Most Common Plumbing Repair Questions

Why does the toilet keep running?


This is likely due to the flapper not shutting properly or sealing around the flush valve. In the event that the flapper isn't leading properly, wiggle the handle, and that normally should fix the issue. You may have to replace the flapper if it is defective and worn out. If not replaced, the flapper will not seal properly allowing water to continue leaking into the toilet due to not being able to fill the tank with water to raise the float up which shuts off the supply of water. Check out our " How To Fix a Running Toilet" blog for tips on adjusting the float arms.




What can I put in my garbage disposal?


Garbage disposals are not garbage trucks and will only break up soft foods. Hard items such as bones, coffee grounds, eggshells, or any hard product will damage the blades and either clog up or jam the disposal. Make sure to always run water while running the garbage disposal to help break down and flush the items down the drain.




Is it safe to use chemical drain cleaners?


Yes and No. Certain drain cleaners are very toxic. These could potentially harm your pipes. The toxic chemicals are very bad for your pipes, causing them to deteriorate from the inside out. If any damages occur then your drain lines will need to be replaced. Make sure to use enzyme and friendly bacteria products that will keep grease and sludge from building up inside of your pipes.




Why does my drain get clogged?


Clogged drains are pretty common. Drains get clogged because people are not careful of what goes in the drain. Drains, like the bathroom get clogged due to residues from soap and hair. If you are experiencing clogged drains try treating them with a safe cleaner such as Drano which can be found at any box retailer. Also most importantly be conscious of what you put down your drain. If you need tips on how to unclogged your drain make sure to visit our " Common Plumbing Problems and How to Solve Them" tips.




Where is my main water shut-off valve??


If you've never had to shut off the water to your home, you probably don’t know where to locate your main water shut-off valve. Most of the time the valve is near your water heater. Follow the water lines from your water heater and to a valve that is roughly 3 feet above ground level. If you can't locate it, try to find your home inspection report (if you hired a home inspector when you first purchased your house). This should contain a notation of where your shut-off valve is located.




Why does my water smell like rotten eggs?


This indicates hydrogen sulfide is present. Sulfur is not typically a threat to your health. For water heater issues, you will want to have it serviced by a professsional. For water source issues, ensure your system offers proper ventilation for the gas and install a home and water filtration unit to eliminate sulfur bacteria.





Plumbing Service Areas: Wausau and the Greater Area, most of the Oneida, Portage, Wood, Vilas, Lincoln, Marathon, Langlade, and Forest Counties.

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