In a perfect world, we’d never run out of toilet paper and if it were up to us, plumbing problems wouldn’t exist. But since we don’t live in a perfect world full of functioning plumbing and the like, it’s best to educate yourself so you know what to do what a plumbing-related problem arises.
Playing the role of handyman may seem like the right route to take, but will a few twists of your wrench ALWAYS fix that leaky faucet? Unfortunately, it won’t. Where there are moments that a quick fix can be done to our toilets and pipework, there are also times that it’s necessary to have a plumber present.
The 7 Most Common Plumbing Problems
Some home plumbing issues can be fixed with a little elbow grease and know-how, but others are best to leave to the professionals. Learn about some of the most common plumbing problems and when it’s time to call a plumber.
1. Clogged Drains
Most of us know that a clogged toilet can often be cured by a good plunging job, and a slow draining bathtub can be remedied by an easy snaking maneuver or clog-removing product — but sometimes those quick fixes just won’t do the job.
Check out these resources for help unclogging drains:
Don’t have a plunger handy? Check out our blog: How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger
If you’re still experiencing a clogged pipe even after attempting at-home methods, there could be a larger obstruction in your pipes and it’s time to call a plumber.
2. Running Toilet
We’ve all heard the joke “Is your toilet running? Well you better go get it!” Running toilets are amongst the most common – and frustrating – plumbing problems. Toilets typically run when the flapper valve no longer fits properly and becomes loose. This issue can be fixed relatively easily by purchasing a toilet repair kit.
For more information, check out our blog: 6 Reasons Your Toilet Won’t Stop Running & How to Fix It
3. Not Enough Hot Water
There’s nothing like a hot shower to wake you up in the morning, or relax in after a long day. Your water heater should be there to warm and comfort you whenever it is prompted.
Walking into a cold shower is a nightmare for most people. Unless you can physically see your hot water tank leaking, fixing this problem is difficult to do on your own. A plumber can figure out whether this problem is because of a bad heating element, a defect in your thermostat, a blown fuse, or even a bad overload switch. From here, your plumber will let you know if you need a new water heater or if your current water heater should be repaired.
If your water heater isn’t providing the warmth you desire, call a plumber to take a look at it, as this one is always best to leave up to professionals like our Climate Design team.
For more information, check out our blog: Why Does My Shower’s Hot Water Run out so Fast?
4. Leaky Faucet
Leaky faucets are another common plumbing problem amongst homeowners. Leaky faucets also waste water and cost you money on your utility bill, so it’s important to find the root of the issue fast. Typically occurring at joints, leaky faucets can typically be repaired temporarily by replacing the joint yourself. Although you may be able to stop the leak temporarily, it’s a good idea to have a professional plumber assess the leak and provide a more permanent solution.
Ignoring a dripping faucet can be easy, that is until you see your increased utility bill and realize how much water that small drip really is wasting. It’s time to call a plumber if you have unsuccessfully tried to tighten the plumbing joints yourself and your faucets are still leaking water.
For more information, check out our blog: How to Check for & Fix a Leaky Faucet in 7 Steps
5. Sewer Line Issues
You’ve tried every attempt you can just to get your sewer line to drain properly, yet it still won’t operate. Call a plumber, because it’s highly likely that you have a bad clog in your line that is running directly into your main sewer. Sewer issues tend to be very messy, especially with the water and waste seeping into your home. Allow a plumber to treat these issues, as they have all the correct equipment that can clog and get rid of your sewage problems.
6. Low Water Pressure
Have you ever turned on a faucet expecting a rush of water, only to get a small trickle? If so, you likely have low water pressure.
Low water pressure is one of the most common plumbing issues reported by homeowners. While there are a few potential culprits, low water pressure is most commonly caused by a buildup of deposits or sediment on faucet aerators.
When water enters the pipes in your home, it carries dissolved mineral that eventually deposited themselves onto metal surfaces. While a filtration system works to remove these deposits, if you don’t have a filtration system, the deposits collect on the inner surfaces of aerators, showerheads and the like. If you suspect this is the reason for your low water pressure, try soaking any affected aerators in a vinegar solution overnight.
Occasionally, treating some water pressure problems can be simple. However, this may not always be the case. If you have a line blocked with debris or rust, low water pressure from a well or your city’s water supply, or even just a poor supply-line, a plumber needs to be called. The sooner you call a plumber about your low water pressure, the more money you’ll be saving in the long run.
7. Frozen Pipes
The best route to saving your pipes is to seek professional help. When you notice pipes have frozen, close the main water valve and open a neighboring faucet before potentially thawing the pipe. Make sure you check to see if the pipe has already broken or burst. If it’s either of these cases, you should contact a plumber ASAP. Thawing a pipe tends to be a bit scary, so it’s ideal to hire your plumber to simply replace a section of your frozen pipe rather than just thawing it out.
Contact Climate Design for Plumbing Services in Clearwater, FL
At Climate Design, we’re constantly working to make your home a little comfier. That’s why we provide an extensive list of high quality products and services to keep your plumbing in top-notch shape. If you’re experiencing any issues with your home’s plumbing, give us a call today or schedule a service appointment online.
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