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Vinegar in Toilets

FOR FLUSHING ISSUES Turn off the water to the toilet, flush the toilet to minimize the water in the bowl, and pour in a gallon of vinegar to remove scale and mineral deposits. Leave the vinegar in the toilet for 24-48 hours. This may improve the flushing. The goal is...

Plumbing Do Not Use Muriatic Acid

We at Mosby Building Arts work hard to share our knowledge so misguided advice like this can not cause damage to you or your home. Unfortunately, orange vest experts seldom call on the Mosby Blue experts for the proper solution, and poor advice like this is the...

Sewer Vent PVC Standpipe in the Yard

This standpipe is in the yard for maintenance purposes and supplying air into the sewer pipes for free flowing reasons, and with modern plumbing practices it is normal for it to be made from PVC. Its use is for having the pipe cleaned or snaked from outside the home...

Water Well System Losing Pressure

There are a few things a home owner can do to lightly service a water well system. Re-charging the air charge into the holding pressure tank or air bladder inside the tank may improve the situation, but unlikely. To increase the air charge in the pressure tank you...

Hot Water Runs Out too Soon

I suspect your water heater and nice shower valves are functioning correctly. It is possible that you just don’t have enough hot water capacity for the high-flow shower head and valves, even with a 50 gallon water heater. Please follow me through this thought...

Sweating Cold Water Pipes

Your cold water pipes are a classic, summer humidity occurrence. Fear not, a minor issue when corrected! The cold pipes are sweating, or condensing the moisture out of the very “wet” air in the basement. This is just like a glass of ice water sweating on a humid...

Whistle in Water Pipes

The cause of the sound is the water flowing on both sides of a faucet washer, o-ring or a shut off washer. Water flows on both sides of the faucet washer; the washer vibrates and makes a sound similar to a clarinet in a woodwind orchestra, and resonates that sound...

Toilet Bowl Black Streaks

You have a lime-like mineral build up from the many little holes under the toilet bowl rim where the water flows during flushing. These water paths have left a mineral residue over the years and that residue is now holding moisture where mildew can form. The black is...

Reduced Water Pressure

The drop in water pressure can occur for several reasons. One may be that the municipal water company may have temporarily lowered water pressure in their system to make repairs. A second, more likely reason is grit coming through the pipes from the water company from...

Noisy Drain Pipes in Wall

Your PVC waste pipes are behaving correctly, and noisily. They are tightly secured to the wall framing. When they expand from hot water (get longer) or contract and cool off (get shorter) they slide along the wood framing they are secured to. The temperature change...