Mike The Plumber
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Frequently Asked Questions
From odors to water temperature, if you have a question about plumbing, you may find
the answer here. If you have a question, feel free to submit it as chances are someone
else may have the same question.
Q. I have a foul odor coming from my garbage disposal. What can I do to eliminate this odor?
A. Fouls odors accur from a buildup of food debris within the disposal. To eliminate this odor, place
ice cubes and lemon or orange peels in the dispoal and run for 30 seconds. Next, squirt a little liquid
dish detergent into the disposal while its running. Finally, run cold water for about 30 seconds to
rinse away all the debris.
Q. I am getting a foul odor from the guest bathroom. We hardly ever use this bathroom except when
we have company. This is embarassing. What can we do?
A. Plumbing systems are designed to prevent foul odors from entering the house by means of the
trap attached to fixtures. Traps contain water to seal out foul odors; if the water seal evaporates, the
odors enter the house. To solve this problem pour a bucket of water in each trap, sink, shower and
floor drain. This will prevent the odors from entering the house.
Q. We are told to turn off the outside faucets in the fall before the freezing weather arrives. We did
this, however the pipes leading to our outside faucet still froze and broke. What did we do wrong?
A. Turning off the water is not enough. You must also disconnect the garden hose connected to the
faucet to allow the water in the pipe to drain out. This will allow the pipeing to withstand cold weather.
Q. How do roots grow?
A. Tree and shrub roots require oxygen and water to grow. Growth rate is variable and is affected
by the soil depth, water supply, aeration, mineral supply and temperature.
Root systems are made up of large, permanent roots for support and stabilization, and many small,
temporary feeder root and root hairs. These small roots are the primary water and nutrient
absorbers. Most roots can be found in the top 6 to 18 inches of soil, where water, nutrients and
oxygen are found.
Roots generally extend up to 2 or 3 times the height of the tree, but can extend as far as 7 times the
height of the tree. Large, mature trees may have thousands of feet of root system searching for
nutrients. Roots will be less extensive in clay soils than in sandy or well-drained soils.
Q. How does weather impact root growth?
A. During drought conditions and in the winter, roots will travel long distances in search of moisture.
When trees and shrubs get thirsty, they follow the trail of moisture vapors escaping from small
cracks, holes, or poorly sealed joints in the water and sewer lines. The roots penetrate the opening
to reach the nutrients and moisture inside the pipes.
Q. What happens when roots get inside lines?
A. If not disturbed, the roots will completely fill the pipe with multiple hair-like root masses at each
point of entry. The root masses quickly become clogged with toilet tissue, grease and other debris
flowing homes and businesses to the main sewer, resulting in reduced flow and slowed drains.
Complete blockage may occur if the roots are not removed and root growth impeded. Once roots
have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting considerable pressure at the
crack or joint. The increased pressure often breaks the pipe and may result in total collapse, which
requires repair or replacement.
Some pipe materials are more susceptible to root intrusion than others. Clay tile pipe is easily
penetrated and damaged by tree roots. Concrete pipe and PVC pipe may also allow root intrusion,
but to a lesser extent than clay pipe. PVC pipe usually has fewer joints and the tightly fitted joints
are less likely to leak as a result of settlement around the pipe.
Q. How can I control roots in my pipe?
A. If roots have entered your pipes, call us and we can remove the roots using pwerful cutting
blades attached to our big rooter machine.
Q. How often should I have my septic system inspected?
A. Septic systems should be inspected and pumped a minimum of once every 2 to 4 years. You may
not be experiencing any problem now, but a full septic tank may allow unwanted solids to flow into
the drain field, which is the part of the system that consists of a drain box, with a series of connected
pipes. Each pipe allows water to flow into a bed of stone that drains into the ground. If paper and
other solids flow into the drain field it becomes blocked and ineffective.A blocked drain field is costly
to repair or replace. Also, the sewage emited to the ground causes nitrates which are hazardous to
the drinking water that comes from below the surface.
Slow Drains & Faucets
Q. My shower head and faucet aerators have a buildup of a white substance around the area where
the water comes out. Is there anything I can do other than replace them?
A. The unsightly buildup is mineral deposits. To remove these deposits from the shower head, take
a plastic bag and pour a cup of vinegar in it. Place the bag over the shower head and use a twist tie
to hold it in place overnight. In the morning, remove the plastic bag and gently scrub of the deposits.
You might be able to remove the aerators from the faucets and allow them to soak in vinegar