Most Common Plumbing Problems
Do you have plumbing problems? Let’s face it, at some time or another you are bound to have an issue with a faucet, toilet, water line or appliance. With regular inspections and maintenance, you can prolong the life of your fixtures and appliances, and prevent common plumbing problems before they get out of hand.
5 Plumbing Problems and Recommendations
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Water heater issues are some of the most common reasons people call plumbers. Water heaters usually have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years but that can shorten if they are not maintained. At least once per year, you should drain the sediments from your tank unit and verify there are no signs of rust in the water. Also, check the pilot light to make sure it is steady and check the temperature to make sure it is between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum efficiency. In addition, inspect around the tank for leaks and verify the connections are tight.
A leaking faucet is more than an annoyance. It wastes water that can quickly add up to money down the drain. Typically, the problem is a worn-out washer. Inspect the washers to see if they are worn or damaged, and replace them if necessary. Another possible problem is if mineral deposits have accumulated in the faucet head. This can damage your faucet and eventually cause it to break. If you suspect mineral problems in the faucet head, take the head apart and clean it. If this still doesn’t fix the leak, you will most likely need to replace the faucet.
When a toilet has a leak from the tank to the bowl, it will continuously run or periodically run even when it hasn’t been flushed. Most of the time, the flapper valve inside the tank is worn and needs to be replaced. The float could also be off-balance, or it could be broken and need to be replaced. You could also have a problem if the fill tube is not secured. Home repair stores have toilet repair kits for do-it-yourself fixes. Additionally, your local plumber can help you with repairs.
Another annoyance is clogged drains. This is caused by an obstruction in the line. The obstruction could be an object that got stuck, or waste and sediment buildup that accumulated in the line over time. It’s best to regularly clean your drains to prevent buildup. When you get a clog, use a plunger to break up or dislodge the obstruction. Follow this up with a drain cleaner to help break up more stubborn clogs. If these don’t work, your problem could be further down the drain and more serious. In this case, it is best to call the plumber to get your drain unclogged.
With the colder weather coming soon, the potential for freeze damage is a reality. But many pipe problems that burst during freezes already are damaged. They could have small fractures that cause leaks. It’s important to try and catch these problems early because they can get worse very quickly. Your best prevention is to do an inspection of your plumbing and make any necessary repairs. Check under sinks, behind toilet tanks, around water heaters and any exposed piping for moisture. When you find small leaks, get them fixed promptly. And if you suspect a leak but don’t know where it is, call your plumber. Leak detection equipment can help locate a leak before it becomes more obvious in a bad way.
While many simple issues can be fixed by a homeowner, others are much more complex. Even common problems can require more skill, experience and specialized equipment. High Priority Plumbing fixes all types of plumbing problems, no matter how big or small. Contact us to schedule an appointment at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta.