From time to time, it is inevitable that you’ll run into issues with your plumbing. No plumbing setup is designed to last forever, and eventually the system can degrade. However, just like in almost all cases, there is a solution, and if everything is done correctly and in time, the solution could be a piece of cake.
Sometimes you’ll have to get plumbing services in to help you to fix an issue. In older houses, it is particularly likely that the plumbing may start to break down.
What are the Most Common Plumbing Problems?
If you’ve got one of the main issues occurring in your home, at least you know that it is likely that you can get it sorted relatively easily, with the issue being simple to diagnose.
Common plumbing problems include:
- Leaking Taps. It’s usually pretty simple to resolve this issue but it is incredibly common.
- Blocked Toilet. Nobody wants to be the one who blocks the toilet, but there are many reasons it could be blocked including the wrong things being flushed down there.
- Boiler Issues. These can be more expensive issues.
- Toilet Flushing Problems. Likely the mechanism breaking inside the toilet. This may be a simple fix.
- No Hot Water. It’s relatively common to suddenly realize you’ve got no hot water, and this may be an issue with your boiler, but it could have other causes.
How Do You Know When You Need New Plumbing?
What are the steps to knowing you need new plumbing or some work on the plumbing in your home?
You may spot a leak, you may spot the damage a leak is doing (water building up in certain places). If you’re really unlucky, you might not notice anything until the water bill comes and you notice a huge spike. Leaky pipes are usually a relatively straightforward fix, but get them seen quickly before the water bills go through the roof. Fix all leaky pipes immediately by a professional water leak detection company in Florida.
Clogging and Slow Draining
If you notice a clog, or the water is draining slowly, that suggests there could be an issue further down the drain. Sometimes, some simple pipe cleaning products could be enough to deal with the issue. If not, the drains and pipes might need snaking, which is not something you’re likely to have the equipment to do yourself.
Clogging could come on suddenly, if a foregn object works its way into the pipes. Alternatively, it could be a gradual buildup of dirt and residue. Either way, it is not something you should leave before getting fixed.
If your water is discolored, it is likely to come from pipes that are gradually degrading and leaving sediment in the water. Alternatively, it is possible that there is another substance getting into the water supply somehow.
Not only will the idea of drinking brown or discolored water be unpleasant, you’re probably going to want to get it checked before you decide whether or not it is safe to consume.
Stains, Moldiness, and Odors
Mold buildups can come from standing water in the plumbing, and can be a sign that not everything is functioning perfectly. Similarly, stains could be an indication that there is sediment or an unwanted buildup in your plumbing system.
If you get a smell coming from your pipes then it may be in need of a really good clean, or there could be something collecting within the pipe. It could be the case that you need to use either cleaning products or you could have a more severe issue. If you smell sewer gas, for instance, it could be because a vent line has cracked or a water ‘trap’ needs refilling with water.
Outdated and Defective Parts
Sometimes, parts and joints can wear down, or they may have been defective in the first place. Plumbing relies on a lot of different parts within the pipe system and to plumb in equipment such as washing machines and other appliances.
If your parts have become outdated or defective then it is time to get them replaced. Don’t take any chances by using any “hack” fixing methods, as it can lead to more severe issues in the long term and this might mean even more costly repairs.
If you’re in any doubt at all about your plumbing then it is a good idea to call someone in to give a thorough once-over.