Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We know that not everyone is ready to call the plumber just yet.  If your situation is not an emergency, you can check out some possible temporary resolutions to a clogged toilet, drain or dripping faucet below.  Otherwise, give us a call and we'll do a great job at an honest price for all of our plumbing services in the Pittsburgh area.


Do I need to get a plumbing permit?

A plumbing permit is required if you're going to alter any part of the piping but is not required if you're going to replace a fixture such as a faucet, toilet, or water heater.


Why does my drain get clogged?

Your drain can get clogged for a variety of reasons.  Most commonly, particles get washed down the drain and start to collect to the surface.  As a result, this restricts the water flow through the rest of the pipe and may cause it to get backed up.  If your issue is the kitchen sink, try some baking soda and vinegar without water and let it sit for a moment before rinsing.


What causes my faucet to drip?

A leaky faucet may be the product of a broken or damaged seal.  It may be that you're just not putting the handle in the off position too.  Most of the time, this is due to a damaged or worn out rubber washer.  We can fix that in no time.


How can I prevent leaking pipes?

First things first, cut off the water if possible.  Leaking pipes can become a serious problem if they're untreated.  Give us a call and we'll give you a free estimate, it's that simple!  412-897-4210


How do I prevent stinky sink drains?

Using liquid drain cleaner can be beneficial as preventative maintenance.  Go to your big box store and purchase the foaming type of liquid drain cleaner.  On a bi annual basis pour the contents in your drain before going to bed.  Don't use your sink until the next day.  Flush with warm water.


How do I avoid high priced damage from frozen pipes?

  1. Keep your furnace heat at the right setting and change the batteries in your thermostat.
  2. Use pipe insulation, especially on your exterior facing surfaces.
  3. Make sure your heating air can reach any areas where your plumbing is located.  This includes unheated areas and garages.
  4. Take off garden hoses from hose bibs and cover the hose bibs with Styrofoam insulating caps.
  5. Drip your faucets.  Moving water is harder to freeze than water standing still.