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Common Plumbing Problems

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At The Drain Doctor, keeping your plumbing and drainage systems running efficiently is our goal. We know that a wide variety of plumbing issues can arise in your Southern California home or business, and our local team of industry experts is here to help you find the best solutions to fix your problems once and for all.

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the most common plumbing-related questions we hear from our clients. If you have questions about your specific plumbing and drainage needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the leading plumbing company in Covina, CA, and nearby areas.

What Plumbing Services Does the Drain Doctor Offer?

Our team is equipped and ready to handle all kinds of residential and commercial plumbing issues. Our services include:

If you’re not sure which service you require, call us anyways. We’ve handled many plumbing and drainage problems and our expert technicians are ready to show up on time with the right equipment to quickly and accurately diagnose your work.

What Should I Look for When Choosing a Plumber?

We understand that choosing a plumber for your home or business needs can be overwhelming. When choosing a plumber in Covina, CA, and surrounding areas, look for a professional team that is:

  • Local. Look for a plumber who is close by, knows the area, and can offer you friendly and personal service that you trust. The Drain Doctor is a family-owned business that has been proudly providing high-quality plumbing services and repairs to Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties for over twenty years.

  • Available. Plumbing issues don’t always happen when it’s most convenient, so look for a plumber who offers emergency services. The Drain Doctor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you out of those stressful emergency situations.

  • Licensed. Knowing that your plumber is a registered professional should help you feel that the work will be done safely, timely, and well. Our business is fully licensed, bonded, and insured to give you high-quality service that you can trust.

  • Insured. Although damages are unlikely, you want to feel assured that they’d be covered if the worst were to happen. We are fully licensed and insured and our friendly, knowledgeable technicians are fully trained.

  • Transparent. Before you begin a plumbing project, you want an idea of what it will cost. We will give you prompt and fair estimates before any service begins so you can know what to expect.

How do I unclog my drain?

Clogged drains are a very common problem that could be caused by many things. Grease, oils, soap, food scraps, and more commonly find their way into your pipes. If left untreated, clogs can cause serious plumbing issues.

We don’t recommend that you try to unclog your drain yourself. The harsh chemicals in some drain cleaners can erode your pipes and impact your water quality, improperly used snakes and other tools can damage your pipes, and too much exerted pressure can blow out any weak spots in your pipes.

If you’re experiencing persistent clogs, the local team of professionals at The Drain Doctor offers a variety of drain cleaning services that can get the job done right.

Why are my faucets always leaking?

Your leaky faucets could be caused by a number of reasons, including faulty rings, corroded valves, worn-out washers or seals, broken pipes, or improper installation. While leaky faucets may seem like a minor annoyance, they can actually indicate a bigger problem. The Drain Doctor technicians have the right tools and experience to quickly stop the leak and help prevent future issues.

What do I do about my constantly running toilet?

Every home and business needs a reliable toilet, but a faulty toilet can cause major disturbances to your work and life. A running toilet occurs when water from the tank continuously flows into the bowl. Whether it’s caused by a faulty fill valve, a leaky flush valve, or something else entirely, a running toilet wastes water. Incorrect repairs could make the problem worse, but our experienced team can handle your repairs and installations and get your toilet working properly.

Why is my water pressure so low?

Huddling beneath a tiny stream of water when you’re trying to shower is frustrating. Low water pressure is a common problem that could be caused by something as minor as a blocked shower head or by something as major as a cracked pipe. If the water pressure is weak in your shower or sink, our team will happily visit your Los Angeles or San Bernardino residence or business to find the root of the problem and restore your pressure.

Why am I seeing a spike in my water bill?

An unexpectedly high water bill can be alarming. It could indicate a leak under your flooring, behind your walls, above your ceiling, or anywhere else where you can’t see it. The leaking water not only increases your water bill but if left untreated, could cause expensive water damage to your residential or commercial structure. The Drain Doctor professionals can visit your property, inspect your pipes, detect the leak, and offer a solution that will restore your Southern California pipes to their normal function.

Why is water pooling on my bathroom floor?

Leaking pipes and standing pools of water in your home, business, or yard could indicate a serious problem. If the leak isn’t repaired immediately, it could lead to much bigger, more expensive issues like dangerous mold and bacteria growth, damaged floors and walls, and destroyed pipes. If you find water pooling on the floor of your home or business, call The Drain Doctor. We offer 247 emergency services so your urgent issues like leaking pipes can be resolved quickly.

Why does my drain stink like sewer?

There are a few reasons why a sink or toilet might be sending foul odors throughout your home or business. Typically, traps in your pipes intentionally hold a little water that forms a seal to prevent gases from creeping up through your plumbing fixtures. If you have a fixture that you aren’t using very often, the water in the trap could evaporate and seep foul odor up through the drain. You could also have a leak, a broken seal, a blocked vent pipe, a damaged fixture, or another issue causing the smell. Our plumbers can help you determine the problem, repair or replace the fixture, and eliminate the smell once and for all.

Will repairing my sewer completely destroy my yard?

In the past, sewer line repairs required a lot of messy excavation that destroyed yards, landscaping, hardscaping, driveways, and other structures. The Drain Doctor offers innovative, non-invasive, trenchless technology to line your existing sewer pipes with resin. The resin hardens and creates a new pipe within your old pipe, eliminating the need to dig up your entire property. Our trenchless sewer drain lining installation typically requires us to dig one small hole, so the process is much cleaner, quicker, and more convenient.

Should I install my own hot water heater?

Installing a hot water heater is a complex process that must be done correctly and safely. Our professionals can help you determine the right size and type of water heater for your home or business, make sure the heater is installed according to building code, hook the heater up so it reaches safe temperatures, and troubleshoot any issues so you can save time and feel confident that you’ll have plenty of hot water to meet your needs.

What is hydro jetting and how do I know if I need it?

Hydro jetting is when we pump a high-pressure flow of water through your sewer and drain systems to remove the buildup and clogs that are making them inefficient. When we visit your property in the Covina area, our experienced plumbers will determine the right water pressure for your specific problem. As that water pressure scours your pipes, debris should dislodge and flush out of your California sewer and drain system.

Hydro jetting is the most reliable drain cleaning service that we offer at The Drain Doctor. Once your system is completely cleaned, your pipes should be renewed, restored, and ready to help prevent future problems.

I have a lot of trees on my property. Should I be concerned about their roots disrupting my pipes?

A leading cause of residential and commercial pipe problems is tree root invasion. When moisture escapes from a crack or leak in your pipes, it releases nutrients into the soil that draw tree roots. The roots grow toward your pipes and can eventually invade them.

If you’re noticing slow flushing drains, sewer backup, low water pressure, foul odors coming from your drains, or areas of excessive water on your property, tree roots may have invaded your pipes. Our plumbing professionals can visit your property and move our high-resolution camera through your drain to identify the exact location of the roots. Then, we can use our environmentally-friendly hydro jetting service to remove the roots and our trenchless sewer repair to pipe lining.

I’m afraid my natural gas line is leaking. What do I do?

Natural gas is an important component of the operation of your home or business, but gas can be extremely volatile and dangerous. Never try to repair a gas line yourself. If you smell gas, immediately call our experienced professionals for reliable gas line repiping or repairs.

Even if you don’t suspect a gas leak, if you know that your gas lines are aging, you may want to consider having them proactively repaired. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your gas lines to determine if there is any damage that could potentially put you at risk and offer a cost-effective solution that will take into account your property, the amount of gas you use, and your budget.

I just bought an older San Bernardino home. Should I worry about the pipes?

Aging pipes need careful attention because they are often made of older, more corrosive materials. Our specialists can provide a sewer camera inspection to help determine the age, material, and condition of the pipes in your home.

Depending on the condition of your pipes, we can create a new pipe within your existing pipe with our innovative and non-invasive trenchless pipe lining service. If your aging pipes are not equipped for repair, we can use our trenchless pipe bursting service to burst your old pipes and replace them with new pipes.

I’m in the process of a remodel. How can a plumber help?

Plumbers focus on much more than just your pipes and sewer. The Drain Doctor can also help you upgrade fixtures and appliances like sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and garbage disposals in a home or business remodeling project. We can disconnect your old fixtures and appliances, install new ones, and make sure all connections to your water, sewer, and gas lines are done correctly and safely.

Besides helping you upgrade to more modern fixtures and appliances, our team can also repair any of your existing fixtures and appliances. Over time, your fixtures and appliances will likely experience cracks, chips, and normal wear and tear. We can inspect your fixtures and appliances, offer repair recommendations that keep your budget in mind, and help save you money by getting you the most out of your existing fixtures and appliances.

Solve Your Problems with an Excellent Plumber

For these and any other sewer, drain, or plumbing-related questions you may have, contact our team of industry experts. Our local Covina team is dedicated to finding the root of the problem, offering the best solution, and providing service that will help prevent future plumbing issues in your Southern California home or business. We provide quality services in the following areas:

Contact us today at (626) 332-9984 and we’ll help you determine how we can help improve your plumbing system or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.

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