Answers to Plumbing FAQs

As the most trusted plumbers in Farmington Hills, we tend to receive plenty of plumbing-related questions from our customers. AJ Danboise expert plumbers are always happy to assist with any of your plumbing needs, and if you have specific questions we encourage you to give us a call.

Answers to Common Plumbing FAQs to Help Troubleshoot Plumbing Issues

Q: What is that awful smell coming from my pipes or water? And how do I get rid of it?

A: Depending on the location of the smell, this could be either hydrogen sulfide from your water heater tank, or food build up from your garbage disposal. Neither one will hurt you, and both problems can be fixed easily!

If sulfur and bacteria in the water entering your home reacts with the magnesium anode rod in your water heater tank, it will create hydrogen and then hydrogen sulfide. That can give your water a gross rotten egg smell, but it will not make you sick. Replacing the magnesium anode rod inside your water heater tank or purifying your water heater may be good solutions to this issue.

If your garbage disposal has become clogged with food particle build up, this can make your kitchen sink smell pretty disgusting. Try placing some ice cubes and lemon or orange peels into your disposal and running it for 30 seconds, followed by some liquid dish soap while it is still running. Run cold water for 30 more seconds, and hopefully that will wash away the built up food and the bad smells.

Q: What are these black things in my water?

A: Probably little pieces of minerals or resin found in pipes and water softeners. This could be anything from iron or magnesium to algae. You might need to install a water filtration system if you are seeing an excessive amount of particles in your water.

Q: How can I prevent clogged drains?

A: Never rinse cooking oils, fats, or food particles that expand (such as pasta or rice) down your kitchen sink. Periodically clean out hair caught in your shower drain.

Q: Why are my water bills suddenly higher than usual?

A: You might have a leak. One of the most common places for this to happen is with your toilet. Take a look at the water level in your toilet’s tank and observe whether or not it is running into the overflow pipe. If it is, adjust your fill valve to lower the water level an inch below the top of the overflow pipe. If your toilet needs further maintenance, give your favorite plumbers at A.J. Danboise a call.

Q: Why are my pipes making loud noises?

A: If your pipes are rattling, bumping or vibrating, they are not secured into place correctly. This causes them to rattle or bump against the walls and floor as water flows through them. If the noises are bothering you, call AJ Danboise plumbers and we can secure your pipes properly and prevent the unnecessary sounds.

Another cause of banging pipes could be a water hammer. After you flush your toilet, the water is traveling so quickly that it makes the pipes rattle. You can install a water hammer arrestor at the shut off valve to compress and absorb the the rapidly moving water.

Although these are just a small sample of the many questions we hear from our customers every day, we hope the solutions to these common plumbing FAQs will help to put your mind at ease.

If you discover a plumbing problem that needs the expertise of a professional, call AJ Danboise at (248) 600-5048.