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Everything You Need to Know About Common Plumbing Problems

Our experts know their stuff. On this page, you will find a list of the most common plumbing questions we get and our team's professional answers

  • How Often Does My Water Heater Need Flushed?

    How often should you flush your water heater? 

    Our recommendation is at least once a year. 

    But why flush the water heater at all? Flushing the water heater will assist you in avoiding the difficulties that silt can cause over time. Now onto the question of how to flush a water heater. Simply switch on the cold water tap that leads to your hot water container. Allow it to run for a few minutes or until the water coming from your hose is clear. Repeat the procedure if necessary.

  • Why Should I Hire a Licensed Plumber?

    Licensed plumbers put safety first. A certified plumber knows the rules and safety precautions to deal with plumbing difficulties at home. The requirement to be a plumber involves completing an apprenticeship program and gaining a lot of on-the-job experience. 

    Blocked-up drains and toilets, leaky taps and pipes, water heater troubles, poor water pressure, and a leaking toilet are the most annoying and prevalent plumbing concerns. If you want to be done with them once and for all, hire a professional plumber who knows how to get the job done safely and efficiently.

  • My Water Bill Went Up. How Do I Check for Leaks?

    Why is my water bill so high? The most frequent cause of high water bill is water leaking from somewhere in your house. To see if you’re dealing with a water leak, check your water meter, then turn off all the water taps in your home, including sinks, washing machines, toilet, etc., and then, after an hour, check if the meter moved. If it moves, it indicates that the water is leaking somewhere.

  • How Much Do Your Services Cost?

    How much do plumbers charge per hour? The typical plumber rates per hour are usually between $70 and $120, without including any travel expenses or materials. Small repairs do not require a permit to be completed. Plumber cost per hour can vary based on the specialist’s skills and experience. You should also keep in mind that plumbers have to purchase and maintain insurance coverage, pay any subcontractors, pay license fees, and cover additional expenses.

  • What Is The Most Common Reason for Sump Pump Failure?

    One of the leading causes of a failed sump pump is debris and/or dirt blockages. How long do sump pumps last? Like other devices and appliances in your home, your sump pump will not survive forever. With a lifespan of around ten years, you may not notice any problems until the sump pump stops operating. If your sump pump’s not working, your impeller may have gotten blocked. Another common reason is the pump is made of low-quality material or it is undersized.

  • What Causes a Faucet to Leak?

    What causes a leaky faucet? Corrosion, mineral deposits on internal parts, damaged gaskets, o-rings, or washers are some of the most common reasons. A loose packing nut is one of the main causes of a leaking water spigot. 

    If your bathroom sink drips or leaks when the faucet is turned off, there is most likely a problem with the seal within the faucet head. Sink faucets can potentially leak due to corrosion and mineral deposition. To troubleshoot a leaky faucet, identify the source of the leak.

  • What Do I Do When a Pipe Bursts?

    What to do when a pipe bursts? First of all, when pipes burst in the house, turn off the main water supply. The water already in the system is considerably easier to manage than any new water. Remove any standing water as soon as possible to minimize additional water damage. Use epoxy putty or pipe putty as a temporary fix for your burst pipe. At normal temperature, when pipes burst in the house, pipe putty hardens and seals the water pipe valve.  

    If you can’t handle the repairs on your own, contact a professional plumber immediately.

  • Why Does My Water Look Yellow?

    What causes yellow water? The disruption of naturally existing silt in the supply or particles from eroding, untreated iron pipes can generate straw-colored or yellow water. An abrupt shift in the route or flow rate of water may also result in yellow water from the tap. Rusted iron pipes are another very common cause. Yellow water in the house isn’t usually dangerous, but it’s still not a good sign. We recommend that you avoid drinking tap water until you have determined what’s going on with your pipes.

  • Do You Offer Emergency Plumbing Services?

    Yes, we offer emergency plumber services. If you’re dealing with a plumbing disaster, you should call a plumber from Indigo as soon as possible to prevent the issue from getting worse. Water leaks in particular can cause significant structural damage to your house and its basement, as well as a large water bill if they occur regularly. Our weekend plumbers are ready for your call: (512) 781-0047.

    For Monday-Friday emergencies, call (512) 608-4999.

  • What Are Some Simple Ways To Fix A Clogged Drain?

    Ways to unclog a sink. One of the best ways to unclog a drain is to eliminate the problem with salt and boiling water. First, throw some boiling hot water down the clogged drain. Pour a cup of baking soda, followed by a 1 cup water/1 cup vinegar solution to fix the clogged drain. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes after covering with the drain stopper, then pour hot water down the drain once more. This baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar mixture is perhaps one of the easiest ways to unclog a drain.

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