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F.H. Furr's Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical Insider Blog

Plumbing FAQ, Part 4!

We get asked questions all the time, by customers that call in, customers we see at events and even people our techs run into just in passing! So, we decided we would put together a blog series about some of these frequently asked questions! We'll touch on garbage disposals, water pressure, toilets, water heaters and even sump pumps!

I have a 2-handle shower. Can I replace this with a single handle model?

Thanks to remodel cover plates, many 2 or 3-handle shower valves can be replaced with a fashionable single handle. The cover plates come in a variety of finishes and allow you to keep the existing tile or wall covering in tact.

How can I get rid of grease buildup in my garbage disposal?

Run hot water for 15-30 seconds while disposal is running and add a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Next, turn the disposal off and continue to run the hot water until the suds are gone.

How do I prevent debris from entering the sump pit?

Install a screen to prevent the largest pieces from interfering with the sump pump.

Why does it sound like the toilet water is trickling between flushes?

If you hear water running in your toilet tank for extended periods of time, then your toilet is leaking. The problem may be a corroded overflow pipe, flush valve assembly or a worn out flapper valve. The flapper valve shuts off the flow of water and allows the tank to refill. If it’s corroded or the chain is trapped under the flapper, a tight seal can’t be created resulting in water waste up to 200 gallons of water daily.

I think my drain valve may be leaking, what do I need to do?

Many water heaters use a low quality valve that can be difficult to close tightly. Turn the valve closed by using slip joint pliers being careful to not apply too much force resulting in the valve snapping off. Another possible cause could be that the valve has failed and requires replacement.

Do Water Pressure Regulators Save on Energy?

Yes! Water pressure regulators do save energy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), up to 30% of the water used in a home is heated. Since regulators reduce the amount of water consumed in a home, then the amount of hot water used is reduced which means, less energy is needed to heat water. Another way to look at this is:

  • Regulators help reduce the amount of water consumed in a home
  • Less water consumed means less water heated
  • Less hot water needed means less energy required to heat water
Topics: Plumbing