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Commercial Plumbing FAQ

West Palm Beach Plumbing FAQ

Here at Seacoast Septic & Plumbing, we hear a lot of questions about plumbing, and we're more than happy to answer. If you don't find what you are looking for here, feel free to contact us. We're happy to help.

Q.1 How often should I have my septic tank pumped and inspected?

The National On-site Waste-water Recycling Association recommends pumping your septic tank every 3-5 years. A proactive, preventative maintenance approach is best. Waiting until the system backs up before pumping out can cause irreparable damage to your tank and drainfield and be very expensive. An inspection with each pump-out can head off costly problems. Seacoast Septic & Plumbing will inspect your system with each pump-out and recommend any needed service.

Q.2 What is fiber-optic pipeline video inspection?

This is a diagnostic process whereby a high-resolution fiber-optic video camera is inserted in a pipeline to view the pipe from the inside. It takes the guesswork out of diagnosing a pipeline problem and can pinpoint exactly where a problem is and exactly how to fix it in the most cost-effective manner. Seacoast Septic & Plumbing has several of these cameras and qualified technicians to run them.

Q.3 What is high-pressure pipe jetting?

This is the most effective method of completely cleaning the inside of a pipeline. Water is pumped through a nozzle at up to 4000 psi to actually scour the inside of a pipe, thereby removing roots, scale, grease, dirt and other obstructions.

Q.4 I am getting a foul odor from a bathroom in my home that we rarely even use. Why?

Your infrequent use of the bathroom is probably the cause of the problem. Certain plumbing fixtures have a built-in trap in their drains to keep sewer gas from seeping back into the home. Overtime they can dry up. Dump a bucket of water into each of the plumbing fixtures in the bathroom. This should solve the problem.

Q.5 I have an unusually high water bill but I have no apparent leaks. What could cause this?

If you've checked all faucets and tub/shower spouts for leaks and have found none, the next step is to see if your toilet is leaking. This is done by checking the water level to ensure no water is leaking from the tank through the overflow pipe. The fill valve should only fill the tank to within 1" of the top of the overflow pipe or to the "fill lever" stamped on the inside of the tank. You may have to adjust the fill valve if the water level is too high. Next, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the water bowl changes color within 15 minutes, the toilet is leaking and probably needs a new flapper or ball.

Q.6 How can I tell if I have a slab leak?

If you've checked the above items and found no leaks, you should check your water meter. This will usually be found in the front yard and will usually appear as a concrete or metal rectangular lid at a grade level. Open the lid and locate the meter inside. This may require removing some dirt to access the face. With no water running in the house (laundry, toilet, refilling, etc.),check the dial face for any movement. Many meters have a "leak detector" which appears as a small black triangle or a small white wheel. If this is spinning or there is any movement on the dial, this indicates a leak in your water pipe system.

Q.7 What is a repipe?

A repipe is a complete replacement of the incoming fresh water system in a home or business from the water meter or well to all plumbing fixtures. As severe as it sounds it is actually a very common procedure. It is called for in situations where the plumbing pipes have begun to leak due to deterioration, or when low pressure due to calcification is present in pipes.

Q.8 At what temperature should I set my water heater?

Manufacturers recommend setting water heaters at 120 degrees (F). This will prevent accidental scaldings.

Q.9 My drain is running slowly. Should I put a caustic drain cleaner in it before calling a plumber?

We do not recommend EVER putting caustic drain cleaners in drains. If a drain is running slowly you may use a biological product to help clear it. We recommend BIOOne. Use according to directions. If it is completely stopped up we recommend you call a professional to unclog your line. Pouring caustic solutions into drains can ruin pipes and cause severe burns to anyone working in the drain after application.

Seacoast Septic & Plumbing plumbers have been serving local businesses for a number of years helping you resolve complicated and nuisance plumbing issues for good. Here is a list of some of the most common inquiries we receive, and the answers to your questions:

Q10. Why does my drain smell?

A1. Drains usually smell for one of two reasons:

  • a) There is a problem with the trap.
  • b) There is a buildup of food or soap residue inside the pipes.

Q11. Why do my pipes make sounds?

A1. Pipes that make sounds are usually caused by improper pressure in the lines. Loose strapping is another factor that can cause pipes to be louder than usual.

Q12. Why do I have low pressure?

A3. There are several possible culprits for low water pressure:

  • a) There is a closed shut-off valve that needs to be reopened.
  • b) You have a blocked faucet.
  • c) There is an obstruction in the supply line.
  • d) You have a leak sucking pressure out somewhere along the line.

Q13. Where can I find the main shut-off water valve in my property?

A4. The main shut-off valve is usually located on the ground level along the perimeter of the property and most often looks like a brass wheel that you must turn. If you have trouble locating it, you can look on your property inspection report to review its hiding spot.

Q14. What should I do about a clogged toilet/drain?

A5. The first thing you should do about a clogged toilet or drain is to stop the sink or bowl from filling up any further. Try a good plunger to see if you can dislodge any problematic materials. If this doesn’t work an auger might be more efficient.

It’s time to call a plumber if you still can’t release the obstruction, or if you see and hear water gurgling in the drains of your surrounding sinks and toilets.

Q15. What should I do during a plumbing emergency?

A6. The first thing you should do during any plumbing emergency is to give us a call. We answer our phones 24/7/365 so we can guide you through emergency situations with expert advice as soon as you pick up the phone.

Q16. What should I do if the toilet won’t stop running?

A7. There are a handful of possible causes behind a toilet that just keeps running. However, the usual suspect is typically a flapper that isn’t sealing properly and needs to be replaced.

Q17. What are the benefits of a low flush toilet?

A8. The 3 main benefits of a low flush toilet are:

  • a) Your toilet performs better as its modern design is made to drain easily.
  • b) You use approximately 60-80% less water.
  • v) Savings on your water bill.

Q18. Why does my toilet clog easily?

A9. If you’ve got a toilet that is easily clogged there may be several reasons for its condition:

  • a) You’re flushing objects that aren’t meant to be disposed of through your waste water pipes.
  • b) The flapper on your toilet is completely shot and needs to be replaced.
  • c) The port holes have become blocked and are restricting flow.
  • d) There is a problem with the float that needs adjusting.
  • e) There is a clog somewhere along the drain line that is restricting ideal drainage rates.

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