This week, we would like to take some time to answer some of the questions we get asked on a daily basis. This should be a good read for just about anyone, and we will cover a large variety of plumbing related topics. If there is a good response to this post, we may make a regular thing out of answering readers’ questions on the blog.
Why am I experiencing low water pressure in my house?
If the water pressure is low throughout the whole house, the problem may be with the water service itself, meaning the city water main isn’t providing adequate water flow into your home. If your home was built before 1975, it could be that it has galvanized pipes. The problem with galvanized pipes is that they rust. Over time, this rust will build up to create a clog, which can cause slow water flow.
If the water pressure is low in one or two rooms but good in other areas, the problem areas may be too far from the water main. Consider installing a recirculation pump to keep water flowing through the more distant parts of the house. Another cause of low water pressure is faulty faucets are bad valves. These are relatively simple and cheap to replace.
What does “root intrusion” mean in plumbing?
Nature is beautiful, and it’s nice to have trees on your property. However, a problem that is commonly encountered in plumbing is when roots from plants (such as shrubs or trees) grow around pipes. These roots can entangle around the pipe and cause serious problems. Sometimes, small hair-like roots find their ways into the pipe and create enough pressure on the pipe to make it crack or even completely burst.
Will I have to install a new hot water heater if my hot water has stopped working?
Sometimes when the hot water stops working, the only problem is that the pilot light has gone out. There may be a bad igniter or other part. Have a plumber look at it to make sure. Hot water heaters generally last about 10 years, but there are always exceptions to that rule.
I am occasionally blasted by scalding hot water while showering; can this be fixed?
Yes, of course! Usually the problem is with the shower valves. Building construction codes now require that all new shower installations feature balancing mixture valves, but older showers generally will not have them. We can install new shower valves, or if you’d like to do it a bit cheaper, there are showerheads that can remedy this situation.
My plumbing makes loud creaking and groaning sounds; what could be wrong?
Plumbing is a delicate balance of vacuum pressure. Sometimes the air in the lines gets flushed out, and the lines become over pressurized. Try turning off the main valve and turning on all the faucets to run the water out of the pipes. Afterwards, re-engage the water main and see if the problem is fixed. If not, there may be a problem with your plumbing and you should call a professional.
My garbage disposal stinks! What can I do to freshen it up?
Try putting some cut up lemon peels in there with a little dish soap. Let the disposal grind it up for a bit and then rinse it out with cold water.
My water bill is higher than usual but my usage hasn’t increased, is there a problem?
Most likely there is a leak somewhere. There may be a hidden leak or there could be a leak at the water main. If you are unable to locate a leak, have a plumber come inspect the pipes.
Those are all the questions for this week. If you liked this post, feel free to leave a comment and share the post with your friends on social media. You can contact us with any questions through the contact form on this website and we might feature your question in a future blog post.