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Most Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing

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People always have numerous questions concerning the plumbing in their Biloxi home, and owing to the fact that plumbing is usually hidden from view, it can be quite difficult to get answers to these questions. The aim of this article is to help provide answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning plumbing.

Most Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing

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Can I do anything to my septic tank to maintain it?  

You could choose to grow bacteria in the tank, as that makes it work.

Are there any benefits to having a tankless hot water heater?

 These types of water heaters are great as they do not get emptied of hot water. When you have a hot water heater with a tank, you are only able to heat as much water as the tank’s capacity. A tankless hot water heater is different as it can heat water continuously. It can also save you money as you only heat the water when you need it.

How much does a plumbing repair cost?

 This is a massive one and is not really something that applies to just plumbing. It is important that you never accept a price when the problem is not viewed. If the plumber can let you know how much fixing something would cost before they see it, then it is likely that you should not trust the price.

Is there a way to winterise the plumbing in sections that get exposed to the cold weather?

This typically depends on the type of plumbing in question. Some people believe that the most effective method to ensure that plumbing is winterised is to completely turn the water off, open the valve or the faucet and utilise air to clear the entire pipe of water. Should you not use air, it is likely that the water would get stuck in the line, which then causes it to free and then burst when the weather is cold.

How long is a water heater supposed to last?

 The answer to this question varies, as it depends on a host of varying factors. For instance, the frequency of use the water heater goes through and the water quality have a major influence on how long it is supposed to last. Biloxi plumbers generally state that if a water heater gets installed today, it is can last 8 to 12 years. This answer would be different if the water heater in question is on that was installed a quarter of a decade ago.

Why have I do not have any hot water?

The answer could be due to your hot water. The first thing a Biloxi plumber would have a look at would be your demands on the water heater. Once that is done, the next step would be to have a look at the water heater to ensure that it is functioning properly and providing water like it was designed to. The next step would be to check if the water heater is appropriately sized.

How hot is my house’s water supposed to be?

It is not recommended that your hot water get hotter than 120 degrees. If you have anything higher than 120, it could become a danger to the elderly and small children.

Why does my water take quite a while to get hot?

There are numerous times when you have found yourself waiting at the sink, willing hot water to spring from the faucet, however, it takes almost forever. This happens because the heater is the source of the hot water and it has to move from there to the tap. In the event that the water heater is situated somewhere far from the sink, it will take a bit of time to get there. That being said there are a few fixes to this issue. You could decide to run a recirculation system which ensures that the water remains hot at the sink. This is a great long-term solution.

Why is my water pressure low in my home?

The majority of people tend to confuse water pressure with water volume. This can be created by a variety of factors. For one, the pressure on the street that provides water to your home plays a part. It could also be that the well you draw water from is low on water. It could also be that the pipes that feed your home are old and clogged. The solution to this is to sort out the well solution, replace any clogged or old pipes or install booster pumps.

Why does my power bill seem so high?

If your power bills are higher, then the major culprit could be your water heater, particularly if it is electric. Water heaters powered by electricity are typically 30% of the power bill in Biloxi. In the event that your water heater is getting on in years, or perhaps you have terrible water quality or the water is hard, that could cause your bill to become higher than you imagined.

My toilet tends to run until I jiggle the handle?

There are times when the handle can get stuck. When this happens, the flapper remains open. With the flapper open, water is able to continue flowing into the bowl. You should replace, oil or tighten the handle.

Why is my faucet leaking?

The most common faucet leak cause is typically down to the following: a corroded valve, O-ring or gasket. This is something that can be fixed easily. Majority of the time, these parts can easily be replaced without having to change out the entire faucet.
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My water bill is going up, what could be the problem?

It could be that you have a leak that is hidden or silent. This type of leak typically happens in toilets. you should try to trace the leak by applying food dye into your toilet’s tank. You should refrain from using that toilet for at least an hour. Once the hour is up, if there happens to be dye in the bowl, then you have a leak.

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