Flow Pros Has Answers to Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions
Most people call them FAQs, and most companies have them. And that is because questions are everywhere. Seriously, one cannot know everything about everything there is. It is just too much. That is why there are plumbing specialists to help. There is no need for the homeowner to know all about the intricate plumbing system in the home. So, Flow Pros Plumbing has put together a few of the more commonly asked plumbing frequently asked questions.
We have separated the FAQs into three categories.
- General Plumbing Questions
- Toilet Questions
- Kitchen and Disposal Questions
General Plumbing Questions
As you probably know, there are many parts to your plumbing. In fact, the plumbing in your home is one of the most extensive and most intricate systems that run your home smoothly. From the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry rooms, and the outside of the house, plumbing is a part of our everyday life. So, it stands to reason you would have questions. Well, you are in luck, because we have some answers.
- Should I repair or replace a leaky faucet? Whether you need repair or replacement, it is best to let a plumber handle this one. You see, a repairable faucet is excellent, as long as the pipes and behind the wall are still up to par. However, if there is significant rust or if you cannot locate the parts, you may need a new faucet.
- What Causes Pipe Corrosion? Pipe corrosion could be caused by one of several issues. If the chemical makeup of the water or the pH balance is off, it can corrode the pipes. Water pressure can be an issue, as well as the age of your lines.
- What is that noise in my pipes? Water hammer is caused by an increase in pressure when a faucet, valve, or appliance that uses water turns off. You see when the water quickly changes direction, and it ultimately bangs against the pipe walls or the shut-off valve in your water system. When you have a water hammer, this change in direction makes a loud pounding noise. Have a plumber check to see if this is the issue.
- Does a leaky faucet really waste much water? A faucet leaking ten times per minute will drip 14,400 times per day. That equates to 347 gallons per year, and that is only one faucet. So yes, it is a significant loss and should be checked as soon as possible.
- Why do I run out of hot water so quickly? There are a couple of reasons for a short water supply. One of the water elements could have stopped working. Also, if your water heater has not been flushed in a while, you may have sediment taking up room in the tank that could be occupied by more water. Have your system flushed and inspected to determine the issue.
- Is there a difference between and water and soft? The answer is yes. If you have excessive soap scum around the shower, pipe scaling, faucet, fixture deterioration, itchy or sensitive skin problems, or the water doesn’t taste good; hard water is the issue. When you install a water softener, these issues will practically vanish. And soft water eliminates the overuse of soaps and detergents, saving you money.
No one wants to talk about toilet issues, but still, the questions come. So here are the answers to the top two questions.
- What can I flush down the commode? You really shouldn’t put anything down your toilet, except what’s supposed to go down there. Human waste and toilet tissue are all. Wipes, sanitary products, cat litter, paper towels, and the rest are not suitable for the system and will eventually cause a backup.
- Why does my toilet sound like it is continuously running? Possibly the most asked question of them all is this one. And fortunately, it is a pretty easy fix most of the time. It may just be the flapper not sealing around the flush valve. Jiggle the handle to see. Then if that does not work, you may need a flapper replacement.
Kitchen Sink and Disposal Questions
The kitchen sink and disposal take quite a beating. From hot water to cold, then dirty pots and hands, germs, and the rest, the sink is a hot spot for issues. These are the top three questions we hear from customers each day.
- Why does water run into the sink when I use my dishwasher? It is really gross, but it is usually a simple fix. Typically there is a clog in your disposal. Try running the disposal with hot water to see if it clears up right away. If it doesn’t work, it is best to call a plumber. You do not want to have your hand in the disposal and have it come back on. Let us use the tools made for this type of repair.
- What can I put down the disposal? Garbage disposals are not trash cans and cannot handle tough items like bone and seeds. Also, things like oils and fats will gunk up the pipes. You see, the blades of the disposal are not blades but are more like paddles that push food through. Honestly, the only things that should go down the disposal are soft items like fruits without the pits and soft veggies. Always remember to run water while you run the disposal.
- Can I just buy a chemical drain cleaner? That is a hard no. Chemical Drain cleaners are toxic for kids, pets, and pipes. Instead, you can try enzyme and friendly bacteria products to cut the sludge inside your lines. If you have a clog you cannot easily remove, call a plumber to get it out with the proper tools.
Flow Pros Has Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Knowing the above questions may not have been the ones you were asking, you are welcomed to give us a call. Flow Pros has the answers to your Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions. When you call our number, you will speak to a live person. Furthermore, when you make an appointment, you can count on us to be on-time with the tools and equipment on the truck for most repairs the same day.
Flow Pros is a Tampa-based company serving both commercial and residential customers. We know your plumbing doesn’t know what time of day it is when issues arise; that’s why we have plumbers available 24/7 for emergencies. We help our customers solve plumbing problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We offer professional residential and commercial plumbing services to Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor customers, and customers from all over Tampa Bay.
No matter the job, when you choose Flow Pros, you can expect:
- Reasonable Rates
- Easy, Friendly Appointment Scheduling
- Knowledgeable and Courteous Technicians
Choose Flow Pros Plumbing for all your commercial and residential plumbing questions and needs.