One way to prevent the most common plumbing problems and costly repairs to your home is a regular maintenance schedule. Because many issues with your pipes sneak up on you, a thorough inspection is the key to catching small problems before they grow. We recommend that you go through your home and take a look at your plumbing. Examine all exposed pipes, including under sinks and behind toilet tanks, for any signs of moisture. Check for signs of corrosion on brass or copper fittings; corrosion occurs more rapidly on damp metal, so corroded connections could reveal a slow leak.
Home plumbing repair is one of the most common and frustrating issues all homeowners must face at some point; however, knowing how to fix basic plumbing issues can save money and unnecessary frustration. The following are the top home plumbing repair problems:
No hot water – water heater issues are the most common reason people call plumbers. If this issue arises, there are a few steps to take to determine if the hot water issue can be repaired without calling a professional:
For those who have a gas water heater with a pilot light, make sure the light is lit.
Ensure the temperature setting on the water heater is set high enough to provide adequate amounts of hot water.
Check to make sure the water heater is big enough to meet one’s needs, especially in new homes.
Clogged kitchen drains – the second most popular home plumbing repair issue. Clogged drains can often be avoided by being careful about what one puts down drains—especially the kitchen sink drain, as this is the most used and clogged drain in the house.
Clogged bathtubs and shower drains: You’re taking a shower and the water starts rising to your ankles, or a strange gurgling sound comes from the drain. Soap scum and hair buildup are the most common reasons behind this plumbing emergency.
Dripping faucets – a common annoyance most homeowners encounter as the washers in faucets wear out. It is possible to extend the life of one’s faucet washers by not turning the faucet off with too much force.
Leaking pipes – a plumbing problem that can cause extensive damage to floors, walls, and belongings. To prevent a small leak from worsening, it is a good idea to check pipes periodically for rust or white lime deposits that can indicate the beginnings of a leak.
Leaking water heaters – the best way to deal with leaking water heaters is to replace them. Leaks typically indicate rusting through the bottom of the water storage tank, and there is no repair for such a problem.
Running toilets – usually indicated by a low humming noise or if the toilet continues running into the bowl after the toilet has been flushed. Toilets typically run when the flapper valve that lets water pass from the tank to the bowl no longer fits properly, the float is imbalanced or the fill tube comes loose. Toilet repair kits work for most models and require little effort to install.
Leaking toilets – one of the most frustrating and potentially expensive home plumbing repair problems. Leaking toilets can rack up your water bills, cause rust to form and facilitate mold growth. To detect a silent leak in your toilet, add a few drops of food coloring to the upper tank and wait 15 to 20 minutes. Look in the bowl for any hint of color; if you see tinted water, your flapper valve isn’t working as it should.
New faucet installation – many homeowners replace faucets for decorative reasons. In most cases of installation, plumbers guarantee their workmanship, but not the faucet itself. However, most plumbers can sell and install new faucets.
Leaky washing machine hoses: Washing machines are sturdy, durable appliances, but the water hoses are often the weakest link. If you discover a cracked or bulging hose behind the washer, don’t ignore it or mold and rust could become serious problems.
Malfunctioning garbage disposals – this can be an extremely messy and frustrating problem to fix. The best way to prevent garbage disposals from malfunctioning is to maintain them by running cold water into them.
Sewer system backup: It’s another plumbing nightmare no one wants to experience. Sewer backups are messy, costly and inconvenient, to say the least. Signs of a sewer system backup include multiple drain clogs, bad sewage odors coming from the drains and gurgling toilets.
When in doubt regarding how to properly fix home plumbing repair problems, it is always best to contact a professional plumber. The experts at Green’s Plumbing will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and provide a free estimate as to how much the problem will cost to repair. To learn more, or to schedule emergency service, please contact us today.