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Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are you locally owned and operated?

A: Yes, we have been serving northern and central Maryland for over 30 years. There are service stations located throughout Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Howard County to provide you with quick and local service.

Q: I have a leaky pipe or a clogged drain. Is that something you can help me with?

A: Yes, we are experts of plumbing repair and maintenance services. We can solve problems related to pipes and any water systems in your home with ease.

Q: Why do I need a sump pump? What size pump would I need?

A: Sump Pumps are used to protect a flood-susceptible area from suffering water damage. Basements are often at risk of water damage in the event of a flood. If you live in an area prone to flooding then you should install a sump pump. There are several factors that determine the appropriate amount of power required from your sump pump. Michael Runk can help you determine which sump pump to buy.

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Q: What is the difference between standard and super efficient water heaters?

A: The difference between the two is their quality. A super efficient tank contains higher quality components, efficiency ratings, and warranties. Otherwise, the tanks are the same in their structure and design.

Q: How do I know if my garbage disposal is jammed?

A: There are a number of signs that your garbage disposal may be jammed. If you hear a humming sound and your disposal is unable to grind, overly noisy or stops before you turn it off then it may be jammed. Turn off the disposal to prevent the motor from burning out. You may be able to un-jam the disposal yourself, although it is dangerous. It may be a safer choice to call a professional like Michael Runk.

Q: How can I prevent clogged drains?

A: Fats and cooking oils can lead to clogged drains in the kitchen, as they can solidify in the drain. Other drains may be susceptible to build-ups of foreign objects like hair. Try to prevent these foreign substances from entering your drains using a sink drain strainer.

Q: What causes a leaky faucet?

A: A leaky faucet is often caused by a relatively small problem. The internal mechanisms may need to be replaced or rebuilt. This is an easy, low-cost solution that will save you money on your water bill.

Q: How do I know if my pipes need to be replaced?

A: If your pipes are beginning to show signs of rust or calcium build up then there may be a leak. This is a sign that some of your pipes may need to be replaced or repaired to prevent further damage to your home.