the water system.
    • Chemical contamination: Insecticides, herbicides, and other chemical waste products can enter the plumbing system through backflow, posing significant health hazards if consumed.

    Varieties of Backflow Preventers

    Different situations call for different types of backflow prevention devices. Some common ones include:

    • Air gap (AG): This method separates potable and non-potable systems with a physical air space. The simplest example is the space between a faucet and a sink. Air gaps ensure contaminated water doesn’t mix with the clean water supply.
    • Atmospheric vacuum breaker assembly (AVB): This device contains an air inlet valve and a check seat. When water flows, the air inlet valve closes. In the absence of water flow, the valve drops against the check seat, preventing back siphonage and allowing air intake.
    • Pressure vacuum breaker assembly (PVB): Though similar to AVB, this device contains a spring-loaded air inlet valve and check valve, along with two shut-offs and test ports. It operates by ensuring the check valve remains open during water flow while the air inlet valve remains shut. When water stops, the roles reverse. PVB assemblies protect against back siphonage only—they are still vulnerable to backpressure.
    • Spill-resistant vacuum breaker assembly (SVBs): While standard PVBs can occasionally leak water, SVBs offer a more secure solution, especially for indoor plumbing. Designed similarly to PVBs, SVBs incorporate extra diaphragm seals, ensuring water doesn’t escape from the air inlet during pressurization. Like PVBs, they safeguard against back siphonage but not backpressure.
    • Double check valve assembly (DCVA): This device houses two spring-loaded check valves, two shut-off valves, and four test cocks. Dual check valves ensure a built-in backup if one fails.
    • Reduced pressure principle backflow assembly (RP): Also known as a reduced pressure zone assembly, this system contains two spring-loaded check valves with a differential relief valve between them, two shut-off valves, and four test cocks. The relief valve maintains a reduced pressure zone and air gap between the check valves.

    How to Choose the Right Type of Backflow Preventer

    If you’re considering backflow prevention for your home or business, remember the following:

    • Range of coverage: PVBs and similar assemblies aren’t equipped to handle backpressure or perform optimally in high-hazard situations, but they’re often adequate for household settings. In contrast, a higher level of protection is required for environments like hospitals and factories.
    • Cost considerations: Prices for backflow preventers vary widely based on complexity, size, and the specific type of device. When comparing assemblies, the PVB is one of the more budget-friendly options. In contrast, the high-performing RP comes with a heftier price tag.
    • Installation and maintenance complexity: Simple options like the PVB or SVB offer straightforward installation and maintenance procedures. On the other hand, the RP demands a more intricate installation process and advanced maintenance due to its comprehensive features. The DCVA’s installation and upkeep requirements fall between those of the PVB and RP.

    Why Choose Us?

    With 70 years of experience as a Florida State Certified company, Eagerton Plumbing proudly offers affordable, customized solutions to fit your unique needs. And when emergencies strike, we’re here for you 24 hours a day. To schedule backflow preventer testing or other plumbing services in Jacksonville, Orange Park, and the surrounding areas, please contact us at (904) 388-0761.

  • Essential Drain Cleaning Tools

    Essential Drain Cleaning Tools

    A well-maintained plumbing system is crucial for any home or business. Blocked drains are a huge inconvenience, and the key to getting things flowing again is to have the right drain cleaning tools on hand. Knowing which ones to use for different situations can save you time and resources. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or a professional plumber, this guide explains what essential drain pipe cleaner tools should be in your arsenal.
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    Piping Tools

    Having the proper tools makes all the difference when manipulating, adjusting, and repairing pipes. Here’s what you might need when working on the kitchen or bathroom sink drain:

    • Pipe cutters: A clean cut is crucial when altering or replacing a pipe. Pipe cutters slice through the material efficiently, ensuring a neat cut without fraying or damaging the pipe.
    • Pliers: These versatile tools are essential for gripping, bending, and adjusting pipes. Pliers are especially handy when working in tight spaces or with small fittings.
    • Metal files: Once a pipe has been cut, its edges may be sharp or uneven. Metal files are used to smooth these edges, ensuring the pipes fit together perfectly and preventing potential leaks.
    • Tubing cutters: These are similar to pipe cutters but are designed specifically for tubes or smaller-diameter pipes. They provide an equally precise cut, ensuring your plumbing system’s integrity is not compromised.
    • Pipe wrenches: These are vital for tasks that require tightening or loosening threaded pipes and fittings. With its adjustable design, a pipe wrench can grip various pipe sizes effectively.

    Drain Cleaning Chemicals

    Drain cleaning chemicals, usually available in liquid or granular form, offer a quick but temporary solution for minor blockages. Just a word of caution—the corrosive nature of drain cleaning chemicals means they can gradually erode your pipes if used excessively. Therefore, reserve them for infrequent use. Opting for natural or enzyme-based cleaners is a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative.


    The plunger’s design may be simple, but it’s a go-to drain pipe cleaning tool for good reason. Most people think of using a plunger on a toilet, but the classic cup plunger is well-suited for sinks and bathtubs. On the other hand, the flange design, with the extra flap below the main cup, is ideal for the unique design of a toilet drain pipe.

    The plunger creates a vacuum when pressed around the drain. The subsequent pressure caused when you push it up and down dislodges blockages effectively, making it an essential tool for every household.

    Drain Auger or Snake

    A drain auger, often called a drain snake, is a standout tool that both DIY enthusiasts and professional plumbers use. It’s a long, flexible tool resembling a coiled snake that can reach deep into a clogged drain. For blockages that are too stubborn for chemicals or plungers, the mechanical action of a drain snake is often enough to break through the obstruction.

    Drain snakes are flexible, allowing them to navigate the twists and turns of a plumbing system and reach obstructions located relatively far from the drain opening. Available in different sizes, lengths, and manual/motorized versions, you can find an auger suited for every type of blockage and drain.

    Wire Brushes

    Wire brushes feature stiff bristles mounted to a flexible wire handle, allowing them to effectively scrub the inner surfaces of pipes and ensure a thorough clean. Just like other sink drain cleaning tools, wire brushes come in different shapes and sizes designed for kitchen and bathroom sinks and other drains.

    Hydro-Jetting Equipment

    Hydro-jetting is a modern solution to the age-old problem of clogged drains. A hydro-jet uses high-pressure water to blast away obstructions and accumulated grime. Beyond just clearing blockages, hydro-jetting can restore pipes to their near-original condition, removing layers of mineral deposits and other buildup. Unlike chemical cleaners, hydro-jetting is environmentally friendly, using only water to achieve its results.

    Video Inspection Equipment

    Video inspection tools have revolutionized drain maintenance. A small camera affixed to a long, flexible cable is inserted down the drain, offering a real-time visual of what’s happening inside the pipes. This non-invasive diagnostic method enables plumbers to precisely identify blockages, cracks, or other structural issues without guesswork or unnecessary excavation. With the ability to pinpoint the problem’s exact location and nature, the plumber can perform the repair with confidence, reducing labor costs and ensuring better results.

    Contact Eagerton Plumbing

    With 70 years of experience as a Florida State Certified plumber, Eagerton Plumbing has all the necessary drain sewer cleaning tools to get your pipes flowing again. We pride ourselves on offering affordable, customizable solutions tailored to your needs and lifestyle. If you experience unexpected plumbing emergencies, we’re available 24/7 to provide prompt assistance. The next time drain issues threaten to ruin your day, please contact us at (904) 388-0761 to request drain cleaning in Jacksonville, Orange Park, and the surrounding areas.

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    Drain Cleaning Services in Jacksonville for All Seasons

    Commercial drain cleaning is an essential part of the overall maintenance of your building. Without it, you run the risk of burst pipes, backed-up sewer lines, clogged drains, leaks, and more. All of these problems become more likely in the winter. That’s why we offer professional plumbing drain cleaning and sewer cleaning here at Eagerton Plumbing. We use the latest tools and technology to clean your drains and prepare them for winter safely. So ask yourself, when was the last time you had your drains professionally cleaned? If it’s been too long, be sure to give us a call.

    Winter Weather Challenges for Drain CleaningDrain Cleaning Services in Jacksonville

    The colder temperatures present different problems from the ones your plumbing systems face when it’s warm. What may be fine to do in the summer may lead to clogs and leaks in the winter. Take a look at the following list of common winter commercial plumbing    problems:

    • Frozen Water – Sometimes, the water in your pipes can freeze when the temperatures are low enough. Frozen water can lead to clogs in the line. Pipes can also burst outright and cause costly leaks.
    • Overflowing Lines – When there is an increase in precipitation (as there often is in Jacksonville winters), your commercial drain lines might overflow. This is an even bigger risk when you haven’t had your drains cleared for many months.
    • FOGs – FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease. FOGs congeal much faster in the winter. So if you have many of these substances in your drains and pipes, they can congeal and cause clogs.

    The best way to avoid the above problems is to keep up with regular maintenance and drain cleaning. Regular maintenance may seem like a hassle but it can save you money. A commercial drainage leak can cost thousands of dollars to repair. But if you get your drains cleaned regularly, you can avoid more expensive damage. Hiring a professional drain cleaning company will also ensure that your plumbing lines are fully functional – something you can’t leave to chance as a business owner. For more information on our commercial drain cleaning services in Jacksonville, FL, call us.

    Health and Safety Concerns Regarding Clogged Sewer Lines

    Did you know that clogged sewer lines can lead to backups that, in turn, can lead to infections? Sewage water contains contaminants that are harmful to humans and pets. Leaking water from clogged drains can also cause mold, releasing spores into indoor air. These spores can cause allergic reactions and even respiratory issues.

    When you fail to keep your drains clear, they can back up and leak into your interior spaces, hurting the health of your patrons and employees. Besides the serious health concerns, clogged drains can cause foul odors and generally unsanitary conditions. While clogged drains have serious health risks, you can prevent them with regular cleanings. Besides, many businesses are legally required to ensure that their septic, sewer, and drain lines are regularly cleaned.

    Eagerton Plumbing is committed to helping business owners in Jacksonville, FL keep their buildings safe and healthy. We offer complete commercial drain cleaning, so call us today.

    Get Affordable Drain Cleaning Today

    Our team at Eagerton Plumbing does regular drain cleanings to negate the need for pricey work like pipe repair, mold remediation, and leak cleanup. We offer affordable rates to save you even more money. Ensure your pipes and drains are safe and functional by calling or filling out our contact form.

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    Choose An Experienced Commercial Contractor in Jacksonville

    As a business owner, you don’t have time to read up on zoning laws and secure permits during a renovation or remodel. You have more important things to do. Working with an experienced and certified renovation contractor is so important. Choosing the wrong contractor can cost you time and money. An inexperienced commercial contractor may not know how to resolve project issues, cause the job to go over budget, and not adhere to your timeline. A bad commercial contractor may also do shoddy work requiring repair/correction sooner than later. Here at Eagerton Plumbing, we have over 70 years of experience as commercial remodeling contractors. We work with the most skilled subcontractors and can make your vision come to life. Whether you are relocating or want to remodel your commercial space, we can do the job professionally

    What to Look for in a Commercial Contractor

    Commercial Remodeling Contractors in Jacksonville

    Whether you are undergoing a major or minor renovation, there are certain qualities you should look for in a contractor:

    • Experience and Expertise – When remodeling contractors are experienced, they can predict issues before they become big problems. Experience is very valuable for a contractor. As much as possible, review a prospective contractor’s portfolio, customer testimonials, and ask questions about past projects they have completed that are similar to yours.
    • Communication and Customer Service – Commercial remodels are complex and always highly involved. As a contractor’s customer, you need to know what’s going on while the project is going on. That’s why it’s important to choose a contractor that maintains open lines of communication. They should be available to field questions and give updates as often as you want.
    • Project Management – To determine how well a contractor manages commercial projects, reaching out to past customers is helpful. Any professional contractor should have no issue with providing you with references. Be sure to ask the past customers of the prospective contractor how well they adhered to timelines, handled unexpected occurrences on the job, and whether or not they could stay within the budget. It can also be helpful to ask the general contractor which subcontractors they plan to hire.
    • Pricing – The lowest bid isn’t always the best. While you shouldn’t need to go over your budget, it’s worth considering all bids. That’s because sometimes, the higher bids come from more experienced contractors who do better work. You should also make sure that your contractor is transparent with pricing. They should be able to detail the project costs, the timeline, and the must. Watch for hidden costs or any charges that don’t make sense.
    • Safety and Compliance – When you hire a contractor who isn’t certified and doesn’t carry the proper insurance, you are taking a huge risk. In this situation, you may be liable if there is an accident, or someone is hurt on the job. Always look into the safety record of any contractor you are considering hiring. Also, ask them if they are state certified and what insurance they carry.

    Our 70+ years in the business speak to our experience and expertise. Our track record for safety and transparent pricing has made us a favorite among Jacksonville residents and business owners. We always stay in close communication with our customers throughout the project. To ensure the best results for your commercial remodeling project, call us at Eagerton Plumbing.

    Get Your Commercial Renovation Started

    You have your choice of commercial remodeling contractors in Jacksonville, FL. Choose us because we always strive to treat our customers right. Plus, we provide many services, including plumbing repair, drain cleaning, sump pump repair, septic services, water softening services, and more. Call us now or fill out our online contact form to get your project started.