Why might my water not be very hot?
There are several different problems that cause temperature problems.
(1) Does your house have a mixing valve above the hot water tank? It could need replacing.
(2) Do you have single handle faucets in your home? The cold could be jumping through the cartridge and crossing over into the hot water which could change its temperature to luke-warm. We can diagnose and test which fixture is causing the problem and repair the issue while onsite.
I hear a dripping noise but no water is appearing? This problem is very common; there are a number of reasons that cause this. Drains that are made of ABS piping, have the highest amount of expansion at temperature change. I have found in many cases it is the ABS piping rubbing against an object, such as wood making the noise. Other noises of dripping can be corrected and fixed without opening walls.
Once in a while I hear what sounds like a horn noise? Most commonly this is found after a toilet is flushed or certain fixtures are being used. Defective plumbing fixtures or valves normally need repairs to correct this problem.
Why might my toilet be sweating so much? Sweat on the toilet tank is condensation from temperatures being warm in the house and water in the tank being so cold. This normally means a part is faulty and water is wasting down the drain costing you up to $600 additional on your water bill. We repair these issues and the job pays for itself in less than a month.
Why are my drains bubbling in the basement?
This is normally an early warning sign that your drains are partially blocked with sewage, roots or an obstruction of some sort. These drains most likely need to be snaked as soon as possible before the basement backs up with sewage. We also install "Back Water Valves" to prevent basement flooding from flash floods which is normally not covered by insurance companies. In certain area's the city is offering a $1200 rebate for this protection device to be installed, as well as insurance companies giving large savings on the policy premiums annually. We install these devices in one day: Give us a call for a free estimate today.
Are there flood protection devices that I can add to my plumbing to prevent flooding? Yes, there are many products in the industry that are flood safe devices. A flood safe supply line would shut off automatically if a line were to rupture. This is peace of mind that is hard to live without. Every fixture in my home has this device installed. Call us for a free estimate before its too late.
Is there such thing as a pump that keeps running without hydro? Yes, there are a few different pumping system designs that work very well. Let’s face it, when does the power usually go out? When there is a huge rain storm. The last thing I would want is the biggest rain storm in history and my sump pump turning off. There is not much you can do about it at that point, other than keep watching the water raise into your basement. We install Battery backup systems with high water alarms, notifying your phone that there is a problem instantly. There is also another system that runs off the city water pressure, keeping your pump going without any hydro power. We would be happy to install them, give us a call.
What is the best way to clean my drains without doing major damage to them? Do NOT use drain acid!!!! Unless you want a plumber re-piping everything the acid touches. Drain acid is so strong it heats plastic piping causing it to melt This turns your drains from a slight drainage angle to a rollercoaster up and down causing them to always block and never drain away properly again. It can also dry out the pipe and fitting causing it to become brittle and break in the wall. Drain acid can also damage the sink itself, if it touches the finish on the sink. If that should happen you would have to not only replace the pipes but would need a new sink as well, as it will eat through the finish. It is best to call a plumber with an electric snake machine. All of our techs carry all different size drain equipment on their truck for every job size. Give us a call when you drain’s get slow and we would be happy to fix them.
What are the most common objects that clog main drains and toilets? The most common objects that are found plugging toilets and drains are: CELL PHONES, WEDDING RINGS, DEODERANT STICKS, PAPERTOWELS, KIDS TOYS, FLUSHABLE WIPES, DENTAL FLOSS, Q-TIPS, TAMPONS, GREASE, HAIR, CAT LITTER, TILE GROUT AND OBJECTS JUST ABOVE THE TOILET FALLING IN. I commonly see those makeshift shelves above toilets full of clutter. These are often the items that fall into the toilet getting caught in the swirling current. A helpful tip is to avoid having any items above or close to your toilet, however if the problem arises feel free to call us and we will fish the item out for you.
How to get rid of that stinky drain problem?
Most commonly found right after running water in the bathroom sink. The smell is a buildup of debris in the P.O. assembly and the sink overflow. These areas do not get washed out easily by water so debris keeps on building up. Generally a replacement part is needed.