Lakewood Plumbing: 5 Common Plumbing Problems You Don’t Expect to Happen

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Plumbing problems always seem to come out of nowhere. You are just fine one moment, but suddenly water starts spraying everywhere. We know better than anyone that Lakewood plumbing problems always happen at the most inconvenient times. Mr. Green Plumbing will always be there when you need quick attention, but we can also help you avoid costly repairs through basic maintenance.

The top five common plumbing problems we encounter include:

Overflowing Toilets

No one wants their toilet to erupt into their bathroom. The process is actually a fairly slow one, but the adrenalin of the moment makes it feels as though the water will never stop flowing. In the event of an overflowing toilet, simply reach behind the toilet and turn off the water. This will help reduce the amount of water flowing into the bowl and out onto your flour.

Both precautions and maintenance can prevent a toilet from overflowing. The problem is usually a blockage which prevents water from flowing out of the toilet. This can often happen when foreign objects are flushed. Keep a close eye on toddlers and children – they love to flush toys. The only truly safe item to flush is moderate amounts of toilet paper.

If your toilet becomes backed up, follow these simple steps to properly use a plunger. If plunging fails to work, you may need professional attention. We can get you back to flushing in no time at all.

Plumbing Leaks

Lakewood plumbing calls often involve plumbing leaks that went undetected until damage was easily seen. The cost of water waste combines with expensive water damage repairs to create a budget-busting situation. The first thing to do in the case of a water leak is to turn off the water. If you do not have shut-off valves installed at individual appliances and fixtures, you will need to turn off the main water valve to the house.

The key to preventing small leaks from becoming large damaging leaks is to fix problems quickly. Take the time to periodically inspect your pipes and hot water tank for potential leak issues. We can help you with the installation of a flow sensor to detect plumbing leaks. The device can automatically shut off water in the event of a leak – saving you a lot of time and money in repairs.

Busted Pipes

Pipes, fittings and valves can all fail if not properly maintained. One of the main causes of busted pipes in Colorado is freezing temperatures. When water freezes in pipes, it expands and causes stress on all parts of your plumbing system. When you experience frozen or busted pipes, it is important that you first turn off the main water and then give us a call.

In addition to taking steps to prevent frozen pipes, you should regularly inspect your plumbing for any leaks or visual defects. Sometimes failure results from the improper jointing of pipes, high water pressure or caustic soil conditions. We can help you evaluate the reason and prevent further damage from happening.

Water Heater Failure

Water heaters are an essential part of modern living. We don’t even think about them until we turn on the hot water and notice something is wrong. The most common water heater problems we encounter are water leaks, lack of hot water, rotten smells and strange noises. We encourage you to have a professional perform regular maintenance on your water heater to prevent any issues. Due to the combination of electricity or gas and water, most repairs are not recommended for homeowners. If you are unsure about the safety of your hot water heater, we are more than happy to check it out.

Sump Pump Won’t Pump

You usually have no idea that your older basement sump pump is no longer working properly until you find you have a flood on your hands. Newer systems are equipped with water or flood alarms that alert you if the pump stops working correctly. Regular maintenance is the number one way to prevent sump pump issues.

Every couple of months take the time to inspect your GFCI, the power cord, the pump, grate and outlet pipes. Take the time to pour a bucket of water into the sump pump pit to make sure it starts with no issues. If the pump doesn’t turn on, call us and we can quickly troubleshoot the problem.

Even with consistent maintenance, plumbing issues happen. Our qualified, professional Lakewood plumbing service can help you with all your plumbing problems – the common and uncommon ones. For more information on plumbing maintenance, repairs and budget-friendly financing options, contact us at 303.953.2599.