When you need a plumber, look no further than Best Pick Reports by EBSCO Research. All of our Southwest Chicago plumbing Best Picks have over 100 customer reviews and state-required licenses and insurance—all collected and verified by EBSCO Research. We do not use opt-in reviews, we verify credentials with the issuing bodies, and every company must requalify every year with additional customer interviews. With these strict requirements, you can rest assured that when you contact Best Pick Southwest-Chicago-area or Naperville plumbers, you are calling a top contractor. Sometimes a plumber needs to be called because of an emergency: a pipe bursts, there is flooding in your bathroom, or your septic system is malfunctioning. These issues can arise due to no fault of your own. However, even well-intentioned homeowners can inadvertently cause something at home to break. When you are in need of plumbing repairs or replacements, contact a local Best Pick contractor, like a Naperville plumber. Read below for more information on common mistakes that lead to calling a plumber.
That Doesn’t Go There: Drains & Garbage Disposals
One common plumbing issue can occur directly after a new garbage disposal installation. If water is suddenly leaking everywhere after a new installation, you or the plumber may have neglected to remove the disposal plug. When there is a dishwasher line connected to your new unit, the disposal plug blocks the flow of water, causing it to leak out into your kitchen. This problem should only occur when you have to connect the unit to a dishwasher; if there is no dishwasher, there should not be a problem since the plug would then only create a seal. Use a quality plumber or thoroughly read directions when installing new equipment.
Many people think of drains and garbage disposals the same way as trash cans: if it fits, it’s fine. However, you should never use your drains and disposals as trash compactors or trash cans. Garbage disposals, despite the name, are not made for all garbage. The garbage disposal works by grinding food into pieces small enough to pass through your home’s plumbing. Trying to put harder pieces of food, like watermelon rinds, corn husks, or chicken bones can tax your unit and some larger pieces can slip by, which can lead to a clog. It is common knowledge that grease down a drain is a no-no, but some homeowners still try to pour leftover oil down their disposals. The result is inevitably the same: grease clings to the pipes, eventually leading to reduced performance and clogs. Nonfood items like cigarettes, string, construction materials—like paint and adhesive—kitchen utensils, feathers, and glass should never go down your disposal or drains. Accidents happen, and if you think you have damaged your disposal, contact a Best Pick Hinsdale plumbing company or a plumber in the Southwest Chicago Suburbs. Be especially careful if there is glass in your disposal, because the shards can fly out of the sink when the disposal is turned on.
Things Kids (and Adults) Do
The fixtures in our showers, tubs, and sinks are often used every day. Sometimes children (and maybe adults too) use them like a support instead of a fixture. Putting too much weight on these fixed objects can cause them to lose performance quality or even lead to their becoming unfixed. Keeping hands and feet off them is a great start, but cutting down on all weight, like a heavy shampoo caddy, can help ensure that your showerhead or other fixture won’t suddenly break off at the threads. Be gentle on your faucet handles, too; using too much force can damage them. When bathroom and kitchen fixtures suddenly break, it almost always means water is now spraying around the room and can sometimes lead to injury. Broken, jagged metal can easily cut skin, and flooding can lead to falls. Contact a Best Pick Southwest Chicago plumber if you need your fixtures repaired or replaced.
Flushing household items down the toilet is never recommended, but accidents happen. Things slip off the counter, and children want their favorite toys to go on watery adventures. Be very careful when trying to retrieve these items; plunging can make the problem worse by forcing the object into the waste line. Sometimes the item gets caught in the trap; the trap is a ‘bump’ in the pipe leaving the toilet bowl, which traps water in the pipe and bowl. If the item is stuck in the trap, the toilet has to be removed to retrieve it. Contacting a Southwest Chicago or Naperville plumber right away can help ensure that the problem doesn’t get worse with more flushing or backup from the waste line.
When making repairs or installing a new plumbing component, a lot can go wrong; that’s where the Chicago Best Pick Reports comes in. EBSCO Research only showcases the Chicago plumbing companies that pass our stringent qualification process in our report so you get quality the first time you call. Accidents and bad luck happen, but you shouldn’t leave the contractor you choose to chance. Use Best Pick Reports any time you need a household repair or installation.