Welcome back! In our previous article we began to answer some common plumbing questions. Here, we will continue the conversation in hopes that we answer your question. If you do have any plumbing questions, trust your local plumber in Belleville to answer them all! At Culler Plumbing, we have plumbers available to help you 24 hours a day.

When I turn the water on or off, there are banging noises. Why?

Usually, the banging sound caused by water moving through your pipes is due to the pipes not being secured which allows them to bang together or on the wall. Generally speaking, this problem is more of a nuisance than anything, but shouldn’t be allowed to continue because the pipes are moving and banging into each other or construction material that can cause them to become damaged over time. If your pipes are exposed or easily accessible, simply tether them down to provide stability and prevent them from rattling. Another cause can be the high water pressure in your home’s plumbing system. If the water pressure is high enough, when you turn a faucet off, the water is abruptly halted and is still under pressure, which rattles the pipes that constrain it. Over time, this can cause issues. You can correct the issue by installing a water hammer.

How do I unthaw frozen pipes?

To help prevent your pipes from freezing, make sure to keep your heat set above 55 degrees, especially while you are away. If your pipes have already frozen, use a hair dryer, electric heating pad, or space heater to thaw frozen pipes. Start closest to the faucet to allow water to drain out. Never use a blowtorch, open flame, or kerosene heater to rewarm the pipes.

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My hot water is hot, but runs out so fast!

If you are experiencing water that is pleasantly hot but doesn’t last, it means that there are problems with the dip tube. The dip tube is a pipe in your hot water heater that carries cold water to the bottom of your hot water heater so that it can be warmed up. Sometimes the dip tube falls off and floats around inside the hot water heater, so the cold water spills into the hot water and doesn’t have time to be warmed before heading toward your faucet. If you experience cold water too soon, check the dip tube. The size of your hot water heater can also affect how long your hot water lasts, the smaller the tank, the less warm water on hand.

How do I unclog a toilet?

You should always have a plunger handy for toilet clogs! A toilet plunger is usually black with a longer cup that is able to dive into the toilet drain. The red cup-like plungers are for sinks and may work okay in the toilet, but are not made for toilets, so they won’t yield the same results. Position the plunger to seal the drain hole, begin with soft plunges just to ensure the seal is strong, then use short, vigorous strokes to use a vacuum-like force to clear the clog. Be cautious not to go too overboard because when the clog is freed, you may end up covered in it if your strokes are extremely vigorous.

Your home’s plumbing system is one of the most used systems in your home, second maybe to your electric system, so it stands to reason that issues will arise every now and again. Some plumbing problems are simple issues that you can easily fix yourself, while others are complex and require intervention by a plumber. If you need a plumber or have any questions about your plumbing system, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Culler Plumbing.