Plumbing FAQs: The Answers You Need
We’re here to help you gain peace of mind when it comes to your plumbing. It all starts with high-quality advice and service. For answers to your plumbing-related frequently asked questions, read on.
Your Plumbing FAQs Answered
Do you offer a guarantee?
Yes. We offer a one-year guarantee on all parts and services supplied by Patriot Plumbing.
Do you install tankless water heaters?
Yes, we install all types of water heaters for both residential and commercial use. Give us a call at 262-966-2284 to get your tankless water heater installation scheduled today.
What plumbing services does Patriot Plumbing provide?
We’re proud to offer a variety of plumbing repair and maintenance services for both homes and commercial properties. From pipe and faucet replacements to fixing that leak under your sink, we can do it all. Visit our Services page to see a full list of services we offer.
Do you have any preventative maintenance tips for my plumbing system?
Yes. Extend the life of your plumbing system by following these tips to inspect your plumbing periodically.
- Look for signs of leaks: Start by looking around your home’s foundation and where pipes run through walls. Signs of a leak include puddles of water and water stains.
- Look for signs of corrosion: Pipe corrosion causes leaks if not corrected. Green stains around copper and brass fittings and shutoff valves are a sign of corrosion. Check for corrosion in thread connections on galvanized pipes.
- Test your water pressure: Water pressure measures the force of water as it exits your faucet. Low water pressure is a sign of a problem with the water line or faucet such as sediment build-up. Remove the showerhead or aerator to look for any blockages.
- Check your drainage: Slow drainage is a sign of a clog in the drain or a blocked pipe. If you see bubbles, this typically indicates a problem in the drain.
- Check your toilet’s flush ability: Flush each toilet at least once with toilet paper to check for proper flushing. Check inside the tank of the toilet for rusted, missing or broken parts. Also, ensure the water does not continue to run after flushing.
- Look for loose tiles: Loose or hollow tiles around your sinks and near water pipes can be an indication of a leak underneath or behind the tile.
- Inspect your water heater: Check inside the burner chamber for flakes of rust. Also, check the flame to make sure it’s blue. If it’s yellow, the jet may need cleaning. It’s also a great idea to flush your water heater to remove sediment build-up.
- Check for general disrepair: Look in your shower or tub and check for any caulking that needs repair. You should also check for mildew in sinks, bathtubs, showers and your washing machine. Check your toilet to see if it rocks back and forth. Turn on your faucets to see if water leaks from the handles and valves.
If you locate a problem in your plumbing after your inspection, reach out to us by calling 262-966-2284.
Do you have insurance?
Yes. We carry General Liability insurance, Workers’ Compensation insurance and auto insurance on all our company vehicles.
What payment methods do you accept?
We currently accept personal checks, Visa, Mastercard and cash.
Should I replace my traditional tank water heater with an on-demand or point-of-use tankless water heater?
This depends on a few factors: cost and the overall amount of hot water you use daily. Tankless water heaters tend to cost more up front but save you money in the long run. Replacement will also depend upon the integrity of your current water heater and whether it needs a major repair.
If I don’t use my drains, will they dry out?
In some cases, yes. If you smell sewer gas, it might have a trap that has lost its seal. If so, pour some water down the trap to replace the seal.
How do I know if I have a leak?
Common warning signs of a leak include wet spots on your carpet, unusually high water bills, increased levels of humidity in your home, water spots on your lawn or low water pressure. If you see the signs of a leak, call us at 262-966-2284.
My drain has plugged several times in the past six months. What do I do next?
If the drain is your building sewer or the main sewer to your home, have it snaked and visually inspected with our sewer camera to check for roots, build-up, sags or broken pipes. By viewing the sewer internally, we can located the problem and determine what steps to take to repair it.