Experts from Colepepper Plumbing and other experienced plumbers will tell you that plumbing problems are common in any household. When it comes to plumbing issues, it is no longer a question of if, but when will such problems show up. As inevitable as such problems may be, there are a few maintenance tricks that will help you prevent them from becoming a full-blown plumbing emergency. In some cases, you can nip some potential issues in the bud ― even before they become a problem by keeping to a maintenance schedule. The following are seven plumbing problems that you can avoid with maintenance.
1. Dripping Faucet
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of water gushing out of the faucet. You turn the handle to stop the flow and then realize that it’s broken. This is likely outcome of a leaky faucet. If you see it dripping even after you turn off the valve, it means that some of its parts are no longer working like they are supposed to. If you see your faucet dripping, no matter how slow, make the necessary repairs as soon as possible.
2. Running Toilet
A toilet that continuously runs water usually has problems with a flapper that does not close properly or with parts like the float or the water level adjustment that need a little tweaking. Like with a leaky faucet, failing to do maintenance work on a running toilet can cause a significant increase in your water bill.
3. Clogged Drains
It will be unwise to think that a slow-moving drain will fix itself. If anything, whatever it is that is blocking the drain can only get worse. Rather than ignore this symptom, you can prevent the drain from becoming completely clogged by clearing away the blockage. You can do this by using a plunger, a plumber’s snake or a drain clearing solution.
4. Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are common during the winter and in cold regions. There are several maintenance tricks to keep your pipes from freezing. These include increasing the temperature in your home and having plumbing experts winterize your pipes.
5. Clogged Toilet Bowl
When you notice that your toilet bowl takes more time to flush than usual, it can be a sign that it won’t be able to flush anything soon. If you haven’t done anything to adjust the water level rod in the tank, blockage may be building up somewhere in the trapway. Before it becomes completely blocked, use a force plunger to clear away the blockage.
Cracks in pipes can be caused by a number of things including corrosion or from freezing. If you see any puddles or drip marks in some areas where they are not supposed to be, then you may have a cracked pipe. Maintenance inspection will increase your chances of catching a cracked pipe and prevent it from becoming a burst pipe.
7. Low Water Pressure
There are many possible reasons behind the drop of water pressure in your home. This could be a sign of a cracked pipe or a leak in your pipes or that you need new shower heads. Your best maintenance move for this problem would be to call in the pros to find the cause of the low water pressure and then resolve it.
While you may not see any of these problems at the moment, it is a good idea to stick to a regular maintenance schedule to prevent possible plumbing emergencies. Experts recommend that you call in plumbing experts at least twice a year to inspect your piping system.