Every homeowner knows and understands that plumbing problems are both annoying and frustrating. Sometimes you can handle the problem yourself with a plunger or a quick trip to the hardware store. When you have a problem that lingers on or gets progressively more severe, you need to enlist the services of a professional. Here is a look at some of those plumbing issues that necessitate the help of a plumber.
#1. Pipe Leaks
Sometimes the indications of a pipe leak are apparent. You open the cabinet under a sink and find a puddle of accumulated water there, or you touch a pipe, and it feels wet. Another possible indication that you have a pipe leak is a significant increase in your water bill–especially if there is no change in the way the people in your house are using water. You might be able to stop the leak temporarily with a joint or pipe compounding product that you can buy at a home improvement or hardware store, but this fix is temporary.
Whether the cause of the leaking pipe is due to corrosion or general wear or tear, trust that the Mr. Plumber professionals will take care of you and your leaking pipes if called.
#2. Certain Drain Clogs
A clogged drain in the kitchen sink is a common problem. The usual cause is something stuck in the garbage disposal. Starchy, stringy, and fibrous foods are your kitchen sink’s worst enemy. In some cases, you’ll be able to open the drain with a few quick turns of an Allen wrench; however, other kitchen drain clogs are caused by tree roots or other unseen elements that have invaded the underground piping system. These types of issues definitely require a plumbing professional’s attention.
In the same vein, if you have a clogged bathroom sink or tub drain, you might be able to dislodge a big wad of hair that is close to the surface. But if there is a build-up of soap scum or sediment that you can’t see, you have no way of knowing where that clog is. Again, if you find yourself dealing with chronic drainage issues, it’s best to let a professional take a look.
In both of these cases, expert plumbers will have sophisticated equipment that allows them to see what’s happening in your pipes and better address the root problem.
#3. Frequent Lack of Hot Water
We sympathize with frustrated homeowners who complain that they never have enough hot water. No one wants to start their children’s bedtime routine, only to discover that as soon as they turn on the water to fill the bathtub, there is no hot water.
Frequent lack of hot water could also be due to a residue build up in the tank, especially if you have an older water heater. Make sure to flush your tank yearly to avoid this from happening to you. The spring is a great time to do so. As well, if your water heater is not sized properly for the usage of occupants in your home, that would explain not having enough.
Whatever the cause, let Mr. Plumber get to the source of the plumbing issue in your Atlanta area home with one quick phone call.
#4. Insufficient Water Pressure Throughout the House
Over time, the aerator that screws onto your water faucet gets clogged with minerals in the water. Replacing the aerator or soaking it in plain white vinegar can fix that problem. If the problem occurs out of the blue and all of a sudden there is little to no water pressure in your house, you have a bigger problem on your hands. This could possibly mean a broken sewer line or an underground leak in a pipe that delivers water to your home from the city water supply. As well, insufficient water pressure can be the result of a water pressure reducing valve not doing its job properly. These valves are supposed to lower the municipal water pressure to a safe level for a house water supply system, but if this isn’t happening take a peek at your water pressure reducing valve to make sure all is in working order.
This will require the expert help from Mr. Plumber to problem solve.
With a PlumbingCare Maintenance Plan from Mr. Plumber, you will get faster service for any unexpected plumbing issues that may arise. You’ll also get a yearly inspection and annual water heater flush. Preventing problems where you can before they occur is the best way to ensure your plumbing stays in tip-top shape.