frequently Asked Plumbing & Heating Questions
1. Can I increase the water pressure in my bathroom faucet?
First, check the emergency shutoff under your sink to make sure it’s fully open. If rubber washers or seals have begun to deteriorate, you’ll also lose water pressure, so have your licensed plumber check those. Calcium and lime buildup will also cause low water pressure.
2. What should I do to take care of my faucets and sinks?
Even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water; as much as 150 gallons a day! Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. And always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid paying for wasted water, and also to avoid water damage to your fixtures and pipes. Have a licensed plumber remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow of water.
3. How can I prevent clogged drains?
Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink. Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs. To help prevent clogs, have a plumber fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips, and clean the strainer regularly. Also We STRONGLY RECOMMEND the use of Bio-Clean!
4. What is Bio-Clean? Any How can it help in my home?
BIO-CLEAN is… a blend of bacteria and enzymes. The bacteria are natural, not genetically-engineered. The enzyme concentration is the most powerful on the market.
Bio-Clean is non-poisonous. It creates no heat, no fumes, no boiling. It does not attack live tissue
nor inorganic materials; only organic wastes like grease, hair, food particles, paper, cotton &
sewage. This makes BIO-CLEAN safe for people, plumbing and the environment. BIO-CLEAN
changes the waste particles into water, carbon dioxide and mineral ash which run harmlessly out of
your waste system. These elements are then available for plant life.
Within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria begin to eat their way into the
waste that has accumulated on the sides and top of the drain pipe. This is their natural food. They
digest the waste and spread throughout your system, cleaning it completely.
- All drain and sewer pipes, including: bath tubs, cat litter boxes, floor
- Residential and commercial applications
- 100 Drain Treatments Per 2 lb. Container
- 2lb. Container Treats 1,000 Gallon Septic Tank
- Eliminates The Need To Clean Grease Traps and Cable Drains
- Eliminates The Need To Buy Dangerous Chemicals
- Eliminates The Need To Buy Deodorant Blocks (Urinals)
5. Are caustic liquid drain openers (like Drano or Liquid Plumber) harmful to pipes?
Never use them on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can severely damage them. Never use caustic drain openers in a drain that has a garbage disposal.
6. What causes my kitchen sink and washing machine drains to clog?
In most homes, the kitchen and laundry drains are connected. When the lint from the laundry drains meets the grease build-up from soap and food products, a nearly solid substance is formed, causing blockage. Using filters and strainers will help, but you’ll also need to get the drains snaked periodically as well.
7. Should I close and open the main water supply shutoff valve periodically?
Yes. You want to make sure they’re not stuck in the open position in case of an emergency! The same periodic check for the shutoff valves on your sinks, tubs, and toilets, Should be done as well. If you choose, invest in a Plumbing service agreement with Esposito Plumbing; not only will it save you money on repairs, you will also have an Annual Safety Inspection done in your home. Our technicians are trained to check up on safety and condition of all the plumbing in your home. This will prevent unnecessary flooding or water damage emergencies.
8. Why do I hear a vibrating noise in my pipes?
Noises can be fairly common in plumbing supply lines. If a washer in a faucet or valve is loose, you’ll hear it rattling or knocking. If the sound occurs when you open and close faucets rapidly, it generally means pipes are loose, and can be corrected by anchoring pipes more securely.
9. What can I do about a sewer line blockage?
The main culprits are tree roots, and once they’ve blocked the line, there is very little you can do. A plumbing professional can snake the line to get it as clear as possible, and then use copper sulfide products to kill the remaining vegetation. But odds are the sewer line will most likely need to be replaced.
10. Why doesn‘t my old water heater work as well as it used to?
This is usually due to a sediment build-up in your tank. As water heaters grow older, they accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If these deposits are not removed periodically, the sediment will create a barrier between the burner and the water, greatly reducing the water heater‘s performance level.
You should also periodically inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow, or if it’s sooty under there, your flue may be clogged, which is a dangerous situation. Contact a professional to check it out. At least once every year, have your water heater inspected by a service technician. He or she will also check the drain valve for signs of leakage, and the anode rods for corrosion.
11. What’s the best way to extend the life of my garbage disposal?
Always use plenty of cold water when running your disposal, and avoid overloading it. Never
dispose of very hard items like bones or corn husks. And never use a caustic drain opener.
12. What should I do if my garbage disposal stops working?
Before calling a professional, be sure to try the reset switch located on the bottom of most disposals.
13. What’s the best way to check for toilet leaks?
Toilet leaks can be wasteful and expensive. At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank. If it is leaking, call to schedule a service call.