All homeowners, one way or another, encounter plumbing problems at least once in their lives and find themselves in need of 24-hour emergency plumbing services. It can be caused by various factors, but these common plumbing problems usually can be easily prevented or solved.
Some issues can be solved using simple tools at home while in some cases you might want to call your trusty neighbourhood plumber to have it checked.
Below is a list of the most common residential plumbing issues homeowners face over the course of their stay. Along with the listed plumbing issues are also its causes and what you can do to fix it.
While it is strongly urged that proper and routine plumbing check-ups from your plumber are the best way to avoid these issues, some problems still occur. Hopefully, the list below can help you spot these issues early on and guide you on what steps to take.
On top of the list is, of course, dripping or leaky taps. A common plumbing issue most homeowners experience, many will testify how irritating and a huge waste of water it is. Putting it off can cost you a lot with your water bill.
Usually, dripping or leaky taps are caused by the internal washer having become worn down, torn, or dislodged. If you have the right tools, an average homeowner like yourself can fix it in no time.
Clogged sink drains
Kitchen sink drains and bathroom drains often get clogged from time to time due to a blockage restricting water flow. Kitchen sink drain clogs can contain food scraps, congealed fat and solidified fat, while bathroom sink clogs may be caused by clumps of hair and soap bits.
Clearing a clogged sink can be done using a plunger, pouring drain cleaners, or using a plumber’s snake. It is advised that you call for your plumber to have this problem fixed.
Low water pressure
Low water pressure usually is found in older homes or apartments with dated plumbing systems. A dated plumbing system means old and used pipes that have become worn and corroded over time. These pipes are prone to leaks and a replacement can be done to fix this. Keep in mind that only a licensed plumber can perform the pipe replacement.
If your toilet bowl doesn’t drain away and you notice a funky smell coming from it, then most probably your toilet is clogged. The blockage is usually caused by personal care products like tissues and sanitary pads, and bits of soap being flushed down.
Avoid flushing tissues and other materials down your toilet to prevent this in the future. Clogged toilets can be fixed by a simple plunger. If that doesn’t do the trick, a plumber’s snake or drain cleaner can be used.
Faulty water heater
This problem usually makes itself known only when you’re about to take a shower and you are blasted by cold water. Your water heater may be failing due to a number of reasons: the pilot light may have gone out, there’s a build-up of sediment in the tank, or the thermostat is failing.
While the previous issues you can partially deal with without calling for help, a faulty water heater needs the attention of a professional plumber if you want it checked and fixed immediately.