Frequently Asked Questions

Company and Plumbing Related Questions

Company Related Questions

Yes. We are happy to offer free estimates for plumbing repair or replacement items that do not require a diagnosis.

Yes. All of our repair services carry a one year warranty through our company.

Yes. We are licensed and insured above the state of Texas minimum for your protection.

We offer a variety of services for both residential and commercial customers. To view a list of our services, click here.

Yes. We offer customized maintenance plans to keep your home or business functioning as it should.

Plumbing Related Questions

Water rates are usually consistent. Sudden increases are therefore generally symptoms of a bigger problem. If you notice that your water bill increases by more than 20% without explanation (such as guests or a new bathroom having been installed) in any given billing period, it’s time to start looking for causes.

An incredibly sharp increase is almost always due to a leak of some kind. If you cannot find the leak, check your property – there could always be water coming up from a water line somewhere. Whether you can find the problem or not, when faced with a leak or even the idea that you might have one, it’s important to call us early to prevent any unnecessary damage.

Plumbing problems, when left unresolved, can often cause your water bill to dramatically increase. If you notice an unexplained increase in the billed amount of water used on your water bill it may be caused by a leak in the plumbing system. Toilet leaks, pipe leaks, hot water tank leaks, and sprinkler line leaks can all be the cause of your increased water usage.

Every water-using appliance and fixture in your home contributes to your water bill, so be on the lookout for ways to reduce your consumption for each. The following products and practices are all practical ways you can easily reduce your daily water usage:

-Low flow shower heads
-Low flush toilets
-Only run your dishwasher when full
-Energy efficient washing machines
-Fix drips and leaks as soon as they are noticed.

These are some simple tips, but there are plenty more. Just be on the lookout for ways to keep water from running continuously in your home. The cost can add up fast.

Drains are designed to prevent smells from coming back inside your home, so if you suddenly find yourself wrinkling your nose whenever you enter the bathroom, there is a problem. Fortunately, it is almost always an easy one to fix. The vast majority of odd smelling drains are the result of a dried out trap.

Every drain has a U-shaped trap designed to hold a small amount of water at all times. This water blocks sewer gasses from travelling back up your plumbing and into your house. When the trap dries out, there is no barrier and you’ll begin to notice a smell when you enter the room. The simple solution is to pour water down drains in your house that aren’t used often. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, you’ll need to call us so we can thoroughly inspect your system to track down the problem.

A sudden shift in water pressure can be the result of many problems, but the simplest to solve are often those related to the water line or shutoff valve. Check your incoming lines and the valve to make sure there isn’t a kink and the valve is open all the way. Another problem you may face is mineral deposit in old pipes. This is common in homes that haven’t had their pipes replaced in three or more decades, and while cleaning is an option, you should also discuss the possibility of replacement with us.

If there is low water pressure at a faucet, first make sure the stop is on all the way. There could be a few issues, but some tests for the owner to try first would be

  1. Take off the aerator and clean it out.
  2. If possible, take out cartridge and clean it out. Make sure the water is off to the faucet first.
  3. Lastly, call Texas Select Plumbing

For the most part, tank water heaters are good for 10 years or more, so older units in particular will need a professional inspection to assess the situation and help you review your options. Replacement is the easiest solution in most of these cases, especially given the energy efficiency of modern systems. However, in some others, a broken heating element or sensor can also be a problem. Try to turn up the temperature setting on your water heater and see if it produces hotter water. If not, it’s definitely time to give us a call.

Your clogged fixture may be due to hair or sludge buildup. Sometimes this can be cleared with a simple snaking, or it may be a more serious problem. We recommend a Texas Select Plumbing service professional come to your home or business and evaluate the clog and recommend the proper repair.

Typically, we do not advise people to use liquid drain cleaner on clogged sinks. The chemicals used in these products could damage the pipes leading to your sink, especially if they are made of PVC, plastic, or cast iron.

If you want to fix a clogged sink, try a plunger. If that doesn’t work, call us for help.

Most odors coming from garbage disposals are caused by food that has backed up in the garbage disposal. Smells may be eliminated by placing the peels of lemons or oranges in the garbage disposal and some liquid detergent in the disposal. Run the disposal for 30 seconds then rinse it with cold water. That should remove any odors.

A plumber may not be required depending upon why your water is discolored. If the discoloration is caused by hard water, you may be able to add a water softener to your water without the help of a plumber. If the water is discolored because of a sewer leak or rusty pipes, a plumber may be required to help fix the rusted pipes or sewer leak.

Some plumbing services, such as drain cleaning or fixing a leaky toilet, may be attempted by individuals who know what they are doing. Unfortunately, there are some plumbing services that should never be attempted by someone who is not an experienced plumber. Fixing leaky or broken water, sewer, or gas lines, and cleaning out sewers or drains are things that only a licensed professional plumber should do.

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