When it comes to plumbing problems, there are minor ones like a running toilet or a dripping faucet, to a major catastrophes like burst pipes and sewer system backups. The problem with plumbing repairs is that if you leave the minor ones unattended, they turn into major repairs that can cause severe damage to the floors, walls and even the foundation. While fixing a dripping faucet can be easily done by tightening the washer screw, sometimes the problem extends all the way back to the sink’s main plumbing line. In such cases, it is better to call a plumber because they are better equipped with the knowledge and tools to handle any problem, even one that might throw a curve ball. Below are some common plumbing problems that people deal with in their daily lives:
Slow Draining Sink
A slow draining sink is normally a result of a blockage that restricts water flow. If you are the kind of person who throws everything down the garbage disposal, then these food remnants and congealed fat (yuck!) are the reason for the blockage. In the bathroom, this blockage is most likely caused by bits of soap and knotted hair. Most people use drainage chemicals to tackle this problem but we advise against it. The chemicals might destroy the pipe, which will result in a bigger plumbing problem.
Clogged Shower or Bath Drain
A clogged shower or bath drain is generally caused by soap bits or knots of hair. The water drains slowly and stands in the bath, which becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. If a plunger can’t fix this problem, then you need to call a plumber. This brings us to our next plumbing problem:
A clogged toilet is an indication that you have been flushing things that are not supposed to go into the toilet bowl. Of course, a backup can also be caused by human waste. Finally, one major thing that most people don’t consider for the clog is tree roots. If you have a tree planted near your main plumbing line, then its roots can slowly penetrate the pipe and clog the entire plumbing system. This is something that can be cleaned by an electrical auger, so better call a plumber now before this problem gets out of control.
Faulty Water Heater
Does the water turn cold in the middle of a shower? Then there’s a problem with the water heater, which can be anything from the pilot light going out again and again to sediment buildup in the tank or a faulty thermostat. In old heaters, it might be the burner that needs to be cleaned.
These four common plumbing problems are faced by every American. Here’s a tip to stop your house from flooding when you encounter a plumbing problem: turn off the water supply from the main and avoid using any facility that runs with water. Call the plumber and explain to him the problems in every area of the house.