No one wants to wake up to the sound of a dripping faucet or the damage that a leaky pipe has wrought overnight. Welcome to the world of common house plumbing issues.
One way or another, every homeowner will have to deal with a plumbing issue. But, you don’t want to be caught completely unaware as the problem is going from bad to worse, or even not knowing the very first thing about identifying that there’s a problem in the first place.
No worries, we’ve got you covered.
Keep on reading our little guide on the top five common plumbing issues that you might face.
1. The Crowned Jewel of Plumbing Issues: Weak Water Pressure
Nothing can be quite as infuriating as experiencing a sharp decrease in water pressure in the middle of taking a shower.
However, there’s something to be said for getting a clear signal that you’re experiencing a plumbing problem that might be related to the municipal water supply. Another cause of low water pressure is sediment or build-up in your pipes or valves.
This is an issue that you’ll want a professional to identify the cause of the problem, instead of DIY-ing it.
2. Leaky Pipes
Dealing with a busted pipe or a leaky pipe can be a straightforward repair project that you can do on your own, or it might actually be a more extensive problem that requires professional intervention and a new copper pipe.
If you’ve noticed that the leak is minor, you can use a specialized tape and compression clamp to hold the water in. Wait a couple of days, then check if the problem is fixed for good. If not, then your next step would be calling the plumber.
3. A Forever-Running Toilet
It’s quite natural for your toilet to make some noises right after flushing. It’s the sound of water filling up the toilet tank. But, if the process is taking way too long, and the toilet wouldn’t stop running, you’ll have to take a look at the inner workings.
More likely than not, it’ll be a skewed flapper valve inside of the tank. It’s a pretty easy fix, you can pick up a toilet repair kit from your local home improvement store.
4. A Clogged Drain
Whether it’s the revenge of your hair that got lost in the shower or the tub or sediment build-up that clogged up your kitchen sink, dealing with a clogged drain is a rite of passage for many homeowners.
You can do an easy fix by using plungers to deal with minor clogging. However, you’ll want to keep in mind that moderate to severe clogging issues will need a plumber to come and take a look.
5. Dripping Faucet
Not only does a dripping faucet tends to drive up your monthly water bill costs, but it can also drive you mad due to the non-stop dripping sounds.
A quick fix would be using a washer to hold the water back, or even using a ceramic plate to tighten the seal and stop the leak.
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There’s nothing glamorous about dealing with plumbing issues, but it’s a simple fact of life that you’ll have to deal with at least one issue (if not multiple) during your lifetime.
You should be keeping up with frequent plumbing maintenance to avoid exacerbating any existing issue, as well as preventing minor ones from popping up when you’d least like them to.
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