Drain Doctor answers some of the most frequently asked plumbing questions, covering topics like what causes leaks, clogged pipes, and more plumbing FAQs.

Being in the business of emergency plumbing, Drain Doctor handles many different types of plumbing disasters; however, some of the same questions are asked by our customers again and again. For this reason, we are here to answer some of the most frequently asked plumbing questions that we hear from our customers.

  1. Why does my drain keep getting clogged?

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems, which can be quite inconvenient if not resolved quickly. Clogged drains usually occur due to improper cleaning and waste disposal. In the kitchen, drains are often clogged by food or grease, which can cause build-up in the drain. Even tossing small items, such as hair or dental floss, into the drain can cause a blockage in the pipes, as these items accumulate over time. Cleaning your drain regularly can prevent clogging and keep your drain in working order.

  1. How do I fix a leaky faucet?

Leaky faucets are easy fixes that can save you a lot of money. When your faucet is leaking that means that it is time for the fixture to be replaced. Replacing leaky faucets is a simple household maintenance procedure that can save you a lot of money on your water bill. While small drips may not seem like a big problem, they can cause up to 60 litres of additional water expenses per month.

  1. How can I extend the life of my plumbing fixtures?

Cleaning your drains at least once a month, and preforming regular maintenance and repairs, can significantly prolong the life of your plumbing system as a whole. You can also prolong the life of your plumbing fixtures by being aware of what can and cannot be tossed down the drain. Only toss biodegradable food down your garbage disposal and flush it only with cold water. It is important not to use hot water to flush food down the garbage disposal, as hot water can dissolve fats—causing them to clog your drain.

  1. Why does my toilet keep running?

A toilet that is running all day is not only a nuisance, but it can also cause an expensive water bill. A toilet that continues to run after it has been flushed indicates that a part of the internal mechanism is broken and needs to be repaired or replaced in order to resolve the issue.

  1. When should I hire a plumber?

While some plumbing problems may appear to only require simple fixes, expert plumbers may be able to identify underlying problems not immediately visible. For example, high water bills, changes in water pressure, or water damage, may be a sign of a hidden leak concealed within the walls of a home. Clogged drains or odd noises may also be signs of more serious problems hidden within a buildings’ plumbing that are better left to experienced plumbers. Hiring an expert plumber can also put you at ease, knowing that new fixtures are installed properly the first time—reducing the need for more expensive repairs in the future.