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. Such as only flushing toilet paper or scheduling routine water heater maintenance. When you do have a plumbing problem, getting in touch with a plumber in Marshalltown is the best way to solve it quickly and correctly.

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

1. Blocked Drains

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

If you’re dealing with a sluggish drain, call us at 641-316-3360 for plumbing services. We use special tools like plumbing snakes to get rid of clogs without damaging your pipes.

2. Dripping Pipes

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

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

Leaks can be sneaky and hard to locate since your plumbing is beneath walls. If you think you have one, it’s recommended to contact B & G HVAC for plumbing repair.

3. Leaky Faucets

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

You may also think you can fix a faucet by yourself but calling a plumber is a much better idea. A B & G HVAC plumber will be able to quickly locate 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 fix any cracks.
  • Insulate any pipes in a cold 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 very cold days. This keeps water moving through the pipes.

If you find you have a frozen pipe, contact us at 641-316-3360 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 are good for around 50 years, according to home inspection companies. Or pipes could use another material.

If your house was built before 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 planning to move a sink, tub or toilet? B & G HVAC can take care of moving your plumbing. Rerouting plumbing also involves pulling up flooring and subflooring, so you’ll need the help of a professional plumber.

6. Leaky Water Heater

If you use a tank-style water heater, you can expect it to last around 10 years. Water pooling near the base is a symptom 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 determine whether you need water heater repair or water heater installation.

7. Constantly Running 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 yearly! That’s the equivalent to 384 full hot tubs.

Like fixing a leaky faucet, this job is best handled by a B & G HVAC professional.

8. Weak Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than attempting to take a shower with weak water pressure. Sometimes this problem is because of a situation with your city’s water supply. But it can often be the result of a clog in your plumbing system or a water main break. Both problems require the help of a licensed plumber from B & G HVAC.

9. Water Main Break

If you’re experiencing low water pressure and noticing water pooling in your yard, you probably have a leaky water main. This line runs underground from the street to your house, 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 contact us at 641-316-3360 for immediate help.

10. Sewer Line Backup

A sewer line backup is one of the grossest plumbing problems you can deal with. It’s dirty, it smells and it can cause a lot of damage to your house. Contact us at 641-316-3360 for fast, affordable plumbing services in Marshalltown.

We Can Take Care of All Your Plumbing Repair Needs

Trying to deal with 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 spend on what matters most. Call us at 641-316-3360 to book your affordable plumbing appointment now!