FAQ

HOW CAN I PROLONG THE LIFE OF ALL MY PLUMBING FIXTURES AND WATER HEATER?

The best way to prolong the life of your plumbing fixtures and extend the life of your water heater is to install a water filter and/or water conditioner in your home. These systems are designed to stop scale build-up, protect pipes and fixtures and make all appliances that use water more efficient.

WHY DOES MY DRAIN GET CLOGGED?

Usually drains are clogged because people are not careful of what they put in them, especially in the kitchen. Other drains, like in the bathroom, get clogged because of the oil residue from soaps, shampoos and hair. It is recommended that you are conscious of what you put down your drains and treat them regularly with a drain cleaner such as Bio-Clean.  Larger drains can be compromised when wet wipes or tampons are flushed(should never be flushed) and root infiltrations are a common cause of main line back ups.

WHAT CAUSES MY FAUCET TO DRIP?

Usually when a faucet is dripping the problem has a relatively simple solution. The internal mechanisms need to be rebuilt or replaced. Ironically some of the cheapest faucets found at your building centers often have hard to find or very expensive replacement parts.

At Wes Clarke Plumbing we strongly believe in using the best possible products in the beginning to save time, money and aggravation in the end.  Did you know that you could extend the life of your washers by turning off your faucets gently rather than forcefully?

HOW CAN I PREVENT LEAKING PIPES?

Take the time every once and a while to inspect your pipes. If rust or lime is depositing on them, this may indicate a leak is starting. If this is happening, contact Wes Clarke Plumbing e to address the problem. By performing an occasional inspection you could stop a small problem before it turns into a large one. Leaking pipes can damage floors and belongings and become much more costly than if the problem was detected early.

Perhaps one of the best things a homeowner could do is to check to make sure they have a functioning pressure regulator installed. This pressure regulator or PRV is a device that ensures excessive water pressure will not enter the home.   Excessive water pressure can prematurely cause  ruptures or failure.

The best analogy is to compare the water pressure in your head to the blood in your body. It’s constantly needs to be within an acceptable range and that is exactly what a PRV does.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY WATER HEATER IS LEAKING?

Leaking water heaters usually indicate the bottom of the tank has rusted. There are really no good repairs for this problem. You most likely need a new water heater.

If it happens to be a leak from the valve or supply line at the top of the heater then a repair maybe possible.    Two other items that could possibly leak are: 1)  The T&P( temperature and pressure)  relief valve which is generally found some of the top of the heater on the side or on the top spin if the heater of a young age this makes sense to replace 2) The drain valve which is found at the bottom of the heater.   This should be replaced if the heater is on a young age.

Typical water heaters in the desert last 10 to 12 years.

One last note is that it’s important to do annual maintenance on all water heaters to ensure that they are functioning properly and pos One last note is that it’s important to do annual maintenance on all water heaters to ensure that they are functioning properly and pose  no unnecessary risk.

IS IT A BIG DEAL IF MY TOILET IS RUNNING?

This is not only an annoyance but also a waste of water and money. Leaky toilets can cost  several hundred dollars extra per year on your water bills. If the toilet continues to run into the bowl after the toilet is flushed, it indicates that some part of the mechanism is out of order and needs to be replaced.

WHAT CAN I PUT IN MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL?

This can be huge problem for homeowners. Here are some tips to keep your disposal in good working order.

First, always run cold water when grinding to move the waste all the way down the drain lines. Fats and grease congeal and harden in cold water and can be flushed through the system. Hot water should not be used because it can dissolve fats and grease, which may then accumulate in the drain line.

Almost all-biodegradable food waste can be fed into disposers. However, they should not be used to grind clam or oyster shells, cornhusks or other material with high fiber content. Under no circumstances should you put glass, plastic or metal non-food materials through a disposer. This includes bottle caps, tin covers or aluminum foil, which are some of the items service technicians commonly find in clogged or broken disposers.

Maintenance is easy.   We recommend filling up the kitchen sink with hot water as high as possible and letting it drain with the disposer on.   this little bit of pressure  with the water volume does help flush out some of the line. It is a good rule of thumb to do this once a week on garbage day so you do not forget. Some of our customers who have done this and previously had chronic drain stoppages have not called  us for this problem for several years. Grinding a little ice is another way to clean deposits and get rid of odors. For the most part, though, disposers are self-cleaning.

WILL A GARBAGE DISPOSAL CLOG MY PIPES?

No. A garbage disposal that is used properly will not clog your pipes. However, the key to making sure that your garbage disposal doesn’t clog your pipes requires proper installation and then usage that is compliant with your particular model. Before you install any kind of garbage disposal, you have to make sure that the drainage pipes are clear in the first place.

This is why a Super Plumber should install your garbage disposal. They can check for preexisting clogs and also clear them out. Remember, a garbage disposal is supposed to be a convenience, not a nuisance

WHEN I USE MY DISHWASHER, WATER BACKS UP INTO THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL, WHY?

Water backing up into the garbage disposal and then the sink is generally caused by food that is left in the disposal. If you leave food particles in the disposal and then forget about them without grinding them up and then sending them through the drain pipes with a good amount of cold water, these food particles will clog up your drainage system.
Since the dishwasher and the garbage disposal share the same drainage pipes, you will have plumbing problems in the kitchen if you do not make sure that food particles from the disposal are cleared before using the dishwasher.

HOW LONG SHOULD A WATER HEATER LAST?

How long a water heater lasts depends on how well it is maintained, the water quality in your area, proper installation, and amount of use. When you buy a water heater, it’s always good to look at all of the information that comes with it. That way, you will know what to expect. If you install your new water heater properly and maintain it, you can expect great results. For example, if your less expensive water heater is guaranteed to last for six years, with proper maintenance; it will probably last for eight.

It’s always better to buy a better water heater. This is because it works twenty-four hours everyday for the whole year! So when you buy a water heater that is guaranteed to last for ten years it will probably last for twelve. Considering that the average family has a forty-gallon water tank and uses quite a bit of hot water, it’s worth it to get the better hot water tank and have one of our Super Plumbers professionally install it.

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