Pesky Plumbing Problems
Plumbing problems never seem to happen at convenient times. That’s why it’s important to have a professional, reliable plumbing contractor who’s easy to reach and quick to respond. Many plumbing issues can be avoided or minimized with proper maintenance and care. Here are some common plumbing problems and helpful suggestions from the plumbing specialists at ARS®/Rescue Rooter®:
• Toilet repair – The most common culprit of a toilet malfunction is a clog. If this is the case, it is helpful to determine whether the toilet itself is clogged or if there could be a larger problem, such as an obstruction in the main sewer line or sludgy buildup. If the sink drains well, it is probably a toilet clog and you can try plunging to clear it. If the sink does not drain well, you should call a plumber to address the bigger issue. Toilets that require frequent plunging also need professional attention.
• Faucet repair - A leaky, drippy faucet can be annoying and wasteful. Know ahead of time what type of faucets you have in your home and which parts, such as washers and seals, may eventually wear out and need replacing. With any type of faucet, it’s important to fix a trickle as soon as possible to avoid sink stains and rusted fixtures.
• Water heater repair - Built up sediment can damage the tank, water heater lines can corrode, and improperly installed or old drain pans can cause problems that need professional attention. To avoid hot water heater sediment, consider draining the tank. If you see metal or rust in the tank’s water, the anode rod may need replacement. Always remember to turn off the circuit breaker power or shut off the gas before inspecting or maintaining your water heater. It’s also a good idea to insulate the unit, which can save energy and water heating costs. And, be sure to have your hot water heater inspected annually by a qualified service professional.
• Pipe repair – Know what type of material was used in constructing your pipes. If your home was built before 1970, you may have galvanized iron pipes which can eventually rust and corrode, causing the water pressure to drop and a brown tint to appear. When this happens, the pipes must be replaced by an experienced plumbing specialist. Pinhole leaks in copper pipes are not easily detected but can cause damage to drywall and floors. Frozen pipes can also create serious damage, but can be prevented by insulating any pipes in unheated areas or exterior walls. Letting water drip or trickle from faucets during extremely cold weather and opening cabinet doors so warm air circulates can also help keep pipes from freezing and bursting.
Unfortunately, not all plumbing problems can be avoided. Call your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® plumbing specialists if you need plumbing repairs or to schedule an annual inspection or installation. You’ll get fast response, accurate diagnosing and your satisfaction is guaranteed.