Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing Repair’

Watch for Warnings You Need Bathroom Plumbing Work

Monday, July 16th, 2018

bathroomThe bathroom has the most plumbing of any room in your house: more pipes than the kitchen, and more taps and fixtures as well. More than 40% of indoor water use goes to the bathroom toilet alone. The plumbing in your bathroom handles an enormous amount of work—and sometimes this leads to it needing repairs.

Cleaning silt out of an aerator in a faucet or getting rid of basic clogs with a plunger are bathroom plumbing fix-it jobs you can tackle on your own. Anything more complicated will take the work of licensed professional plumbers. Below are a few of the warning signs that you have bathroom plumbing in need of some expert work.

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YouTube Videos Won’t Make You into a Plumber

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
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Pictured: Not Learning to Be a Plumber

YouTube has brought some wonderful things into our lives, such as a wide array of opinions on almost any topic. And cute animal videos. Lots and lots of cute animal videos.

One of the downsides of YouTube, however, is that instructional videos have led many homeowners to believe they only have to watch five minutes of a professional performing a task, and presto! they become professionals as well! This can be extremely damaging when it comes to something like plumbing for a house. A YouTube video may help explain how your plumbing works, or show you a basic job like how to replace a washer in a faucet. But for almost anything else, simply watching a video doesn’t mean an amateur can then do the job.

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If You Have Rusty Water, You Need Plumbing Help

Monday, March 26th, 2018

water-testingWhat happens when you see a rusty brown discoloration in your water? It’s obviously nothing good—fresh water should be clear and colorless. There are a number of possibilities for this happening. One is that a faucet hasn’t been used for a few weeks, and there’s dirty some collected in the pipes. You’ve probably seen this happen when you’ve been away on vacation and your plumbing has been idle. In this case, the discoloration should disappear in less than a minute.

But if the rust color doesn’t go away, or it happens to faucets and taps regularly in use, you may be facing trouble with rusty water. This is often a serious plumbing issue, and in that case, it needs the attention of a professional as soon as possible.

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That “Thump” from Your Plumbing—It’s Not a Ghost, It’s … Water Hammer

Monday, March 5th, 2018

woman-surprised-by-noiseTo have us reassure you that those thumping noises you hear in the walls don’t mean you live in a haunted house, they just mean you have water hammer, might not actually feel assuring. Water hammer sounds sinister. Possibly dangerous. What is it?

First, it’s not dangerous—at least, not to you or your family. It can be a problem for the plumbing, however, and if it happens frequently, it’s an issue you’ll need a professional plumber in Potomac, MD to fix.

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Water Stain on the Ceiling? It May Be an Emergency

Monday, February 26th, 2018

water-leak-from-pipeIt’s not something you want to see on the ceiling: a circular stain of discoloration marring the pleasing décor of a room. But when you notice a ceiling stain, the solution isn’t to get a can of paint and brush over it to disguise it. A ceiling stain is often an indication of a more serious problem that will require calling on a professional plumber to repair it.

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Rusty Water: What It Means, What to Do About It

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

fresh-water-from-tapYou come back from an extended vacation and turn on the faucet in the bathroom for the first time in weeks. You’ll expect the water to have a brownish-red tint to it, but it will soon fade as the sink gets back into action. But when you spot this ruddy color in the water at other times, it may mean you’ve got rust in the plumbing system. The water will give off a metallic odor as well.

Is this unhealthy?

With the exception of a condition called hemochromatosis, people who drink rust in water won’t suffer ill health effects. Rust is oxidized iron, which isn’t harmful. But this doesn’t mean you should tolerate having rust in your home’s water. It looks ugly, for one, and it also can cause staining to fixtures, surfaces, and your dishes.

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The Reasons a Toilet May Be Leaking

Monday, January 29th, 2018

toilet-with-sprayer-and-phoneHandling plumbing in bathrooms is a huge part of the job of any professional plumber. The reason is simple: there are more plumbing pipes and fixture in a bathroom than in any other room in the house—including the kitchen. People are likely to notice bathroom plumbing issues soon after they start and move fast to have them fixed. That’s the right instinct. When you think you need a plumber in Rockville, MD to repair your bathroom’s plumbing, get in touch with us and we’ll get the job done. We offer 24-hour emergency service for your convenience.

Speaking of emergencies … is the bathroom plumbing problem a leaking toilet? This is common trouble, and there’s no single source for it. We’re going to list some of the possible reasons this is happening to your toilet, but only a professional plumber can do a proper diagnose and fix the problem.

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What Is Causing That Drain Clog?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

bubbling-drainOur plumbers handle a huge number of different jobs, from installing new piping for homes to extensive commercial plumbing services. But we know that when most people think of “plumbers,” the first job they think of is “drain unclogging.” Drain clogs are the most common plumbing hassle, and drain cleaning to fix clogged or slow drains is one of the most important parts of our day-to-day operations.

A reason clogs are so common is that there are so many different things that can cause them to start in drain pipes. Below we’ll try to answer this most frequently asked of all plumbing questions, “What’s clogging up my drain?”

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A Reminder about Frozen Pipes (What to Do and NOT to DO)

Monday, December 11th, 2017

frozen-metal-pipeAs we head into the seriously cold weather of the winter, a concern you may have about your plumbing (and a concern you should have) is pipe freeze. We’ve previously written about what causes frozen pipes to burst, and it’s definitely something you want to watch out for. We recommend taking precautions now to help prevent pipe freeze, such as disconnecting outside hoses, insulating hose bibs, and checking to see that exposed pipes have insulation sleeves.

What do you do, however, when you do end up with frozen pipes? We have some advice on what you shouldn’t do…

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Bathroom Plumbing Jobs to Leave to a Plumber

Monday, November 6th, 2017

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanNo other room in your house has more plumbing concentrated in it than the bathroom(s). The kitchen may seem like it has more fixtures and pipes, but not only does the bathroom contain more plumbing, it can account for more than 50% of all freshwater use in your home. When it comes to taking care of plumbing issues, from repairs to new fixture installations, the bathroom is the place where most of the work in your house will be done.

And the people to do those jobs are usually licensed plumbers. Yes, you can sometimes unclog a drain or toilet using a basic plunger. A simple hand-crank drain snake can remove hair from a shower drain. You can replace a washer in a leaky faucet. But any bathroom plumbing job more complicated than these requires calling an expert plumber with the best equipment. Below are some of these important jobs you should let a plumber take care of.

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