5 Common Drain and Plumbing Questions Plumbers Get Asked

5 Common Drain and Plumbing Questions Plumbers Get Asked


Having to call a plumbing service can be stressful for most homeowners, especially depending on the issue you are calling them for. Plumbing service companies deal with a variety of issues, which means they get asked a lot of questions. If you’ve ever wanted to ask your plumber a question read below to see if it’s here. Listed below are some popular questions plumbing service professionals get asked by homeowners.

What do you Mean Roots?

How do roots find their way into sewer pipes? Majority of sewer lines that will experience this issue are older systems. It’s important to remember that sewer systems that are older than 40 years old may need to replaced entirely. Many of these older sewer systems have gaskets at the joints, which over time develop hairline cracks. Once a crack forms it doesn’t take any time for roots to find their way into the crack, and unfortunately into your sewer lines.

Why do Some Drains Clog More than Others?

The two most popular drains to clog in a house are the kitchen and laundry drains. Many people don’t understand why, but the explanation is quite simple. The laundry lines and the kitchen lines are connected. This means that lint and detergents from laundry often meet grease from food. This creates a hard mass resulting in slow drainage and eventually can block the drains of the kitchen sink as well as the washing machine. When a clogged drain does occur snaking the drain lines typically helps clear the debris and allows the drains to flow freely.

Why do Faucets Drip?

Water leaks and drippy faucets can cost homeowners lots of money. A faucet that drips once per second wastes more than 3 thousand gallons of water per year, and water leaks account for around 10,000 gallons of water waste per year. Fixing these leaks can save money, water and sometimes your sanity. Normally internal mechanisms in the faucet is what causes a faucet to drip. This internal mechanism can sometimes be fixed relatively cheap, but if it can’t then a plumbing service can replace the entire faucet to ensure that the drips stop for good.

Can Garbage Disposals Handle Everything?

There are most definitely things that you do not want to put into the garbage disposal. Anything that expands when you add water, such as pasta, eggs and rice should, understandably not be put into the garbage disposal. Things such as shrimp tails aren’t a good idea either. When you do put things down the garbage disposal it is important to flush the system with lots of water while it is running to keep from clogging the line.

Are all Water Heaters the Same?

No, all water heaters are not the same. If you need new water heater installation you should understand the difference. Tankless water heaters are more energy efficient. Traditional water heaters have pilot lights and thermostats. These pilot lights run non stop and the thermostat tells the hot water heater when to heat the water, even if no one is using it. A tankless water heater will turn on only when hot water is used, and there is no pilot light to worry about. Tankless water heaters never run out of hot water no matter how many things are using hot water, there will always be enough.

Sometimes issues can be fixed by the homeowner, but then there are times the homeowner has no choice but to call a plumbing service to remedy the situation. They are unique in their field and can handle problems that a traditional handy man cannot. They have heard it all plus more, so don’t be embarrassed to ask questions. They can direct you on the best way to care for your plumbing and ways to ensure that all of your plumbing, drains, water heaters and faucets last for years.