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5 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions & Their Answers


With over 40 years of experience in the plumbing field, it's safe to say that we here at DP&M Services have pretty much seen it all in our time. While we have definitely seen our fair share of head-scratching and eyebrow raising issues, much of the time we are confronted by similar issues in every home we service. Encountering many of the same issues a lot of the time tends to lead to many of the same questions from our customers as well. We have decided to take this opportunity to share with you some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our customers and our answers to them.

How Can I Prolong The Life Of My Plumbing Fixtures & Water Heater?

One of the best ways to prolong the life of your plumbing fixtures and your water heater is to install a water softener or water conditioner in your home. Both of these systems are designed to stop scale build-up, protect your pipes and fixtures, and make all of your water-using appliances run more efficiently.

Why Does My Drain Clog?

A clogged drain is normally due to people not being careful of what they are putting down them. This is especially true in the kitchen. Clogged bathroom drains are normally due to oil residue from soaps, shampoos, and hair. We recommend that you take care what you are putting down your drains and clean them regularly with a drain cleaner.

What Is Causing My Fixture To Drip?

When you have a fixture that is dripping, it can normally be attributed to a fairly simple cause. A dripping fixture normally means there is some internal mechanism that isn't performing like it is supposed to and should be repaired or replaced. This is normally a very easy and inexpensive fix. Making sure to turn of your fixtures gently rather than forcefully can also be a good way to extend their lifespan.

What Should I Do If My Water Heater Is Leaking?

If your water heater is leaking, it is time to call your local Florida and North Carolina plumbing experts immediately. A leaking water heater normally means that the bottom has rusted out. Unfortunately, there isn't really a good fix for this issue, and more than likely you are going to have to replace the unit.

What Can I Put Down My Garbage Disposal?

This can be a confusing problem for many homeowners as there is a lot of misinformation out there about the subject. When it comes to keeping your garbage disposal in good working order, the first thing you need to do is make sure you are running only cold water when grinding to make sure waste gets moved down through the drain lines. Using cold water makes fats and grease congeal so they can be moved through the drain as opposed to hot water which will dissolve them which may allow the to accumulate in the drain line.

Almost all biodegradable food waste can be put in your disposal, but it should not be used to grind oyster or clam shells, or anything with high fiber content like corn husks. Non-food materials should never be put down your disposal, like glass, plastic, metal, etc. In terms of maintenance, grinding small bones or eggshells can actually help clean your disposal by helping scrape away deposits that have build up over time. Grinding ice cubes is another way to clean off these stubborn deposits while helping to eliminate odors at the same time.

If you are looking for a professional Florida or North Carolina plumbing company, call us today at 407-568-9202 or 877-376-7586 or complete our online request form.

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