From the time we bought our home the water pressure seems too low. If we turn on more than one faucet the pressure lowers to a slow stream. Can this be fixed?
Many houses built before 1965 used galvanized pipe lines which as time passes rust internally. When this occurs the rust builds up inside the pipe and then there is less room for the water to circulate. It could be time to change out those old pipes with more contemporary ones that don't accumulate rust inside. Then your pressure will be normal again. Give us a call today and we'll perform a free inspection of your water system and give you a quote for restoring it back to normal.
I can always tell when someone flushes the toilet when I am in the shower because the water temperature changes considerably. What can be done to stop this from happening?
The federal government has required pressure balanced valves in new houses since the early 1990's. In older homes this can be fixed by having a tempura valve installed. Usually this can be done with a minimal amount of work. Just phone us and we will be glad to come out and inspect this issue and offer solutions.
Help! When someone uses the plumbing in the upstairs of our house, all of the waste water is coming up in the downstairs bathtub. What's causing this?
Whenever pipes are draining into other areas other than where they are meant to then you most likely have a stopped up sewer line. We can come out and clean out the sewer line and can record a video of the inside of your sewer lines to try and target the problem. These kinds of blockages reoccur because there are hair-like roots growing into the sewer line and the pipes have started separating. If you give us a phone call we'll go out to your home give you a quote for fixing it.
This month's water bill almost knocked me off my chair. How could it go up so much in a single month?
Usually a greater than usual water bill is due to a leaky water line somewhere. First rule out that this was the month you filled your pool or maybe you left the water running for hours on end one day and forgot to turn it off until the next day. If it is a water line we recommend replacing it as opposed to repairing it. This will keep the same problem from reoccurring in the future. Give us a phone call. We'll come out and find the leak and repair it. This will save you money on your next water bill.
Friends and neighbors tell me that my old toilets flush much better than their newer ones. However, I know they look like antiques and want to replace them. Are there any brands you recommend?
The brands we recommend most are Toto and Kohler. We have both of these brands in stock and in most cases they can be installed in one day. All of the newer models are regulated by the federal government and require that they flush with only 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF).
My conventional hot water heater is old. I have noticed advertisements for tankless and electric water heaters. I would like to know what the best choice for conserving energy is.
Each household's needs are different on which is the better choice for a hot water heater. We can install both the Marathon Electric water heaters in addition to the Rinnai tankless on demand water heater. If you give us a phone call we can give you a recommendation best suited to your household's needs.
Every time I want to take a shower I have to wait quite a while for the hot water to reach the shower. I know I am wasting a lot of water while I am waiting. Could there be anything I can do to fix this?
One option would be to install a Grundfos Comfort System
. This system can help you save up to 16,000 gallons of water annually, per household. This is really a small pump that we can install in several places in your house to get the hot water to the fixtures faster.
I have heard bad things about polybutylene pipe. Is there a way to tell if it is in my home's plumbing?
Polybutylene pipe was widely used in homes built in the early 1980's to the mid 1990's. It was actually used mainly in the main service lines and has now been used inside of homes also. The way you can see if you have it in your yard is that you would have to dig a hole at the water meter or at the front of your house. You will be searching for a light blue or gray plastic pipe. If you are checking inside your house you can look above the hot water heater where the pipes are connected. If you need us to help you then call us and we'll come out and look at it for you.
What's the normal lifespan of a hot water heater?
The majority of the professional brands can last 8 to 12 years and consumer brands tend to have a shorter use span. Most professional brands include a full warranty however the consumer brands have a warranty that is prorated. If you call us, we can help you figure out what the best water heater for your home would be.There are no specifics on any certain kind of water heater but on professional brands they tend to last 8 to 12 years and consumer brands last a little less time. Most professional brands have full warranties whereas consumer brands have prorated warranties. Give us a call and we will help you determine what the best water heater for your home is.
I am interested in having a hot water available outside my home. Is this possible?
The options for safe hot water available outside your home are many. The manufacturer Moen makes a single handled hose bib that you can use for hot water as well as cold. If you give us a phone call we can give you more information on this option along with other recommendations.
May I hook up a natural gas line to my propane gas tank grill?
You'll need a licensed contractor to do this kind of a conversion and run the gas piping, but yes, it is possible as long as you already have natural gas service.
Lately a few my faucets began dripping and at the same time the toilet began dripping. What may be causing this?
Thermal expansion inside your water pipes or high water pressure may be the cause of this dripping. These can be easily fixed. Phone us and we will do this repair and this will help keep your plumbing in good working order.
Where is the main water turn off for my property?
There are lots of places it can be located. If you have your own water meter and are not on a community water plan then you can shut the water off on the water meter with a meter key. If you have a basement or a crawl space then the water line might be entering the house on the front wall and then go up into the ceiling. If you have a cement slab foundation then the water turn off valve is usually near the water heater in the house or garage. You might also check in the laundry room. It is good to know where it is located in case of a plumbing emergency. So locate it ahead of time and you will be glad you did.