10 Things Plumbers Can Fix

August 10, 2021

With your home’s plumbing, there are a few things you should do to keep water running smoothly. Like only flushing toilet paper or booking regular water heater maintenance. When you do experience a plumbing problem, getting in touch with a plumber in the Bay Area 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 attempt to resolve the blockage on your own, liquid plumbing products often cause 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 slow-moving drain, contact us at 510-343-9841 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 higher 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 average water bills
  • Musty smells
  • Mildew growth

Leaks can be stealthy and hard to pinpoint since your plumbing is beneath walls. If you suspect you have one, it’s best to call Contra Costa Heating & AC for plumbing repair.

3. Dripping Faucets

You might think that a leaky faucet isn’t a problem. 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 ample water to fill a tank that’s 90” wide and 83” tall.

You may also think you can fix a faucet on your own but calling a plumber is a much better idea. A Contra Costa Heating & AC plumber will be able to quickly find the faulty part and replace the fixture, if necessary.

4. Burst Pipes

Very cold temperatures and inadequate insulation can wreak havoc on your pipes and your house. The average cost of a frozen pipe insurance claim is $10,900, according to Forbes.

There are several steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing:

  • Have us check your plumbing and fix 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 going at a slow drip during very cold days. This keeps water moving through the pipes.

If you discover you have a frozen pipe, contact us at 510-343-9841 immediately for plumbing service.

5. Pipe Replacement or Relocation

Plumbing in newer houses often is a combination 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 prior to the 1970s, we advise having your plumbing inspected. This can help determine when you need to get new pipes and help you avoid a major leak.

Updating your kitchen or bathroom? And want to move a sink, tub or toilet? Contra Costa Heating & AC can take care of moving your plumbing. Moving plumbing also involves removing flooring and subflooring, so you’ll want the help of a professional plumber.

6. Leaky Water Heater

If you have a tank-style water heater, you can expect it to work around 10 years. Water pooling near the base is a symptom 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 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 daily, 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 left to a Contra Costa Heating & AC professional.

8. Weak Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than attempting 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 frequently be caused by a clog in your plumbing system or a water main break. Both issues require the help of a licensed plumber from Contra Costa Heating & AC.

9. Water Main Break

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

In this situation, you’ll want to shut off your home’s water at the shutoff valve and call us at 510-343-9841 for immediate help.

10. Sewer Line Backup

A sewer line backup is one of the worst plumbing problems you can experience. It’s unsanitary, it smells and it can cause a lot of damage to your home. Contact us at 510-343-9841 for fast, affordable plumbing services in the Bay Area.

We Can Handle All Your Plumbing Repair Needs

Trying to deal with a plumbing problem by yourself 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 510-343-9841 to schedule your affordable plumbing appointment now!