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The Answers to 5 Common Plumber’s Problems

March 14, 2019

If you are a homeowner, you surely have questions about the plumbing in your home. Here are the answers to five common questions customers usually ask their plumbers and the answers you need to solve them:

 

 

What do I do if the water in my house takes too long to heat up?

 

If it takes a long time for hot water to flow from your tap, it is caused by distance from the water heater, a low volume restrictor, a failing water heater, or sediment buildup in your water heater. To solve this issue, you can either install a hot water recirculation system or a tankless water heater. A hot water recirculation system is easier and cheaper to install, but it only fixes the problem for one faucet or shower head. Whereas, a tankless water heater can provide never-ending hot water for nearly the entire home.

 

What shouldn’t I put down my garbage disposal?

 

While you can easily dispose of a lot of different food items with your garbage disposal, there are some that you should avoid if you want to keep it in good condition. Your local plumber would tell you to not dispose of any non-food items, grease, high-fiber foods, pasta and rice, coffee grounds, fruit pits, egg shells, and any kind of bones. Also, most people assume that you should use hot water for your disposal, but any plumber would tell you to use cold instead. (The hot water can melt any leftover grease, which would then re-harden somewhere in your pipes.)

 

What is the difference between hard and soft water?

 

Hard water has a higher concentration of calcium and magnesium, which causes buildup in your shower, damage to your clothing, skin irritations, and an unpleasant odor. Soft water has much lower concentrations of these elements, which makes the water a lot more gentle on you and your belongings.

 

What causes low water pressure?

 

Low water pressure can have a variety of causes, including water line issues, valve problems, buildup, or other blockages. If you are experiencing water pressure that is lower than you would prefer, you should first check with your neighbors to see if their water pressure is still normal. If their pressure has not changed, the problem is localized to your house, so you should call your local plumber to get to the root of it.

 

How do I know if I have a leak?

 

Having a broken water line can be an expensive fix if you do not catch it soon enough. If you are seeing standing water in your yard, paying excessively high water bills, hearing dripping sounds, or even experiencing low water pressure, you might have a leak. This is a problem that you will want your plumber to solve as quickly as possible, and you can avoid it in the future with regular inspections.

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