We thought we’d take a look at some of the most common plumbing questions we get asked. Questions about plumbing fixtures, noises, and, of course, the infamous clogged drain, are among the most typical. We’re always happy to answer questions, and we love to have customers interested in something as important as their home’s plumbing system!
Yes, this is a very common concern for homeowners. A toilet that keeps running after being flushed. It’s not just aggravating, but a huge waste of water. Depending on your water pressure, a running toilet can waste over one gallon of water per hour.
There can be a few different reasons for a toilet to continue to run, but the most common are:
This is pretty easy fix. Purchase a toilet repair kit available at any hardware store. This should solve the problem. If it doesn’t, look for a silent leak.
Put some food coloring in the toilet tank and see if it makes its way to the bowl without flushing. This indicates your flapper valve is not sealing and a new one is needed.
Frozen pipes are a winter worry for most homeowners in our cold climate. When water freezes, it expands. When it is trapped in a small area such as a pipe, this expansion eventually compromises the integrity of the pipes and they burst. Indication of frozen pipes is poor or no water flow, and can lead to burst pipes. If a frozen pipe bursts, it can cause thousands of dollars in damages, so it’s smart to avoid the risk if at all possible.
Damaged pipes cause major problems and expensive repairs. Here’s how frozen pipes:
Hands down, clogged drains are the most common plumbing issue and question. Clogged drains are a pain in the neck and often smell bad. Sometimes a plunger will do the trick to loosen a clog so it will wash free. Other times, a more aggressive snaking procedure needs to be done by a professional.
The best way to avoid a clogged drain is to take preventive measures to avoid a blockage in the first place. If you’ve tried the plunger route, here are some other tactics:
Be very cautious using liquid drain cleaners. These harsh chemicals can actually cause additional damage to pipes. They are also very harmful to septic systems, terrible to breathe, and not good for the environment. It’s best to leave these toxic products on the store shelf.
Drip, drip, drip. A familiar sound that can drive anyone crazy – a leaking faucet. Beyond annoying, a dripping faucet can leak as much as 2,600 gallons per year! Mineral deposits, sediment, or just worn out parts are usually to blame. Save your sanity and your water bill by trying these fixes:
Low water pressure is another common concern of homeowners. Weak water pressure makes washing dishes and showering a pain, and causes you to use more water than necessary trying to accommodate for poor flow.
Plumbing has a lot of mysterious sounds, smells, and issues. Many plumbing problems are territory for a licensed professional, but this list should give you some starting points to try to resolve the most common issues. We’re always here to help – don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions!