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When All Things Plumbing Goes Wrong

by | Jan 29, 2022

It is that time of the year when holidays are over, and you are finally putting your feet up and catching a breather. Little did you expect things to take a sudden turn with the plumbing in your home. 

As a long-standing, trusted provider of plumbing services in Grand Rapids, MI, let us tell you that it is not at all surprising for you to experience plumbing mishaps after the holidays. 

The increased cooking for holiday meals, a constant influx of guests, and having family stay over can certainly tax your plumbing system. Between the extra dishes, loads of laundry, showers, and cleaning, it is not uncommon for a plumbing problem to creep up. 

Your Kitchen Was the Busiest Ever 

During the holiday season, you are more likely to cook large quantities of food and clean more dishes for your family and guests. All of the hectic work can put a strain on the drain and pipes in your kitchen. 

Clogged Drains are More Common than You Think

With increased cooking during family gatherings and events, a lot of grease, oil, and food end up going down the drain, often accidentally. The drains can get clogged as a consequence. Certain foods that can take a toll on the drain system include:

  • Eggshells 
  • Bones
  • Insoluble fiber and seeds
  • Oil and other fats
  • Coffee grounds

No matter how conscientious you are as a cook and host, it can be a hectic time of the year when things go out of control. If you are encountering a drain clogging issue, using a reputable residential plumbing services company can help resolve the matter in no time and get you back to living your life. 

Your Garbage Disposal System Breaks Down

It can be tempting to pulverize all food waste in the garbage disposal system, and that rich gravy or those turkey bones can suddenly put a halt to your garbage disposal. This type of breakdown is another common occurrence that happens all too often.

Repairing this damage is not a complicated task for experienced and highly-skilled plumbers, no matter what went down the kitchen sink. Trying to fix it on your own can not only be messy, but it is also dangerous. This repair is a task that is best left to a trained technician who can get the job done right. 

The Bathroom was as Busy as the Kitchen

You might usually expect the kitchen to be busy during the holidays. But with the increased number of occupants at home, the bathrooms are also more likely to be heavily used. With the demand for hot water rising and the sewer lines working hard, you might experience an unexpected problem with your plumbing. 

Broken Water Heater

It could be that the increased use of hot water during the holidays took a toll on your water heater. Another reason for water heater issues could be that during the chilly winter months in Grand Rapids, the water heater has been working harder to heat the water. Some signs that your water heater needs inspection and servicing include:

  • Temperature of water is cold
  • Water temperature is too hot
  • An unusual odor or color coming from the water
  • The heater is making odd noises
  • Hot water runs out quickly

Regardless of the reason, a licensed technician can inspect your water heater and diagnose the exact nature of the problem. 

There could be many causes for a water heater malfunction, including poor drainage, sediment buildup, or corrosion. Scheduling regular maintenance of the water heater can also help detect problems early on, extend the life of the equipment and cut costs in the long run.

The Sewer System is Backed Up

Having a backed-up sewer line can be extremely frustrating and stressful. It is impossible to keep track of what everyone flushes down the toilet during the busiest time of the year. 

Weird gurgling noises, clogged toilets, and unpleasant odors indicate what is to ensue. 

If you notice any of these signs, do not ignore them, as they could lead to a potentially much bigger problem. It is best to use a trusted local plumbing services company that specializes in sewer repair. They will check the drainage system thoroughly, identify the exact cause and remedy the problem promptly.

Whole House Plumbing Issues 

While we commonly expect plumbing problems to occur in the bathroom or kitchen, do not be surprised if you notice a burst pipe or a leak in some other area of your house. Imagine relaxing and binging on your favorite Netflix show only to have water droplets suddenly trickling down on you from the ceiling. 

Water Leaks and Burst Pipes when You Least Expect Them

Michigan weather can be extreme. The notorious winter months can put immense stress on your pipes with a constant cycle of freezing and thawing temperatures. It can be scary to have a sudden burst pipe or see a leak in your bedroom or living room ceiling. 

You must address the issue as soon as possible to prevent more damage and expensive repair bills. A professional plumber can get to you promptly, identify the exact nature of the problem and fix it. 

Plumbing Emergencies 

Emergencies happen and your water heater might break down, or the toilet might be clogged. Not being able to take a shower, do the laundry or flush the toilet can be a stressful experience for you and your loved ones.

Lake Michigan Heating, Cooling, Plumbing is Here to Help

We are a family-owned local plumbing company serving the residents of Grand Rapids. Our team cares about our customers and takes pride in providing the highest quality of services. A licensed crew, state-of-the-art equipment, and cutting-edge technologies make us one of the most trusted and reliable providers in the area. 

Our team of expert plumbers is knowledgeable and experienced in the complete range of plumbing services, including plumbing installations, repairs, maintenance, sewer line repair, and water heaters. We know how important it is to get your plumbing issue fixed, and we offer 24/7 emergency services and a lifetime workmanship guarantee. 

Contact us at Lake Michigan Heating, Cooling, Plumbing today; our friendly team is ready to help.