Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about plumbing issues
HOW CAN I PREVENT CLOGGED DRAINS?
Every clog is different, just like every home is different. But you can prevent clogs in your drains by taking a number of preventive measures.
- The first tip is simple: be careful about what you put down your drains. Some of the most common causes of clogged drains are cooking grease, coffee grounds, hair and soap scum.
- Buy a drain strainer that covers the drain’s opening. This should catch hair and foreign matter before it can reach the drain and create a blockage.
- Run very hot water through the sink after you’re done using it. Hot water allows materials such as food or oil to run through the drainpipes instead of amassing together to create a clog.
- Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain every so often. Then follow it with hot water.
- You can also pour one cup of vinegar down the drain on top of a cup of baking soda. Let sizzle for about 15 minutes and then rinse with hot water. Repeat as necessary.
- Avoid using caustic chemical drain cleaners. Over time, these can corrode some pipes—and sometimes they don’t even remove the whole clog.
WHAT IS CAUSING MY FAUCET TO DRIP?
Usually when a faucet is dripping the problem has a relatively simple solution. The internal mechanisms need to be rebuilt or replaced. This is an easy and inexpensive fix. Did you know that you could extend the life of your washers by turning off your faucets gently rather than forcefully?
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY WATER HEATER IS LEAKING?
You should call us right away! Leaking water heaters usually indicate the bottom of the tank has rusted. There are really no good repairs for this problem. You most likely need a new water heater.