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Plumbing FAQ: Your Questions, Answered

white question mark on a blue backgroundWhen it comes to resolving your plumbing problems, we are the team to call. You can reach out to us anytime to schedule service or even to just ask a question for one of our Bountiful, UT plumbers. We’re happy to help you with whatever your plumbing needs may be, which is why we’ve provided a guide below where we answer some of the most common plumbing questions we receive from homeowners.

“How Can I Help My Plumbing System to Last as Long as Possible?”

There are a couple different steps you can take to get your pipes to last as long as they can. First off, be sure to schedule routine plumbing maintenance and drain cleaning services to ensure your plumbing system is clear of any leaks that need repair or clogs that need removal.

Another method to help your pipes last a long time and resist corrosion is to have a whole-home water softener installed. Hard water is water that contains the minerals calcium and magnesium. These minerals are harmless for us to ingest, but can do harm to your pipe walls.

“What Causes Drain Clogs?”

Some of what causes clogs in your drains are due to what you put down those drains. For instance, in the kitchen you should avoid putting FOG (fats, oils, and grease) down the drain. It hardens as it cools and in turn creates stubborn blockages in your plumbing system.

Another example is allowing hair to go down your sink drain or shower drain, and flushing wipes down the toilet. In regards to the latter, even those wipes that are marketed as “flushable” take a long time to break down and can create clogs.

An instance of a drain clog not in your control is that of tree roots. Unfortunately, the smallest leak from your underground pipes can attract roots, which of course seek out water. The good news is, we have the methods and tools to resolve this problem for you quickly and as unobtrusively as possible. We can also help you avoid the tree root problem by re-routing your outdoor plumbing to where it’s less likely to cross paths with trees.

 “Why Does My Faucet Keep Dripping?”

There are few things more irritating than a faucet that keeps dripping. The reason for this is typically that the internal mechanisms within the faucet need to be rebuilt or replaced. You might even be able to help keep this problem from occurring by turning your taps off gently rather than forcefully, as this helps extend the life of the washers.

It’s important that if you do have a leaky faucet, you get it fixed right away. You may be surprised to find that over the course of a year, even the smallest faucet drip or pinhole leak from a pipe can cause gallons of water loss. Not only is this harmful to water conservation efforts, but it also costs you in the long run, as reflected on your water bills.

Contact your HVAC and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today!

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