5 Common Plumbing Questions

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We’ve rounded up some of the commonly asked plumbing questions.

Q: What are the three most important plumbing tools to keep at home?

A:  You most likely already have a plunger in your house, which you use for clogged toilets, showers and sinks. However, an auger is an even more invaluable tool for dealing with clogged toilets. Be sure to keep one on hand! A hand auger will also come in handy for clogged pipes that a plunger can’t fix. It’s a long flexible steel cable, which you snake down drains to clear obstructions.  Finally, having two pipe wrenches in the home is always recommended. They’re used to tighten or loosen threaded pipes, nuts, and fittings.

Q: What consumes the most water in my house?

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A: You’re probably cautious about limiting your baths or showers, as you fear that they’re the main culprits for high water use. However, it’s actually your toilet that uses the most water.  A running toilet can us up to 200 gallons of water a day, so it’s important to repair them if you notice a leak. We will replace leaking flappers for free with any other paid repair.

Q: What is a P-trap used for in the sink?

A:  You may have noticed the U-shaped under your sink. The curved pipe is called a P-trap, and it’s a valuable part of your plumbing. The P-trap stops sewage gases from exiting your drainpipe into your home.

Q: Do all toilets fit the same?

A: Replacing your toilet is a fairly simple job, as all toilets fit drains in the same way. You just have to measure your toilet to make sure that the replacement will fit. Standard toilets are set 12 inches from the wall, while older models are set 15 inches.

Q: What causes low water pressure and what can I do about it?

A: This depends on whether your house is the only one of the street to experience low water pressure. If your neighbors don’t have a problem, then there’s likely an issue between the water meter and your home. A partially closed or malfunctioning shut off valve could be to blame. This is easily fixed by simple replacing the shut off valve. A crimped water line or deposits that gather in old galvanized pipes could also cause low water pressure.

There are several things that could cause low water pressure, including a partially closed or malfunctioning shut off valve, a crimped water line, or deposits that gather in older galvanized pipes. If your neighbors have strong water pressure, the problem is most likely between the water meter and your home.

Do you have more questions? Contact the plumbing technicians at Legacy Plumbing »

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