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Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Plumbing
Here at Aberle Plumbing, we strive to be your go-to source for all of your plumbing service needs, including any questions you may have regarding common issues your system might experience or things you can do that might help to keep your system operating its best. To provide you with a convenient place to find the answers to your questions, our team of skilled Houston plumbers have taken the time to put together this handy FAQ compiling some of the more frequent questions we get. If you have a plumbing question that you need answers to, we invite you to take a quick look through this page, or give us a call and let one of our skilled technicians help you directly.
Q. What are the most common causes of pipe corrosion?
A. There are a number of different factors that can all contribute to pipe corrosion in your home's plumbing system, but some of the more common factors include:
- Waterborne Chemicals
- Water PH Balance
- Water Temperature
- Water Pressure & Speed It Moves Through Your Pipes
Q. How can I check to see if I have a leak?
A. If you suspect there might be a leak in your home, but you don't see any signs of obvious water damage in the areas of your home you can observe, there's another way to check. Go out to your water meter and record the level. After doing so, make sure no one in your home uses any water for several hours, and go back to check the meter again. If the level has changed, it's a good indicator that you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system and it's probably time to call in a professional plumber.
Q. Can leaks get bigger over time?
A. Absolutely. Water leaking out of your pipes or fixtures can eventually cause enough corrosion to make even the smallest leaks grow in size exponentially, leading to greater damage throughout your home.
Q. What is and isn't safe to put down my toilet?
A. When it comes to your toilets, you shouldn't be flushing anything down there except what's supposed to go down there. Particularly, avoid putting flushing things down like:
- Baby wipes, napkins, paper towels, and napkins. While they might seem to flush fine, they don't dissolve like toilet paper, and can cause serious clogs and damage to your pipes and septic system.
- Sanitary wipes or diapers
- Q-tips, cotton balls, or dental floss
- Food scrap
Q. What are the benefits of a tankless water heater over a traditional one?
A. One of the most notable benefits tankless water heaters provide over traditional heaters is that they never run out of hot water. Standard water heaters have a limited capacity of hot water they can store, but with tankless water heaters, the water is actually heated as it passes through your system. This leaves you with a constant supply of hot water whenever you need it, and doesn't waste energy heating it when you aren't using it.