What Causes A Smelly Sink
Bad Odor Kansas City, KS WHY DOES MY SINK SMELL LIKE ROTTEN EGGS? It is not uncommon for homeowners to encounter unpleasant odors in their household sinks or water, and when they do, they want to go to the source of the problem and find out what is causing their water or sinks to smell unpleasant. If you are experiencing an unpleasant odor in all of your water faucets, then you most likely have a problem with the main water supply. On the other hand, if the smell is only coming from certain faucets, the problem is probably located in the fixtures or pipes involved in those specific faucets. DOES YOUR SINK SMELL LIKE ROTTEN EGGS OR SEWAGE? If you are experiencing a rotten egg (sulfurous) or sewage-like odor in certain sinks, it is likely a result of bacterial activity, which can be caused by bacteria growth inside the drain:
What Causes Noisy Pipes?
Pipe Noise Problem in Kansas City, KS WHY PLUMBING MAKES BURPING SOUNDS Are you hearing strange sounds come from your plumbing, such as hissing, gurgling or burping? If so, you’re probably wondering why this is happening. Unusual, inexplicable gurgling and hissing noises can usually be traced back to a pressure imbalance that is caused by the water that flows through the pipes. As water flows through the plumbing, it pushes air in front of it, creating a vacuum effect. The plumbing vents, which are located on the roof, are supposed to prevent this from happening. So, if you’re hearing unusual sounds, it means there is a vent issue that needs to be corrected. UNDERSTANDING THE PLUMBING VENTS Your house has what is called a drain-waste-vent system, a name which indicates that “vents” are an important aspect of your home’s plumbing system. Each house has a vent on the roof, which
Common Causes of Noisy Pipes
Let’s say you just moved into a new home and every time you turn on the kitchen sink faucet, you hear this ominous “hammering” noise in the pipes. Now, you’re worried that one day you’ll turn on your kitchen faucet to rinse off a few dishes and all of a sudden your pipes will burst. What gives? If your pipes are making a mysterious “hammering” sound, there’s a good chance that there is air trapped inside the household plumbing, especially if you live in an older home. One of the most common causes of noisy plumbing is trapped air. For example, trapped air can cause strange vibrating noises or a worrisome jack-hammer sound – one that often leads to a phone call to the plumber! You see, air can get trapped inside the circuit, especially higher pipes, and when this happens, it can lead to loud, vibrating sounds or repeat
Is There an Air Lock in Your Plumbing?
When you turn on one or more of the faucets in your home, do you hear a strange tapping sound that comes from the pipes? If so, you may be worried that you have a large, expensive plumbing problem on your hands, but the good news is that it’s probably not a serious issue. Often, tapping sounds coming from the pipes when you turn on a faucet means that there is what is called an “air lock” in the plumbing. Fortunately, airlocks are not serious, and they don’t lead to leaks or costly water damage, however, you will have trouble getting the affected faucets to work properly until the airlock is effectively removed. When Air Gets Into the Pipes Most of the time, air does not get into the pipes, but on occasion, this does happen. When air does get into the water pipes, it has a tendency to form
Plumbing Advice for Landlords in Kansas City
In many situations, renters and homeowners have different mentalities when it comes to home maintenance. When something breaks down or stops working, usually the first thing a renter does is put in a call to their landlord. Renters may not think twice about what they put down the garbage disposal or the toilet because they automatically think their landlord will foot the bill when a problem arises. Homeowners, on the other hand, know that if anything were to go wrong, they have no one to rely on but themselves. So, homeowners do their best to take care of their property so they can minimize all home-related costs. From their roof to their HVAC system, to their carpeting, and their indoor plumbing system, most homeowners are actively looking for ways to take care of their property and reduce repair and replacement costs. Are You a Landlord? Real estate can be a
Common Commercial Plumbing Problems
Whether you’re a business owner or a manager, there’s one thing you know for sure: You can’t afford to have plumbing “problems.” After all, time is money! When it comes to preventing toilet clogs and leaky faucets at home, you’re probably pretty good at maintaining your plumbing, but when it comes to controlling how employees, customers, and visitors take care of the plumbing in your building – not so easy. Whether you’re running a small business, a retail store, or an office building, you need the plumbing to work smoothly. If you’ve been at it a while, you already know that plumbing problems are inevitable. Aside from mentioning “proper plumbing maintenance” in an employee meeting, there’s not much you can do about what people flush down the toilet, but that doesn’t mean the situation is a hopeless one. There are still some practical things that you can do as a
5 Tips to Winterize Your Plumbing
The last thing you need during the mad holiday rush is to have something go wrong with your plumbing, right? Unfortunately, if you don’t prepare your plumbing for the winter, you could end up paying a big price, and you don’t need any added expenses during a time that your budget is already stretched to the limit. There’s no such thing as a “good time” for a plumbing emergency. Emergencies often occur when our minds are on something else, like preparing for out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving and Christmas. While you’re stocking the fridge for your annual holiday dinner or the linen closet with new sheets and towels for your in-laws, don’t forget that the colder weather means more than holiday travel, it means temperature shifts that can cause your plumbing to fail at the worst of times – when you have a house full of guests! Here are some of
Know Your Plumbing Basics!
A plumbing emergency or worse, a plumbing disaster, is every homeowner’s nightmare. An overflowing toilet, a flooded basement, or a leaky pipe that causes significant water damage in your flooring and ceilings are all bad news. Such problems can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and destroy expensive flooring and furnishings. If you are in the dark about plumbing or know little about it, learning a few basic plumbing tips can go a long way in preventing plumbing emergencies before they begin. The more you know about your indoor plumbing system, the better position you’ll be in to detect a problem before it becomes an emergency. Just like car accidents, injuries and illness, there’s no such thing as a “good time” for a plumbing problem. The fact of the matter is, most plumbing problems start out small and then take you by surprise when you least expect it. The
What Could Be Causing Kitchen Flooding?
Do you have an issue where water is flooding under your kitchen sink, even if you haven’t used the dishwasher or faucet in several hours? Does this mean you need to replace the faucet? Before you run out to the nearest home center to buy a new faucet, we recommend having an experienced plumber take a closer look in case it’s not the faucet. When you’re noticing mysterious flooding, it would be wise to have a professional inspect your sink in person before “guessing” what the problem could be – that’s because it may or may not be the faucet. It Could Be a Leaky Faucet The source of the leak could be coming from the kitchen faucet or from one of the supply lines that go to the faucet. If the culprit is the faucet, the leak is probably one of the following: 1) a crack that’s located in
When to Replace a Bathroom Sink Faucet
Your bathroom sink faucet begins to leak so you crank the handle as tight as you can and the leak continues. Now you’re wondering if you should try and repair it even further or just replace the unit. What you do know is that you can’t let the faucet keep leaking. You’ve reached the crossroads where you need to call in a professional plumber. If your plumber decides that a simple repair is in order, it shouldn’t take more than an hour to get the job done, once your plumber has secured all the right parts. Usually, the problem can be traced back to a faulty stem for a single handle faucet or faulty stems for two-handled faucets. Faulty stems cause the cold and hot water to be mixed together and they lead to leaking around the handles. If your home has one of those quality faucets installed, then they’re