Top 5 Reasons to Call a Plumber

Mac Plumbing receives calls about plumbing issues every day and our staff is more than happy to go out and mitigate the problem. Here are the 5 most common calls we receive.

Clogged Toilet

  • You’ve probably encountered this issue a time or two as it can be caused by a few different reasons. Typically, a handy plunger will get things flowing again.
  • If your plunger isn’t resolving your problem, you can either
    • Go to your local hardware store and pick up a closet auger/cable/snake, all which refer to a 4-6 ft. handheld cable that is slightly larger at the tip and designed to fit through the trap of a commode.
    • Or, call Mac to have a professional help unclog your toilet.

Leaky Faucet

  • When you have a faucet that continues to drip, even when you crank tightly on the handles, it’s time to do a repair or replacement.
  • A few reasons to get it repaired or replaced is to avoid hearing the continual drip or avoid the additional costs to your water bill.
    • A leaky faucet dripping once every two minutes adds about $60 to your water bill a month.
  • The fix can be a couple of things:
  • If you repair the faucet, it’s difficult to estimate the longevity of the fixture. It could work properly for a couple of months or for years to come.
  • Iif you do have a professional install a new faucet, it typically comes with a one-year warranty with the option of purchasing an extended warranty (depending on the company/brand).

No Hot Water

  • Waking up to a cold shower is a horrible way to start your morning. A few reasons you would lose hot water (to an electric tank heater) are
    • No power to the water heater
    • Bad thermostat
    • Burnt out element
    • Rusted out water heater
  • To resolve the no power issue, check your breaker box to see if any breakers are popped.
    • If so, reset the breaker and give your heater 30-60 minutes to heat up.
  • If it’s not that simple and you do not have a flooded area around your water heater, then it is most likely the thermostat and/or the element.
  • If you have water all around your water heater it may have rusted through and be beyond repair.
    • If you do not feel comfortable working around water and electricity, then do not attempt to replace either and immediately call Mac Plumbing!
  • The average lifespan of an electric 50-gallon hot water heater in Clarksville is 10-12 years.

Low/No Water Pressure

  • There could be several different reasons causing this and may take time to diagnose. Some possibilities are:
    • Your water supplier having valves shutdown or a water main break.
    • Clogged/bad pressure reducing valve.
    • Water leak in your personal water main or under your home.
    • If the pressure is low or nonexistent in one fixture, you could have a clogged-up aerator.

The WHOLE House is Backing Up!

  • This is the worst feeling of all the issues because you cannot just turn a valve off to stop a sewer backup. You are at its mercy for it to stop.
  • The only thing you can do is to stop running any more water down the drains and immediately call Mac Plumbing.
  • This issue could be resolved fairly quickly if you have proper access to a clean-out and the plumber has a long enough cable to reach the clog, if that’s what caused the backup. .
  • If the backup is from the city or an overfilled septic tank, Mac Plumbing will have to come out and tackle the issue.
  • Another option and hopefully not the case is a broken sewer line. This can be a costly replacement but if not replaced properly will continue to be an issue.

We hope you found this blog helpful and informative and hope you’ll check out our other posts!

Our skilled and experienced plumbers at Mac Plumbing can help you identify any plumbing issues you may run into and recommend the right plumbing repair or replacement services for your home.

Quack, quack, call Mac Plumbing (931) 552-5555.