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Why Mr. Rooter is the Expert
Mr. Rooter Plumbing is an expert in the Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Category because they employ experienced customer focused Service Professionals. Mr. Rooter Plumbing’s focus is on creating Outstanding and Courteous Customer Experiences. All of our Team is trained in making each customer’s plumbing or drain cleaning experience the best that we can. We understand that plumbing emergencies can be very frustrating; and we want to take some of that frustration away and help fix your issues and prevent them from happening again.
What causes clogged drains?
There are a number of common issues that create a need for drain cleaning. Soap by itself is not a problem, but combine that with hair and there can be an issue. Another common problem is quilted toilet paper, which doesn’t break apart as easily as non-quilted brands. Believe it or not, clumped cat litter can also become a major source of clogging if flushed down the toilet. Symptoms that you need drain cleaning include: drains that are slow to empty after normal use, garbage disposals that don’t eliminate effectively, and problems with normal toilet flushing. Experts recommend trying a bio drain cleaning solution as a preventive measure, such as BiochoiceES® drain cleaning solution; this works for organic clogs, but if you have foreign objects or hair in your drains you may require additional drain-cleaning service to fix the problem.
When do I need drain cleaning services?
If you are having problems with your drains that cleaning products can’t fix, it may be time to call in a professional drain cleaning service. Foreign objects lodged in your toilet or garbage disposal, completely blocked drains, and broken pipes are common reasons to bring in professional drain cleaning services. If you experience these symptoms after a storm or natural disaster, our professionals can diagnose serious issues such as major damage to the main drain pipe or sewage system. Sometimes a video inspection is the only way to see the damage, and fixing problems deep in your system requires specialized equipment. When calling a drain service, be sure to tell them the exact nature of any emergency, including how many areas of the house are affected by leaking water, overflowing toilets, or other problems. Also report the color of the water and any debris you may see; this information may be important when diagnosing and assigning service priorities to your problem.
What is the difference between hard water and soft water?
Parts of the U.S. have what is commonly referred to as “hard water,” and people who live in these areas battle the problems that hard water creates. The most common defense against hard water, which is a nuisance but not a health hazard, is to install a home water softener. Water softening involves exchanging calcium and magnesium minerals present in the water – which cause the hardness – with sodium. As the water softener processes gallon after gallon of hard water on a daily basis, the treatment capability of the softener becomes depleted and must be recharged or regenerated.
How much is a plumbing inspection?
Mr. Rooter Plumbing offers a complimentary plumbing check-up to all commercial businesses, schools, hospitals, and other institutions suffering from repetitive drain clogs or plumbing problems. As a part of the no obligation check-up, our plumbing experts perform a complete walk through and examination of your kitchen, bar, restroom and other facilities and systems. Our check-up, combined with a preventive maintenance schedule, will ensure your plumbing and drainage systems are working properly. In fact, our plumbers can install an auto-injection system which can eliminate costly grease-related problems which cause slow an stopped drains.
Can you tell me exactly how much this plumbing job will cost me?
In our years of experience, we have found that our customers prefer an accurate price based on their exact plumbing problem. Most phone quotes are subject to change once the service technician sees the job. We don’t think that is fair to you. By allowing us to diagnose your plumbing problem in person, you will know exactly what it will take to get the job done. Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing today for a quote on all of your plumbing repair needs.
What are some common water heater problems and how do I handle them?
Your water heater usually sits out of sight, relatively unnoticed, until you have a problem. If you’re like most of us, as long as the heater is delivering hot water on demand, you don’t bother to check on it. However, like other mechanical systems in your home, water heaters can have problems.
Common Water Heater Problems
Many common water heater problems can be fixed without having to call a service professional. Others are better left to the pros. Below is a list of the most common problems and how you should handle them:
- Too little hot water. A water tank that produces too little hot water is one of the many common water heater problems you may encounter. Usually this can be solved by turning up the temperature on the tank’s thermostat. Be careful, however, not to turn the temperature up too high, as this can be a scalding hazard.
- No hot water. If you don’t get any hot water when you turn on the hot water faucets and your water heater is gas-powered, the most likely problem is a pilot light that has blown out. This can be due to a faulty thermocouple or a faulty pilot control valve. Another likely cause is a heating element (if you have an electric water heater) or the thermocouple (for a gas water heater) that needs to be replaced. Replacing the heating element or thermocouple is a relatively easy job for a plumbing professional. Unless you have such training, you’re well-advised to let a pro handle this repair.
- Smelly water. Smelly hot water usually means that the water has become infected with bacteria. Generally, you can detect a rotten egg-type smell. You can generally solve this yourself by flushing the tank and filling it with a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide. Allow the solution to sit in the tank for two hours or so and then flush with clear water. If the tank is still smelly, it’s best to call a plumbing contractor. If both the hot and cold water coming out of your fixtures is smelly, the cause is more than likely not related to your water heater.
- A noisy water tank. If your water tank is making noise, it could be a sign of one of several problems. The most likely is that your tank has sediment in the bottom of it and that the heating element is literally burning the sediment. If that is the case, you’ll need to drain your water tank, a fairly easy procedure and something you should do about once a year as regular maintenance anyway. The other situation that might be causing your water tank to make noise is the heating element starting to burn out. Having a service professional replace the heating element should solve the situation.
- Leaking tank. Unfortunately, once your tank starts to leak, it’s finished and it’s time for a new one. Leaks, even small ones, are not something you want to ignore. You certainly don’t want a 30 or 60-gallon tank draining in your basement or utility room. At the first sign of a leak, contact your local Mr. Rooter® to see about getting a new water heater.
Knowing when to call a professional and when to attempt a repair yourself can save you money on maintaining your water tank. Just a little knowledge about troubleshooting can make a big difference.
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