The Colorado residential plumbing professionals at Doctor Fix-It answer your common questions about your home’s plumbing. When you need expert plumbing service in Denver, even in an emergency, give us a call!
What kind of over-the-counter chemicals should I use to unclog my drains?
None! Many commercial drain cleaning products are formulated with harsh chemicals made to dissolve the clogs so they can be washed away. However, the same harsh chemicals also cause damage to your home’s pipes, especially if you use them regularly. Over time, the use of these products causes erosion of pipes and deterioration that results in leaks. Many property owners don’t feel comfortable unclogging drains themselves, and sometimes, the clog isn’t somewhere you can reach, which is why you need a professional plumber to remove the clogs.
Is there a way to prevent drain clogs?
Preventing clogs is easy with a little care. In the kitchen, avoid having food go into the drain, even if you have a garbage disposal. Cooking grease is a huge culprit for smelly kitchen drain clogs, so drain your grease into a safe container and throw it away; don’t pour it down the drain. In the bathroom, ensure only the “three P’s” are flushed – #1, #2, and toilet paper. In your shower and tub, place a mesh drain cover over the drain to trap hair, preventing it from going down the drain.
How can I prevent tree roots from blocking my sewer line?
Tree roots growing into your sewer line cause water backup in the home. If roots have gotten into the line before, they will again. To prevent this, schedule regular sewer main snaking from Doctor Fit-It. We use specialized equipment to cut through the tree roots and keep your lines blockage-free.
How can I unclog a toilet?
First, try a plunger to clear the clog; repeat if necessary. If that doesn’t work, you can use a toilet auger, available at a hardware store. But, if the clog is persistent, then call Doctor Fix-it!
What can I do when I have low water pressure?
Low water pressure may mean you have a crimped line or the water shutoff valve is malfunctioning. Or, if you live in an area with hard water, mineral build-up may have affected your water pressure. Doctor Fix-It can help evaluate the issue in your home and find the right solution.
Why is my toilet running?
A running toilet is a waste of water, spiking your utility bill. Usually, a malfunctioning flapper valve causes the toilet to run, which you may be able to fix yourself with a kit from a hardware store. Doctor Fix-It can make sure that there are no other problems causing your toilet to run.
What can I do when the water heater quits working?
Water heaters can go out for any number of reasons, such as a faulty pilot light or problems with the electrical components. Doctor Fix-It can troubleshoot your traditional or tankless water heater and fix it.
What should I do about a leaking pipe?
Pipe leaks can cause serious water damage. Sometimes, you can replace the damaged section of pipe; other times, you may have to use advanced techniques to coat the inside of the pipes until you can get a full replacement. If you see signs of water damage, call Doctor Fix-It immediately before the damage worsens.
Why is my faucet leaking?
Faucet leaks can happen for many reasons. The gasket could be corroded, the valve seat broken, or the o-ring could be damaged. Mineral deposits can also build up and cause faucet damage and leaks. If your faucet is old or replacing the parts doesn’t work, then you may need to replace the entire faucet.
Why are my pipes rattling when I run water?
Rattling in the pipes usually happens when the pipes aren’t secured properly. This can lead to water leaks in the walls or a burst pipe. Doctor Fix-It can secure the rattling pipes and protect you from leaks.
What is a sewer camera inspection, and why do I need one?
Sewer camera inspections are how plumbers like the ones at Doctor Fix-It, find clogs in your water and sewer lines. We use a tiny camera attached to a filament and expertly run it through the pipes. This helps find when and why you have water backing up in your drains or why you have a slow drain. We diagnose pipe leaks, as well, using this method.
What is hydro-jetting, and why would I need it?
Hydro-jetting is the technique plumbers use to clean your pipes and remove small clogs. When we manually remove large clogs from your sewer lines, we then hydro jet the lines using powerful, targeted jets of water to fully flush everything away.
What plumbing services does Doctor Fix-It offer?
Our residential plumbing services are comprehensive. We offer sewer line repair, toilet repair and replacement, water heater repair and replacement for both traditional and tankless models, and even emergency plumbing services for simple or challenging plumbing issues.