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Do You Have A Plumbing Problem in Your Home?


When it comes to plumbing, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. From clogged drains to burst pipes, a plumbing problem can be a real headache. 

While some problems are fixed easily, others will need the help of a professional plumber. In this blog post, we will discuss common plumbing problems and how to fix them!

Water Pressure Issue

If you’re experiencing water pressure issues in your home, it’s a sign that you have a plumbing problem.

Water pressure problems are either high or low water pressure issues. Not sure if you have a pressure problem? There are a few things you can do to check.

First, take a look at your water pressure gauge. If the needle is pointing to the red zone, that’s an indication that you have high water pressure.

If the needle is pointing to the blue zone, that means you have low water pressure.

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Low Water Pressure

Low pressure is when water slowly drips from fixtures rather than continuously runs at a normal rate. This type of water pressure is caused by a variety of factors, such as:

  • A water leak somewhere in your home
  • Fixtures that are too far from the water source
  • Mineral deposits on aerators in the shower

High Water Pressure

High pressure is when water is coming out of fixtures at a faster rate, or you hear banging in pipes when in use. Caused by a number of factors, such as:

  • Faulty water pressure regulator
  • The municipal water supply; the city may be pumping water to reach your home at too high of a level

Left unchecked, high water pressure can cause a lot of damage to your pipes and fixtures. Leading to huge plumbing problems, and even causing a higher water bill.

Whether you’re experiencing high or low water pressure, it’s important to have a professional take a look at your system. Our expert plumbers are happy to help! Call us today (773) 799-8848!

Running Toilet

A constantly running toilet is a common plumbing problem that many homeowners face. Being able to recognize the signs is key to avoiding inflated utility bills.

A toilet that is running constantly can raise your water bill and waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. Here are some signs of toilet issues to look out for:

  • Water level in the toilet tank, if the water level is too high it can cause the float ball to get stuck which will lead to the water running constantly.
  • Leak around the base of the toilet, if there’s a faulty wax ring or cracked flange it will allow water to flow out of the toilet.
  • If you hear running water but see no water there could be an issue inside the toilet tank with the fill valve.
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All of these are fairly easy fixes if you have the proper tools and material. A toilet repair kit can come in handy when repairing your toilet. You can also use food coloring in the upper tank to test if you have a toilet leak.

If you want to be on the safe side, call Rescue Plumbing at (773) 799-8848 we’ll fix your plumbing problem without a hitch.

Clogged Drains

A plumbing system can have slow or clogged drains for numerous reasons. At Rescue Plumbing, blocked drains are a major plumbing issue we come across. We always address clogs promptly to avoid plumbing disasters.

These are the most common clogs we encounter:

Sink Clog

Whether it’s your kitchen sink or bathroom sink, clogs will occur. A slow draining sink is likely due to one of two things: either a build-up of food particles and grease or an object that’s become lodged in the drain.

In most cases, you can fix slow drains yourself without having to call a plumber.

The first thing you’ll want to do is determine what’s causing the clog in your sink drain. If it’s a build-up of food and grease, you can try running hot water down the drain for several minutes to see if that does the trick.

If not, you’ll need to use a plunger or a sink snake (a small, flexible tool that’s used to remove blockages).

Garbage Disposal Clog

A garbage disposal can also cause a slow draining kitchen sink if food particles get stuck in it. Looking to repair your jammed garbage disposal? Use an Allen key to disassemble the components and leave the parts in vinegar overnight.

An object stuck in a drain causes clogs, you’ll need to remove the object from the drain using a snake drain. Once you’ve removed the object, run hot water down the drain to make sure it’s clear.

Still dealing with a slow draining sink after following these steps? It’s best to call a plumber. They’ll be able to quickly identify the plumbing issues and repair them with professional-grade tools. Rescue Plumbing will get your sink up and running again in no time!

Drain clogs

Bathtub Drain Clog

The bathtub is one of the most commonly used fixtures in the home, and as such, it is also one of the most likely to become clogged. While a clogged bathtub drain can be a nuisance, finding the cause will help solve the issue.

There are a few different things that can cause a bathtub drain to become clogged. One of the most common causes is hair. When hair sheds, it can fall into the bathtub drain and cause a blockage.

An additional common cause of clogged bath drains is soap scum. Soap scum builds up over time and can eventually block the drain.

There are a few different ways to clear a bathtub drain clog. One way is to use a plunger. Plungers create pressure inside the pipe and force the clog to be flushed down the drain.

Another way to clear a bathtub drain clog is to use a drain snake. A drain snake is a long, flexible piece of metal or plastic that you insert into the drain to break up a clog.

Clogged Toilets

A clogged toilet can occur for a number of reasons, such as, but not limited to, flushing too much toilet paper at once, flushing feminine hygiene products down the toilet, or even flushing a small toy that was accidentally dropped into the toilet.

Whatever the reason for your clogged toilet, there are a few ways that you can try to fix it before having to call a professional.

First, you should check to see if the clog is in the bowl or the trap. The clog is in the bowl, you can try using a plunger to dislodge it. If the clog is in the trap, you may need to use a snake or a plunger to try and get it out.

If the clog is still not budging, you may need to call a plumber at (773) 799-8848. They will be able to use an auger or hydro jet to clear the clog.

Water Leak

A water leak can occur for a multitude of reasons, such as cracked pipes or a faulty appliance. In most cases, water leaks are not something that you can fix yourself and will require the help of a professional.

If you have a water leak, the first thing you should do is turn off the water supply line in your home. This will help prevent any further damage from occurring or high water bills.

Once the water is turned off, you should call a plumber. They will be able to assess the situation and determine what needs to be done to fix the leak.

Water line leaks are a common plumbing problem

Leaky Pipes

Leaking pipes are one of the most common plumbing problems. They can be caused by a variety of issues, such as corrosion, damage to the pipe, or a bad seal.

The most usual pipes found in homes are galvanized pipes and copper pipes, both are prone to leaks if not maintained.

Here are a few telltale signs that you have a leaky pipe:

  • Sound of water running even when all fixtures are turned off.
  • Water stains on walls or ceilings.

If you suspect you have a leaky pipe, it’s important to act quickly to avoid costly damage to your home.

Leaky Faucet

Dripping faucets are not only annoying, but it can also waste a lot of water. If you have a dripping faucet, there are a few things that you can do to try and fix it before having to call a professional.

One of the most common causes of dripping faucets is a worn-out washer. The washer is responsible for creating a tight seal that prevents water from dripping. Over time, however, washers can become worn out and no longer create a tight seal creating a dripping faucet.

Another common cause of dripping faucets is a loose valve seat. The valve seat is what the washer sits on and tightens against to create the seal. When the valve seat is not tightened properly, it can cause water to leak out.

If you’ve replaced the washer and loose valve seat and you still have a dripping faucet, whether it is the kitchen or the bathroom faucet it may be time to replace your faucet altogether. If you’ve never repaired dripping faucets before it’d be best to call a plumber.

Leak Between Units

Leak between units is a frequent call we receive at Rescue Plumbing and can be difficult to solve on your own.

A leak between units means that there is a water leak somewhere in the common wall that separates two apartment units.

This could be clogged pipes, leaky pipes inside the wall, or even the joint between the floor and wall. In some cases, it may appear that water is coming from one unit when it is actually leaking from another unit.

Copper pipes leak

To begin repairs on a leak between units the plumber must open drywall and run different tests and examine the exposed pipes to properly diagnose where the leak is located. Once located, the plumber then can properly start repairs.

No matter what kind of leak you have, it’s important to fix it as soon as possible. Leaks waste a lot of water and cause your water bill to go up. They can also be a huge plumbing problem in your home, so it’s best to take care of them right away.

No Cold or Hot Water

It’s no secret that having no water can be a huge inconvenience. Not being able to take a hot shower, do the laundry, or even wash dishes will make life very difficult for any homeowner. Here are some of the most common reasons you might lose hot or cold water in your home.

Faulty Water Heater

A faulty water heater is the main reason you will not have hot water in your home. Water heaters are very complex appliances, that supply hot water to your home. When any part of the water heaters system is not working properly, it will cause your hot water heater to fail.

Water Heater repair

Reasons your water heater may be failing:

  • Your water heater is too old and needs to be replaced.
  • There could be a problem with the gas or electricity supplying your water heater.
  • Heating element failures of the water heater
  • The pilot light does not stay lit

Water heaters are a key component in keeping hot water flow in the plumbing system of your home. Sometimes it’s an easy fix like resetting the breaker or relighting the pilot light. But if the problem persists, you may have a bigger issue on your hands and will need to call in a professional plumber.

If your water heater is over ten years old, it’s time for an upgrade anyway. Newer models are much more efficient and can save you money in the long run. Our plumbers are happy to help with your water heater repair.

No Water From Faucet

We have gone over leaky faucets, but now you need to know what to do if there’s no water coming out of the faucet at all.

The first thing you should do is check to see if the water is turned off at the main shut-off valve. If it is, turn it on and wait a few minutes to see if the water comes back on.

If the water is turned on at the main shut-off valve and you’re still not getting any water, there may be an issue with your home’s plumbing.

The next thing you should check is whether or not there is water in the tank. If there is, then the issue is likely with the piping between the tank and the faucet. If this is the case, call a plumber to avoid any more plumbing problems.

In some cases, the issue may be with the faucet itself. The faucet may be old and no longer working or you may need to change a valve or cartridge, either way, if you are not familiar with plumbing issues give us a call at (773) 799-8848.

Sewer Line Problem

A common plumbing problem homeowners face is sewer line problems. Sewer lines are the pipes that connect your home’s plumbing system to the main sewer line in your street.

As time passes sewer lines are known to break down and cause a variety of problems.

Common plumbing problems are sewer issues

Tree Roots

One of the main culprits of sewer line problems is tree roots. As trees grow, their roots spread out and can oftentimes find their way into sewer pipes.

Roots can cause clogs. Clogs can lead to a sewer system backup, which can be a huge mess.

The roots can also grow and expand, causing the lines to break. When sewer system lines break, it can cause sewer backup to leak into your home or yard.

Old Sewer Lines

Over time, sewer lines will have grease and debris build-up leading to slow or clogged drains in your home. Your sewer system also can start to break down as time goes on and should have regular maintenance.

If not regularly checked, it can lead to serious sewer line issues and if you have to deal with a sump pump failure as well you have a serious plumbing emergency.

Stay proactive, do not wait until it gets worse, give us a call at (773) 799-8848 to maintain your sewer line today!

FAQs

The most common plumbing problem is a leaky toilet.

Clogged drains or gurgling drains are signs of plumbing issues. Bad sewer smells can be signs of a plumbing issue. Banging pipes can be signs of a plumbing issue. Leaks in walls or the ceiling can be a sign of a plumbing issue.

The way to prevent plumbing problems is to create a yearly plumbing maintenance plan and put it into action. There are several yearly maintenance things to do for your plumbing system. You should drain and flush your water heater once a year. Also, your water heater’s combustion chamber should be cleaned. It is recommended to perform yearly sewer cleaning in a property to prevent backups.

Call An Expert for Your Plumbing Problems

While some plumbing problems are easy to fix, many will require a licensed plumber. Save yourself the hassle and call our friendly staff today.

They will have an experienced plumber out to you in no time. Do not turn plumbing problems into a plumbing crisis, call us today at (773) 799-8848 for your plumbing repairs!

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