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Plumbing FAQs

What should I do if I have a major leak?

A: First things first: shut off the water supply at the main shutoff valve. If you don’t have a shutoff valve or don’t know where yours is, you can turn off the water at the meter in an emergency. As soon as you’ve done this, call Barker & Sons for emergency pipe repair!

Why do my pipes rattle and make noise all the time?

A: Your pipes are probably not properly secured, and as a result there are some spots where they rub up against the floor joists. Barker & Sons can make sure your pipes are properly secured and even install plastic pipe hangers between your pipes and the joists to eliminate the noises.

Why does my hot water smell like rotten eggs?

A: This odor is caused by hydrogen, sulfur and bacteria in the water – don’t worry though, it won’t make you sick. When the magnesium anode rod in your water heater tank reacts with the sulfur and bacteria in the water, it creates enough hydrogen to create an odor. There are many ways to take care of this, from replacing the magnesium anode rod to purifying the water in your water heater.