Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions and Tips

No need to worry, but there is something you can do to stop it. Open the lid of your toilet tank and flush it to see all the moving parts in motion. The ball or flapper should be covering the valve. If it’s not a tight seal, check the chain to be sure it’s untwisted and functioning properly. Otherwise your flapper may be defective and will need to be replaced. One way to test this is to place a few drops of food coloring into your tank. If the water in your toilet bowl turns that color, you’ll know for sure that your flapper is the problem.
Long hair is the number one cause of shower drain clogs, followed closely by soap residue. A drain hair catcher can definitely improve the flow of water through your drain. If you’re consistently dealing with clogs, pour a mixture of one-half cup of salt and one-half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one-half cup of vinegar. The mixture will start to foam. Next, pour two quarts of boiling water to clear your pipes.
If your garbage disposal isn’t running as it should, follow these tips. Always use cold water on high instead of warm when grinding waste. This will ensure that any accidental grease or oil that gets down your drain becomes a solid before reaching the trap. Pouring dish soap in the sink while the garbage disposal is running can help keep it clean. Grinding citrus fruit rinds can eliminate rotten food smells and leave behind a natural fresh scent.

Most homeowners think that rigid foods like egg shells and meat and fish bones don’t belong in the disposal. Rigid foods actually help maintain the cleanliness of the disposal walls and scrub away any buildup or corrosion. Lastly, simply running your garbage disposal regularly will extends its lifetime.

Magnesium and iron are naturally found in water but can look black when coming in contact with oxygen. While it’s perfectly safe, having a water filter will get rid of those materials. Another cause for a watered-down coffee color could be that your pipes are steel or galvanized and rust flakes from an exposed area are flowing through the pipes.

While brown water is safe to drink and use for brushing, avoid throwing in a load of laundry. Especially if you’re planning to whiten with bleach, it can ruin and stain your clothes. Consult Sabre to have a Journeyman plumber inspect your pipes and you’ll have clear water running through your faucet.

If you have well water or older pipes, this is very common. Iron causes water sources throughout your home to have a pink stain. It’s a result of an airborne bacteria that is prevalent in moist bathrooms. Using carbon filters that reduce the amount of chlorine in your water can actually allow this bacteria to thrive. Consistent cleaning of these regular surfaces can minimize organism growth. Try using a cleaning agent that has bleach as a leading ingredient to eliminate pink residue.

Should you need professional plumbing services, contact Sabre’s certified Journeyman plumbers to get the job done right and on time.