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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 12:40

Plumbing FAQS

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 Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions

The following plumbing tips can be handy whether you are buying a new home or need to improve the existing plumbing systems in your home:

  • Ensure that all drains have strainers so that hair, soap and other kind of debris don’t clog the drain lines.
  • Small drips can waste gallons of water. Make sure you check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. Don’t avoid leaky faucets. Repair them right away to prevent further damage to your fixtures and pipes.
  • You should replace a water heater that is more than 10 years old. This will help you save on energy bills.
  • If you live in a low lying area where sewers sometimes back up into homes, install a back-flow valve in the sewage line.
  • Water heaters & burners should be inspected at regular intervals. If the flame under the heater appears blue with yellow tip, it means the water heater is functioning properly. However, if it’s yellow, or sooty, it needs immediate action. You must contact a specialist to fix this problem immediately.
  • Make sure the garbage disposal and dishwasher connections are tight and leak free.
  • In winters, make sure you disconnect water hoses. Water left in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to break. You can also install some insulation around pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter.
  • A sump pump comes in two applications the first application is a grinder pump that breaks down human waste into liquid form in order for your septic system to work properly. The second application is called a well pump which pumps fresh water from the water table to your home for human consumption. Both of these applications are prone to exposure in extreme temperature fluctuation which in turn requires periodical inspection and maintenance.
  • Set the water heater’s thermostat at 120 degrees F to prevent scalding and improve efficiency.
  • Sink odors inside your garbage disposal occur due to food debris. To eliminate these odors, place ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposal and let it run for half a minute, then rinse it with cold water for about 20 seconds.
  • Do not use chemical cleaners if you have metal pipes. Some chemical cleaners can cause metal pipes and PVC to deteriorate.
Boil a few gallons of water and pour it down the sink once in a month unless you have a very big family to cook for then you should do this once a week. Boiled water helps dissolve soapy, greasy materials that stick to the walls of your pipes. 

Q: Can I prevent drains from clogging?
A:  Make sure you don’t rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink.  Liquid fats eventually solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs. You can also fit your kitchen and shower drains with a strainer that stops soap, hair, and other items from going down the drain.

Q: My water heater doesn’t work the way it used to a few years ago. What is wrong?
A:  Old water heaters start accumulating sediment and lime deposits. If these deposits are not removed periodically, the sediment will block. Drain water from the tank. This helps in removing the sediment. Also, get your water heater checked by an experienced plumber every 2 years.

Q: Why is the water pressure low in my home and how can I rectify it?
A:  Low water pressure can be caused due to several reasons. It could be due to a partially closed valve, a crimped water line or rusty pipes. You should call an experienced plumber who can identify the real cause and offer you feasible options.

Q: What causes a faucet to drip?
A:  When faucets are used over years, they start dripping. In most cases, the faucets need to be repaired or replaced. The seals in the faucet go bad after several years of use. Sometimes you can replace just the seals in some models to rectify the problem.  Simply call a plumber or good handyman who can install a good quality faucet in your home.

Q: Are there any hidden service costs?
A:  We charge upfront for any type of plumbing services. We inform our customers about the costs associated with installation or repairing  jobs before we take the job.

Q: Is it important to turn off the water connection of the entire house at the time of plumbing repair?
A:  Yes, because there could be chances of water leaking into other areas of the house.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 03:36  

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