It appears as if our water pressure is too low. If we turn on more than one faucet at a time in our house the water pressure lowers. Is there something that can be done?
Many houses built before 1965 used galvanized pipe lines which as time passes rust from the inside out. When this occurs the rust builds up inside the pipe and then there is less room for the water to circulate. It might be time to change out those old pipes with more contemporary ones that don't accumulate rust inside. Then your pressure will be normal again. Give us a call today and we'll perform a free inspection of your water system and give you an estimate for restoring it back to normal.
I can always tell when someone flushes the toilet when I am in the shower because the water temperature changes drastically. What can be done to stop this from happening?
Ever since the government required pressure balanced valves in new homes in the early 1990's this prevents this pressure change from occurring. However, in older homes this is not the case but can be fixed with a tempura valve installed. This can be done with a minimal amount of work. If you give us a phone call we will come out and give you solutions and an estimate for fixing this.
While using the upstairs plumbing in our house, all the water is draining into the downstairs bathtub. What is causing this?
Most of the time this kind of drainage is the result of a blocked sewer line. We will come out and clear up the sewer line. From there we will recommend a video recording of the inside of your sewer lines to try to find the problem. Many times these obstructions reoccur because there are roots growing into the sewer line and the pipes have begun separating. Just phone us and we'll go out to your house and figure out the problem and give you an estimate for fixing it.
This month's water bill nearly knocked me off my chair. How could it go up so much in one month?
Usually a high water bill is because of a leaky water line. Unless it was the month you filled your pool or left the water running one day and forgot about it until the afternoon when you came home from work. If it is in fact a water service line then we recommend changing over repairing. This can keep it from reoccurring in the future. Give us a call and we'll come out and inspect and give you our opinion.
What brands do your recommend for updating my toilets? I like the way my old ones flush because they use so much water. However, I want to be conscious of conserving water and conserving money.
The brands we recommend most are Toto and Kohler. We have both of these brands in stock and usually they can be installed in one day. All of the newer models are regulated by the government and require that they flush with only 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF).
My conventional water heater is old. I have seen advertisements for tankless and electric water heaters. I would like to know what the best option for conserving energy is.
Each family has diverse hot water needs. We can install possibly the Marathon electric water heater or the Rinnai tankless on demand water heater. If you give us a call we can help you figure out which would be best to suit your needs.
Every time I want to have a shower I have to wait quite a while for the hot water to arrive at the shower. I know I am wasting a lot of water while I am waiting. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
One option would be to install a Grundfos Comfort System
. This system can help you save up to 16,000 gallons of water per year, per household. This is a small pump that we can install in several places in your house to get the hot water to your fixtures faster.
I have heard negative things about polybutylene pipe. Is there a way to tell if it is in my home's plumbing?
Polybutylene pipe was common in houses built in the early 1980's to the mid 1990's and was utilized mostly in the primary service lines, although it has been used inside the home as well. To see if you have it on your property you will need to dig a hole at the water meter or in front of your house. You are looking for a plastic pipe that looks gray or light blue in color. Inside the home you can check above the water heater where the pipes connect. If you need a professional judgment then phone us and we'll come out and look at it for you.
What's the normal lifespan of a water heater?
The majority of the professional brands will last 8 to 12 years and consumer brands usually have a shorter use span. Most professional brands include a full warranty but the consumer brands have a warranty that is prorated. If you give us a call, we can help you determine what the best water heater for your home would be.There are no specifics on any certain type of water heater but on professional brands they have a tendency to last 8 to 12 years and consumer brands serve you for a little less time. Most professional brands have full warranties whereas consumer brands have prorated warranties. Give us a call and we can help you determine what the best water heater for your home is.
I am thinking about having a hot water accessible outside my house. Is this possible?
There are many new options available for hot water outside your home. Moen makes a single handle hose bib which you can use for both cold and hot water. If this is something that you would like more information about, phone us and we'll give you our recommendations.
I heard from a buddy that I can I connect a natural gas line to my propane tank grill. Is this true?
Yes it's true! You will need to have a qualified contractor do the conversion and run the new gas piping provided you already have natural gas service.
Lately a couple of my faucets started dripping and at the same time the toilet began dripping. What may be causing this?
Thermal expansion in your water pipes or high water pressure may be the cause of this dripping. These can be easily fixed. Phone us and we can do this repair and it will help keep your plumbing in good working order.
Where's the main water turn off for my house?
There are a few places to look for the main water shut off in your house. If you have your own water meter then the water can be shut off at the water meter using a meter key. You can also look in your basement or crawl space. The water line may be coming into the house on the front wall and then go directly up into the ceiling. You can also check near your water heater or perhaps in the garage if you have a cement slab foundation. Some homes even have the shut off inside the laundry room. It is always good to be aware of exactly where the main shut off is located in case of a plumbing emergency. If you locate the shut off ahead of time you will save yourself the worries of looking for it during a plumbing emergency.