Frequently Asked Questions

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At AM PM Plumbing, we're committed to offering the best plumbing solutions, rates, and service in the Murrieta area—and that includes answering all your questions completely without any confusing technical terms. Here are answers to questions our customers often ask:

How Can I Prevent a Clogged Sink?

Above all, be mindful of what goes down your drain. Don’t put grease, coffee grounds, flour, produce stickers, cooking oil—or anything but soap and water really—down it. Food waste and other debris can lodge in drainpipe bends, where it builds up and forms blockages.
Here are a few more tips to prevent kitchen sink clogs:
  • Pour grease and oil into a can, disposable plastic container, or glass jar and throw it in your trash can.
  • Throw coffee grounds in your compost bin or use it as a garden mulch.
  • Place a drain-grate or screen in your sink to keep food waste and soap scum out of your drain.
  • Run hot water down the drain after doing the dishes.

Why Won't My Toilet Stop Running?

The issue is likely your flapper. Either it's stuck, or it's worn-down and needs to be replaced. If there is too much water in the tank, overflowing water may also leak into the toilet bowl through the overflow tube. By adjusting the float’s height, you can lower the water level, which will solve the problem. A running toilet can also be due to a refill tube that’s too long. Shortening the tube will eliminate the suction effect, which pulls water from the fill valve.

Why Is My Water Bill So Unusually High?

Your plumbing might have a leak somewhere out of sight. Check your water meter: If it is turning quickly, get in touch with our team to find and repair any unseen issues.
Common causes of unusually high water bills include:
  • Water softener backwash cycles
  • Leaks or broken sprinkler heads in your irrigation system
  • A toilet leak or dripping faucet
  • Broken water pipes, such as a slab leak
  • A sump pump with water-powered backup

What Benefits Does a Tankless Water Heater Offer?

Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand. Because they don’t store heated water, tankless water heaters cost less to run. They also take up significantly less room than traditional water heaters. With a tankless water heater, you don’t have to wait for the system to heat an entire storage tank full of water. The unit heats the water instantly and on-demand, which means you have an unlimited supply of hot water. The average lifespan of tankless water heaters is longer than that of a storage tank system, as well. If you want a water heater that will last for the next two decades, go tankless.

What Causes Slab Leaks?

Slab leaks generally occur because the piping under your slab has worn away over the years, although the issue could also be due to:
  • Poor initial installation
  • Shifting soil beneath the building
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Water contaminants causing copper pipe corrosion
Signs of a slab leak include:
  • Hot spots on your flooring
  • Foundation cracks
  • Pooling water
  • A drop in water pressure
  • Unexpectedly high water bills
If you notice any of the above, contact us to schedule slab leak detection and repair services.

How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

The average life expectancy of a storage-tank water heater is between 8 and 12 years. Generally speaking, tankless water heaters have a longer functional lifespan than conventional storage tank systems. A high-end tankless system can last for twenty years or longer. Your water heater will have a better chance of surviving until the longer end of that spectrum if you have it maintained and repaired regularly. Consider replacing your old water heater if:
  • Water coming from the tank is rusty.
  • There are rumbling or banging sounds coming from the tank.
  • Water leaks are a regular occurrence.
  • Your energy bill remains high, despite frequent repairs.

Why Is My Water Murky?

Your water heater might have accumulated too much sediment. In this case, you need to have it drained. You might even need to schedule water heater repairs. If the water coming from your taps and main water line is murky, it may be contaminated. Possible pollutants of residential drinking water include:
  • Organic materials
  • Chemicals
  • Microbes
  • Heavy metals
If you suspect that your drinking water contains pollutants, contact us for a water purification solution.

When it comes to plumbing repair, installation, and maintenance services, look no further than AM PM Plumbing. If you need plumbing services in Murrieta, CA, give us a call at 951-553-3882. We’re happy to answer all your questions!