Common bathroom plumbing problems and what to do about them

As every homeowner knows, taking care of a home can sometimes turn into a major headache. On top of your home maintenance checklist, there’s also the random problems that pop up. In fact, most homeowners will face these common bathroom plumbing problems at some point or another—they’re almost inevitable.

Here’s the good news: you’re not alone. The plumbers at Reimer are here to help, with our friendly, 24/7 service. If you need plumbing assistance here in Buffalo and Western New York, give us a call today!

Toilets

One of the most common plumbing calls we get is for toilet repair. Here are the some of the common issues homeowners face with their toilets, and why you should call Reimer for help with your common bathroom plumbing problems:

Clogged toilet

A clogged toilet isn’t a fun situation. If you have a clog that your plunger can’t solve, you might need the help of one of our plumbers. We have the right experience and equipment to clear even the most stubborn of clogs.

Tank not filling

Every toilet uses a relatively simple mechanism to flush and refill the water in the bowl from the tank. However, it is possible for toilets to “break.” Most of the time, this is a problem with the float or chain, which prevents the bowl from filling properly or keeps the toilet “running” constantly. In either case, call your friends at Reimer, and we’ll get your toilet working right again. We can also help you adjust the water level.

Showers & Bathtubs

It’s not called the “bathroom” for nothing. Your shower and bathtub are an essential part of your everyday life. If you’re running into problems with either, now’s the time to call in the professionals at Reimer. We offer expert repair services right here in Buffalo and Western New York.

No hot water

Few things are worse than waiting for your shower water to heat up and then being hit by the dawning realization that you’ll be taking a cold shower. Most of the time, this is because of a problem with your home’s water heater. As water heaters age, their total hot water capacity can be compromised. For large families, this means that hot water runs out more often, leaving the last person to take a shower with a cold awakening.

If you need to upgrade to a new water heater, talk to the plumbers here at Reimer. We install a wide variety of water heaters, perfect for any size of residence here in Buffalo. You may also want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. These energy-efficient, wall-mounted water heaters can provide you and your family with a continuous supply of hot water. That means no more cold showers.

Clogged drains

A clogged shower drain can put a serious roadblock in your morning routine. Unlike kitchen sinks, where food waste can form powerful clogs, most clogs in shower drains are caused by the accumulation of (gross!) human hair.

However, such clogs can be more complex and deep into the drain than you might think. Before you try DIY methods or resort to using harsh, storebought drain cleaners, call our team here at Reimer. Not only are our plumbers clog-clearing experts, but we also have the specialized tools to clear a vast majority of clogs without the need for chemicals.

Clogged sink drains are one of the most common bathroom plumbing problems.

One of the most common bathroom plumbing problems are clogged sink drains. Have a professional plumber help you clear these.

Sinks & Faucets

Whether it’s the constant drip-drip-drip that keeps you up at night or a particularly stubborn clog, problems with your bathroom sink can be frustrating for homeowners. Here are just a few of the most common bathroom plumbing problems most homeowners face.

Low / high water pressure

One thing we hear frequently from homeowners is that they don’t like the water pressure at their sink or in their shower. Most of the time, this is due to the water pressure being too low. This can be caused by a number of things. First, our plumbers will want to rule out anything to do with the faucet or showerhead itself. This could include a clogged aerator or a clog in the faucet infrastructure. After doing that, the next step might be to contact the local water department and find out what the pressure of water is at the street connection. It may be possible to modify that water pressure.

There’s a happy medium here: too high of water pressure can put additional stress on your home’s pipes and fixtures. Our plumbers deal with high water pressure by installing a regulator that reduces the water pressure throughout your home.

Other issues

Sink drains are susceptible to the same kind of problems that shower drains are. In many cases, the best way forward is calling our team for our professional drain cleaning services. We also handle faucet and fixture repair. A dripping faucet may not seem like a big deal, but—left alone for enough time—it can lead to a major spike in your water bills (and, not to mention, a major waste of water!). Our plumbers can even tackle relatively complex projects, such as moving existing pipes or installing new pipes.

Call Reimer for 24/7 emergency plumbing repair here in Buffalo

At Reimer, we’re proud to be your locally trusted source for expert plumbing services, right when you need them. We get it: when faced with common bathroom plumbing problems, you often can’t just “wait” around for them to get fixed. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency service. For fast help that you can rely on, contact our team today. Or, give us a call at (716) 694-8524.

What are ductless split systems, and is one right for your home?

You’ve no doubt heard about “ductless” systems, or seen one in action at a friend’s home. These increasingly popular systems can both cool and heat your home, and they’re an energy-efficient and versatile alternative to standard, duct-based HVAC setups. Plus, they have a number of other advantages, such as zoned comfort. In this article, we’ll review what ductless split systems are, how they work, and why one of these systems might be a good fit for your home.

For a free in-home estimate on a ductless setup here in Buffalo and Western New York, Reimer is the team to call. One of our techs can meet with you and help you determine if ductless is a good fit for your family’s cooling and heating needs.

Call Reimer to learn more about ductless split systems.

Ductless split systems are typically wall-mounted, meaning they can deliver comfort right to the living spaces of your home.

What are ductless split systems?

It’s right in the name: ductless split systems do not rely on ductwork to transport heated or cooled air, as traditional furnaces and air conditioners do. Instead, these systems have two main components connected by a refrigerant line: an outdoor condenser and an indoor blower. Multiple indoor units can be connected to single outdoor unit: that’s where the “split” part of the name comes from. These units, typically wall-mounted, blow cooled or heated air into the room they’re in, cooling or heating it.

Benefits of upgrading to ductless

Going ductless has several advantages over a standard, duct-dependent HVAC setup. Here are just a few:

Lower Installation Cost

Installing new ducts or repairing old ones can be a significant investment in your home. It’s also a very invasive project, with walls and ceilings literally being torn up to access ductwork. In contrast, ductless installation often costs far less. If you’re weighing getting new ducts installed in your home or home addition, consider the benefits of ductless before you commit to such a long, costly project.

Energy-Efficiency

With a duct-driven cooling and heating setup, a significant amount of energy is lost in transit between the blower and the living spaces of your home. Ductless systems avoid this problem by putting the blower right into the living space. As a result, they can often heat and cool your home for far less energy, reducing your energy bills.

Zoned Comfort

A ductless split system is capable of heating and cooling rooms of your home independently of one another. Have one room that gets too cold in the winter, no matter what you do? You can set the system to heat that room more than the rest of your home. If you and your family are spending the evening in the living room, have the system heat that room without the need to also pay to heat the rest of the home. This can save you money and make your home more comfortable.

Versatility

Ductless systems are wall-mounted, which means they can go in many places that a duct line wouldn’t be able to travel. You can place a ductless system over your kitchen sink, for instance. Or, you can put one right over your bed in the master bedroom. The point is that you have more options than ever.

Indoor Air Quality

Air ducts are not only inefficient at transporting heated or cooled air from one place to another, but they’re also a great place for dust, dirt, grime, pollen, mold particles, and much more to collect. By bypassing the need for ducts entirely, ductless systems avoid this problem, meaning that you can breathe easier.

Is your home right for a ductless system?

Any home—even one with existing ductwork—can have a ductless split system added to it. However, ductless systems are most often installed in these types of situations:

Historic property

If you own a historic home that does not have existing ducts, a ductless split system allows you to add cooling and heating without major renovations that could ruin the historical value of the property.

Home additions

If you’ve added a bedroom to your home or a separate in-law suite on your property, consider having a ductless setup installed. In the case of the latter scenario, this allows you to add cooling and heating to a place where ductwork can’t go.

Other areas

Many homeowners who do regular work in their garage in the winter are opting to have our team install a wall-mounted ductless unit in that space, so that they can work on cars and home projects in comfort.

High-use rooms

As mentioned earlier, many homeowners who have existing ducts choose to have a ductless split installed to supplement their cooling and heating in one or two commonly used rooms.

Call Reimer for a free in-home estimate

Reimer Home Services is your trusted HVAC installation team here in Buffalo and Western New York. In fact, we’ve served local homeowners since 1921, helping them with their home comfort needs. That tradition of service continues to today. Our technicians can meet with you and provide you with a free in-home estimate on new ductless split systems.

To schedule your estimate, give our team a call today!