Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions

Plumbing problems can be extremely frustrating, especially when it means you can’t use your toilet, sink, shower, or all of the above! While we suggest consulting a plumber for all your plumbing issues, it never hurts to have a good sense of what you’re dealing with before you call for repair. Check out our list of some of the most common plumbing questions below, and give us a call when you need professional help!

Do You Offer Financing Options?

We do, and we know that sometimes you may need to replace a plumbing fixture at an inconvenient time. Ask us how our financing process works.

How Can I Tell If My Toilet Needs to Be Replaced?

Toilets are one of the most common fixtures to break down. There are a few signs that your toilet may need to be repaired or replaced, such as constantly running, water on the floor after a flush, or a toilet that is slow to flush.

How Do I Unclog My Drain?

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. Clogs happen at the worst times—like when you sleep through your alarm and are going to be late for work but still decide to take a shower and now the water is overflowing onto the bathroom floor. Although a clogged drain can be a major inconvenience, it is a relatively easy problem to fix!

Why Is My Well Pump Short Cycling?

When your well pump is cycling on and off, it’s a sign that something’s wrong. Getting to the root of the problem is the first step in fixing it. Here are some of the reasons why your well pump may be short cycling, and what can be done to fix them.

Why Is My Garbage Disposal Running but Not Working?

There are many modern conveniences we often take for granted during our everyday lives—until we have to go without them. You don’t realize how nice it is to be able to dispose of food waste down the drain until your garbage disposal stops working. One of the common issues we hear about is a garbage disposal that seems to turn on and makes a humming noise but won’t actually shred up any food. There are a couple of reasons this could be the case.

Why Is My Home’s Water Discolored?

After an extended trip away from home, the water coming out of your faucet could be slightly discolored—luckily, the discoloration usually goes away on its own in less than a minute. But what if this happens to your hot water regularly? Is the discolored water dangerous to your health? Can you use it to cook, bathe, or clean? Often the water is safe to use, and can often be associated with an aging water heater or rusty pipes.

How Do I Prevent My Pipes from Freezing?

The wintertime around Northern Virginia can produce temperatures in the teens—and even below—which means homeowners in the area should take steps to prevent frozen pipes. When water freezes, it expands, which can cause your pipes to burst—this can cause major problems and create lengthy plumbing bills. Rapid drops in temperature, poor insulation, and improperly set thermostats are the major culprits behind frozen pipes.

Why does plumbing need to be vented?

Also known as a “vent stack,” your plumbing vent helps regulate air pressure within your plumbing system to allow water to run smoothly. This vent system also removes exhaust gas and odors from your home.

Which type of pipe is best?

While there’s no objective “best” plumbing pipe material, most modern homes are built with PEX plumbing, which is a flexible and durable pipe option.

What are some consequences of delaying plumbing repairs?

Aside from the obvious costs associated with water leaks impairing the efficiency of your plumbing and racking up your utility bill, there are often even more serious consequences associated with plumbing problems that go ignored. Excess moisture in the home can lead to the growth of mold or mildew. Because mold breeds through the release of spores, the presence of mold in your living space can pollute the air you breathe and cause serious respiratory issues.