Almost every homeowner has a few essential tools to help cope with minor emergencies in the plumbing department of their home. For example, a slow drain may require a little grease or a plunger to get the drain to push water through effectively. And if you’re a homeowner that spends time at home, you may find that you can generally tackle smaller repairs on your own. However, larger plumbing repair jobs require professional attention.
Here are a few common issues and problems that are faced by homeowners and plumbing contractors:
You may have experienced trying to fall asleep and hearing a dripping faucet in the bathroom next door, or perhaps the kitchen sink, and we all know just how annoying this can be. Dripping faucets are not only irritating from a sound perspective, but they also run your water bill up to much higher than the average. A single faucet has the capability to send hundreds of gallons of water per annum down drains, one drop at a time.
Over time, washers can become torn and stiff, and as a result, allow a tiny trickle of water to come through and create this annoying drip. These washers can be replaced by a homeowner, but the repair job can be quite a challenge and as a result, plumbers are generally called in to fix the issue. Plumbers see this as a common problem and often check if the valve seat is corroded before simply fixing the leak.
Low water pressure
When water should be gushing out and it’s only trickling through your kitchen tap, bathroom tap or shower, you should call a plumber in. A professional plumber will be able to check if this is a municipal issue, affecting your entire area or if it is simply a build-up of deposits in your faucet aerators.
Water entering your pipes do carry minerals in them and these minerals tend to deposit themselves onto metal surfaces, causing a build-up. A filtration system will remove such minerals, but not all homeowners have this and as a result, plumbers get called in to fix the water pressure issue often. A plumber will generally come in to remove aerators and clean them out for you on various taps and shower heads throughout your home.
You may have the problem of your toilet running continuously after a flush. This is probably due to a problem in the inner workings of the toilet and we all know that it is best to contact a plumber for anything toilet-related. Valves that let water pass through from the tank into the bowl, need to be checked and the float needs to be perfectly balanced too.
A plumber will analyse the toilet float apparatus, flapper and fill tube, to ensure that everything is working as it should. They will also be able to tell you if you should be replacing anything specific, or if there is an issue with the pipelines.
Leaky pipes are probably the most common problem that plumbers deal with on a day-to-day basis. Usually, leaky pipes are also a matter of urgency, and plumbers will advise you to switch the mains of your water off until they get there, if it is a major leak. This usually requires a replacement of the pipe of a certain length that the plumber will advise on once they have analysed the problem. Leaky pipes can also often happen at joints and should be treated very carefully when being repaired.
A leaky U-joint that is generally found under sinks are not complex to repair, but they are generally very messy to repair, so it is best to have a plumber come in to do the job. A professional will save you as a homeowner, the clean-up and time to repair this. With the use of effective tools, leaky pipes can be fixed in no time by a skilled plumber, ready to give you a permanent and solid solution.
When water runs through your sink, toilet or tub and won’t actually go down the drain, you may have a clog which can be partial or complete. In some minor cases, a plunger can fix this but if it is a major issue, the plunging action will not remove the clog entirely – it is merely a quick fix until the plumber gets there.
Debris in your pipes can quickly slow down the drainage to a trickle, which can be very difficult to live with. Your plumber will be able to see, via a flashlight, into your drain and spot the issue rather quickly. This could be a clump of hair or a bottle cap that is stuck in your drain that should be removed with pliers by a professional, as it can get rather dangerous. Plumbers will advise on elements like drain screens which can be bought to prevent clogged drains in the future.