At High Priority Plumbing we love helping our customers with all of their plumbing needs! One way we try to help is by answering any questions that you may have concerning your plumbing. One of our local Rincon Plumbers has answered 5 of our most frequently asked questions below!
1. How do I fix low water pressure?
Low water pressure can be a frustrating problem to encounter in your home. There are several reasons you could be experiencing low water pressure, and finding the root of the problem can prove to be difficult. First you must locate the source of your low water pressure. Check the water pressure in all of the faucets in your home. It’s also important to run both hot and hold water. If the water pressure is only low when you run hot water, then the most likely culprit is your hot water heater. If you are experiencing low water pressure then you might need to replace your aerator. To check, remove the end of your faucet. Check to see if there is any buildup or debris that could be causing the obstruction. If you notice that it does need to be cleaned, soak the aerator in a water-vinegar solution. If your home is older than 60 years, it might be time to replace your galvanized pipes. For more information on how to fix low water pressure click here.
2. Why is my water bill so high?
No one likes a high water bill. Your water bill increases with the more water you use, so it’s important to look for areas in your house where you might be wasting water. Some factors that could be contributing to your excess water use are leaky faucets and fixtures, leaky or running toilets, or bad habits. Our plumbers want to help you save money. To learn more about how to conserve water click here to find out what’s causing your high water bill.
3. How do I fix a leaky faucet?
For dripping faucets, often the culprit is a worn out washer or o-ring in the handle. To fix a dripping faucet, turn off the water beneath the sink and remove the handle to get to the washer and o-ring. Check the condition of the washer, o-ring, and other parts and replace them if needed. After you reassemble the handle, turn on the water slowly and check if the leak has been fixed. You might also have pressure variances in the line from mineral deposits. If the leak persists, it can eventually damage your faucet and the faucet will need to be replaced.
4. How do I remove rust stains from sinks, bathtubs, and toilets?
Rust stains in your sink, bathtub, or toilet bowl can be a cause for concern and a huge source of frustration. For stainless steel an easy homemade remedy is to mix one tablespoon of baking soda in two cups of water. Rub the solution on the rust stain with a toothbrush. The baking soda is gentle enough to lift the stain without damaging the grain of your stainless steel. Wipe the area clean with a paper towel and you will see the rust wiped away before your eyes! For your bathtub you can use most household cleaners. Pumice stones are helpful in scrubbing off rust stains and can be located with other cleaning products where you shop. For your toilet it’s important to remember that when trying to remove rust stains from your toilet that products with acid could be unsafe and potentially dangerous if your home has a septic system. A pumice stick could be your safest and most inexpensive option, although this will require more elbow grease. Click here for more information on removing rust stains from sinks, bathtubs, and toilets.
5. What size water heater is right for my home?
Have you ever been in the middle of hot shower, only to have the water go ice cold with shampoo still in your hair? If so, you are not alone. One reason for your habitual loss of hot water could be because of the size of your water heater. It’s important to remember that bigger is not always better and could lead to a significant amount of money wasted on heating water that you will never use. The first step you should take is determining your home’s first hour rating. Your home’s first hour rating is the measure of how much hot water the heater will deliver during a busy hour. For more information on how to determine your home’s first hour rating click here. You might also consider going tankless. A tankless water heater is a gas heated water heater that heats water only when necessary. For more information see our water heater service experts.
We love answering our customer’s plumbing questions. If you have any more questions, concerns or difficulties don’t hesitate to call one of our affordable plumbers! If you are in need of one of our many services please give us a call at 912.373.7707.