Frequently Asked Questions
Just like toilets, sewer lines can become clogged with debris over the course of several years. However, it'll take more than a plunger to resolve these kinds of clogs. To do that, you'll need helps from plumbers that specialize in sewer rodding. In Frederick, MD, you can always depend on the team at Brick Street Plumbing to respond to your service request quickly and professionally.
Your home plumbing system is a fixture of your daily life. As such, it is important to know how your system is performing so that you can address issues before they turn into bigger problems. For your convenience, Brick Street Plumbing has provided a handy plumbing FAQ. In Frederick, MD, we’re here to help. If you have any additional questions or would like to request a plumbing service, then you can turn to us.
Plumbing Leaks & Repairs
Q: Why is my water bill increasing even though I don’t see any leaks in my home?
A: Appliances and faucets are common causes of leaks. If these fixtures are sound, there is a possibility that you have a hidden leak on your hands. Be on the lookout for the common hidden leak signs: mold or mildew, damaged wallpaper or paint, damaged flooring, watermarks on the ceiling, or a persistent musty smell. Call your Brick Street plumber immediately to prevent further property damage.
Q: Can leaks get bigger over time?
A: It is possible for leaks to get worse. If you have a leaky pipe, water will corrode the material and allow leaks to grow. This can affect your water usage, ramp up your water bill and, depending on the location of the leak, cause damage to your surfaces. It is best to take care of leaks as soon as you discover them.
Q: How can I tell if I have a leak?
A: Leaks can happen anywhere in your plumbing system, whether through the faucet or fittings. You can check whether you have a leak by referring to your home’s water meter. The water meter is located outside your home, usually on the ground in a box labeled Water or Water Meter.
Checking for a leak is easy. First, ensure nobody is using the water in your home. Then, refer to your water meter and note the reading. Wait some time and then check it again. If the reading has changed, then you have a leak and should contact your local plumber. This is easiest if you check once before everyone goes to sleep for the night and first thing in the morning.
Q: My disposal is emitting a foul odor—is there a way to get rid of this?
A: Buildup as a result of food debris is the leading cause of foul-smelling garbage disposals. You can eliminate the smell by placing ice cubes and a few orange and lemon peels in the drain. Turn the disposal on for 30 seconds, and then pour some liquid dish detergent while it is running. Clear out any remaining debris by running cold water into the drain for another 30 seconds.
Water Heaters & Tankless Water Heaters
Q: When is it a good time to consider a replacement water heater?
A: When properly maintained, a water heater will uphold its performance for about 8-12 years. Electric water heaters normally last for up to 15, while tankless models can last longer than that. You may need to consider a replacement if you encounter the following issues with your heater:
- Rust-Colored Water
- Lack of Hot Water
- The Base of the Water Heater is Flooded
The older a water heater gets, the less efficient it becomes. Investing in a new, more energy-efficient model can help you save on your monthly bills. You can also consider a tankless model, which uses even less energy.
Q: Is a tankless water heater a better investment?
A: Tankless water heaters have distinct advantages that might make it a better choice for your property. They have a longer service life than traditional units and can be installed virtually anywhere in your home. Since the heating unit only turns on when the water is in use, you could end up with big savings on your energy bills.
However, tankless systems have a higher upfront installation cost, and it can take time and significant renovation work to implement a tankless system. Consider the size of your home and your usage habits, and consult with a plumber to learn if making the change is right for your property.
Q: Will my pipes be cleaner for longer if I have them jetted?
A: Jetting has become a popular alternative to pipe snakes for cleaning out sewer pipes. By utilizing high-pressure streams of water and powerful cleansing agents, jetting can cut through grease, solids, and other sewer buildup, where it is vacuumed out. Since all debris is effectively washed or sucked away through jetting, it will take longer for grease and other solids to build up again. In short, jetting has proven to be an effective service.
If you have other plumbing concerns or issues, do not hesitate to give our trained and experienced plumbers a call. Brick Street Plumbing proudly serves customers throughout Frederick, MD, including Hagerstown, Middletown, Boonsboro, Mt Airy, New Market, Ijamsville, Urbana, Martinsburg, Walkersville, MD, Martinsburg, Charles Town, Shepherdstown, WV, Leesburg, Ashburn, Winchester, VA,