DIY Plumbing Problems

Water may seem harmless, but it can quickly turn into a destructive force in your home if it is not handled the right way. While there are some common plumbing problems that you may be able to fix on your own, some fixes are best left for our professional plumbers in Northbrook, Il. Here is a simple guide to plumbing and the different problems that you may encounter.

Basic Repairs You Can Fix

If you notice the following issues, you can try to fix the problem on your own:

  • A running toilet: When you flush your toilet, does water keep going into the bowl? This is a sign of a running toilet and it is typically a quick fix. Remove the lid from the tank and look for the chain; there is a chance that the chain has sunk to the bottom. Reattach the chain to the lever. If your chain is damaged, it needs to be replaced in order for the problem to go away.
  • A trickling shower head: The water flow from your shower head should flow in consistent directions rather than spraying in different directions. This could be a sign that there is a lime scale buildup on either the shower head or the spray plate. Take the time to clean the shower head.

When to Call a Professional

It is important to call our plumber in Northbrook, Il if you experience more serious issues, as you don’t want to cause more harm than good.

  • Water heater malfunction: A functioning water heater is an essential part of your home. If you notice that it is emitting a strange smell or sound, make sure to call our plumber in Northbrook, Il. If you don’t properly fix the water heater it can pose a risk to your safety.
  • Sump pump failure: If there is a large amount of rain or snow, your sump pump is responsible for keeping your house protected. A failed sump pump can result in a lot of damage to your home.
  • Burst pipes: If there is an extreme temperature change, it can have a negative effect on your pipes. If this occurs, make sure to turn off your main water line right away!

When in doubt, contact our plumber in Northbrook, Il to help address your plumbing problems.

About the Author

I’m Andy Visconi, the Operations Manager at BMW Plumbing since 1999.  When I’m not talking to our many Customers about their plumbing needs, scheduling one of our expert plumbers to a home or business or responding to plumbing emergencies, I can be found spending time with my wife Megan and two children.

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