7 Most Needed Plumbing Services and Problems
With common plumbing issues, come the plumbing superhero workers to offer the most need plumbing services. Here are 7 you should know for when you need them.
Plumbing is crucial in every home because it supports cooking, cleaning, and bathing. That also means that plumbing problems are a major disruption and potential source of expensive repairs.
What's worse is that many insurance policies exclude water damage from issues that aren't fixed promptly or properly. That second part is particularly important. If you DIY a plumbing repair that fails and damages your home, there's a good chance your insurance won't cover it.
That's also a good reason to make sure you pick a reliable plumbing pro for repairs.
The upshot is that most of the plumbing services the average home needs are commonplace. Let's jump in and look at seven of them.
1. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is one of the problems that can sneak up on you. At some point, though, you get in the shower and realize that once mighty spray is now a dismal trickle.
You can try a couple DIY solutions. You can clean the aerators in your faucets and showerheads with a vinegar solution. This can dislodge the mineral deposits that build up on aerators.
You can also change out your showerhead for one with a high-pressure setting. If those don't fix the problem, you'll probably need professional plumbing services.
One possibility is that you've got a serious leak somewhere in your system. If you own an older home, the other possibility is corrosion inside your pipes. These kinds of repairs are best left to pros.
2. Clogged Sink Drains
Few things frustrate a homeowner more than clogged drains in the kitchen or bathroom.
The main culprit in the kitchen is grease. It accumulates on drain pipe, along with soap scum and bits of food.
You can try a plunger and then a drain cleaner, but do it in that order. Drain cleaners can burn your skin, so you don't want it splashing on you while you plunge.
In the bathroom, you can usually blame a combo of soap scum, skin, and hair. Drain snakes, plungers and drain cleaners are the big DIY solutions.
If those fail, it's time to call in a plumber.
3. Slow Leaks or Burst Pipes
Slow leaks in your kitchen or bathroom faucets are inevitable.
There are small washers inside most faucets. These create a watertight seal whenever you turn off the faucet. Over time, these washers wear out.
Depending on the material, they might crack or tear. Since the water in your plumbing system is under pressure, the crack or tear lets a little water through. You end up with a dripping faucet.
You can replace the washers or the entire faucet, but either job can prove difficult for the inexperienced homeowner.
If you live somewhere the temperatures drop below freezing, there's a chance your pipes will burst. It's a small risk in well-insulated homes with active heating. The real risk appears when the utilities go out and your furnace isn't working.
The water in the pipes freeze and the expanding ice bursts the pipe. Time is of the essence with a burst pipe, so call in professional plumbing services for this one.
4. Water Heater Problems
Water heater problems usually fall into one of two categories: no hot water or leaks. You're best off calling a plumber for virtually all water heater-related problems.
There's one version of the no hot water problem that's fairly DIY-friendly. If the pilot light goes out on a gas water heater, you can try relighting it. If that fails, you can replace the thermocouple.
If you need a replacement water heater, it often means disconnecting and reconnecting an electrical or gas supply. Using a pro means you get an up to code installation, which can save you a lot of money down the road. You also avoid the hassle of draining and moving the old water heater.
What if the problem is a leaking pipe? Many hot water heaters connect to the rest of the system with a length of copper pipe.
Fixing a copper pipe often calls for cutting and soldering the pipe. If you don't know what you're doing, you can end up creating a leak that's worse than the one you tried to fix.
5. Clogged Toilet
It's the rare home that doesn't ever face a clogged toilet. The biggest cause of toilet clogs is when people flush things that don't break down in water. This is often feminine hygiene products or dental floss, but not always.
Parents know that their kid's toys can and probably will end up flushed down the toilet sooner later. A plunger and some effort can often fix the problem.
You can also try pouring a small bucket of hot water into the toilet. Just keep an eye on the water level. The last thing you need is an overflowing toilet.
If those don't get it done, call for professional plumbing services.
6. Leaky Toilets
If your toilet runs all the time, it probably means part of the mechanism that lives in the tank is wearing out. You can try figuring out which part is malfunctioning or just replace the entire mechanism.
If you aren't comfortable replacing the parts yourself or there's flooding of any kind, call a plumber.
7. Broken Water Lines
Many homes get water from a city or town water supply system. In most cases, pipes run under the yard and connect to the city supply at the street.
Simple age, root growth from trees, or impacts from digging can damage the pipes running from your home to the street. Not only does that affect your water pressure and drive up your water bill, it can leave a portion of your yard soggy.
You should always enlist a licensed professional to fix damage to those pipes.
Parting Thoughts on Plumbing Services and Problems
There are plumbing problems you can fix yourself. Then there are problems that call for professional plumbing services.
Problems like faulty water heaters, burst pipes, broken water lines and flooding from any source are jobs for pros.
Sometimes, DIY solutions will fix clogged drains, clogged toilets, or low water pressure issues.
A.S.A.P. PLumbing offers licensed, residential plumbing services in the San Diego area. If you're dealing with a plumbing problem in your San Diego home, get in touch today.