Common Household Plumbing Problems
Whether you’ve moved into a new home or live in a house that was built years ago, at some point or another, it’s going to need some maintenance and repairs. One of the most common systems that need continual maintenance and timely repairs is your plumbing system. While many people have the basic tools on hand to try and tackle some of the most basic plumbing problems (i.e. a clogged toilet), larger, more complicated issues often require the assistance of a professional plumber to get the problem fully resolved. Below, you’ll find a few of the most common household plumbing issues and reasons it’s best to contact a plumber.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is a common household plumbing issue. Some people will try to live with the matter, but it can be quite a nuisance trying to run a bath when the water is coming out ever so slowly. While it could be something as simple as adjusting the pressure, low water pressure throughout the home could be a much bigger problem that requires the assistance of a professional plumber. Some of those issues could include debris and mineral buildup, corrosion, or a leak in the plumbing system. An expert is needed to accurately diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs.
Dripping faucets are another common household problem. Many assume that because there is only a small amount of water dripping, that it will not cause much harm, however, it could end up costing you big time. While some homeowners might try to remedy the problem by installing new washers, if the dripping persists, this is a sign of a bigger problem. Many times, it means that the valve that the rubber washer sits on is corroded, and this issue is best left up to the professionals.
When homeowners notice small leaks in their pipes, their first (and natural) idea is to tighten or purchase a new pipe joint and replace it themselves. However, what they fail to realize is that, in most cases, this is just a temporary fix. In order to truly repair a leaking pipe, you must first know what the cause is. There are plenty of reasons a pipe could leak, including corrosion, rust, cracks, leaking joints, major clogs, and too much water pressure. In any event, a plumber is best equipped to first diagnose the problem so that it can be resolved entirely.
Slow or Clogged Drains
Drains are left exposed to all types of garbage and debris. From hair going down the shower drain to food getting sucked down the kitchen sink, there is always the potential for a major buildup and clog. As more debris enters the drains, the smaller the space is for water to travel through freely. As such, the drains either work slowly or in worst-case scenarios – not at all. While you may be able to pull the hairs from the sink, or even force the debris down with a plunger, a professional plumber should take care of major clogs, as it could require more powerful tools to rectify, or even worse, it could be the first sign of a sewage issue.
Your home’s plumbing is a very important system to your overall quality of life. Without properly working plumbing, getting through day-to-day tasks like washing your hands or showering can be quite the ordeal. While you may have the basic knowledge to handle small plumbing problems, when it comes to larger issues, such as those discussed above, it is best to take your time and hire a qualified plumber to take care of the job for you. They have the necessary experience and the right tools to ensure that the job is done effectively and correctly.