Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked plumbing questions

Why does my toilet keep refilling?

There are several potential reasons why a toilet may keep refilling.

  • Faulty flapper valve: The flapper valve is responsible for controlling the flow of water from the tank into the bowl. If it becomes worn or damaged, it may not seal properly and allow water to continuously leak into the bowl, triggering the refill mechanism.
  • Water level is too high: If the water in the tank is too high, it can trickle into the overflow tube, causing the refill mechanism to activate. This can be fixed by adjusting the float arm or float ball to lower the water level.
  • Faulty fill valve: The fill valve, or ballcock, is responsible for filling the tank with water after each flush. If it becomes damaged or malfunctioning, it may not shut off properly and keep refilling the tank.
  • Faulty toilet handle: The toilet handle may have become stuck or damaged, causing it to constantly press on the flapper valve and trigger the refill mechanism.
  • Water pressure issues: If there is a sudden drop in water pressure, it can cause the toilet to refill. This can be a sign of a larger plumbing issue, such as a leak or clog in the pipes. To determine the exact cause of your toilet constantly refilling, it may be best to consult a professional plumber who can diagnose and fix the issue.

What's that noise in the middle of the night?

It is difficult to determine the exact cause of the noise without further information or inspection. However, some common reasons for plumbing noises in the middle of the night could include water hammer, which is caused by sudden changes in water pressure and can be easily fixed by installing water hammer arrestors. Another possibility could be a loose or faulty washer in a faucet or toilet, which can create a vibrating or thumping noise when water is running. It could also be from a loose or worn-out pipe, which can create rattling or banging noises. It is best to have a professional plumber come and assess the situation to properly diagnose and fix the issue.

Why does my hot water smells like rotten eggs?

The most common reason for this smell is the presence of bacteria in the water. These bacteria feed on the sulfur compounds in the water and produce hydrogen sulfide gas, which has a distinct rotten egg smell. These bacteria are usually harmless, but the smell can be quite unpleasant. To determine the exact cause of the smell, it is best to consult a professional plumber. Regular maintenance of your hot water heater and keeping the tank clean can also help prevent this issue.

How do I clear a hair clog in a sink or bathtub?

There are a few options to clearing a clogged sink drain.

  • Use a Plunger: Fill the sink partially with water and place the plunger over the drain. Push the plunger up and down several times, creating suction to loosen the hair clog.
  • Use a Plastic Drain Cleaner: There are several products available that utilize a barbed plastic strip that when pushed into the drain retrieve hair that has accumulated just below your sink.
  •  Baking Soda and Vinegar: Mix equal parts of baking soda and vinegar and pour it down the drain. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain. The chemical reaction between the two ingredients should help dissolve the hair clog.
  • Manual Removal: If you can see the hair clog, you can try to manually remove it using a wire hanger or a drain snake. Insert the hanger or snake into the drain and try to hook onto the hair clog and pull it out.
  • Chemical Drain Cleaners: There are many chemical drain cleaners available in the market that are specifically formulated to dissolve hair clogs. Follow the instructions on the product carefully and use it as a last resort. These chemicals can also be harmful to your pipes.
  • Call a Professional: If none of the above methods work, it is best to call a professional plumber. They have the necessary tools and expertise to clear stubborn hair clogs without causing any damage to your plumbing system.

Should I pour bleach in my floor drains?

No, it is not recommended to pour bleach in floor drains as it can be harmful to the plumbing system. Bleach is a strong chemical that can corrode and damage pipes, especially if they are made of metal. Additionally, bleach can kill the beneficial bacteria in septic systems that help break down waste. It is best to use natural and biodegradable drain cleaners or hire a professional plumber to address any clogs or odors in your drains.

Can I prevent roots from growing in my sewer?

Yes, there are a few preventive measures that you can take to prevent roots from growing in your sewer.

  • Regularly cleaning and maintaining your sewer lines: This is the most important step in reducing the likelihood of roots invading your sewer. Make sure to schedule regular drain cleaning services to remove any build-up of debris or grease that can attract tree roots.
  • Avoid planting trees near sewer lines: One of the main reasons for root intrusion is the proximity of trees to sewer lines. It is best to avoid planting trees near your sewer lines to prevent root growth.
  • Use chemical treatments: There are certain chemicals available in the market that can be used to prevent root growth in your sewer lines. These chemicals are usually poured down the drain and can inhibit root growth for up to a year.
  • Regular pipe inspections: It is important to have your sewer lines inspected regularly, especially if you have trees near your property. A professional plumber can use CCTV cameras to check for any signs of root intrusion and address the issue before it becomes a major problem.