The plumbing specialists at Drain Doctor Plumbing & Rooter are your problem-solvers for the most common plumbing issues. From traditional plumbing fixes like leaky or clogged pipes to bathroom remodeling, and boiler or water heater replacement, our specialists can handle the job. Not only will we provide the most trusted services, but we’ll also answer any questions or concerns you have along the way.
Some plumbing questions tend to come up quite frequently, so we’re delving into some of the most common plumbing questions. There are some plumbing challenges you may be able to tackle on your own, but we’ll distinguish when it’s time to call the professionals and the damage that can be caused by attempting a DIY job or leaving the problem unattended.
Drain Doctor Plumbing & Rooter team is here to guide you through the basics of plumbing and provide easy-to-understand answers to your pressing questions. As industry leaders serving as professional plumbers in Covina, CA, and the surrounding areas, we want to provide helpful tips that you can use in your own home or business. From your toilet to your underground pipes, we’ll help explain how to extend the life of your system and the best solutions for your recurring drain and pipes issues.
Do I need to call a plumber for a clogged drain?
What are some of the most common plumbing issues I may experience?
- Clogged toilet
- Clogged bath or shower drain
- Faulty water heater
- Jammed garbage disposal
- Leaky faucets
- Leaky pipes
- Low water pressure
- Running toilet
- Sewage smell in the home
- Sewer system backup
- Slow draining sink
- Toilet Backup
- Tree Root Invasion
My toilet is leaking. Do I need to call a Covina plumber?
When should I replace my toilet?
- Age (toilets 10 years or older aren’t energy efficient)
- Continuous clogs
- Multiple flushes after each use
- Ongoing leaks
Can I clean my pipes myself?
To avoid major drain clogs and sewer line backups:
- Avoid certain foods in the garbage disposal (coffee grounds, bones, grease, fruit peels)
- Run cold water when using the garbage disposal
- Utilize a drain strainer if you don’t have a garbage disposal
- Don’t pour grease or oil down the drain
- Run hot water to clear grease residue after washing dishes
- Clear drain stoppers in tub and shower
- Don’t use the toilet as a trash can – waste and toilet tissue only
- Have the septic tank pumped every two to three years
What is Covina Drain Cleaning?
What are my plumbing pipes made of?
- Copper: These bronze-colored pipes were frequently used for plumbing systems in houses built from the 1970s into the early 2000s. As they age, copper pipes will slowly fade to deep rust or brown color. Copper pipes last about 50+ years.
- Galvanized Steel: Leading up to the 1970s, plumbing systems were often built from galvanized steel pipes. The material was used less when builders discovered it only lasted for about 40 years.
- PB (polybutylene): These pipes are flexible and usually marked with “PB2110.” PB pipes are typically gray, black, or blue.
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride): The white plastic pipes are most commonly seen under your kitchen or bathroom sinks used as drain pipes.
- PEX (cross-linked polyethylene): Plastic tubing that is usually white, red, or blue and used to indicate hot and cold lines. Plumbers use this type of material because of its flexibility.
- Cast Iron: This pipe has a black finish and was used in homes through the mid-1960s.
When should I replace my water heater?
What’s the best temperature for a hot water heater?
How can I tell if tree roots are invading my plumbing?
Is burst pipe damage covered by homeowners insurance?
There are steps you can take to avoid broken pipes or leaking appliances:
- Ensure tubs and showers are caulked and sealed properly
- Inspect for leaking faucets indoors and outside
- Insulate pipes if you live in a cold climate
- Routinely inspect appliance hoses on your dishwasher or washing machine and replace them as needed
How do I prevent pipes from freezing?
Prevent frozen pipes by following these pipe insulation steps:
- Run the heating cable along the pipes before covering them with insulation. The cable will keep the pipes at a constant temperature.
- Inspect the outside of your home looking for visible cracks near the foundation or basement. Use spray foam or caulking to fill cracks.
- Shut off the water valves to your outdoor faucets. Allow excess water to drain then cover the faucets with an insulated dome to prevent freezing.
- Allow the warm air in your home to reach the pipes beneath your sinks by opening the cabinet doors.
- Have your HVAC system checked annually to prevent your heating system from crashing during the winter months. The freezing temperatures can quickly affect your pipes.
- Allow a small, slow drip to come from your faucets. Running the water even a minimal amount will help prevent frozen pipes.
What causes low water pressure?
The most common causes of low water pressure include:
- Clogged Pipe: A clogged water pipe can contribute to low water pressure. Attempting to unclog a water line yourself could lead to water contamination in your home. Hire a professional Covina plumber to handle the job.
- Faulty Pressure Regulator: Every faucet in your home will be affected if the pressure regulator attached to the pipes outside your home fails. Our team can test the regulator to see if it is the problem.
- Mineral Buildup: Over time, your pipes, faucet nozzles, and showerheads will be affected by mineral buildup. If the change in your water pressure happened gradually rather than all at once, having the buildup professionally removed could solve the issue.
- Old Pipes: Old iron pipes are especially susceptible to corrosion and can inhibit the flow of water. These pipes corrode from the inside out, so it would be impossible for you to identify this as the problem without a camera inspection from a plumber.
What are the benefits of a professional pipe inspection?
We provide top-notch services in the following areas: