7 Common Plumbing Questions Asked by New Homeowners

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If you recently moved into a newly constructed home, you’re not only trying to adapt to life in a new place, but also life in a place that was just built. If you’re a first-time homeowner, it’s even more stressful. You’re most likely getting used to the feeling of owning a home at all. You will find you have plenty of new responsibilities on your plate, especially when it comes to maintaining your home’s plumbing system. For many homeowners out there, both old and new, knowledge on residential plumbing systems is limited. Sure, you may know to break out the plunger when you get a drain clog, but what happens when those drain clogs are occurring on a consistent basis or when you being to hear rattling noises coming from your pipes? If you don’t know what could possibly explain those problems, you may find yourself in a state of panic or perhaps not even call for plumbing repair. Before you know it, life in your newly constructed home is downright miserable, as you’re constantly dealing with drain clogs, leaky pipes, poor water quality, water heater issues, and a laundry list of other issues. If you want to avoid this fate, it’s time to speak up and call your local plumber to ask questions!

Why Should You Call Grizzly Mechanical

At Grizzly Mechanical, we specialize in providing plumbing service for custom & newly constructed homes. We want to make sure you have the best plumbing possible, especially if you’re just moving in. Our plumbers are fully-trained and highly experienced to meet your needs no matter if you’re experiencing frequent drain clogs or noisy pipes. After all, when you’re already overwhelmed by living in a new home, the last thing you want to concern yourself with are plumbing troubles. Fortunately, our experience lends itself greatly toward giving you deeper insight into your plumbing system so you’ll know how to properly maintain it. As a new homeowner you’ve probably asked yourself several questions already about the plumbing, and we are here to address all of them. Keep in mind regular maintenance of the plumping system can extend the life of the equipment and save you plenty of money on energy bills. With our help, you can relax so much more in your home due to both having reliable plumbing and money saved. What could possibly be better than that?

7 Common Plumbing Questions

If you’re a first-time homeowner, nobody is expecting you to be a know-all on plumbing, but it’s important to educate yourself. Here are a few common questions new homeowners will ask about their plumbing system:

  1. What can I put down the garbage disposal? It’s easier for the disposal to chop up the food and move it through the pipes. Cut large pieces into smaller portions before putting them into the disposal. This will prevent the blades from jamming and will save you money on drain repair.
  2. Why are my pipes making noises? A broken strap that holds the pipe in place causes the rattling noise as water moves through the pipe. You’ll need to locate the noise to re-strap and insulate the pipe. It’s also important to check the water pressure, as too much pressure can create long-term damage to the piping.
  3. What’s the difference between hard and soft water? When rain water reaches the ground, it picks up minerals like calcium and magnesium allowing it to become hard. Hard water builds up scale deposits clogging the pipes and prevents the flow of water. Soft water, on the other hand, lathers better without leaving hard water spots and also uses less soap or detergents.
  4. How can you avoid frozen pipes? During the winter, piping close to the exteriors walls where there is no heat needs to be insulated to avoid freezing.  Before the cold weather hits, drain the pool, sprinklers and water spigots. Keep the outside values open so the remaining water can drain out. Then close the interior shut off value leading to the faucets and install a faucet insulator.
  5. How do I get rid of the bad taste in my water? You should invest in home filtration systems to remove the chlorine and odor, namely carbon filtration and reverse osmosis systems. Carbon filtration help to remove the hydrogen sulfide that smells like rotten eggs. Reverse Osmosis water filtration systems also remove the chemicals from the tap water. These systems won’t require any significant maintenance, but will go a long way in keeping your home’s water supply healthy.
  6. What do I keep having drainage backup? Dealing with clogs over and over again can be a major pain, but they are plenty of good reasons why they continue to happen. Hair, grease, or paper products in the drain systems are usually the cause. Investing in a strainer for sink and shower drains will help reduce the possibility of clogs. Aging, damaged pipes may also prove the reason for your troubles in which case you should call for repair immediately.
  7. What can cause a drop in water pressure? Water distribution to multiple fixtures at once can cause water pressure to drop. For example, if you’re in the shower, your pressure will drop if someone turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet. One solution depends on the type of shower control valve, which reduces or eliminates the temperature fluctuations. Thermostatic mixing valves, for example, automatically balance the hot and cold water. It prevents drastic fluctuations in shower temperature when someone turns on a faucet or flushes the toilet.

Contact Grizzly Mechanical today if you’re living in a newly constructed home and have questions on your plumbing system!