Your local plumbing professionals are at Reimer. From frozen pipes to broken water heaters, trust our experts to keep your home comfortable and problem-free. We also offer services like drain cleaning and leak detection. For 24/7 emergency service here in Buffalo and Western New York, call us today!

4 signs you need your drains cleaned by the team at Reimer

Every homeowner, at some point, has had to deal with a clogged drain before. Even though they are very unpleasant to deal with, a clogged drain is also inevitable. There are many DIY fixes out there on the internet, but the truth is that the problem could be much more serious than you can handle. If you have a clogged drain that does not become clear with running water or—if it is in your kitchen sink—by running the garbage disposal, you might be seeing the signs you need your drains cleaned.

It’s time to call in the professionals at Reimer to handle all of your drain cleaning service needs here in the greater Buffalo area.

Slow-draining bathroom sinks are one of the signs you need your drains cleaned.

Slow-draining bathroom sinks are one of the signs you need your drains cleaned.

What are the signs you need your drains cleaned?

Here are a few things that immediately signal that you may be in need of a professional drain cleaning:

1. Foul odors

The number one sign of a clogged drain will be an odor that you can’t ignore. When the clog has developed somewhere deep in the pipes, the odor will start to make its way through and out of the sink or bathtub drain. More often than not, the kitchen sink smell is the result of food or grease trapped deep inside the pipe, unable to be washed down by the force of water out of the faucet.

This is a perfect example of when a DIY method of using baking soda and vinegar probably would not work. If the clog is that solid, the DIY mixture will not be enough to penetrate the clog and clear it. In contrast, our experienced and professional plumbers here at Reimer have the specialized tools to clear any clog, in any drain of your home.

2. Slow draining

If you start to notice that your sink or tub is draining more slowly than normal, you may be developing a clog. Even though your sink may eventually drain, clogs located further down the pipes may be difficult to clear with store bought tools. You may not think you have to address this problem immediately, but the drain or pipe will eventually become so clogged that it will not drain at all.

If you notice that multiple drains in your home are not draining properly, you could have an even bigger problem: a sewer blockage. If this is happening to you, turn off the water supply to your home and call us as soon as possible. There’s nothing worse than when sewage begins to seep up your pipes and into your home.

3. Increased use of liquid drain cleaner

If you’re a homeowner, you have more than likely used liquid drain cleaner to deal with a clog in your home. This is something we NEVER recommend using. The chemicals in liquid drain cleaner are highly corrosive and can cause serious damage to the pipes of your home. Even though the cleaner can break down and eat away at the clog, it also has the potential to harm the inner walls of the pipe. Also, these chemicals are very dangerous to keep around your home, especially if you have small children around. Finally, these cleaners are also not always effective at clearing the most common type of clogs caused by—you guessed it—grease.

4. Strange noises

If you begin to hear an unfamiliar sound when water starts to go down the drain, this could be a sign of a clog forming. It will most likely sound like a gurgling noise once the water starts to drain. The clog is causing oxygen to bubble back up to the surface of your drain, and may be the first sign of a clog forming. If you ignore this and do not take proper steps to remove it, it can quickly become a full-fledged blockage in the pipe.

If you suspect a partial or full clog in any drain in your home, call Reimer today!

We’ll start by inspecting the drain and seeing what the extent of the problem is. This may involve using either a snake tool or a small camera to inspect the clog. This will help us to determine what the best remedy is for clearing the blockage. Once we’ve reviewed this plan with you, we’ll provide you with an upfront quote for the cost of the service.

Depending on the type of clog, we’ll use either a specialized snake tool to remove the clog or a water jet tool to flush it out. We also have other equipment, such as plungers and chemicals, that we’ll use if needed. In the case of a more drastic problem, we’ll work our way up to more advanced solution to clear the drain.

Our plumbers are experienced professionals with years of experience and training. We also offer 24/7 emergency services and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our work. So call us any time, day or night, when you need plumbing help!

What you need to know about upkeep for pipes in older homes

Maintaining plumbing and pipes in older homes here in Buffalo and Western New York can be a challenge. As the age, pipes are more likely to leak, rust, and develop other problems. Fortunately, with a little know-how and work, you can keep your home’s plumbing in good working order. In this new article from the team here at Reimer Home Services, we’ll discuss a few things you need to know about old pipes.

If you need an expert opinion on the state of your plumbing here in Buffalo and Western New York, you’ll want to call our team. Reimer’s plumbers are true experts who have experience working with pipes and plumbing in all types of homes—including older homes.

A Reimer plumber checks on basement plumbing as part of our upkeep for pipes in older homes.Pipes can buckle over time

It may seem obvious when thinking about plumbing, but some homeowners fail to realize that pipes don’t last forever. Whether you’ve lived in an old home for a while or recently purchased one, it’s wise to have the plumbing system checked by experts regularly.

As a house settles over the course of the decades, the plumbing system inside can become buckled or bowed. This can in turn lead to frequent clogging and consistently slow drainage. If your sinks, bathtubs, and/or toilets stay persistently clogged even after servicing, your pipes may be bowed and need replacing.

Old faucets and fixtures are more than an eyesore

Old, rusted faucets and fixtures can not only make your home look outdated, but can affect the efficiency of your plumbing systems. Old faucets are more likely to leak and should be replaced if they show any signs of damage.

Common signs of damaged faucets include:

  • Mineral and rust deposits
  • “Spitting” water
  • Handles that squeak when you move them
  • Unusual sounds coming from your faucet

If you see any of these telltale signs, it’s time to update your fixtures with newer models that actually function. You may be surprised to discover that plumbing in older homes performs much better once new fixtures are installed.

Old pipes are more susceptible to corrosion

Over time, the pipes in old homes tend to corrode (even if they’re made from galvanized steel). It’s usually pretty easy to spot corroded pipes because they can cause the tap water to become orange due to rust. If this happens, the water is unsafe to drink and the pipes should be replaced.

In some cases, you can prevent galvanic corrosion in your plumbing by using dielectric couples to connect pipes made from dissimilar metals, replacing old (water line-connected) grounding wires with grounding rods, and wrapping your water lines in plastic.

Protect your best investment: your home

Your plumbing system is an investment that should be properly maintained for best results. Contact us to schedule your service. We’ll be happy to inspect your pipes and plumbing and give you a report on how things are looking.

How much does a tankless water heater cost here in Buffalo?

Tankless water heaters are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional “tank” water heaters. Here in Buffalo, more and more homeowners are making the upgrade to tankless—also known as “demand-type”—water heaters. In this article, we’ll review some of the benefits of switching to a tankless system and what the typical cost of a tankless water heater is here in Buffalo and Western New York.

To learn more about getting a new water heater in your home, call us. Our expert plumbers can talk to you about the right water heater for you home and provide you with an estimate on a new tankless unit.

Call Reimer to get an estimate on the cost of a tankless water heater in Buffalo, NY.

A Reimer plumber stands next to a newly installed demand-type water heater here in Buffalo, NY.

What are the benefits of a tankless water heater?

Energy-Efficiency

For one, demand-type water heaters are more energy-efficient than standard water heaters. In either a gas or electric configuration, a tankless system is going to use far less energy than other water heaters. Unlike a water heater with a tank that needs to consistently keep a reserve of water heated, tankless systems heat water as it’s needed at the faucet or tap. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, a gas tankless system can save you more than $100 every year, while an electric model can save you more than $44 per year.

Convenience

Unlike standard water heaters that heat a reserve of water all at once and then distribute it to the tap / faucet, tankless water heaters heat water for your home’s shower, dishwasher, and sink as it’s needed. This means that demand-type systems can distribute a virtually endless supply of hot water. No more running out of hot water on a busy morning in your home.

Longevity

Here’s another area where you’ll save money. Tankless systems have a lifespan that is, in many cases, twice as long as that of a standard water heater. This means that you can often get 20 years out of a tankless system, during which time you would have had to replace a standard unit twice.

How much does a tankless water heater cost here in Buffalo?

Generally speaking, tankless water heaters are more expensive than standard tank water heaters. Depending on the type (gas or electric), the make and model, and the size, demand-type systems range anywhere from $1,000 – $3,000. You’ll also want to factor in protection plans, the cost of ongoing maintenance, and professional installation from the plumbing pros here at Reimer.

However, that higher cost might not be a dealbreaker. After all, consider this: you’ll save on your monthly energy bills moving forward and you’ll get twice the lifespan out of the system. Plus, in many cases, upgrading to a tankless water heater can be a boon to your home’s value and to the curb appeal of the house.

Talk to the Reimer team

There are many individualized factors that can cause the cost of a tankless water heater to vary. Our advice? Call us to talk about your options and to get an estimate on a new water heater.

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.

Here are 5 signs you need garbage disposal replacement

Here’s a general rule of thumb: you’ll probably need garbage disposal replacement every 8-15 years. Every model, kitchen, and situation is different, but the motor and blades can only last for so long before they wear down from near-constant use. If your garbage disposal is nearing the end of its life and isn’t slicing and dicing quite like it used to when it was new, it might be time to call our team and have one of our plumbers talk to you about replacement options.

Hire a professional plumber for garbage disposal replacement services.

For garbage disposal replacement services, make sure you hire a professional plumber to remove and install the unit.

There are also situations in which a garbage disposal can become prematurely damaged, either from something being put down the sink that shouldn’t have been or from improper installation. In this article, we’ll review the signs that you need garbage disposal replacement.

5 signs you need garbage disposal replacement

Let’s review the major signs that something is wrong with your garbage disposal:

1. You’re experiencing constant clogs

Every homeowner has the experience of trying to dispose of too much food waste at once and having to wait for the disposal to catch up as it grinds its way through the material. However, if this is happening frequently and stopping the operation of the blades altogether, it could be a sign that something is either wrong with the motor or that the blades have become severely dulled.

2. Weird noises

Garbage disposals are known to be loud, but there are certain noises that can point to a problem. You should be concerned if you hear unusual sounds such as the following:

  • Grinding
  • Metal-scraping
  • Overly loud whirring

These sounds may indicate something is lodged in the blades or that the moving parts are damaged. In the case of the last item, it could indicate a motor that’s on its deathbed.

3. Leaks

If you’re noticing water stains or dampness under your sink, it may be your garbage disposal. Over time, pipes can crack and seals can deteriorate, necessitating replacement.

Any time you find a leak, it’s vital to address the issue as quickly as possible by calling plumbing experts like Reimer Home Services. Letting water sit can lead to all sorts of problems later on like mold and mildew.

4. Bad odors

A lingering smell usually means there are food particles trapped in the disposal system, which can be an indication that something isn’t working correctly. A professional can take your system apart for cleaning, which should help the smell. However, if the odor returns on a regular basis, it may be time for a replacement.

5. Inconsistent power

One of the most obvious signs there’s a problem is if your garbage disposal doesn’t turn on.

This could stem from an issue with the motor or electrical wiring. You may also find yourself using the reset button frequently, which can be a sign your disposal is on its last legs.

Call Reimer for garbage disposal services here in Buffalo

If you need to replace your garbage disposal, know that the experts here at Reimer Home Services offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services. Contact us today to schedule plumbing services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Here’s why Reimer is your emergency plumber in Buffalo

As any homeowner will tell you, stuff happens. Some of it is no big deal: a fixture on the sink broke off, and you’ll replace that when you have the time. In other cases, emergencies threaten the very structure of your home. Major plumbing problems fit in that latter category, and it’s important that you have an emergency plumber in Buffalo you can call when disasters strike.

Here in Western New York, Reimer is your local, trusted plumber. We offer 24/7 plumbing repair backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Put us in your phone’s contacts and give us a call when you need fast service from a company you can trust.

Call Reimer when you need an emergency plumber in Buffalo.

Keep Reimer’s number in your cell phone and call us when you need emergency plumbing services here in Buffalo.

Plumbing emergencies happen

Homeowners do their best to protect their home against misfortunes, but sometimes those situations can come out of the blue. Due to the fact that plumbing damage can cause major harm to your home, when left unattended, a professional should be called.

In order to avoid further damage by postponing repairs or attempting to do them yourself, hire an expert to fix the issue before it becomes worse than it already is. The plumbing disasters that can hit your home unexpectedly include the following:

In a pinch, a plumber can save your home

Most people have the doctor on speed dial just in case anything happens. The same should be true for emergency plumbing in Buffalo, NY. The truth is this: you never know when you might have problems with your home’s plumbing.

It’s a cold night. Your pipes freeze and, while you’re sleeping, burst. Water seeps into your home, causing damage you may not even be aware of. This can take the form of soggy floorboards, mold, and even damage your home’s foundation.

In the present tense, you need to turn off the water and call in an emergency plumber to help fix the burst pipe and thaw any other frozen pipes in your home before they, too, burst.

This is just one of the scenarios in which having an emergency plumber in your phone is a good idea.

Choose the best of the best

In many cases, hiring an expert to complete a job can be difficult and time-consuming. When you have a plumbing emergency, however, you need to be able to trust that the plumber you’re hiring will get the job done. That’s why you should call us at Reimer Home Services.

Our technicians have the experience and training needed to tackle any and all plumbing issues encountered in the home. Plus, we’re a company known for our:

  • 24/7 emergency service
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • No hidden fees
  • Licensed plumbers

Make Reimer your emergency plumber in Buffalo

Add our number to your phone’s contacts and make us your emergency plumber in Buffalo and Western New York. Reimer offers 24/7 plumbing repair services here in the area. Don’t risk it or try doing it yourself: when your home needs fast, reliable plumbing repair, call in the experts—our experts.

Here’s a quick homeowner’s guide to how radiant heating works

Used since the time of the Romans, radiant heating has endured the test of time and continues to be one of the most effective ways to heat a home. Built into floors or walls, radiant heating offers homeowners energy-efficient heat without the need for ductwork. In this article, we’ll review how radiant heating works, the different types of radiant systems, and if it’s worth installing in your home.

For more HVAC advice and services here in Buffalo and Western New York, contact our team here at Reimer! We’re your local heating experts, and we repair, maintain, and install radiant heating systems. If you’re looking to upgrade, give us a call to get started. We offer free in-home estimates.

In this article, we explore how radiant heating works in homes.

Hydronic radiant heating installation in a new home build.

How radiant heating works

A standard furnace combusts fuel—typically, gas—to generate heat energy. This energy is then transferred to air and blown through your home with the use of vents. However, there’s a problem: air is a relatively poor conductor of heat energy, and there’s plenty of chances for that energy to dissipate or be lost before it even reaches the living spaces of your home.

Water and metal are much better carriers of heat energy. When heat is transferred through either, less energy is lost on its way to your living spaces. That forms of the basis of the two main types of radiant systems: electric and hydronic.

Electric versus hydronic systems

Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, but the principle by which they heat your home is similar.

Electric radiant heat, the less common of the two, is a good retrofit option in existing homes. It uses resistance wire. The conductive wiring is razor-thin and sits just under the finish floor. The system is connected to a thermostat and uses electricity to heat up the wires. There’s no boiler or pipes required.

Hydronic systems, on the other hand, use water to radiate heat throughout the home. In the past, copper pipes were used for their conductivity. However, copper corrodes; today we use resilient plastic PEX tubing, which is cheaper to produce and lasts for decades.

What are the advantages of radiant heating?

As mentioned previously, forced-air systems lose a lot of energy while pushing heated air to the living spaces of your home. Then, in many cases, the air is sent out of air vents near the ceiling. Since hot air rises above cold air, this leaves your living room cold. You turn up the thermostat more and the vicious cycle continues.

How radiant heating works is by dissipating that heat energy in the living space. Since the heat energy was carried by water or wire, less of it was lost in transport. Plus, since radiant heating is most often located underneath floors or at the bottom of walls, that heat arrives where it’s needed.

Plus, a radiant heating system can hold heat for longer. Water in the boiler and pipes remains hot long after the system turns off. The net result is a consistent temperature throughout the home and much lower energy bills throughout the winter.

A final advantage is simply comfort. By heating your floorboards, radiant heating can reduce that horrible feeling of walking on cold tile or wood floors during the winter.

What does this cost?

Due to some of the costs associated with tearing up floors, hydronic radiant heating is typically installed at the time the house is constructed or being remodeled. Many older homes here in Buffalo have radiant heating systems that utilized copper pipes, but some newer ones are getting retrofitted with radiant heating.

Once operating, hydronic heating holds its temperature better, requiring less energy from the boiler to retain heat. Electric systems constantly drain power, driving your costs up. Though cheaper to install, electric floor heating costs much more to run, especially in large areas.

For more on radiant heating, call your friends at Reimer!

At Reimer Home Services, we’re experts in radiant floor heating installation and maintenance. To find out more about how radiant heating works, or to get a free in-home estimate for adding radiant heat to your Buffalo home, give us a call!

Here are some of the warning signs of frozen pipes this winter

Winter weather can give homeowners a headache and cause a whole host of problems. From shoveling snow to de-icing walkways, there are extra steps homeowners must take in the winter to care for their property. Another potential headache that can occur is frozen pipes, and this can be a big problem. In this blog, we review some of the big warning signs of frozen pipes, and what to do if you suspect your pipes have frozen.

For plumbing repair here in Buffalo and Western New York, call the professionals at Reimer. Our friendly, experienced plumbers are ready to help with any repair job—no matter how big or small.

One of the warning signs of frozen pipes in your home is low water pressure from the faucet.

One of the warning signs of frozen pipes in your home is low water pressure from the faucet.

Things that cause pipes to freeze

Temperatures often drop below freezing in the winter, particularly at night. Water that is left sitting in the pipes after use can freeze, causing it to expand. Because pipes contain limited space, the expanding water puts enormous pressure on them and can cause them to burst.

Warning signs of frozen pipes

If you are concerned that your pipes might freeze this winter, here are some signs you can look out for. If you notice any of these, you should call us to have one of our professional plumbers intervene before the pipe bursts.

  • Low or no running water: If you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out—or the water pressure is significantly lower than usual—the pipe leading to that faucet could be frozen or have even burst.
  • Frost on the pipes: If you can visibly see frost on an exposed pipe, it is an indication that your pipe is frozen.
  • Strange odors: If a pipe is frozen, it can cause a blockage, which can also cause your drains to start backing up. This backup can then cause an odd odor, alerting you to a possible problem.

Things to do if your pipes freeze

If you have a frozen pipe, you should call a professional for help to resolve the issue before using the water source. In the meantime, turn off the main water supply and turn on the faucet. This will help reduce the pressure in the pipe and decrease the likelihood of rupture.

Contact us today

If you notice any of these signs and think your pipes may be frozen or may have burst, call Reimer Home Services right away to schedule a technician to come and assist you. We even offer 24/7 service for emergencies. You can also use our online contact form, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Having trouble finding a leak? Call in the pros!

Sure, it’s easy enough to find a leak under your kitchen sink. But, what about a leaking pipe that’s behind a wall? In a ceiling? Under your slab? While you might notice the signs of leaking pipes—the smell of mold and mildew, floor damage, ceiling damage, or increased water bills—you may have trouble finding the leak on your own.

Frozen pipes are especially susceptible to bursting, causing water leak problems in the home.

That’s where we come in. At Reimer, we offer professional leak detection services in Buffalo, New York. If you suspect that you have a water leak in your home, you should call us for 24/7 emergency service.

In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons why you should call the experts for leak detection instead of trying to find a well-hidden leak on your own.

You may not have the proper tools and expertise

Cutting into drywall and repairing a pipe requires a specialized set of tools. Most homeowners will not have these items, so you will spend a ton of money purchasing them. This already makes hiring a professional a more affordable option.

Additionally, you need to know how to use these tools adequately. You can easily damage a wall or slab beyond repair by cutting into it the wrong way.

Professionals also have the tools to find the precise locations of the leak. You may smell mold, but cannot locate the exact spot it is forming. You’ll waste time trying to pinpoint it on your own, so hiring a professional plumber from Reimer Home Services is always the way to go.

You should hire a professional to detect and fix leaks

All the plumbers who work for us are insured, bonded and licensed to work in the state of New York. They all have years of experience, and our company has been in business since 1921.

Our plumbers use highly specialized tools to locate and work on the leak in a non-invasive manner. They will be able to find the leak, repair it, and close up the wall or slab in an efficient way. No matter where the leak has formed in your abode, our experts will find it.

Our plumbers also pride themselves in maintaining open lines of communication at all times during the process. In the event they do need to cut into drywall, they will let you know first. That way you can give your approval before continuing.

Call us as soon as you notice a leak

Homeowners in Buffalo do not have to live with leaks when they can any time of day. Leaks can quickly escalate, so do not hesitate in repairing it. Contact us for fast, reliable plumbing services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Here are 4 signs you need drain cleaning—and when to call Reimer

If you’re a homeowner, you know that—every now and then—you have to deal with clogged drains. Gross! But, often, the problem is more serious than a DIYer might expect. In fact, if you have a clogged drain that doesn’t clear with water or the garbage disposal, you need to call in the professionals for drain cleaning services here in Buffalo.

Signs you need drain cleaning services here in Buffalo

1. Bad odors

When a clog develops somewhere in the pipes, the odor can make its way through the sink or tub. Most of the time, the smell is a result of food or grease being trapped in the pipe, unable to be washed out. This is a good instance in which otherwise-solid DIY methods, such as putting baking soda and vinegar down the drain, might not be enough to clear a solid clog. Instead, call in Reimer to have us use our specialized tools to clear even the most stubborn clogs and odors.

2. Slow draining

Another sign you need a home drain cleaning is when it takes a while for water to completely drain from a sink. This is typically caused by a clog further down the line. You need to address this issue right away because eventually, the sink may not drain at all.

If you have multiple drains that aren’t draining, turn off your water to your home and call Reimer for emergency plumbing service. This could be a warning sign of a sewer blockage.

3. Constant use of liquid drain cleaner

Many homeowners rely on liquid drain cleaner when a clog forms. We don’t recommend using liquid drain cleaners for many reasons. First, the chemicals within them are highly corrosive. When you’re using a drain cleaner to eat away at the clog, it also has the potential to eat away at the inner walls of the pipe. Second, these chemicals are dangerous to keep around your home. Finally, they’re not always effective at clearing the most common type of clogs caused by grease.

4. Gurgling noises

Pay attention when water goes down the drain. You may hear something akin to gurgling. This is a result of a clog that is causing oxygen to bubble back up to the surface. This usually indicates a partial clog, but when homeowners are not careful, full-blown blockages can develop.

Call Reimer for emergency plumbing services in Buffalo

For nearly a century now, Reimer Home Services has been helping the people of Buffalo, New York enjoy their homes more. Contact us today to get started.