FAQ

Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions:

Q. How do I know if my water pressure is too high?
Generally when your water pressure is too high one or more of the following will start to happen;
toilets run, faucets will drip or you might hear a banging sound coming from your pipes, called water hammer.  Normal water pressure ranges from 50 to 70 psi.  You can lower your water pressure by installing a pressure reducing valve.

Q. How can I reduce my water consumption?
First fix all the leaks.
Installation of a recirculation pump to get hot water to any plumbing fixture quickly
The toilet represents about one third of the average families water use.  Installing low flow toilets or dual flush can save thousands of gallons annually and they are good for your septic system.
Low flow shower heads save water

Q. Do water heaters need maintenance?
Yes. Calcium and mineral deposits build up at the bottom of the tank causing the heater to take longer to get up to temperature. Flushing out once a year will extend the life of the heater and lower your energy bill.

Q. How do I know if my water heater will be safe in an earthquake?
California Plumbing Code requires all water heaters to be properly strapped, unfortunately I find all too often older heaters, or improperly installed heaters that are not strapped.  This is can be an easy problem to solve.