Few problems are as frustrating as having a plumbing problem in your home. Some issues are relatively easy for a homeowner to fix. Other problems, however, require the skill and expertise of an experienced plumber. The following information provides examples of various plumbing situations that can go wrong in a home, things a homeowner can do to correct the situation, and when a professional plumber should be called.
1. Dripping Faucets
Some people tend to ignore a dripping faucet, but a constant drip can add up to a lot of wasted water and higher bills. Dislodged or worn washers are sometimes the cause of dripping faucets. These types of repairs are often more challenging than homeowners expect and may require specialized tools.
2. Low Water Pressure
Sometimes, replacing shower heads can eliminate low water pressure. It could also be a matter of checking the valves to make sure they are turned to a fully opened position. If these simple fixes don't solve the problem, it's probably time to call a plumber. The problem could be a broken or leaky pipe almost anywhere in the piping system. Trying to figure out where it is and how to fix it can be extremely difficult.
3. Clogged Toilets
Fixing a clogged toilet can sometimes be done by using a plunger. If the water is about to overflow after flushing, take the lid off the tank and close the toilet flapper. Run the plunger under some hot water to make the rubber more pliant before beginning. If after several minutes plunging hasn't worked, the problem may be more serious. Sometimes a sewer line can be clogged, and this can create quite a mess if it backs up into your home. A plumber will have video equipment that can see into the pipes to find out exactly what the problem is and where along the pipe it has occurred.
4. Frozen Pipes
This is a situation where an emergency plumber should be called. Some remedies, like using a blow dryer, might not be enough to thaw the pipes. Other simple home remedies may even be dangerous. If pipes burst or even crack while you're trying to thaw them yourself, this will only make the problem worse. A ruptured pipe can leave a home with extensive water damage.
5. Contact a Professional Plumber
When it's time to call a plumber, you want a company with a proven track record. John Baethke & Son Plumbing has served the Chicago area for more than three generations with quality products, excellent service, and no hidden fees. Sink and toilet repair, water meter installation, hydrojetting, and bathroom and kitchen remodeling are just a few of the services they provide. If you feel like you want to try a plunger, we'll even help you out there! Check out our video on tips and tricks to using a plunger by clicking here.
For more information regarding any plumbing needs you may have, contact John Baethke & Son Plumbing.