Oftentimes, plumbing is one of the parts of the home that gets forgotten – until there’s a problem. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not so for Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air. We asked one of Schneller’s technicians to explain why you need to have a plumber, not only in your phonebook, but in your house before an emergency pops up.
Related Read: How to Find a Great Plumbing Company BEFORE You Need One
Schneller Plumbing Specialist: Clay
“So, why should homeowners have a standing date with their plumber?”
“Homeowners don’t always know when they are having plumbing problems. Take for instance, your main sewer. Roots can penetrate thru broken clay, cast iron, orangeburg, and even plastic pipe at joints. Once the roots penetrate, they have a clear path and zero restrictions to limit where they travel. The homeowner has no idea this is happening as they can’t see underground. It takes a sewer camera to confirm this issue.”
“Does catching a problem early save the homeowner any money?”
“Catching a problem early means, in some cases, it can be treated with basic cleaning, using a machine as well as a chemical treatment. This, in turn, saves the homeowner the expense of digging up their yard and replacing underground piping.”
“How often does a homeowner realistically need to see their plumber for maintenance?”
“We at Schneller believe that having your plumbing inspected yearly can help resolve most costly repairs. We can detect small issues and treat accordingly to help prevent major repairs.”
Plumbing Problem Signs
If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen your plumber, you’ll want to set up an appointment to have your home’s plumbing inspected. However, if you’re seeing any of these warning signs, you’ll want to get someone out ASAP – before it’s too late.
- White Flecks Near Drain – Those white flecks might not seem so menacing, until you realize they’re bits of toilet paper. And if there’s bits of dried toilet paper around your basement drain, you can guess what else has come up that clogged drain.
- Gurgling Toilets – If you’re hearing a gurgling sound coming from your toilet’s tank, you’re probably dealing with a blockage. That gurgling sound is caused by air getting trapped in your sewer system, then finding a way to escape back through your toilet.
- Slow Draining – If only one drain seems to be moving slowly, you’ve probably got an easy fix on your hands. (And we’ve got tips to prevent those clogs.) However, if the drains around your home are collectively draining a little funny, or just not as quickly as they used to, you’ve probably got a bigger problem. You’ve probably got a blockage, which means you need to get a professional’s help and fast.