When it comes to plumbing, there are hundreds of terms, products and procedures that most homeowners aren’t accustomed to. Some even say we speak in our own language. If you don’t have experience in the industry or don’t spend much time working on the plumbing system in your home, it’s normal for you to have questions. At Three Way Plumbing, it’s our goal to make you feel comfortable with all of our services and to understand exactly what we are talking about every step of the way.
As a result, we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions that may help with some of the plumbing concerns you’re having in your home:
Q: Why would I have high water pressure to my home all of a sudden?
A: As communities across our area grow, local utility municipalities have to increase water pressure or line size in order to deliver adequate water pressure to new subdivisions that are usually farther from the main water treatment plant and/or water distribution facility. Higher pressures can cause premature failure to the potable water plumbing system in your home. At Three Way Plumbing, we try to get down to the root cause of the problem so it doesn’t return. This is why we test the pressure in everyone’s home.
Q: Why would I need a licensed contractor to pull a permit for a water heater replacement?
A: First of all, it protects you from any safety violations and ensures a safety-code compliant job. The water heater is the most dangerous appliance in your home. The safety codes change over time due to accidents occurring, and a licensed plumber will know all the current safety codes as far as installation. For example, a thermal expansion tank that is required to be installed with the water heater does not come pressurized for your system and if just replaced out of the box, it will not performing its duty that it is intended to do. If you have any questions about NC plumbing code requirements, you can call 704-432-7822.
Q: What kind of maintenance can I perform on my water heater?
A: As a homeowner, you can check the pressure relief valve regularly to make sure it’s operating properly. You can also flush out the sediment buildup in the tank at least once a year.
Q: What is the white stuff building up around my shower head and faucet?
A: Mineral deposits are causing the “white stuff” to build up on your fixtures. You can eliminate it by pouring a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag and placing the bag over the fixture. Use a twist tie or a rubber band to hold it in place overnight. You can use a toothbrush or an old towel to remove the deposits the next morning.
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