Over the years our team at A+ Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has been asked hundreds of plumbing related questions, and to make it easy for our clients to get the answers to their questions, we’re rounding up our most frequently asked questions all in one place!

What are the most common plumbing problems?

No matter how new your home is, plumbing issues are bound to happen. From clogged drains to water leaks, plumbing issues always arise when you’re least expecting them to. Whether you want to be informed or prepared for an emergency, here are the most common plumbing problems we see at A+ Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

  • Clogged toil, bath, or shower drain
  • Jammed garbage disposal
  • Low water pressure
  • Leaky or frozen pipes
  • A toilet that won’t stop running
  • Sewer system backup
  • Leaky faucets

How do I avoid clogs?

Whether they’re in the bathroom or kitchen, clogged pipes are an inconvenience and can be a sign of a bigger issue. The best way to avoid clogs is to be mindful of what goes down your drains and toilet.

Here are some tips to help avoid any drain issues:

  • When using your garbage disposal, always run your water at the same time
  • If you do not have a garbage disposal, make sure you have a drain strainer in your sink
  • Avoid pouring grease or oil down any drains
  • Only flush waste and toilet tissue down the toilet
  • Have your septic tank pumped every 2-3 years

What is the average lifespan of a water heater?

The average water heater installed today lasts around 8-12 years but can last longer if it’s properly maintained.

How do I winterize my plumbing in areas that are exposed to cold temperatures?

In areas such as outdoor faucets, it’s crucial to turn off your water, open the faucet/valve/etc., and use air to flow any water out of the line. This will help winterize any plumbing that is exposed to cold temperatures and avoid any issues.

What’s the best temperature for hot water?

You never want the hot water in your home to be above 120 degrees. If your water is too cool, bacteria can grow in it and if it’s too hot, it’s unsafe for people in your home.

How do I unclog my toilet?

More often than not, a clogged toilet is a quick fix. Simply take your plunger and seal it around the toilet drain and plunge quickly a few times. If the plunger doesn’t release the clob, try using a plumbing snake! This will pull out anything that’s stuck in the drain.

When is it time for a new toilet?

A toilet can last as long as 50 years, but if you’re having continuous problems with yours, it might be time to replace it. If you notice these times, it’s time for a new one:

  • Continuous clogs
  • You need to flush multiple times after each use
  • Ongoing leaks

Experiencing a plumbing issue? Contact our team at A+ Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today at (603) 518-5777.