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Greenville Plumber Answers Common Plumbing Questions

You have plumbing questions… we have answers.

Below we will list some of the most common plumbing questions we receive.

Plumbing Questions

One of the plumbing questions we get the most is:

Plumbing Questions #1:

How do get my garbage garbage disposal un-jammed?

Plumbing questions – answer #1: One thing you can try is to use an Allen wrench and insert it  into the bottom of the disposal. Doing this may free up whatever is blocking your garbage disposal. This is the only thing you should try. If using the Allen wrench does not work you should avoid using the disposal to prevent further damage.  At this point you should call KT Plumbing in Greenville. We should be able to get it cleared of the jam. If we cannot it probably means the garbage disposal needs to be replaced. If it does we can get you a new disposal and install it for you.

Plumbing Questions #2:

How do I know if a water line outside my house is broken?

If you notice puddles of water in your yard or if your water bill has increased substantially you may have a broken water line. You should also listen for running water when all your faucets and appliances are not running or shut off as this could also indicate a broken water line.If you do suspect a broken water line call KT Plumbing  of Greenville. Our highly trained plumbers can quickly locate the leak and get your sanity and water bill both back to where they should be.

Plumbing Questions #3:

Why has my sump pump failed?

Sump pump failure can usually be attributed to a switching problem. What often happens is the the pump moves inside the basin.  When this happens the float that float that operates the switch gets lodged on its side. Another cause for problems with the sump pump switch is the accumulation of debris. Sump pumps also go out over time as they wear down with age. If you suspect that your sump pump is not working correctly give us a call and we will test, fix, and/or replace your sump pump.

Plumbing Questions #4:

What causes low water pressure?

Deposits in water lines, leaks, valves not fully opened, or clogged faucets/showerheads are all possible causes of low water pressure. Go through your home and clean all your faucets and clean or replace your showerheads. Check that your under the sink valves are all fully opened. If you still have low water pressure give KT Plumbing a call as the problem is probably something a plumber needs to tackle.

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Plumbing Questions #5:

Which is better a Conventional Water Heaters or a Tankless Water Heaters.  

The answer to this question can be boiled down to an efficiency vs cost debate. Conventional water heaters cost less upfront but end up costing more on your power bill as they are always on.

Tankless water heaters only heat water as needed so use substantially less energy and hence lower your power bill. However they have a higher purchase price. You can expect a longer life expectancy from a tankless water heater as well.

For more information on what type of water heater would be best for your home call the friendly neighborhood plumbers at KT Plumbing in Greenville.

Plumbing Questions #6:

What causes clogs in my kitchen sink and washing machine drains?

The most common reason for clogs is due to grease buildup from the kitchen drains and lint from the laundry drains as these drains are connected in most homes. .

To prevent clogs make sure you have strainers and filters in place. You should also give us a call once or twice a year to have us come out and snake your drains to prevent buildup.

Plumbing Questions #7:

What is the vibrating noise I hear in my pipes?

The banging  sound of pipes can be attributed most often to them being not properly secured. Sometimes it can be due to a loose washer or valve in a faucet. If the banging really annoys you our licensed Greenville plumbers can come out and add air chambers at the end of long pipe runs and/or make sure your pipes are properly secured.

Plumbing Questions #8:

How can I tell if my toilet leaks?

You can check your toilet for leaks by by adding a small amount of food coloring to the tank, and then checking the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is the color of the food coloring, water is getting through from the tank. If you find that it is leaking replace the tank ball.

Plumbing Questions #9:

What should I do about a sewer line blockage?

This is one of the worst things that can happen in the plumbing world as it is often caused by tree roots. When this happens your sewer line will need to be replaced. Unfortunately this is one of the more costly plumbing repairs you can experience as a homeowner.

Plumbing Questions #10:

What is wrong with my water heater?

With age water heaters build up sediment and  lime deposits.It is important to drain your water heater once every 3 months to remove these sediments and extend the life of your water heater. If left unattended the water heaters will become less efficient due to the sediment creating a barrier between the burner and the water.

It is also a good idea to have a plumber inspect your water heater for signs of corrosion and leakage every couple of years.

If you have plumbing questions feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer.

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