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Plumbing Design FAQ’s

Kitchen, Bath, Plumbing and Heating Experts

  • Why is my toilet always running?
    A running toilet is usually caused by a flapper, the rubber or plastic valve on the bottom of your tank, which fails to seal. Open the toilet tank and adjust the float arm to see if the water stops an inch below the overflow pipe. If the water doesn’t continue to fill, the flapper needs replaced.
  • How do I test if my toilet is leaking?
    Open the toilet tank and put a few drops of food coloring into the water to check if your toilet is leaking. Return after 15 minutes to see if the color inside the toilet bowl has changed. If the color has changed, your toilet has a leak, but if the water’s still clear, you do not have a leak.
  • Why is my shower pressure low?
    If your shower pressure is low when other faucets in the house are running, your household’s water supply is insufficient due to an inadequate plumbing system. If the problem persists when all other faucets are off, it’s likely due to pipe or patch leaks.
  • How do I get rid of odor coming from the garbage disposal?
    Remove odor from your garbage disposal by using items like lemons, ice cubes, baking soda and vinegar.
  • How do grease traps and interceptors work?
    Grease traps and interceptors catch oils, greases and other fatty deposits, so they don’t enter your sanitary sewer system.
  • How can I prevent frozen pipes?
    Prevent frozen pipes during the coldest times of the year by allowing sink faucets to slightly drip non–stop, especially if you’re away from home for several days.
  • How do I unclog my main sewer line?
    Unclog your main sewer line by locating the clean–out plug in your basement, crawl space, garage or outer–foundation of your house. Insert an auger cable or sewer rod into the clean-out plug and work it through until it clears the obstruction.
  • How often should I have my septic system inspected?
    You should have your septic system inspected every three to five years.