Some FAQs to help around the house
Plumbing emergencies can happen anytime. Thankfully, you can take care of some relatively simple plumbing situations yourself. More complex plumbing emergencies should be handled by professionals only. Below are some of the most commonly asked plumbing questions.
Problems With Drains
Can I prevent drains from clogging altogether?
Is it okay if I use chemical drain cleaners (say Liquid Plumber or Drain-o) to unclog the drains?
What is that foul odor coming from my drains?
Problems With Garbage Disposals
What is that foul odor coming from my garbage disposal?
If the smell persists, empty two cups of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the disposal to kill the bacteria. Once the odor is removed, let hot water run through the disposal. This will ensure no debris from the rind stays behind, preventing more bacteria from forming.
Why is my garbage disposal not working? Is it broken?
Problems With Water Heaters
How often should I drain my water heater?
Why does the pilot turn off automatically on my water heater?
Can I prolong the life of my water heater?
Problems With Bathrooms
Is there an easy way to remove minerals that have accumulated on my showerhead?
Is there an easy way to prevent getting frozen or scalded in the shower when someone flushes the toilet?
Why does my toilet keep running long after it is flushed?
Why does my toilet make that gurgling sound?
Cover the end of the vent to prevent small animals from entering the pipe. Use vent extension supplies to elongate the plumbing vent and to prevent snow from causing problems. Use a larger top piece of pipe (up to four inches) to prevent ice from building up. If the problem persists, contact us immediately for further assistance.
And some miscellaneous problems
What can I do about low water pressure?
Why are strange sounds coming from my pipes?
1) Water pressure often increases when the direction or speed of water changes suddenly inside of pipes. This causes a thumping sound, followed by vibrations after the water is turned off. You can have a pressure minimizing valve installed to take care of this problem. TIP: Have it done ASAP because high pressure can damage appliances and other pipes as well.
2) Lack of sufficient wall and base support causes pipes to vibrate, they often bang against each other and create sounds. Even normal water pressure can cause this. To help, you can have a pipe support system installed.
3) Sudden, large changes in water temperature can give rise to knocking, tapping or ticking sounds within the pipes. This occurs when extremely hot water (over 120 degree Fahrenheit) flows from the water heater into the pipes, causing them to expand due to the heat. Have your pipes insulated and ensure you don’t set your water heater to temperatures above 120F.
4) Air bubbles in the pipe can cause noises due to vibrations, sputtering and spitting inside the pipes. Run all faucets to drive the air bubbles out. Once they are removed, you should notice that water flow has resumed to normal and the sounds have stopped. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact reason without professional help and you already know who to call!