It seems like 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 anything that can be done?
Galvanized pipes are usually to blame for slow moving water. Over time they become rusted inside and that rust accumulates to the point where the water can no longer flow as it should. This is when it's about 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.
I can always tell when somebody flushes the toilet when I am in the shower because the water temperature changes considerably. What can be done to stop this from happening?
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 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.
While using the upstairs plumbing in our house, all the water is draining inside the downstairs bathtub. What is causing this?
When pipes are draining into other areas other than where they are supposed to then you most likely have a stopped up sewer line. We can come out and clear up the sewer line and can record a video of the inside of your sewer lines to try and pinpoint the problem. These kinds 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 a quote for fixing it.
This month my water bill went sky high! What could be the cause?
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 whenever you came home from work. If it is in reality a water service line then we recommend replacing over repairing. This will keep it from reoccurring in the future. Give us a telephone call and we'll come out and inspect and give you our opinion.
Friends and neighbors tell me that my old toilets flush a lot better than their newer ones. However, I realize they look like antiques and would like to replace them. Are there any brands you recommend?
The brands we suggest most are Toto and Kohler. We have both these brands in stock and in most cases they can be installed in one day. All of the newer models are regulated by the federal government and require that they flush with just 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF).
My conventional hot water heater is old. I have seen advertisements for tankless and electric water heaters. I wish to know what the best choice for conserving energy is.
Every household's needs are different on which is the ideal choice for a hot water heater. We can install both the Marathon Electric water heaters in addition to the Rinnai tankless on demand water heater. If you give us a call we can give you a recommendation best suited to your household's needs.
I waste a whole lot of water waiting for the hot water to get to my shower. Is there anything I could do to correct this?
One solution is to install a Grundfos Comfort System
. This system can save you up to 16,000 gallons of water per year, per household. This is a small pump that people can install in different places in your house to get the hot water to your fixtures faster.
I have heard bad things about polybutylene pipe. What is the 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 main 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 at the front of your house. You are searching 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 opinion then call us and we'll come out and look at it for you.
How long does a hot water heater normally last?
Most of the professional brands will last 8 to 12 years and consumer brands usually have a shorter use span. Most professional brands come with 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 aren't any 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 last 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.
Is there a way to have hot water installed outside my home in a safe manner?
There are many new available options 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 on, call 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 licensed 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 could be causing this?
Thermal expansion in your water pipes or high water pressure could be the reason behind this dripping. These can be easily fixed. Phone us and we will do this repair and this will help keep your plumbing in good working order.
Where is the main water shut off for my house?
There are many places it can be located. If you have your own personal water meter and are not on a community water plan you'll be able to shut the water off at the water meter with a meter key. If you have a basement or a crawl space then the water line might be coming into the house on the front wall and then go up in to the ceiling. If you've got a cement slab foundation then the water shut 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 is located in case of a plumbing emergency. So locate it ahead of time and you will be glad you did.