10 Things Plumbers Can Fix

August 10, 2021

With your home’s plumbing, there are several things you can 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 Libertyville is the smartest way 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 cause more damage. They might not eliminate the clog at all. Or the harmful chemicals they contain can eat away at your pipes.

If you’re experiencing a slow-moving drain, contact us at 847-362-0262 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 bigger water bills and damage to your home. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of a problematic pipe. These include:

  • Wet spots on ceilings, walls or the floor
  • Higher than normal water bills
  • Musty odors
  • Mold growth

Leaks can be sneaky and hard to find since your plumbing is beneath walls. If you think you have one, it’s recommended to contact TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical for plumbing repair.

3. Dripping Faucets

You might think that a dripping faucet is no big deal. But a faucet that drips every second can waste up to 5 gallons of water each day. 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 calling a plumber is a much better idea. A TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical plumber will be able to quickly find the faulty part and replace the fixture, if needed.

4. Frozen Pipes

Very cold temperatures and inadequate 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 a few steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing:

  • Have us check your plumbing and repair any cracks.
  • Insulate any pipes in a chilly area of your home.
  • If you’re away, keep 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 moving through the pipes.

If you find you have a frozen pipe, contact us at 847-362-0262 immediately for plumbing service.

5. Pipe Replacement or Relocation

Plumbing in newer homes often is a combination of PVC, CPVC, PEX or copper pipes. Older homes may use galvanized steel pipes, which are good for around 50 years, according to home inspection companies. Or pipes could use another material.

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

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

6. Leaky Water Heater

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

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

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

7. Leaky Toilet

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

Like repairing a leaky faucet, this job is best left to a TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical 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 often be caused by a clog in your plumbing system or a water main break. Both problems require the assistance of a licensed plumber from TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical.

9. Water Main Break

If you’re dealing with low water pressure and noticing water pooling in your yard, you probably have a leaky water main. This line goes underground from the street to your house, supplying you with all the water you need.

In this instance, you’ll want to shut off your home’s water at the shutoff valve and contact us at 847-362-0262 for immediate assistance.

10. Sewer Line Backup

A sewer line backup is one of the worst plumbing problems you can deal with. It’s unsanitary, it smells and it can result in a lot of damage to your house. Contact us at 847-362-0262 for fast, reasonable plumbing services in Libertyville.

We Can Take Care of All Your Plumbing Repair Needs

Trying to tackle a plumbing issue on your own can be frustrating and take up a lot of time. A pro plumber can handle many issues quickly and affordably, giving you more time to spend on what matters most. Call us at 847-362-0262 to schedule your affordable plumbing appointment today!