PLUMBING QUESTIONS

This section will answer your most frequently asked plumbing questions.

What do we do when our water pressure is too low or too high?


Whatever your water pressure problem, our journeyman plumbers are equipped with a solution. Contact us and we will be there to get you some real water pressure.




When we take a shower, why does the water pressure go way down when someone else turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet?


• This problem is usually caused by the shower valve being a non-pressure balanced shower valve. The solution is to install a pressure balance shower valve. This usually happens in older homes with older plumbing. • Newer homes all have these pressure balancing shower valves installed. If you have an older home with low water pressure when taking a shower and someone flushes a toilet, give us a call and we will install the a pressure balance shower valve.




Why does my kitchen faucet not have very much water pressure?


Each situation is unique and varies from the next, some possibilities may include: • Your faucet may have a plugged aerator. You can remove the end of your faucet and clean out the little screen, then replace tightly back onto the faucet. • If you still have no water pressure, the water supply line could have a kink in it, or possibly the supply valve under the sink is not turned all the way on. • Depending on the type of piping, you could have a mineral buildup in your galvanized pipes, or with the newer piping types, you could have sand or gravel in the line from a well. • Sometimes the problem can only be remedied by re-piping the water supply lines under the house. If your kitchen faucet has no water pressure, give us a call and we will come over to get your water pressure back up.





I always get bad odors from my disposal. Is there something I can do to eliminate these odors?


Try the following: 1. Run HOT water down the disposal for a couple minutes 2. Shut water off and pour about a half cup of baking soda down the disposal 3. Follow with a little white vinegar 4. Allow the solution to foam in the disposal. This will clean the disposal and eliminate smells. 5. Citrus fruit, such as lemon or orange peelings, put through the disposal will also help clean the disposal and it will make your kitchen smell good, too. If none of these solutions work, give us a call and we will service or replace the disposal unit.




Is having a garbage disposal on a septic tank system okay?


Yes, there is no reason not to have a garbage disposal on a septic tank system. The newer garbage disposals on the market are more quiet and powerful and will help the finer chopped food debris to be flushed away easier. Give us a call about the new line of disposals on the market.




My disposal quit working. Is there anything I can do to fix my garbage disposal?


• If there is no sound or hum from the disposal, press the red “Reset” button on the bottom of the disposal unit. • If the disposal does not start, check the electrical panel to see if the breaker has tripped. • If the disposal hums but the cutter is not turning, something has probably jammed the blades. You can attempt to free the blades by using an allen wrench to turn the cutter flywheel from the bottom of the disposal. • If none of these solutions work, give us a call and we will service or replace the disposal unit.




What can I put down the garbage disposal?


Food scraps, scrapings from your plates or pans, and some peelings should safely go through the garbage disposal. When operating your disposal, follow these precautions: • Start running the water first, then drop your peelings down the disposal. • Continue running lots of water while putting anything down your disposal, and then continue running water for 20-30 seconds after disposing is complete and disposal is shut off. • The purpose for running all that water is to carry all of the ground up material from the kitchen drain (1 ½” – 2” diameter) to the 4” building sewer line, which may be 30-40 feet away. Consider the condition and age of your drain system: • In new construction, the piping is likely ABS plastic, the fittings are smoother, and the grade is better, which allows the material from the disposal to be carried away much easier. • Many older homes were plumbed with Cast Iron or Galvanized pipes and are more prone to buildup and spots that may clog. Additionally, if the disposal is old, the cutters and parts may be worn and the grinding of material may be inadequate.





What do we do when our water pressure is too low or too high?


Whatever your water pressure problem, our journeyman plumbers are equipped with a solution. Contact us and we will be there to get you some real water pressure.




When we take a shower, why does the water pressure go way down when someone else turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet?


• This problem is usually caused by the shower valve being a non-pressure balanced shower valve. The solution is to install a pressure balance shower valve. This usually happens in older homes with older plumbing. • Newer homes all have these pressure balancing shower valves installed. If you have an older home with low water pressure when taking a shower and someone flushes a toilet, give us a call and we will install the a pressure balance shower valve.




Why does my kitchen faucet not have very much water pressure?


Each situation is unique and varies from the next, some possibilities may include: • Your faucet may have a plugged aerator. You can remove the end of your faucet and clean out the little screen, then replace tightly back onto the faucet. • If you still have no water pressure, the water supply line could have a kink in it, or possibly the supply valve under the sink is not turned all the way on. • Depending on the type of piping, you could have a mineral buildup in your galvanized pipes, or with the newer piping types, you could have sand or gravel in the line from a well. • Sometimes the problem can only be remedied by re-piping the water supply lines under the house. If your kitchen faucet has no water pressure, give us a call and we will come over to get your water pressure back up.





I always get bad odors from my disposal. Is there something I can do to eliminate these odors?


Try the following: 1. Run HOT water down the disposal for a couple minutes 2. Shut water off and pour about a half cup of baking soda down the disposal 3. Follow with a little white vinegar 4. Allow the solution to foam in the disposal. This will clean the disposal and eliminate smells. 5. Citrus fruit, such as lemon or orange peelings, put through the disposal will also help clean the disposal and it will make your kitchen smell good, too. If none of these solutions work, give us a call and we will service or replace the disposal unit.




Is having a garbage disposal on a septic tank system okay?


Yes, there is no reason not to have a garbage disposal on a septic tank system. The newer garbage disposals on the market are more quiet and powerful and will help the finer chopped food debris to be flushed away easier. Give us a call about the new line of disposals on the market.




My disposal quit working. Is there anything I can do to fix my garbage disposal?


• If there is no sound or hum from the disposal, press the red “Reset” button on the bottom of the disposal unit. • If the disposal does not start, check the electrical panel to see if the breaker has tripped. • If the disposal hums but the cutter is not turning, something has probably jammed the blades. You can attempt to free the blades by using an allen wrench to turn the cutter flywheel from the bottom of the disposal. • If none of these solutions work, give us a call and we will service or replace the disposal unit.




What can I put down the garbage disposal?


Food scraps, scrapings from your plates or pans, and some peelings should safely go through the garbage disposal. When operating your disposal, follow these precautions: • Start running the water first, then drop your peelings down the disposal. • Continue running lots of water while putting anything down your disposal, and then continue running water for 20-30 seconds after disposing is complete and disposal is shut off. • The purpose for running all that water is to carry all of the ground up material from the kitchen drain (1 ½” – 2” diameter) to the 4” building sewer line, which may be 30-40 feet away. Consider the condition and age of your drain system: • In new construction, the piping is likely ABS plastic, the fittings are smoother, and the grade is better, which allows the material from the disposal to be carried away much easier. • Many older homes were plumbed with Cast Iron or Galvanized pipes and are more prone to buildup and spots that may clog. Additionally, if the disposal is old, the cutters and parts may be worn and the grinding of material may be inadequate.





How Crush can help you with your water quality issues?


Our Plumbing Techs can help you solve your water quality problems. Just contact us to schedule a visit to walk through your water quality options.




Here's how Crush can help you with your water quality issues?


Our Plumbing Techs can help you solve your water quality problems. Just contact us to schedule a visit to walk through your water quality options.




How can I get rid of bad taste in my water?


Bad tasting water has many causes, from older water pipes within your home to minerals and chemicals in the water. Our water quality experts can install a Reverse Osmosis filtration system under your kitchen sink which will eliminate any bad smells or tastes in the water supplied to that faucet. A Water softener can eliminate all those hard water deposits on your shower heads and faucets. If you have bad tasting water, give us a call to discuss your water quality options.





How can Crush keep you in hot water?


Our Plumbing Techs can diagnose, repair, or replace your water heater so you can enjoy your hot water longer. Contact us with your hot water issue, and we’ll get that water hot again.




Why do we run out of hot water so quickly?


Depending on the age and type of your water heater, there are a couple of reasons you don’t have enough hot water: • Electric water heaters commonly have two heating elements, one on top and one on bottom. Either of these elements can stop working. If the bottom element goes out, only the top portion of the water heater is being heated. If the top element goes out, there will not be any hot water. ​​ • There is a reset button that could have been tripped causing the water heater to stop working. If that reset button has tripped, that is an indicator that something is wrong. If your water heater is running out of hot water quicker than normal, give us a call and we will get you back in hot water fast!





What do we do when our water pressure is too low or too high?


Whatever your water pressure problem, our journeyman plumbers are equipped with a solution. Contact us and we will be there to get you some real water pressure.




When we take a shower, why does the water pressure go way down when someone else turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet?


• This problem is usually caused by the shower valve being a non-pressure balanced shower valve. The solution is to install a pressure balance shower valve. This usually happens in older homes with older plumbing. • Newer homes all have these pressure balancing shower valves installed. If you have an older home with low water pressure when taking a shower and someone flushes a toilet, give us a call and we will install the a pressure balance shower valve.




Why does my kitchen faucet not have very much water pressure?


Each situation is unique and varies from the next, some possibilities may include: • Your faucet may have a plugged aerator. You can remove the end of your faucet and clean out the little screen, then replace tightly back onto the faucet. • If you still have no water pressure, the water supply line could have a kink in it, or possibly the supply valve under the sink is not turned all the way on. • Depending on the type of piping, you could have a mineral buildup in your galvanized pipes, or with the newer piping types, you could have sand or gravel in the line from a well. • Sometimes the problem can only be remedied by re-piping the water supply lines under the house. If your kitchen faucet has no water pressure, give us a call and we will come over to get your water pressure back up.





How can Crush keep you in hot water?


Our Plumbing Techs can diagnose, repair, or replace your water heater so you can enjoy your hot water longer. Contact us with your hot water issue, and we’ll get that water hot again.




Why do we run out of hot water so quickly?


Depending on the age and type of your water heater, there are a couple of reasons you don’t have enough hot water: • Electric water heaters commonly have two heating elements, one on top and one on bottom. Either of these elements can stop working. If the bottom element goes out, only the top portion of the water heater is being heated. If the top element goes out, there will not be any hot water. ​​ • There is a reset button that could have been tripped causing the water heater to stop working. If that reset button has tripped, that is an indicator that something is wrong. If your water heater is running out of hot water quicker than normal, give us a call and we will get you back in hot water fast!





How can Crush keep you in hot water?


Our Plumbing Techs can diagnose, repair, or replace your water heater so you can enjoy your hot water longer. Contact us with your hot water issue, and we’ll get that water hot again.




Why do we run out of hot water so quickly?


Depending on the age and type of your water heater, there are a couple of reasons you don’t have enough hot water: • Electric water heaters commonly have two heating elements, one on top and one on bottom. Either of these elements can stop working. If the bottom element goes out, only the top portion of the water heater is being heated. If the top element goes out, there will not be any hot water. ​​ • There is a reset button that could have been tripped causing the water heater to stop working. If that reset button has tripped, that is an indicator that something is wrong. If your water heater is running out of hot water quicker than normal, give us a call and we will get you back in hot water fast!





How Crush can help you with your water quality issues?


Our Plumbing Techs can help you solve your water quality problems. Just contact us to schedule a visit to walk through your water quality options.




Here's how Crush can help you with your water quality issues?


Our Plumbing Techs can help you solve your water quality problems. Just contact us to schedule a visit to walk through your water quality options.




How can I get rid of bad taste in my water?


Bad tasting water has many causes, from older water pipes within your home to minerals and chemicals in the water. Our water quality experts can install a Reverse Osmosis filtration system under your kitchen sink which will eliminate any bad smells or tastes in the water supplied to that faucet. A Water softener can eliminate all those hard water deposits on your shower heads and faucets. If you have bad tasting water, give us a call to discuss your water quality options.





How can Crush keep you in hot water?


Our Plumbing Techs can diagnose, repair, or replace your water heater so you can enjoy your hot water longer. Contact us with your hot water issue, and we’ll get that water hot again.




Why do we run out of hot water so quickly?


Depending on the age and type of your water heater, there are a couple of reasons you don’t have enough hot water: • Electric water heaters commonly have two heating elements, one on top and one on bottom. Either of these elements can stop working. If the bottom element goes out, only the top portion of the water heater is being heated. If the top element goes out, there will not be any hot water. ​​ • There is a reset button that could have been tripped causing the water heater to stop working. If that reset button has tripped, that is an indicator that something is wrong. If your water heater is running out of hot water quicker than normal, give us a call and we will get you back in hot water fast!





How Crush can help you with your water quality issues?


Our Plumbing Techs can help you solve your water quality problems. Just contact us to schedule a visit to walk through your water quality options.




Here's how Crush can help you with your water quality issues?


Our Plumbing Techs can help you solve your water quality problems. Just contact us to schedule a visit to walk through your water quality options.




How can I get rid of bad taste in my water?


Bad tasting water has many causes, from older water pipes within your home to minerals and chemicals in the water. Our water quality experts can install a Reverse Osmosis filtration system under your kitchen sink which will eliminate any bad smells or tastes in the water supplied to that faucet. A Water softener can eliminate all those hard water deposits on your shower heads and faucets. If you have bad tasting water, give us a call to discuss your water quality options.





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