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

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

1. Clogged Drains

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

If you’re experiencing a slow-moving drain, contact us at 715-318-6728 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 home. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of a problematic pipe. These include:

  • Soft areas on ceilings, walls or the floor
  • Higher than average water bills
  • Musty smells
  • Mold growth

Leaks can be sneaky and hard to locate since your plumbing is beneath walls. If you suspect you have one, it’s best to contact Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC 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 daily. 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 may also think you can repair a faucet by yourself but contacting a plumber is a much better idea. A Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC plumber will be able to quickly locate the faulty part and replace the fixture, if needed.

4. Frozen Pipes

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

There are a few 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 running at a slow drip during extremely cold days. This keeps water moving through the pipes.

If you find you have a frozen pipe, call us at 715-318-6728 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 use galvanized steel pipes, which are good for around 50 years, according to home inspection companies. Or pipes could use another material.

If your home was built prior to the 1970s, we advise having your plumbing inspected. This can help determine when you need to replace your pipes and help you avoid a catastrophic leak.

Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? And planning to move a sink, tub or toilet? Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC 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. 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 failed, as well as:

  • Not enough hot water
  • Popping or rumbling sounds
  • Cloudy water
  • Leaking or faulty pressure relief valve

We’ll figure out 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 left to a Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC pro.

8. Weak Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than trying to take a shower with poor 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 Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC.

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 home, supplying you with all the water you need.

In this situation, you’ll want to turn off your home’s water at the shutoff valve and contact us at 715-318-6728 for immediate help.

10. Sewer Line Backup

A sewer line backup is one of the worst plumbing problems you can deal with. It’s dirty, it smells and it can result in a lot of damage to your home. Call us at 715-318-6728 for fast, reasonable plumbing services in Ellsworth.

We Can Take Care of All Your Plumbing Repair Needs

Trying to deal with a plumbing issue by yourself can be frustrating and take up a lot of time. A pro plumber can take care of many issues quickly and affordably, allowing you more time to focus on what matters most. Call us at 715-318-6728 to schedule your affordable plumbing appointment now!