General Plumbing FAQ

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What common plumbing problems may require a plumber?

Plumbing issues never choose a good time to occur, but some are more prominent than others. An annual plumbing inspection with Local Plumbers NY  will help you prevent these common plumbing problems:


  • Clogged toilet

  • Clogged bath or shower drain

  • Faulty water heater

  • Jammed garbage disposal

  • Leaky faucets

  • Leaky pipes

  • Low water pressure

  • Running toilet

  • Sewage smell in home

  • Sewer system backup

  • Slow draining sink

What is professional drain cleaning?

Professional drain cleaning  can be completed in an environmentally friendly way without disrupting your property. For pipes that are comprised of clay materials or are clogged with organic materials and food waste, we will use snaking tools to snag the clog and manually remove it out of the pipe. If we find that the pipe is comprised of PVC or another hard, durable material and is plagued by the presence of hardened grease deposits or tree roots, our experts will recommend HydroScrub as the preferred solution.

How long does a water heater last?

The longevity of your  water heater depends on the style and upkeep of the unit. Tankless water heaters can last for up to 20 years, while most traditional units have an 8 to 12-year lifespan. No matter the style, routine maintenance will help extend the life of your water heater. If you have a traditional tank, draining the water heater once yearly will help rid the unit of sediment and minerals that can settle at the bottom. When you need  water heater repair, maintenance or installation, the Local Plumbers NY team is available.

My Water Bill Went up, How Do I Check for Leaks?

The main causes of high water bills are running toilets, which can waste up to 200 gallons per day, and leaky faucets, which can drip up to 20 gallons per day. Check for leaks by inspecting faucets, as well as removing your toilet bowl’s tank and listening for any sounds, like hissing. If you don’t find leaks in either of those locations, you’ll need to check your water line and hose bibs. You may also want to contact a plumber.

Why Is My Toilet Always Running?

A running toilet is usually caused by a flapper, the rubber or plastic valve on the bottom of your tank, that fails to seal. Open the toilet tank and adjust the float arm to see if the water stops an inch below the overflow pipe. If the water doesn’t continue to fill, the flapper needs replaced.

How Do I Replace My Toilet Flange?

Replace your toilet flange by disconnecting your toilet’s water supply. Flush out all remaining water and unscrew the floor nuts. Remove the toilet from its place on the floor and set it aside on newspaper. Clear away any gunk from the existing flange seal, then unscrew it from the floor to clean underneath it. Screw the new flange into place and reinstall your toilet.

Why Is My Kitchen Drain Taking Longer to Drain?

If your kitchen drain is taking longer to empty, then a clog is forming, perhaps deep in the drain. A plunger may be able to pull out the obstruction. You could also use a drain cleaner or baking soda and vinegar solution, along with boiling water to loosen and break up the clog.

How Do I Clean a Dishwasher?

Clean your dishwasher by filling the detergent container with white vinegar and running the machine on a long, hot cycle. Do not leave any dishes in the washer for this cleaning cycle.

Why Is My Dishwasher Not Draining?

If your dishwasher isn’t draining, it’s likely due to a leaky inlet valve or mineral deposits in the pipes. Empty the dishwasher and start a new cycle on empty. Cancel the cycle after a few seconds and open the door. If the water is gone, the dishwasher is fine. If not, the inlet valve should be replaced.

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