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3 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

From water heaters and clogged drains to backed-up sewer lines, plumbers often run into many of the same problems on the job each day. Understandably, your most frequently used plumbing fixtures are often the source of plumbing problems. Here are three of the most common plumbing questions people ask plumbers about the fixtures in their homes:

 1. How can I extend the life of my water heater?

A water heater is an important investment in your home and a crucial factor in keeping your home’s plumbing working properly. To extend the life of your water heater, regular maintenance is key. Either you or a Roto-Rooter plumbing expert can regularly empty the water heater to clear it of any sediment. Replace the anode rod to prevent the bottom of the machine from rusting.

 2. Clogged drains

When a drain gets clogged in your home, whether it is in your kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms or basement, it is important to address the issue right away.  Preventing clogs is easier than you think.  Here are a couple of tips:

  • Use drain covers that can catch food scraps, hair or any other materials before they enter your pipes.

  • Avoid throwing anything down the drain or into the toilet that could cause blockages - this includes being cautious with your garbage disposal and always tossing out grease or oil in the trash can. Be careful what you put down your garbage disposal.

3. Running toilet

A running toilet is not only a nuisance but can prove costly with the added expense to your utility bill. If your toilet is running, it is likely that you have an issue with one of three things:

  • Fill tube

  • Flapper chain

  • Flapper

Examine your tank when it is running to see if you can identify the issue. Sometimes a repair is as simple as tightening the flapper chain or adjusting the fill height. When professional service is needed, the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter are here to help 24/7 including holidays, when you need service most.



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