I think my toilet is leaking. Is there a test I can do to confirm this?

Yes! All you have to do is put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. Wait a few minutes and then look in the toilet bowl. If you see that your bowl has the same color, then you’ve got a leak! The scary part is you are probably wasting hundreds of gallons of water each month! Call Gary’s Plumbing and Heating. We can install a low-flow toilet that will not only save you water dollars but will flush better than anything you have ever had in the past!

Our dishwasher does not drain completely. What is the problem?

Dishwashers are to leave some water in the bottom of the unit at the end of each cycle. This is to keep the heating element from burning up. However, if the dishwasher does not empty at all, you’ve got a problem.

A Gary’s plumber can determine if it is a clogged drain line, faulty motor or an electronic issue. Dishwashers are fickle machines and can be very hard to work on. We can help you determine the best course of action.

What’s the difference between conventional water heaters and tankless?

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 down side to a conventional water heater is that energy is consumed even when no hot water is being used.

Tankless water heaters do not contain a storage tank like conventional water heaters. A gas burner or electric element heats the water only when there is a demand for hot water.

There are many things to consider when choosing conventional vs. tankless water heating systems. A Gary’s water conditioning specialists can guide you through your options and get the right system for your home that will give years of service and efficient performance.

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. Gary’s can install a soft water system in your home that will not only provide you with soft water for cleaning and bathing, but also solve your problem drinking and cooking water issues. You will feel and taste the difference!

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 deposits that gather in older galvanized pipes. If your neighbors have strong water pressure, the problem is most likely between the water meter and your home. A highly trained Gary’s plumber will be able to identify the problem and explain your options.

Can I trust my sump pump to work?

Not all the time! The leading cause of a sump pump failure is usually a switching problem. Sometimes the pump can move inside the basin. This movement causes the float that operates the switch to lodge against its side. Debris can also be a factor by interfering with the action of the pump switch. It is important to make sure that your pump switch and float arm assembly move freely. The main thing to remember about sump pumps is that they don’t last forever . . . even if you never use them.

Internal parts wear out and make them virtually useless when you need them most! Our plumbers can test, maintain or replace any brand of sump pump. For flood prone areas and homes that get water seeping in on a regular basis, you may want to consider a sump pump backup system. There are non-electric systems that work off the water pressure in your home and therefore will work in the case of a power failure; we also carry battery backup sump pumps as well.

How do I unjam my garbage disposal?

You may be able to insert an Allen wrench into the bottom of the disposer and "crank" it to help free up a jam. If this doesn’t work, DON’T USE IT! You could cause serious damage to the disposal motor or even your home electrical system. We 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!