Pratt Services has been part of the very fabric of Park Ridge since 1927. For nearly a century, our locally owned and operated company has consistently maintained an impeccable reputation as the region's most reliable and trustworthy plumbing company. With our full licensing, bonding, and insurance, you can rest assured that your complete confidence is our priority in all the work we do. Our dedicated team includes honest, diligent, and experienced professionals, each committed to exceeding expectations for every single customer. Whether you require emergency, commercial, or residential plumbing, we would be honored to assist you. Contact Pratt Services today and allow us to add your name to our extensive roster of satisfied, repeat customer!
If the issue is a…
...leaking water supply, indicators such as pooling water, loud pipes, a growing water bill, or decreased water flow may become apparent. Minor leaks can quickly escalate and become catastrophic if you don’t promptly call for plumber services, so contact us immediately after turning off the main.
...toilet that won't stop running, the flush valve at the bottom of your tank may have a leak. Another common cause of this issue is a broken or misaligned fill valve, which allows water to constantly fill the tank.
...leak at the toilet base, your wax ring is most likely broken, improperly placed, or worn out. Water might be seen immediately after flushing, or it could collect gradually throughout a longer period of time. We'll drain the tank, remove the toilet, and replace the ring for this type of plumbing repair. Depending on the reason and magnitude of the leak, you may also require a new toilet and tank.
...clogged or slow-flushing toilet, use a plunger to clear the obstruction. If plunging doesn’t solve the problem, your Park Ridge plumbing contractor may need to use a snake to eliminate the blockage. Older toilets can develop a “lazy,” weak flush due to long-term buildup of lime, calcium, rust, and/or debris. If this is the source of the plumbing problem, we may recommend having a new toilet installed.
…toilet overflow, you should reach out to our plumbing service. The most likely causes of this type of issue include a pipe clog, a sewage problem, a blockage in a plumbing vent, or a full septic tank. Many toilet pipes feature a valve that connects to the tank, and turning this valve off will stop the flow of water. If your toilet doesn’t have this valve, turn off the water at the supply. Do not turn the supply or valve back on until a professional has taken care of the problem.
…tank-to-toilet leak, water will probably begin to leak in the area where the toilet bowl and tank connect. This is an indicator that your plumbing expert will have to drain the tank, remove it, and replace the gasket.
When you contact our Park Ridge plumbing service and schedule a toilet installation, we begin by removing your existing unit. After that, we'll inspect the flange, replace the wax ring, and confirm that the new toilet is properly positioned. We'll proceed with attaching the tank, seat, and lid after securely bolting the toilet into place. Once we've properly examined for any potential leaks, the installation is finished. It's worth noting that some models, such as ones with bidets, electrical functionality like heated seats, or wall-mounted designs, may necessitate additional steps for installation.
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If the issue is a…
...slow or clogged drain, the most frequent culprits are hair or soap scum accumulation. If the sink has a mechanical drain stopper, inspect the horizontal pivot rod (just beneath the drain opening) to determine whether there is any clog-causing buildup. If the issue is somewhere else, it's time to contact us for more detailed troubleshooting and repairs.
…rotten egg-like odor coming from your sink, there is probably a microbial infection in the sink overflow passage or drain. To solve this problem, simply treat with 3% hydrogen peroxide.If the issue persists, contact Pratt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and inquire about our plumbing services.
…deteriorated sink caulking, water damage is the most likely cause. Caulking can peel, mold, crack, or mildew with prolonged water exposure. Replace your caulking every five years.
...dripping faucet, it is most likely caused by overall wear and tear, corrosion, or a damaged o-ring, valve seat, or washer. After our plumbers near you troubleshoot the problem, we will promptly return the sink to optimal working order.
...malfunctioning drain stopper, the stopper may be damaged. When you pull the knob on your faucet, the stopper allows the drain to open and close - but a loose retaining nut on the horizontal pivot rod is a standard problem.
Employing a robust hose and gravity, the high-pressure water swiftly propels through the system at approximately 20 gallons per minute, effectively flushing out debris utilizing backward-facing jets propelling the nozzle through the pipes and a forward-facing jet that further aids in clearing the way. Hydro jetting not only eliminates clogs, but also rids the system of potential future issues such as mineral scale, grease, tree roots, and other debris. In case of a deep-seated clog, your reliable plumbing company will likely suggest this method.
The problem could be caused by…
…high water pressure. While pipes are very durable, they are not impervious to high water pressure and subsequent leaks. Pipes might even burst if water pressure rises above 60 psi. If you're unsure about the cause of a leak, your plumber will do a pressure test as part of their in-depth assessment.
…improperly laid pipes. If your piping job was not completed correctly or was not done by a licensed professional, severe, emergency pipe leakage can result. Gravity and water demand careful fitting of every connector and pipe. A professional from Pratt Services can gladly inspect your pipes to confirm that they were properly installed.
...a broken seal. Contractors use rubber sealant at every connection point while installing appliances for optimal watertightness. This sealant can deteriorate gradually, and you may see condensation on appliances, puddles of water near them, or other signs of a damaged seal.
...loose water connectors. Water supplies and appliances are linked via hoses and pipes, any of which can become loose and leak as a result of shifting or movement. These connectors might also get damaged. These connectors are also susceptible to damage. Puddles near the appliance or water coming from your supply line are symptoms of this problem.
…a fixture crack. Physical impact is the most common cause of this type of problem. If this is the cause of your leak, you may see obvious damage to the pipes or fixtures.
…ground movement. Earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters can cause the earth to shift and move, causing pipes to crack, bend, twist, or separate. When there are subsurface leaks, your drains may stall or you may have problems with your water supply. Only professional plumbers can inspect correctly and rule out or confirm this type of damage.
…corrosion. There are many components in plumbing systems, and they can each weaken or fail over time. Rust and other kinds of corrosion (commonly caused by improper pH or minerals) can gradually cause pipe damage and subsequent leaking. Brass piping usually has a 70-year lifespan, while galvanized steel piping typically lasts for approximately 20 years. If you notice a bad taste, a foul odor, or discoloration in your water, there could be corrosion affecting your pipes.
…intrusive tree roots. Tree roots are very intricate systems that can grow throughout and far below the surface of the ground, and that means they can grow into water lines with ease. If you notice wet patches on your property, see a sinkhole in the yard, experience a severe water pressure decrease, or have trees growing near the foundation of your house, your favorite plumber will need to complete an evaluation.
…clogged lines. Clogs can arise due to a variety of factors, including air handler drain pan obstructions, gutter debris, chemicals, excessive hair, and a plethora of others. You probably have a significant line clog if your drains are clogged, pipes burst when they're not frozen, or toilets are overflowing.
…pipe joint damage. Since pipe joints frequently have water flowing through them and consist of many pieces, they are prone to damage. Joint deterioration can be caused by aging, extreme temperatures, or excessive water pressure. If you hear a banging or ticking noise - especially one that only occurs when you run hot water - you likely have a joint problem.
- Check with your neighbors to see if their pipes are also frozen. If they are, the most likely cause is a water main break - not frozen pipes in your own home.
- Turn off the water supply at the main.
- Turn on all household faucets.
- Heat the pipes and surrounding regions using a hair dryer, staying away from anything flammable.
- Turn the water main back on slowly, then inspect for leaks or cracks. If there is standing water anywhere, you most likely have a burst or fractured pipe.
If these techniques do not effectively thaw your pipes, if you suspect a pipe has cracked or burst, or if you are simply apprehensive about attempting to thaw them on your own, contact your trusty 24/7 plumber at (201) 668-8400. There are several risks associated with DIY thawing, such as potential cracking or melting of pipes (if heated too quickly or excessively), the risk of water damage (if cracks or leaks go unnoticed), and other potential issues. Your emergency plumber will rush to your aid and complete thawing and repairs in a timely manner.
PVC Piping is most commonly used for waste lines. Frequently beating out galvanized steel with its affordability and durability, this type of piping maintains popularity - but it is not capable of handling high water pressure.
CPVC Piping (an abbreviation for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride piping) is made from a strong polymer that outperforms copper piping in some areas. It takes less time to install and is not vulnerable to corrosion. It does, however, have some drawbacks: it is almost double the price of typical PVC, it isn't as well-suited for high temperatures as copper pipe is, and it isn't well-suited for locations with drastic temperature variations.
PEX Piping is a popular modern plumbing choice due to its longevity, affordability, expandability, adaptability, rigidity, and ability to bend (requiring fewer joints). Most licensed plumbers favor this material because of its numerous advantages and practical applications. Red PEX pipes are utilized for hot water applications, white PEX is made for water of any temperature, and blue PEX is designed for cold water uses.
Cast Iron Piping is usually found in older homes because it was widely employed for sewer drainage in the 1970s and 80s. This material was frequently used because it is durable, damage-resistant, and practical. However, cast iron pipes are no longer installed by plumbers because they often lead homeowners to incur substantial repair expenses (often not covered by homeowners insurance), are heavy, are prone to corrosion, deteriorate slowly, and can result in sewer backups.
Copper Piping is frequently utilized in household water supply line applications. Because it does not leach chemicals, is extremely durable, and is easy to cut, it is commonly used in tubs, sinks, showers, and other home fixtures - although it is relatively pricey.
If the issue is a…
...dripping shower head, you most likely have a faulty gasket or mineral buildup on the head. Hard water causes mineral buildup, which is composed of silica, lime, calcium, and magnesium. You can spot mineral buildup if you look for white lines around the shower head. Soaking the head in vinegar will probably take care of this problem, but if this doesn’t help or you need assistance with replacing the gasket, we can help with either issue.
…smelly shower drain, there may be a sewage gas, mold, or bacterial issue. If the smell originates from a guest bathroom that rarely sees traffic, gas might be escaping from the shower drain P-trap. Your reliable plumber can quickly troubleshoot and eliminate this bothersome problem.
...clogged shower drain, there is most likely hair accumulation, a mineral deposit, soap scum buildup, a broken pipe, or a lodged foreign object. It may seem like a good idea to use drain cleaner to clear the clog, but these solutions can cause much more damage. If using a plastic drain cleaning tool does not clear the blockage, please contact our Park Ridge plumbing business so that we can clear the clog with our professional equipment.
The problem might be the result of…
…a faulty fixture. If every fixture in your home has low water pressure, it's doubtful that the fixtures are the source of the problem. However, if you only notice a problem with one faucet, for example, the fixture itself could be the culprit. The pressure issue could be caused by a clog or buildup, or the fixture could just require replacement.
…a failing pressure regulator. A pressure regulator is not installed on every property. If yours has one, you can use a water pressure gauge to check the pressure. If the gauge reads lower than the pressure regulator, the regulator is faulty. If there is no reading at all, this also signals a problem. With the help of your plumber, you can get your pressure regulator tested and replaced in no time.
…corroded pipes. The older the pipe, the more susceptible it is to corrosion - but only your trusted plumber can diagnose this issue. Corrosion is most likely the cause of your pressure problem if your copper piping is more than 50 years old, brass piping is more than 40 years old, or galvanized steel piping is more than 20 years old.
…local regulations have changed. Changes in water regulations can occur at any time, leaving water suppliers with no choice but to comply. Find out if this type of change has occurred in your area, and if so, consider having your plumber install a water pressure booster. Before installing a booster system, we’ll thoroughly inspect your plumbing to rule out other problems.
…leaky pipes. Leaks come in a number of sizes and forms, and because they misdirect water, they also diminish water flow. Look for wet spots or pooled water, then reach out to Pratt Services and we’ll put an end to the issue before it worsens.
…your water meter valve or main house shutoff valve being partially shut. The water meter valve, which helps manage the flow of water to your home, is owned by your water utility provider. The main house shutdown valve is normally positioned in your home near the main municipal supply pipe. If one of these valves are partially closed, water pressure will decrease. If you rule out an issue with your main shutoff, contact the city and ask them to check your water meter valve.
…a problem with your water supplier. If other neighboring companies or houses are experiencing the same pressure problem, the source could be the culprit. In this scenario, contact the utility company and inform them of your and your neighbors' shared concern.
Galvanized Steel is a resilient and energy-efficient piping option, often used for water supply lines or for exterior or interior gas lines. Because it is a more labor-intensive material than alternatives, it is no longer chosen for new construction projects and is therefore seen mostly in older properties.
Black Iron is the most common gas pipeline material for both external and interior uses. This long-lasting, tough, and heat-resistant material forms an airtight seal. However, black iron is notorious for corrosion over time, and the sealer used on this material frequently deteriorates. If you have this type of gas line, you should have it serviced on a regular basis.
HDPE has something in common with PVC: it's a fantastic choice for underground exterior lines. These plastic lines are inexpensive and flexible. However, they are easily damaged by underground rocks and tree roots.
Copper pipe has a number of tough code requirements that limit its use in many regions, and it typically has a lifespan of 20 years. Many areas have outright banned its use.
PVC is an excellent choice for outdoor, underground gas lines because it is corrosion-resistant and extremely robust. Plumbers appreciate this low-cost piping, but it can't be used in some areas because it frequently breaks during installation.
Flexible Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing is well-suited for areas at a high risk of natural disasters or for tight spaces. These flexible and easy-to-install pipes keep damage to a minimum, but they are best for use as indoor gas piping because they are susceptible to cracking.