3 Common Plumbing Problems, and What to Do About Them

It’s a great big world out there, and most of it has indoor plumbing. And anywhere you find indoor plumbing, you’ll find trained professionals like us ready to step in any time something goes wrong.

blogWhat are the plumbing problems you’re most likely to encounter at home? Statistically, here are the top three:

  • Clogged toilet or drain
  • Leaking toilet
  • Not enough hot water, or not hot water at all

Let’s take them one at a time with an eye to helping you respond appropriately if and when a plumbing problem comes your way.

Clogged toilet or drain

If a toilet or drain suddenly clogs up, first try plunging your way to a quick fix. If that doesn’t work, pour one cup of baking soda and one cup of distilled white vinegar into your drain or toilet, and let that sit for a half hour. Then wash it down with a pan full of boiling hot water. If the clog persists, repeat the baking soda/vinegar/hot water process. And if that still doesn’t work, a call to Service Pros WILL!

Leaking Toilet

A toilet can leak from just about anywhere, including the shutoff valve. One of the trickiest toilet leaks to identify, though, comes when your tank develops a hairline crack that can be so small, you can’t see it. But you’ll know it’s there, all right, if you hear your toilet re-filling itself even when it hasn’t been used. To test your theory, pour a small amount of food coloring into the tank and then, a half hour later, check the water in the bowl. If it’s tinted with the same color, you have a cracked tank that you need to get repaired or replaced before you have a bathroom flood to worry about.

Not enough hot water, or no hot water at all

There are numerous potential causes for running out of hot water too quickly or, worse yet, completely. But before you grab the phone, first check on the following:

  • Did your water heater accidentally get unplugged?
  • Did the fuse blow or circuit breaker trip?
  • Did someone turn down the water heater thermostat?

You’d be surprised how something so simple can be all it takes to get your hot water supply back to where it should be. If, on the other hand, all of the above checks out, it’s worth taking a walk to where you keep your water heater to see if there’s any water around the base of the tank. That would indicate an internal link, and that could mean your water heater needs to be replaced.

Bottom line, the professional and licensed plumbers at Service Pros are here to make all your plumbing problems disappear: on time, on budget, and with your 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Give us a call today or anytime, and let us know how we can help.

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