Plumbing questions? These are some of most common questions River City Plumbing hears. Don’t see your issue? Contact us today!

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It could be. Noisy pipes may be a signal that the pressure tank has lost the “air cushion.” Try turning off the water supply at the main valve, then turn on all the faucets around your home. Next, turn on the main valve again and shut off each faucet. If that doesn’t solve your issue, River City Plumbing is happy to take a closer look.

Rumbling sounds in your water heater may be an indication of sediment build-up at the bottom. When that happens, your water heater can’t operate efficiently because the sediment doesn’t allow the heat to transfer properly to the water in the tank. There are methods of troubleshooting this yourself that you can find online, but if you aren’t comfortable doing, contact River City Plumbing for help.

You can try using a plunger or removing the trap and clearing out any debris. If this isn’t effective, the clog is likely beyond the trap and a drain auger will be necessary. You can purchase this yourself, or contact River City Plumbing for help.

It’s a good idea to test the pressure relief valve regularly. If it isn’t working properly, it should be replaced. Once a year, you should also flush sediments. Functioning anodes keep water heaters from rusting, so it’s a good idea to have them checked by a professional like River City Plumbing every few years.

You’re looking at mineral deposits. They’re harmless, but they can be unsightly. You can remove these deposits from your showerhead with white vinegar. Put about a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag and then tie the bag around the showerhead. Leave it overnight, and then use an old toothbrush to gently remove the deposits. On your faucets, see if you can remove the aerators and let them soak in white vinegar overnight. If this is an ongoing issue and you’d like to learn about water softening, contact River City Plumbing.

This is a common question with a simple solution. Bad smells in the garbage disposal are the result of build-up from leftover foods. To resolve the issue, put ice cubes and lemon or orange peels in the disposal and turn it on for 30 seconds. Then add a bit of liquid dish detergent into the disposer while it’s still running. Follow up with un cold water for about 30 seconds to rinse everything away.

Check for a leaking toilet. Look at the water level in the tank to see if water is overflowing into the overflow pipe (the one in the middle of the tank, with a small tube connected to it). If water is running into the overflow pipe, adjust the fill valve to stop the flow roughly one inch below the top of the overflow tube, or to the water level mark stamped on the side of the tank. Periodic maintenance by River City Plumbing will also ensure proper operation. If you don’t find an issue with your toilet, the issue could be a leak in your water piping system. Contact River City Plumbing for a diagnosis.

In the spring, flush and check sprinkler lines before putting these systems back into service. Any leaks or blocks could result in flooding. During the summer, tackle any repairs or upgrades you’ve been considering. And in autumn, double check outdoor drainage like gutters and downspouts to keep them clear in preparation of the winter ahead, and remember to disconnect all hoses from the hose bibs. During the colder months, pipe insulation can be an important consideration. Here in northern Nevada, our temperatures rarely drop below zero in the winter. But during a cold snap, double checking pipe insulation is a good idea.

Don’t put non-flushable materials into the toilet. Clogs and/or septic tank damage can be very costly. Be aware that garbage disposals also have their limits. Don’t let pets damage garden hoses, washing machine hoses, or ice maker tubing. In the event of leaks, have them repaired promptly to avoid mold, mildew, and structural problems. And remember, you should never use bleach in septic systems.

Aside from the obvious costs associated with water leaks, there are often serious consequences when people ignore plumbing issues. Excess moisture in the home can lead to the growth of mold or mildew, which pollute the air you breathe and cause major health issues.

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