When you experience an issue with your plumbing, you are definitely not the first to have that problem. In fact, other homeowners ask many of the same plumbing questions thousands of times.

Kellermeier Plumbing is here to help, and we want to get you ahead of the curve by answering some of those common plumbing questions before you experience one of these scenarios.

Q: What causes my faucet to leak?

A: A likely cause for a leaky faucet is a corroded gasket, o-ring or valve. Luckily, this can be an easy fix, as we can replace those parts with no need to replace the whole faucet.

Q: Why does my toilet continue to run?

A: You’ve had this before, and you find that jiggling the handle can solve the problem. That’s because the handle gets stuck out of position in the tank, which leaves the flapper open. Without the flapper creating a seal, water will continue to flow into the bowl. You can tighten, adjust, or replace the handle.

Q: What else can I do to remove a clog if the plunger won’t work?

A: Those hard-to-clear clogs need an extra bit of work that the plunger or a drain cleaner can’t loosen. You can try using a plumber’s snake, feeding it into the drain and dislodging the clog to clear the clog.

Q: How can I avoid frozen pipes?

A: If you can access your pipes, your best bet is to insulate them to stop them from freezing. Otherwise, if your pipes are difficult to reach, leave the water on a slow drip on cold nights, which will keep the water flowing and prevent freezing.

Q: What can I do to be more efficient with my water usage?

A: Cut back on how long you are in the shower, or install a more efficient water head. Turn off the faucet when you are not actively using the water, such as when you are doing dishes or brushing your teeth. Check for any possible leaks, as leaks can surprise you with how much water you can lose through just a small opening.

Q: Where is my main water shut-off valve?

A: This is different for most homes. If you have a copy of your home inspection report, it should list the location. Places to look include near the perimeter of the inside of your home, somewhere around eye level in the basement or lower on the main floor, or near to where your home’s water meter is outside.

Hopefully, these questions and answers help you if you ever experience a plumbing issue. For all other questions, you can ask Kellermeier Plumbing, so call us at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.