Plumbing problems are inconvenient at the best of times and cause serious damage in worse circumstances. If you have experience solving problems around the house, you may be able to plug a few leaks without help, but a professional plumber will be prepared to tackle some of the more common problems you’re likely to encounter.
Clogged drains. Fixing a clogged drainage system or toilet can be challenging if the source of the clog is not reachable without the aid of plumbing tools or if your system is clogged in more than one place.
Leaky faucets. A leaky faucet could indicate that parts of your faucet have worn out and will need to be replaced. Keep a close eye on any outdoor spigots or faucets since cold Boston winters can cause rubber gaskets and other fixture parts to wear out more quickly than normal.
Malfunctioning toilets. If your toilet will not flush or will not stop running, your system may be out of alignment, or you may even be facing an issue with your supply line. In either case, a professional plumber should handle this fix.
Accidents happen. Pipes freeze, water heaters fail, and appliance supply lines break. It’s not fun when these things occur, but your best plan of action is to stay calm and act as quickly as possible.
Because the gaskets and seals within your home’s plumbing fixtures don’t withstand prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures well, regular maintenance and inspections are important to catching issues before they turn into big problems.
Winter plumbing maintenance, in particular, is important to ensuring that your pipes and fixtures make it through the chilly months of the year. Ask your plumber for help with preventing your pipes from freezing.
The first step to take when dealing with a plumbing emergency is to turn off your home’s water supply at the main shutoff. Your main water shutoff valve will usually be located on the inside of your home on an outside wall—typically on your home’s lowest level. You’ll find the shutoff valves for most plumbing fixtures where their supply lines meet the wall.
Shutting off the water at the first sign of a major leak or other problem can prevent any more water damage from occurring before a Best Pick plumbing contractor can arrive with the tools and experience to resolve your plumbing issue.
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