Tips & FAQs

Plumbing Tips & FAQs

Helping You Get the Most Out of Your Plumbing Systems
  • Q:I’m not getting any hot water—is my water heater broken?

    A:Usually, a lack of hot water means there’s something wrong with your water heater. It’s possible that the fix is something as simple as re-lighting the pilot light, but lack of hot water could indicate that it’s time to replace your water heater. It’s best to have a professional Covington plumber come out and take a look at your unit. We can offer you our honest, professional recommendations.

  • Q:How can I tell if I have a water leak?

    A:Hidden water leaks are one of the most potentially damaging plumbing problems to occur at your property. If left unaddressed, hidden leaks can lead to extensive damage and costly repairs. But the name says it all, these are hidden water leaks. So, how do you know if you have one? Luckily, there are a few key signs property owners can look out for that may indicate a leak. Signs of a hidden water leak include unexplained increases on your water bill, lush or damp patches in your yard or lawn, water damage inside your home, unpleasant sewage odors, mold or mildew growth, and decreased water pressure. If you notice any of these or other signs of a leak, be sure to call a professional as soon as possible for leak detection services.

  • Q:If the sink or shower is slow to drain, does this mean I have a clog?

    A:Most likely. Contrary to popular belief, a drain clog doesn’t always result in a complete stoppage. Sometimes, water is able to pass through a clog—although it will do so slowly. If your drains have started to empty noticeably slower, it’s probably time to schedule a drain cleaning service.

  • Q:Should I switch to a tankless water heater?

    A:If your traditional tank water heater is nearing the end of its normal lifespan (about 8-12 years), you might want to consider replacing it with a modern tankless option. Tankless water heaters are increasingly becoming a popular option, as they offer a number of benefits, including increased energy efficiency and reduced operational costs. However, there are certain drawbacks to tankless water heaters as well, including a limited hot water supply. This option typically works best for smaller households and homes/businesses that do not require a lot of hot water.

  • Q:Why is my water pressure low?

    A:There are a number of reasons you might be experiencing reduced water pressure. It could be a problem with your pipes or your municipal water supply. Homes built before 1975 typically have galvanized piping, which can rust over time. This leads to reduced water flow, or low pressure.

  • Q:Why is my garbage disposal emitting foul odors and how can I fix it?

    A:While garbage disposals are designed to catch and chop up food waste and other small, soft particles before sending them down the drain, sometimes this waste can become trapped in the machine. When this happens, it can rot, which is likely what’s leading to that foul odor. To clean your garbage disposal, put a few ice cubes or lemon/orange peels down the disposal and run it for about 30 seconds. While the disposal is still running, add a small amount of dish soap and then run cold water for about 30 seconds to rinse away the waste.

  • Q:Why does my plumbing make honking or groaning noises?

    A:This often happens when the air cushion is lost. To resolve this issue, first turn off the main water supply valve. Then, turn on all the faucets throughout your home. Finally, turn on the main water supply valve again and turn the faucets off.

  • Q:Why does the water temperature change in the shower when the toilet is flushed?

    A:Most homes built before the late 1980s/early 1990s lack what is known as a pressure-balanced valve. This mechanism stops that annoying temperature change in the shower whenever the toilet is flushed. To address this issue, we often recommend replacing the shower valves. Usually, this does not require any tile work.

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