Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions


Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

Chances are good that if you own a home, you may have a few plumbing questions for your plumber. These questions fall into two categories: Minor plumbing issues, and major problems that require the expertise of a plumbing contractor. This post outlines some common plumbing questions homeowners ask.

1) Why Is My Water Bill So High?

A leak can drive up your water bill quickly. Unfortunately, aside from a dripping faucet or broken pipe, water leaks can be hard to locate. Often, the culprit can be as simple as a toilet that runs all the time or a hidden slab leak, which can be difficult to detect. In either case, correcting the problem as soon as possible will save you money and protect one of your most precious resources.

2) Why Does My Hot Water Smell Bad?

A water heater has a magnesium anode rod in the storage tank. This rod attracts corrosive elements within the water, that would otherwise attack the hot water tank itself. Unfortunately, when sulfur or bacteria in the water interacts with the anode rod, it creates an unpleasant odor. Your plumbing contractor can address this problem by flushing the water heater system annually, or replacing the magnesium anode rod with an aluminum rod.

3) Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Harmful?

Although some homeowners may assume that chemical drain cleaners are a quick fix for a clogged drain, they are not recommended. The chemicals are very toxic, and can wreak havoc on your drain lines. In severe cases, damage from chemical drain cleaners can lead to drain line replacement. If clogged drains are a problem in your home, you're better off consulting a pro.

4) How Does Tree Root Invasion Affect Plumbing?

Roots from shrubs and trees can completely block a sewage line. Once inside the pipe, they multiply rapidly, thanks to the nutrient-rich water that feeds them. The roots act as a catch-all, trapping grease and other debris that flows through the sewage system. Over time, your home may experience reduced sewage flow and sluggish toilets and sink drains. Eventually, sewage lines may become completely blocked. When this happens, your home is vulnerable to sewage backups, which can lead to costly home repairs caused by overflowing toilets and sinks. In severe cases, the pipes might burst, requiring sewage line replacement. To fix the problem, plumbing contractors can use high-tech equipment to locate and remove the blockage, possibly saving you hefty repair bills.

5) Why Does My Toilet Run Constantly?
If you find yourself jiggling the handle after every flush, your toilet may need new valves or other parts. A toilet that runs intermittently can be caused by a variety of problems, including worn valves or having too much water in the tank. Plumbing contractors can identify the issue, before a minor nuisance becomes a larger problem. Once the repairs are made and your toilet works efficiently, you may even notice a savings on your water bill.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.