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Most families use their plumbing systems multiple times a day. Between running the water, flushing the toilet, and using water-based appliances, your family relies greatly on your plumbing system.
When an issue occurs with the plumbing system, life in your Boerne, TX home won’t be easy. Many plumbing issues make simple daily household tasks impossible.
With all the DIY videos online today, many people are making home repairs DIY projects. While DIY is great for some jobs, a plumbing repair isn’t one of them.
Your home’s plumbing system is very complex. If you haven’t had plumbing training, you could end up doing more harm than good. It is best to have a licensed plumber handle all plumbing repairs.
If your plumbing system is experiencing any of the following issues, you should call a plumbing company and let them handle the job.
#1 Slow Or Clogged Drains
Slow drains can be very frustrating. If water drains slowly, simple tasks like washing the dishes will take longer than necessary because you will have to wait for the water to drain when the sink gets too full. If the tub drain is slow, you will be standing in five inches of water by the time you finish showering. If the drain is clogged completely, you won’t be able to use the sink or tub until the clog is removed.
You may be tempted to try to resolve the issue yourself using a liquid drain cleaner to save some money. Unfortunately, this is a bad idea. There is no guarantee that the entire clog will be removed. If a small part of the clog remains, it won’t be long before you have another drain issue. If the drain is clogged completely, the drain cleaner won’t even reach the clog. In addition, these products contain strong chemicals designed to break up a clog; however, the harsh chemicals can do permanent damage to your pipes.
If you have a slow or clogged drain, it is best to call a plumber. Plumbing professionals can use a drain camera to find the location of the clog and to determine the size. This information will help them choose the best method to remove the clog and the best way to reach it. A plumber can remove the entire clog safely.
#2 Noisy Drains
Does a drain in your home make a gurgling sound when the water goes down?: If so, it is a sign of an imminent problem. It can be easy to ignore the issue because the water is still going down the drain, but you shouldn’t.
When a significant clog builds up, the water will need to change directions to get through the drainage pipe. This change in direction can create an air pocket that causes a gurgling sound.
If you don’t call a plumbing company as soon as the problem begins, it won’t be long before the drain becomes completely clogged.
A licensed plumbing company can remove the clog, preventing issues in the future.
#3 Clogged Toilet
It is not uncommon for a toilet to clog from time to time. In many cases, a plunger will release the clog, allowing it to go down the drain. However, if the clog is very large or located far down in the pipe, a plunger won’t help, and you will need to call a plumber.
A clogged toilet can be inconvenient, especially if you have just one bathroom. It is best to call a plumbing company immediately after plunging the toilet fails.
#4 Running Toilet
The toilet in your home is designed to run after flushing. When the toilet tank is full, the toilet should stop running. If your toilet continues to run and doesn’t stop, you will need to call a licensed plumber.
It can be easy to ignore a running toilet, but you shouldn’t. A constantly running toilet wastes up to 30 gallons a day and 900 gallons per month. This amount of wasted water will cause your water bill to increase significantly. In addition, if there is a problem with the toilet, it won’t get any better without the help of a plumber, and it will only get worse.
There are several possible reasons why your toilet is running.
- The flapper is damaged or won’t stay closed.
- The refill line needs to be shortened.
- The float height is too high.
- The tank’s seal is failing.
- Your toilet has reached the end of its lifespan.
Because so many issues can cause this problem, you will need a plumber to inspect the toilet to determine the cause and make the necessary repair.
#5 Dripping Faucet
To many people, a dripping faucet isn’t a big problem. In fact, many people ignore dripping faucets because they don’t think that it is worth the cost of a plumber to have it fixed. A dripping faucet is more serious than you think. The faucet is dripping because there is an issue with the mechanics. If you ignore the problem, the dripping can escalate to a steady stream that you cannot stop. In addition, a dripping faucet wastes a lot of water. You may believe that because the water is just dripping that the wasted water will be minimal. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. A faucet that drips one drop per second can waste up to 11 gallons of water per day and 330 gallons per month. This amount of wasted water can cause a spike in your water bill and is harmful to the environment. The money you will save on your water bill when the issue is repaired will cover the cost of hiring a plumbing company.
When you call a plumber, they will inspect the faucet to determine whether it can be repaired or has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
#6 Pooling Water Under the Sink
If you notice pooling water under the kitchen cabinet or the bathroom vanity, you have a leak in the pipe. Owning a wrench doesn’t qualify you to fix the leak yourself, and you should call a plumbing company right away.
There are a few reasons why the water is leaking, including:
- Worn out connections
- Shifting plumbing lines
- Pipe corrosion
You will need a plumber to inspect the pipe to determine which of these issues is causing the leak so it can be repaired. It is best not to wait too long to call a plumber because the longer you wait, the more water damage will occur. Also, the pooling water can result in mold growth.
It is best to call a plumbing company as soon as you notice the problem.
#7 Water Heater Issues
Although the water heater in your home is considered an appliance, it is a vital part of your plumbing system. If your water heater isn’t functioning correctly, you won’t have clean hot water coming from the tap.
It is essential that you can identify issues with your water heater early so you can call a plumber. Detecting the problem early can prevent a minor issue from becoming something more serious that cannot be repaired.
If you notice any of the following issues, you should call a plumbing company as soon as possible.
- No hot water
- The water isn’t hot enough
- You frequently run out of hot water
- Foul-smelling hot water
- Discolored hot water
- Your unit is making strange sounds
- Moisture or leaks around the unit
Water heater repair shouldn’t be a DIY project. Attempting a repair yourself can result in serious damage to the water heater or a significant flood. In addition, if your water heater is still under warranty, a DIY repair will void the warranty.
A plumber will have the knowledge and experience necessary to determine what is wrong with the unit and then solve the problem.
#8 Poor Water Pressure
Inadequate water pressure is a hassle. Without adequate water pressure, simple daily tasks like washing your hair and doing the dishes will take longer than necessary. In addition, poor water pressure will affect the way your water-based appliances function.
If only the hot water pressure is poor, the problem is with your water heater. Insufficient hot and cold water pressure is likely due to an issue with your plumbing system.
There are several possible reasons why the water pressure in your Boerne, TX home is inadequate. These include:
- An issue with the shutoff valve
- A problem with the water meter valve
- The pressure regulator is failing
- Clogged pipes
- Corroded pipes
- Leaking pipes
- Faulty fixtures
Because so many issues can cause poor water pressure, you will need a licensed plumbing company to figure out which one is causing the problem so it can be repaired. When the problem is fixed, the water will flow freely again.
#9 Discolored Water
When you turn on a faucet or shower in your home, you expect it to be clean and clear. If the water has a brown tint, you should call an emergency plumber.
If just the hot water is discolored, the issue is with your water heater. If the hot and cold water is discolored, the problem is with your plumbing system.
As your pipes age, they can begin to rust and become corroded, and the corrosion and rust can contaminate the water.
It is unsafe to use contaminated water; therefore, you need an emergency plumber. The plumber will inspect the system to find the corroded pipes so they can be replaced. Until the problem is fixed, it is best to boil the water before use.
#10 Frozen Pipes
Winters in Boerne, TX, are relatively mild, which is why many homeowners don’t wrap their pipes with heat tape. If there is a cold snap and the temperature drops, your pipes can freeze. Frozen pipes are a very serious problem that should not be ignored. When the pipes freeze, the water inside expands, which can cause the pipes to burst, resulting in a major flood in your home.
If it is freezing outside and nothing happens when you turn on the water, your pipes could be frozen, and you should call a plumbing company immediately. A licensed plumbing company can thaw the pipes quickly and safely, preventing a disaster.
Why Choose bluefrog Plumbing & Drain Of San Antonio?
If you have an issue with your plumbing system and want to work with the best plumber in the business, contact bluefrog Plumbing & Drain Of San Antonio. We are a full-service plumbing company that has been providing service to residential and business customers for years.
Our plumbers are highly trained, licensed, and insured. They can handle any problem you have, whether it is a simple fix or something more complex.
Unlike many plumbing companies in the area, you won’t pay a trip charge or overtime fees when you work with us. It is our goal to make your experience with us as affordable and easy as possible.
We understand how serious and upsetting plumbing emergencies can be, which is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you call us with a plumbing emergency outside of our regular business hours, we will do our best to get a plumber to your home as quickly as we would if you had called when we were open.
We appreciate our loyal customers greatly, which is why we offer our loyal customers to take part in our Proactive Protection Program. This program provides priority service, a free plumbing evaluation every year, and a 15 percent discount on services.
If you aren’t convinced we are the best company to handle the job, check out our reviews on Google. We have a 5-star rating, and many of our satisfied customers have left rave reviews. We also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
We provide a variety of plumbing services, including:
- Clog removal
- Drain cleaning
- Water heater installation, maintenance, and repair
- Tankless water heater installation, maintenance, and repair
- Waterline inspections
- Sewer line inspections
- Water softener installation
- Sump pump repair
- Gas line repair
- Emergency plumbing service
To schedule an appointment for a plumbing repair, give us at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio a call today.