Have you ever wondered how your home plumbing works? What do you do when things go wrong? It is important to call a professional when your plumbing isn’t working properly to prevent further issues. In this short guide, we will go over some of the most common questions related to plumbing.
Where is the Main Shut-Off Valve?
It is crucial to know where your main shut-off valve is located so you can shut off your water in an emergency. If your pipes burst and water is flooding your home, you will want to know how to turn off the water fast! Main shut-off valves are usually located near the perimeter of your house, about three feet below ground. If you have a basement, it will be near eye level. It is usually near your water meter and may be behind an access panel.
What Causes Cloudy Water?
Cloudy-looking water is usually caused by bubbles, dirt or sulfur. Air bubbles are the most common cause and generally stem from pressure and temperature changes. They clear up on their own when you let a glass of water sit for a few minutes. If you get dirt in your system, you may need a sediment filter to remove it and clear up your water.
Sulfur bacteria commonly grows inside pipes and produces hydrogen sulfide, which causes your water to look cloudy and smell and taste like rotten eggs. This may be caused by your water heater or water source. Call a plumber to service either one to remove the sulfur.
Why Does Water Leak From Ceiling Light Fixtures?
If you notice water collecting around a light fixture in your ceiling, the first thing to do is avoid turning it on. You may also want to shut off the power to that location before calling a plumber to check it out. Leaks in your walls or flooring can cause water to appear in and near light fixtures. It is important to shut the water off to prevent further damage.
Why Are Water Bills So High?
There are several reasons why your water bill may have risen. Some are easily fixable. Leaking toilets are the number one cause, with leaky faucets as a runner-up. These problems can be easily fixed by your trusted plumber. If you have a lawn sprinkler system, this might also spring a leak. Underground pipes can also develop leaks, which waste water and raise your bill. If you have old plumbing fixtures, they may not be as efficient as newer models.
Why Do Pipes Bang When Running a Washer?
If you hear banging noises when you do the laundry, your pipes may be loose. The change in water pressure can sometimes cause your pipes to move around, making a banging sound. Your plumber can install pipe straps or water hammer arrestors to prevent this problem.
Why Is There a Sewer Smell Inside the House?
Sewer smells can invade your home for several reasons. If the sewer trap plugs are loose or missing, then sewer smell can come inside your home. These plugs help create a water barrier between your home and the town’s sewer. Also, if the water in the trap dries up, the odor can enter your home. Sometimes, outside drains get clogged as well, leading to the sewer smell.
What’s the Difference Between Hard and Soft Water?
Hard water has a high mineral content, usually calcium and magnesium. It can leave deposits on plumbing fixtures and dry out your hair and skin. It is still safe to drink, but many people prefer to have a water softener and water filtration system installed to prevent damage to the pipes and make for better skin and hair care.
What Can Be Put Down Garbage Disposals?
If you have a garbage disposal installed in your kitchen sink, you may be tempted to use it like a trash can. This is not a good idea. They are designed to break up small amounts of organic materials such as cooked carrots, eggs, and small bits of meat. If you put eggshells or bones down it, it can jam or break the blades. Avoid putting vegetable peels or coffee grounds down the drain. These can slip by the disposal and clog the drain.
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