FAQ

How can I check if I have a leak?

The easiest way to check for a leak is if you go out to your city meter, you will need to open the lid covering it in your front yard, that is where you will be able to see if it is running or not! Looking at the meter there is a little dial that spins when you are using water. Although this isn't a positive way to verify you do not have a leak however it can be the first step toward verifying. If it is running quickly then that is a sign you need professional plumbing services right away! It is important you don't let this drag along as it can turn into a larger leak as well as cause lots of structural damage!

Do I really need to worry about hidden leaks?

Hidden leaks are some of the most damaging! You cannot see how much water is being wasted as well as what that water is doing to the structure of your house! It can cause severe damage to your walls and floors and you may not even notice it until the damage has become so severe it caused noticeable damage. Some of our customers have us do an annual house inspection so that we can catch these kinds of issues.

Can leaks get bigger over time?

Yes! Water is very corrosive and damaging. Once it finds one escape path, it will continue to push more water through until the friction of the water going through a pin hole widens it and releases a lot more water. Even a tiny drip will slowly become worse and worse until it ruptures! Even faucets and showers can become much worse if you do not fix it right away! If you find yourself with a leak in the middle of the night- we offer 24 hour emergency plumbing services in Mesa, AZ.

Should I repair or replace leaky faucets?

You should never allow a faucet to leak for long periods of time! Not only is it wasting our precious water resource but also damaging your faucet. If these are caught early enough we can replace the internal parts for a much lower price than it will cost you to replace the whole faucet.

My toilet sounds like it is constantly running - is there anything I can do to fix it?

All toilets wear out over time! Thankfully there are two main components inside a toilet. The Fill Valve, and the Flush Valve. Both can be replaced when they wear out. This is what causes water to constantly run. A toilet rebuild by a Licensed Professional is a simple task that can get your toilet operating as if it were brand new again!

Is having a tankless water heater more beneficial than a conventional heater?

Tankless units have many perks over the conventional heater. They conserve lots of energy because instead of constantly keeping 40-80 gallons of water hot all the time it only heats the water as you need it. Plus this also means that you have endless supplies of Hot Water. If you find yourself constantly running out of hot water in your house with everyone wanting to shower in the morning this can solve that for you!

How can I tell if I need a water heater replacement?

Water Heaters typically are only good for 7-10 years. So if you are above that you are on potentially borrowed time and should keep a close eye on it. We offer water heater repair and replacement services! If you notice you are running out of hot water faster then you use to, or you notice rust on the outside of your water heater then it is time to call Howard Family Plumbing and get it replaced right away before it causes a potential flood!

How do I know if my sump pump needs replaced?

Sump pumps typically show very few signs before they just stop working all together. However, if you start to notice a smell around your pit, that is often a sign that it is not pumping your pit empty as it use to. Another sign that you may need your sump pump replaced is if you notice that the water level is higher then normal inside the pit. We recommend having your pump cleaned and inspected annually to prevent a large back up.

What do I do if my toilet overflows?

First step is to turn off the water to the toilet. You will find a small shut off behind the toilet, that will turn the water off just to the toilet so that it stops the over flowing. If it is plugged a plunger is not recommended as they can cause the seal from the toilet to the sewer pipe to bust and require that you remove the toilet. It is then best to have a professional plumber come to your house and use a Toilet Auger to break up the plug and push it into the sewer system.

Why do my pipes rattle and make noise all the time?

Pipe rattling is often caused by low pressure at the mainline of your house. The house is wanting more water then the pressure you have will allow, often this is a sign of a failed Pressure Reducing Valve. However, if you notice it only on one fixture you may need a Hammer Arrestor that will dampen the change in pressure allowing that device to absorb the rattle so it doesn't shake your system. This is very dangerous as it can cause pipe joints to break apart or wear against other items in the wall leading to a leak over time. It is best to reach out to a professional plumber to check your pipes.