Welcome back to part two of this two-part series where your trusted plumber answers some of the most frequently asked plumbing question. We hope these answers help provide some insight into your residential plumbing system and help you prevent a plumbing emergency.

Why does my hot water run out so quick?

One of the most common complaints of residential plumbing is that hot water doesn’t last very long. There are a few things that can cause this, including overuse of a small hot water heater — essentially when the demand exceeds the resource. Another common cause of reduced hot water is a malfunctioning hot water heater. Hot water heaters should be cleaned and serviced regularly and typically last between 10 and 15 years. If you are getting to the end of your water heater lifespan, get your local plumber to check out your hot water heater to diagnose and correct any problems.

Why is my water bill so high?

High water bills are directly related to water usage. Most areas charge a predetermined flat rate for a set amount of water and then charge for every unit used that exceeds the allocated amount. If your water bill is high, it means that the meter reading shows that there is excessive water usage. If you are sure that you and your housemates are not using more water, the high bills most likely mean there is a leak in your plumbing system. If there is a leak, especially a burst pipe, water will be spilling out of your pipe, causing more water to be pulled from the sources.

Why doesn’t my sump pump turn off?

A normal sump pump will only run when it is collecting water and will cycle off otherwise. If your sump pump won’t stop running, it either means that there is a constant supply of water to be processed through, or there is an issue with the sump pump. If there is a sewer leak or a clog Most times, the problem is with the float switch. If your float switch is working fine, it may be an issue with the check valve or other components. To know for sure, contact a trusted plumber to inspect, diagnose, and repair or replace your sump pump.

What can I put in the garbage disposal?

A garbage disposal is meant to protect your pipes from clogs caused by food scraps, not as a convenient way of disposing of food. The only thing that should go into the garbage disposal is food that is stuck to plates that runs off when they are rinsed. Avoid allowing grease or fibrous foods, because even when they are ground up, they can cause significant clumping and create sticky clogs.

Why is there water pooling on my lawn?

Water pooling in your lawn is a serious symptom of a plumbing problem. Unless your lawn’s grade is significantly altered, creating abnormal pooling of groundwater, it means that there is a leak somewhere. The problems can range from a simple sprinkler head that is broken to a main water pipe burst. A simple sprinkler head break is the least of these concerns and is a quick, easy, cheap fix! If the problem is the main water break, you’ll need to contact the city’s water department to have it fixed. Some other causes can include a leaky pipe, malfunctioning sump pump or slab leak, or running outside water that will not turn off. All of these cause pooling of water and can cause a lot of damage. You’ll need to identify the source of the leak and have it fixed right away. Contact your local plumber as soon as possible.

While these are some of the most common questions that are asked of our plumbing company, there are many more plumbing concerns that people have. For all of your plumbing questions, contact us for answers or to schedule your plumbing inspection. If you do need a quality local plumber or an emergency plumber, at C & C Slab Leaks and Plumbing, we offer top-notch plumbing services at a fair and affordable rate. Contact us for your free estimate or to schedule your plumbing services today!