Ask a Plumber: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re not a professional plumber yourself, the world of this industry could seem rather mystifying. After all, matters related to your water lines, water heaters and other plumbing in your home or office are typically far out of reach for the average do-it-yourselfer. When your plumbing systems are becoming problematic, it’s best to reach out to a professional plumbing contractor or company to get the job done right.

Before trouble rears its head in your home, consider these most frequently asked questions that plumbers encounter. Many of these questions relate to common household plumbing problems.

What Can I do About a Clogged Drain?

Clogged drains are one of the top most common concerns that plumbers get asked about. All kinds of stuff find its way into our drains and can prevent them from functioning as they should. A drain catcher can prevent this from becoming a problem in the first place, but what about once your sink has already become clogged? Hot water, baking soda, and vinegar can be combined to bust a clog, not unlike the products you can buy in the store. If the problem remains persistent, it’s time to recruit the assistance of a plumber.

Can a Leak Become Bigger Over Time?

Absolutely. Water leaks, when left unaddressed, can lead to corrosion that can – and likely will – cause the leak to grow. This corrosion can take place more rapidly, depending on numerous factors related to your water quality such as pH, water pressure and the presence of additional chemicals in the water.

What is Hard Water?

Soft water is water that has been processed for the purpose of removing potentially hazardous or bothersome chemicals from the water. Hard water, on the other hand, is host to elements like calcium and magnesium. Hard water can wreak havoc on your pipes and could even result in skin damage if the hard water is used for showering or laundry.

Can a Plumber Give an Estimate Over the Phone?

Most quality plumbing professionals will not, in fact, give customers an estimate over the phone if they have not yet seen the project that they are to be working on. While it would certainly be convenient if this weren’t the case, the truth of the matter is that a seemingly simple fix could actually require a greater amount of time and resources than the homeowner might initially think. To ensure an accurate estimate of expense and time required, plumbers will need to physically see the problem first.

What Should I Avoid Putting in my Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposal repair is a common task set before plumbers, but many of these cases can be 100% avoidable by making sure to only put disposal-safe items down the disposal. Water, dish soap, soft foods, and ice cubes can all be sent down the disposal without issue. Greasy foods, oils, bones, egg shells and fibrous veggies like celery can damage your garbage disposal.

We’re sure that there are many more questions that you could think of asking your plumber. If you find yourself struggling against a plumbing problem in your home, it’s best to reach out to the professionals at Ridgeway Mechanical. Our team of experienced plumbing pros will get the job done right and help teach you how to keep your plumbing fixtures in great working order.



Ridgeway provides speedy reliable plumbing and water line repair service the Atlanta area 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

When you hire one of our State of Georgia licensed plumbers into your house, you will know they will be there on time and will give your home the respect it deserves.

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When you work with Ridgeway Mechanical, our plumbing repair service will take care of you. With our professional Atlanta plumbers you can expect:

  • Plumbing products and service warranties
  • Drop cloths used on every job
  • Shoe covers worn in your home and business
  • Quality workmanship at a fair price
  • Trusted, Certified, and State licensed
  • We guarantee 100% satisfaction
  • We clean up when finished

Our dedicated team specializes in all types of plumbing services. Our insured plumbers also focus in emergency plumbing. Get a hold of us today so we can help of you.