10 Things Plumbers Can Fix

August 10, 2021

With your home’s plumbing, there are a few 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, contacting a plumber in Beckley and Mount Hope 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 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 experiencing a sluggish drain, call us at 304-707-0600 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 increased water bills and damage to your home. That’s why it’s crucial to know the signs of a problematic pipe. These include:

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

Leaks can be sneaky and hard to pinpoint since your plumbing is hidden behind walls. If you think you have one, it’s recommended to contact Appalachian Heating for plumbing repair.

3. Dripping Faucets

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

You might also think you can fix a faucet on your own but contacting a plumber is a much better idea. A Appalachian Heating plumber will be able to quickly locate the failing part and replace the fixture, if necessary.

4. Frozen Pipes

Very cold temperatures and poor insulation can wreak havoc on your pipes and your home. The average 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 repair any cracks.
  • Insulate any pipes in a chilly area of your home.
  • If you’re away, 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, call us at 304-707-0600 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 use 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 get new pipes and help you avoid a catastrophic leak.

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

6. Dripping Water Heater

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

  • Inadequate hot water
  • Popping or rumbling noises
  • Cloudy water
  • Leaking or faulty pressure relief valve

We’ll figure out whether you should have 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 daily, or 73,000 gallons of water each year! That’s the equivalent to 384 full hot tubs.

Like repairing a leaky faucet, this job is best left to a Appalachian Heating 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 a situation 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 Appalachian Heating.

9. Water Main Break

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

In this situation, you’ll want to shut off your home’s water at the shutoff valve and contact us at 304-707-0600 for immediate assistance.

10. Sewer Line Backup

A sewer line backup is one of the grossest plumbing problems you can deal with. It’s unsanitary, it smells and it can cause a lot of damage to your house. Contact us at 304-707-0600 for fast, reasonable plumbing services in Beckley and Mount Hope.

We Can Take Care of All Your Plumbing Repair Needs

Trying to tackle a plumbing issue by yourself can be frustrating and take up a lot of time. A professional plumber can handle many issues quickly and affordably, allowing you more time to focus on what matters most. Contact us at 304-707-0600 to book your affordable plumbing appointment today!