• Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions

    November 3, 2017 | FAQ
  • Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions

    What causes a leaking faucet?

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    Everyone hates the sound of constant dripping when your faucet leaks. Unfortunately, there could be multiple things wrong that are causing the faucet to leak. Common problems include worn or broken seals, broken or corroded washers, broken valves, missing o-rings, improper water pressure, pipe damage, and more. Many times these problems arise due to the age of your faucet and fixtures. While replacement parts are available, it may be just as easy and most cost-effective to replace the faucet with a new one that will last.

    Why the price difference between different types of faucets?

    There could be a number of reasons for price discrepancies when it comes to shopping for new faucets. Size, materials, style, and feature all come into play as it pertains to pricing. While it’s not always the case, pricier options are typically made with quality craftsmanship, elegant finishes, and longer-lasting materials.

    Does the new faucet need the same number of handles?

    While it makes installing the new faucet easier, you don’t necessarily need to buy a new faucet with the same number of handles. However, if you do decide to go from a single-handled faucet to a double-handled faucet, it’s good to enlist the help of a reputable plumber that can perform the necessary upgrades and make installation easy.

    How do I increase the efficiency of my water heater?

    Over time, the efficiency of a traditional water heater will decrease due to built up sediments and particulates in the holding tank. These things make the water more difficult to heat; causing your water heater to use more energy than it should need. The fix is calling a professional plumber to clean the sediment from your tank, which can help improve efficiency and increase overall lifespan.

    Should I replace or repair?

    Repair or replacement is a simple question of economics. Whether it’s your water softener, water heater, or any part of your plumbing system, it comes down to what the long-term costs are. For a new system, it’s probably more cost-effective to pay for the repairs rather than the whole replacement. By contrast, out-of-date systems are usually less energy efficient and more prone to problems, making replacement the easy choice.

    What problems require a professional plumber?

    Are you a plumber? No? Then your problem requires a professional to ensure that it’s done right. Plumbing is one of the most important systems of your home, and shoddy DIY repairs could end up violating building codes and threatening the functionality, efficiency, and safety of your system. The money you save by doing it yourself won’t be worth the hefty repair costs for doing it incorrectly.

    How do I spot trouble with my pipes?

    The re-piping of your home is not a decision you can make yourself. Your plumbing needs to be inspected by a licensed professional that has the knowledge and experience to advise on this matter. However, there are a few things that you be aware of including bitter tasting water, discolored water, poor water pressure and noticeable leaks on floors, ceilings, and walls.