Plumbing Services, Heating Services, and Emergency Services FAQ’s
Q: How do I know if I have a clogged shower drain?
A: If you shower is draining slowly and your find yourself standing in ankle level water when showering, this is a good indication that you have a clogged shower drain. Another sign that you may have a clogged shower drain, is the presence of an unusual odor coming from the drain. A clogged tub drain can be caused from anything as small as a minor blockage (like soap scum, dirt, or hair) to a major obstruction in the main sewer line.
Q: What’s a clogged drain solution?
A: There are a number of DIY ways to clear a clogged drain, but often times when dealing with something as important as your plumbing, it’s best to call the professional! In some cases, the source of the clogged drain may be a very minor issue that can easily be fixed with plunging methods, chemicals, hooks, etc. If your drain continues to clog after several attempts at unclogging, this could be a sign that there is a more serious blockage in your main sewer line. At this point contacting professional plumbing companies is the best option.
Q: What is causing my faucet to leak?
A: There are several reasons why your faucet may be leaking like; corrosion, mineral deposit buildup, defective gaskets, O-rings, or washers. Most minor faucet leaks can be fixed by homeowners with the right tools. If a leaking faucet is left unattended to, not only are you wasting water and money, but it can lead to bigger more costly replacements.
Q: What does a new well pump cost?
A: The cost of any plumbing job will vary depending on each unique situation, but on average you can expect your new well post cost to be around $4,000-$5,000.
Q: Do I need a sump pump?
A: A sump pump is a small pump designed to remove water and excess moisture from your basement helping to prevent basement flooding. Some indications that you may need a sump pump are; your basement has flooded before, you live in a flat or low-lying area with soil that easily traps water, you live somewhere that experiences consistent heavy downpours, your home is on a low-lying plot below the local water table, or if you’d like to install one as a safety precaution.
Q: What is jetting, and when would I need it?
A: Jetting is a method used by professional plumbing companies to clean clogged or slow draining sewage lines. The jetting process involves shooting a blast of water at a high pressure through the lines to remove blockages and build up. To further increase the effectiveness of this method, consider a camera inspection which allows us to see into your drain to determine exactly where the blockage is. The camera also allows us to verify that the blockage is indeed cleared after jetting.
Q: What are the benefits of a high efficiency water heater?
A: Just like standard water heaters, a high-efficiency water heater also extracts heat energy out of the exhaust gases to heat the water. However, with a high efficiency water heater, there is also a secondary heat exchanger that serves to minimize the heat transfer process, extracting as much heat as possible from the whole combustion process. While HE requires more expensive material and maintenance, operating costs are less, it is safer, and hot water is created quicker.
Q: Do I need annual boiler service?
A: Yes. You should have your boiler serviced annually. Annual boiler service is important for several reasons; increases reliability of boiler resulting in decreased chances of breakdown, reduces the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning cause by leaking boilers, proactive maintenance is always better than reactive maintenance.
Q: How do I know if I need a new boiler?
A: The average life of a boiler is around 10 years. If your boiler is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider replacement. Aside from age, there are other signs that your boiler may need to be replaced; It keeps shutting off, loud noises coming from your boiler, the pilot light keeps going out, there is a leak coming from your boiler, your boiler is losing pressure, kettling, your radiators are not heating up, etc.
Q: How can I lower my energy bills?
A: A dripping faucet or tap can waste up to 15 gallons of water per day, adding about $100 to your yearly water bill. Installing high efficiency appliances will result in cheaper operating costs. Listen to your toilet and your home. If you are hearing strange noises, your toilet isn’t flushing properly, or your drains aren’t flowing properly, this may mean that there is an issue with your main drain or that there are roots growing into drains causing pressure. Detection and repair are the best ways to avoid more costly damages associated with broken pipes.