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You don’t realise how much you rely on plumbing until something breaks. It’s natural for your home to develop some plumbing issues as it ages, whether it’s a dripping faucet or a slow drain.
Some of these issues are simple enough to tackle on your own. Other plumbing issues pose some risks and should be left to professional plumbers from Atapos Heating. Being aware of the most common plumbing problems allows you to know when to reach for your tool belt and when to call a professional plumber.
Here are 5 frequent plumbing issues that every homeowner should be aware of:
1. Dripping Faucets and Pipes
We’ve all encountered this issue at some point in our lives. Dripping faucets and pipes can cause damage to your home and also contribute to water waste, costing you money. Water makes metal rust and wood rot, and it gives bacteria and disease-carrying insects a place to grow.
The problem typically occurs as a result of worn-out washers or O-rings, which are easily replaceable. Dripping, however, might result from corroded pipes or even from poor installation of the faucet.
A qualified plumber can fix anything from a leaking pipe under the sink to signs of a near-gusher behind the drywall in the hallway. They can also give you advice on the best way to fix the problem.
Solution: To stop further water wastage, it is best to contact your local plumber as soon as possible. It may be necessary to replace leaky fixtures and pipes. Even the best products eventually become worn out. If a fixture is to blame, it might be so old that it will be impossible to find replacement parts, in which case it would be better to replace it. Metal or PVC pipes can be replaced much more easily than an entire system. But with the right tools and a little prior plumbing experience, even the average householder can resolve the problem.
2. Water Heater Issues
Water heater issues are generally clearly visible. You go to take a nice warm shower and instead get drenched in freezing cold water. Other signs of a problem include dripping water, puddles of water, discoloured water, and noises coming from the water heater unit.
Solution: It is dangerous to attempt DIY water heater repairs. When installing one or dealing with a malfunction, there is the risk of fires and even explosions with a single incorrect move.
Because of these dangers, you should leave everything from minor water leaks and rust to more complicated issues like temperature gauge malfunctions to professionals.
Licensed professionals will not only be able to provide you with a thorough diagnosis, but they will also be up to date on the most recent safe installation practices, reducing the possibility of injury.
3. Clogged Drains and Toilets
One of the most frequent problems for which people call a qualified plumbing company is clogged drains and toilets. Hair is frequently the culprit in sinks and showers. When something other than dissolvable waste enters the toilet and gets flushed, it frequently causes issues.
Solution: Toilets that are clogged can be irritating. They are overflowing. They have a foul odour. They leave excrement all over the floor. Clogged toilets, fortunately, aren’t usually an indication of defective plumbing or an approaching disaster. A couple of quick plunges should do the job. However, if you find many slow or clogged drains, you may be dealing with sewage line troubles, which can be a more complicated problem that necessitates the services of a professional plumber.
The major difficulty with drain blockages is that the obstructed pipes are hidden behind plaster or drywall. They must be reached by “a little digging.” These pipes can be difficult to access and maintain since they frequently curve and bend around load-bearing structural components of your home. You can help maintain the health of your toilet, pipes, sewer, and septic tank connections by preventing the throwing of objects down the drain that can cause a blockage, such as hair, dental floss, and food.
4. Sewer Line Issues
For many households, this plumbing issue is a nightmare. Indeed, it causes several drain and toilet obstructions, as well as a nasty odour of human waste. This plumbing issue has three basic causes. First, the main sewer line could be obstructed. Second, tree roots may have infiltrated your pipeline, pushing through the crevices. They may also encircle and crush a pipe. Finally, because the old sewer lines were made of cast iron or clay, they may have collapsed or broken over time.
Solution: Even if you can get to your main sewer line, there’s a strong possibility you don’t have the right tools to deal with a dense blockage. Atapos Heating’s professional plumbers have the right tools and know-how to clean an obstruction from a pipe while minimising further damage. The use of inappropriate equipment causes gouging, corrosion, and even pipe breakage, making it critical that the proper, expert tools are used to minimise damage.
5. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is a common cause of plumbing issues in older houses, but it can also occur in newer homes. This problem can make taking a shower extremely difficult. Low water pressure can happen all at once or slowly over time, depending on what’s causing it.
Solution: To resolve this, you must first identify the root cause of the issue. First, a water main break may reduce pressure to your tap; this could be a problem if your neighbours are also experiencing low water pressure. If a pipe in your home leaks, you will experience the same loss of pressure. Turn off all faucets, check your water metre, and wait several hours without using water to look for leaks. If your water metre keeps changing, you most likely have a leak.
Another possible cause is mineral and sediment buildup in the pipes or in the faucet aerators and showerheads. This build-up slows the flow of water, resulting in low pressure. If you suspect that’s the case, start with the aerators or showerheads that are causing the low water pressure. To clean the faucet tap end, unscrew it. To remove the buildup, soak the aerator in vinegar for an entire night. If the aerator or showerhead can’t be removed, put vinegar in a plastic bag. To get the aerator or showerhead to sit in the solution, tie the bag around the faucet.
A professional plumbing company is frequently required to fix other problems and restore water pressure. If the water pressure drops suddenly or you are unable to identify the source of the issue, call your local plumber. This might indicate that you have a pipe leak. You may have a build-up or corrosion problem in your pipes if you notice a gradual decrease, but the problem isn’t with your aerators.
Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry if you fear you have a plumbing emergency. If you’re unsure, you can always phone and seek assistance.
If you have any concerns about the health and safety of yourself, your family, or your property, contact a plumber immediately.
Looking for a professional plumber in East Berkshire & South Bucks and surrounding areas? Contact Atapos Heating today on 07583 894 714.