Q:What are some common DIY plumbing mistakes that I can avoid?

Not turning off the water: Many plumbing issues end in water damage because people overlook to shut off the water supply. Before you clear P-traps or remove pipes, make sure to turn off the water. An incomplete toolkit: Not using the right tools can make a problem worse or complicate the situation. Always research the tools you will need for the job. Many jobs require a plumber’s wrench, a basin wrench and a plumber’s snake. If you’re planning several DIY projects, the hand tools and the snake are worth renting or purchasing. Too much drain cleaner: While commercial drain cleaners are great at clearing away clogs and getting rid of built-up residue, using too much or using these products too often can damage your drains. Instead, try using vinegar and baking soda. First try a plunger and or a hand cranked drain snake for clogs than can’t be plunged. Plunging often solves the problem. If you do choose to chemical drain, always use eye and face protection since the chemicals can result in injuries.

Q: I have a leaky faucet that’s in need of repair, but I just don’t have time to tackle it. This is just a minor issue that can wait, right?

A: Fixing a leaky faucet and other common plumbing repairs should be done ASAP, no matter how small the problem may seem. Postponing plumbing repairs can turn into a more problematic situation, which can result in costing more money and causing substantial damage to your home.

Q: Is it a big deal if my toilet is running?

A: Running toilets are an annoyance and also a waste of water and money! Leaky toilets can cost roughly $100 extra per year on your water bills. If the toilet continues to run into the bowl after the toilet is flushed, it directs that some part of the mechanism is out of order. Sometimes a little jiggling of the flush valve can solve the problem. Otherwise you may need to replace the complete mechanism. Contact us to resolve the problem.

Q: What can I put in my garbage disposal?

A: Most importantly with garbage disposals; be sure to always run cold water when grinding to move the waste all the way down the drain lines. Fats and grease harden in cold water and can be flushed through the system. Hot water should not be used because it can dissolve fats and grease, which can accumulate in the drain line. Almost all-biodegradable food waste can be put into disposers. Although, they should not be used to grind shells, cornhusks or other material with high fiber content. Never should you put glass, plastic or non-food materials through a disposer.

Q: I have low water pressure in my home. What can I do about it?

A: There are numerous things that could cause low water pressure, including a partially closed or malfunctioning shut off valve, a crimped water line, or deposits that collect in older galvanized pipes. If your neighbors have strong water pressure, the problem is most likely between the water meter and your home.

Q: Should I have my plumbing lines jetted and will they stay clean longer?

A: Jetting cleans sewer lines better than snakes. Jetters use fluctuating degrees of water pressure to cut through grease and other debris that build up in drain pipes. Enzyme-type sewer and drain cleaning and maintenance products, such as drain and grease treatment, can be inserted into the line to keep grease and food waste from building up in the line. The enzyme destroy the grease and turns it into a liquid, which washes away with water, preventing backups.

Q: Our dishwasher does not drain completely. What is the problem?

A: Dishwashers are meant to leave a small amount of water in the bottom of the unit at the end of each cycle. This is to keep the heating mechanism from burning up. However, if the dishwasher does not empty, you’ve got a problem.

Q: I think my toilet is leaking. Is there a test I can do to confirm this?

A: Yes! All you have to do is put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. Wait a few minutes and then look in the toilet bowl. If you see that your bowl has the same color, then you’ve got a leak! The scary part is you are probably wasting hundreds of gallons of water each month!

Q: Why Do Our Pipes Make Noise When We Turn On A Faucet?

A: The problem could be a loose pipe, and thus the pipes make noise inside your walls. You can try to find the noisy water pipes by inspecting your plumbing in open areas of the home to see if there is significant movement of those pipes when someone turns on the faucets. You could secure them to the wood framing with pipe clips or clamps, which should keep them from moving.

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