Pipe Maintenance FAQ

Answering All Your Questions About Pipe Maintenance in San Jose, CA

Most homeowners don’t know a lot about plumbing and pipes, and they don’t have to. That’s because you can rely on the plumbers at Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter in San Jose, CA. Our emergency plumbers have prepared these answers to your frequently asked questions about plumbing and pipe maintenance. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about checking for leaks, water line replacement, and more. Get in touch with us today to learn more or schedule service.

Your Pipe Maintenance Questions Answered

So, let’s get down to it. Here are the answers to the questions we often receive about pipe maintenance.

What is considered a plumbing emergency?

There are many situations that could be considered a plumbing emergency. These include a risk of flooding, a sewer backup, being without water, and being at risk of a burst pipe. Less urgent plumbing problems that you can schedule routine plumbing service for include tune-ups, water heater flushes, slow running drain clogs, remodeling work, inspections, appliance installation, and minor repairs.

How do I prepare for a plumbing emergency?

Knowing what to do in case of a plumbing emergency can come in very handy. The first thing to know is to call Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter. We’re available 24/7 for emergency plumbing services. Shut off the water if you have a plumbing emergency. Know where your plungers are and leave your home if necessary while you wait for our team to arrive.

My water bill went up. How do I check for leaks?

No one likes to see their water bill increase, and leaks are a common reason why this may occur. Running toilets are the leading cause of high water bills for homeowners. Your toilet could be wasting up to 200 gallons of water every day, and leaky faucets can waste up to another 20 gallons daily. Inspect your faucets to check for leaks, and remove your toilet bowl tank to listen for any hissing sounds. If you can’t find any leaks, check your water line and hose bibs. Our plumbers can take care of these tasks for you.

What causes residue and stains in the bathtub?

Acid water and low pH levels can result in rusty green or blue stains in your bathtub. These issues are caused by high amounts of carbon dioxide in your water supply.

How do I fix a clogged garbage disposal?

To fix a clogged garbage disposal, turn off the disposal. Next, insert an appropriately sized Allen or hex wrench into the hole of the disposal motor and rotate it back and forth to attempt to dislodge the obstruction. If that doesn’t work or you aren’t up to the task, just give us a call.

How can I prevent clogged drains in my home?

You can prevent clogged drains in your home by being careful about what you put down the drain. Avoid putting oils, greases, hair, coffee grinds, and pasta or hard produce down the drain. You may want to install a drain stopper or a filter.

Do economy settings on our appliances save us money?

It gets tricky determining if economy settings on appliances will save you money. Sometimes these settings extend the lifespan of your appliances and save you money. However, if you don’t get the performance you want, you may spend more money by having to run two cycles instead of one.

When should my main water line be replaced?

Your main water line will need to be replaced if it becomes corroded. If your home is more than 60 years old, your pipes should be checked each year for signs of corrosion.

Why do I have such low water pressure in my home?

Having low water pressure or low water volume may be the result of low street pressure being provided to your home, using a well without enough water, or having old pipes. Some ways to increase water pressure include installing booster pipes, fixing your well, or replacing your pipes.

Schedule Pipe Service Today

Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter offers several plumbing services for homeowners in San Jose, CA, including pipe maintenance, leak repairs, water line repairs, main shut-off replacement, repiping, and more. Contact us today to schedule service.