We don’t often think about the plumbing in our homes unless a problem arises. Although, when a plumbing issue does come up, we need assistance fast. Since most home plumbing problems are not visible, it is not unusual for homeowners to let an issue go unnoticed until it has become a major issue/concern.

Michael & Son Services can assist you with all your plumbing needs, from installations to repairs, minor drips, and major leaks. Read our list below to gain insight into the top 5 most frequently asked plumbing questions.

Why Isn’t the Water Draining From the Dishwasher?

When your dishwasher backs up, it’s usually due to a clog or buildup in the drain line. Sometimes this issue can be cleared by making sure your garbage disposal is clear. Run cold water and turn on your disposal for a few seconds. If this does not remedy the issue, you may need to contact a professional to remove the clog, any food buildup or debris, and clean out the strainer basket. After clearing the clog, further inspection of your dishwasher’s drains is recommended to ensure this issue does not arise again.

Why is My Toilet Continuously Running?

Running toilets are one of the most common plumbing issues. In many instances, it is caused by the flapper not making a proper seal around the flush valve. If the flapper is not sealing, check inside the tank to move the handle and seat the flapper to fix the issue. If your flapper is old or worn, it may need to be replaced. If the flapper doesn’t seal the water will leak into the toilet and the tank will not fill with water to turn off the supply of water, causing an increase in your water usage, and ultimately your water bill. A minor toilet tank rebuild is recommended to eliminate multiple points of failure and ensure your toilet is in proper working condition.

What Appliance Uses the Most Amount of Water in the Home?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not your washing machine or your dishwasher that’s using the most water. Your toilet is often the main source of water usage in your home. Be sure to check that all toilets are running properly with no leaks. Older toilets are also less efficient than newer models and use much more water per flush, so considering a newer and more efficient toilet could actually save you money in the long run. Michael & Son Services offers a wide array of toilets with complete installation by our certified and highly trained technicians, contact us today to get a plumber in your home and review your options to replace that old toilet!

What Items Should I Avoid Putting in my Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposals can only break up soft debris. Soft Carrots, mashed potatoes, eggs, etc. are ok to put in your disposal. Things like coffee grounds, eggshells, bones, or any hard foods will damage the blades and jam the disposal.

You should always run cold water to the disposal while it is in use to help break down the foods and flush through the sink. If you notice your disposal clogging, or not working, contact us to get a quote on a high-quality replacement!

My Tub is Clogged and Chemical Drain Cleaners are not Working. How Can I Unclog the Drain?

If you’ve ever experienced a tub drain clog – you know how frustrating it can be to have to cut your shower short because you’re standing ankle deep in a backup. Liquid drain cleaners can often make a clog worse. While it might seem like an inexpensive option up front, these cleaners could end up costing you more in the long run. In addition to making problems worse, drain cleaning solutions can also corrode your pipes and shorten the life of your home’s plumbing. Serious drain clogs will require a drain snake to clean out. If you don’t have experience using a drain snake, don’t fret! Take advantage of Michael & Son’s drain cleaning special to clear even the toughest clogs!

Michael & Son Services is here to assist you with all of your plumbing needs. If you don’t feel comfortable with a plumbing repair on your own, there are plenty of professionals ready to help you. Contact Michael & Son for a quote! Ideally, call as soon as you notice a problem. The repair won’t cost as much in the long run.
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