Common Plumbing Situations

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Plumbing problems are never fun to deal with and usually happen at the most inconvenient times. If you’d like to prevent a minor problem like a clogged kitchen sink or a leaky faucet from becoming a major plumbing issue, focus on these five plumbing situations. You’ll prevent costly repairs and home plumbing fixture replacements.

Kitchen Clogs

Thinking of putting coffee grounds, pasta, potato peelings, or rice down your kitchen disposal or drain? Think again! The best rule to avoid clogs is the less you put down your kitchen drain, the better. Don’t put medication, flour, eggshells, cooking fats, or cooking grease down the drain. They can all clog drains and potentially block pipes. Food scraps can be composted to be environmentally friendly and used in your garden. Medications can be dropped off at collection points, so pill residue doesn’t enter public wastewater treatment systems and eventually wind up in our tap water.

Annual Water Heater Inspection

Water heater maintenance ensures your system is operating at peak efficiency and helps avoid costly repairs or premature replacement. Whether it’s gas, electric, or solar, water heaters need to be checked for sediment buildup that may clog water lines or cause the tank to leak or not properly heat your water.

Liquid Drain Cleaners

Your shower drain or kitchen sink is backing up. Don’t automatically reach for those handy liquid drain cleaners. These inexpensive cleaners can weaken pipes from the chemical reaction taking place inside your drainpipe. The chemical heat reaction may even cause plastic plumbing pipes to melt or crack in some circumstances. When a plunger doesn’t resolve the clog, it’s best to contact your local plumbing expert.

Low Water Pressure

Notice your bathroom sink has intermittent water pressure? If you’ve checked under the sink and the water supply shut off valves haven’t been turned off and the spout faucet screens aren’t restricting water flow, it’s best to contact a plumber to investigate and repair. Ongoing low water pressure can quickly become a serious plumbing problem.

Toilet Flapper

Is your toilet running continuously or leaking water? Running toilets contribute to about 60% of water waste in US homes, according to recent studies. The toilet flapper may be the culprit. One easy way you can check for a leak is by dropping food coloring inside the toilet tank. After 30 minutes, if the toilet bowl has colored water, it means a leak generally around the flapper.

Cool Blew’s knowledgeable plumbers have the training and expertise to diagnose and repair any plumbing issues. Whether you are experiencing a clogged drain or a leaky faucet, trust Cool Blew to fix it. Call our expert plumbers today at 623-872-2900.