From the time we bought our home the water pressure seems too low. If we turn on more than one faucet the pressure lowers to a slow stream. Can this be fixed?
Many homes 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 flow. It could 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 perform a free inspection of your water system and give you an estimate for restoring it back to normal.
I can always tell when someone flushes the toilet when I am in the shower because the water temperature changes considerably. What can be done to stop this from happening?
The government has required pressure balanced valves in new homes since the early 1990's. In older homes this can be fixed by having a tempura valve installed. Usually this can be done with a minimal amount of work. Just contact us and we will be glad to come out and inspect this problem and offer solutions.
Help! When someone uses the plumbing in the upstairs of our house, all of the waste water is coming up in the downstairs bathtub. What's causing this?
When pipes are draining into other places other than where they are meant to then you most likely have a stopped up 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 kinds of blockages reoccur because there are hair-like roots growing into the sewer line and the pipes have started separating. If you give us a phone call we'll go out to your home give you an estimate for fixing it.
This month's water bill nearly knocked me off my chair. How could it increase so much in one month?
Usually a high water bill is because of a leaky water line. Unless this was the month you filled your pool or left the water running one day and forgot about it through to the afternoon when you came home from work. If it is in reality a water service line then we recommend changing over repairing. This will keep it from reoccurring in the future. Give us a telephone call and we'll come out and inspect and give you our opinion.
Friends and neighbors let me know that my old toilets flush a lot better than their newer ones. However, I realize they look like antiques and want to replace them. Are there any brands you recommend?
All of the newer models are regulated by the federal government and require that they flush with just 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF). The brands we recommend most are Toto and Kohler. We have these two brands available and can install in one day.
My conventional hot water heater is old. I have noticed advertisements for on demand and electric water heaters. I would like to know what the best option for conserving energy is.
Each family has different hot water needs. We can install either the Marathon electric water heater or the Rinnai tankless on demand water heater. If you give us a telephone call we can help you figure out which would be best to suit your needs.
Every time I want to take 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 good solution is to install a Grundfos Comfort System
. This type of system will save you up to 16,000 gallons of water per year in your household. This is a small pump that can be placed in different areas of your home. This will help to get the hot water to your shower or other fixture faster.
I've heard negative aspects of polybutylene pipe. How can I know if it is in my house's plumbing?
Polybutylene pipe was common in homes built in the early 1980's to the mid 1990's and was utilized mostly in the primary service lines, although it has been utilized inside the home as well. To see if you have it on your property you will need to dig a hole at the water meter or at the front of your house. You are looking for a plastic pipe that looks gray or light blue in color. Inside the home you can check above the water heater where the pipes connect. If you need a professional opinion then give us a call and we'll come out and look at it for you.
What's the normal life expectancy of a hot water heater?
Most of the professional brands can last 8 to 12 years and consumer brands tend to have a shorter use span. Most professional brands come with a full warranty however 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 home would be.There are no 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 can help you determine what the best water heater for your home is.
Is there a way to have hot water installed outside my house in a safe manner?
The options for safe hot water available outside your home are many. The manufacturer Moen makes a single handled hose bib that you can use for hot water as well as cold. If you give us a telephone call we can provide you more information on this option as well as other recommendations.
I have been told by a friend that I can I connect a natural gas line to my propane tank grill. Is this true?
You would need a licensed contractor to do this type of a conversion and run the gas piping, but yes, it is possible as long as you curently have natural gas service.
Lately a few my faucets started dripping and at the same time the toilet began dripping. What may be causing this?
Thermal expansion in your water pipes or high water pressure could be the cause of this dripping. These can be easily fixed. Phone us and we can do this repair and this will help keep your plumbing in good working order.
Where is the main water shut off for my property?
There are a few places to look for the main water shut off in your home. If you have your own personal water meter then the water can be shut off at the water meter with a meter key. You can also look in your basement or crawl space. The water line may be coming into the house on the front wall and then go directly up into the ceiling. You can also check near your water heater or perhaps in the garage if you have a cement slab foundation. Some homes even have the shut off in the laundry room. It is always good to be aware of exactly where the main shut off is located in case of a plumbing emergency. If you locate the shut off ahead of time you will save yourself the stress of searching for it during a plumbing emergency.