Q: Why does my toilet seem like it’s running water all the time?
A: When your toilet continues to run, it is likely that your fill valve or ballcock needs to be replaced.
Q: Is there anything I should do to maintain my septic system?
A: You should do something to grow bacteria in your septic system, because that’s what makes it work.
Q: Why do I have such low water pressure in my home?
A: When most people ask for water pressure, they’re really asking for water volume. It could be caused by a number of factors. The street pressure that’s being provided to you might be low. You may be using a well that doesn’t have much water. Maybe you have old pipes that are like clogged arteries. The way to increase volume is to install booster pumps, fix the well situation, or replace the pipe to get rid of the clogged arteries in the plumbing system.
Q: What are the Warning Signs My Plumbing May Need Repairs?
- Higher water bills – If you have not made any big changes in your water usage and your bill spikes that is a pretty good indication that you have an issue somewhere. Many leaks, even significant ones, occur in walls and other areas where you don’t have good access. You may not even notice the leak.
- Water pressure drop – Water pressure may drop in your home unexpectedly. If this is not an area-wide issue, and only specific to your plumbing, you need to look into the cause of this. It might just be an issue in one part of your home if the drop occurs only in a small part of your home. If the problem occurs throughout your home you can have an issue at your water main.
- Water heater not reliable – If the hot water in your home is not reliable then you have to look into what is causing the issue. There could be sediment in the heater or in your water lines, or both. Your water heater could be undersized also.
- Extra green grass – There may be a section of your grass that grows faster, greener and lusher than the rest of the lawn. This could be an indication of a leak in a sewer line. There might be a peculiar odor in the area also.
- Stains and damp areas on ceilings and walls – This issue could be a leak in the roof or exterior walls in your home or it could be an issue with your plumbing. Don’t just wipe the water away and forget about it. Since the leak is out of sight if could be a bigger issue than you think.
- Uneven water levels in toilets – This issue usually indicates a problem in a sewer line. The line could be broken or trees roots may have grown inside of it. If left alone this issue could grow to affect your basement and your home’s foundation.
- Leaks get worse – You might tend to overlook a small leak. But leaks usually get worse over time. This could lead to huge repair bills and early plumbing replacement.
- Cracks only lead to more and bigger cracks – At times you might find a little crack in your plumbing system. While this may not be an issue at the time it generally gets worse as time wears on. Cracks will lead to more and bigger cracks. Your problem won’t get smaller; it will only get bigger.