Plumbing FAQs


Q: Why are my faucets dripping?

A: When your faucet is dripping, this usually means that one or more internal parts, such as the O-ring, valve seats, ball valve, or gasket needs to be replaced.  If it is a newer faucet, complete faucet replacement can most likely be avoided. However, if your faucet is older, replacing your faucet may be cheaper than continuously replacing the internal parts.


Q: What can I put down my garbage disposal?

A: A properly running garbage disposal should be able to handle numerous types of food, including meat, fruits, vegetables, egg, egg shells, and other biodegradable foods.  However, corn husks, asparagus, clam/oyster shells, and foods high in fiber should not be put down your garbage disposal.  To ensure that your garbage disposal does not become clogged, always use cold water when putting food down your garbage disposal.  If your garbage disposal is not able to handle these foods, the drain line may be clogged.


Q: Why is my toilet constantly running?

A:  Most likely, one of the parts, such as the rubber flap or the ball valve, needs to be replaced. Some of these parts can be easily replaced without hiring a plumber.  However, if replacing a malfunctioning part in your toilet does not fix the problem, you may need a plumber to come out and inspect your toilet.  If left unrepaired, a constantly running toilet can drive up your water bill and cost you more money in the long term.


Q: Why do my drains get clogged?

A:  Many items, such as grease, hair, and other small miscellaneous objects can fall into your drain.  If your drains are not properly cleaned and cared for on a regular basis, they can become clogged.  If possible, the use of commercial drain cleaners should be avoided.  These products will only partially unblock the drain or temporarily fix the problem.  Instead, a plumber should be called out to unclog your drain. The plumbers at Capital Care Plumbing have the tools necessary to clear out your clogged drain, including drain snakes.


Q: What does it mean if my water heater is leaking?

A: There can be many causes of a leaking water heater. Most of the time, if your water heater is leaking, it is due to rust, caused by a building of sediment in the water heater. However, other issues, such as a loose drain valve and too much pressure can also cause your water heater to leak.  Depending on the severity of the leak, the fix could be simple, or could require the water heater to be completely replaced.  If you are not sure what the cause of the leak is, one of our plumbers can determine the cause of the leak, and the fix that it requires.


Q: What’s the typical lifespan of a water heater?

A: The typical lifespan of a tank water heater is approximately 10 years, while a tankless water heater has a lifespan of approximately 20 years.  Sometimes, factors such as water quality can affect the lifespan of the heater.  To ensure that your water heater has a long lifespan, you should flush out and inspect your water heater every year.  Our plumbers are trained on which parts of the water heater to inspect, and to spot any warning signs of possible damage that the water heater has sustained.


Q: Water is leaking through my ceiling. I need a plumber now!

A: No problem! Capital Care Plumbing offers 24/7 service in the case of plumbing emergencies.  If the problem can’t wait, one of our plumbers will be there to assist you as soon as possible, whether it be at 2 AM or 2 PM.


Q: If I need a plumber, how much will it cost?

A: The total cost varies by job.  Each problem our customers call us about vary in nature and severity, from clogged drains to leaking water heaters and everything in between. If you need an estimate, we can send out one of our plumbers to provide you with an inspection and price estimate.


If you still have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call Capital Care Plumbing.  We can determine if the problem you are having only needs a simple fix, or needs to be repaired by one of our licensed plumbers.