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Plumbing FAQs: Our Plumbers’ Top Questions

Every homeowner encounters plumbing questions at some point. Our team of experts receives countless questions each month and is equipped with answers! Here, you can find some of the most frequently asked questions—with answers from the pros. To help shed some light on all your plumbing mysteries.

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Why does plumbing need to be vented?

Also known as a “vent stack,” your plumbing vent helps regulate air pressure within your plumbing system to allow water to run smoothly. This vent system also removes exhaust gas and odors from your home.

Which type of pipe is best?

While there’s no objective “best” plumbing pipe material, most modern homes are built with PEX plumbing, which is a flexible and durable pipe option.

What are some consequences of delaying plumbing repairs?

Aside from the obvious costs associated with water leaks impairing the efficiency of your plumbing and racking up your utility bill, there are often even more serious consequences associated with plumbing problems that go ignored. Excess moisture in the home can lead to the growth of mold or mildew. Because mold breeds through the release of spores, the presence of mold in your living space can pollute the air you breathe and cause serious respiratory issues.

Ignoring sewer line issues can lead to even worse hazards. What may begin as a sewer smell can transform into sewage backing up into your home—which introduces all kinds of harmful bacteria into your living space.

So, it’s important to never ignore plumbing issues because it could have an adverse impact on your health and wellbeing.

How can I prevent leaking pipes in my home?

Of course nobody ever wants to deal with leaky plumbing. Luckily, there are a few easy tricks you can use to help avoid plumbing issues. One of the best (and often overlooked) prevention methods is to make sure the water pressure in your plumbing system does not exceed 60 psi. If you find that your water gauge is indicating a higher pressure, call Benjamin Franklin plumbing to adjust the pressure by tweaking your water regulator or installing a pressure-reducing valve.

Even though not all plumbing problems are preventable, having a better understanding of how your plumbing system works is the first step toward maintaining functional and hassle-free pipes in your home. We hope you found these plumbing FAQs helpful, but if you ever have any other questions about the plumbing in your home, don’t hesitate to call Benjamin Franklin plumbing to get your questions answered.

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