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  1. The inspector says I have an “S-Trap” under my sink. Why is that a problem?

  2. Why is my water heater making strange (rumbling, gurgling, knocking or banging) noises?

  3. How do I shut off the water in an emergency?

  4. This home has galvanized water pipe. Is that a problem?

  5. What is a P-trap?

  6. Should I call a plumber or septic tank contractor when my septic tank backs up into the house?

  7. What is that big thing in the toilet tank?

  8. What is the difference between water service pipe and water supply pipe?

  9. There’s a banging sound in the wall when I shut off the bathroom faucet. What’s that about?

  10. Should I wrap the water heater with an insulation blanket?

  11. Where’s the septic tank? Are you going to inspect it?

  12. Do I have polybutylene pipe? Why is it a problem?

  13. What are the pipes on my roof?

  14. How can I determine the age of a water heater if the serial number is missing or decoding it is impossible?

  15. How can I tell what type of plumbing pipe I have?

  16. What is the difference between a regular water heater and a power vent water heater?

  17. What is a saddle valve?

  18. How do you test a shower pan for leaks?

  19. What is a grinder pump?

  20. What can I do to make my water heater last longer?

  21. What is that little tank on top of the water heater for?

  22. What is that pipe sticking out of the ground in the yard?

  23. What are the minimum clearances around a toilet?

  24. What are the most common plumbing problems with older houses?

  25. What is a dielectric union?

  26. What is a heat pump water heater?

  27. What is the average life expectancy of copper pipe?

  28. Why can’t PVC pipe be used for water pipe inside a house?

  29. What is the average life expectancy of PVC pipe?

  30. What is an auto vent, air admittance valve, or check vent?

  31. Why is a European-style bottle trap not approved by the plumbing codes in the U.S.?

  32. What are the requirements for installing a gas appliance connector?

  33. What is an escutcheon plate?

  34. Why is sunlight exposure bad for PVC pipe?

  35. Is the hot water faucet handle required to be on the left?

  36. Why is a backflow preventer required on lawn sprinkler systems?

  37. Should I seal the washing machine drain hose to the standpipe?

  38. How can I tell if a house is connected to a septic tank or sewer?

  39. How do you find a broken water pipe leak under the floor slab?

  40. What is a sediment trap or dirt leg?

  41. Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

  42. My spa tub stopped working. What’s wrong?

  43. What is the minimum and maximum slope of the trap arm of a plumbing drain?

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