Below is a list of some frequently asked questions of the most common plumbing issues we hear about at PlumbTech.
The sound of running water usually helps. If you do hear it follow it to the source/ leak. If there is a water stain in the ceiling or dripping down the leak is most probably directly there in that area above. Sometimes, water may run along a joist and then stain or drip at an area some distance from the actual leak. If there is a stain in the wall that usually means there is a leak in a section of pipe. Any wall stain is usually below the actual area of the leak and you will probably have to move a part of the wall to find it. Call PlumbTech for further assistance.
If you receive a higher than normal water bill it may just be the first indication of a leaking pipe. You may also hear the sound of running water even when all your fixtures are closed (turned off). If you suspect a leak check the fixtures first to make sure all faucets are tightly closed. Then go to the water meter and see if the dial is moving. If it is your losing water somewhere in the system.
The cause to noisy pipes could be loose pipes, waterlogged air chambers, or water pressure that’s too high. Anchoring exposed pipes is a simple solution. Other solutions such as anchoring pipes concealed inside walls, floors or ceilings may call for one of our professionals.
Only hot water pipes tend to squeak. As the pipe expands, it moves in its strap and the friction causes the squeak. The solution is simple. Simply cusion it as you would a banging pipe.
If the pipes sound like they are banging, you may need to add straps, cushion the pipes with a rubber blanket or both. If you anchor a pipe, especially a plastic pipe, leave room for expansion and don’t use galvanized straps on copper pipes.
Immediately turn off the water by turning the fixture shutoff valve underneath the sink. If there is no valve, don’t panic simply turn off the water main shutoff valve and call PlumbTech to come out to replace or repair your leaky faucet. If your plumbing problem was not listed above please don’t hesitate to contact PlumbTech
First shut off any faucet or appliances that drain into the sink. Try unclogging the sink using a plunger or snake.
If you have foul odors from you kitchen sink or a bathroom. If in the kitchen sink you have a garbage disposal foul odors tend to occur from a buildup of food debris within the sinks garbage disposal. To eliminate this odor, simply place ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposal and run it for a minute. Next squirt a little liquid dish detergent into the disposal whil it is still running. Never stick your hands or items in disposal while its running. Finally, run cold water for another minute to rinse the debris away. Foul odors in the bathroom usually comes from when the water evaporates from the traps in the fixutres. The plumbing system is designed to prevent odors from entering the residence by means of a trap attached to fixtures. These traps contain water to seal out the foul odors. To solve this problem simply make sure there is water in the traps by pouring a bucket of water in each trap, sink, shower, and floor drain. This should prevent odors from entering the residence.
- Once a week try to run hot water down the bathroom drain to keep it free-flowing.
- To remove mineral deposits from your shower head, put one cup of vinegar in a plastic bag and tie it over the shower head with a twist tie and leave it over night. The next day remove the bag and wipe it down with a rag, preferably damp.
- Never put hard to grind wastes in the kitchen sink garbage disposal. Run cold water down the drain for 30 seconds before and after use.
- Don’t pour liquid grease such as cooking oils down the drain.
- Septic tanks in average should be inspected and pumped every 2 to 4 years to help prevent costly replacements of the filter fields.
- Once a year drain several gallons of water from the water heater tank to remove sediment buildup that can cause corrosion and reduce heating efficiency.
If you have a broken or leaking pipe turn off the main water shut off valve to prevent water damages. Make temporary to try and stop the leak. Call PlumbTech so that we may replace the pipes and make sure you actually found the source of the leak to prevent further damages & expenses in the long run.