Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

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Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked plumbing &  water heater questions that we get asked.


While it is still a good idea to have a home inspector overlook your home for other issues besides plumbing, most general inspectors don’t have the plumbing knowledge that a plumber would have and may overlook things. If you are purchasing a home that is used or fairly old, it is a good idea to invest in a sewer camera to video inspect your drain line. 

Click to read more about plumbing inspections when buying a home. There are also different types of plumbers that have different specialties that you should learn more about when choosing a plumber.

When choosing a plumbing company, we encourage you to look for the qualities described below to ensure that you are choosing the best experts for your plumbing needs.

  1. License and Certification: Make sure that the plumbing company you have in mind is both licensed and certified. This shows that they meet legal and professional standards for delivering plumbing services. 
  2. Experience: Find a plumbing company that has a proven track record and a good amount of experience in the plumbing industry. Their experience will make a difference in the way they approach the various plumbing repairs. 
  3. Insurance: The company you hire must have insurance coverage to cover incidentals or damage that occurs during the job. 
  4. Reputation: Check the company’s website, Google reviews, Yelp, and Angi’s List for customer reviews, ratings, and testimonials. Doing so will help you gauge the reputation of the company’s overall performance. 
  5. Professionalism: Take note of things like the conduct of the staff and how you are treated during your interactions. How the company conducts itself will speak volumes about the professionalism and the quality of work they deliver. 
  6. Range of Services: The company you have in mind must offer a comprehensive range of services. This will ensure that they can handle any plumbing challenge they find in your home. 
  7. Warranty and Guarantees: Ask about warranties or guarantees offered by the plumbing company with the services they provide. This ensures that they stand behind the quality of their work. 
  8. Availability and Response Time: A plumbing company must have a prompt response time to address your needs quickly and at a quality you can depend on. Sometimes plumbing problems like leaks and broken water heaters need quick attention and their reaction will be the difference between the prolonged damage your home sustains. 

When looking for the best plumbing quality, also look for these qualities as well: 

  • They are well-equipped and use updated technology
  • They are aware of their environmental impact
  • They provide exceptional customer service 

Click to read more about specific qualities to look for in a plumber.

When hiring plumbers, it is important to call around and get the vibe of the plumbing company. If they are short and not willing to answer your questions, it is not a good sign. The plumbing company should be polite and personable over the phone. If they are not, how will they treat you when they do the plumbing repair? Click to read more about why you should make customer service a top priority when choosing a plumber.

A local plumber will most likely cost less than a plumber located farther away. Why? Well, the farther away the plumber is located, the more fuel will cost for them. There will be longer travel time making for a higher labor cost. Click to read more about why you should choose a local plumber for your future needs.

When you call the big companies, you get an answering service and a 4-hour window of possible service times. When you are in an emergency plumbing situation, you want a plumber who will answer your call or at least call back on time. We are an emergency 24-hour plumbing company. We will answer the phone or call back within 10 or 15 minutes. We know that a plumbing emergency can be stressful, and you need your questions answered quickly. Click to read more about emergency plumbing services.

We do offer free phone estimates, and most of the basic calls such as water heaters, drain cleaning, faucets, garbage disposals, and toilet repairs can be diagnosed over the phone with the plumber asking a few questions. There are some situations where we cannot give an estimate over the phone such as remodeling or a bad leak under the slab. In these situations, we charge a service fee, and then if we do the job, we take the service charge of the estimated job cost. Click to read more about free phone estimates.

Plumbing repairs can be quite expensive, and with people still suffering in this economy, it can be even more of a problem. Below are a few reasons to not do your plumbing repairs:

  1. Damaging your plumbing systemThis is the main reason to hire a plumber. If you don’t know what you are doing, attempting a plumbing repair can severely damage your plumbing system and cause more work for your local plumber.
  2. Higher plumbing repair billBy damaging your plumbing system, a plumbing repair that would have cost $140 may turn into a job that can cost thousands to repair.
  3. Improper Installation: Asking a big box store associate or a friend can cause you to install the product with improper code. The person may not be competent and tell you the wrong way to fix it. This can cause a premature failure of the product and possibly flood your home. Click to read more about why to hire a plumber.
  1. First, confirm if the plumber is licensed and insured. Ask them what their license number is and what their insurance policy limits are. If they hesitate to answer, call another plumber. Mistakes do happen and if your plumber makes a mistake, you want his policy to cover it.
  2. Ask what the plumbing repair will cost. Most of the time the plumber can give you an estimate over the phone for basic repairs. However, if the problem is in the walls or under the slab, it is a lot harder to give an estimate, but they should give you worst-case or best-case scenarios on the cost of the repair.

Next, you should ask if they offer a warranty and how long is the repair guaranteed. If they do not offer a warranty, call another plumber. It’s also good to make sure the plumber is personable answers all of your questions and explains everything in detail. Click to read more about questions to ask a plumber.

Prevention Methods

Participating in prevention methods for your plumbing can offer a variety of benefits, which include the following: 

  • Cost savings by addressing plumbing issues before they occur
  • Avoiding emergency repairs by reducing the likelihood of sudden and unexpected problems. 
  • Extended lifespan of plumbing systems
  • Improved efficiency by fixing leaks and flushing the water heater, helping the components function smoothly. 
  • Reduced water damage risk
  • Preserving water quality
  • Compliance with warranties 
  • Environmental benefits by conserving water through preventative maintenance 
  • Time savings by minimizing the need for emergency repairs and troubleshooting
  • Preserving home value by keeping a well-maintained plumbing system

Do not miss out on these wonderful benefits of plumbing prevention. After all, none of us want to spend extra funds or time fixing those issues that could have been avoided with prevention in the first place. Regular inspections are key to avoiding expensive plumbing problems in the future. Schedule your maintenance visit today. 

Many people think the drain in their home can handle anything, but that is not the case. Especially in older houses, the drain clogs more often than in the newer homes. This is because in older homes they used cast iron pipe. The pipe becomes rough and catches a lot of products. The same can happen with newer homes if not cared for. Click to read more about what should not be flushed down your drains.

Drain Genie Plumbing Services is proud to announce that it now offers Plumbing Preventive Maintenance Agreement service contracts. The service agreements allow customers to receive priority service, as well as up to 10% discount off on yearly maintenance necessities. Click to read more about the preventative maintenance agreements offered at Drain Genie Plumbing Services.

Most plumbers will agree that the little can of drain cleaner that costs $10 is not only a waste of money, but it does a lot of damage to your plumbing system. The first misconception is to dump the drain cleaner down your bathroom sinks or tubs to remove hair. Most drain cleaners will only dissolve soap buildup and hard water buildup, but hair needs to be removed by professional drain cleaning equipment. Click to read more about the precautions of buying drain cleaners.

The most common cause for clogged bathtubs is hair buildup. We all shed hair, but it is best if you prevent it from going down your drains. The best prevention is by using a hair catcher that you can purchase from any hardware store. Put it over the drain, and clean the excess hair when done showering. Click to read more about clog prevention.

Make a plumbing repair list if you have several plumbing needs. It’s going to be cheaper for the plumber to come to your house once than make several different visits. Consider replacing old plumbing fixtures. After a certain amount of repairs, it will end up being cheaper to just replace the item instead of paying for several repair visits. Click to read more about saving money on plumbing.

  • Toilets: Check around your toilet periodically for water. Any water on the ground or around the toilet should be addressed by a plumber before it turns into a plumbing emergency.
  • Water Heater: You should check around your water heater often for leakage. Water around your water heater can mean it is ready to go at any time and needs to be replaced.
  • Sinks: Most people don’t check under their sinks, but you should check under your sink. You can find small leaks before they cause big damage. Click to read more about preventing emergencies.

Leaks can pop up anywhere, and just because you see water in a particular area does not mean that is where the plumbing leak is. Most Florida plumbing companies can pinpoint a plumbing leak in the wall, but when you leak the slab, you should think about hiring a company that specializes in leak detection. Most insurance companies cover this process and will cover it with little or no cost to you. Click to read more about leak detection.

Many people don’t realize most plumbing leaks come from bad caulking or no caulking at all. If the shower control knobs are not caulked chances are it could be coming from there. Also, if you hang stuff on your shower head, the weight can break the line in the wall and cause a plumbing leak. That only occurs when the shower is used. Click to read more about plumbing leaks.

Clogs 101

People often put grease, rice, and pretty much everything you can think of that should not go down your plumbing system into their kitchen sink. Grease is the worst for your plumbing. It sticks to the sides of the plumbing drain pipes and slowly builds up like fat in our body’s arteries. Click to read more about clogged kitchen sinks.

Most people do not know that if their garbage disposal is not functioning for a long time it will clog. We have had a lot of calls lately about clogged sinks, but the plumber discovered at the root of the problem that the garbage disposal has not worked for some time. Click to read more about clogged sinks and garbage disposals.

Soap and soap scum are very damaging to your plumbing. While hair is surely the main culprit, soap, and soap scum are right up there for causing shower clogs. What happens is that it becomes hard and starts to close off the pipe. Hair then begins to stick to the scum. Click to read more about shower drain clogs.

The first and main reason is usually hair. The next reason is usually negligence. If your tub strainer is broken, it is important to fix it. It is cheaper to fix the strainer than leave an open drain for anything to fall into. Lastly, tile grout from a do-it-yourself tile job will cause a clog. The tile grout is, believe it or not, up there on the list for getting your tub clogged. People wash their grout buckets and tools in the tub causing major damage to the drainage system. Click to read more about clogged tub drains.

Usually, there is something deeper in the toilet than you think that is causing the clog. We have many customers who say that nothing else is backed up, so it has to be in the toilet. We mostly see this situation in older homes. Vegetation is a very surprising thing because roots can grow where you’d never expect. If you want to try to unclog your toilet yourself, try these simple DIY tips:

  1. Gather your needed supplies: rubber gloves, plunger, bucket, towels or rags, dish soap, baking soda and vinegar. 
  2. Protect the area by laying down towels or rags around the base of the toilet to catch any water that may spill. 
  3. Determine whether the toilet is completely clogged or if the water is draining slowly. 
  4. If the toilet is clogged, plunge the toilet by placing it over the drain hole pushing it down firmly, and pulling it up sharply. 
  5. If plunging doesn’t work, add hot water to the bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes and then attempt to plunge it again. 
  6. If the plunger and hot water don’t work, you can try using a plumbing snake or auger. Insert the snake into the drain and turn the handle clockwise to break up or retrieve the clog. 
  7. Another option is to add a small amount of dish soap to the toilet bowl and follow it with hot water. Let it sit for a while and then attempt to plunge again. 
  8. If the clog is not severe, you can try a natural solution. Pour about a cup of baking soda into the bowl, followed by a cup of vinegar. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, and then flush. This combination may help break up minor clogs.

If these tips do not work, contact a professional plumber at Drain Genie for assistance. 

  1. Grease: While grease is liquid when it is hot, it will then cool and turn into a thick waxy substance which will over time build up in the pipe and harden like a rock. If you add drain cleaners to the line this can make things even worse.
  2. Stringy Veggies: Stringy veggies can wreak havoc on your plumbing. They don’t break down and will build up in the line. The garbage disposal also does not chop stringy veggies up fine enough, and this can cause your lines to build up.
  3. Egg Shells and Coffee Grounds: Egg shells and coffee grounds build up in the walls of the pipe and coffee grounds will build a mucky sludge in the pipe which will catch other things in the line causing backups. Click to read more about garbage disposals.

If the clog is located past the sidewalk, most cities will come out and clean it out. However, some cities require you to hire a local plumber to clean out the drain. If there are roots or a break at the city clean-out, they will fix the break, and you are not responsible. Most of the time you are responsible for fixing anything from your house to the street clean-out, and anything past the city clean-out is the city’s responsibility. Click to read more about drain clogs.

We have seen firsthand that a customer has a drain clog, and they have never had a problem with their drainage. So when we snake the line and pull nothing back, we ask, “Have you recently changed toilet paper?” Most of the time the answer is yes. The single-ply toilet paper is less likely to clog your drains. Once you flush the paper, it starts to break down immediately which is a good thing. However, most people like thick, soft toilet paper and this is where you have a problem. Click to read more about toilet paper causing drain clogs.

When you hear this bubbling noise that means that your main drain line is more than likely clogged and is starting to back up. It will only be a matter of time before it turns into a plumbing emergency and you will more than likely have to call a plumber to unclog your drain. You should call a plumber immediately if you hear this sound. Click to read more about clogged drains.

Repair or Replace

The decision to repair or replace a water heater hinges on various factors. Consider the age of the water heater; if it’s within its 8-12-year lifespan, repairs may be cost-effective. Assess the extent of damage, with minor issues favoring repair, while severe problems or corrosion may warrant replacement. Energy efficiency is crucial; newer models often offer better efficiency, making replacement worthwhile, especially if the heater is aging. Compare repair costs to replacement costs; if repairs are high and frequent, investing in a new, more reliable unit might be economical.

Additionally, the availability of replacement parts plays a role, as scarce parts for older models could sway the decision toward replacement. Different water heater types have distinct considerations; tankless heaters may be more cost-effective to repair due to their longer lifespan. Water quality issues causing corrosion should be addressed; once resolved, the decision to repair or replace becomes clearer. 

Consulting a professional plumber is essential for a thorough assessment, cost estimates, and personalized guidance. Consider upcoming renovations or upgrades as an opportune time for replacement. 

Most faucets can be repaired if they are just dripping or leaking from the handle, but when the faucet has had a leak for years and neglected to have a plumber repair it, you tend to have problems. If a faucet is leaking and dripping on the body of the faucet, over time it corrodes. When you finally decide to have it repaired, it is too late because the faucet is corroded. Click to read more about when to repair or replace your faucet.

If your garbage disposal stops working and makes a humming noise, this usually means it is jammed and can most likely be repaired. The average disposal lasts 6-10 years with normal use. If there is water leaking from the base of the unit, your garbage disposal will need to be replaced by a plumber. Click to read more about when to repair or replace your garbage disposal. Wondering what type of new garbage disposal to purchase? Take the suggestion of Drain Genie Plumbing Services.

These are some reasons that you would want to replace your water main: 1. Copper pipe: If your water main is piped in copper you should think about replacement because you will have constant plumbing leaks on the water main and constant repairs will cost more in the long run than to just replace the main water line. 2. Galvanized pipe: This pipe is known for rusting from the inside out. It can cause very low water pressure, and repairs on this pipe are difficult to perform. 3. Location of piping: If your water main is located under a tree or heavy shrubbery, you should think about replacement or partial replacement of your water main.

Click to read more about when to repair or replace your water main.

Typically a plumber will run a video camera in the sewer line that will tell you if you just need a repair or if you should replace it. Plumbers should also provide you with a copy of the footage taken in the sewer line so that you can get other estimates and ensure you’re getting the best price. Without the video footage, it’s difficult to be able to estimate how much the repair or replacement would cost. Click to read more about when to repair or replace your sewer main.

There are many reasons why you should replace your laundry valves with the most common reasons being age and consumer causing damage to the system. Most of our calls regarding laundry valves in Florida are from customers getting a new washer and causing a leak in the wall while they attempt to remove the old hoses. In many older homes, people forget to remove and install new washer hoses every few years. In most cases, the washer hose gets corroded to the valve, and when the customer tries to remove it, they cause a flood by breaking the valve or the pipe in the wall. Click to read more about replacing laundry valves.

Water Pressure & Leaks

In the event of a flood from a plumbing leak or a major sewer backup, you must hire a professional water restoration company to prevent harmful mold from growing in your home. Once you have a flood in your home, your time is limited to prevent mold. Click to read more about water damage control.

Look for the meter box. Usually, it is on the same side of the house where the meter box is. Once you find the box, look on that side of the house for a valve with a round handle that is usually blue or red. Click to learn more about shutting off the water in your home.

If the shower valve has not been used for a long time, the balancing pin gets stuck and will not let hot water through. If this is the case, we suggest calling a plumber to make the necessary repairs to get hot water to flow once again. Most of the time it is not a big repair cost. Click to read more about problems with your shower water.

The height of the water tower and the weight of the water create the pressure to push the water into your plumbing system. If you live close to one of those water towers, your water pressure will be high. The farther you live from the tower, the less pressure you will have. Click to read more about how water gets to your home.

As the water heats up, the minerals in the water stick together and sink to the bottom of the water heater tank. Chlorine from hard water can make your water piping leak and wear out quickly. The solution is installing a water softener unit in your home as this will eliminate the scale caused by hard water buildup. Click to read more about how hard water affects plumbing.

Many customers feel it is just a washer causing the problem, or they think it will just unscrew and the plumber just has to screw it back on. This is far from the truth. Anytime you have a leaking hose spigot 8 times out of 10 you will be replacing it, and we want to let our customers know that it is more involved than just unscrewing and screwing on. Click to read more about leaking hose spigots.

Many customers think that changing the shower head or tub spout will fix this problem, but this is not the case. The place that stops the water from dripping is in the valve of the shower where the handle is located. On newer valves, it is a cartridge assembly. When this fails, your tub will drip, and if it’s only a shower, it will drip from the shower head. In older homes, it is usually a bad seal washer or both. Sometimes the stem will need replacement also. Click to read more about drippy shower faucets.

Shower pan leaks can be caused by any of the following problems: 

  • Improper installation 
  • Cracks or damage in the shower pan
  • Faulty waterproofing membrane
  • Loose or damaged grout or tiles
  • Leaking shower fixture connections
  • Clogged drain
  • Shifting or settling the structure of the home
  • Inadequate slope toward the drain 
  • High water pressure which strains the plumbing components

If you notice signs of a shower pan leak, it is important to have the issue investigated and resolved. Prompt attention will help prevent further damage to the structure and the development of mold. 

Older homes tend to have lower-efficiency plumbing fixtures causing you to have more expensive water bills and waste water. Toilets are now made to require much less water than before to flush and still have decent flushing power. If you want to upgrade your plumbing fixtures to high efficiency and save money on your water bill please call your local plumber. Click to read more about low-efficiency plumbing fixtures.

  • Broken pipe outside or under your home and you have broken pipe and don’t realize it, could cause low-pressure issues.
  • Under-sized water piping: Under-sized water piping is a problem usually found in older homes if you have under-sized pipes. If someone opens a faucet, you will lose pressure.
  • The valve to the water heater or main valve to the home may be broken or partially closed. This is a big problem our plumbers see.
  • Clogged aerator in sinks: This is also a big problem and will cause low pressure in the individual fixture i.e. bathroom faucet.

Click to read more about low water pressure.

Water Heaters

The main reason is sediment. Depending on where you live in the country, the problem could be worse. Florida happens to have the worst water in the United States. There is a lot of calcium and minerals making it hard water. Click to read more about why your water heater may not be working as well as it once did.

First, you need to find the sticker with the serial number and the model number. This is usually in the lower section of the water heater and just above the lower access for the thermostat and element. Once you’ve located the tag with the serial number, you can decode it. If you look at the serial number, the year and month it was made are encoded in the serial number. It varies from the manufacturer as to where they put the years. Click to read more about figuring out how old your water heater is.

Let’s discuss the inlet and outlet of your water heater. The line on the right side of the water heater is the cold inlet. This brings the water into the tank. Your water heater valve is always on the cold side, and if you ever leak, this is where you shut it off. However, it will only shut down the hot water in your house. Click to learn more about how a water heater works.

Tankless water heaters last about 20 years, which is longer than tank heaters. They are also great because they can be mounted on walls and save you a lot of space. Storage water heaters last for 10-15 years and are fairly inexpensive. The tanks allow you to have hot water on demand. Click to read more about the features and benefits of tankless and storage water heaters.

Most people like hot water, but the answer is that your water heater should be set at 120 degrees. At this temperature, you should have ample hot water, and it is still safe enough not to burn you. Many customers think that by calling a plumber they can come out and make the temperature hotter than the recommended factory setting. This is not true. Click to read more about water heater temperatures.

It somewhat depends on the brand name. A low-quality water heater will not last as long as a better-quality water heater, but most of the time it is due to a lack of maintenance on the water heater. Over the years sediment builds up, fills the bottom of the tank up, and slowly starts to ruin the efficiency of the heater. Then once the sediment settles over the bottom element, it begins to affect the element. The element needs to be surrounded by water to stay cool. If sediment is surrounding it, then it won’t be able to keep cool causing it to overheat and go bad causing the upper element to work harder. This causes poor efficiency and increases your electric bill. Click to read more about why you should flush your water heater.

  1. Turn the power off to the water heater, which is usually in the breaker box. If it is gas, turn the gas valve off.
  2. Turn the water supply valve off as this will stop the flow of water into your heater.
  3. Try to drain the water heater even though the water is shut off. The tank may continue to leak because it usually holds 40 or more gallons of water, and if the tank is cracked, it will leak all 40 gallons onto the floor. This can cause water damage, so attach your hose to the bottom drain line to do this.
  4. Pull the relief pin-up as this will allow air into the tank and help it drain faster.
  5. Call a local plumber to replace your water heater. Click to read more about water heater leaks.

A natural gas water heater is much more efficient than an electric water heater. If you have natural gas or have the opportunity to install it, then do it. It’s well worth the money spent. Yes, gas appliances are usually more expensive than electric, but they last longer and are more efficient which saves you money in the long run. Click to read more about natural gas piping installation for your home.

The hybrid water heater works off a heat pump system and is supposed to be a lot more energy efficient. The 50-gallon standard heater uses 4879 kWh per year which is usually about $600 a year or $50 a month, but the hybrid water heater uses about 1890 kWh per year at about $20 a month which is about a 62% savings. This is a yearly savings of $360 and would pay for itself and the labor to install it in 4 years. Click to read more about hybrid water heaters.

One of the things that new Florida homeowners need for their water heaters is either an expansion valve like the Watts 530 or an expansion tank. These are to be installed on the cold side and are now coded. Click to read more about buying a new water heater.

Additional things you should know about new water heater installation are 

  • Type of water heater you will need, whether it be tankless, storage tank, heat pump, or solar. 
  • The fuel source being used in your home such as electricity, natural gas, propane, or solar energy
  • The tank size you need to meet the demands of your household. 
  • Look for water heaters with a high Energy Factor (EF) rating. 
  • Consider the upfront installation costs and your budget
  • Evaluate the long-term operating costs, including energy bills, repair costs, and maintenance requirements. 
  • Check for any warranties being offered by the manufacturer
  • Be sure that there is enough space for the installation of the water heater. 
  • Be aware of building codes and regulations set forth by local authorities. 
  • Understand the maintenance needs of your new water heater 
  • Know the hot water demands of your household, including peak usage times. 

Taking the time to research and consult a professional plumber about these factors will help you make the best decision for your home.

Kitchen Plumbing

The problem of the dishwasher not draining can be frustrating. Here are some common tips for troubleshooting and identifying the issue: 

  • Check for obstructions for any visible debris, food particles, or objects that might be clogging the drain. 
  • Ensure that the dishwasher is not overloaded. 
  • Inspect the air gap for clogs
  • Inspect the garbage disposal for blockages
  • Check the drain hose for kinks, bends, or obstructions. 
  • Ensure that the drain hose is installed with a high loop under the sink. 
  • Check the drain solenoid to see if there are any issues with it. 
  • Run a short dishwasher cycle to see if it drains properly. 
  • Inspect the drain valve to see if any damage or debris is obstructing the valve. 

If none of the set options work, consider contacting Drain Genie for professional plumbing repairs and assistance. 

There are a few things you can do to help out the plumber to know what they’ll need to fix. Check if the garbage disposal is leaking when it is being used. While running your faucet, see if you notice water dripping. Fill your kitchen sink up with water, and then check for drips around the strainers. After filling the sink check the strainers, dump the water, and check for plumbing leaks on the piping. Click to read more about kitchen sink leaks. Take a look at this list of a few specific leak clues to look for when you suspect something is wrong.

Often when customers get involved in the faucet installation, they see it is not so easy. Many kitchen sinks are very tight. To work on them, you need special tools to remove the nuts that mount the faucet to the sink. Sometimes if the faucet has been leaking onto the nuts, they will corrode and make things more difficult. Sometimes our plumbers have to saw off the faucet to remove it from the kitchen sink. Click to read more about kitchen sink installation and faucet installation.

Many people think the dishwasher is an easy plumbing job, but this is not always the case. We run into a lot of dishwashers that are installed incorrectly, and the customers don’t even know until months down the road. 

The problem is that when the drain is run, some people will keep the drain low and come up to the disposal where the dishwasher drain tie-in is located. When using the garbage disposal, food particles and dirty water can make their way down the dishwasher discharge line and sometimes back into the dishwasher, causing stagnant water and bad odor. Click to read more about dishwasher installation.

In an older home, the plumbing is usually installed with copper piping and is only one and a half inches in diameter. In newer homes, the drainage is usually two inches or larger. Because the piping is copper, the fittings are usually very short and have sharp bends, whereas in newer homes the fittings are more of a long sweep turn. Click to read more about garbage disposals in older homes.

While these faucets can be very handy, just remember the more technical the faucet, the more likely something can go wrong with it. Also, to have a plumber install this type of faucet will cost more than the standard faucet because there are more components to it, such as the brain of the unit that requires batteries, mounting it under the sink, and wiring. Click to read more about touchless faucets. If touchless isn’t right for you, click to read more about choosing another type of faucet.

When purchasing a garbage disposal there are a few important things to look for. The first is to make sure on the bottom of the unit there is a slot to put an Allen key to un-jam the disposal. 

In the event you drop something in the garbage disposal by accident, your plumber can un-jam it. Sometimes you have to replace the entire unit because there is no spot to put a wrench. Click to read more about purchasing a garbage disposal.

General Plumbing Questions

The answer is yes, it can if we go through a long period without rain. The ground can dry out and cause it to settle. If this happens under your plumbing system, it can cause your water main to crack and leak. It can also cause your sewer main to settle and break or make a dip in your sewer line, better known as a belly. Hot weather and UV rays can also damage exposed plumbing pipes. Click to read more about how hot weather affects plumbing.

Many times the customer has no clue that they have a plumbing leak until they get a water bill. Most of the time these types of leaks need to be electronically found and can be costly for your plumber to fix. When repairing this type of leak it is best sometimes to just reroute the water lines into the attic. This is called a repipe and will prevent this problem from happening again. Click to read more about slab leaks and wall leaks.

If you suspect a slab leak in your home, please be informed that this is an emergency plumbing issue that must be addressed as soon as possible. Follow these steps as you address the problem: 

  1. Turn off the main water supply to stop any further damage, flooding, and water waste. 
  2. Contact a professional plumber who will come out with a slab leak detection device. 
  3. Discuss the extent of the damage and repair needs with the plumber. 
  4. Schedule the needed repairs, allowing time for the problems to be resolved. 
  5. Address any water damage like damage to the flooring, walls, or mold growth. 
  6. Contact your homeowners’ insurance to file a claim and to be compensated for the damage. 

After the repairs are done, be sure to discuss prevention methods with your plumber so that this problem doesn’t occur again. 

A dry well is an underground, drain-like structure that is strategically placed in areas prone to flooding. When it rains, gravity carries the excess water and runoff from the roof into the dry well. This absorbs the water and then dispels it across a large surface area away from your home. Additionally, if routed correctly, the dry well can also receive gray water from other sources such as sinks, showers, and laundry machines. Click to read more about dry wells.

If there are roots in your drain line that means there is a breach in the drain line, even after your plumber has performed a drain cleaning service and has unclogged your drain. The problem will occur again once the line is broken and roots are present. They will grow back again causing you to have your plumber perform drain cleaning every 8 months or less. Click to read more about roots in a drain line.

The main reason why the toilet is not filling or filling slowly is debris in the water line. The debris will work its way into the toilet and cause it to clog up in the fill valve. This can cause the toilet to fill extremely slowly. If one of your family members uses the toilet and someone else goes in right after them and flushes the toilet, it will not have enough water to flush the waste which causes a drain clog. Click to read more about why a toilet may be taking a long time to fill.

Copper pipe and Florida water do not mix. The water is very harsh and affects the copper pipe causing it to fail after a short period. Pinholes start in the pipe very small and microscopic. It’s so small that you can’t see the hole sometimes, and it looks like the pipe is sweating. Pinholes in your copper under the slab are a nightmare. Most of the time, if you have a slab leak, it is best to repipe or replace all the copper pipes in your home. Click to read more about copper pipes and pinholes.

Florida is the lightning capital of the world and that with a highly conductive copper piping system is trouble. Many of the older homes are not grounded properly. When the lightning hits near or directly at your home, it sends a jolt through your copper. It usually leaves your pipe with multiple pinholes in the slab or wall. This usually requires a repipe from your plumber. Click to read more about lightning’s effect on copper pipes.

Plumbers see just about everything you can imagine because customers aren’t aware of many details when making a plumbing repair. When wrong products are used, more problems are typically created. Plumber’s putty and caulk are two of the most commonly misused products seen. Click to read more about commonly misused plumbing products.

Not using a bathroom can cause problems. The main thing you’ll want to do is run water in the sink and shower and flush the toilet at least once a week. This will keep the traps full. A trap that has evaporated will let sewer gas into your home causing odor. Another important thing to do is if your home has a single-hand shower valve turn the valve on from cold to hot. Click to read more about unused bathroom maintenance.

Drain Genie Plumbing Services is now offering video/camera sewer inspections. It saves time in diagnosing your plumbing problem and damage to the area that needs to be dug up. Doing a video inspection on a problem sewer line will save you money in the long run because your sewer will be fixed permanently, and you will not have a recurring problem costing you more money. Click to read more about video/camera sewer inspections.

Most people who see water in their cabinets automatically think it is a broken pipe, but most plumbing leaks are caused by poorly manufactured supply lines. Supply lines carry water from the angle valve under your sink to the faucet and are usually poly or plastic-based. This plumbing leak can sometimes be handled by a homeowner but sometimes small jobs like this can turn into plumbing disasters. If the nuts are rusted, they can snap and break causing a bigger problem. Click to read more about plumbing leaks.

Many of our customers get aggravated with a rocking toilet and think they can just tighten the two bolts at the bottom of the bowl to fix it. Wrong! By doing this, you are likely going to cause a bigger problem. If you over-tighten the bolts, you can break the flange. The flange is a plastic or cast iron part of your drainage system that allows you to bolt the toilet to the floor and connect the toilet to the plumbing system. It is best to call a trusted plumber when in this situation. Click to read more about toilet repairs.

The worst pests to cause damage to plumbing are rats, mice, and the occasional raccoon, but the rats are the most pesky because they will chew through wood. If your water lines are run in the attic, they will chew through the pipe to get water, and we have seen them completely eat all the water piping causing water damage in the home. If you suspect rats in your home, first call a vermin specialist to seal and get rid of the issue then call a plumber to check for any plumbing issues. Click to read more about pests in your plumbing.

Some people think a bathtub installation is simple and can be done on their own, but this is far from the truth and should only be done by a qualified plumbing company to be installed properly. A bathtub installation requires demolition, drain line work, and sometimes water line work. It also requires special tools and knowledge in the plumbing field. Click to read more about bathtub installation.

  1. The obvious one is that you will have hot water on tap and not take minutes to wait for hot water. It would be pretty much within a few seconds that you would have hot water. 2. The next reason is water saving. Think about it, whenever you use your hot water and have to wait for it to get hot, you are wasting water. For example, the average shower uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute, so if you have to wait 2 or 3 minutes you are wasting 5-7.5 gallons and if you have a family of four, that’s 20-30 gallons a day wasted and, 600-900 gallons wasted a month. 3. The next is electric savings. All that wasted water also means that your water heater has to work harder also causing your electric bill to be higher.

Click to read more about recirculating pumps.

With many consumers worried about germs and the spread of illness, the bathroom has long been the breeding ground for germs and what a way to cut germ exposure than to not have to touch your toilet. Kohler has designed a touchless kit that fits with almost every toilet. This is awesome because you no longer have to change your whole toilet out to make this upgrade. Click to read more about flushless toilets.

First, find out if you are on septic or city sewer. Check your water bill. It will show a sewer base charge and a sewer charge. If you are being billed for sewer wastewater, you are on city sewer and most likely have a main drain clog. If you are having trouble finding the water bill, look outside in the street and if you see manholes that say sanitary on them, you are on city sewer. In some older cities, however, it is hard to see the manholes because they are in grassy easements and not in the street. If you can figure this out before calling a plumbing company, you can save yourself time and aggravation. Click to read more about main drain clogs.

You should have a clean-out, and they are usually located on the opposite side of the house where your water comes in. So if your water comes in on the left side of your home, your sewer clean-out should be on the opposite side, usually about 2-3 feet off the house. It’s also usually in line with the plumbing vent on the roof. If you can’t locate it, a camera inspection can be done by a plumber to locate the clean-out and if you don’t have a clean-out, the camera can locate where your drain line exits the home. Click to read more about clean-out drains.

Often when the plumber arrives, they find the ground spongy and very wet. When they look at the meter for any water movement, there is none. Then we asked about the cost of the water bill, and they stated that it was normal. In these cases, the plumbing issue is not a leak but high-ground water. Many ask how this can be resolved and a French drain is the answer. Click to read more about French drains.

There are many reasons for your plumbing system to have a bad odor and one reason could be that you have a broken drain line in the wall. We have seen broken drains in the wall, and it will fill the block cells with water and then rot in the walls. If this happens, you will have to hire a plumber to repair it. However, sometimes the smell comes from a fixture that people don’t use often such as a sink or a bathtub. Click to read more about bad odors from plumbing issues.

You would first want to pull the urinal off the wall, take it outside, and soak it in a special calcium dissolver. Then we run a snake through the 2-inch urinal drain, reset the urinal, and test the plumbing fixture. This process is the best and the only way to do drain cleaning on a urinal. Click to read more about urinal drain cleaning.

A plumbing vent is a critical part of your plumbing system. First, it helps vent out harmful sewer gases from building up in your home and causing odor problems. The next and most important function for a vent is to allow proper air flow into the drainage system. Without proper air flow, the plumbing system would not drain. Click to read more about plumbing vents.

When you are thinking about remodeling your home, you should start with a kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel for a few reasons. The first reason is the obvious, you spend most of your time in these areas so you want to enjoy cooking a big family dinner in your kitchen and then being able to relax in a nice big tub in your bathroom. Another reason to start with kitchens and bathrooms is because of the return on investment. Click to read more about kitchen and bathroom remodeling.

Terra cotta pipe has been around for thousands of years and is in many older homes in the U.S.A. The pipe itself is very durable and the problems with terra cotta are the joints or the connections which are the weakest point on the pipe allowing the roots to penetrate the plumbing system and breaking the line causing your drain to clog. Another problem with terra cotta pipe is that it is very short in length which means you have many connections. The more connections, the more flex you have in the line, so as the ground settles, you get bellies in the sewer line causing tissue to build up and cause your drain to back up. Click to read more about terra cotta pipes.

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