Do you hear a dripping sound coming from your kitchen or bathroom faucets every night? Are you experiencing problems with flushing your toilet? Is your shower’s water pressure lower than usual?
SCUDO Real Estate Management advises that as a homeowner, it’s essential to prepare yourself for any upcoming problems. All homeowners have experienced one or more plumbing problems in their new homes. If you find yourself with a plumbing problem, don’t panic.
Some plumbing issues are easy to fix without spending hundreds of dollars on a plumber. Below are the most common plumbing problems experienced by homeowners:
1. Primary Water Line Leak
Your water has two main types of water lines. The first is the public delivery line, and the other is the delivery line from the public main water break. The second delivery line brings water into your home.
Both these water lines could break, leading to water leakage. If the public delivery line breaks, you aren’t responsible for fixing it. Your municipal government is responsible for the repair costs.
But if your second delivery line has an issue, you are responsible for the repair. Mainline water breaks and leaks are frightening and difficult to handle; they require heavy equipment and major repairs. This is why you should contact a reputable plumbing company to help.
2. A Dripping Faucet
One of the most common home plumbing issues is a dripping faucet. Everyone knows that dripping faucets are a major source of water wastage in homes. For example, if your faucet is only dripping once every second, it wastes 86,400 drops of water every day. This is equivalent to 5.7 gallons of wasted water each day.
A dripping faucet may result in other plumbing issues, such as rusting pipes. It could also lead to water damage. Unfortunately, water drips may go undetected for a long time resulting in rust and growth of mold.
3. Toilet Clogs
A clogged toilet is irritating and can be a nightmare for any homeowner. They smell bad, overflow, pour toilet waste all over the bathroom floor, and support mold growth.
The clogged toilet could be an indicator of a major underlying plumbing issue. For example, you may be dealing with serious septic system damage without knowing. While you can simply plunge the clogged toilet to clear it, you may need to call a plumber if the toilet doesn’t get better.
4. Clogged and Slow Drains
Slow drains are quite rampant in American homes. It’s the main reason why most homeowners call a plumber. The main cause of slow or clogged drains is a blockage in your drain pipes.
If you’re dealing with a clogged drain, you shouldn’t try to handle the problem yourself; ensure you call a professional to do it. Kitchen and bathroom drain pipes are unsanitary and unsightly.
You may also further damage the system if you open up your kitchen sink drainage. Leave the job to professionals who have the experience and knowledge of how best to handle the problem.
5. The Water Heater Isn’t Working
If you’re experiencing any water heater problems, it’s best to leave it to professionals. Depending on the problem, you may require the services of an electrician, a natural-gas expert, and a plumber. Some common problems with water heaters include:
- A bacterial invasion
- Damage to the valves
- Rust and corrosion
Sometimes, the water heater could be providing little to no hot water. If this is the problem, the solution could be as simple as relighting the pilot on the heater for gas heaters and replacing the heating element on an electric water heater.
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6. Leaking Pipes
When thinking about residential plumbing problems, the first thing that comes to mind is leaking pipes. The problem could be a leaking under-sink pipe, toilet pipe, or any other pipes in your house. A leaking pipe is similar to a dripping faucet in that they both lead to water wastage and could cause water damage to your property.
Leaking pipes often result from damage or normal wear and tear. Hence, you may need to replace the pipe with a new one. Contact your plumber if you’re dealing with a leaking pipe in your home.
7. Reduced Water Pressure
Reduced water pressure is a major issue in and out of the shower. A major cause of low water pressure could be steam from your utility. You can confirm this by using a pressure gauge.
On the other hand, the root cause of the problem could be a plumbing issue in your home. For example, if you’re doing laundry, running the dishwasher while watering your lawn simultaneously, the water pressure in the shower could be lower than normal.
But the problem could also be due to blocked pipes. To pinpoint where the problem exists in your house, check each tap or shower in your house one at a time, then call a plumber to rectify the problem.
8. Sewer Line Problems
Your water lines bring water into your home while the sewer lines take it out with any waste. Any problems related to your sewer line are disgusting, unsightly, unsanitary, and difficult to handle. Sewer line problems often stem from simple blockages.
For example, if you flush things that don’t belong to the toilet, you will inevitably face a sewer blockage. If this happens, you need to call a professional plumber with expertise in sewer blockage to clear the line and unblock it.
Sometimes, your main sewer line could need replacing, especially if you live in an older home with clay pipes. Your plumber will advise if you need to replace the entire sewer line pipes, especially if they are old and worn out.
Now You Know the Different Plumbing Problems You Should Anticipate
Are you facing a plumbing emergency? Don’t panic; start by determining the cause of the problem if possible. If not, contact a reputable plumber to handle the issue for you.
We have all faced numerous plumbing problems, from a broken water heater to leaking pipes to broken sewer lines. Once you have a plumbing issue on your hands, remember that time is of the essence. Contact a professional immediately to avoid secondary damage to your property.
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