Frequently Asked Questions
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What should I do if the temperature of my hot water is a lot higher than what I think it needs to be?
When a new hot water heater comes from the factory , the manufacturer usually pre-sets the temperature at 120°F . This is the standard setting for the majority of households. A few of the older models allow you to set the thermostat at a medium setting. The natural gas or propane models can be adjusted on the dial on the front. You can easily locate the thermostat for any electric models behind panels on the side of the tank. At times there are two separate controls. These may be adjusted to your desired temperature. Maintaining the water hot also reduces bacteria growth. You may talk with your Smithfield Plumber Experts specialist with regards to best temperature for your household.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to avoid shock from any exposed wire connections and before doing any work on the electric hot water heater, always switch off electricity on the water heater.
Exactly what are the humming or rumbling sounds originating from my hot water heater?
Sometimes after a water heater has been on a while you may hear sounds coming from it like humming or rumbling. This happens because there are mineral deposits that have accumulated inside the water heater on the bottom and the water becomes trapped and then starts to boil.
Sometimes emptying the water heater of water by opening up the valve at the bottom for about 5 minutes may clear some of the sediment. If you own an older model you may want to replace it with a newer efficient model. Many of the new designs include features which prevent sediment build up.
You may contact Smithfield Plumber Experts for any maintenance of your water heater and also to prevent mineral buildup.
WARNING: Hot water can be dangerous. If at all possible allow the water to drain from the water heater into a floor drain, tub or laundry tub. If you allow it to flow onto your lawn it may kill it. Remember to switch off the power to an electric hot water heater before emptying in order to keep it from burning up.
What would happen if roots enter in the drain lines?
Roots from plants, shrubs and trees can grow into a leaking pipe and will eventually fill the pipe with hairy roots and will cause the drain pipe to get clogged. As time passes, no toilet tissue, grease or debris will not go through the sewer. Eventually you will have a drain that empties slow and in the end become totally blocked.
Roots that are in the pipe will continue to grow so that the pipe is forced to crack, collapse, or break. Your only option at this point is is to go ahead and replace the pipe.
The pipe kinds which tend to have an issue with roots are clay, concrete and PVC. Although PVC is less likely to experience a problem, because it has fewer joints and therefore are less likely to get leaks.
Smithfield Plumber Experts has modern cameras and can come out and do a recording of the problems inside your drain pipes in order to determine how they should be fixed.
What's the white substance that seems to grow on my shower head and faucets?
The buildup you can see growing on the shower head and faucets is a result of mineral deposits commonly known as as hard water. You can get rid of these deposits by placing some vinegar inside a plastic bag and put it over the shower head or faucet. It can be tied on with some string or a garbage bag twist tie. Leave it on through the night and then in the morning remove the bag and clean the shower head or faucet with a small brush or old toothbrush to get rid of the leftover deposits. Smithfield Plumber Experts can explain how water softening might help this condition.
How do you get rid of the terrible smells originating from my garbage disposal?
Nobody likes these smells. They originate from food accumulation inside the disposal. The easiest method to eliminate odors can be to put some ice cubes along with lemon or orange peels into the disposal and turn it on for about half a minute. Next, squirt a bit liquid dish detergent or a little bit of bleach into the disposal and let it run about twenty seconds. After all that let cold water run in the disposal while it is running for about 30 seconds to remove the remaining debris.
I must replace a toilet inside my home. What would you recommend?
Be sure to only buy a toilet bowl fixture from a major maker. If you buy from an off brand you could get something with cracks or fissures in it and will also impact the operation of the fixture. If the fixture is poorly installed or it's seals and rings aren't any good, this can impact the way it works also. New government standards declare that they will use a maximum of 1.6 gallons per flush.
Why did my water bill go up so much?
Sometimes at fault in a high water bill may be the toilet. Check and make sure it is not running all the time. Many times the water is flowing over the top of the overflow tube and also the valve does not turn off. There is sometimes a small screw on the top of the valve that can be fine-tuned to shut the water off sooner. Smithfield Plumber Experts will come out and inspect a leaky toilet and provide you with an estimate to fix it before your next water bill.
The plumbing in my house sounds like someone is blowing a trumpet. Can I fix this?
You may have lost the air cushion in your plumbing. To regain it turn off the water main to your house. Then turn on all the faucets in your house. Then go back and switch on the water main valve again and then go around and turn off each faucet one at a time. This should get all the air out of your lines and get rid of the noises.
How can I get my kitchen sink drain unstopped because it drains slowly?
Always begin using the plunger first. Then in the event that doesn't work try a liquid drain opener. Make sure to look at directions first and wear gloves to protect your hands. This should be used with caution as it may be caustic. You can also remove the drain trap and wash it out from underneath the sink. If you have used liquid drain cleaner just before this you need to take care you don't splash it into your eyes because there may be some left in the trap. Lastly, in the event the drain is clogged past the trap, you may have to use a drain auger that expands from about 15 to 50 feet. Also available for older homes are enzyme-based openers which can dissolve accumulation in the drainpipes.