9 Questions about Residential Plumbing you should know


Plumbing problems are a common occurrence in every household. 

We all have had to deal with issues like a jammed pipeline, a clogged toilet, or a dripping faucet. It is imperative to know the answers to some of the most commonly encountered plumbing related questions. 

Here are our top nine picks. 

Cloudy Tap Water: Is That Normal?

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Cloudy tap water is nothing to be concerned about for the most common reason behind this cloudiness is air. Air bubbles get trapped inside your home’s water distribution system and result in cloudy water. This is a common occurrence during the colder months as cold water can trap air relatively easier compared to warm water. Besides air, cloudy water also results from particulates or sediment present in your water. The best way to avoid sedimentation in your water is to get your water tested yearly. The water quality test checks the water for chlorine, TDS (Total Dissolved Solids), water hardness, and much more. 

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Knocking Pipes: Is my Toilet not Working Properly?

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If your pipes knock when you flush your toilet, do not feel alarmed. This issue can stem from various reasons. The temperature of the water in the pipe matters in this case as Hot Water Pipes knock due to thermal expansion. Similarly, improperly fastened pipes also make knocking sounds. Sometimes it is the water pressure in the pipeline is too high. In the case of a chattering noise upon flushing, the culprit is most likely the loose washer in the shutoff valve. 

Jammed Garbage Disposal: What do I do if it Stops Working?

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Before you start diagnosing what is causing the issue, turn off the electric breaker that powers it to ensure there is no electricity running through it. 

Use a torch to look into the drain. Often utensils get caught up in there. If your waste disposal is old and worn out, there is not much to investigate. Replace the unit instead of wasting time fixing one. If that is not the case, insert an Allen wrench in a slot located on the disposal’s bottom. Rotate the wrench, and if you feel resistance in the start, know that you are dealing with a clogged pipe. If it is not a clogged pipe, call a professional so he or she may confirm that the power supply is unhindered. It’s sometimes difficult to find a professional plumbing company that you can trust. Be sure to do extensive research online and check out reviews for each company. If your unit is getting power, your motor needs replacement. If your heater is not getting power, you are most likely dealing with an underlying electrical issue.

Main Water Valve: Where is it?

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The main water valve supplies water to your entire house, so it is usually located outside typically on an exterior wall. A separate valve controls the hot water supply in the house, and it is located near the water heater inside. While this valve may be easy to access, in flooding situations, you need to know where the main valve is. 

Leaking Water Heater: What do I do?

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Water and gas heaters can be quite dangerous. You will need to seek help from a professional because this task needs technical expertise. If you suspect a leakage, here is how you can fix it until the matter is in expert hands. Start by switching off the water and gas supply to the heater. There is a valve present on the pipe supplying water to the heater. Turn the valve until it is tightly intact. For a gas heater, close the valve to prevent water damage. Open the hot water fixtures to relieve excess pressure and limit water leakage. Once the pressure releases, turn off the fixtures to create a vacuum effect ideal for repair. 

Water Heater Flushing: How do I do it?

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Water heaters are quite durable in terms of longevity. Regular maintenance ensures smooth functioning as it gets rid of sedimentation. Sedimentation occurs when Calcium Carbonate Precipitates, or solidifies, on your tank’s bottom. Sedimentation thus creates insulation between the burner and water. This process not only slows down heat transfer, but it also weakens the heater’s structural integrity. Additionally, sediment may also jam other valves and pipes as well as cause noise. Flush your heater regularly by draining your tank out completely and flushing out sediment to your utmost capability.

Running Toilet: Why does this happen? 

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The most common reason for this is a shrunken flapper located in the toilet’s tank, owing to chemical accumulation. Often the fill-valve is the culprit as it loses its water regulating ability and thus needs replacement. When it comes to Residential Plumbing, this is the one avenue you should never ignore. Ensure regular maintenance by replacing the flapper and fill valve to prevent leakage. An excellent way to check for toilet leakage is to try the food color trick. Drop food coloring into your tank, and if you see the dye shows up in the toilet bowl in ten minutes or more, you know you have a toilet leak. 

No Hot Water: What happened?

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This issue varies depending on the kind of heater you have in your home. In the case of a gas heater, suspect reduced gas supply and hence a gas leak. For an electric heater, suspect defective electrical equipment such as a faulty thermostat or a tripped circuit breaker.

Sewer Smell: Why do I have it?

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The most common reason behind the foul smell inside your home is an improperly installed plumbing system owing to faulty work done by unlicensed plumbers. Therefore, it is critical to get your plumbing work done by experienced professionals. Another reason for the sewer smell is dried taps, so drain your pipes now and then. 

Plumbing problems are not easy to tackle, so we would advise you to consult experienced professionals to ensure proper quality work. 

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