Maintaining the plumbing in your home is important to preventing water damage and keeping your water bills in check. But when the same things keep happening over and over again, or your water bill suddenly spikes up without an obvious reason, it can be a little confusing. So, it’s only normal you would be looking for answers. Here are five of the most common plumbing questions that homeowners have about the plumbing in their homes.
#1 - Why do my drains clog up so often?
You might be doing all the right things by clearing hair out of your shower drain and avoiding pouring cooking grease down your drains. But still your drains keep getting clogged. Your drains can become clogged from oil residue that comes from soap, shampoo, conditioner or food rinsed from your dishes. It is a good idea to regularly clean your drains with a drain cleaner to prevent pesky clogs.
#2 - Should I use a chemical drain cleaner?
You should avoid using a chemical drain cleaner. This type of cleaner is very toxic, which makes it very dangerous to have around, especially if you have kids in the house. But it’s not just your kids you have to worry about, chemical drain cleaners can cause your drain lines to deteriorate from the inside out. Instead, choose a safe drain cleaner that contains bacteria and enzymes that break down the buildup of sludge and grease in your drains to keep things flowing.
#3 - What things are safe to put in my garbage disposal?
Your garbage disposal is designed for grinding up soft or brittle food waste, like egg shells, cooked vegetables or vegetable peels. It is not designed to grind up meats, bones or coffee grinds that can dull its blades and cause extra wear and tear on its motor. When using your food disposal, don’t forget to run the faucet. The running water will help with breaking down the debris and flushing it down the drain.
#4 - Why do I run out of hot water all the time?
Running out of hot water while you are taking a shower can be a real pain. But if you are running out of hot water all the time, it could be because of one of these reasons, your water heater:
- Needs maintenance, including flushing sediment from its tank or replacing its element rod that heats the water
- Could be reaching its end of life
- Might be too small to meet the needs of your family
Replacing an older or inefficient water heater with a tankless model can allow you to never run out of hot water again.
#5 - Why does my toilet run all the time?
If your water bill spikes up for no apparent reason, it could that your toilet is running. This happens with the flapper in your tank no longer seals the toilet’s flush valve. The result is that the tank will not fill up and the water will continue to run. Sometimes jiggling the toilet handle will resolve the problem temporarily. But you should have the flapper replaced to stop your toilet from continually running, wasting water and eating away at your wallet.
Whether you have plumbing questions or a plumbing emergency, there is no need to worry. Just contact the plumbing experts at Bill Fenwick Plumbing for answers to all your plumbing questions and needs.