Hydro-Flo Plumbing & Heating is here to help families and businesses in Edmonton, AB, solve their plumbing troubles. Whether you need cracked pipes replaced or help with a water softener, our team has the experience and tools to correct the issue quickly. We’re no strangers to frequently asked questions about plumbing. We’ve compiled a list of our most received plumbing FAQs. Once you’ve read through this list, don’t hesitate to reach out if you don’t see the question or answer you’re looking for. Our team of knowledgeable representatives is standing by to help.
Here is a broad overview of the plumbing FAQs we receive through appointments or phone calls. We wanted to create a resource all our customers can access to help with minor problems or provide some information. Don’t hesitate to ask the professionals for any additional assistance.
What are the Three Stages of Plumbing?
When you’re building a new home or redoing your plumbing, it’s important to know about the three stages of successful plumbing installation. The three stages are the underground rough-in phase, the aboveground rough-in phase, and the finishing phase. If you have any questions regarding these stages, don’t hesitate to contact us.
What are the Different Types of Plumbing Systems?
There are three central plumbing systems: sanitary drainage, stormwater drainage, and potable water. Sanitary drainage is the system that helps remove wastewater from your home. The waste usually comes from doing the laundry or putting food down the drain. Stormwater drainage systems help remove water from a storm or excess water from a house into a sanitary drainage system. Gutters are a great example of this type. Lastly, potable water systems enable you to use the water within your home. It’s comprised of a series of pipes that are connected to a single system.
What are the Do’s and Don’ts of Plumbing Systems?
Many plumbing systems are straightforward in what you should and shouldn’t do. Some do’s of your plumbing system include inspecting and testing your toilets for leaks, shutting off all outside valves in wintertime, and turning off all the water before you start any repairs. The don’ts include not putting trash in your garbage disposal, don’t overtighten plumbing connections, and don’t hesitate to call for help when needed.
Why Should You Hire a Professional vs. DIY?
We understand that as a homeowner, you’ll probably want to try to fix the issue yourself to save some money possibly. Thankfully, with multiple resources available DIY plumbing is easier than ever. However, not every job or problem can be fixed by yourself. You may not have the experience or tools needed, or even a job may require more than one person. A significant thing to consider is the cost of the project. You may be able to correct the issue yourself for cheaper, but what if something goes wrong and a more significant problem occurs? We recommend evaluating the cost and risk and seeing which one comes out on top.
Why Does My Water Look Yellow?
There could be several reasons your water looks a little yellow. The most common cause is rust, a regular occurrence in a water system. It is safe to drink, but due to the high iron levels, it may taste unpleasant, and you should contact our technicians before the issue persists.
What’s the Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water?
The most significant difference is the concentration of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Hard water contains these minerals, while soft water doesn’t. Hard water is better for drinking and cooking, while soft water isn’t the best and is sometimes unfit for drinking. Soft water is better for cleaning, while hard water can take a toll on your dishes and clothes.
How Can I Fix Water Pressure in My Home?
The first thing you should do is test your water pressure. Anything less than 60psi is low; ideally, you’d want between 60-75psi. Once you’ve confirmed the issue, we suggest checking your water meter, shut-off valve, or regulator. If you don’t find the fix there, it’s time to start checking for leaks. Any cracked or damaged pipes will allow water to seep into your homes and harm your water pressure slowly. The next thing to consider is leaky or blocked pipes or faucets. If that doesn’t correct the issue, give our team a call.
Locally Trusted Plumbing Experts
Our team provides a wide range of plumbing services to keep safe and clean water flowing through your home. After reviewing our plumbing FAQs, if you have questions, want more information on a particular topic, or need our expert assistance with a plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to reach out. We aim to be your first and only call for any plumbing issues or questions. We’re licensed, bonded, and insured and offer 24-hour plumbing services. Call us today to see what we can do to help you, your home, or your business.