Plumbing in our homes usually goes out of sight, out of mind — until plumbers in Gainesville, FL, are needed. With more than 30 years of experience serving the area, these are the top questions Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. has heard about home plumbing.
What Are The Consequences of Delaying / Ignoring Plumbing Repairs?
While putting off plumbing repairs happens all the time due to scheduling conflicts, lack of money or any other reason, doing so often has consequences. At Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc., the top two we see are increased utility bills and water damage to the home.
Increased Utility Bills
The drip-drip that annoys you at 2 a.m. may be easy to ignore for night or two, but the increased water bill that comes with it may not. What starts as an innocent leaky faucet or other plumbing connection can grow into a larger, expensive issue if not addressed quickly.
Water has a hidden superpower in its ability to structurally weaken nearly any surface if left alone long enough. When water damage occurs, it’s often out of sight until the floor warps or ceiling sags in one spot. Calling a Gainesville plumbing company like Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. as soon as you suspect you have a plumbing issue is the best way to prevent or mitigate water damage.
Will Energy-Efficient Plumbing Increase My Home’s Value?
Yes! Buyers want a home that has been maintained beyond the basics, including energy-efficient upgrades. Newer plumbing also has a lower chance of needing major repairs soon after someone buys your home, making it more financially appealing.
Why Does My Faucet Make a Loud Noise When I Turn It Off?
The noise itself isn’t from your faucet but instead from the pipes leading to it. Water hammer happens when water is abruptly shut off, causing the pipe to move and strike the nearest surface. Other reasons for a loud noise include:
Pipes that aren’t anchored to the wall or another solid surface may hit one another when the faucet is turned off. Metal or plastic clips are often used to anchor pipes and prevent further damage.
Scale Buildup Inside the Pipes
Depending on the age of your home, you may have iron or galvanized pipes. These older pipes are more prone to scale buildup inside and will eventually need replacement.
Water Pressure Too High
If the water pressure is too high, water flowing through the pipes comes to an even more pronounced stop when the faucet is turned off. Our plumbers in Gainesville, FL, can adjust your home’s water pressure to a more appropriate level.
Damaged Air Chambers
The pipes leading to a faucet are frequently of substantial length. Because of this, they hold air chambers that act as a buffer when the faucet is shut off and the water flow suddenly stops. But the chambers slowly absorb water over time, lessening their ability to buffer.
How Can I Prevent Leaking Pipes?
The best way is to lessen the stress placed on pipes. First, check the water pressure. If it’s too high, it will stress the pipes as water surges through them every time a faucet is turned on. Secondly, if you have hard water, mineral deposits build up inside the pipes and other plumbing fixtures, which restricts water flow and increases water pressure. Installing a water softener system dissolves and prevents mineral build ups from returning.
How Do I Prevent the Pipes Leading to My House from Freezing?
Frozen pipes aren’t common in Florida, but we’ve seen them happen. The best way to prevent this is to insulate pipes in the crawlspace and attic and seal any leaks allowing cold air to enter near or around the pipes. Also, make sure any garden or outside hoses are disconnected from faucets and plumbing connected to your home.
Your kitchen is the center of many hours of life, so it’s no wonder many Gainesville plumbing issues arise there. Here are the most common kitchen-plumbing questions we hear.
Can I Use Drain Cleaner in a Sink With A Garbage Disposal?
It’s not recommended. Several major brands carry drain cleaners that are promoted as safe for drains with garbage disposals. However, we suggest using a plunger to clear the clog before reaching for any chemicals. If that doesn’t work, and garbage disposal-friendly cleaners don’t either, call Quality Plumbing of Gainesville Inc. Our Gainesville plumbers have years of experience clearing even the most pesky garbage disposal drains.
How Can I Prevent Clogged Drains in My Home?
To start, be cognizant about what you put in them. Even if you use mesh screens, as is strongly recommended for all drains, especially in the bathroom, fine particles can flow through the mesh and build up over time. Teach everyone in the house what they can and cannot put down the drain.
How Do I Fix a Jammed Garbage Disposal?
First, make sure the disposal is either switched off or unplugged from a power outlet. Use a flashlight to look into the garbage disposal; you should be able to see whatever is causing the jam. Remove the object using a wooden spoon or another utensil but not your fingers. If you’re unable to remove it, use an Allen or hex wrench to loosen the hex socket that connects to the impeller. This action usually loosens whatever is jammed so it can be removed.
Bathrooms are often the epicenter for plumbing issues due to the sheer number of faucets, fixtures, pipes and other plumbing components in them.
Can I Collect Water in a Bucket to Flush the Toilet?
Yes. If the power is out or you have a plumbing issue, you generally need fewer than two gallons of water to flush the toilet. You could use rain runoff or water from a swimming pool. Once you have your water, remove the toilet tank lid, fill the tank until it reaches the top of the overflow tube, and flush.
How Do I Get a Snake Cable Down a Clogged Tub Drain?
Remove the overflow plate on the tub and insert the snake cable into the opening. Slowly and steadily feed the cable into the drain from the overflow. If you try to get the snake down the tub drain, you may end up breaking the pipe.
Does It Make a Difference If Our Toilet is Running?
Absolutely! The sound of water running in the toilet is the sound of money running down the drain with it. Even minor toilet leaks will increase your water bill each month. A quick way to see if you have a toilet leak is to put a couple of drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and don’t flush for 30 minutes. If there’s color in the bowl, you have a leak.
What are the Pink Residue and Pink Stains in Bathtub?
It’s an airborne bacterium, officially known as Serratia marcescens. This bacterium flourishes in damp environments and feeds off soap, shampoo and other common toiletries. You can manage it by regularly cleaning your bathtub, or it may reappear within a few weeks.