It appears as if 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 something that can be done?
Many houses built before 1965 used galvanized pipe lines which over time rust internally. When this occurs the rust builds up inside the pipe and after that there is less room for the water to circulate. It might be time to change out those old pipes with more contemporary ones that don't accumulate rust inside. Then your pressure will be back to normal. Give us a call today and we'll do a free inspection of your water system and give you an estimate for restoring it back to normal.
I can always tell when somebody flushes the toilet when I am in the shower because the water temperature changes drastically. What can be done to stop this from happening?
Since the federal government required pressure balanced valves in new homes in the early 1990's this prevents this pressure change from occurring. However, in older homes this is simply not the case but can be fixed by having a tempura valve installed. This can be done with a minimal amount of work. If you give us a phone call we will come out and provide you with solutions and an estimate for fixing this.
While using the upstairs plumbing inside our house, all of the water is draining inside the downstairs bathtub. What causes this?
When pipes are draining into other places other than where they are supposed to then you most likely have a clogged sewer line. We can come out and clean out the sewer line and can record a video of the inside of your sewer lines to try and pinpoint the problem. These types 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 phone call we'll go out to your property give you an estimate for fixing it.
This month's water bill almost knocked me off my chair. How could it increase so much in one month?
Usually a higher than usual water bill is because of a leaky water line somewhere. First rule out that this was the month you filled your pool or maybe you left the water running for hours on end one day and forgot to turn it off until the next day. If it is a water line then we recommend replacing it as opposed to repairing it. This will keep the same problem from reoccurring in the future. Give us a phone call. We'll come out and find the leak and repair it. This will save you money on your next water bill.
What brands do your suggest for updating my toilets? I like the way my old ones flush because they use so much water. However, I wish to be conscious of conserving water and saving money.
The brands we suggest most are Toto and Kohler. We have both of these brands in stock and usually they are 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 water heater is getting old. I think I'm thinking about a tankless or electric water heater. I want to know what you think the best choice would be for energy savings.
Every household's needs are very different on which is the ideal choice for a 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 phone call we can give you a recommendation best suited to your household's needs.
Every time I want to have a shower I have to wait a long time for the hot water to arrive at the shower. I know I am wasting plenty of water while I am waiting. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
One solution is to install a Grundfos Comfort System
. This system can save you up to 16,000 gallons of water annually, per household. This is really a small pump that we can install in several places in your house to get the hot water to the fixtures faster.
I have heard negative 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 used mostly in the main service lines, although it has been used inside the home as well. To see if you have it in your yard you will need to dig a hole at the water meter or in front of your house. You are looking for a plastic pipe that looks gray or light blue in color. Inside the home you should check above the water heater where the pipes connect. If you need a professional judgment then phone us and we'll come out and look at it for you.
Just how long does a water heater normally last?
Most of the professional brands can 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 give us a call, 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 will help you determine what the best water heater for your home is.
I am thinking about having a hot water accessible outside my home. Is this possible?
There are numerous new available options for hot water outside your home. Moen makes a single handle hose bib that you can use for both cold and hot water. If this is something that you would like more information on, phone us and we'll provide you with our recommendations.
May I hook up a natural gas line to my propane gas tank grill?
Yes it is true! You will need to have a licensed contractor do the conversion and run the brand new gas piping provided you already have natural gas service.
Lately a few my faucets began dripping and at the same time the toilet began dripping. What could be causing this?
Often times this is caused from thermal expansion or high water pressure. Both of these can certainly be fixed if you give us a call we can do the job and it will maintain your plumbing in good working order.
Where is the main water turn off for my house?
There are many places it may 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 even a crawl space then your water line might be entering the house on the front wall and then go up into the ceiling. If you have a cement slab foundation then the water turn off valve is generally near the water heater inside the house or garage. You might also check in the laundry room. It is good to know where it is located in case of a plumbing emergency. So locate it before hand and you will be glad you did.