Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked plumbing related questions that we get from our customers. We offer answers to many questions such as what not to put down your disposal and how to prevent leaks in your home. Simply scroll down to find your question, and click on it to reveal the answer.

Frequently asked questions

How do I unclog my drain?

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. Clogs happen at the worst times—like when you sleep through your alarm and are going to be late for work but still decide to take a shower and now the water is overflowing onto the bathroom floor. Although a clogged drain can be a major inconvenience, it is a relatively easy problem to fix!

What are some of the consequences of delaying plumbing repairs?

When plumbing repairs are delayed, you can actually incur more costs that previously estimated due to leaks continuing to compromise the integrity of your plumbing system. There’s also the fact that delays can continue to cause you to rack up your utility bill. If plumbing repairs are ignored for too long, the consequences can grow more serious. If a leak goes on too long unrepaired, it could cause mold or mildew to form which can cause serious respiratory issues if left untreated...not to mention give you another bill to worry about.

How can I prevent leaking pipes in my home?

It’s never fun to deal with leaking pipes in your home, and I can’t think of anyone that would want to deal with this issue. Thankfully, there are some easy tricks that you can utilize to avoid leaking pipes. One of the best (and often overlooked) methods of prevention is to monitor your water pressure. Water pressure should range between 60-80 PSI with anything over 80 being problematic. If you have water pressure over 80PSI, leaks and other issues can occur. To combat this, you may want to consider the installation of a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV).

Do I need a plumber to unclog my drains?

When you’re dealing with minor clogs, it’s possible that you are thinking about how DIY remedy will work to clear your pipes. However, do-it-yourself methods of drain cleaning are never a completely viable solution to your plumbing problems. DIY methods of drain cleaning like drain snaking your drain with a wire hanger and pouring harsh chemicals down your drain never come without consequence. Your drains are an essential part of your property that should be taken care of with precision and accuracy. Using at-home methods of drain cleaning involve unnecessary guesswork that only temporarily mask your plumbing problems instead of solving them all together.

What are the most common plumbing problems I should look out for?

Plumbing problems are sure to happen. Even in newer homes, clogged drains or a water leak can show up when you least expect it. Whether you’re living through the repairs or an older home, or just purchasing a new home and want to be prepared, these are the most common plumbing problems: Clogged toilet Clogged bath or shower drain Jammed garbage disposal Leaky faucets Leaky pipes Low water pressure Running toilet Sewage smell in home Sewer system backup Slow draining sink Water heater repair

My water bills are going up, but I don’t think we have a leak, what’s going on?

Your toilet may be leaking silently. Here’s how to tell: Put a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank and make sure no one uses that toilet for about a half hour. Once the half hour is up, come back and check if any of the food coloring leaked into the bowl. If it has, call Majewski plumbing for toilet repair as soon as you can!

Is there anything I should NOT put down my garbage disposal?

Yes – in fact, there are a lot of things that should never go down a garbage disposal. Fibrous foods, including celery, asparagus, and artichokes can wrap around the blades and choke them. In addition, you should avoid putting down: - Potato skins - Bone fragments and eggshells - Banana peels - Fats / grease - Unpopped popcorn kernels - Onion skins - Fruit pits and seeds - Stringy vegetables like asparagus and celery

My garbage disposal broke down - what now?

First, turn the disposal off, disconnect it from the power and check to see if something is jamming it – a spoon or any other hard object. If you don’t find anything, plug it back in and try to press the RESET button to fix it. Finally, check the breaker switch in your breaker box. If all else fails, call Majewski Plumbing!

What are some of the biggest benefits tankless water heaters offer over conventional heaters?

One benefit of tankless water heaters is unlike conventional water heaters, they never run out of hot water. While storage tank water heaters have a limited capacity (usually between 40-60 gallons), tankless water heaters heat water as it passes through the system, meaning you’ll never run out of hot water. Another benefit is that since there’s no stored water, there’s no risk of an untimely leak (flooding from water heaters is one of the most common homeowner insurance claims!). And, since you’re only heating the water you’re using, you’ll see major reductions on your energy bills.

I’ve heard tankless water heaters are unreliable. Is this true?

When they were first introduced decades ago, tankless water heaters broke down somewhat frequently. These days, thanks to numerous technological advancements, tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years or more – longer than conventional storage tank water heaters!

Can I use a tankless water heater if I have hard water?

While tankless water heaters are less susceptible to the negative effects of hard water, they are still affected by it. If you have hard water, it’s best to have water softening treatment whether you use a conventional or tankless water heater.

Will a tankless water heater work for me?

In most cases, yes! There are very few situations in which tankless water heaters will not work (you can ask a top tankless water heater technician about these), and most will work in areas where conventional storage tank water heaters would not. Most tankless water heaters are about the size of a briefcase and require about 120V, 60Hz and 3 amps of power – requirements almost any house meets.

Why does my hot water smell like rotten eggs?

Foul smelling water is caused by the combination of hydrogen, sulfur, and bacteria in the water. Sulfur and bacteria are naturally present in the water your appliances use, and they will not make you sick. When the magnesium anode rod in your water heater tank reacts with the sulfur and bacteria in the water, it creates enough hydrogen to create an odor. There are many ways to take care of this, from replacing the magnesium anode rod to purifying the water in your water heater.