FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS NORMAL WATER PRESSURE?


Normal water pressure is 50 to 70 PSI.  If you have over 80 PSI, you are required to have a pressure regulating valve. If your pressure remains at 80 PSI or higher, you run the risk of damaging appliances and fixtures, as the high pressure can damage their inner parts. The most common pressure regulating valves are made by Watts and Wilkins.  

HOW LONG DO WATER HEATERS LAST?


Most water heaters fail within in eight to twelve years from their manufacturing date, although some fail sooner and others fail later.  We recommend you do a visual inspection of your water heater once every three months.  If there is any rusty water or corrosion growing on the outside of the pipes, you should consider replacing the water heater.

HOW DO YOUR FREE ESTIMATES WORK?


​Barnett Plumbing is pleased to offer all our customers free, no obligation, on-site estimates. There are times – typically when extensive diagnostic work is required – when we have to charge a customer in order to give them a price. However, in these cases we can usually apply a portion of the initial diagnosis charge to the total repair cost.    

FIXED PRICES VS. HOURLY RATES


Some plumbing companies bill customers based on an hourly rate. Unfortunately, when companies use this method, their customers don't know how much a job costs before starting. That’s why, whenever possible, we use fixed prices. It allows our customers to know exactly what they're getting themselves into before starting a project.

WHY DO SEWER LINES CLOG?


Usually, a sewer line clogs because of cracks in the line, as water leaks out of the cracks, allowing roots to enter the pipe. Cracks in the sewer usually occur when the earth shifts, putting stress on the old, brittle pipe. Aside from roots, these cracks can also cause the pipe itself to eventually collapse.


WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE A MAIN LINE CLEAN OUT?


If you do not have a clean out, the main line can be snaked either through a vent in the roof or through a toilet flange. Both are much more costly and less effective than going through a clean out, which is why we always recommend installing a new clean out if you don't already one.

WHAT IF MY TOILET BACKS UP INTO MY SHOWER?


As with the toilet bubbling symptom, that usually means the main line is clogged.  Since the water can't go down the clogged line, it is forced to back up out of the lowest point in the house, which can be a shower. It is best if you have a clean out on your sewer, as this makes it a lot easier to clear the line and eliminate the blockage. 


WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN MY TOILET BUBBLES?


Normally, if you are running water down one of your sinks and your toilet begins to bubble, that means the main sewer line has a blockage. The water is simply running to the lowest point in the house, which is sometimes the toilet.


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