If you are a homeowner, you have probably had to deal with one type of plumbing issue or another. Common plumbing troubles that plague homeowners are leaky pipes, dripping faucets and clogged toilets. A homeowner can fix many of these issues by themselves. If they feel they are unable to correct the issue, they will need to call a professional plumber. Common issues that a homeowner cannot handle by themselves are leaky faucets and drainage pipes. The reason most faucets and fixtures leak is excessive use. Drainage issues are often caused by a blockage in the sewage pipes. A blockage in a drain trap or pipe can make your toilets overflow. If you suspect a blockage in your toilet, grab a plunger. This will usually correct the problem.
Other problems that can occur in the plumbing system in the home can include:
* Dripping Faucets- This occurs when a washer inside the faucet becomes worn. Washers are under constant pressure and can quickly wear out. If you do not fix a dripping faucet, it can not only increase your water bill, but it can also stain you sink and cause your fixture to corrode. Faucets that use a cartridge, disc or ball do not use washers and are less prone to leaks. However, they utilize O-rings that may need to occasionally be replaced.
* Reduced Water Pressure- Showerheads can become scaled up. This happens when mineral deposits build up inside the showerhead. When this occurs, it is almost impossible for water to get through the minerals. If you have hard water, you can help reduce the risk of a clogged showerhead by choosing a showerhead with a rubber faceplate. This will allow you to rub the mineral deposits from the showerhead. If your showerhead becomes clogged, you can soak it in white vinegar overnight. The next morning, use a toothbrush or your fingernail to remove the remaining scale.
* Clogged Drains
- If your plumbing drains slowly, it could be caused by either a clog or a block in the vent system. You can use a drain cleaner to help remove a clogged; however, if you are using a drain cleaner, it can cause respiratory problems or chemical burns. The best way to clear a clogged drain is using a plunger or a plumbing snake.
This article has addressed the most common plumbing
issues that a homeowner can face, along with the proper methods for solving these issues. If these suggestions do not work or you do not feel confident enough to attempt the suggestions, contact a professional plumber to fix them.