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Common Plumbing Problems And Questions

Jammed Disposal

Among the most common plumbing problem is a jammed disposer. Do not put your hand in the disposer. First unplug the disposer and turn the switch at the wall to insure there is no power to the disposer. At the bottom and in the center of the disposal is a hexagon key hole. Simply insert your 1/4 inch Allen wrench and turn left and right until the motor frees up. Once the jam is cleared plug the disposer back in and test.


Low Water Pressure

If you turn on a faucet and the pressure is low first check to see if the pressure is low for both hot and cold water. If the pressure is low for both hot and cold water then unscrew the aerator and clean the sediment out and reinstall. If this does not fix the problem the water pressure is being obstructed somewhere in the valve or piping.


Toilet Leaking

When you see or hear the toilet start to fill on its own this is usually the result of a bad flapper. If you see water on the floor around the base of the toilet check the point where the tank and bowl meet each other to ensure the tank to bowl seals are not leaking. You may need a flash light to see this. If the tank to bowl seals are not the problem then the leak is coming from under the toilet and may require a new wax ring to seal under the base of the toilet.


Water Heater Maintenance Tank Style

If you here popping and rumbling noises coming from the water heater it may just require a flush to eliminate sediment build-up. This is done by connecting a typical garden hose to the boiler drain of the water heater and placing the other end of the water hose outside your home. Turn the boiler drain on to flush. Leave the boiler drain open for about 10 minutes and close when finished. If your unit is over 4 years old and you have never flushed the water heater before it may be best to just leave it alone. Some water heaters have plastic boiler drains and can snap off or not seal when shut off. Unless you have the right tools and equipment to deal with this then simple maintenance job could turn into a nightmare.


Leak From Ceiling – Water Piping Or Drain  Problem?

Identify the water source first and then shut the water off and see if the leak stops . If not turn the A/C off and see if the leak stops. Often our job requires diagnostics but sometimes it’s easy to figure out what is leaking. The best practice is to start investigating in the attic at the highest point. Check the water heater pan and A/C pan for standing water and water piping in the attic. If your problem is more involved contact us today because we specialize in leak detection.


AC Drain Lines

Just like the drains on your kitchen sink, the AC condensate drain line can become clogged. This drain is responsible for removing condensation from the AC unit and is connected to a plumbing drain. In most cases, the AC unit has a pan under the unit and secondary drain line connected to the pan that directs water outside so that it empties harmlessly onto the lawn if the primary drain line clogs up. If, however, the drain becomes clogged and the water backs up and begin to fill the pan this could result in potential water damage.