At Quahog Plumbing, we know not every plumbing problem warrants calling a plumbing company for help. However, sometimes the longer you wait, the worse and more expensive the repairs become.
When time is of the essence, or you can’t wait for an appointment because it puts your family at risk, call our experienced technicians for help. We’re standing by 24/7, ready to provide prompt and professional service at fair prices. Put our number 401-307-5451 on your refrigerator, and remember to call us when facing a plumbing emergency.
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When To Call For Emergency Plumbing Repair
Most plumbing issues don’t require calling a 24 hour plumber. Things like dripping faucets and slow drains need repairs, but not immediately. However, sometimes, waiting means compromising the safety of your family and property.
Here are some tips to know when it’s a plumbing emergency and when you can wait to schedule an appointment.
- Water Leaks Not all water leaks require immediate attention; however, if the size of the leak is such that it’s causing flooding or water damage to walls or ceilings, you’re better off calling for emergency repairs to minimize the damage.
- Clogged Drains Call a plumber for emergency repair if you have a significant clog that completely stops water flow, and you can’t fix it with conventional remedies. In some cases, clogs are caused by tree roots, which can’t be fixed with plungers or chemical drain cleaners.
- Clogged Toilet Few plumbing problems can bring your home to a complete halt, like a toilet that won’t flush. Suppose your toilet is threatening to overflow or continues running after you’ve flushed it. In that case, you’re better off calling a professional than risk the system backing up and dumping waste all over your bathroom.
- No Water Pressure If you experience a reduction or total loss of water pressure, call the water supplier if you’re using city water and find out if the problem is on their end. If all is well with the water department, chances are you have a significant clog or leak in your main water line, which requires a professional to fix.
- No Hot Water If you can’t get hot water out of the faucet, chances are your water heater has bit the dust and needs replacing. Although you may be able to go a few days without hot water, depending on when it happens, you may need to call for emergency repairs.
If you’re in doubt whether it’s a plumbing emergency or not, it’s better to err on the side of caution and call for help.
Why It’s Better To Hire A Drain Cleaning Company To Clean Your Drains
If you’re like most homeowners, you use a drain cleaning product to unclog drains instead of calling a plumber. Drain cleaners are cheaper, you don’t have to wait for a plumber to show up for an appointment, and they work.
However, remedies like drain cleaners aren’t always the best solution for your plumbing system. The chemicals used in some drain cleaners are known to damage pipes, causing them to weaken and burst, which is much more expensive to fix than a clogged drain.
So while you may be hesitant to hire a plumber to clear your clogged drains, here are a few reasons you should consider it.
- Plumbers Understand Drains Better Than You We’re not trying to insult your intelligence; sure, you know a little bit about how your drains work. But consider that plumbers have specialized training and years of experience that the average homeowner doesn’t possess. People with a deeper knowledge of drain systems are better able to diagnose problems and know how to fix them, so they don’t return.
- Plumbers Have Better Equipment As mentioned, liquid drain cleaners you get from the hardware store can help, but their abilities are limited, and they can damage your plumbing if you’re not careful. Unless you have ways to see deep in your plumbing system, you can’t know if the drain cleaner will be effective because you don’t know where the source of the clog is. Plumbers have professional diagnostic equipment allowing them to see into your pipes and have professional tools to fix the problem.
- Plumbers Stand Behind Their Work When you fix problems yourself, there’s no guarantee the repair will last or that you won’t further damage your system. If the repair doesn’t go as planned or if you mess up and make things worse, you’re on the hook to fix it. Professional plumbing companies typically guarantee their work and stand behind it. Also, if a plumber makes a mistake, the company has an obligation to make it right.
The next time you have a clogged drain and are thinking about fixing it yourself, remember that hiring a professional gives you better, safer, and longer-lasting results.
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When To Call For Water Heater Repair
Your water heater works around the clock to ensure you have enough hot water when you need it. However, like all appliances, your water heater will wear out and eventually fail, even with routine maintenance.
Sudden water heater failure is rare; most water heaters show that they need repairs, and here’s what to look for.
- Lukewarm Water When the water coming out of the faucet isn’t as hot as you’re used to, it’s a sure sign your water heater needs repairs. The problem could be the thermostat, or it could be a heating element that’s failing.
- The Hot Water Doesn’t Last As Long As Before Does it seem like the hot water runs out more quickly than before? If you’re used to taking 20-minute hot showers but can’t get through five without running out, it’s time to call a plumber to find out what’s going on.
- Strange Noises If your water heater makes banging noises, it’s usually sediment buildup that’s to blame. As sediment and minerals build up over time, it hardens and damages the inside of the tank. You can avoid sediment buildup with regular tank flushing.
- Rusty Water Rust-colored water coming out of the faucet usually means that your water tank is rusting from the inside, or it could be your pipes that are corroding. In this situation, it’s best to call a professional to diagnose the problem.
If you notice these or any other strange issues with your water heater, call the professionals at Quahog Plumbing for help.