Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing And Heating
Q. Will I always know if I have a leak?
A. The problem with leaks is that you may not know you have it, but you'll see or feel the effects. Damp spots, mold, the sound of running water, or spikes in your water bill are all signs that you have a leak. If you know or suspect you may have a plumbing leak, make it a point to contact a professional plumber immediately, for an assessment.
Q. Is a dripping faucet something to worry about?
A. The main problem with a dripping faucet, other than being annoyed by the sound, is the fact that you're wasting water. Plumbing issues like running toilet or a dripping faucet can waste a great deal more water than you realize. For example, 10 drips a minute for a full year equals almost 350 gallons worth of wasted water.
Q. Can I use drain cleaner for a clog?
A. Unfortunately, one of the worst things you can do to your plumbing is use store-bought, chemical cleaning agents on your drains. Even though these products market themselves as a DIY approach to fixing your slow or clogged drains, it's not a wise approach to take. Even if it appears to do the trick, it's a temporary fix and not a long-term solution. Plus, it can do more harm than good because it can damage or destroy your pipes.
Q. Should I get a traditional water heater or a tankless one?
A. There are pros and cons to each type of water heater and it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Traditional water heaters are more affordable upfront, but tankless systems are more energy-efficient and convenient. Partner with a true industry expert who can help you make good choices about this or any of your plumbing components.
Q. Do I really need an HVAC tune-up?
A. It all depends on whether or not you want your heating and cooling system to function properly or not, or if you like to waste money on emergency repairs that could have been prevented. All kidding aside, while inspections and tune-up maintenance isn't required, it's a good idea if you want to be proactive about preventative care. Tune-ups are what help you avoid unexpected repairs and ensure you don't end up needing premature replacement.
Q. How can I lower my energy bills?
A. One of our experts can review a more thorough checklist with you, however some examples include:
- Programmable thermostat installation
- Opt for energy-efficient appliances
- Switch to LED lights
- Change your HVAC filter monthly
- Get repairs immediately
- Use fans to supplement your AC
Q. What happens if I don't change my air filter?
A. Your filter gets dirty over time. That means the collected contaminants begin to slow the airflow through the filter. Left ignored, this can eventually block the airflow completely and cause your system to stop working. Filters are inexpensive and it's the one task we recommend that homeowners do themselves, so there's no good reason not to do it.