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Drain Flo Plumbing is a plumbing company whose professionals are accustomed to various trade questions, from the obvious to the downright absurd. Among the melee of queries, there are some common and apt inquiries that often come up where we operate in St, Petersburg, FL, and the Tampa area, that are worth laying out here. You still might need the help of a professional company, but knowing what you’re dealing with might put some of your concerns to rest.
1. Why does the toilet keep running?
The running toilet is probably the biggest household plumbing question that arises.
The most common answer is down to the flapper. Either it doesn’t close or make a proper seal around the flush valve.
If the flapper doesn’t close, then a little jiggle of the handle might resolve your problem in the short term. However, in the longer term, you should call a plumbing company to look at it. Wear and tear of the flapper might be preventing it from sealing around the flush valve, so your plumber will need to replace it, or water will keep leaking into the toilet, and the tank won’t fill up enough for the float to reach the top and switch off the supply.
2. What can I and can’t I put in my garbage disposal?
Garbage disposals can cause a little over excitement, but it’s important to know that there is a limit to what they can absorb. Most soft debris is fine. That is, soft food like mash, boiled carrots, or eggs, for instance, can be broken down by the garbage disposal. But eggshells or bones are a no-no. Stay clear of coffee granules too.
Using this will cause the blades to jam and you’ll end up breaking your disposal unit. To help break down soft food, run water down it. If you’ve thrown something you shouldn’t have down there, call a plumbing company like Drain Flo Plumbing.
3. How safe are drain cleaners?
Drain cleaners are made up of chemicals, which means they’re bad for your health, bad for the environment, and bad for your drains.
The package is a warning in itself, with toxic labeling, and your pipes can deteriorate if you use these products too often. You also don’t want to risk your children or pets getting your hands on them. Opt for less chemical-based products or call a plumbing company for an enzyme-based product or to replace your pipes if there is a problem.
4. Why is there never any hot water?
If you’re always running out of hot water, long leisurely showers may be to blame, or it could be the type of heater you have or how old it is.
Electric heaters warm the water with a top and lower element. A lack of hot water might be the result of the lower element not working properly so only the top of the water tank is being heated. But if the top stops working then neither portion will be heated and you will have no hot water.
Also, the reset button on your water heater might trip, a trigger warning for a deeper issue, and a sign you should call a plumbing company as soon as possible.
A gas hot water tank might be experiencing problems with its dip tube, however, as that is the most common malfunction for these types of water heating mechanisms.
The dip tube leads cold water to the bottom of the tank where it gets heated but as it gets shorter, which can happen over time, the cold and hot water will mix and you end up with lukewarm water.
A plumbing company like Drain Flo Plumbing will be able to address problems with your dip tube or any other water heater problems.
5. What keeps clogging up my drain?
Drain clogs are pretty common in any household, and usually, the problem is too much debris going down the plughole, which can accumulate over time. In the kitchen, it could be too much food debris from your dirty plates, and in the bathroom, it could be the build-up of soap scum or hair. You can be careful about what goes through your drains or treat them to a little routine maintenance so you’re not always facing rising water levels in your sink, bath, or shower tray.
A plumbing company can help with routine visits to ensure your pipes stay clear and uninhibited.
6. Why is my dishwasher not draining out?
To keep your dishes clean and hygienic, it’s crucial that your dishwasher drains properly. If you see water floating after a cycle then there may be a clog you can’t see or your strainer basket may need cleaning out, or the air hose might be experiencing food build-up.
Call a plumbing company to find any blockages and perform a deep clean of your dishwasher so that water is draining properly and your dishes are getting cleaned as they should.
7. Why is my faucet leaking?
A leaky faucet is as common as they come, most usually the case of a gasket that has been corroded, or a rusty o-ring or valve.
Annoying as this problem is, a plumbing company can usually fix the issue without replacing the whole faucet. Call Drain Flo Plumbing, particularly if you live in St. Petersburg, FL or the surrounding area to find out about services.
8. Why does my water bill keep going up?
Creeping water bills when rates have remained constant could be indicative of a hidden leak. The toilet is the most common root of this particular problem, call a plumbing company to be sure.
Drain Flo Plumbing offers professional services and affordable quotes to St. Petersburg, FL, and Tampa residents. Call today.