Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

Why Should I Hire A Licensed Plumber?

Having a licensed plumber ensures that the person you hire to perform a repair or service has the necessary knowledge and skills to properly perform the job. A plumber is a highly skilled craftsman who can advise you on the best steps to take when a plumbing issue needs repairing, diagnose possible issues, repair water-related problems, and even help you prevent future complications. At Sunshine Plumbing and Gas, we provide our customers with Ocala plumbing services residents trust to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

What Do I Do If I Have A Leak?

If you find a leak in your home or business, contact our plumbing repair company, immediately. Leaks can bring with them many other problems and the sooner they are fixed, the fewer risks you run. A leaking pipe can waste large amounts of water leading to higher water bills. The leaking water can also cause permanent damage to your belongings in the areas surrounding the leakage and if the water has enough time to saturate into the walls, floor, or ceiling, it can cause water damage. Increased moisture from leaking pipes can also lead to mold growth and mold damage.

What Is A Plumbing "Code"?

A plumbing code is a set of rules and regulations imposed by cities, counties, and states that outlines the best and newest methods to be used in plumbing installations. Plumbing in private and public buildings is a part of the community water and sewage system, so provisions must be abided in order to protect the public health and safety. Ocala plumbers who undertake any work involving the installation of drinking water, sewer or toilet facilities in homes, offices, schools, hospitals and factories must follow the code.

Are There Consequences In Delaying Plumbing Repairs?

Any kind of plumbing repairs needed should be addressed immediately. Even the smallest of issues can turn into a big problem if ignored. Delaying the repair of a minor issue, such as a leaky faucet, can end up costing you more in repairs, leaving you with higher water bills, and causing significant damage to other fixtures and to the integrity of your home or building. If you notice a plumbing issue in your home or business, contact Sunshine Plumbing and Gas before the situation gets more serious.

What Is The Difference Between Hard Water & Soft Water?

Hard water contains a high concentration of dissolved minerals, while soft water contains little to no extra elements. In its pure form, water is naturally soft. However, as it is absorbed through the ground and passes through rocks such as limestone, it picks up hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium. Soft water can occur naturally or be produced through water treatment. Contact us today to schedule water softening services for your home or business.

How Can I Prevent Leaking Pipes?

There are several ways to prevent leaking pipes. One is to measure the water pressure that is passing through the pipes. If the pressure is above 50 psi, a plumber can address the issue so there is less stress on the pipes that could lead to leaks. Another way to reduce stress on pipes is to install a water softener. Hard water minerals can cause corrosion and buildup inside of pipes. Too much buildup can affect water flow and require costly and time-consuming repairs. For more tips or to schedule residential and commercial piping services, contact us.

How Do I Eliminate Foul Odors Coming From The Garbage Disposal?

Food debris is responsible for the foul odors that can occur in the garbage disposal. To eliminate odors, run ice cubes and lemon or orange peels in the disposal for 30 seconds. Keep the disposal running and pour in some dish detergent. Afterward, run cold water for 30 seconds to rinse away what is left. If the odors still persist, contact a plumber. We provide garbage disposal maintenance to residential and commercial customers in Gainesville and Ocala, FL.

Why Is My Faucet Dripping?

Worn out washers or other internal mechanism issues are likely the reason for your faucet dripping. If your faucet drips, contact us to schedule faucet repair services. Our plumbers can rebuild or replace the worn out parts as necessary and it is usually a fast and inexpensive job.

How Do I Get Rid Of Fruit Flies In The Drain?

Pour hot — not boiling — water or white vinegar down the affected drains. Boiling liquids can damage pipes, causing even bigger issues. Make sure all drains are cleaned and cleared regularly to prevent fruit flies from nesting again. If you have a garbage disposal, periodically grind ice cubes and citrus peels to scour the blades and deodorize the disposal.

How Do I Find Hidden Water Leaks?

Hidden water leaks can be hard to spot but if you suspect there is a leak, it needs to be found as soon as possible before it causes extensive damage. Signs of hidden plumbing and water leaks include the sound of running water when everything is turned off, higher water bills, wet spots in the walls, floor, or ceiling, and pools of water in your yard that didn’t occur before. Sunshine Plumbing and Gas can provide you with residential and commercial plumbing services residents trust to find and repair water leaks.

How Can I Use Leftover Waste Water To Flush My Toilet?

First, check the water level in the tank before flushing. This will give you an idea of how much water is needed to keep the rod holding the balloon level. Then pour leftover waste water from washing the dishes or bathing into the tank until the rod is level. You can also use water from a swimming pool or collected rainwater.

Does Energy-Efficient Plumbing Increase A Home's Value?

Yes. If you’re considering selling your home, many homebuyers want a home that needs few upgrades once they move in. Plus, buyers want to know they’ll save money in utility costs, maintenance, and repairs both in the short- and long-term. For homeowners who plan on living in the home, energy-efficient plumbing can help them save money on energy and reduce overall water usage.

How Do I Prepare My House For A Long Absence?

Start by turning off all non-essential appliances and repairing any damage to the roof and/or windows that could cause leaks when it rains. Empty the refrigerator of food that would expire while you’re away and empty all trash cans. Arrange for someone to pick up the mail and packages or place a hold on mail service until you return. Before leaving, do a final walk-through of the house, checking that all doors and windows are locked or secured and blinds and/or curtains are closed.

How Do I Remove Calcium Build-Up In Water Pipes?

There are two options and Sunshine Plumbing and Gas can help you with both. First, a calcium buildup can be removed with a water softener system. Hard water damages pipes and appliances that use water over time. A water softener lowers the pH level of the water, essentially softening it to a more appropriate level.

Another option is to replace the current plumbing pipes with plastic pipes. Minerals are unable to build-up on plastic and water is able to flow at a higher pressure and rate. Sunshine Plumbing and Gas can inspect your current plumbing system and determine what solution is best for your situation.

How Often Should I Have My Sewer Lines Jetted?

At least every 18 months to 24 months. However, homes and businesses that have more frequent issues, such as blockages and clogs, should consult with a plumbing professional at Sunshine Plumbing and Gas. Our Ocala, FL, plumbers can inspect the lines with a camera and see what is causing the issues. From there, we’ll develop an effective solution and let you know how often the lines should be jetted.

How Do I Unclog A Garbage Disposal?

Begin by turning off the circuit breaker to the garbage disposal. Then, using a flashlight, look into the disposal for the clog. If you can see it, use pliers or long-handled tongs to remove it. Turn the breaker back on and run the disposal. If everything works properly, you’re done. Otherwise, turn the breaker off again and use a sink plunger to dislodge the clog. If the clog is still there, use a 1:2 ratio of baking soda and vinegar in the garbage disposal. The chemical reaction can oust most clogs but if this doesn’t work, it’s time to call Sunshine Plumbing and Gas.

What Causes A Leaky Faucet?

A leaky faucet can have many causes, such as a corroded valve seat, worn-out seals, or low water pressure. Most people are able to fix a faucet with repair kits available at hardware and home improvement stores. If you’ve tried to stop a leaky faucet to no avail, call Sunshine Plumbing and Gas. Our Ocala plumbers will quickly get to the bottom of the issue.

Is It OK That My Toilet Is Running?

If your toilet is constantly running, the sound it makes is the least of your problems. A running toilet means water is being wasted, which could easily spike up your water bills. The problem is likely in the flush valve mechanism and it may need replacing. One of our Ocala plumbers can diagnose the problem and have your issue fixed in no time.