Some plumbing problems at home pose an inconvenience, but some can cause damage to your home that can cost thousands of dollars to fix. The key here is making sure that you address plumbing problems before they get worse. Some issues are easy fixes, and if you have a toolbox at home, then you can probably make small repairs or replace components yourself. However, If the problem is more complicated or you’re not really equipped to fix things yourself, then it’s time to call a professional plumbing service.
When you turn on the water in your sink, shower, or tub, the water should be able to drain out easily. The water should not pool around the drain for longer than necessary. If you notice that the water is taking longer to drain, then you might have a complete or partial clog. You can use a plunger, a drain cleaner, or a clog remover to unclog a drain. However, if the drain keeps clogging up, you’ll have to call a professional to deal with the issue. Remember, the repeated use of chemical drain cleaners and clog removers can cause damage to your pipes.
Not only is it irritating to listen to a leaky faucet drip, drip, and drip, a leak can also make your water bill skyrocket. Water is usually prevented from leaking through a faucet by rubber or silicone washers. These washers serve as water-tight seals that keeps the water out of the faucet once you turn the faucet off. Over the years, these washers will be worn down and will eventually break.
Replacing a washer isn’t as easy as it may seem. To complete the job, you’ll need some specialized tools—which are things that professional plumbers have.
This is perhaps one of the plumbing problems that are most likely to cause some extensive damage to your home. If undetected and unaddressed, a leaky pipe can cause rot, foundation and roof damage, as well as mold. Not only is mold a nuisance, it can also negatively impact your family’s health. It’s best to periodically check your pipes for any leaks and protect it from damage.
While replacing or repairing pipes are doable even if you aren’t a plumber, it can get complicated and quite messy. It’s usually a job that a lot of people leave to the professionals.
Low Water Pressure
Picture this: you wake up, step groggily into your bathroom to brush your teeth, turn on the faucet, and wait for the water to gush out. Except, instead of the usual torrent you expect, the water comes out in little drips.
The problem may not be with your pipes, but with your town or city’s water supply. However, it’s more likely that a buildup or sediment or minerals on your faucet aerators is what’s causing the problem. There can also be some extensive pipe damage somewhere in your home. To ascertain the exact problem, you’ll need to contact a professional.
Broken Water Heaters
There are very few feelings worse than stepping into the shower, expecting hot water, and getting a gush of cold water to the face instead. Or maybe, you get scalding, discolored, or foul-smelling water. Maybe you hear your water heater making loud noises, and maybe you notice water pooling around the water heater tank. All these cases are symptomatic of a broken water heater. While you can try to fix a water heater yourself, it’s best to call a professional and let them handle it. That way, you can be sure that you’ll be able to take nice, relaxing showers whenever you want to.