Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

We’ve compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions to help you get started. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for here, feel free to reach out to our friendly customer support team for further assistance.

What are plumbing options for my “green” home?

If you are looking to help save water in your home, one option you may want to consider is having a “low flush” toilet installed as it will use about half the amount of water. There are also lower flow options for your faucets and shower heads throughout the home that will help conserve water and save you money over the years. You can also make your home greener by considering a tankless water heater, which heats water only when you need it, thus saving a lot of gas and energy.

How can I help prevent clogging in my drains?
If you are looking to prevent blockage and extend the life of your drains, one option is to not allow grease to get down the drains. This will include even cooking oils, as it will eventually block the drains and create problems later on. Believe it or not, simple tools that can help your drains you likely already have in your home, this includes ice and lemons. Frequently using lemon specifically will not only help your sink smell better but it will help grab buildup as it travels down your drain.
Why does my shower keep running out of hot water?

If you’re frequently losing hot water, chances are your water heater has exceeded its lifespan, and it’s time for a replacement. If it is still on the newer side, you will want to be sure to routinely flush it in order to help clear out all of the buildup that it collects over the years. Frequent maintenance will extend the life of your water heater significantly.

Why does my water look yellow?
When water begins to look yellow, it is often a result of rusty pipes due to their age. When this occurs it is generally a sign that it is time to replace the old pipes.
What do you do when my main line is clogged?
We clean the blockage in the line with a cable or jetter.
What is a jetter?

We use a high-pressure water jetter for cleaning drain lines and drain field laterals.

What is a sewer camera?
This is a video camera put into the pipe to inspect the problem so we can look at it on a television monitor/video tape.
My pump seems to keep cycling over and over again, does not turn off.

If your pump is cycling a lot, it might mean there’s a problem with the pump or possible water leaks. Look for plumbing leaks and make sure the pressure switch is working right. If issues continue, contact Yelm Plumbing & Pumps for expert help. Our team of plumbers and technicians are here to fix any pump problems you have.

My pump frequently turns on and off.

If you’re experiencing frequent on-off cycling of your pump, it may signal a potential issue with your pressure tank. This situation could be a sign of malfunction within the pressure tank, leading to difficulties in maintaining steady water pressure and causing increased pump cycling. We recommend examining or replacing the pressure tank to resolve this matter and guarantee the reliable performance of your pump. Trust Yelm Plumbing & Pumps to assist you in addressing and resolving these concerns effectively.

Sometimes my pump works and then it doesn’t work.
An electrical problem could be the cause.
My water pressure is low. (Which could be caused by a couple different things)
  • Your well pump is wearing out.
  • There is a possible blockage if you have an in-line filter installed or if you have a water softener, a line in your water softener system could have a blockage.
  • Your pressure tank isn’t functioning properly anymore and requires replacement.

Contact Yelm Plumbing and Pumps at 360-292-1811 today for any more questions you may have!

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