Plumbing Info

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If you’re a homeowner who’s experiencing plumbing issues, you need a reliable company that can provide a reliable fix in a fast, efficient, and friendly manner. Mike’s Plumbing, Electrical & AC has been serving the plumbing needs of the RGV for more than 40 years. Our trained technicians can help with your plumbing needs, whether it’s an everyday clogged drain or a new sewer line installation.

Did You Know?

Mike’s Plumbing Electrical & HVAC is the only certified ePIPE specialist in the Rio Grande Valley! 

A Leaking toilet can leak up to 200 gallons a day.

A faucet that leaks 1 drop per second is equal to 8 gallons of water per day which is equal to 3000 gallons per year. Imagine how much money you can save on your water bill by calling Mike’s! Call 956-686-1353 today!


How to prevent a clogged drain

  1. Careful with what goes down your drain: cooking grease, hair, coffee grounds, soap scum, these are just a few common causes of a clogged drain.
  2. Use strainers when possible.
  3.  Use a natural drain cleaner such as BioOne. Chemical drain cleaners can corrode some pipes—and sometimes they don’t even remove the whole clog.
  4. Maintain sewer lines. Call Mike’s to help snake your main sewer on an annual or semi-annual basis.
  5. Maintain your septic tank. Get your tank pumped every 3-5 years and regularly treat it with a natural product such as BioOne.

Why does my toilet smell when flushed?

Generally this means the toilet wax ring is not sealed to the toilet or the floor. If the wax ring is not sealed, upon flushing, air and water will push between the floor and the bottom of the toilet, instead of down the pipe. This can also cause the mysterious black ring around the toilet, which can be waste, bacteria or mold. The toilet must be removed and the wax ring must be fixed.

Why does our faucet make a loud noise when turned off?

These annoying sounds can be caused by a number of reasons.

  1. Water hammer: As water flows through pipes and the valve is shut off quickly, water stops abruptly in the pipes. If the pipe is near wood, it will bang against it. This can be due to loose pipes in your walls, damaged air chambers, high water pressure.
  2. Misaligned faucet washer: Adjusting the washer or replacing it should eliminate the noise. If you do this repair yourself, remember to turn off the water supply to the sink before starting the job.
  3. Scale buildup: If you live in an older home with iron or galvanized water supply pipes, it’s possible your pipes have scale buildup. The remedy for severe buildup is to re-pipe or minimally invasive ePIPE.