Your home relies on a lot of plumbing, and when something goes awry, you want it fixed right away. Here’s a look at the most common plumbing issues faced by homeowners:
There are few things more annoying than the sound of a dripping faucet. Not to mention, if left untreated, a small drip can lead to water waste and high water bills. Most often, however, a leaky faucet can be fixed by replacing the washer.
Hot Water Issues
A lack of hot water is one of the most common reasons people call plumbers. Before calling in the big guns, though, you can always check a few things first, including:
- The temperature setting – sometimes it’s too low
- The pilot light – did it go out?
- The water heater – is it big enough to meet your family’s demands?
Another common cause of high water bills, a leak can certainly add up. The fix? Make sure to install water-efficient fixtures and contact a professional right away if you suspect a leak.
Hair, debris, and other unpleasantness can clog your drain, causing a major hassle. To avoid clogs, be careful what goes down there. Too much fat or organic matter in the sink can lead to clogs, as well as eggshells and coffee grinds.
Leaky Water Heater
Leaks of every kind can be a big headache. If you suspect a water heater leak, it’s time to call a plumber. Generally, leaks signal rust, which means a new tank isn’t far in the future.
No one wants a clogged toilet to contend with. While the issue can sometimes be remedied with a little elbow grease and a plunger, a recurring problem means it might be time to call a plumber, as bigger problems could be at play.
Not usually an issue in south Texas, frozen pipes need a professional, as well. When temperatures do freeze down here, though, your best hope is to disconnect hoses, let a faucet drip, and ensure pipes are properly insulated.
After you’ve flushed, the toilet should eventually stop running. If it continues to hum, the problem is likely one of its fixtures. To troubleshoot, turn off the water and look for a damaged valve or leaky flapper.