Top 7 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions
Posted on August 6, 2018 by John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air
Why do Drains Get Clogged?
One of the biggest reasons that drains get clogged is because of soap scum, as unlikely as it sounds, most of the time it becomes the binding agent for fallen skin, hair, dirt, and other particles. When all of these things come together inside a pipe, they can stick to each other and even solidify against the walls.
Creating clogs throughout different areas of your plumbing system. All of this pesky gunk can accumulate to make your life a nightmare, making it incredibly important do use drain stoppers and hair blockers.
What is Causing my Faucet to Drip?
There are a variety of reasons behind a dripping faucet, however, the most common 4 are:
- The washer was not installed correctly. If you tried to DIY your faucet installation there is a likely probability that either the wrong size was chosen, or it was just simply installed wrong. This can create an annoying leak that could have been avoided with professional installation.
- Another reason can be a worn out washer. Not only do these need to be installed right, but they also need to be changed every so often. If they have been in place for a long while, constantly touching the valve seat, then it may wear out and allow spaces for water to fall through.
- Now that we are discussing the valve seat, you must know that it is the connection between the actual faucet and the compression mechanism inside of it. Occasionally, hard water and different kinds of sediment can accumulate around the area and corrode the valve seat. This is another issue that can create an unwanted drip.
- The handle of the faucet also falls guilty to certain leaks whenever the O ring does not sit in place or begins to corrode. It is an issue that happens more specifically to cartridge faucets.
What Can I Put in my Garbage Disposal?
Garbage disposals have made it extremely easy for us to clean up the kitchen after cooking, however, many people overtake this advantage and simply do not use it correctly. Many different food items can be flushed down. For most grinds, use a strong flow of water when grinding everything to avoid clogs.
Materials such as meats, cartilage, fruit pieces and ice. Always abstain from disposing of eggshells, foods like pasta and rice (which expand within the pipes because of their contact with water), and grease because it solidifies inside your plumbing system!
What Items Should I Not Flush?
- Dental floss
- Cleaning pads
- Facial tissues
- Baby wipes
- Feminine products
- Anything plastic
- Fats oils or greases
Why Does my Garbage Disposal Smell Bad?
If you occasionally start noticing a phantom smell in your kitchen, it might be your garbage disposal, and although many would think of these as self-cleaning … sometimes sludge may stay, or even food bits start to rot. First off your sink may be in need of cleaning.However, there may also be other issues occurring like poor ventilation, these issues require the hiring of professional services for best resolution. If you are also disposing of some of the above-listed products, smells may occur and stay due to the piping issues they can bring about.
Do I Need a Water Softener?
Water softeners are products that can really help the health of your family, this is due to the cleanliness they bring about to all water outlets inside your home. However, it is not a necessary part of a home living, there are specifically located filters if you only want to have clean water for drinking purposes. Sometimes though there are signs that indicate your home would more likely benefit from a water softener, these are:
- Noticing buildup on appliances.
- Skin is always dry and itchy.
- There are stains on sinks and bathtubs.
- Water bill continues to rise.
How do I Change The Water Pressure in my House?
Changing the water pressure in your home is a very simple task that many people are unaware of. However, knowing how to turn a simple valve handle can bring many benefits to any homeowner. In order to increase water pressure, you must make sure to fully open the shutoff valves, these are likely to be near the water meter. Similarly, to lower the pressure, if needed, turn the shutoff valve in the opposite direction, and slightly close the handle.