Calling the plumber before little problems get bigger is a great way to save money in the long run. Make sure to check your fixtures regularly. Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent clogs. A seasonal check of all fixtures – tubs, showers, sinks, basins and toilets – will help you become aware of cracks, rust and other surface deterioration or damage. Patches on pipes are meant only for temporary use, so fix as soon as possible. Common Plumbing Problems include:
Low Water Pressure
What happens when you turn on the faucet, and instead of a torrent of water to wash your dishes with, you’ve got a tiny trickle dribbling out? You could have a clogged drain. This could require plumbing service and a “snake” will be used to suck out any blockages in your pipes. In some houses that have refinished basements, clogged drains are a recurring problem because the pipes used are too small. We can give you an estimate. It’s well worth fixing.
Leaks, Drips, Funny Noises and Shaking Pipes
No matter how old or new your house is, or what condition it’s in, always keep an eye on your pipes. Look out for leaks, listen for funny noises and watch for standing water. If you’ve got a drippy faucet or leak, you can tighten the pipes yourself. Sometimes, even in new homes, the sealant wears thin and you’ll need to wrap the pipe with plumber’s tape. Overflowing toilets are common and easy to fix yourself, but if a particular toilet keeps doing it, you may want to make the call.
Kitchen Drains & Disposals
Liquid fats and cooking oils solidify in cold pipes, trapping food particles and clogging drains. To protect kitchen pipes, don’t overload your disposal; pour leftover oils into metal cans than can be thrown into the garbage. Other items that should never go down disposals are coffee grinds, corn husks, artichokes, onion skins, celery, high-fiber materials, paints and chemicals.
Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal:
Foul odors can occur from a buildup of food debris within the disposal. Try these steps to eliminate the odors:
• Grind ice cubes and orange or lemon rinds in the disposer for about 30 seconds
• While the disposer is still running, pour a small amount of liquid dish detergent into it
• Rinse any remaining debris away by running cold water for about 30 seconds
Septic Tank Maintenance
Nearly half of all Americans live in a house with a septic tank. We all flush and forget, but your septic tank needs ordinary maintenance. Your septic tank has to be emptied sometimes, and there’s no easy answer to when it should be done. It depends on the size of the tank and the consistency of the stuff going into it. Basically, if the septic tank isn’t pumped out regularly, it could cost you a lot of money.
Ask us for advice on your septic maintenance.
Any plumbing problem that involves working with main water lines or gas lines needs to be done by a professional. It takes special gear to turn off city water, and messing with gas lines can be extremely dangerous. Call R Plumbing Company for plumbing services – we are the reasonable and reliable plumber!