Most contractors have the best customer experiences with people who communicate clearly and are specific with what they want done. State your expectations from the get go and speak up if you think a job is taking too long or unsatisfactory.
To help you save time and money, you should group all of your plumbing problems for one visit. Fix everything that needs attention in one visit, rather than calling for service repeatedly. This will allow the plumber to handle everything in one visit and save you the service charge for additional calls.
Make sure your cold-water inlet is shut off completely. You may also need to turn off the hot water inlet to insure it doesn’t back flow through the faucet when you disconnect the water lines. Depending on the plumbing in your house, you may need to shut off the water supply where it enters your home. Once the water is turned off, open the tap to allow the remaining water to be eliminated.
Once we have identified the PRV, you want to begin by attaching the pressure gauge to a hose faucet that is connected to the home piping. It must be AFTER the PRV. The PRV has an arrow that indicates which way water flows through it, and your hose faucet should be after the outlet side of the PRV. When you attach the gauge, you only need to hand tighten it. Once your gauge is on, turn on the hose faucet and note the pressure reading. An acceptable reading would be between 60-75 PSI. 80PSI is considered the maximum acceptable working pressure for a home.
Flushing the toilet should not be a “high risk” behavior, but there have been times we have been very much on edge, hoping things didn’t overflow again because of the weak water pressure.
Check your main shut off valve. After checking your water meter, make sure the main shut off valve is also opened all the way. If you are using gate valves, they should be turned all way counter clockwise. If you’re using ball valves, they should be parallel to the direction of the pipe to be fully opened.
Overloading your washer will ruin its rhythm and will put it out of balance. You won’t be able to wash your clothes properly next time once this happens.
Another run-of-the-mill plumbing problem is dirty water. If you’re dealing with brown water or any kind of colored water, your pipes may be filled with harmful minerals, rust, or dirt. This problem obviously requires an immediate solution, which you should let professionals provide.
The most common type of problem is frozen or burst pipes. Burst pipes can require costly repairs. Kitchens are a common place indoors for frozen pipes, so opening cabinets inside of the kitchen helps get the warm kitchen air to to the pipes. This is especially true for older houses. Check attics and crawl spaces for cracks or other vulnerable areas and properly insulate them. One sign of frozen pipes is a lowered water pressure. If a frozen pipe does occur, you can use a heat lamp to thaw them, but it is better to call a professional for the job.
That spring my uncle purchased a dairy farm and I moved there to work on that farm where I remained until I was fifteen. By this time my mother and stepfather had 3 more boys. I then moved home with them. Our youngest brother passed away that winter and we survived another knuckle ball. When I was sixteen years old I went to work driving a truck in the city for 75 cents an hour.