Frequently Asked Question
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When should I call a plumber?
If pipes are backing
up on your lawn or basement
If a pipe is broken
If the toilet won’t
If the toilet runs
If you need a new
faucet, toilet, sink, or shower fixture, installed
If you are building or
remodeling your home
If you have low water
If you hear a
hammering noise in your pipes
If water collects in
your basement indicating the need for a sump pump
If the radiators in
your home are not getting hot.
If your home heater
makes noise or is not operating
If your hot water tank
If you need a back
If you smell a gas
If you receive a
violation from the city or township
If you see raw sewage
from the toilet backing in place where it shouldn’t
(like the tub, sink, yard, garage, etc.)
What are Fixtures?
Plumbing fixtures are exchangeable devices that are
connected to a home or building's plumbing system. Some
examples of fixtures include toilets, urinals, bidets,
showers, bathtubs, utility and kitchen sinks, drinking
fountains, ice makers, etc.
What is a Back
backflow preventer is used to protect the main water
supply from contamination or pollution. Water is
normally maintained at a specific pressure to enable
water to flow from the tap or shower. When water
pressure drops (for example, when a water main breaks or
the fire department pulls a high quantity of water from
the system), the pressure in the pipe drops. This can
allow contaminated water from a cross connection to be
siphoned into the system.
prevent this, many cities and townships require that a
mechanical backflow preventer be installed. The device
is installed at the point where water is delivered to
the building (next to the water meter). A typical
backflow preventer has test ports and shut-off valves
that must be tested each year.
How can I identify
a potential drain or sewer line problem?
One of the first signs of a sewer problem is sewage in
the basement or front yard… or garage. Often a foul
smell is notice before or as the sewage backup is
Toilets show the most dramatic blockage
because they send a sudden large discharge of water and
waste into the sewer line. If the water rises to the
bowl brim when you flush the toilet, there is a blockage
(local or in the main line). First, you should always
try aggressively plunging the toilet with a manual
toilet plunger. If that doesn’t help, give us a call to
help diagnose the problem.
Causes of a sewer line back up are many fold including
objects in the line, buildup of sewage matter in the
pipe over a period of time, tree roots grown into the
sewer line and other -- all prevent sewage from draining
Vidal Plumbing has the equipment needed to clear your
line. We also use special instruments, when needed, to
determine if the sewer line is broken underground.
What are Curb
Curb traps are also known as house traps. They are used
to stop sewer gas from entering the home. They also
help circulate air through the plumbing system. The
curb trap has a curb box (fresh air inlet) which allows
air to circulate through the system.
(Note: In the city of Philadelphia, a curb trap must be
cast iron. PVC is not allowed.)
What are some
other types of plumbing traps?
Your home might also have has many different traps in
addition to the curb trap. There are also traps in the
toilet, kitchen sink, lavatory sink, bathtub, and floor
drain. All of these traps prevent sewage gases from
entering your home. If your home didn’t have these
traps, you would experience health problems and, in
severe cases, possible explosions from sewer gases.
Vidal Plumbing is trained and licensed to work with all
types of plumbing traps.
What should I know
about Drain Cleaning?
Drain cleaning is not always as easy as one might think.
Frequently, store purchased liquid drain cleaners prove
to be very ineffective and can damage your pipes.
Clogged drains develop after years and years of pouring
substances down the drain. Eventually these substances
stick to the sides of the drain resulting in the width
of the drain becoming smaller and smaller – all leading
to an eventual clogged drain.