Plumbing problems

Q. Why is it every time someone is the shower some other family member uses water and the one in the shower takes a steam bath?
A. Your hot & cold water lines are too small. You should have 3/4″ supply lines to all bathrooms, this will solve the problem.

Q. Why is there water leaking out of the lawn faucet, but looks like another devise on the end of the lawn faucet?
A. The piece in between the lawn faucet and the hose is called an anti-siphon devise (one way flow only) keeping the domestic water pure from contamination.

Like when you are fertilizing the flowers with a hose attachment fertilizer and pressure from the house drops and pressure from the hose has more than the houses pressure forcing the hose water back to the house with fertilizer mixed in the water, This devise does not allow any thing back in to the domestic water system.

Q. Why when I turn on the water pipes in the walls radial?
A. You have 1 of 2 problems. The water supply pipes in the wall are not fastened down and/or the incoming water pressure is to high, by putting in and Water hammer doesn’t go along with moving water, so if your sound occurs while water is running, it isn’t water hammer.

Water hammer happens when you turn OFF a water flow suddenly (like a dishwasher, a clothes washer, a toilet or even closing a hand faucet suddenly. Shutting off the water suddenly sends a pressure or shock wave down the water pipe through the water shocking the pipes and creating the ‘hammer’ noise.

These shock waves pass through faster than the speed of sound and can put forth immediate and extreme pressures. Over time, water hammer can damage pipes, valves and eventually weaken pipe joints.

Some newer homes have devices called water hammer arresters (they’re called various things such as air chamber, air cushion, water capacitor, etc.). They are air filled chambers connected to the plumbing that let the pressure wave dissipate harmlessly into a cushion of air.

If your banging has been happening forever you may not have one.In time these arresters become waterlogged (filled with water). To remove the water. Turn off the water to the house at the entry.

Find the lowest faucet in your house—Either in the basement or an outdoor garden hose faucet–open this faucet and then open a few of the indoor faucets at high locations such as upstairs or at a wet bar and let the low faucet drain for 5-10 minutes or until it stops dripping, whichever takes longer. Close all the faucets and turn the main back on.

Q. Why has the volume of water slowed out of the faucet, even though I have the water valves open?
A.Check the screen where the water flows out of the faucet. It unscrews, you shall find a screen and 1 or 2 plastic incerts remove these clean them and reinstall them.

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