Addressing Various Plumbing Problems

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Even the most professional plumbing maintenance inspection jobs would not eliminate the occasional leak or clog, particularly in older houses. High water tables can cause septic system woes that could impact drains and toilets. A lot of these common problems can be easily addressed.

Dripping Faucets

A faucet dripping in the room next to you or a kitchen sink posing problems that you don’t have a real solution to can be quite annoying and could keep you awake throughout the night. Dripping faucets also mean an inflated water bill. A faucet could send several hundred gallons of water each year down the drains if you accumulate the drops.

Water entering your house through the pipes is under constant pressure. When the tap is turned off, silicone- or rubber-based washers create a water-tight closure that mitigates any more water from forcing its way via the pipes and outside the faucet. With time, washers could turn stiff, become dislodged or get torn, letting through minute trickles of water and causing that annoying dripping sound. While replacing those washers is quite straightforward, repairing the thing could be a bit trickier, particularly if you don’t have specialized tools handy.

Also called canister or disc taps, ceramic taps use hard-wearing ceramic plates that attach to each other well to create a seal. Although their maintenance requirements are lesser compared to rubber washers, repairing the thing is a bit more complex compared to basic washer replacement. If your tub or sink is lever-operated instead of having those individual knobs, you most likely have a canister tap or ceramic disc.

Low Water Pressure

When water that should ideally gush only trickles, it means the water has low pressure. This issue may not necessarily be due to your house’s pipes – municipal water supply could be the cause too. Though rare, a mainline break could decrease water pressure in your house temporarily. More common causes are faucet aerator sediments or deposit build-ups.

The water that enters your pipes comprises dissolved minerals that attach themselves to metal surfaces eventually. If your house has a filtration setup, these deposits end up in those filters that get changed. Kitchen faucets usually come with easy-to-remove aerators that can be unscrewed from the faucet’s tip for easy cleaning. Removing the aerator and letting it soak in vinegar overnight would invariably disintegrate the calcium deposits. Removing bathroom faucets and showerheads could be a bit tough, but a vinegar-filled plastic bag can be attached to the showerhead the night before for cleaning purpose.

A breach or leak in the pipes that lead into your house is basically an emergency that could hamper the foundation or infrastructure of your house. A major and sudden decrease in water pressure without any known cause warrants a licensed plumber who would look into the thing and pinpoint the actual cause.

Running Toilet

Typically, toilets run because the flapper valve meant to let the water pass to the bowl from the tank doesn’t fit properly anymore. As a result, the float becomes imbalanced, or the tube goes loose. A toiler repair kit would work in most scenarios and need minimal to zero installation effort.

However, the toilet could be running for more complicated reasons. If you have replaced the float apparatus, fill tube and flapper, you could have sediments hurting proper filling and flushing. Increased water bills may also mean a leak somewhere.

Leaky Pipes

Whether a puddle beneath a pipe shows up during regular inspection or you are unpleasantly surprised when reaching under the sink, leaks could be both annoying and expensive to repair. Leaks typically occur at joints, which explains why commercial fitting compounds and joint fillers occupy so much space in most local hardware stores’ shelves. That said, these items offer a temporary solution. A permanent Coquitlam plumbing reparation could mean replacing the pipe’s fittings or its length.

Although repairing or replacing leaky U-joints underneath your sink isn’t that complex, the job is sure messy. A professional looking into the matter would help save clean-up time. Use a rubber sheet, compression clamp and/or leak tape until the plumber arrives to address the leak. These short-term repairs ensure water doesn’t spray out but gets removed easily when a long-term solution arrives.

Clogged or Slow Drains

When the water entering your sink, toilet, or tub doesn’t exit; you most likely have a complete or partial clog. In several cases, the trusty plunger would suffice. Plungers employ air pressure for dislodging a clog; however, they cannot completely remove the clog. Commercial clog removers and drain cleaners usually do the job for occasional usage. But these materials are caustic and could damage pipe materials if frequently used. If clogs have become a recurring issue, you must get the pro into the picture.

Even if the clog is partial, pipe debris could slow down drainage considerably. Look into the drain using a flashlight and check if you could detect the issue. A couple of tweezers or pliers could help reach a hair clump or a bottle cap that’s hindering the pipes. Install drain screens to mitigate detritus from getting inside your drains.

DIY Plumbing Repair Tips

Turn the water main off before you attempt any repair.
You’ll most likely get wet; dress accordingly. Plumbing repair and maintenance can be quite messy, even if you are extremely careful.

The ‘measuring twice and cutting once’ saying applies to washers, pipes, and other fittings, along with carpentry. Whenever possible, take components requiring replacement to the local hardware store so that you know you are purchasing the right replacement.

Always have the contact number of a professional plumber handy. The amount may not always be needed, but you would thank yourself for having stored the plumber’s name every time a valve snaps off, or your kitchen has a geyser.

When to Call the Pros

Some problems are too complicated or hazardous to address yourself. Therefore, get a certified plumber on-board for the following jobs if you are particular about your house’s safety:

• Installation of new sinks, tubs or pipes
• Water heater issues
• New construction requiring building permits
• Leaks in the septic tank
• Sewer line leaks or breaks

Finding A Plumbing Contractor When You Need Them

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A good plumbing contractor can respond to an emergency. While a lot of problems are common leaks, sometimes a pipe breaks suddenly and catastrophically. A plumber has to be able to respond immediately, especially if the homeowner cannot immediately turn off the water pipe.

It is a bad idea to call a random plumber who might not be familiar with your home. It is much better to have an available connection with a plumber who is familiar with a house and neighborhood and who knows how to respond to any major rupture in the waterline.

Create a personal relationship with a plumber ahead of any disaster. Make a list of questions to help you choose your family plumber. It is important to get in contact with a plumbing agency so that they can respond quickly to any serious issue. Being prepared ahead of time is the best way to minimize damage and keep the family safe.

Six Questions To Ask A Plumber

1) Is the plumber or company properly licensed?

Since pipes are attached to a public utility, working with them involves regulations and licenses. A person who is properly trained is recognized by an authorized trainee and as a minimum has the legal authority to do the work. This does not mean they are the best plumber around, but certification does ensure a basic quality.

2) What are the plumber’s other certifications and endorsements?

Plumbing is not a one-degree-fits-all industry. There are certifications for specific types of work. On top of this, professional organizations exist that ensure there is a minimal standard for people who sell their services. In other words, plumbers who have worked a long time want to raise the bar and only recognize other plumbers who meet their standards as a private organization.

3) Is the plumber insured?

A plumber working at your home might become injured. If they have their own personal insurance, then there is less likeliness that the homeowner will be held liable for any medical fees that result from an accident. Checking for insurance might seem trite, but it really can protect your family.

4) Inspect their credentials for their experience.

Anybody can put together a flashy brochure, but what tells us the list of customers and years in operation. An independent plumber can operate as a side business for years before going full time, but a company with employees has to have continuous work to stay in operation.

5) What is their public reputation?

There are plenty of ways to figure out what the public thinks of a particular company. One way is to ask other homeowners. Another is to ask the local utility company. If a business has done a lot of projects, the town service should have an opinion. Websites might also have reviews of established businesses. New plumbers barely have any public exposure, but small companies do depend heavily on word of mouth for marketing. Keep your eyes open.

6) Understand if they offer emergency services.

Some plumbers only work during the day, while other offices have plumbers that work night shifts to respond to emergencies. Some plumbers agree to pick up the phone in the middle of the night. When it comes to emergencies, make sure the plumber you work with can come at any time. Otherwise, have relationships with more than one plumber.

Welcome Notes

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Welcome to Lansing Professional Plumbing located in beautiful Lansing, MI where we strive for the best possible resolution to all of your plumbing needs. We know that plumbing is not everyone’s forte, but we love it and that is why we are here to help. We specialize in commercial, industrial, and residential plumbing.

Our team of technicians are the finest group of Mid-Michigan Plumbing experts ever assembled, they  are well versed in all of the building codes and regulations for the Eaton County, Ingham County and Clinton County..  With years of knowledge and experience, we are able to diagnose and resolve the toughest plumbing repairs you can imagine. We also offer free estimates and 24 hour emergency plumbing, so we are here to help when you need us most.

Residential Plumbing Service and repair

 When you call Lansing Professional Plumbing our goal is to respond quickly to any plumbing repair or installation you may have. Our service is convenient and we will have your home well on its way to being safe, comfortable and watertight! Just call us anytime day or night, we offer free quotes and will be over quickly to resolve any plumbing or fixture repair.

How can we help?

Leaking Faucet?

DONE! Our Master Plumbers will have every faucet water tight.

Toilet repair?

DONE! Your running toilet or clog is just a memory.

Appliance Installation?

DONE! Your new Water heater is installed and ready to go. Maybe we should tackle the garbage disposal replacement and the new kitchen sink while we are at it.

Clogged Drain?

FIXED! We are drain cleaning experts.

Water Leak?

FIXED! We service all types of water leaks.

Gas, Water, or Sewer Line Repair?

DONE! We quickly repair or replace Gas lines, Water Lines and Sewer Lines.

Inspection and Maintenance?

NO PROBLEM! We are the Best Plumbers in Lansing to choose, we catch issues before they become plumbing disasters.

Problem with your Tub or Shower?

SOLVED! Whether you need a new shower installed or the drain on your tub repaired we are your solution.

Leaky pipes and fixtures?

NOT ANYMORE! Your pipes and plumbing fixtures have never been cleaner or operated at such an exceptional level.

Water Line replacement?

DONE! If your water line can not be fixed, replacing it will be easy with our affordable plumbing service.

Water Heater Installation or repair?

DONE! You don’t need to know how to fix a water heater, have us do the water heater repair for you.

We think you get the point. Lansing Professional Plumbing can solve all of your home plumbing needs! Whether you need a drain service call or a complete plumbing overhaul, we will fix them all!

Commercial and Industrial Plumbing services

  Plumbing problems can interrupt the day to day of your business. Lansing Professional Plumbing offers a variety of solutions to keep your water and your business running smoothly. We offer regular maintenance and inspection of your business’s plumbing system to help prevent any unnecessary issues that have the potential to interrupt your operation.  Call us to talk about setting up a maintenance schedule that makes sense for your needs.

 In an emergency we are here to help. Running a business is enough of a headache without having to research a reliable plumbing company during an emergency, put the Best Lansing Plumbers on speed dial and rest easy…you have enough to worry about!

Services we offer

– Pipe repairs or replacement

  Broken pipes are a problem or could become one quickly; our licensed technicians will advise you on the best course of action. We will guide you to the best solution, Is repairing those burst pipes the answer, or maybe replacing a few of those old pipes….. or the whole system, we will tell you why and put together a cost effective plan to move forward.

– American Disability Act Retrofitting

  ” The Department of Justice published revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 “ADA” in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010.  These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design “2010 Standards” or “Standards”. The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical — for newly designed and constructed or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.”

 -http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/2010ADAStandards/2010ADAstandards.htm

Did you know that some of the accessibility standards have change for public and commercial property in regard to disabled persons?

We keep up with this stuff, so you don’t have to. We know the standards and are ready to advise you on whether you need to make any changes to your current facilities.

 Back-flow Devises

 Whether you need back flow device testing, repair or installation our team in the best in the area. Back flow devices are essential in the prevention of water contamination.

– Gas Piping

 We also install, repair and offer preventative maintenance on all gas piping.

Regardless of your commercial or industrial plumbing need, we are the experts you need to keep your water and business running smoothly. If we haven’t mentioned a specific need you are concerned about, call us at  517-645-3208 to discuss them with a member of our expert team.

 We regularly work with restaurants, manufacturing, commercial building owners, apartment complexes and any other commercial sector business that needs running water ( which is just about all of them )

Free Plumbing Estimates

When you call Lansing Professional Plumbing we will come out Diagnose the problem and give affordable options for solving it..We will walk you through the best course of action to solve any plumbing issue you may be facing. We will never charge for a quote, we don’t use hidden fees or language you can’t understand. Your plumbing estimate will be free from surprises and mumbo jumbo.

The Competition

 Ever heard of Roto-Rooter Plumbers? How about Benjamin Franklin Plumbing? We are sure you have heard of Michigan Plumbing( We really like their jingle “Michigan Plumbing, we’ll exceed your expectations”)? These guys all do a great job. They all have the big trucks, fancy commercials and snazzy uniforms. But we do just as good a job, if not better! 2/3rd s of the above mentioned are franchises, they pay franchise fees, etc which gets passed down to you…their clients. These big plumbing companies have big costs to do business, and big costs for business usually mean big invoices for clients.

We are big enough to handle anything

We can handle any plumbing service you need. We are not bloated with pomp and circumstance. You are our number one priority at Lansing Professional Plumbing, the other guys may treat you like a number, here you will be treated like our favorite step child ( not the red headed one ).

Our Guarantee

You will experience to best possible care in any dealing with us, we will find the best solution to your problem, and we will care about your pocket book just as much as your plumbing! The whole process will be quick and efficient.