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Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Plumbing Problems

Q. Although my heating system has been treated with anti-freeze/glycol, does it still require maintenance?
A. Yes. At least once a year a quick and easy test of the system should be completed. Over time the antifreeze loses its capabilities and the glycol turns acidic, attacking gaskets and other components of the heating system. A simple litmus test will let you know if it is time to replace the old antifreeze with new.
Q. I am still using home heating oil to heat my house. Is now a good time to convert to natural gas?
A. Absolutely. Now is a great time to switch over, with the unstable market of oil prices. Gas companies are offering great rebate incentives, up to $1,000 for a single boiler, for converting to natural gas and upgrading to high efficient models. Rebates vary depending on the equipment and A.F.U.E. ratings.
Q. Are any of these rebates available for domestic hot water heaters?
A. Yes there is. Rebates are available for new tank-less water heaters and also for indirect storage tanks that operate off of a zone on your boiler.
Q. How can I tell if it is time to replace my water heater?
A. It is definitely time to replace if you spot any of these tell tale signs. Water on the floor around the tank, brown rusty streaks running down the side or on the top of the tank, rust spots or bubbles anywhere on the tank. Also, if your water heater is coming close to its 11th or 12th birthday, or if it managed to survive longer than that, you should plan ahead and replace before a flood occurs and avoid costly midnight or holiday emergency service charges, not to mention water damage and mold remediation.
Q. Why do the water pipes bang when I turn faucets on and off?
This is called water hammer. It happens when water is flowing and suddenly stops, with nowhere else for the force to go. Installing water hammer arrestors will fix that problem. Sometimes an expansion tank is necessary, especially if the problem occurs when the water is being heated.
Q. My dishwasher is emitting a foul smell, what can I do?
A. Adding lime juice to your dishwasher and running it empty and without detergent a few times should do the trick.