Plumbing Services at HSC – Your Questions Answered

An Essential Guide to All Your Pressing Plumbing Concerns

Whether you’re wondering how to unclog a garbage disposal or want to know some steps you can take to help prevent water leaks, our team at Hawkins Service Company is here to provide insights that can aid Tampa Bay, FL property owners like you avoid a plumbing disaster. Explore our list of frequently asked questions about plumbing services below, and if you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly staff today.
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To prevent clogged drains in your bathroom, it's essential to avoid disposing of items known to cause blockages. Avoid flushing large amounts of toilet paper or feminine hygiene products. Install shower drain screens to catch hair and debris and clean them regularly. Also, consider having a plumbing professional perform a drain cleaning periodically to remove accumulated buildups and keep your drains flowing smoothly.
A toilet that runs more than it should is often caused by a faulty flapper valve or a problem with the fill valve. The flapper valve – the plastic or rubber valve found at the bottom of the tank – may not be sealing properly, allowing water to flow continuously from the tank to the bowl. The fill valve may also be malfunctioning, causing an incomplete fill cycle. One of our experienced plumbers can diagnose and repair the issue to restore your toilet’s functionality.

If your kitchen sink is clogged, refrain from using chemical drain cleaners, as they can damage your pipes. You can start by trying a plunger to dislodge the blockage. If that doesn’t work, another DIY method is to pour boiling water down the drain to break up grease and debris.

If the clog persists, another alternative is to use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain and let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes, then flush the drain with hot tap water. If none of these methods work, it’s time to contact our plumbing professionals at HSC.

A clog or jam in your garbage disposal can be prevented by avoiding overloading it with large quantities of food waste at once. Always run cold water while the garbage disposal grinds waste and continue running water for a few seconds after to ensure proper flushing. Do not pour fat or grease into the disposal, which can lead to severe clogs and drain complications.
To prevent water leaks, it’s important to conduct regular inspections, but you can also take proactive measures. Excessively high water pressure can strain your pipes and increase the potential for leaks. Ideally, your water pressure should be within a safe zone of 30-50 psi (pounds per square inch). Water pressure above 60 psi for any length of time can lead to a plumbing issue. To check your water pressure, you can use a pressure gauge available at hardware stores and connect it to a faucet on your home’s exterior.
Yes, you can perform a simple check to detect potential water leaks in your home. Start by turning off all water sources in your home and check your water meter. If the meter is still running, it indicates a potential leak. You can also inspect visible pipes, faucets, toilets, and appliances for any signs of leakage or water damage. If you suspect a leak, it’s best to contact us for a thorough inspection and repairs.
It's essential to be familiar with the location of the main water valve so that you’re able to stop the flow of water in the event of a burst pipe or other serious plumbing problem. When there is a plumbing emergency, the first step is to locate and shut off the water main to prevent any further damage. You should then contact our plumbing professionals immediately. Hawkins Service Company is available 24/7 to provide you with emergency plumbing repairs whenever you need it.
Regular water heater maintenance is a fundamental step retaining optimal performance and longevity. It is generally recommended to schedule a professional water heater inspection and preventative maintenance service at least once a year. This will ensure your heater operates at its best while minimizing the potential for breakdowns and prolonging its lifespan.

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Every Tampa property owner deserves a reliable plumbing system. When your plumbing goes awry, our team is ready and available to restore your system’s performance and functionality with ease and precision! Hawkins Service Company is comprised of a highly skilled team of experienced plumbing technicians with decades of knowledge and industry expertise. From preventative maintenance, tune-ups, and emergency repairs to water heater replacement and installation services, we are your one-stop shop for all your plumbing needs. Contact us to get a free plumbing service estimate today.

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