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Beis Plumbing is the trusted name in common plumbing problems in Imperial, Ballwin, Des Peres, Kirkwood, and other cities located in St. Louis and Jefferson County, Missouri. Large or small, your plumbing, gas lines, excavation work, drain cleaning and water heater issues can be handled by the professional plumbers at Beis Plumbing. Part of our friendly, professional plumbing services involve offering reliable information when you need it most. Our professional Imperial, Missouri plumbers understand that not each drain or pipe issue requires the assistance of a pro, so we’ve designed a guide with answers to the most commonly asked general plumbing questions.

The professional technicians at Beis Plumbing are dedicated to serving the business and homeowners of our communities. With an extensive menu of services ranging from laundry fixture hookups to gas line installation, our team can meet your needs. Whether you’re trying to determine if your challenge is a plumbing emergency or the difference between a water heater that needs repaired versus replaced, our answers will give you straight-forward guidance on steps to take and those to avoid.

The Beis Plumbing team is here to guide you through the basics of plumbing and provide easy-to-understand answers to your pressing questions. We are committed to offering more than just quality plumbing services. We want our neighbors to understand the importance of routine plumbing care and the best upkeep tips to ensure your drains, pipes and gas lines last for decades.

What are the most common plumbing problems?

No matter the age or style of your home, plumbing problems are sure to happen. Even in newly built homes, a sudden burst pipe or clogged toilet can cause plumbing problems you never expected. Whether you’re living through the repairs of an older home, or you want to know what to look for in your next home purchase, these are the most common plumbing problems:

  • Clogged toilet
  • Clogged bath or shower drain
  • Jammed garbage disposal
  • Leaky faucets
  • Leaky pipes
  • Low water pressure
  • Running toilet
  • Sewage smell in home
  • Sewer system backup
  • Slow draining sink

Should I call an Imperial plumber for a leaking toilet?

The severity of your leak will depend on whether you need to call your trusted plumber in Imperial, Missouri. If water is coming from the base, try tightening the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. If that doesn’t help, you’ll need to remove the toilet from the floor and replace the wax rings that sit under the bolts. If you’re unfamiliar with how a toilet works or simply prefer to ensure the job is done right the first time, call the pros at Beis Plumbing.

If the toilet is leaking from the tank, ensure that you have no cracks and that the hose is secured to the base of the toilet. Depending on the age of your toilet, it may be time to replace it, which our team at Beis Plumbing will happily do for you.

When do I need a new toilet?

It may be time to replace your toilet if you constantly battle recurring clogs. A few signs that it’s time to upgrade the stool include:

  • Age (toilets 10 years or older aren’t energy efficient)
  • Continuous clogs
  • Multiple flushes after each use
  • Ongoing leaks

What’s the best way to unclog a toilet?

A clogged toilet is one of the most common plumbing problems, but it can also create one of the biggest hazards. If waste begins to accumulate in your home or seep up through other drains, call an Imperial plumber immediately. If you’re dealing with what appears to be surface clogs, try these common household methods:

Plunger: Seal the plunger around the toilet drain and plunge rapidly several times. If the plunger doesn’t release the clog, try a plumbing snake.

Plumbing auger: A plumbing auger (snake) can be pushed through the toilet drain to grab a clog. Don’t attempt to push the snake too deep inside the plumbing. Using too much pressure could damage your pipes.

If neither of these methods work and the water from the toilet is not releasing, call an Imperial, MO plumber.

Why you should never unclog your drains without a plumber

Your drains are an essential part of your property that should be taken care of with precision and accuracy. Using at-home methods of drain cleaning involve unnecessary guesswork that only temporarily mask your plumbing problems instead of solving them all together. Home and business owners often turn to liquid drain cleaners or other DIY remedies not realizing the damage that these methods can cause to their plumbing system. Store-bought drain cleaners are never a completely viable solution to your recurring plumbing problems.

DIY methods of drain cleaning like drain snaking your drain with a wire hanger and pouring harsh chemicals down your drain never come without consequence. These solutions only reach surface clogs and blockages and not deeper ones within your pipe that could be causing the actual problems. In addition, chemical drain cleaners use toxic ingredients that create a slime and sludge within your pipes that speed up the pipe corrosion process, causing more damage in the long run. Instead of trying to fix your plumbing problems on your own, call your trusted Imperial plumbers at Beis Plumbing.

Is there a way to clean my plumbing system?

There are daily steps you can take to prevent your pipes and drains from becoming clogged, but for a thorough cleaning of your plumbing system, turn to the professionals at Beis Plumbing. Our technicians can use a snaking or cabling methods to remove blockages.

How do I avoid clogged pipes?

To prevent extensive damage to your pipes, always address a blockage as soon as it’s noticed. The best way to prevent clogged pipes is to be mindful of what you put down your drains and toilet. Use these tips as a guide:

  • A drain strainer should be used if there is no garbage disposal
  • After washing dishes, run hot water to rinse away grease
  • Avoid coffee grounds, bones, grease, fruit peels and other fibrous foods in garbage disposal
  • Avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain
  • Clear drain stoppers in shower and bathtub
  • Only flush waste and toilet tissue down toilet
  • Pump septic tank every two to three years
  • Run cold water when using the garbage disposal

What is Imperial Drain Cleaning?

Cleaning your drain with snaking or cabling is an environmentally friendly way to ensure your pipes and drains are clear of years of debris and buildup. By guiding the augur or cable through your pipes, our technicians can cut away at debris, allowing water and waste to flow through your plumbing freely.

What type of pipe material is used in my home?

If you’re unsure what type of piping material is used throughout your home’s system, you can use the age of your home as a starting point to determine the material. However, a sewer camera inspection is the only definite way to know what material is laid beneath your lawn and in your walls. Follow our piping guide below:

Cast Iron: This pipe has a black finish and was used in homes through the mid-1960s.

Copper: Plumbing in homes built from the 1970s into the early 2000s was likely built with copper pipes. These pipes are a bronze color when new and slowly fade to a deep rust or brown color over the years. Copper pipes last about 50+ years.

Galvanized Steel: If your pipes are a gray metal color, they’re likely made of galvanized steel. This material is cheaper than copper and was often used in homes leading up to the 1970s. The material was used less when builders discovered it only lasted for about 40 years.

PB (polybutylene): This piping is usually marked with “PB2110.” These flexible pipes are usually gray but can also be black or blue.

PEX (cross-linked polyethylene): Plastic tubing that is usually white, red, or blue and used to indicate hot and cold lines. Plumbers use this type of material because of its flexibility. PEX is the only green approved water line, with no mineral or hardness build up, and has an R valve for insulation. It has taken the place of copper and is a superior product.

PVC (polyvinyl-chloride): The white plastic pipes are most commonly seen under your kitchen or bathroom sinks used as drain pipes.

What is a plumbing emergency?

The Beis Plumbing team understands plumbing problems don’t just occur during business hours. When major plumbing issues arise on the weekend, holiday, or the middle of the night, you need emergency plumbing services you can trust. Without proper knowledge of how your plumbing system works, you may be tempted to call an emergency plumber when the issues can wait until morning. Use our checklist to help you decide if it’s time to call an Imperial emergency plumber:

Can you shut off a water valve to make the problem stop?

If you can pause the problem temporarily, wait until normal business hours to call the plumber.

Does the problem only affect one faucet, drain, or shower?

If the problem is isolated to only one pipe, it can likely wait until Monday morning.

Does the water work?

If your water is completely shut off (and it’s not a municipality problem) call the emergency plumber.

Is your yard or home flooding?

If a burst pipe or water main break is causing flooding in or outside of your home, you’re dealing with an emergency.

How do I detect a water leak?

It can be difficult to detect a water leak in homes built on a slab or those with pipes running underground. The most common signs of a water leak include:

  • Damp or spongy flooring
  • Grass is greener in one part of yard
  • Loss in water pressure
  • Sound of running water coming from walls
  • Unexpected Increase in monthly water bill

If you experience any of these issues, contact your Imperial, MO plumber for leak detection service.

How is a slab leak repaired?

A slab leak occurs when a water pipe beneath your home’s slab bursts or leaks. If left untreated, an underground pipe leak can cause the soil to become saturated and cause the slab to shift or sink. A spot repair technique is the most common way to repair a slab leak. If the piping beneath the slab is old or suffering advanced corrosion, it may be a better solution to re-pipe or move the plumbing to a different location.

Is excavation necessary to repair the sewer line?

In some instances of sewer line replacement or gas line installation it is necessary to excavate a portion of the property to make the repair or replacement. The best way to determine if your Imperial plumbing project requires excavation is to contact Beis Plumbing. Our technicians will be happy to visit your property and answer any questions you have.

How do I stop tree roots from invading my plumbing?

Tree roots that invade your plumbing can create severe damage if not remedied quickly. Tree roots can break through underground plumbing, blocking the flow of water and waste to and from your home. To avoid tree root invasion, try one of these methods:

Root Barrier: Install a root barrier around any new trees by digging an 18 to 24-inch trench around the root zone. The barrier will keep the roots from invading your pipes.

Routine Plumbing Maintenance: Have a camera inspection performed every two to three years to detect invasive roots. You can spot small plumbing concerns before they become expensive repairs.

Sewer Line Cleaning: Snaking or cabling are environmentally friendly ways to clean your pipes. The blades can cut through clogs, debris and tree roots.

Tree Removal: If the tree continues to be a problem, have it professionally removed. The cost of tree removal will be minimal compared to constantly repairing your plumbing.

Work with Your Leading Plumbing Professionals in Imperial, Missouri

Beis Plumbing is Imperial’s leading plumbing and gas line repair company. We service St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and Jefferson County, Missouri with excellent service they can trust in. Our technicians are available to help you through the maintenance of home ownership. We’ll evaluate the problems, explain the situation, and provide you with straight forward solutions that will quickly get your home back to normal. Contact the professional team at Beis Plumbing today to schedule an appointment for your plumbing or gas line needs.



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