From the time we bought the house the water pressure seems too low. If we turn on more than one faucet the pressure lowers to a gradual stream. Can this be fixed?
Galvanized pipes are often to blame for slow moving water. Over time they get rusted inside and that rust accumulates to the point where the water can no longer flow as it should. This is when it is time to change them out with modern-day piping that doesn't rust inside. Call us today and we can get you on the path to normal water flow in your home again.
Whenever taking a shower the water temperature changes drastically if someone flushes the toilet. Is there something that can be done to fix this?
The government has required pressure balanced valves in new houses since the early 1990's. In older homes this is often fixed by having a tempura valve installed. Usually this can be done with a minimal amount of work. Just give us a call and we will be very glad to come out and inspect this issue and provide solutions.
Help! When somebody uses the plumbing in the upstairs in our house, all of the waste water is coming up in the downstairs bathtub. What's causing this?
Whenever pipes are draining into other places other than where they are supposed to then you most likely have a stopped up sewer line. We can come out and clean out the sewer line and can record a video of the inside of your sewer lines to try and pinpoint the problem. These types of blockages reoccur because there are hair-like roots growing inside the sewer line and the pipes have started separating. If you give us a call we'll go out to your property 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 a single month?
Usually a higher than usual water bill is due to a leaky water line somewhere. First rule out that this was the month you filled your pool or maybe you left the water running all day one day and forgot to turn it off until the next day. If it is a water line we recommend replacing it instead of repairing it. This will keep the same problem from reoccurring in the future. Give us a call. We'll come out and find the leak and repair it. This will save you money on your next water bill.
What brands do your suggest for updating my toilets? I like the way my old ones flush simply because they use so much water. However, I wish to be conscious of conserving water and saving money.
The brands we suggest most are Toto and Kohler. We have both of these brands in stock and in most cases they are 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 on demand and electric water heaters. I wish to know what the best choice for conserving energy is.
Each household 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 a long time for the hot water to reach the shower. I know I am wasting plenty of water while I am waiting. Could there be anything I can do to fix this?
One good solution is to install a Grundfos Comfort System
. This type of system will save you up to 16,000 gallons of water annually in your household. This is a small pump that can be placed in different areas of your home. This will help you to get the hot water to your shower or another fixture faster.
I have heard negative things about polybutylene pipe. How do I determine if it is in my house's plumbing?
Polybutylene pipe was used in homes built in the early 1980's to the mid 1990's. It was actually used mainly in the main service lines and has now been used inside of homes also. The method that you can see if you have it in your yard is that you would need to dig a hole at the water meter or at the front of your house. You will be looking for a light blue or gray plastic pipe. If you are checking inside of your house you can look above the water heater where the pipes are connected. If you need us to help then give us a call and we'll come out and look at it for you.
What's the normal lifespan of a water heater?
Most 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 figure out what the best water heater for your property would be.There are no specifics on any certain type of water heater but on professional brands they tend 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?
The options for safe hot water available outside your home are numerous. The manufacturer Moen makes a single handled hose bib that can be used for hot water as well as cold. If you give us a call we can give you more information on this option as well as other recommendations.
I have been told by a buddy that I can I hook up a natural gas line to my propane tank grill. Is this true?
You would need a licensed contractor to do this type of a conversion and run the gas piping, but yes, it is possible as long as you already have natural gas service.
Lately a few my faucets started dripping and also at the same time the toilet began dripping. What may be causing this?
Often times this is caused from thermal expansion or high water pressure. Both of these can certainly be fixed if you give us a call we are able to do the job and it will keep your plumbing in good working order.
Where's the main water turn off for my house?
There are lots of places it can be located. If you have your own water meter and are not on a community water plan then you can shut the water off on the water meter with a meter key. If you have a basement or a crawl space then your water line will be coming into the house on the front wall and then go up into the ceiling. If you've got a cement slab foundation then the water turn off valve is generally near the water heater in the house or garage. You may also check in the laundry room. It is good to know where it's located in case of a plumbing emergency. So locate it before hand and you will be glad you did.