Our home’s plumbing is largely unseen but it is essential in keeping the intricate network of pipes and fixtures running smoothly. And, because it is “out of sight, out of mind” you probably won’t think much about it until there is a problem. Routine maintenance and care can help prevent problems but if a problem does arise, it will likely require immediate attention. Below, we look at the most common plumbing repairs that homeowners face and how to tackle them head-on.
Common Plumbing Repairs
- Leaky Faucets: A leaky faucet can waste water and money. It may seem minor, but it’s important to fix it. A plumber can replace the faulty parts and make sure your faucet is watertight.
- Clogged Drains: Clogged drains are a common plumbing repair headache. They can be caused by hair, soap scum, grease, or foreign objects. Store-bought and DIY drain cleaners can damage pipes so contact a plumber to clear clogs and prevent future blockages.
- Running Toilets: A running toilet is not only annoying, but it also wastes water. The cause is frequently a faulty flapper valve, worn seal, or imbalanced float mechanism. A plumber can diagnose the issue, repair or replace the components, and help you save water and money.
- Low Water Pressure: A weak shower can be annoying. Low water pressure can be caused by mineral deposits, leaks, or a faulty water supply line. A plumber can diagnose the problem and restore your water pressure.
- Water Heater Problems: Nobody likes cold showers. Water heater problems, such as low hot water pressure, strange noises, or leaks, can disrupt your daily routine. Sediment buildup, a faulty thermostat, or a failing heating element are common causes. A professional can perform routine maintenance, repairs, or replacements to ensure your water heater is working properly.
- Burst Pipes: Frozen pipes can burst, causing water damage and disrupting your water supply. A plumber can fix the burst section to prevent further damage and ensure your plumbing system’s integrity.