Schitt’s Plumbing’s Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Schitt’s Plumbing, we understand that plumbing issues can be stressful and overwhelming. That is why we are here to help! Our team of plumbers in Prattville and the surrounding areas welcome you to our FAQ page! We have compiled a list of plumbing related frequently asked questions to provide you appropriate answers to your most common plumbing concerns. Whether you need help in fixing a leaky faucet, clearing a clogged drain, or upgrading your plumbing fixtures, we’ve got you covered. Browse our FAQ page and contact us for professional plumbing services you can trust.

Commercial plumbing offers several benefits for businesses, including efficient water and sewer management, increased employee productivity and customer satisfaction, and cost savings through reduced water consumption and improved energy efficiency. A properly functioning commercial plumbing system can also help prevent expensive downtime or property damage due to plumbing issues. Additionally, regular maintenance and inspections can identify potential problems before they escalate, ensuring that businesses remain compliant with health and safety regulations. Ultimately, investing in commercial plumbing services can contribute to the overall success and longevity of a business.

Unclogging a main drain line requires a combination of techniques, including using a drain snake, applying a drain cleaner, or using a high-pressure water jet. The first step is to locate the main drain line’s access point, usually found in a basement or outside the home. Next, use a drain snake to break up and remove any blockages. If the blockage is severe, a drain cleaner may be necessary. For stubborn clogs, a high-pressure water jet can be used to blast away debris and buildup. It’s recommended to contact a professional plumber for severe clogs or recurring issues.

Hooking up a garbage disposal requires basic plumbing skills and tools. Begin by shutting off power to the disposal and unplugging it. Next, remove the existing sink drain and insert the disposal’s mounting assembly. Secure the mounting assembly to the sink with screws and attach the disposal to the mounting assembly. Connect the dishwasher hose, the drain pipe, and the mounting ring to the disposal. Finally, turn on the power and test the disposal for proper function. It’s recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and to seek professional help if unsure.

Yes, a gas leak is an emergency that requires immediate action. Natural gas is highly flammable and can be extremely dangerous if left unchecked. Gas leaks can cause explosions, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning. If you suspect a gas leak, evacuate the area immediately and call your gas company or emergency services. Do not use any electrical devices, light switches, or open flames, as they can ignite the gas. It’s important to have your gas lines regularly inspected and maintained to prevent gas leaks.

Hydro jetting, which uses high-pressure water to clean and clear pipes, is generally safe for old pipes. However, it’s important to consider the condition of the pipes before using hydro jetting. If the pipes are already damaged or weakened, the high pressure of the water jet can cause further damage or even cause the pipes to burst. It’s recommended to consult with a professional plumber who can assess the condition of the pipes and determine if hydro jetting is a safe and appropriate option.

The cost to repipe an average-sized house can vary depending on several factors such as the size of the house, the type of pipes being replaced, and the location of the house. On average, repiping a house can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $10,000 or more. The cost may also depend on the type of materials used, with copper being more expensive than PEX or PVC. It’s recommended to get a quote from a licensed plumber to get a more accurate estimate based on your specific needs.

A belly in a sewer line occurs when a section of the pipe sags or dips, creating a low spot where wastewater can accumulate and cause blockages. To fix a belly in a sewer line, the affected section of the pipe needs to be excavated and replaced. A professional plumber will typically use a specialized camera to locate the belly and determine the best approach for repairs. It’s important to address a belly in a sewer line promptly to prevent further damage and potential sewage backups.

The easiest shower to install is typically a prefabricated shower kit. These kits come with all the necessary components, including walls, base, and plumbing fixtures, and can be installed relatively quickly with basic plumbing skills. They are available in a variety of sizes and styles to fit most bathrooms. Some popular options include acrylic or fiberglass shower kits, which are lightweight and easy to install. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and consult with a professional plumber if needed to ensure a proper and safe installation.

Fixing a leaking concrete slab typically involves identifying the source of the leak and applying an appropriate sealant or waterproofing material. This may involve excavating around the perimeter of the slab and applying a waterproof membrane or injecting a specialized polyurethane foam sealant into any cracks or gaps in the concrete. It’s important to consult with a professional contractor or plumber to ensure proper diagnosis and repair of the leak to prevent further damage or potential safety hazards.

The average cost to install a tankless water heater varies depending on several factors such as the size of the unit, location of installation, and the complexity of the installation process. The cost typically ranges between $1,500 and $3,500. Additional costs may be incurred if upgrades are needed to the existing gas line, electrical wiring or plumbing infrastructure. It’s important to consult with a licensed plumber to determine the most appropriate size and type of tankless water heater and to obtain an accurate cost estimate for the installation.

The most effective water filtration system depends on the specific contaminants present in the water supply. For example, reverse osmosis systems are effective at removing dissolved minerals, salts, and some organic compounds, while activated carbon filters are effective at removing chlorine, sediment, and some volatile organic compounds. Multi-stage filtration systems that combine multiple technologies may be the most effective at removing a range of contaminants. It’s important to have the water tested and consult with a professional to determine the best filtration system for your specific needs.

The standard cost of a water heater varies depending on the type of unit and its features. A conventional storage tank water heater can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,500, depending on its size and efficiency rating. Tankless water heaters typically cost more upfront, with prices ranging from $500 to $2,500 or more. Heat pump water heaters are more expensive, with prices ranging from $800 to $3,000 or more. Installation costs should also be factored in, as these can vary widely depending on the complexity of the installation.

Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of factors, such as a clogged faucet aerator, a malfunctioning pressure regulator, or a water leak. To fix low water pressure, start by checking the faucet aerators and cleaning or replacing them if necessary. If that doesn’t work, check the pressure regulator to ensure that it is functioning correctly. If there’s still low pressure, check for water leaks and repair any issues found. If you’re unable to fix the problem on your own, it’s best to call a licensed plumber for assistance.

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    DeAnn Miller
    Jacob and his helper (sorry forgot the name :/) were both amazing and did a fantastic job. Went above and beyond to show me what to do to prevent the problem again and how to take care of the issue it caused. I also enjoyed hearing Jacob training the young gentleman that was with him. Amanda in the office was also great at getting me worked in last minute, worked around my schedule and explained everything before they came out on pricing and how to pay. I really like how they kept in touch and even let me know who to expect.I get a little anxious about the unknown but this went way better than I expected because they were very thorough from the beginning to the end.Great job!
    Roland Howell
    From the initial call to the job being completed, everything was professionally done. Marley was my first contact in the office, she was so professional and personable! Jacob called after arriving to my home to give me his diagnosis, and right away I could tell he knew what he was talking about. The communication was always timely, up to the text to tell me they would be there at a specific time for the installation. It’s refreshing to find a company that does what they say and shows up when they are supposed to!
    Dale Myers
    Dealing with Jacob and Schitts Plumbing was a pleasant experience when it probably shouldn't have been. Jacob was always on time and very responsive to any attempts to communicate. Jacob was able to locate a leak and repair it when others could not. We will most definitely call them again as we have a couple of other plumbing projects in the near future.
    Dorothy McMahan
    I was extremely satisfied with Schitt's plumbing. Their employees fixed my plumbing problem quickly and cleanly the same day. I would not hesitate to recommend them to neighbors and friends.
    Tom Blaz
    I had outstanding experience with Schitt's plumbing. Rather that saddle me with unnecessary costs, he directed me to a solution and only charged me for the agreed upon initial assessment fee. Fair and honest, what more can you ask? ~Tom
    Ronaldo de Jesus
    Scheduled service 12-4, showed up 12:20. Took care of dripping shower head. Then told the service technician if he can look at an outside faucet that was dripping also. Got that one fixed too. Excellent service. It's not cheap but you pay for professional service. Would use again.
    Rob Lyle
    They are great! I have dealt with them two or three times now. They have always been prompt and courteous. Mr.Davis has done two or three jobs for us, he and his Assistant Trevor are always professional and available to answer questions when they are working. We will continue to call when we have plumbing issues.
    Jared Stouffer
    Quick and super clean. Great communicators of what and how they are doing their service. Professional and use of shoe covers is an excellent touch. Very grateful for their help and service!
    Keah Higgins
    We have used Schitt's Plumbing for several years now and they have never disappointed us. A few years ago, we purchased our house not knowing there were a lot of plumbing issues. We called them out with our first leak and they repaired it quickly. They were very knowledgeable and explained all the options and the extent of the issue. It turned out that the previous repairs of these pipes were not repaired using the proper equipment/tools. They explained all of this and went on to repair the pipe the correct way. A few weeks later, we had another leak and called them back thinking the repair was not done properly. In fact, it was the other line that busted right after they fixed the first. This issue affected our kitchen, laundry room and eventually our guest bath. They were quick to help us get everything back in order. Not only that, but they worked with us on the price since we had just had a hefty bill a few weeks prior. We have had no issues with the repairs that they made and are so thankful for this business. The most recent visit was due to backed up toilet. They were quick to get us on the schedule and when they arrived the problem was resolved within the hour. We will continue to use them for both the small and large plumbing issues and I recommend you do the same if you want honest, affordable, and efficient plumbers. Thank you Schitt's Plumbing!
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