Lance Smith, owner of LD Smith Plumbing, appeared on the show and answered common plumbing questions from homeowners.
Lance discusses the LD Smith Free Drain Inspection for anyone who has a clogged drain and also shows a section of a water heater storage tank to illustrate the effects of sediment buildup.
Smith answered several frequently asked questions from homeowners. He explained that clogging of the lines could be due to a variety of factors depending on the line, such as recurring clogs, damage to the sewer line, or hair and tree roots.
When it comes to water heater leaks, Smith cited possible causes such as a cracked or corroded tank, loose fittings, or faulty pipe connections. These problems can be caused by factors such as the age of the water heater, high water pressure, or thermal expansion.
Smith addressed concerns about running out of hot water quickly and pointed to possible causes, such as: B. Mechanical failure, a water heater that is undersized for the needs of the household, or sediment clogging the tank and restricting water flow.
Regarding using common drain cleaners to treat clogs, Lance stressed that he doesn’t think they’re safe due to the potential damage they can cause to metallic plumbing or equipment, as well as the risk of damaging the skin or if inhaled. Instead, he advised homeowners to contact a plumber to assess the problem, as drain cleaners may be masking a more serious problem.
For those who bought older homes, Smith recommends having the plumbing checked by a qualified professional. He raised concerns about the age of the water supply, sewer line, and plumbing and drainage in the home.
Regarding multiple slow-drain sinks, Smith explained that if they were connected to the same line, a clog could be the cause, but it most likely wasn’t. Every sink can have its own clogging problem.
Smith’s expertise and insights provided valuable information for homeowners, ensuring they are better equipped to tackle plumbing issues in their homes.