Frequently Asked Questions
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How Often Does My Plumbing Need to Be Inspected?
If your plumbing has never been inspected or you do not know when the last inspection took place, it is a good idea to have it done as soon as possible. Depending on your particular circumstances and the overall state of your plumbing system, a professional plumber can make recommendations about how often the process should be repeated.
If you live on a property with a lot of trees, for instance, you may need to have your plumbing lines inspected more often because of the chance that roots could begin to infiltrate the system. However, if there are no extenuating circumstances and your plumbing is otherwise in good shape, you could probably wait longer between inspections. In general, though, a plumbing system should be inspected annually.
How to Fix Popping Noises in Water Heaters
Popping noises in gas and electric water heaters are the result of mineral deposits that build up in the tank. As the water heats up, steam is produced at the deposits and makes popping noises when it releases. In-line water filters remove a lot of the minerals in the hard water. But over time, small amounts of minerals can still accumulate in the tank and form deposits that continue to build up. Periodic maintenance includes flushing the tank to remove sediments. When popping noises persist, additional measures are necessary.
What Causes Brown Water?
Galvanized pipes found in older homes can be a major source of trouble. In most cases, water can turn brown when the galvanized pipes in your home’s plumbing system begin to deteriorate. As the galvanized piping degrades, corrosion and oxidation allow rust to flake away, quickly turning your water a brownish color. Hot water can easily exacerbate the process, especially if this water is allowed to return to the hot water heater. Your water can also turn brown if iron oxide and other sediment somehow get stirred up in the hot water heater. Years of iron oxide deposits, dirt, and other impurities that settle to the bottom of the water tank can easily be stirred up as the result of an improper drain and cleaning. A disturbance in the water main due to hydrant use, construction, or main breaks can also turn water brown for a short amount of time.