You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Laramie -until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
When your heating, air conditioning and plumbing are functioning properly, life can already be stressful enough. When any of these systems break down, so do your living conditions. Here are some of the common types of problems you might encounter throughout the year with your HVAC and plumbing systems and with appropriately qualified and experienced technicians, these can be easily fixed too.
Recurring Plumbing Problems/Repairs
Sounds silly, but one common problem we hear from our customers is noisy flushing toilets. You wouldn't think the potty would be a source of irritation or concern in a home or business - but it is. Abnormal sounds after flushing however are easily fixed. Typically we find out diagnosis is a damaged fill valve.
Another common plumbing repair through our business is running toilets. This means continuous water running even when the toilet is not in use and this causes massive water wastage. Our repair? We fix the defective flapper.
Another popular repair for us is the outdoor unit seems noisy. While heat pumps are meant to be noisy, typically there's always a trigger for strange or overly loud noises. This could be anything from the fan blade hitting something, to bad compressor valves or bad motors.
Even as HVAC and plumbing technology is improving and evolving, these systems will continue to require regular and/or emergency maintenance and repair from certified technicians.
How to Repair Toilet Plumbing Problems
For this article I will be using the 'P' trap, but 'S' and 'U' traps are used widely as well.
A plumbing trap is a simple but ingenious contraption used essentially to block the less-than-pleasant smell from drifting up various drain-holes located around your house. If you take the letter P and rotate it 90 degrees clockwise and remove the line segment between the U shape, you'll get the general shape of the P trap. Now imagine piping extended from each end of the P, with the one pointing up going to a given sink drain, and the horizontal one leading through the wall and into the sewer.
Ugh, did I say the sewer? That's right - the rat and germ-infested but absolutely necessary sewer! In most developed nations, all household waste - whether it's laundry and/or kitchen waste or toilet waste - ends up going down the same pipes. It all leads to sewer-treatment plants where it is then processed for eventual release back into the environment and/or fertilizer. Some countries even process it back into drinking water!
Now when you flush, the DWV will introduce air as needed to maintain neutral air pressure, protecting the precious water in the traps. One last thing you should keep in mind is that the trap of any given fixture such as a sink will dry out given enough time. Generally speaking, a month of not being used will result in the evaporation of water in the trap to the point of trap failure. Simply run water periodically to ensure "healthy" traps.
Hiring the Services of a Professional Plumbing Service Provider