There are many types of plumbing problems, from relatively minor and inexpensive issues like dripping faucets or running toilets to massive disasters like a sewer backup or major pipe leak that can cause a home or business to collapse and cause extensive damage. Listed below are some of the most common plumbing issues. If you know the types of problems that are most likely to occur, you can minimize their chances of occurring or getting much worse.
Leaky Pipes, Worn out Pipes that Need to Be Replaced.
In addition to being a nuisance, leaking pipes can damage furniture and cause dampness, leading to bugs such as cockroaches. Pipe joints are almost always the source of water leaks. You can often fix a temporary problem with tape, compounds, or fillers. Still, for something more permanent, you will need to replace the pipe or the connected fittings. It may be necessary to hire a plumber for this purpose.
Soap, food, oil, dirt, and dead skin are all mixed up in those drain pipes, and they will surely give off an awful smell. And just like a slow drain or clogged drain, this can be avoided and remedied. Another cause of smelly drains is if the P-Trap is dry. P-traps are curved pipes that connect the sink drain to the drain pipes. It uses water to create an airtight seal to prevent sewer air from going back up the drain. Check under the sink to see if the P-Trap is leaking or broken. Sometimes the P-trap dries up because it wasn’t used very often, and running the tap may fix the problem. If there is a leak or the P-trap is broken, though, you should contact a plumber immediately.
Slow Running Drains
Blockages that restrict water flow are typically the cause of this problem. Congealed fat and food remnants may accumulate in your kitchen sink’s drain pipe. Bathroom sink blockages are more likely to be caused by knotted hair and soap.
There are several ways to unclog a clogged sink, including using a plunger, pouring down baking soda and vinegar or clog-removing chemical products, or using a plumber’s snake. Over time, if the issue is not addressed, it will likely worsen until finally the drain is totally clogged. To prevent this, there are shower drain screens that could help keep the hair out. And for the sink, don’t pour oil and fat down the drain; there are better methods for disposing of your used oil. It is also important to note that some drain cleaning products are unsafe for plastic or PVC pipes.
In addition to slow draining bathroom sinks, soap and hair typically clog the drains and stop the flow entirely. Plungers and plumbing snakes can help clear the blockage. Some clogs can be broken up with vinegar and baking soda. If left unattended, the problem will typically get worse. If a drain guard is purchased to catch hair, the issue can be minimized or prevented from happening again.
Low Water Pressure
You may have low water pressure if your water trickles out of the tap instead of gushing. In older houses with ancient plumbing, this is a common problem. One common cause of low water pressure is leaky pipes that have become broken, worn, or corroded over time. Call a local licensed plumber to replace the pipes and make other plumbing repairs.
More often than not, low shower pressure is due to mineral deposits and sediment build-up on aerators. Aerators can be cleaned by soaking them in vinegar. It’s either the shower head you need to soak in vinegar or replace it altogether.
There is hardly anyone who has not experienced a dripping faucet. Water waste is not just a source of irritation; it also contributes to your water bill and can burden you financially. A single faucet can waste hundreds of gallons per year.
Over time, an internal washer may become stiff, torn, worn, or dislodged, resulting in leaky faucets. When this is the case, it can usually be fixed by replacing the washers. To avoid this, make it a habit not to twist your tap too tight or open it too fast. Keep an eye out for slow drips and call experienced plumbers at the first sign of a leak.
Broken Water Heater
It is possible that you will not discover this issue until the water suddenly becomes cold in the shower. A water heater can fail for a variety of reasons. You may have to relight the pilot light if it goes out. Also, sediment build-up can cause problems in the tank. There are also times when a malfunctioning thermostat may be to blame.
The inspection, maintenance, and repair of your water heater is generally the responsibility of a trained professional unless it is something very basic, like a pilot light that needs to be re-lit.
Toilet Running Constantly
The daily loss of water from a running toilet can reach 200 gallons a day. Flapper valves, which control how much water passes from the tank to the bowl, are the most common culprits. An inexpensive toilet repair kit is readily available at most hardware stores.
Sometimes, the flushing and filling of the toilet can be affected by sediment. Check the upper tank for silent leaks by placing some food colouring in it and seeing if it finds its way to the bowl without flushing.
Toilet bowls get clogged when they fill up and don’t drain. Typically, blockages are caused by a combination of toilet paper and human waste. A plunger is usually able to unclog clogged toilets. You can also try using an auger or a sewer snake if that doesn’t work. But if you don’t have the confidence or the stomach for it, a professional plumber can do the job for you.
Avoid these predicaments by simply not flushing any foreign objects that shouldn’t be flushed.
It is best to leave the fixing, plumbing projects, and replacing plumbing fixtures to the professionals. Call Perth’s best plumbers at Rowson’s Plumbing Services for any plumbing emergency and annoying plumbing issues.