Calling the plumber before little problems get bigger is a great way to save money in the long run. Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent problems. 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. Taking a walk around the basement checking pipes and equipment can alert you to potential problems before they become disasters. Will a proactive approach guarantee that you’ll catch every problem early? No, but doing nothing practically guarantees that you won’t. Common Plumbing Problems include:
Low Water Pressure/Flow
What happens when you turn on the faucet, and you have only a tiny trickle dribbling out? There are several potential causes for this, some easily fixed, some not so much. The first thing to do is ask your neighbors how their pressure is, you could just have low pressure in your neighborhood! Even this is fixable with a booster pump (and if you have a well, we have tricks for that too). The second thing is to determine whether the problem is isolated to just one fixture, a few fixtures or the whole house. Shutoff valves that are not open all the way can cause a restriction that will result in low flow. Pipes that are clogged with scale buildup might be the culprit. You could even have a leak outside bleeding off pressure before the water ever gets to your house. All of these things can be fixed.
High Water pressure
While we’re on the subject of pressure, it’s time to talk about a silent killer…… of your pipes and fixtures. It’s high water pressure. While it’s good to have sufficient water pressure, pressure that’s too high can ravage your pipes, dishwasher, ice maker, faucets and other equipment. If your dishwasher keeps blowing seals and your faucets and pipes spring leaks a little too often, high water pressure can be the trouble. The usual fix for all of these problems is a pressure reducing valve. We can do that.
It’s often easy enough to “plunge” a clogged toilet, but a tough case could require plumbing service and a “snake” or a “jet” will be used to clear out any blockages in your pipes. It is possible that frequent clogs are a symptom of another, deeper problem. In some houses that have refinished basements (or sometimes even in new houses!), clogged drains can a recurring problem because the pipes used are too small or not properly routed. We can give you an estimate if a re-work is called for. It’s often 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 your pipes bang when you shut a faucet off, you probably have what’s called “water hammer” this can be fixed by installing water hammer arrestors. If you have a “running” toilet, besides being annoying it can waste a lot of water (Up to $100 a month’s worth) and it can often be fixed with a minor repair. If you’ve got a drippy faucet or leak, attending to it quickly can save you a lot of headaches and money. We don’t mind helping you out with emergencies but it’s easier for everyone when we can schedule a simple repair instead and no one wants to spend money on a repair and dealing with a flooded basement.
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 periodic maintenance. Your septic tank must 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 and heartache.
Ask us for advice on your Plumbing needs.
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. What seems like a simple problem can have a deeper cause, and bigger ramifications down the road. Call R Plumbing Company for plumbing services – we are the reasonable and reliable plumber!