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 annual water heater maintenance. When you do experience a plumbing problem, calling a plumber in Greater Richmond is the best way to solve it quickly and correctly.

Here are 12 common issues that a plumber can resolve.

1. Clogged Drains

Kitchen and bathroom drains are susceptible to food and hair clogs. While you can try to fix the blockage by yourself, liquid plumbing products often do more damage. They might not eliminate the clog at all. Or the corrosive chemicals they contain can eat away at your pipes.

If you’re dealing with a slow-moving drain, call us at 804-302-6657 for plumbing services. We use special tools like plumbing snakes to get rid of clogs without damaging your pipes.

2. Leaky Pipes

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

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

Leaks can be stealthy and hard to pinpoint since your plumbing is beneath walls. If you think you have one, it’s recommended to contact Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for plumbing repair.

3. Dripping Faucets

You may think that a leaky faucet isn’t a problem. But a faucet that drips every second can waste up to 5 gallons of water daily. And more than 2,000 gallons of water annually! That’s enough 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 Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling plumber will be able to quickly find the failing part and replace the fixture, if needed.

4. Burst Pipes

Extreme temperatures and poor 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 inspect your plumbing and fix any cracks.
  • Insulate any pipes in a cold 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 very cold days. This keeps water moving through the pipes.

If you find you have a frozen pipe, call us at 804-302-6657 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 house was built prior to 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 planning to move a sink, tub or toilet? Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can handle relocating 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 collecting near the base is a sign it’s failed, as well as:

  • Inadequate hot water
  • Popping or rumbling sounds
  • 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 dripping faucet. It can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day, or 73,000 gallons of water annually! That’s the equivalent to 384 full hot tubs.

Like fixing a leaky faucet, this job is best handled by a Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling pro.

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 problems require the help of a licensed plumber from Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

9. Water Main Break

If you’re dealing with low water pressure and seeing water pooling in your yard, you probably have a leaking water main. This line goes underground from the street to your house, giving you 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 804-302-6657 for immediate help.

10. Sewer Line Backup

A sewer line backup is one of the worst plumbing problems you can experience. It’s dirty, it smells and it can result in a lot of damage to your house. Contact us at 804-302-6657 for fast, affordable plumbing services in Greater Richmond.

We Can Handle All Your Plumbing Repair Needs

Trying to deal with a plumbing problem on your own can be frustrating and time-consuming. A professional plumber can take care of many issues quickly and affordably, giving you more time to focus on what matters most. Call us at 804-302-6657 to book your affordable plumbing appointment today!