FAQs

Do you have questions about plumbing? Our frequently asked questions are here for you when you need them.

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Do you have issues with low water pressure in the shower?

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It could be a simple DIY fix: start by removing the shower head from the pipe (turn it counter-clockwise), and with the shower head off turn on the water and check the flow. If the water seems adequate with the shower head off, the problem could simply be in the shower head: a clog or mineral build-up that a 50/50 water & vinegar solution could fix.

If the water supply with the shower head off still is lacking, give Reed's a call so we can expertly assist you in finding the source of the problem!

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How can you save on gas costs and conserve energy?

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As the temps get consistently cooler save yourself some natural gas costs and conserve energy by checking the temperature setting on your water heater: the temp should not be above 120°F or medium setting on older models.

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Garbage disposal jammed?

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Despite the name, not all garbage belongs in your garbage disposal, in fact most of it doesn't, yet some of us are guilty of cramming waste down there until the blades stop turning.
Watermelon rinds, potato peels, and pumpkin carvings are common items that plumbers have had to remove to free the blades...just toss those peelings in the trash!

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Trying to keep your pipes from freezing?

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As the temps get cooler & cooler this fall & winter, remember that if it creeps into the single digits the threat of frozen pipes increase. As a preventative measure let your faucets drip to keep the water moving and keep the cabinet doors open to let warm air under your sinks.

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Are you a do-it-yourself person?

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We understand some minor plumbing issues can be handled without the pros...but remember before you tackle a problem under the kitchen sink to turn off the water fixture shutoff valve or the main shutoff valve, then open the faucet to drain the pipes.

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Do you have noisy pipes?

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Pipe noises can range from loud bagging or hammering sounds to high-pitched squeaks. There could be several causes, from loose pipes, water logged air chambers, or water pressure that's too high. A simple solution is anchoring exposed pipes; other remedies such as anchoring pipes concealed inside the walls, floors or ceilings, may call for a professional.