When it comes to the plumbing in your home, odds are that you don’t give it a second thought…that is, until it becomes a problem that you are forced to deal with. You can almost always guarantee that those issues are going to occur either after hours or when companies are completely booked up until a week after you need them. A lot of the questions we get from our customers involved what to do when issues arise and no one is available. We also get questions in regards to DIY repairs. We have compiled a list of the top questions we receive and our answers. Enjoy our 2019 Plumbing FAQ!
- What are some of the consequences of delaying plumbing repairs?
When plumbing repairs are delayed, you can actually incur more costs that previously estimated due to leaks continuing to compromise the integrity of your plumbing system. There’s also the fact that delays can continue to cause you to rack up your utility bill. If plumbing repairs are ignored for too long, the consequences can grow more serious. If a leak goes on too long unrepaired, it could cause mold or mildew to form which can cause serious respiratory issues if left untreated…not to mention give you another bill to worry about. If sewer line issues go ignored, sewer gas can begin to seep into your home or sewage can back into your home which presents a new form of bacteria in your home. That being said, it’s never a good idea to ignore plumbing issues that need to be repaired due to the impact that it can have not just on your wallet, but on your health too.
- How can I prevent leaking pipes in my home?
It’s never fun to deal with leaking pipes in your home, and I can’t think of anyone that would want to deal with this issue. Thankfully, there are some easy tricks that you can utilize to avoid leaking pipes. However, one of the best (and often overlooked) methods of prevention is to monitor your water pressure. Water pressure should range between 60-80 PSI with anything over 80 being problematic. If you have water pressure over 80PSI, leaks and other issues can occur. To combat this, you may want to consider the installation of a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV).
- Is it safe to use chemical drain cleaners?
The short answer to this question is no. In short, drain cleaners are extremely toxic. If you look on the back of a drain cleaning product, you’ll notice that there are at least 3 warning labels. These products aren’t good to have in your home if you have animals or children. In addition to being toxic to those in your home, the chemicals are also toxic to your pipes and can deteriorate them from the inside out. If this happens, you’re looking at needing pipe replacement. If you want to use chemicals for your drains, our advice would be to use eco-friendly products that will keep grease and sludge from building up in your pipes.
- Speaking of drain cleaners, why do my drains get clogged?
When most cases of drain clogs occur, it’s due to people not being careful of what they are putting into the drain, especially when it comes to the kitchen sink drain. Other drains in your home, such as the bathroom drains, get clogged from soap residues and hair. We encourage our customers to be conscious of what you put down your drains.
- What can I put in my garbage disposal?
Have I ever told you the story of the time that I killed the disposal in my apartment? Let’s just say that it involved cleaning a fish bowl and gravel from said bowl. Obviously, gravel is not recommended to go down your garbage disposal (in my defense, it was an accident!) as the disposal is not made to be a macerator. If you have soft foods like mashed potatoes, cooked eggs, etc. then those are okay to put down the disposal. Things like bones, coffee grounds, egg shells or any other hard product (like fish bowl gravel) can wear the blade down and jam the disposal. Oh! I almost forgot – it’s important to always run water when you are running the disposal as this will help to break down foods and flush them through the drain.
These are just a few of the questions that we get when on the job site of when speaking with customers on the phone. If you need help with any plumbing repairs or installations, we will be more than happy to assist! Give us a call today, or catch up with us on Facebook and Twitter.