Those black spots in your bathroom shower aren’t just unattractive, they might be a sign you have mold – and that could pose a health risk to you and your family. Mold, like mildew, thrives in moist, humid areas. But unlike mildew, mold can grow quickly on porous surfaces. 

There are several types of mold that lurk in bathrooms. Allergenic molds are the most common and tend to cause allergic reactions or asthma-like symptoms, especially for people who have respiratory issues. Pathogenic and toxigenic molds are much less common and cause more serious health problems.  

Since it can be extremely difficult to know which type of mold might be growing in your bathroom, we (along with the CDC) recommend removing all mold as soon as you see it. Luckily, with the steps below, it’s easy to rid your bathroom of mold (and mildew, too), and keep it at bay, so your home is healthy.

Below is a safe, quick, and inexpensive way to eliminate mold from your bathroom shower, tub, and anywhere else it’s growing. In fact, you may already have everything you need in your cabinets and cupboards to start cleaning. 

How to rid your bathroom shower mold 

It’s perfectly fine to use cleaning products specifically designed to treat mold. In fact, there are plenty of excellent mold removers and cleansers available at your local home improvement store. Here’s something important to remember: Bleach, while excellent at removing stains caused by mold, cannot kill mold. So, most bathroom cleaners with bleach won’t do the trick. 

Here’s a tried-and-true cleaner that is a safe, inexpensive, and very effective mold remover for your shower and bath. 

What you’ll need 

  1. Rubber gloves 
  2. Spray bottle 
  3. Scrub brush*
  4. Paper towels 
  5. White vinegar 
  6. Bleach cleaning solution
  7. Bathroom cleaner  


First mix one-part vinegar to two-parts water in a spray bottle. 

Next, clean the shower, bathtub, walls and other areas where you see mold growth with your chosen bathroom cleaner. Let the product sit on the area for at least 30 minutes. 

Scrub the areas with mold vigorously with the brush, making sure to get all black spots. *Remember to avoid using a steel brush, as this can damage the surface of your bathtub and shower area. 

Now, rinse the areas and wipe down with paper towels. Let dry. If you still see black areas after this step, go ahead and scrub the area again with a bleach cleaning solution. 

Lastly, spray with white vinegar and let dry. The vinegar will act as a preventive tool so that mold has a difficult time growing back. 

We recommend following this cleaning regimen once every month to keep the mold away. However, if you see mold growing again, it’s time to call  or  contact the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter.

It can come as quite a shock to discover you’ve got a plumbing issue that needs immediate attention. Whatever your plumbing emergency is – whether it’s a broken pipe, an overflowing toilet, or something else that needs immediate attention, you’ll need to act fast. But what should you do before the plumber arrives?

Instead of waiting and worrying, we recommend performing some small tasks to help the emergency repair go smoothly. These simple steps just might help the plumber perform the needed repairs quicker. 

Here’s what to do while you wait for the plumber. 

Turn off the water main to the home

Know where the water main turn-off valve is located. It stops all water from entering your home’s plumbing. A simple turn stops the flow of water.

Drain water lines

Turn on all the faucets and let them run dry. This relieves all water pressure and will help if you have a leak that needs to be repaired.

This is critical if you have a broken pipe or if your toilet is overflowing. However, it’s recommended that you turn off the water before the plumber arrives for any emergency repair. Doing this will reduce the amount of water you might be wasting, and help limit damage to your floors and walls, should you have a bad leak. 

Get rid of standing water

Grab a mop and bucket, towels, and a wet vacuum if you’ve got one, and start removing standing water from your floors, the tub, or anywhere else water has collected. Standing water can cause mold and mildew, and it also can be dangerous, if it’s around any outlets or electrical appliances (more on this below). 

Move furniture

If water is creeping towards your furniture, move it quickly to a dry area or cover it with plastic or another waterproof material. You should also move any floor lamps, artwork, and all valuables to a dry area as well. 

Protect appliances

If possible, turn off your home’s electricity. Or unplug electrical appliances. You’ll need to have the appliances checked by an electrician before you use them again to make sure it’s safe. And if water got near or in your home’s fuse box, have an electrician check it as well.

Also, be prepared to provide important details including when the plumbing problem started and about any maintenance or other repairs that have already been made. It’s also a good idea to take photos of the damage in case you plan on filing an insurance claim. 

Whether you take these steps or not, the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter is ready to help whenever you’ve got a plumbing emergency, 513-396-5300, or contact    us. We’re here 24/7 for all your plumbing repair needs. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.

Purchasing a home can be exciting. But it can also be stressful, especially when it’s time to get the house inspected. While you’re checking out everything from the foundation to the roof, don’t forget about the plumbing. 

While we recommend having a plumbing professional perform their own thorough inspection of the home’s plumbing system before you sign on the dotted line, here’s a list of easy things you can do to check the home’s plumbing on your own.   

Ask about the sump pump

If the home you’re planning to buy uses a sump pump, you’ll want to check it. Ask if the basement has ever flooded. If it has and they haven’t investigated to find out why, you’ll want to hire a plumber to examine the condition of the sump pump. If it isn’t working properly, it will need to be replaced or repaired as it can cause a flooded basement. This can lead to costly repairs and is liable to cause damage to the property in the basement, too. 

Inspect the water heater

Another simple thing you can do on your own is a quick inspection of the water heater. Often, it’s easy to spot areas of concern, just by looking closely. Check for any leaks around the inlet, outlet valves and the heater’s base. Listen for any noises when you turn the water heater on and check for rust on the tank. Also, turn on the faucet and check for rust colored water. 

Check the faucets

This is an easy step, but it’s an important one, too, considering how many times you’ll use the faucets in your new home each day. To get started, first turn on every faucet in the house to make sure the water runs quickly and drains quickly, too. This will give you an idea of how well the water pressure is in the home and if there are drain issues that will need to be addressed. 

Then, look around the faucets and at the base and installation points of the sink to see if there are any leaks. These can be costly in the long run, so the leaks should be repaired by a plumber before you buy the house. 

Test the shut off valve

Turn off the water meter to test the shut off valve. If you notice water coming out of the spouts, you’ll need to have the valve checked out. It may need to be repaired or replaced. 

Take a close look at the sewer main

You can avoid one of the most costly and extensive repairs by hiring a plumbing professional to check the main sewer drain to make sure there are no tree roots growing under the home’s foundation or damage due to the age of the house. A video inspection is a quick and effective way to check the condition of the sewer main. 

Don’t let plumbing concerns take the joy out of homebuying. Instead, contact the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter. We can perform a plumbing inspection to make sure you’ve found a great house to call home.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.

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Here’s a word of plumbing advice: there are some things you should know about plumbing – whether you’re a home or business owner. Just a little knowledge of pipes, drain and everything in between can go a long way. Not only can it keep your plumbing in top shape, but it can help you know when it’s time to call a plumber. 

Below are five simple things plumbers want you to know in order to be prepared, preserve your plumbing, and even save a little money. 

Know what (and what not) to flush down the drain

Almost every day, we receive calls from customers who have flushed things they shouldn’t have down the kitchen sink or toilet. Sometimes, it can be difficult to unclog drains when there is a blockage, which is why you should know what needs to go in the trash, and not down the sink. 

Face wipes, feminine hygiene products, cotton balls and grease are just a handful of things that should never go down a drain. We recommend having this list handy and checking it when in doubt about where to toss specific items. 

Know the location of your shut off valve

This is one of the simplest, yet most important ways to protect your home from water damage if a pipe bursts. The shut off valve is typically located in the basement, or an outside wall, and is easy to turn off. So, when a pipe bursts or you need to turn off your water supply for any other reason, you’ll be able to do so quickly. 

Stop using chemical cleaners

It can be easy to grab a bottle of Drano or other type of commercial drain cleaner filled with harsh chemicals that are bad for you and the planet. After all, we’re led to believe they work better than any other kind of drain cleaner. 

But here’s the thing: they can corrode pipes, damage plumbing fixtures and are extremely dangerous if they come in contact with skin or are ingested. That’s why we recommend using safer cleaners, made with environmentally friendly, organic ingredients. Have a particularly stubborn clog? If so, it’s time to call the plumber. 

Know how to use a plunger

Many people don’t use plungers properly. If you find yourself pushing and pulling when using your plunger, you might be using it wrong. To use a plunger, first cover all drains that are near the one that’s backed up. Then, place a small amount of petroleum jelly around the ring of the plunger. This will help create even more suction. 

Next, scoop out any excess water and fit the plunger over the drain and push gently on the handle. Make sure you’re able to get a good grip on the handle and guide it easily. Now, pull the plunger away after about 30 seconds. If the clog remains, either repeat, use a drain opener, or call a plumber. 

Invest in plumbing tools

You don’t have to purchase expensive plumbing tools and equipment, but it’s a good idea to have a toolbox with at least a few items that can go the distance for your plumbing. In addition to a good plunger, we recommend having a set of pliers, plumber’s putty, duct tape and caulk. 

Remember, a little plumbing knowledge goes a long way, but the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter is always here to help you, too. From free, over the phone estimates to emergency plumbing repair, we’ve got you covered.   Call the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call at 513-396-5300, or contact  us via our website.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.

From mile high ceilings to stunning woodwork and craftmanship – older houses have character and beauty that can be hard to find in newer homes. But while the one-hundred-year-old stained-glass windows are awe-inspiring – one hundred-year-old plumbing isn’t (or at least not in a good way). 

Not only can it be difficult to troubleshoot and determine the cause of plumbing issues in an older home, but depending on how long it’s been since the plumbing system has been updated, it can be a costly and time-consuming job. The good news is that once the repair is made and your plumbing has joined the 21st century, you won’t have to worry about that part of your plumbing for decades to come. 

Below are four of the most common plumbing problems found in old homes in Cincinnati. Quick note: We’re addressing issues typically found in homes built in the late 1800s to early 1900s – back in the Victorian era that made Cincinnati an architectural gem. However, if your home is at least 30 years old, you might deal with the same issues. 

Bellied pipes

Houses settle over time. In older homes, where pipes might be encased in concrete or buried, pipes might be affected by the shifting of the earth and settling. Should the pipes shift downward, it can cause a “belly” that limits water flow. Worse, these bellies can lead to a pool of water that might contain waste. This can lead to clogged, foul-smelling pipes. 

Solution: Hire an experienced plumber to inspect your plumbing system to make sure there are no bellied pipes.   

Pipes made from outdated materials 

U.S. building codes change. In fact, even homes built thirty years ago might have pipes and other plumbing features that are no longer up to code. Back in the early 1900s, two of the most common types of pipes were lead and galvanized. Both can lead to issues in your home. 

Lead was the most popular choice for water main lines, sewer line and areas of the home due to its durability and its flexibility. It’s also extremely toxic and can lead to serious health issues including gastrointestinal problems, fatigue and memory loss. Although the use of lead in homes was banned in the 1980s, there is a chance that some older homes still have lead piping. 

Another popular choice for pipe material, galvanized pipes are actually a combination of iron and zinc. The problem with galvanized pipes is that, over time, the zinc layer can (and will) erode. This can lead to brittle, weak pipes that break and clog. 

Solution: Have a plumbing professional perform a comprehensive inspection of your home’s plumbing to identify if yours still has lead piping. You’ll need to remove that piping immediately. If you have galvanized piping, a plumber can replace sections at a time, starting with wherever your pipes are the most brittle.   

Worn out fixtures 

From faucets to shower heads, all plumbing fixtures will eventually need to be replaced. Antique handles and porcelain knobs, for example, might look great in the bathroom, but if the knobs are stripped from too much use, they can compromise your plumbing. 

The solution: Replace worm fixtures – don’t try to repair them or get by with a “quick fix.” If you love the look of antique plumbing fixtures, you can find updated versions at most home improvement stores. Or, visit an antique shop to find some that are in much better shape. 

Sewer line problems 

If you live in an older home and notice a foul smell coming from a sink or appliance like the dishwasher, or if you notice bubbling after you flush the toilet (especially if water bubbles in sinks at the same time), the culprit might be a faulty sewer line. If you have recently remodeled your home or otherwise added modern appliances like a dishwasher, your older sewer line might not be used to having so much water moving through it. 

Additionally, sewer lines can be damaged by tree roots that grow into the line, or from older, brittle material. Ground shift can also cause problems. 

Solution: Schedule a video inspection of your sewer main. Not only can the video reveal the state of your sewer line but it will identify any issues that need to be addressed so you aren’t stuck with a costly repair. 

Have an old home? The team at Allied Reddi-Rooter has been helping homeowners across Cincinnati keep the plumbing in their beautiful, older homes in top shape. We are here to help you with yours, too.  Call the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call at 513-396-5300, or contact  us via our websiteWe always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.

Clogs in drains can be stubborn and extremely difficult to remove. Even a small clog in a toilet or the kitchen sink can cause big problems and disrupt your life. Imagine getting dinner ready without a sink to use, for example. 

It’s tempting to try to clear a clog on your own. In fact, you may even be tempted to purchase a snake at your local hardware store to clear the clog yourself. And while that might work in a pinch, the solution might be temporary. 

When it comes to clogged drains, you’re better off contacting a professional plumber who can use a mechanical auger or perform water jet cleaning to clear the drain properly – and for good. 

What are drain snakes? 

Snakes are often the first go-to after an over-the-counter drain cleaning solution doesn’t do the job. Snakes look a lot like their name, they are a long device that runs down the drain to dislodge the clog and help flush the blockage. Snakes can be readily purchased at your local home improvement store and are easy to use. 

They are ideal to use for minor clogs in the bathroom, and for your garbage disposals and kitchen drains as well. However, it’s important to note that often, you’ll need a tougher device to unclog your pipes. 

What are mechanical drain augers?

If the drain snake did not work, it’s time to call a plumber, who can use a mechanical auger to get rid of the clog. Like a snake, these also are a long device but they’re able to cover wider pipes and drains than snakes can. 

How do snakes and augers differ? 

The biggest difference between a snake and an auger is that snakes can help with smaller clogs, while a mechanical auger that plumbing companies including Allied Reddi-Rooter use can reach the blockage, break it up, and effectively clear residue along the pipes. 

This means that mechanical augers are capable of working on the toughest clogs, and even on roots that grow into outdoor sewage pipes. Snakes might work fine for smaller pipes with minor clogs, but for most major clogs that require help from a plumber, an auger or water jet can better clear out the obstructions. 

What is water jet cleaning? 

Water jet cleaning is often the next step after a video inspection of your home’s pipes indicates a serious clog. The process works via an extremely high pressured hose with a nozzle on the end – much like a typical hose you use outdoors. 

However, this hose connects with a machine that pressurizes the water that is pushed out to create a powerful stream that can break up the most stubborn clogs. In addition to clearing out the pipes, it can also clean them so they function at their best and are less likely to clog in the future. 

When should have water jet cleaning?

Anyone with a serious clog should consider water jet cleaning. It’s also an excellent solution for getting rid of grease build up that is stubbornly clinging to the walls of the pipes. And since it can cut through tree roots, dried concrete and even wood (much like a laser beam), water jet cleaning is ideal for sewer pipe cleaning as well. 

What should I do if I have a stubborn clog in my drain? 

Call the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call at 513-396-5300, or contact  us via our website. We can use a mechanical auger or schedule water jet cleaning to take care of the clog in your drain for good. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.

If you’re hearing popping or hissing sounds coming from your pipes, you might be wondering what’s causing these strange sounds and what can be done about it. Often, these noises are caused by air in your pipes. 

Another telltale sign air is the culprit is a vibrating noise or loud gurling sound coming from the pipes. You may also hear thumping, or what sounds like a ghost banging within the walls. 

Whether you consider these sounds spooky or simply annoying, it’s a sign that you need to call a plumber. While air in your pipes isn’t necessarily a plumbing emergency, if not addressed, it can lead to big plumbing repairs in the future. 

What causes air in pipes? 

There are many ways air can get into your home’s water lines. If you’ve recently installed new pipes or have altered your existing pipes, after a home remodel for example, it could have caused air to get into the pipes. Additionally, air can infiltrate pipes via your home’s water heater’s anode rod. Should it become corroded, it can lead to other issues as well, including foul smelling water filled with sediment. 

If there’s been construction happening in the neighborhood, it can affect your home’s plumbing system, and cause air in the lines. When the city works on water lines, it can cause air build up and lead to clanking, sputtering faucets. This is especially the case after the water company shuts off water supply for maintenance. 

Why do I need to remove air from my pipes?

Many homeowners choose to remove air from their water line when the noises create a quality-of-life issue. However, there are other reasons to contact a reputable plumber if you suspect you’ve got air in your pipes. Not only can the air cause water pressure issues, but it can make water flow inconsistent. 

The trapped air can also create a blockage around the pipes, and this can lead, in turn, to strong vibrations from the pipes that can damage the area supporting them. And air in pipes can also cause corrosion which can lead to rusty, weak, and even broken pipes. 

How can I remove air from my pipes? 

While it may be important to call a plumber to fix the problem, if you’ve just begun to hear clanking or rattling in your pipes and suspect that air is the culprit, you may be able to fix the problem yourself. Here are four steps to removing air from your pipes. 

First, shut off the main water supply. Your main shut off valve is likely located in your basement or at the base of your home’s foundation or crawl space. Once you’ve located it, turn it off so that you can drain the water from your pipes safely. 

Next, turn on your faucets. All you’ll need to do is rotate your faucets by about one-half turn. You should also turn on any appliances, like your washing machine and showers, so that excess water can flow from them as well. 

Now, flush all the toilets. Wait until water stops flowing from your faucets and flush every toilet in the house. You’ll need to flush until there is no water in the tanks. 

Finally, turn on the water supply. Let water run through the faucets for at least 15 minutes. Also, let the washing machine run through a rinse cycle (just add a cup of water). If you don’t hear banging that sounds suspiciously like air in the pipes, consider it a DIY job well done. On the other hand, if the noises come back quickly, it’s time to call the plumber. 

We’ve been helping Cincinnati area homeowners address air in pipes for decades. Give the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call at 513-396-5300, or contact  us via our website to schedule plumbing maintenance today. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting colder. You know what that means: winter is on its way. Now that November is almost at a close, it’s time to check your home’s plumbing to make sure it’s ready for the colder months ahead. 

Often, just a little planning and maintenance is all you’ll need to ensure your home’s plumbing is in top shape. But does that mean you can skip calling the plumber and DIY your winter maintenance check? Not necessarily.

If you’re thinking of going the do-it-yourself route this winter, we have a word of advice: be careful. While some plumbing jobs are perfectly fine to DIY, others should be left up to a plumbing professional. 

Wondering when it’s okay to handle your home’s winter plumbing upkeep on your own and when to call a reputable plumbing company like Allied Reddi-Rooter? Keep reading.  

Closing outdoor drains… DIY!

If you want to take this job on yourself, we give you two thumbs up. By now, you should have put away all hoses, closed faucets and sealed your outside drains. If you haven’t, we strongly suggest doing it now.   

This is a quick and easy job that can easily be done in an hour or less. If you notice any leaks in the faucets, wet areas or cracks in the concrete near your outside drains, it’s time to call a professional plumber.  

Insulating pipes… DIY!

One of the easiest ways to protect exposed pipes in places like your basement, garage or any area of your home that is cold or not exposed to your heater’s warmth is by wrapping them in material that keeps them insulated and warm. 

This is a job you can easily do yourself. We recommend visiting your local hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowes for pipe insulation kits. Not only are they easy to install, they’re also inexpensive.  

Frozen pipe repair… Do not DIY!

In the event that you didn’t complete the above winter maintenance task, or otherwise have the misfortune of a pipe freezing this winter, we strongly recommend you leave this repair up to a professional. If you’re dealing with a frozen pipe, avoid using a heat source to warm the pipe up faster. 

Instead, let the pipe warm slowly and naturally as the day progresses. In the meantime, call a plumber who can inspect the pipe and make sure that the freezing and thawing cycle did not weaken it, which can make it more susceptible to cracks and leaks. 

And if you’re dealing with a burst pipe, contact a plumbing company like Allied Reddi-Rooter that has emergency service. This is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed immediately. We are currently offering a coupon incentive for this service.

Water heater issues… Do not DIY!

While inspecting your water heater for any signs of corrosion or leaks is perfectly fine (and recommended!) to do on your own, you should never take on any water heater maintenance or repairs. Instead, this should be left strictly to the professionals. 

Winter is the perfect time to have your water heater inspected by a plumber, who can make sure it’s working its best and ready for overtime during the colder months. 

Winter plumbing inspection… DIY!

We encourage all homeowners to schedule time to walk throughout their house and take a close look at all plumbing elements, from the sinks to the sump pump, to make sure everything is working properly. Winter can be very hard on plumbing, and this can help you avoid any surprises.

Of course, for a thorough winter plumbing inspection, call the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter at 513-396-5300, or contact  us via our website.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask questions.   We can make sure your home’s plumbing gets the green light and is ready to work when the temps plummet.  

Like smoke detectors inside the home, fall is the perfect time to check your exterior faucets. Do they have broken handles or are the handles hard to turn? Do they leak constantly? Are they unsealed where they enter the home’s foundation? 

If you’ve ever had these issues or are otherwise concerned about the state of your exterior faucets, it might be time to consider installing a new, frost-free options. 

Not only do frost-free faucets eliminate the need for annual maintenance, but you’ll no longer have to worry about ice forming in the water lines. That means little or no risk of burst pipes in the basement during the winter. And since colder months are well on their way, now is the time to consider adding frost-free exterior faucets to your home. 

What are frost-free exterior faucets?

Frost-free faucets prevent water from freezing inside your exterior pipes via a valve stem that connects from the faucet to inside the house. They are also designed to prevent water from pooling in the faucet where it’s liable to freeze when the temps drop. 

Three big benefits of frost-free pipes 

Reduced risk of pipe bursts

The shut off valve in traditional exterior faucets are located outside, which makes it particularly susceptible to freezing during the winter. This could lead to frozen pipes and even pipe bursts, which can cause serious damage to your home. 

In frost-free exterior faucets, the connection is installed within the walls of the home, so pipes stay warm and the water flowing through the pipes will remain warm, too. Additionally, all unused water will drain out of the pipes, outside, when the faucet is turned off. 

No backflow

If you’re worried about water contamination from traditional exterior faucets, consider switching to newer frost-free faucets. Because they come with backflow prevention, water won’t get into the home water supply when pressure drops. 

This helps prevent contamination. So, for example, a garden hose with fertilizer in the water won’t make it to your home’s interior pipes and water. 

Less maintenance

This is the time of the year when most homeowners start preparing exterior faucets for the winter. Usually, this involves draining the water valve and then covering the faucet, so it remains dry. 

With frost-free faucets, however, you won’t have to do any winterizing. Another bonus? Depending on how old your traditional faucets are, replacing them just might elevate the look of your home. 

Interested in frost-free faucets? While some homeowners install frost-free faucets on their own, we recommend letting the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter do the job. We can make sure the faucets fit properly and are ready for the tough winter months ahead.  Give us a call, or contact  us via our website.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask questions.

The team at Allied Reddi-Rooter gets asked this question a lot, and the answer is always the same: regular plumbing maintenance by a plumbing professional is critical for a variety of reasons – from helping you avoid costly plumbing repairs down the road to saving money on water and energy bills. 

While you may be able to detect plumbing issues on your own, a licensed plumbing professional has both the training and the tools in order to find problems quickly and address any issues before they get worse. Just like your car, your home’s plumbing needs regularly scheduled maintenance, too. 

Still on the fence about scheduling a plumbing check up by a licensed plumber? Take a look at our top reasons to pencil one in for your home. 

Your plumbing will last longer
From your water heater to your faucets, your home is filled with fixtures and appliances that need to be maintained on a regular basis. Water heater tanks, for example, can corrode over time if not properly flushed, and rust can form in pipes that can lead to leaks and other issues. 

Enhanced water pressure
Ever wonder why your water pressure is too low, or even too high? When a plumber comes out for a maintenance visit, they will check your water pressure and make any adjustments so that it flows through your home’s pipes the way it should. And if there’s an underlying problem that led to the water pressure issue in the first place, they can address the problem and fix it. 

Detect leaks
Sometimes, water leaks are so small that you might not even know you have one. Often, these leaks appear in places like the base of the toilet or around faucet fixtures. If left unrepaired, however, these tiny leaks can lead to big problems. The good news is that plumbers are excellent at spotting small leaks and fixing them before they get any worse. 

Signs your home has a sewage backup 

No more slow drains
Not only are plumbers great at detecting leaks, but they are also trained to find blocked drains, even if they are partially clogged. During a maintenance visit, your plumber will test every drain in the house, often by using equipment to look deep inside drains to find any clogs or other problems that may be causing problems.

Better water quality
Corrosion in your pipes can lead to unwanted minerals and even chemicals in your water supply. In fact, leaks can also cause water patches, where bacteria like giardia and legionella can live. This is another big reason why it’s important to prevent leaks in your home with routine maintenance. 

Why Cincinnati homes need a water softener

And better air quality, too
Faulty plumbing, including leaking pipes, can lead to mold growth in your home that, in turn, could cause health problems for you and your family. During a home plumbing checkup, a plumber can look for signs of mold growth throughout the house and help you take the necessary steps to eradicate it. 

Got mold in your bathroom? Here’s how to find and prevent it 

Lower water and energy bills
If you leave leaks untreated in your home, you’re throwing your money down the drain. Sure, you’ll have to pay for the plumbing check up, but the cost pales in comparison to the money you’ll save in the long run on water and energy bills. It will also protect you from spending money down the road on a costly plumbing repair.

Better ROI
Are you planning on selling your home in the near future? If so, give potential buyers confidence by having the plumbing inspected by a professional and make any repairs before it goes on the market.

Is it time to take a closer look at your home’s plumbing? When you’re ready to schedule your routine home plumbing maintenance, give the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter a call or contact  us for a quote. We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service. We’re here to help Cincinnati homeowners with all their plumbing needs.  You can follow us on Facebook, @Allied Reddi-Rooter for the latest tips or to ask questions.