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Plumbing FAQ’s: Top 10 Questions People Ask Their Plumber
Question 1: Why Is My Toilet Running?
Until the water bill shows up in regards to your San Diego home, a toilet tank that continuously feeds itself may not seem like a big problem. The very reason for this behavior is that the toilet is constantly losing water. Believe it or not, in most cases, this can cost hundreds of extra dollars in water bills.
Culprits of the problem include anything from faulty seals, adhesives, a bad flapper connection and much more. Because of the expense of such a leak, it’s imperative that it gets fixed immediately. Some leaks may not be so obvious, making it even harder to diagnose.
Question 2: Where Is the Leak Coming from?
More specifically, leaks that originate from the ceiling or wall can be extremely tricky to find. Most of the time, one won’t find the leak by simply looking at the other side of the wall, raising even more frustration.
In reality, these leaks can travel quite a distance from their original source, sneaking over surfaces such as walls, joints and other structural material. However, a plumber will be able to diagnose the problem much more effectively. Keep an eye out for mold growth when dealing with such leaks.
Question 3: Why Is the Shower Wall Deteriorating?
Drywall located along the side of the shower area is quite susceptible to water damage, whether from leaky pipes or the shower head itself. Walls with wallpaper are especially prone to such damage, due to the lack of water proofing. This water eventually causes the drywall to bubble, crack and ultimately fail. Although not exactly a big problem, shower wall damage can eventually lead to structural failure if not taken care of. Before one rebuilds a new wall, they should consider ways in which they can prevent future water damage, such as using better adhesives, and installing tile walls.
Question 4: Why is the Water Brown?
Those who have plumbing systems built out of PVC or PEX in their San Diego home are in luck, as these pipes are virtually corrosion resistant, leaving absolutely no color or residue in the water. Galvanized steel and copper pipes, on the other hand, corrode over time, leaving a nasty residue in the tap water.
Naturally, the only way to fix such a problem is to have the pipes replaced entirely. Generally speaking, steel pipes leave a rust-colored water, whereas copper pipes leave more of a bluish-green tint.
Question 5: How Long Do Hot Water Heaters Last?
Most water heaters have an average lifespan of around 15 years. However, factors such as brand, location, installation and maintenance play a great roll in how long a hot water heater lasts. To get the most life out of a water heater, flush the tank out once a year. If one wants to take it a little further, they can preserve the heater even more by turning on the vacation setting whenever they don’t use it.
Question 6: What Can Go in the Garbage Disposal?
Sources from all over the internet and life in general have very contradicting things to say when it comes to talking about what can and cannot go in the garbage disposal. Some even warn to not put coffee grounds in the disposal. All contradictions and speculations aside, only put what a person can chew in the disposal.
Simply put, use common sense. Things that may go through the disposal perfectly fine may cause blockage problems later down the road. There’re many different grades of garbage disposals as well, each having their own capabilities, disadvantages and advantages.
Question 7: What If Something ‘Bad’ Gets Flushed down the Toilet?
It can happen to anyone. Something falls into the toilet just as it’s getting ready to flush. Before one knows it, they have a hard, oddball-shaped object taking a journey through their plumbing system, raising all sorts of anxiety, panic and uncertainty. In most cases when this happens, a quick run with the plunger should fix the problem, given that the object caused a problem to begin with. If the plunger doesn’t cut it, call in a professional plumber to take care of the problem.
Question 8: How Are Sinks and Other Plumbing Fixtures Added?
The best way to have sinks and other fixtures added to a home is to have a professional install them. The final expense of the project or projects will entirely depend on the type of fixture being installed.
A marble fixture will naturally be much more expensive. However, average-styled fixtures are well within the average person’s budget. Another important thing to consider is the desired location, since building and house codes will still need to be followed.
Question 9: Why Do Pipes Knock?
Fortunately, knocking pipes are not a symptom of any serious problem or condition. Regardless, a knocking pipe is both annoying and unwanted. This knocking can be caused by a number of factors, including a bad plumbing setup, such as sharp bends and award curves, air bubbles, loose pipes and other insecure fits.
In the case of air bubbles, the problem can be fixed by allowing the pipe to bleed through a water hammer arrestor.
Question 10: Why Does the Toilet Burp?
Just about everyone has seen a toilet do this. Out of nowhere, a giant bubble rises from the toilet bowl, disturbing the awkward silence with a distinct burp. Most of the time, this burping signals faulty system pressurization. This pressure system is what prevents sewer gas from escaping into water lines.
Obstructions happen to be the number one cause of a faulty pressure system. The only way to truly fix the problem is to remove the obstruction. This will certainly require a professional in your San Diego area to come in, as these areas can be extremely difficult to get at.
As proud winners of the National Contractor of the Year by PHCC, we urge you to call Perry Plumbing Heating & Air at (619) 472-2112, to get the experts on any plumbing issue that you may have in your San Diego, CA home.