It seems like our water pressure is not enough. 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?
Galvanized pipes are usually 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 house 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 federal government has required pressure balanced valves in new homes since the early 1990's. In older homes this is often fixed by having a tempura valve installed. Usually this can be accomplished with a minimal amount of work. Just phone us and we will be glad to come out and inspect this problem and provide solutions.
Help! When somebody uses the plumbing in the upstairs of our house, all of the waste water is coming up in the downstairs bathtub. What's causing this?
More often than not this type of drainage is the result of a blocked sewer line. We can come out and clear up the sewer line. From there we'll recommend a video recording of the inside of your sewer lines to try and find the problem. Many times these obstructions reoccur since there are roots growing into the sewer line and the pipes have begun separating. Just give us a call and we'll go out to your property and figure out the problem and provide you with an estimate for fixing it.
This month my water bill went sky high! What could be the cause?
Normally a greater 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 for hours on end one day and forgot to turn it off until the next day. If it is a water line then we recommend replacing it as opposed to repairing it. This will keep the same problem from reoccurring down the road. 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 want to be conscious of conserving water and conserving money.
The brands we suggest most are Toto and Kohler. We have both 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 just 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF).
My conventional water heater is old. I have noticed advertisements for tankless and electric water heaters. I wish to know what the best option for conserving energy is.
Each household has different hot water needs. We can install either the Marathon electric water heater or the Rinnai tankless on demand water heater. If you give us a phone 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 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 solution is to install a Grundfos Comfort System
. This system can help you save up to 16,000 gallons of water annually, per household. This is a small pump that we can install in different places in your home to get the hot water to the 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 used in homes built in the early 1980's to the mid 1990's. It was used mainly in the main service lines and has now been used on the inside of homes also. The method that you can see if you have it in your yard is that you simply would need to dig a hole at the water meter or at the front of your house. You will be searching 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 phone us and we'll come out and look at it for you.
What is the normal life expectancy of a water heater?
The majority of the professional brands can 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 call us, we can help you determine 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 last a little less time. Most professional brands have full warranties whereas consumer brands have prorated warranties. Give us a call and we will help you determine what the best water heater for your home is.
I am interested in having a hot water available outside my home. Is this possible?
There are many new options available for hot water outside your home. Moen makes a single handle hose bib that you can use for both cold and hot water. If this is something that you would like more information about, give us a call and we'll provide you with our recommendations.
May I hook up a natural gas line to my propane tank grill?
You would need a licensed contractor to do this type of a conversion and run the gas piping, but yes, it can be done as long as you already have natural gas service.
Lately a couple of my faucets started dripping and also 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 will do this repair and it will help keep your plumbing in good operating order.
How can I locate the main water shut off for my home?
There are a few places to look for the main water shut off in your house. If you have your own personal water meter then the water may be shut off at the water meter with a meter key. You can also look in your basement or crawl space. The water line may be entering 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 in the laundry room. It is usually good to know exactly where the main shut off is located in case of a plumbing emergency. If you locate the shut off in advance you will save yourself the worries of looking for it during a plumbing emergency.