Because of the nature of the job, a lot of people ask plumbers the same questions. We’ve compiled a plumbing FAQ to hopefully answer some of your plumbing questions:

What can I put down my garbage disposal?

You can put any kind of soft edible material down a garbage disposal. Avoid bone, coffee grounds, corn husks or other fibrous materials.

My drains (or toilet) stinks. What can I do?

Most pipes have curves in them to catch trash before it goes to the sewer (like food, grease, or solid waste). You can either take the U-bend apart and clean it, or use bleach or vinegar to break up the gunk. Turn on a fan to suck up the odor.

I don’t have enough hot water. How long should a water heater last?

Your hot water tank normally runs 24/7, so you should buy a quality one. High quality tanks could provide over an hour of hot water and only cost about fifty cents a day. Drain it once a year, and it’ll last a long, long time.

Why is my water heater making noises?

If your water heater starts making a lot of noise, you’ve probably got serious issues. It could cause a short that blows your circuit breakers. It could also start to build up sediment, which clogs up your water heater and burns excess electricity to heat. You might be able to beat repairs temporarily by draining the system completely and then refilling it.

Why do I need a Pressure Regulator Valve (PRV) or Copper Piping?

It’s important to get the right equipment. When you use water, it’s delivered from a good distance away, and it’s forced via a pressurized system. This pressure can bust low quality pipes and equipment. Having a PRV and quality piping can be the difference reliability and a huge mess.

How Much Do Plumbers Make? How can I learn more about plumbing?

You don’t have to have a degree to be a plumber. You might be surprised to know that the average salary for a plumber averages over $50,000. Plumbing is also a very steady job market that’s expected to grow in the future (about 26 percent).

To learn more about plumbing, call PSI Plumbing at 970-345-3204

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