Got Questions?

If you’ve got plumbing questions or need plumbing help, be sure that others have probably encountered the same issues. Take a look at the following Q&A’s, which address a variety of common plumbing problems.

1Why does my drain get clogged?

Having owned three older homes in three different states (California, Florida, and Texas), I’ve encountered my share of clogged drains. If you have an older home and your drains run fine, you are very lucky. If you suffer repeated clogs and calls for the plumber, this article is for you.

Every old home is different because of the materials used in the pipes, the angle of the pipes to the main line, the structure of the house, the soil and the trees in the yard. All of these elements can work to cause you problems with clogs. Some plumbers will work with you to help you uncover the problems with your home, but lots of them do make a living out of handling your clogged drain problems and may not have the interest or knowledge to help you prevent clogs at your house. Since plumbing calls are often eighty dollars or more just to unclog a drain, it pays to be pro-active in solving your own drain problems.

2What causes my faucet to drip?

Faucets are an indispensable part of a home structure and keeping them in a good working condition is imperative. A leaky faucet, whether or not it’s in the bathtub or sink, not only disturbs sleep and adds to the water bill but also causes inconvenience that might range from annoying to catastrophic.

The typical reasons of faucet dripping include corrosion, mineral deposit on the internal parts, or defective gaskets, o-rings, or washers. Nonetheless, most faucets that leak can be fixed easily by homeowners if they have the right tools. Ignoring a faulty faucet can turn a simple repair of $200 into a $1,000 plumbing replacement project. Besides, a dripping faucet leads to a wastage of over hundred gallons of water every month.

Not only is that bad for the environment, that wasted water will cost you.

3How can I prevent leaking pipes?

Connections that rely on threaded pipes and fittings are prone to leaks if they’re not sealed with either Teflon tape or Teflon pipe joint compound. Careful plumbers use both on every joint for extra security.

4Is it a big deal if my toilet is running?

This is not only an annoyance but also a waste of water and money. Leaky toilets can cost almost $100 extra per year on your water bills. If the toilet continues to run into the bowl after the toilet is flushed, it indicates that some part of the mechanism is out of order and needs to be replaced.

5How long should a water heater last?

Like any appliance, water heaters break down over time. No one enjoys taking a cold shower, so ideally you’d like to be able to replace your water heater before it completely stops working. If you wait too long, it could lead to a much larger problem. Such as, large leaks and water damage to your home. So how do you know when it’s time for a replacement? Here are a few clues:

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