Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between hard water & soft water?

We actually get asked this question a lot, and many people are surprised to find that they have hard water in their home! All water generally starts as soft water. Once water comes in contact with natural minerals such as calcium, lime, magnesium & chalk, to name a few, the water becomes hard. The minerals now found in this water can create a build up over time especially when running through your pipes. The build up can cause blockages and other plumbing issues.

What do I really need to know about my garbage disposal?

There are many “tips” that circulate regarding your disposal. Eggshells help strengthen the blades, lemon peels make it smell good etc. etc. The 3 things you really need to know are, ALWAYS keep COLD water running when putting anything down your disposal. This helps to prevent oil and other residue build-up that can create issues. The smaller the pieces going down into your disposal the better. Bigger items can create parts to break or become jammed. NEVER, put coffee grounds down into your disposal. They will most definitely create a blockage and create major issues.

What should I do if my pipes are making noise?

Pipes should NEVER make noise and if yours seem to be it is advised you call a professional plumbing expert immediately. Noises in your pipes like rattling or clanging can mean that you have a big blockage somewhere within your piping system. Having your pipes checked immediately can help to catch such issues like bursting pipes before they happen.

Why does my hot water run out so quickly?

There are a few different reasons why your hot water may be running out so quickly. One may be that you have a small water tank. Another reason may be that your hot water heater isn’t performing up to par. It takes a lot of work for your heater to heat your water. If parts aren’t working correctly after extended periods of time, or something is broken it can cause your water heater to not function correctly. This can also cause an increase in your electric bill. It’s best to get a checkup done of your water heater to help ensure its working efficiently and to help save you money as well.

Why does my water smell and/or taste weird?

Another effect of hard water, you may often smell a slight odor or taste a certain bitterness. There are special in-home filtration systems that can be installed to offer a reverse osmosis alternative that can create softer, odorless great tasting water!

Any tips on how to lower my water bill?

Probably one of the most frequent questions we are asked, the first thing to take a look at is your water heater. Older models are less energy efficient and thus create higher utility costs. With new and improved tankless water heaters you get what seems to be a never-ending supply of hot water, they are better for the environment and use less energy which means it saves you money on your water & electric bills. We here at Cure All Plumbing suggest that you have a checkup done of your water heater annually to ensure that it is working efficiently or perhaps swapping it out for a new energy saving tankless water heater.

Why does the water pressure change if you’re taking a shower and someone flushes the toilet?

Probably one of the funnier questions, and one of our favorites! In general when taking a shower a large amount of your water supply is being directed at your shower head. Should someone flush a toilet or turn on another faucet the pressure is somewhat interrupted as part of the water supply is sent in another direction.

Why is my toilet noisy when it is flushed?

All toilets generally make some kind of noise. However, if your toilet seems excessively noisy it could be that the water flow to the tank is being restricted somehow. The ballcock assembly system is in charge of regulating the water supply to the tank. Should a part of this internal system not function right or perhaps is broken it can cause major water flow issues. It is best to have your toilet looked at by a plumbing professional to determine the extent of the damage. You may need a whole new ballcock assembly system altogether.

Have any other questions for us here at Cure All Plumbing? Give us a call (480) 895-9838