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My Sink Has A Gurgling Drain

Gurgling sounds made by draining sinks are the result of air trapped in the pipes. Usually, the presence of air in the pipes signifies the need for putting a vent in the pipe. Sometimes garbage disposals are clogged up with debris or sediment and pipes have air trapped behind the blockages. Whether the gurgling noises are due to your garbage disposal or other pipes, it is important to have a professional plumber come and determine the source of the problem. If a vent is needed, a professional plumber will handle the project correctly, installing the vent in the proper location. …

Hot Water Heater Banging Noises

Banging sounds in your water heater are most likely due to metal parts expanding and contracting. Noises can also happen if the inside of your hot water heater is developing a layer of sediment and minerals from hard water build up on the inside of the water heater. When the water heats, the minerals actually crystallize and create a cycle. The sediment becomes harder, making the hot water heater difficult to operate. This sediment is commonly referred to as scale. When scale is present, hot water becomes trapped behind it. As the water heats and boils it creates steam that …

Ceiling Leaks

Ceiling leaks are probably every homeowner’s greatest fear. Because of this fear, the tendency is to notice a stain on the ceiling and pretend you didn’t see it at all…hoping it will go away. But, before long, there is water coming from the ceiling, and you can be sure there is a water or moisture problem. If it seems obvious, such as a leak directly underneath the upstairs bathroom, a plumber should be called immediately. Sometimes, leaks are more difficult to locate. Ceiling leaks are important and shouldn’t ever be ignored. If water is pooling underneath the surface, the result …

The Dishwasher Doesn’t Drain All The Way

Dishwashers do not drain completely after a finished cycle. This is normal. Dishwashers are designed to leave some water in the unit to ensure that the heating element doesn’t overheat. Therefore, if you suddenly find a large amount of water being retained in your dishwasher, you have a problem. It could be that the drain hose or sump pump aren’t working properly, or there is a plumbing problem in your home drain lines. Remove the cover from the air gap and clean it out. This may remove any blockage that could be causing the dishwasher problems while draining. Also, examine …

The Outside Water Faucet Is Not Working

Your house has water, but the outside water faucet has none. This problem can simply a build up of sediment on the valve stem, which can happen to inside faucets, as well. To determine if the problem is the result of sediment build up, remove the stem from the faucet and turning on the water. Water should come out of the spigot. If it doesn’t, try cleaning out the stem area to remove any debris. If, after removing the debris, you still don’t have any water flowing, a plumber should be contacted who will determine the problem and correct it. …

Why Is My Water Bill So High?

If your water bill has suddenly become increasingly high, you can be sure you have a leak somewhere. Once you recognize there is a problem, you will need to determine the location of the leak, so it can be repaired. The first step to finding the leak is to check the toilets, since toilet leaks are often the cause of high water bills. If you notice condensation on the bowl or tank, you most likely have a leak in your toilet. Here’s how to local the leak yourself: Purchase a mechanic’s stethoscope. This will help you find the source of …

The Hot Water Heater Runs Out Of Hot Water Quickly

Everyday, people depend upon their hot water heaters to provide the water that they need and to keep water at regulated temperatures. However, what many people fail to realize is that the temperature settings on water heaters can be adjusted. There are many different sizes of water heaters, and each size will heat water at a different rate of speed. If you need more hot water, the simplest step is to increase the temperature setting on your water heater. It might be that you currently have a hot water heater that isn’t large enough for your needs. If you purchase …

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My Toilet Flushes By Itself

Many homeowners have experienced a toilet that seems to flush by itself. If this has ever happened to you, you probably wondered if you needed to call a plumber or ghostbusters. It’s not so mysterious…just a problem in the plumbing. A toilet may flush by itself when the Douglas valve seal becomes warped. When this valve seal becomes warped, the toilet tank will continually leak water into the bowl and the fill sensors are triggered that the toilet bowl is full and needs to be flushed. This is the same principle as when you fill the toilet with buckets of …

My Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs

If you’ve turned on your water faucet, only to find that your water smells like rotten eggs, you aren’t alone. This is also a common occurrence for those who are on well water as well. The smell of rotten eggs, coming from your water, actually has very little to do with eggs, but results from a bacteria. The bacteria are known as Divibrio Sulfurcans can enter water through a break in the water pipes. When you smell the rotten egg smell, that is actually gas that the bacteria has created in which to thrive. The bacteria transforms Sulfate into Hydrogen …

My Garbage Disposal Hums When I Use It

If a garbage disposal hums when it should be grinding or draining it is jammed. If you hear your garbage disposal humming, you should shut it down immediately. If it continues to run it in this condition, the motor will burn and cause more damage. To check what is happening, first disconnect the power to the disposal. Under the sink you’ll find a hex shaped hole and a wrench (that is also hex shaped). The wrench fits into the hex shaped hole. With the wrench try to move it so that the jam is released. If this is not successful, …