Residential Plumbing FAQs

Why call a professional plumber?

While it may be tempting to DIY, the advantages of a professional plumber shouldn’t be overlooked.

A licensed plumber has the right tools and experience to detect the problem and fix it as efficiently as possible.

The last thing you want is to make a problem worse, taking more time & money to resolve it.

What are the actions I can take to conserve water and energy?

Some ways to use less water are:

  • Don’t run your tap unnecessarily, such as when brushing your teeth
  • Take shorter showers
  • Consider low-flow plumbing fixtures

Also, water leaks are a huge culprit for unnecessary water waste. Check your appliances like faucets or running toilets.

What’s the difference between hard and soft water?

Hard water has dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium, that collects as water travels through the ground & waterways.

Soft water is treated, so it contains meager amounts. However, it is higher in sodium since that’s what used to treat soft water. How much sodium is used depends on the initial hardness.

While hard water has essential nutrients that’s makes its good for drinking, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing. Not only that, it’ll leave residue on skin, hair, and clothes.

Because of that, softer water is preferred for household chores and home maintenance.

What is the white build-up around faucets and other plumbing fixtures?

The white deposits around plumbing fixtures are mineral deposits from tap water. Typically, this connects to your water hardness.

Another name for this white build-up is limescale or calcium deposits. While not harmful to your health, it’s not suitable for plumbing. There are ways to test the hardness of your water if this is a concern.

Can high water bills relate to a plumbing issue?

If you’re noticing an unusual increase in water bills, it could be a leak! For example, toilets take about 30% of a home’s water use so a leaky or running toilet can cause a problem.

The same thing goes for other fixtures such as sinks or pipes with a pesky drip. Another thing to check is if your home has outdated plumbing equipment.

Lastly, reflect on your water use. New water-intensive items or wasteful water use will contribute to a higher water bill.

Why won’t my toilet flush?

If your toilet isn’t flushing, it can be for a couple of reasons:

  • The flapper is damaged – a damaged flapper won’t seal the flush valve and would need to be replaced.
  • The lift chain is broken or not the right length – the chain should have a little slack, but too far in either direction means it won’t perform well.
  • The tank has too little water – examine the tank and where the water rises when you flush it. Usually, toilet manufacturers have a marking to indicate where water should rise.

If you have any questions about troubleshooting your toilet, please give us a call us at (707) 544-6444 or send us an email.

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