When you view a plumbers truck there are some things you may see

When it comes to a plumber’s truck, there are several things you’ll see:

  • Pipes
  • Hydro Jetters
  • Wrenches

Plumbers come across several issues– so they must be prepared to handle whatever issues comes there way.  This is why their trucks have so many different parts in them to be ready at any moment to do what needs to be done to get the job done.

Make Sure You Use Skilled Plumbers

When you hire a plumber make sure they have basic skills in the following

– Toilets
– Faucets
– Kitchen sinks
– Bathroom sinks
– Water pressure regulator
– Water heater

If a plumber is unskilled in these areas odds are they are not skilled in more advanced issues. When a plumber gives you a quote on a repair be sure to ask them what does the part cost. Often times the parts are not expensive and having a idea of part cost is a great way to know how much labor is.  Be aware however of trying to do it yourself when you do a youtube search. Often times people can cause huge damage because they do not know what they are doing .

There are several things you need to consider before attempting any kind of plumbing repair:

1 – Don’t start jobs on weekends or holidays as you will often pay more. Don’t call after 5pm if need be as you often will pay more even if plumber says they don’t charge more
2 – Start early because when it gets dark it gets hard for plumbers to see and if an issue arises they need to be able to get parts from supply store.
3- Ask the plumber how much noise there will be as sometimes plumbing can be very loud and you do not want to disturb neighbors.

Remember that old copper tubing that’s corroded to break inside the wall when you wrench an angle stop. This is what gives your toilet its water. If break occurs you are looking at major flooding

Water To The Home

If there are issues in your home certain plumbing issues need the water turned off

1 – The primary valve located by the street.
2 – There is a valve near the water pressure regulator on the outer part of your home.

vales can stop working properly the good thing is many homes now have ball vales which don’t fail as much. Ball vales havea  lever and gate vales have a wheel type handle. Valves can also freeze

 

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Frequently asked questions

What type of hot water heaters are there?

There is both storage tank and tankless water heater storage tank water heaters have insulated tanks where water is heated and stored until it is needed. Tankless water heaters do not store water, but rather heat water as it passes through the system when needed.

Are there things I should do to maintain my garbage disposal?

There are several things that will keep your garbage disposal working well. First, be sure you are following the garbage disposal manual’s advice on what items to put in the disposal. Second, ice is an effective way of cleaning and sharpening the blades. Third, citrus peels (such as lemons) will act as a deodorizer. You only need to use small pieces.  Drop them in the disposal and then grind them. Finally, be sure that you run your garbage disposal anytime you put food into it. We recommend running the water at the same time until the food has passed through the disposal. Allow the water to run an additional 15-30 seconds so the disposed product flushes completely through the drain line.

How do I remove the white build up from my faucets and what is it?

The white buildup around your faucet head is mineral deposits. The easiest way to remove the deposits is to fill a plastic bag with vinegar. Secure the bag around the faucet head. Leave the bag on the faucet overnight and use an old toothbrush to remove any additional deposits. That should take care of it.

What is a plumbing vent?

Plumbing vents are pipes leading from fixtures to the outside of your house, usually via the roof.

What can cause a toilet to clog frequently?

If your toilet clogs fairly frequently, you need to investigate all the fixtures in your bathroom. Slow drainage in your sink could indicate that you have an obstruction in your main sewer line such as tree roots or sludgy build-up, and that’s going to require a bit more than a cheap plunger. But if the sink has no problem, the source of the clog is probably in your toilet trap. This could be caused by any number of things. If you have kids, don’t be surprised if toys, crayons, socks, toothbrushes or anything else is blocking the line. Or it may be that someone decided to flush facial tissue, paper towels or some product other than toilet paper down the commode. Those papers aren’t designed to disintegrate like TP. Or the problem could be that you simply have a poorly designed toilet and it just doesn’t work very well. In these instances, a plunger can probably create a temporary solution. But if the clogs are frequent, you should probably have a plumber take a look. He can run an auger through the line to clear things up, or if necessary, replace your toilet altogether.

What is the effect of my plumbing vents not working correctly?

Not having proper venting can cause the water in your traps to get sucked out with the other water disposal (commonly called a ‘dry trap’), which opens the door for sewer gases to back up out of the fixtures and into your living space.

How can I tell if my toilet is running?

If you cannot see or hear your toilet running, there are a couple other ways to determine if you have a slow leak. Check to ensure that water is not overflowing into the tank via the overflow pipe. Second, put a couple of drops of food coloring into the tank. If within 15 minutes the water in the bowl changes colors, you will know that water is leaking and that either the ball or flapper needs to be replaced.

Do all leaky fittings need to be replaced?

Yes, ultimately, any loose or leaky fitting will need to be replaced.

Is there a way to temporarily fix leaking fittings?

Yes. Your best option is to use fiberglass repair tape. Find the problematic fitting, start wrapping the tape at the outside of one side of the fitting and continue wrapping until you’ve gone one inch past the other side of the fitting, onto the pipe. The other technique to try involves plumber’s putty. Sometimes you can apply putty around a loose fitting to solidify the seal and rebuff any leak. It’s the same principle as tape only it will probably be easier to apply in tight spaces. If your fittings and pipes are corroded, these techniques may only cause the problem to move further down the line. Your best bet is to have your system inspected by a qualified plumber.
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