Plumber FAQs

Plumber FAQs

When it comes to plumbing, there are many different things that can go wrong which is why we created this plumber FAQs page for you. If you are unsure of how to do something yourself, give us a call today to have a plumber visit you asap.

What causes the water temperature to change in the shower when the toilet is flushed or someone runs another water appliance in the household?

Answer: When you flush the toilet, the tank starts refilling by opening a valve. Some water rushes through the opened valve and is diverted away from the shower. Depending on how the piping is laid and how wide the valve opens more or less water is diverted form the shower and the effect is more or less noticeable.

What is a pressure-balancing valve and why should it be installed on my homes shower systems?

Answer: A Pressure-balancing valves prevents sudden change in temperatures. It will happen to everyone who showers. Elsewhere in the house a toilet is flushed, a faucet is opened, or the washing machine turns 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 you out.

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What would be the cause of a water leak from the vent in the plumbing system?

Answer: Water should not be able to leak 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 possible way for sewage or sewage water to get into your vents or water system.

What could cause a high water bill besides pipes leaks?

Answer: Over ninety percent of all leaks in residential plumbing systems are found in the toilet tank. Toilet tank leaks often result from worn parts or improper alignment of some part of the flushing mechanism. It is important to stop the leak happening right away.

What makes my plumbing system & drain pipes rattle constantly?

Answer: This problem is usually caused by the water lines not being properly isolated or installed. It can be easily fixed if your water lines are easily reachable.

Why does my hot water smell like off or rotten eggs? My cold water does not smell, how can I mend this?

Answer: The most common cause of “fowl smelling water” is a non-toxic sulfate reducing bacteria, scientifically known as Divibrio Sulfurcan anda often enters the water system through construction or a break in ground piping. The most common treatment available is the shock-chlorination of the system. This is a surface treatment, and mostly requires repeated trials in badly infected systems.

My toilet will empty itself of water. Why would this happen?

Answer : Their are a couple answers to this easy question, but this solution fixes it almost all of the time. The answer is simple, poor venting or no venting of the toilet fixture. Vents allow for airflow to reach the toilet sewage system. Without the right vents, air pockets form in the waste branches, which cause what, is called back-siphonage. The air in the system, without a vent, can only escape through the sewer and drags the water in the trap along with it.

Why does my toilet often fill up with hot water instead of room temperature water?

Answer: The main reason you may have hot water in your toilet is due to a bad flapper in the toilet tank or a bad fill water valve. This can allow give water the opportunity to seep into the tank. When you have fitted a mixing valve on your toilet to stop condensation from occurring, 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.

How do I stop water in the toilet tank from flowing over the toilet?

Answer: This happens because the fill valve in the tank has a leak somewhere in it. Moreover, if the fill valve has been recently repaired or replaced, it is possible that it has been set too high. If the fill valve is old, replace it soon. By replacing it, your problem should sorted out.

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Why does my hot water system not work as well as it did when it was new?

Answer: This is usually due to a sediment build up in your water tank. As hot water systems get a bit 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, significantly reducing the hot water systems performance level. The result is an increase in the amount of energy required to deliver hot water to you.

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

Answer: If your hot water heater is running cold easily or frequently then several things could be occurring. Firstly, check the shower head volume to ensure they are not too quick. Moreover, a new shower head puts out about 2.5 gallons of water a minute. Some older heads put out five gallons of water per minute. Working with the shower head would double the length of the shower. In some cases, the dip tube on the cold-water inlet has broken or is worn out.

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