Plumbing FAQs Homeowners Should Know
Home plumbing isn’t always as simple as it might seem. So when homeowners in the Greater Milwaukee area have issues, they call the experts at Borth-Wilson Plumbing & Bathroom Remodeling. Our licensed plumbers cover the top plumbing FAQs we hear, including why you run out of hot water, if you can use drain cleaner without damaging your plumbing, and how much certain services cost—keep reading to learn it all.
Our professional plumbers recommend that you do NOT use Drano or like products. They can erode older waste piping and cause leaks. Instead, opt for a professional waste line cleaning and use a natural drain opener, like Bio-Clean, to prevent future clogs.
We recommend that you turn off the main shutoff valve above your water meter (outlet). You should also keep your heat set to 55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher to avoid frozen or burst pipes. If it’s any colder, you’ll have to drain your water lines entirely.
If you often run out of hot water, your water heater may be undersized for the number of bathrooms or people in your house. It could also be malfunctioning and need a repair. Finally, your faucet might be improperly mixing hot and cold water together. Schedule an appointment to have your plumbing evaluated by a Borth-Wilson plumber.
Some faucets—especially newer ones—only allow 1.5 gallons of water or less out of the spout per minute. This is why it takes longer to get cold water out before hot water will start running.
We know homeowners want to know how much service will cost upfront, so we do our best to provide an accurate estimate. We have fixed rates for our typical installation services, including water heater replacements, faucet and toilet replacements, and more. However, plumbing repairs are based on time and material, so we cannot give you an exact cost as easily. Instead, our service manager will give you a general range over the phone and an exact quote will be provided once one of our plumbers inspects the problem and recommends a fix.
As soon as you notice your garbage disposal is jammed, stop using it. Instead, switch off the power and locate the reset button on the bottom of the unit. Press the reset button and then switch the power back on—your disposal should start running again. If it doesn’t, give us a call so we can take a closer look.
It’s important to know how to turn off water in the event of a leak or burst pipe. Some houses have shutoff valves located right under the fixture, with the left side being hot and the right side being cold. Turn the valve clockwise slowly to turn off the water.
Your house’s main shutoff valve is located above the meter, which you can probably find in your basement or on an outside wall in a utility area of your home. Slowly turn it clockwise to turn off the water. If you have a well, turn off the electric well switch.
When turning the water back on, turn the valves slowly to ensure there are no leaks. Then flush the system by running water through every faucet in your home.
A plumbing cleanout is the access point used to clear clogs and debris from drain lines.
No, in fact it sounds like it’s working perfectly! Spring and fall seasons in Wisconsin tend to bring quite a bit of rain, which means your sump pump is likely running nonstop to pump the water out of and away from your home.
To keep things running smoothly and avoid clogs, make sure the discharge pipe is clear. Also check to make sure there is little water in your crock when it stops running. If there’s little to no water in it, then it has done its job. If water is coming up too high in the crock and the pump isn’t running, it may be malfunctioning and you could be at risk of flooding problems if not addressed.
Bonus Tip: Don’t Ignore Leaks
If you notice a drip, drip, drip coming from your sink faucet, think of it as money going down your drain. The typical leaky faucet can waste up to eight gallons of water per day, and a running toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. Schedule a repair now before your water bill soars sky high.
Still Have Plumbing Questions? Just Ask!
From quick one-off inquiries to in-depth explanations, our professional plumbers are happy to answer any questions you have. Call us at 262-781-6466 or message us online—we’re on call and ready to help when you need us.