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Homeowners call with a diverse variety of plumbing problems, clogged drains, leaky faucets, main sewer lines, washing machine drains, air conditioning drains, water flow, tree roots in their lines, septic system issues, and more. Being called to clear a blockage and get rid of a clog, either by an auger or hydrojet is only part of maintaining a healthy plumbing system. Ultimately we all want there to be cold water and hot water when we want it, and we want it to drain effortlessly when needed, and the plumbing questions around how best to keep this system running efficiently are important and worth finding some answers.

There are many plumbing questions we are asked, and here are some of the plumbing FAQs that could be helpful to our Kansas City metro homeowners.

Why does my sink drain so slowly?

Over time, soap, food debris, sediment, and grease can slow drainage, eventually leading to a blockage and a clogged drain. It is not uncommon for there to be low places in the line causing sediment buildup or bad joints in the line where buildup gathers around the cross-connections and causes a sink to have reduced water flow and drain slowly. If your sink is draining slowly, a Kansas City plumber at A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. can help you fix your drains!

Can you repair broken or leaky pipes without destroying my yard?

Yes. When feasible, we offer trenchless pipe repairs that utilize minimal digging in localized areas leaving your yard in the best possible condition.

What are the signs of a broken or leaky water line?

Some signs of leaky or broken water lines include the sound of running water when no faucets are on, puddles in your yard that seem to have no origin, excessively high water bills, mold growing on walls, bulges in flooring or walls, and dripping sounds.

What causes low water pressure?

There are a number of causes for low water pressure including a malfunctioning shut-off valve, a crimped water line, and even residue buildup inside water lines. If you are experiencing low pressure, then you should call the professional plumbers at A-1 Sewer & Septic Service.

How do I turn off my water if my faucet breaks?

If your faucet has broken, don’t panic! To shut off your water, look beneath the sink for two valves—one for cold and one for hot. Turn the handles of both valves clockwise (from right to left) until the water stops. If it doesn’t move, it may be stuck from lack of use. Get a pair of pliers and wiggle the valve back and forth until it begins to loosen. After you’ve successfully turned off the water, call our Kansas City plumbers for expert assistance in fixing the faucet.

Why did my water turn yellow?

Old pipes often become rusty and corroded and build up rust/iron oxide, causing corrosion, discoloration, odors, mineral deposits. This can result in the water supply from your faucets becoming yellow and tasting slightly metallic, as well as the ice cubes and water from refrigerators with those automatic ice makers and water dispensers. To fix this, you may need to replace your pipes, which can go well beyond the scope of a normal DIY plumbing project and may require the help of a plumber to get your plumbing system back to 100% functioning.

Do I have to have an Energy Star rated hot water heater?

While it is not required, whenever a homeowner or business owner can opt to use high-efficiency hot water heaters to get their hot water, whether gas water heaters, electric water heaters, tankless water heaters, or others; when high-efficiency units are installed they provide lower energy bills, excellent performance and have a lower impact on the environment and natural resources. Our residential plumbing experts can provide professional installation of a new gas or electric water heater for your home or business.

Should I fix or replace my garbage disposal?

Most garbage disposals have an approximate lifespan of 10 years, and if it has been more than 10 years since your last kitchen remodeling project or have your garbage disposal inspected, then it is recommended by most manufacturers to replace the unit. Excessive use and not running cold water while using the disposal, and using small amounts of food debris, or waste that can be difficult such as coffee grounds, eggshells, or others, can reduce the working lifespan of any garbage disposal. We offer plumbing services including plumbing inspections, garbage disposal replacements, and more.

How do I know if my sewer line is the reason for frequent backups?

If you are dealing with frequent backups in your sewer line, contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. and we will send one of our Kansas City plumbers to inspect the line. There may be tree roots, a break in the line, or a bad joint or connection in your main sewer line. After a mainline inspection, we can discuss options for remedying your mainline whether a typical drain cleaning will deal with the blockage or if hyrdrojetting may be required. Don’t deal with this inconvenience any longer, we can provide you with the solution you need for your plumbing and septic system for both residential plumbing and commercial plumbing!

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