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What to Do When There’s No Water From Your Faucets

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 25th September 2018

hand-turning-faucetHandling major plumbing problems is a big part of our job as licensed professional plumbers. Often people won’t even think about calling a plumbing pro until they’re faced with a big emergency like flooding. (This is unfortunate, since trying to take on plumbing repairs DIY is a quick route to a bigger problem!) And few plumbing issues are more likely to cause people to panic than finding no water coming from the taps.

Loss of water to a house can happen for several reasons. Some need plumbers to fix, others don’t. We’ll go through what you can do when you find your house has suddenly run dry. If you need plumbing repair in Winter Springs, FL or elsewhere in Central Florida, we’re the pros to call to get the job done!

Check the other taps in your house

A single tap failing to work may be scary, but it doesn’t mean the water has shut down throughout the house. Before doing anything else, go to other taps and turn them on to see if they’re working. If only one tap is dry in the house, you may have a problem like silt in the aerator. Check the stopcock for the individual faucet and make sure it isn’t closed.

Ask your neighbors if they’re having problems

If you haven’t visited your next-door neighbors recently, now is a great time to be friendly! Find out if they’re experiencing the same loss of water. If they are, then you’re almost certainly dealing with a municipal water supply trouble. Call the water department to see what’s wrong and how long they expect the water stoppage to continue.

See if the water main is open

We recommend all homeowners know the location of the water main shut-off valve in case of flooding in the house. Usually it’s located next to the water meter. If you don’t have any water in your home, see if the main is open or if it’s become stuck. The main may have shut if you have an emergency shut-off valve, which can trigger accidentally. Look at the control panel for the shutoff valve and find out if it’s activated. Make certain you don’t have a leak somewhere in the house before opening the valve again.

Call for professional plumbers

There’s another possibility for a home losing water, which is frozen pipes. But—come on, this is Florida. Frozen pipes are not the problem! Anyway, at this point, you’ll want to have a skilled, licensed plumber check out the issue with your fresh water supply. You may have a busted or clogged water line, and this is something you’ll want fixed as soon as possible. (A reminder: the water main from the point where it crosses under your property line is your responsibility, not the city’s.)

Our plumbers are experienced with handling repairs and replacements for water mains. They use the best tools and methods to ensure the job is done right the first time. We believe the satisfaction of our clients comes first—even at the expense of profit. We aim to create a seamless process, no matter the job we do for you.

Schedule plumbing service the modern way! Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. proudly serves Central Florida—since 1975!

What’s That Knocking Sound from My Pipes?

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 27th March 2018

water-waveA strange sound suddenly comes from your pipes—an odd and sometimes surprising knocking noise. Is your house haunted?

No … although plenty of people have jumped to this assumption since the invention of indoor plumbing. What you’re actually hearing is a phenomenon called water hammer. It’s a common occurrence, but it also indicates a problem in your plumbing you may need remedied by a professional plumber. Let’s take a closer look at the truth behind this ghostly occurrence…

The Cause of Water Hammer

Water hammer is what happens when the water flowing through pipes is brought to a sudden stop or is forced to change it direction abruptly, such as when a tap is turned off. This generates a sudden surge in pressure, and the vibrations in the pipe create the spooky noise of water hammer.

But why doesn’t this happen all the time? Shouldn’t you hear water hammer anytime you turn off a faucet, or when an appliance stops demanding water?

The reason that water hammer isn’t occurring constantly is because your plumbing contains air chambers in it designed specifically to prevent these pressure spikes. If you start to encounter water hammer regularly, it often means the air chambers are waterlogged.

Why Water Hammer Isn’t Good for Your Plumbing

The problem with water hammer isn’t so much the noise it makes (although nobody likes that either). It’s the increase in pressure. These pressure spikes can cause damage in the piping—even including burst pipes! They also can inflict damage on appliances such as the dishwasher and laundry machine. When water hammer is affecting your plumbing routinely, call for a professional plumber to check it out.

Stopping Water Hammer

There are a number of ways for a professional plumber to fix water hammer in a home. The most common is to restore the air in the air chambers. These air chambers are vertical pipes near the valves on the main pipes. A plumber can drain out all the water from the plumbing system and fill up the air chambers again. The chambers may also need to be cleaned.

Another potential reason for water hammer is that water pressure in your plumbing system is too high. This is often a municipal issue, so you can’t change the problem at the source. Instead, a plumber can install a pressure-reducing valve (water pressure regulator). The regulator will lower the pressure in the plumbing between 30 and 55 psi. Only trust this job to a professional so you have the correct pressure.

Let Professionals Update Your Plumbing

If water hammer is only one of a number of issues you routinely encounter with your plumbing, the trouble may be outdated pipes. If your home was built earlier than 1970, the plumbing may be failing due to age. In this case, we recommend you arrange for pipe replacement in Orlando, FL or elsewhere in our service area. You’ll not only eliminate water hammer, you’ll stop numerous leaks and clogs in the future and enjoy a generally efficient and trouble-free plumbing system.

Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has Proudly Served Central Florida Since 1975.

This mechanism for holding cu while sweating is great. A gift from a carpenter! Go figure.

Posted in Plumbing on 24th January 2018
This mechanism for holding cu while sweating is great. A gift from a carpenter! Go figure. /u/Grapesofdoom