10 Things Plumbers Can Fix

August 10, 2021

With your home’s plumbing, there are a few things you can do to keep water flowing smoothly. Such as only flushing toilet paper or scheduling regular water heater maintenance. When you do have a plumbing problem, calling a plumber in McMurray is the best approach to solve it quickly and correctly.

Here are 12 common problems that a plumber can take care of.

1. Blocked Drains

Kitchen and bathroom drains are vulnerable to food and hair clogs. While you can try to fix the blockage on your own, liquid plumbing products often do more damage. They might not eliminate the clog at all. Or the corrosive chemicals they contain can eat through your pipes.

If you’re experiencing a slow-moving drain, contact us at 724-370-0141 for plumbing services. We use special tools like plumbing snakes to eliminate clogs without harming your pipes.

2. Dripping Pipes

Leaky pipes can cost you, both in higher water bills and damage to your home. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of a problematic pipe. These include:

  • Soft areas on ceilings, walls or the floor
  • Higher than normal water bills
  • Musty smells
  • Mildew growth

Leaks can be stealthy and hard to locate since your plumbing is hidden behind walls. If you think you have one, it’s best to contact Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for plumbing repair.

3. Dripping Faucets

You may think that a dripping faucet is no big deal. But a faucet that drips every second can waste up to 5 gallons of water daily. And more than 2,000 gallons of water each year! That’s ample water to fill a tank that’s 90” wide and 83” tall.

You may also think you can repair a faucet by yourself but contacting a plumber is a much better idea. A Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing plumber will be able to quickly find the faulty part and replace the fixture, if necessary.

4. Frozen Pipes

Very cold temperatures and inadequate insulation can wreak havoc on your pipes and your home. The typical cost of a frozen pipe insurance claim is $10,900, according to Forbes.

There are several steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Have us inspect your plumbing and repair any cracks.
  • Insulate any pipes in a chilly area of your home.
  • If you’re gone, set your thermostat at 50 degrees (or higher) to keep your pipes thawed.
  • Keep faucets running at a slow drip during extremely cold days. This keeps water flowing through the pipes.

If you find you have a frozen pipe, call us at 724-370-0141 immediately for plumbing service.

5. Pipe Replacement or Relocation

Plumbing in newer houses often is a mix of PVC, CPVC, PEX or copper pipes. Older homes may use galvanized steel pipes, which last for around 50 years, according to home inspection companies. Or pipes could be made from another material.

If your house was built prior to the 1970s, we recommend having your plumbing checked. This can help determine when you need to replace your pipes and help you avoid a catastrophic leak.

Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? And planning to move a sink, tub or toilet? Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can handle relocating your plumbing. Rerouting plumbing also involves pulling up flooring and subflooring, so you’ll want the help of a professional plumber.

6. Dripping Water Heater

If you use a tank-style water heater, you can expect it to work around 10 years. Water pooling near the base is a sign it’s gone out, as well as:

  • Not enough hot water
  • Popping or rumbling sounds
  • Cloudy water
  • Leaking or faulty pressure relief valve

We’ll figure out whether you need water heater repair or water heater installation.

7. Constantly Running Toilet

A leaky toilet is even worse than a dripping faucet. It can waste up to 200 gallons of water daily, or 73,000 gallons of water yearly! That’s the equivalent to 384 full hot tubs.

Like fixing a leaky faucet, this job is best handled by a Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing professional.

8. Low Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than trying to take a shower with poor water pressure. Sometimes this issue is because of an issue with your city’s water supply. But it can frequently be the result of a clog in your plumbing system or a water main break. Both problems require the assistance of a licensed plumber from Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

9. Water Main Break

If you’re experiencing low water pressure and noticing water pooling in your yard, you probably have a leaking water main. This line runs underground from the street to your house, giving you all the water you need.

In this situation, you’ll want to turn off your home’s water at the shutoff valve and contact us at 724-370-0141 for immediate help.

10. Sewer Line Backup

A sewer line backup is one of the worst plumbing problems you can experience. It’s dirty, it smells and it can cause a lot of damage to your home. Contact us at 724-370-0141 for fast, reasonable plumbing services in McMurray.

We Can Take Care of All Your Plumbing Repair Needs

Trying to tackle a plumbing problem on your own can be frustrating and time-consuming. A pro plumber can take care of many issues quickly and affordably, giving you more time to spend on what matters most. Contact us at 724-370-0141 to book your affordable plumbing appointment now!