FAQ’s Plumbing

* Why is my water bill suddenly higher?

If you notice a sudden increase in your water bill that does not correspond to an increase in the amount of water you know you were using in the house, you probably have a leak somewhere in your system. Without proper experience and diagnostic equipment, you will have a hard time pinpointing the source of the leak on your own. Your best bet is to call an experienced plumber who can inspect your whole plumbing system easily and figure out where the leak is and what to do about it.

* What is a vent’s contribution to the plumbing system and what does it do?

Vents are visible on all roofs. If hazardous gases remain trapped in your drains they could permeate your house. Liquid must be followed by air, in order for it to go down a pipe. Vents are piped in to direct foul air out of your home when drain action displaces air from the traps.

* How can you prevent the invasion of roots in the main sewer line?

-The recommended preventive maintenance includes cleaning out your drain three times a year. Inquire with your plumbers whether there are any products that can be flushed through the drainage system to prevent roots from getting into it.

* What is the function of an aerator on a faucet?

It diffuses the water and puts a stop to splashing.

* Why should we put traps below the sinks?

-To keep your kitchen and bathroom free from foul odors, traps prevent sewer gases from permeating out from the drain.

* What is the white build-up around my faucets and shower head?

– A white buildup around your shower head and faucets is most likely mineral deposits that settle out from your water and accumulate over time. These can be cleaned off easily enough by soaking the fixture in vinegar overnight and then thoroughly scrubbing it. But that will not keep the problem from recurring. If your problem is severe or you would like to avoid future occurrences, you may want to look into having a water softener installed that can take those minerals out of your water before it reaches your taps.

* Why is my water pressure so low all of a sudden?

-This could be caused by a number of things. The most common (and least stressful) is a closed shutoff valve, a kink in the water line, or old pipes that have develop a heavy mineral deposit in their lining. However, other potentially big problems include water line leaks. If you cannot verify the problem on your own, you may need a plumber to help identify where the pressure is being lost and the easiest way to restore it.

* Why did my hot water heater stop working?

-It could be a number of things, but most commonly, if you are using a traditional hot water heater, the reason is a blown heating element. This can affect both traditional and tankless heaters, though more commonly with a traditional system you’ll notice much smaller flows of hot water to your fixtures due to a reduced capacity for heating.