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10 Things Plumbers Can Fix

August 10, 2021

With your home’s plumbing, there are several things you should do to keep water running smoothly. Like only flushing toilet paper or booking routine water heater maintenance. When you do have a plumbing problem, contacting a plumber in Anchorage is the best way to solve it quickly and correctly.

Here are 12 common problems that a plumber can resolve.

1. Blocked Drains

Kitchen and bathroom drains are vulnerable to food and hair clogs. While you can try to resolve the blockage by yourself, liquid plumbing products often do more damage. They may not break up the clog at all. Or the harmful chemicals they contain can eat through your pipes.

If you’re dealing with a sluggish drain, contact us at 907-202-9798 for plumbing services. We use special tools like plumbing snakes to get rid of clogs without damaging your pipes.

2. Leaky Pipes

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

  • Soft spots on ceilings, walls or the floor
  • Higher than average water bills
  • Musty odors
  • Mildew growth

Leaks can be stealthy and hard to pinpoint since your plumbing is hidden behind walls. If you think you have one, it’s recommended to contact Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services for plumbing repair.

3. Leaky Faucets

You might think that a leaky 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 annually! That’s ample water to fill a tank that’s 90” wide and 83” tall.

You might also think you can repair a faucet by yourself but calling a plumber is a much better idea. A Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services plumber will be able to quickly locate the faulty part and replace the fixture, if necessary.

4. Burst Pipes

Extreme temperatures and poor insulation can wreak havoc on your pipes and your house. 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 check your plumbing and repair any cracks.
  • Insulate any pipes in a cold 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, contact us at 907-202-9798 immediately for plumbing service.

5. Pipe Replacement or Relocation

Plumbing in newer homes often is a mix of PVC, CPVC, PEX or copper pipes. Older homes may have 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 inspected. This can help determine when you need to replace your pipes and help you avoid a major leak.

Updating your kitchen or bathroom? And want to move a sink, tub or toilet? Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services can handle moving your plumbing. Moving plumbing also involves removing 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 last around 10 years. Water collecting near the base is a symptom it’s gone out, as well as:

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

We’ll determine whether you should have water heater repair or water heater installation.

7. Leaky Toilet

A leaky toilet is even worse than a leaky faucet. It can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day, or 73,000 gallons of water each year! That’s the same as 384 full hot tubs.

Like repairing a leaky faucet, this job is best left to a Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services professional.

8. Low Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than trying to take a shower with poor water pressure. Sometimes this problem 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 Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services.

9. Water Main Break

If you’re experiencing low water pressure and seeing water pooling in your yard, you probably have a leaky water main. This line goes underground from the street to your home, giving you all the water you need.

In this instance, you’ll want to shut off your home’s water at the shutoff valve and call us at 907-202-9798 for immediate assistance.

10. Sewer Line Backup

A sewer line backup is one of the grossest plumbing problems you can experience. It’s dirty, it smells and it can result in a lot of damage to your home. Call us at 907-202-9798 for fast, reasonable plumbing services in Anchorage.

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, allowing you more time to focus on what matters most. Call us at 907-202-9798 to schedule your affordable plumbing appointment now!