As any homeowner knows, plumbing issues can be very disruptive. When these issues occur it’s vital to evaluate the situation and assess whether this is an issue that a home handyman with the correct set of tools can repair, or when it’s time to call in your licensed and insured plumber and leave the job to the professionals.
No hot water – the most common problem a homeowner faces is lack of hot water. In fact, that’s the most popular reason professional plumbers are called in. Before that happens, though, it’s best to take a few steps, to determine what the issue is and if it can easily repaired at home.
- If you have a gas water heater with a pilot light, make sure the light is functioning.
- Check your temperature setting on the water heater. Make sure it’s set to provide the amount of hot water your household needs.
- Check to the capacity of your hot water heater. Especially in new homes, your hot water heater may not be large enough for your needs.
Dripping faucets – while mildly annoying, that persistent drip can cause a huge spike in your water bill. It’s also a sign that your washers, inside the faucet need to be replaced. In fact, by gently closing faucets, rather than forcing them, you can greatly extend the life of your washers.
Clogged drains – The most clogged drain in the house is the kitchen. This common plumbing problem can be avoided simply by taking care with what goes down your drain. This is actually the second most common issue plumbers face.
Leaking pipes – Pipes have a lifespan and a periodic check of older pipes in your home can save you a flooded home. Look for rust or lime deposits, since that’s where pipes are worn. Should you notice a worn spot, call a professional to have that section of pipe replaced before it bursts.
Leaking water heaters – When your water heater leaks, it’s a clear sign it’s time to purchase a new one. When this happen, the water storage tank is generally rusted through. Be sure and purchase a new energy efficient water heater: look for the Energy Star Guide. http://www.energystar.gov/
Air Conditioning Not Working – Having your AC unit serviced by a professional will actually save you money in the long run. Yearly filter replacements, and gas level checks ensure that your unit is running at it’s peak capacity, and using less energy to cool your home more efficiently.
New faucet installation – while this may seem like a do-it-yourself project, having a professional install your new hardware guarantees the workmanship.
Garbage disposal not working properly– Not only is this messy, but it also has the potential to be dangerous. After a quick perusal, running cold water through the unit, it’s often best to call in the professionals
Running or leaking toilets – A leaking or running toilet can cause a huge increase in your household water bill. It’s also a sign that some part of the toilet is not functioning properly. After a thorough jiggle of the handle doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s time to call the professionals.
Are you experiencing a plumbing problem that should be delegated to a licensed and insured professional? Call 855-241-2822 and a member of our staff can rush out and provide a professional assessment and quote. Large or small issues, we’re at your service!