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FAQs


What causes the water temperature to suddenly change in the shower or bath when the toilet is flushed or someone runs another water appliance in the house or office?

A change in water temperature is a painful thing. When you flush the toilet, the tank starts refilling with water by opening an inlet valve. Water will rush through the opened valve and is diverted away from the shower. Depending on how the piping is done and how wide the valve opens, more or less water is diverted away form the shower & the effect can be very noticeable. This causes a change in the water temperature and pressure.

What is a pressure-balancing valve & why should it be installed in my shower or bath system?

Pressure balancing valves prevent drastic changes in water temperatures. It happens to everyone who showers or baths. In another location in the house a toilet is flushed, a faucet is opened, or the washing machine is switched on, and the once-temperate water coming from the shower head is cold enough to make you jump or so hot you want to scream. A simple device called a pressure-balancing shower valve can help you with these problems.

Why would I have a water leak from a vent in the plumbing system?

Water should not be able to leak from a vent a plumbing system. The only water that should be in your vent system should be from occasional storm water after a rain storm. There should be no way for sewage or dirty sewage water to seep into your vents or hot water system.

What could cause a large water bill other than leak in a pipe?

Almost 95% or more of all leaks in residential plumbing systems are found in the toilet. A toilet tank usually leaks as a results from worn parts or improper alignment of some part of the flushing mechanism. It's important to stop the leak happening to conserve water and stop wasting money.

What makes my plumbing and drain pipes noisy?

This problem is typically caused by water lines not being correctly isolated & fixed. It can be easily fixed if your water lines are easy to access for a professional plumber.

What is my hot water system smelling terrible like rotten eggs?

The most common and general cause of “smelly water” is a non-toxic sulfate reducing bacteria, scientifically called Divibrio Sulfurcan. The bacteria enters the system through construction or a break in the ground piping. The simplest and most affordable treatment available is the shock-chlorination of the hot water system. This is known as surface treatment, and mostly requires repeated trials in infected water systems.

My toilet managed to drain itself of water. Why is this occuring?

There are a couple answers to this problem, but the solution below fixes it almost all of the time.

Very poor weak or no venting of the toilet fixture. Vents allow for airflow to the toilet and water system. Without the vent, air pockets form in the waste branches, which causes back-siphonage. The air in the system, without the use of a vent, can only escape through the sewer and drags the water in the trap down with it into the sewer.

Why does my toilet fill up with hot water instead of cold water?

One of the common reasons you may have hot water in your toilet is due to a bad flapper in the toilet tank or you may have a bad fill valve. This allows the water to get inside the toilet tank. When you have a mixing valve on your toilet to stop condensation from occurring, some of the hot water is introduced into the cold water line to warm the water just a little. However, when the water seeps a little at a time, the hot water dominates the cold and you get a toilet tank full of hot water.

How do I prevent the toilet tank from over flowing with water?

This happens because the fill valve in the tank has a leak in it. Also, if the fill valve has been repaired or replaced by your plumber, it is possible that it has been set up too high. If the fill valve is old and damaged, replace it the right away. By replacing it your annoying problem should be fixed right away.

Why is my hot water system not working as well as it did when it was new?

This occurs because of a sediment build up in your hot water tank. As hot water systems begin to show age, they accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If the sediment is not removed periodically, the sediment will create a wall barrier between the burner & the water, greatly reducing the performance level. The result is an increase in the amount of energy used to deliver hot water to the tap thus costing you more money.

Why does a hot water system run out of hot water faster than it used to?

If your water system is running out of hot water quickly or frequently then several things could be happening. Firstly, check the shower head volume to ensure it is not too turned on too fast. A new shower head should put out about two and a half gallons of water every minute. Some older heads put out about five gallons of water every minute. Working with the shower head can double length of your showers. In some cases, the dip tube on the cold-water inlet has broken or it is damaged.