For Eastern Massachusetts families, minor plumbing issues like drips or slow drains make for interesting and often messy DIY projects. When minor plumbing issues become major nightmares, our experts are on hand to solve the problems. In case you are wondering, here are the five most common reasons why customers call the experts at Mark Tango Plumbing.
- Clogged Or Slow Draining Pipes
Slow drains and clogs are disasters waiting to happen. A clog in a kitchen sink generally occurs from food or grease build-up. Bathroom sinks and showers are prone to hair and soap scum clogs. Using harsh chemicals will further damage your pipes and create hazardous situations. In these cases, you should contact us to flush and clean the pipes.
- Water Heater Problems
A water heater generally lasts on average ten years. If you are having issues with water temperatures, you might need a heating element or a water heater replacement. It is not the type of problem that one should take on as a DIY project. Water heaters can burst if assembled incorrectly. So, give us a call to help you select an energy efficient model that is affordable, efficient, and easy to manage.
- Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are messy and annoying. The drips seem innocent enough until you see your water bill. Based on research, a faucet that drips every second will waste a gallon of water every 4.5 hours. You would waste more than 140 gallons of water every month. For cities in Eastern Massachusetts, water bill rates depend on consumption.
The more you waste, the more you will pay. Between 0-10 CcF quarterly water usage, you pay $3.02. Between 501 to 2500 CcF, you pay $3.65 a unit. One hundred cubic feet equals 750 gallons. A minimum of 140 gallons would add 420 extra gallons to your bill unnecessarily. It really is the equivalent of flushing your money down the drain.
- Continuously Running Toilets
Did you know that runny toilets waste about 200 gallons of water a day? One minor issue is the flush valve and the refill tube. If they are not affixed properly, the tube can relocate below the fill line which will cause the tank to try and fill continuously.
It may also be a leaky flapper that is not plugging the drain valve properly. Are there cracks or chips in the flapper? If you are unsure of which one you need, our experts will be glad to do it for you and replace any of the parts needed.
- Leaky Or Broken Pipes
Eastern Massachusetts homes experience extended periods of hot and cold weather which can wreak havoc on your pipes. Looking for wet or mildew spots on walls, floors, or ceilings can let you know where the leaks are. Tree roots can also break or damage pipes, so you should also look for exterior water puddles. Failure to fix them will lead to significant plumbing problems which will require an extensive pipe replacement project.