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DIY or Call Plumbing Contractors?

plumbing contractors minneapolis all ways drainsIf you are having a plumbing problem, you might be thinking about trying to fix it yourself. You might think that you can watch a few YouTube videos and they will teach you everything you need to know. While this might work for minor plumbing problems, like replacing a washer in your faucet, it might not work as well for larger issues. So how can you tell if the repair work is minor enough to handle yourself vs. calling plumbing contractors to your Minneapolis home? Here are a few examples of repairs that should always be handled by plumbing contractors like us.

 

 

 

Low water pressure throughout your entire house

If your shower head has low water pressure but the rest of your house is fine, then you probably just need to clean the shower head and that should fix the problem. But if you’re having problems with low water pressure throughout your entire house, this is a problem for plumbing contractors. Low water pressure can sometimes mean there are bigger plumbing problems like poor pipe design, problems that originate in your water or sewer system or roots or debris infiltrating your pipes. No matter what the culprit is, you need plumbing contractors to diagnose and fix the problem.

Frozen or burst pipes

Depending on the extent of the damage to the pipes, this might be a DIY project. If the pipes are just frozen, then you can probably fix them on your own if you know how to do so safely. But if the pipes have burst or have any damage to them, then you will need to call plumbing contractors like us for help.

Valve issues

If you have some plumbing experience, then you might be able to replace any valves that are having problems. But if you have no idea what you are doing and no experience with plumbing, call plumbing contractors like us instead of trying to do it on your own.

Problems with sewer back-up

If sewage is backing up out of the pipes and into your home, you will definitely need to call plumbing contractors for help. There is nothing you can do on your own to fix this problem unless you are a licensed plumber as well.

Would you like to learn more about how to hire our plumbing contractors to come to your Minneapolis home? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Three Most Common Reasons to Call a Residential Plumber

residential plumber roseville all ways drainsAs a residential plumber in Roseville, we have definitely seen our share of plumbing problems big and small! Here are a few of the problems we fix the most often and more information about how they are usually repaired.

Leaking Faucets

Leaking or slowly dripping faucets are incredibly common. As a matter of fact, most people have had to deal with them at one time or another. Usually, the reason faucets leak is when the washers in the faucet are ripped or dislodged. When this happens, a trickle of water is allowed to drip out of your faucet and into your tub or sink. Not only can the dripping sound sometimes get annoying, but it also wastes water. This is sometimes a repair that you can handle on your own, but if you run into any unexpected problems (or if you aren’t sure of how to fix it yourself), call a residential plumber like us for help.

Low Water Pressure

When you turn on your shower, you probably expect the water to gush out of the shower head or faucet. Sometimes, the water comes out as a trickle instead. This indicates a problem with the water pressure. Sometimes, this isn’t something a residential plumber can fix because it’s a problem with your municipal water supply. But if you know it’s not a problem with the water supply, then you should give us a call. Usually, it’s a problem with deposits or sediment building up on your faucet aerators. You can take aerators off of faucets and clean them by soaking them overnight in a vinegar solution. You can also put a baggie with a vinegar cleaning solution over shower heads and leave them there overnight to clean them without having to remove them.

If cleaning them doesn’t solve your low water pressure problem, you will need to contact a residential plumber like us for further assistance.

Clogged Drains

Generally, you can fix a clogged drain using a plunger, or you can pour baking soda down into the pipe and then some vinegar on top of it. Let that sit for awhile and then rinse it out with hot water. However, if these solutions do not work, then it is time to call a residential plumber.

Do you want to learn more about how to hire a residential plumber in Roseville? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Tips on Sewer Cleaning

sewer cleaning coon rapids all ways drainsWhile the professional plumbers at All Ways Drains can always help with sewer cleaning at your Coon Rapids home, we wanted to share some tips on what you can do on your own to help keep your sewer lines free of debris and other problems. Taking the time to do a few of these means you might not have to call us for sewer cleaning as often as you used to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • While it might be tempting to use a chemical to unclog your sewer lines or for sewer cleaning purposes, this is actually not a good idea. The chemicals can damage the pipes and cause even more problems over the long term, especially if not used properly.
  • You should familiarize yourself with your sewer system. In your home, there are several smaller waste removal pipes that connect to your main sewer line. The main line is what takes the waste away from your home and to your septic tank or to your city’s municipal sewer.
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to sewer cleaning. You can use a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar to clean your drain. Poor a cup of baking soda down each drain and then pour a cup of white vinegar on top of it right after. Let it sit for about an hour or so and then flush it all out with warm water. The baking soda will react with the vinegar that will remove a lot of residue from the pipes, tubs, sinks, etc.
  • Keep an eye on your yard for tree roots. Tree root systems can grow pretty far down into the ground and infiltrate your sewer pipes, causing them to crack. If you have a lot of trees on your property, you should have your sewer lines cleaned every couple of years. You should hire a professional to take care of this for you because they will do a more thorough job.
  • If your sewer line has clogged in the past, it is more likely to be clogged in the future. Keep this in mind and do the necessary steps to make sure your sewer lines stay clean and clog-free.

If you would like more information on sewer cleaning in Coon Rapids, call us at All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Common Types of Winter Plumbing Repair

plumbing repair coon rapids all ways drainsIt’s winter and with it comes freezing temperatures and precipitation. When it’s this cold outside, you definitely don’t want to be dealing with burst pipes and other plumbing problems inside of your home. So what can you do to avoid some of the most common problems associated with winter weather and temperatures? Here are a few of our recommendations and a few of the problems we see the most often when doing plumbing repair in Coon Rapids and the surrounding areas.

Frozen pipes

This is such a common type of plumbing problem that we have already discussed it in another blog post: Four Tips for Winterizing Your Plumbing. When pipes are not properly insulated against the freezing temperatures, they can burst and flood your home. Make sure you take the time to insulate and winterize your pipes if you haven’t already. This is a great way to avoid expensive plumbing repair.

Hot water heaters

During the winter months, you need your hot water heater more than ever. And during the winter months, it has to work pretty hard to heat up your home’s water. You should have your hot water heater serviced before the cold weather sets in. Make sure you call us for plumbing repair at the first sign of trouble too. You don’t want the hot water to go out in the middle of your shower!

Septic tanks

If you have a septic tank, make sure it is cleaned out and serviced before winter. This helps prevent clogs and other drainage problems. Cleaning it out also helps keep the human waste and other materials in your septic tank from freezing, which can cause a host of plumbing repair problems.

Preventative maintenance

There are also a few other small chores you can do around your house to avoid plumbing repair. Make sure all outside water sources are turned off. If you have a garden hose, make sure the hose is fully drained so you don’t have to go out and buy a new one next spring.

With a little bit of preparation on your part, you can help prevent some plumbing repair this winter. Of course, if you need assistance, you can always call the pros at All Ways Drains!

For more information on plumbing repair in Coon Rapids or the surrounding areas, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

How to Talk to Your Plumber

plumber st paul all ways drainsWhen you have to call a plumber to your St Paul home or business, it’s probably a stressful time. You’re either dealing with a needed repair or some type of remodeling project, and both of those situations can be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your plumber’s visit and to make it a little less stressful on yourself and maybe even a bit easier to resolve too.

When You Need a Plumber for Repairs

When your plumber arrives, give him as much background as possible about the problem. When did you first notice it was an issue? Has it progressively gotten worse? Have you tried anything to fix it? What brand or make/model is the fixture or appliance, and how old is it? Do you know anything about who installed it?

Our plumber will then take a look at the issue you are having and let you know if it can be repaired or if it should be replaced. We will srecommend a replacement when the cost of fixing it will be more than the cost of replacing it.

After the problem has been resolved, it is a good idea to ask your plumber about what can be done to prevent the problem in the future, if anything. You can also ask if the problem is something you might be able to fix on your own in the future.

When You Need a Plumber for Remodeling

You might need a plumber to help with a home improvement project, especially if it’s your kitchen or bathroom. We can help you figure out the best brand of water-using appliance or bathroom fixture or faucet to get if you’re still undecided. We can even give you recommendations on which ones will help you save water (and money).

You will definitely need a plumber for more complex plumbing-related issues during the remodeling process, like moving or installing drains, pipes and other fixtures.Your plumber will also be able to tell you about the latest plumbing trends and which appliances or fixtures will be the best bang for your buck, but he will also know which ones will best suit your budget too.

If you would like more information on hiring a plumber in St Paul or the surrounding area, call us at All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.