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PLUMBING FAQ's

How do I know if I have a broken water line outside my house?
A broken water line out in the yard may include an excessively high water bill, puddles in your yard or the faint hissing sound of running water. This noise is very deceiving due to the fact that water is such a good conductor of sound.  D&D can evaluate the origin and location of underground leaks. Then with our Trenchless Technology, replace the culprit and in many instances you'll never know we were there.

Conventional Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters.  
Conventional water heaters are by far the most common type of water heater in the U.S. today. They range in size from 20 to 80 gallons (or larger) and are fueled by electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil.   Called ‘storage’ units, these water heaters transfer heat from a burner or coil to water in an insulated tank. The total costs for hot water are three-fold. First, there's the energy cost, secondly the heat transfer efficiency, and thirdly, the heat loss to the atmosphere from storage, or "stand-bye losses.
We won't discuss energy cost comparisons here, so we'll focus on heat transfer and stand-by losses. In an electric water heater, the heat transfer is near 100% efficient, where as in a gas water heater it may be as low as 60% efficient. Then there's the stand-bye loss. Older tanks can have a loss of up to 6 degrees per hour.
Tankless water heaters do not contain a storage tank like conventional water heaters. So they eliminate stand-bye losses.
Also, included in the Stimulus Plan for 2009 & 2010, is a provision for substantial tax savings with the installation of qualified water heaters. For more information, give us a call.
 
What is Instant Hot Water?  How does it save me money?
Instant Hot Water is a hot water recirculation system that circulates hot water in your home.   When you open a fixture the warm water is there. There is no need to run water down the drain waiting for hot water to arrive.  Did you know that hot water recirculation systems save water, energy and money; the average family of four wastes up to 17,000 gallons of water per year just waiting for hot water to arrive.   A hot water recirculation system eliminates waste and provides the convenience of instant hot water.  They work in existing homes, too!  
The under-the-sink retrofit systems are designed for existing homes.  D&D can easily adapt a system to your existing plumbing.  

How do I un-jam my garbage disposal?
First, don't put your hands down the throat of the disposal. Some brands allow you to insert an Allen wrench into the bottom of the disposer and "crank" it to help free up a jam.

Most jams are due to underpowered motors, and slow speeds. Our disposals use a magnetic induction motor, that will get up to full speed in one revolution. This has been found to eliminate jam-ups. In fact that's guaranteed!  D & D can usually fix a jammed up garbage disposal.  If we can’t, then the unit will probably need to be replaced.  Our expert technicians can give you the best advice and make quick work of it to get you grinding again!

I have low water pressure in my home.  What can I do about it?
There are several things that could cause low water pressure, including a partially closed or malfunctioning shut off valve, a crimped water line, or hard water deposits that gather in older galvanized pipes, shower heads, or summer/winter coils.  If your neighbors have strong water pressure, the problem is most likely between the water meter and your home. A qualified D&D plumbing technician will be able to identify the problem and explain your options.
 
 Is there really a difference between hard water and soft?
Yes.  In fact, the difference can be damaging to your home and your body.  Maybe you have experienced damaged clothing from the laundry, excessive soap consumption, pipe scaling, faucet and fixture deterioration, skin problems, or undesirable tastes or odors from your water.  If you have, then you have a water problem.  

We certainly can't answer every question here, so if it's important that you gat an answer to your problem, GIVE US A CALL. 

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