Why is my water pressure low or my water flows too slow?

This is typically an issue with the water service, or with the pipes in the house. Actually, the pressure may be OK and there is simply a limit on the volume of water able to pass through the system. Many homes built before 1975 have galvanized water service lines, and many homes built before 1965 have galvanized piping throughout the house. Galvanized pipe rusts over time. Eventually the pipe fills with rust, choking the flow of water. You may see a major benefit by replacing the water service line, allowing you to run multiple fixtures  at one time  without the water volume dropping. If you would like us to diagnose the problem, give us a call.

Why is the water pressure in my kitchen bad compared to the rest of the house faucets?It is likely that either your shutoff valves are bad or your faucet. Both are inexpensive to replace.

What happens when roots get inside drain lines?

Roots from shrubs and trees will completely fill a pipe with multiple hair-like root masses at each point of entry. These root masses quickly become clogged, resulting in reduced flow, slow running drains and eventually complete blockages. After roots enter the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting pressure at the crack or joint. This increased pressure can break the pipe and may result in total collapse, which requires repair or replacement. Have us use our state-of-the-art euipment to solve your drain problems with roots.

Do I need to replace my hot water heater if my hot water stops working?

Not always. Some common problems only require replacing a part. A bad igniter (gas) or heating element (electric) are examples of this. Pilot lights can sometimes blow out. If it’s leaking, it is more than likely you will need to replace it.

What is a normal lifespan for a water heater?

Typically, the top “professional” brands of gas and electric water heaters seem to last about 8 to 12 years, while the “consumer grade” units typically fail a bit sooner.

When showering, if a toilet is flushed, I’m either scalded or frozen! Can you fix this?

This is a classic problem.Homes built before the early 1990′s commonly lack “pressure-balanced valves”.  Depending on the house layout, we normally recommend replacing shower valves to fix this problem. Typically, we can do this without any tile work.

How come my toilet in the hall bathroom flushes slower than my master bath?

Most likely something is obstructing the flow in the toilet itself. This is an inexpensive fix.

I have a problem with the plumbing in my house making groaning and honking noises.

You may have lost your “air cushion.” Turn the water supply off at the main valve. Turn on all the faucets around your home. Then turn on the main valve again and shut off each faucet. This should fix the problem.

How do I eliminate the foul odor coming from my garbage disposal?

Foul odors are from a buildup of food debris within the disposal. To eliminate odors, place ice cubes and lemon peels or orange peels in the disposal, and run for 30 seconds. Next, squirt a little liquid dish detergent into the disposer while it is still running. Finally, run cold water for about 30 seconds to rinse all the debris away.

What is the white substance around my shower head and faucet?

This is mineral deposits. To remove these deposits, take a plastic bag and pour a cup of vinegar in it. Place the bag over the shower head and use a twist tie to hold it in place overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off the deposits. You might be able to remove the aerators from the faucets and allow them to soak in the vinegar overnight. If this is a continuing problem, you may need water filtration equipment installed in your home. We can explain to you all about the water softening and conditioning options available to you.

My water bill this month is high, and my usage hasn’t changed — and I don’t have any leaks that I’m aware of. Is the local water department overcharging me?

This tends to be a leak in the water service line. If your service line is galvanized pipe it is usually more cost-effective to install a new water service line than to hunt for the leak in the old one. If your service line is copper or plastic continuous line, it might be worth the cost to search for the leak. But, generally we recommend replacement. We have some simple tests to figure out if there’s a leak in the water service line.

Sometimes, though, the water department may bill you based on a usage average.

How do I avoid costly plumbing repairs?

Call us first!

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