Frequently Asked Questions About Common Plumbing Problems
At Ted & Bros. Plumbing we often get asked the same questions about the most common plumbing problems. Use the accordion below to reveal answers to the most frequently asked questions a plumber gets on a daily basis.
How do roots get into my pipes?
Roots get in the pipe through a broken pipe connection or from leaks in the pipe. The roots follow water, oxygen, and they start to grow towards the pipe to eventually cause a clog overtime.
How long do water heaters last?
Water heaters with proper maintenance could last from 5 to 13 years.
How much does it cost for a tankless water heater?
It depends on where the tankless water heater will be placed. The tank could be placed outside, attic, or garage.
I turned off the water and turned it back on and now I have low water pressure in my faucets, why?
When this occurs, it is usually because debris is stuck in the supply lines.
Is it safe to use chemical drain cleaners?
Drain cleaners are usually very toxic. It is not a good idea to keep around. Most cleaners have a negative effect that deteriorates the pipe. You can use an enzyme cleaner that is available at your local home improvement store.
What can I put in my garbage disposal?
Garbage disposals are not macerators, they only break up soft debris and when in use, water should always be running.
What do you mean by manifold system?
A manifold system is for potable water. This system is used when pipes are run under the slab and come up being exposed in the wall cavities to feed water fixtures. This is also known as a loop system.
What is a clean-out?
A clean-out is an entry access point to a drain line. It can be found around the property on a wall or on the floor.
What is a sewer liner?
A sewer liner is a pipe Ted & Bros Plumbing manufactures inside the existing pipe. It is a pipe that cures in place, also known as a sleeve.
Why does my drain get clogged often?
There are many factors but typically it’s because of the age of the pipe and low maintenance of pipe. It is important to be aware of what you put down the drain.
Why does my toilet keep running?
The most common reason why is because the flapper is not creating a water-tight seal around the flush-valve opening. Also, it could be because the fill-valve is not shutting off completely.
Why do you have to open the wall to replace the shower valve?
Walls need to be opened to be able to solder the valve and strap it so it is secure.
Why is there an odor coming from the sink?
The sink is the most common fixture that is used to brush our teeth, wash our hands, wash our face, and some of those products get stuck to the pipes causing those bad odors.
Why is my floor hot?
If you feel your floor hot, there could be a slab leak on hot water. Also, there could be a hot water pipe near the concrete surface.
Why do the pipes rattle?
They could be rattling because they are not properly strapped or there is trapped air inside the pipes causing hammering.
Why is my water heater making noise?
This occurs when the tank has too much sediment built up inside. If so, the tank be should be replaced or at least drained.
Why does the water drain slow?
It is slow because there could be build-up of root intrusions or some kind of obstacles.