Monday, March 19, 2012

What should I know about the plumbing in my house?

No matter how carefully a system was installed, pipes will always burst, showers or toilets will overflow leaks will happen. As a home owner you must remain calm and know where you main water shut off is. You must also know where all the individual water shut of are for all other fixtures.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What can I do if I have low pressure on my shower or faucets?

This is a small problem home owners should be able to fix. Cleaning a faucet aerator and shower head should do the trick. Minerals in water can buildup and clog the shower head and aerators. Remove your shower head and aerator and inspect it for buildup. Clean each small hole with a small pin if it does not work then is a much more complicated task where you will need a plumber to diagnose the cause of low water pressure. The reasons can range from mineral buildup, leaks, or pipe corrosion.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Why does my shower/tub keeps leaking?

The two main reasons for leaks are:
 #1 simply old faucet worn parts.
 #2 Every faucet is designed to operate at a minimum of 20 psi and a maximum of 80 psi. if the pressure is more than 80 psi a more serious problem than just old parts could be happening at this point you should always call a licensed plumbers. A professional plumber will be able to diagnose the problem and give you a solution.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What are those pipes on my roof for?

Those pipes are the ventilation system for all your drain pipes. Vent pipes allow methane and other nasty gases to escape out the roof, rather than inside your home similar to a p-trap. The ventilation system is there for all the sewer smells to go out on the roof. They are not a clean-outs; Some home owners believe that a plumber can use these pipes because it is a clean-out. It is true a drain cleaning machine will go in from the roof and into the drain system, but it will not work as well as a ground level clean-out. It is dangerous to try to clean a drain from the roof. Many plumbers used to do this in the old days, but with many accidents is something that many plumbing companies won’t do nowadays.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What is a p-trap?

 P-traps are required by the State Plumbing code for sinks, bathtubs or showers:
P Trap Under The Sink 
it forms a water seal that prevents backflow of air gas/bad sewer smells from the sewer line while allowing for the flow of liquids. Without a p-trap the inside of a home will smell like sewer 24/7

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Do liquid drain cleaning products work?

The 1st thing to do is read the instructions. Most of these products are designed as preventive maintenance. Once you notice a slow drain then you can try and use the liquid drain cleaners. 95% of the time if the drain is already clogged and the water is not going anywhere chances are that it will not work. If this is the case you should call a professional.

Monday, March 12, 2012

How do I turn the water off in an emergency leak?

One of the things you need to know is that your house should have a water main shut off which should be located next to one of the walls. The best way to find it is to locate your water meter usually the main shut off will be aligned with the meter location. You have to look close to your wall, if this fails there is a shut off at the meter. To turn the water off at the meter you may need a special meter key/tool. You can always call the water department as well or your local plumber.

Main Shut Off Valve

Sunday, March 11, 2012

What faucet do I need two handle, single handle or wide spread faucet?

When replacing your existing faucet the 1st thing to do is to see what type of faucet you already have. If you have a 2 handle kitchen faucet there are different 2 handle faucet designs, same goes for the single handle or wide spread types. Depending on the type of sink you have, you may be able to upgrade to a different type of faucet. The best thing to do is to look at what you already have and then try to find one with the same type of connections . Same rules apply to any other faucets for the lavatory sink, kitchen or even the shower or bath tub. 
Wide Spread Faucet

Saturday, March 10, 2012

What to do when the toilet clogs?

The most common reason for a toilet to clogged is due to too much toilet paper; also some medicine will make our stool hard and will also clogged the toilet. Every home owner should keep a plunger handy. The first thing to do is to try to use a plunger; if it fails at this point you may need a plumber, because it could be a more serious reason and will require a professional to properly diagnose the problem.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Why do I need a disposal?

The disposal helps to create pressure so that the small food particles are pushed down to the main drain in order to prevent your sink to back up every day. You need the disposal for your kitchen drain to work properly since this is where the dishes get washed and bits of food will eventually get in your pipes.. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Can you put anything down the disposal?

The average home owner does not know that the blades inside the garbage disposal are not sharped and won’t cut. My experience as plumber shows that many times when I arrive at a service call for a clogged kitchen drain it was because someone stuffed lots of rice, onion peels, banana peels, coffee grinds or eggshells down the disposal and right after that the drain stopped working. My advice is to keep all this stuff out of the disposal and put it in the trash. My Grandma always told us this and she was right. The disposal may push it down the drain but will get stuck inside the pipes or the disposal may get jammed. Most disposals will take very little of this stuff even the most expensive disposals. Note: Don’t believe everything you read when buying a disposal you will find out the hard way that it doesn't grind bones as you were told.