Your Pipe System
Q: How can I tell if I have a leak?
A: Leaks can happen virtually anywhere in your plumbing that carries or distributes water: the faucets, pipe fittings, and even your appliances. Visible leaks from faucets and appliances that aren't running are sure symptoms, but you can also check the overall status of your system by referring to your water meter.
You can find your water meter outside your home, on the ground covered by a lid reading either Water or Water Meter. To check for leaks, make sure nobody will be using your plumbing for a while. Then, open your water meter box and make a note of the reading. Wait a few hours and note it again. If you see a change, then you have a leak and need to call a plumber to address the issue.
Q: My water bill keeps going up, yet I don't see any leaks. What's going on?
A: If you don't find any obvious leaks through your faucets or water-using appliances, then there is a chance you are losing money through a hidden leak. Signs of these leaks include mold and mildew growth, damage to the walls, or flooring; stains on the ceiling; or a persistent musky or earthy odor permeating your home.
Q: Why is my water bill increasing even though I don’t see any leaks in my home?
A: Appliances and faucets are common causes of leaks. If these fixtures are sound, there is a possibility that you have a hidden leak on your hands. Be on the lookout for the common hidden leak signs: mold or mildew, damaged wallpaper or paint, damaged flooring, watermarks on the ceiling, or a persistent musty smell. Call your plumber immediately to prevent further property damage.
Hidden leaks not only ramp up your water bill—they can cause property damage and compromise the safety of your home. Contact a plumber immediately to stop the leak and arrange a restoration plan.
Q: When is it a good time to replace my water heater?
A: In short, age is the key factor when considering water heater replacement [link to Water Heaters]. Most models have a performance life of up to 15 years, with electric and tankless versions lasting slightly longer.
- Rust-Colored Water
- Running out of Hot Water Frequently
- The Base of Your Heater Is Moist or Flooded
If you encounter any of these issues, speak with a plumber about the best course of action. Committing to a replacement unit can restore the performance and efficiency of your plumbing system.
Q: Is jetting beneficial to my sewage system?
A: Jetting has grown to become a popular alternative to using a pipe snake to keeping sewer lines clean. By using powerful water jets, a vacuum, and enzyme-enhanced detergents, jetting thoroughly breaks down pipe debris and buildup. It can go a long way in maintaining the efficiency and cleanliness of your plumbing system.
Q: My disposal is emitting a foul odor—is there a way to get rid of this?
A: Buildup as a result of food debris is the leading cause of foul-smelling garbage disposals. You can eliminate the smell by placing ice cubes and a few orange and lemon peels in the drain. Turn the disposal on for 30 seconds, and then pour some liquid dish detergent while it is running. Clear out any remaining debris by running cold water into the drain for another 30 seconds.
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