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Can I increase the water pressure in my bathroom faucet?

First, check the valves under your sink to make sure they are fully open. Check rubber washers or seals for deterioration. Calcium and lime buildup will also cause low water pressure.

Can I replace my two-handle faucet with a single-handle faucet?

In general, faucet dimensions and sink openings are standard throughout the plumbing industry, so the answer is usually yes. There are a few exceptions, so check the size of the sink opening and give us a call.

What causes my kitchen sink and washing machine drains to clog?

In most homes, the kitchen and laundry drains are connected. When the lint from the laundry drains meets the grease buildup from soap and food products, a nearly solid substance is formed, causing blockage. Using filters and strainers will help, but you’ll also need to get the drains snaked periodically as well.

Should I close and open the main water supply shutoff valve periodically?

Yes. You want to make sure they’re not stuck in the open position just when you have a water emergency! Do the same periodic check for the shutoff valves on your sinks, tubs and toilets as well.

Why do I hear a vibrating noise in my pipes, washer or other components?

Noises can be fairly common in plumbing supply lines. If a washer in a faucet or valve is loose, you’ll hear it rattling or knocking. If the sound occurs when you open and close faucets rapidly, it generally means pipes are loose and can be corrected by anchoring pipes more securely. If the sound is really bothersome, we can add air chambers at the end of long pipe runs. Call us to discuss noise reduction in your plumbing system.

What can I do about a sewer line blockage?

The main culprits are tree roots, and once they’ve blocked the line, there is very little you can do. Our plumbing professionals can snake the line to get it as clear as possible and then use copper sulfide products to kill the remaining vegetation. But odds are the sewer line may need to be replaced at some point.

Why doesn't my old water heater work as well as it used to?

This is usually due to a sediment buildup in your tank. As water heaters grow older, they accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If these deposits are not removed periodically, the sediment will create a barrier between the burner and the water, greatly reducing the water heater’s performance level.