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Adelaide 24 Hour Plumbing – Some Advice and Answers to Your Plumbing Adelaide Problems

Posted by on November 11, 2019
What causes the water temperature to change in the shower when someone flushes the toilet or runs another water appliance in the house?

Answer: At the time of installation, it is important to run pipes with enough volume and pressure so that many fixtures can be used at the same time. Running only two fixtures on a 1/2″ line; so, a standard bathroom would have a 3/4″ line for cold until one fixture is taken off. A 1/2″ line for the hot is fine. A nice follow guide now a days is the plumbing code in many areas. Get a pressure balanced tub and shower valve, which is a single handled valve that balances the hot and cold water to try to maintain a temperature range plus or minus 2 degrees.

What is a pressure balancing valve and why should I install one on my shower systems?

Answer : Pressure-balancing valves prevent sudden temperature swings! It’s happened to everyone who showers: Elsewhere in the house a toilet is flushed, a faucet is opened, or the washing machine kicks on, and the once-temperate water coming from the shower head is suddenly cold enough to make you jump or so hot you want to scream. A simple device called a pressure-balancing shower valve can help. By adjusting to pressure changes in water coming through the hot and cold supply lines, a piston in the valve automatically opens or closes small inlet ports to maintain a balance in pressure, which in turn keeps the water flowing at an ambient temperature. It reacts instantaneously. Pressure-balancing valves are now required in new residential construction in most states, depending on local plumbing codes. In addition to piston valves like the one shown above, some pressure valves use a wheel like diaphragm to trigger pistons that cover the hot-or cold-water ports. Both are priced at around $70, not including installation, which is a bigger issue with an existing shower. It involves cutting through the wall behind the shower, removing the old valve, and soldering on the new one.

What would cause  water to leak from the vent in the plumbing system?

Answer : Water should not be leaking from your vent system. The only water that should be in your vent system should be the occasional storm water after a big storm. There should be no way for sewage or sewage water to get into your vents or system. If you have a backup you would know from water coming up from the lower floors that you have a leak. Replacing the vent should usually fix the problem, if it doesn’t correct the problem – You should call a plumber Adelaide.

What could contribute to a high water bill besides leaking faucets and/or pipes?

Answer : Ninety percent of all leaks in residential plumbing systems are found in the toilet tank. Toilet tank leaks typically result from worn parts or improper alignment of some part of the flushing mechanism. It is very important to stop the leak. Stop the leak and stop the expensive water bill from hitting you every month. Get a plumber Adelaide to rectify the problem.

What makes my plumbing & drainpipes rattle all the time?

Answer : This problem is usually caused by the water lines not being properly isolated. It can be easily fixed but only if your water lines are easily accessible. It means that either in one or in many places your water lines come into contact with the wood of your floor joists. All you need to do is get plastic pipe hangers that go between your water lines and your joists. For Help installing them please give Adelaide 24 hour plumbing a call.

What causes my hot water to smell like rotten eggs? My cold water doesn’t smell, what is the solution for this problem?

Answer : The most common cause of “smelly water” is a non-toxic sulfate reducing bacteria, scientifically termedDivibrio Sulfurcans. This bacteria often enters the water system through construction or a break in ground piping. The bacteria creates the energy it needs to survive by converting sulfate (SO4) to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas you smell in the water. Hydrogen sulfide gas is distinctive because of its rotten egg-like stench. Its presence can severely affect the taste as well as the odor of the water. The simplest treatment available is the shock-chlorination of the system. This is a surface treatment, and often requires repeated trials in heavily infected systems. The chlorination of a system requires that you follow each step explicitly to avoid an un-treated portion of the piping system from reinfecting another part. Longer lasting solutions include chlorination or aeration of the water supply.

My toilet randomly empties itself of water. What would make the toilet empty itself without anyone flushing it and how can I fix it?

Answer : There are a couple of answers to this question, but this solution fixes it 99% of the time. Poor venting or no venting of the fixture. Vents allow for air flow to the toilet sewage system. Without the vent, air pockets form in the waste branches which can cause what is called back-siphonage. The air in the system which, without a vent, can only escape through the sewer. It can pull the water in the trap of the toilet with it.

What causes my toilet to fill up with hot water instead of room temperature water? Is it bad for my toilet and does it cost extra money when it fills with hot water?

Answer: The main reason you may have hot water in your toilet is a bad flapper in the toilet tank or a bad fill valve. Either one of these can allow the water to seep into the tank. When you have a mixing valve on your toilet to prevent condensation, some hot water is introduced into the cold water line to warm the water just a little, but when the water just seeps a little at a time the hot water dominates the cold and you get a tank of hot water. It’s not bad for your toilet, but it could be hazardous to your wallet. Just like every other utility that uses hot water, the hot water being heating and leaking into the toilet takes gas and/or electricity and will run up your utility bill.

How do you get water in the toilet tank to stop over flowing?

Answer : The fill valve in the tank has a leak in it. Also, if the fill valve has been replaced recently it is possible that it has been set too high. If the fill valve is old, it could do you no harm to replace it. Sometimes the shaft or wire that is used to set the level, corrodes off. By replacing it your problem should be fixed.

Why does my hot water system not work as well as it used to?

Answer: This is usually due to a sediment build-up in your tank. As hot water systems grow older, they accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If these deposits are not removed periodically, the sediment will create a barrier between the burner and the water, greatly reducing the water heater’s performance level. The result is an increase in the amount of fuel required to deliver hot water.

Why would a hot water system run out of hot water faster than normal?

Answer: If your hot water system is running cold easily or frequently then several things could be happening. First check the shower head discharge volume to see if it is excessive. A new shower head puts out about 2.5 gallons a minute. Some older heads put out 5 gallons a minute. Working with the shower head would double shower length in this case. In some cases, the dip tube on the cold water inlet has broken or worn. When this happens, it creates a short loop for the water, water at the bottom half of the tank will not be used, which makes half of your tank useless. Get it fixed as soon as possible.

If you have an issue with a blocked drain Adelaide or hot water system Adelaide, then you need a 24-hour plumber Adelaide or an emergency plumber Adelaide to service you. You might also reach out to a gas plumber Adelaide to help you. Its important that you have a plumber Adelaide or an Adelaide Plumber and Adelaide plumbers you can trust. Plumbers Adelaide offer excellent service. We also specialize in drain camera Adelaide and carbon monoxide testing Adelaide and plumbing Adelaide services.

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