The plumbing system in your home is a vital element to running your household properly. Without plumbing, you wouldn’t have a running toilet, be able to wash clothes, run the dishwasher or take a shower. Depending on how old the plumbing system is in your home, you may have had to call a plumber to fix a problem more than once in the last few years. If your plumbing is on the fritz, then you will need a professional to come and see where the issue is stemming from. A less than adequate plumbing system can be related to many reoccurring problems as well as a headache. With regular care and maintenance, you may be able to avoid these seven common home plumbing problems:
Slow dripping Faucets
Usually, a dripping faucet is a quick fix as the spout may have been left slightly open, and it just needs a tightening to stop it from dripping. However, if the drip is persistent and won’t stop, then it’s time to call your plumber. A dripping faucet can leave you with a large water bill and unnecessary wasted water.
If you see wet and discolored spots on the ceiling or your floors, you could have leaking pipes. Don’t just put buckets underneath the leaks and procrastinate on getting a plumber in to fix it. The longer you wait, the more chance of having water damage to your home which is very costly to repair.
A running toilet could be a big waste of water. Up to 200 gallons per day as a matter of fact. Many times this is a quick fix as the flapper may not have closed properly after flushing. If you open the cover and put the flapper on properly and it still runs, it’s time to call your plumber immediately. Just like a slow dripping faucet, a running toilet can render you a hefty water bill.
Low water pressure could mean a hidden leak somewhere in your home or pipes may be corroded. Replacing your showerhead may be a simple solution to low water pressure, however, if you have a new showerhead and the problem also occurs in other areas of the house like the kitchen sink or your toilet isn’t flushing properly, you should call a professional to take a look at the situation.
Hose bibb leaks
When a hose bibb leaks, it may be a sign that it has a crack which usually is a result from being unprotected in the cold winter months. You can have your plumber frost-proof the hose bibb so that it will prevent future leaks.
You may be tempted to buy a bottle of Drano and call it a day, but sometimes over-the-counter drain cleaners won’t work on the toughest problems. If you still have a problem with slow or clogged drains after using a drain cleaner, you should call an expert plumber to assess the problem and clean it out properly.
Sump pump problems
Lack of maintenance and care of your sump pump could cause a host of plumbing problems and cause leaks and drips. If you have exhausted all possibilities of what you leak or drip the problem is, you may have to replace your sump pump. Call a professional to give you the best advice on what you should do and how to care for your sump pump after it is serviced. It could even be a more dire issue that requires a cesspool repair company to take a look.