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Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix them

Certified Plumbing of Brevard - March 11, 2022 - 0 comments

What is more annoying than hearing the “drip drip” of a faucet in your bathroom while you’re trying to sleep? What about trying to take a shower with no hot water? We will all have to deal leaky with these issues at some point. Don’t worry; regular maintenance will help to minimize these problems. However, if they do occur, here are some ways to troubleshoot and fix them:

Clogged Sink or Toilet.

This is probably the most common plumbing problem there is. To fix a clogged sink or toilet, you can try using a plunger. If that doesn’t work, you can use a snake to clear the drain. If this doesn’t work, you may need to call a professional as it could be a severe problem such as septic system damage.

Sometimes a simple clog is deep into the pipes where a plunger or a snake may not reach. This is another instance where a professional may be necessary. A plumber has powerful tools at their disposal to clear clogs that are deep in the pipes.

Leaky faucets

It is said that a leaky faucet can waste upwards of around 5.7 gallons of water per day. This comes out to be over 2,000 gallons a year. Wasted water equates to wasted money, not to mention that it is terrible for the environment. Fortunately, there are several easy fixes to remedy a leaky faucet.

The first suggestion would be to tighten the faucet’s handle. All you need is a simple wrench. If that does not work, the next step may be to change the O-rings. Is it s still leaky? Then you may want to replace the faucet cartridge.

If you are still facing issues, you may consider changing the entire faucet. If you believe that this is the case, then be sure to call a professional before making a hasty decision.

 Running toilet

A running toilet can waste even more water than a leaky faucet. A small toilet can waste roughly 20-30 gallons of water per day. If your toilet keeps running after a couple of quick handle jiggles, you should get assistance from a professional.

This could be a sign of worn-out components within the toilet. A professional has the training to diagnose this properly and fix it quickly.

Broken water heater

There are several issues that could cause your water heater not to work. It could range anywhere from your valves not working correctly to rust interfering with water circulation in your tank.

However, the most common issue is that the water heater doesn’t produce hot water. This is caused by a build-up of sediment at the bottom of the tank. Over time, this sediment accumulates and creates a barrier between the flames and the water, preventing the water from heating up.

If it is more severe and your water heater is leaking, then it is time to replace it as soon as possible. A leaky water heater could potentially cause water damage throughout your house. Once a water heater begins to leak, it can not be repaired and must be replaced.

If you believe your hot water heater is busted, then you should call an expert. It is imperative to get this diagnosed adequately as a proper diagnosis will save you time, money, and stress.

Leaky Pipes

When one thinks of plumbing, one typically has the mental image of a leaky pipe. Leaky pipes can be hazardous and should be fixed as soon as possible. A water leak can quickly turn into a flood and do some severe damage to your home, such as a ceiling cave-in or worse. Water rots wood causes metal to rust and can create a habitat for insects, bacteria, or fungi, which can be a significant health hazard.

If you believe you leak, go outside and check your meter. If the dial on the meter is turning even when all the taps inside your house turn off, then you have a leak. Turn off all the taps in your house, wait a few minutes, and then check the dial on the meter again. If it has stopped turning, you most likely have a leaky tap.

Water leaks can be caused by many things such as corroded pipes, faulty fittings, or even a cracked pipe. If you think you have a water leak, it is best to call a professional to diagnose the problem and get it fixed as quickly as possible. Furthermore, expert plumbers have received the required training and tools to fix a leak correctly.

Low water pressure

One of the most annoying plumbing issues is low water pressure. It prevents you from getting a shower, washing dishes, and using sprinklers, among other things. If you are suffering from low water pressure, it is possible that you have low pressure from the utility. This can be easily checked with a pressure gauge.

This also indicates other problems in your home, such as a clogged aerator on your faucet. In this case, you can clean it with vinegar and a toothpick. If the low pressure is coming from the utility, you will need to call a professional to help increase the water pressure.

It is possible that you’re trying to run too many things simultaneously and are overloading your plumbing sy

stem. Water can back up into the sinks, toilets, and showers when this happens. This is often called a “plumbing emergency.” If you are experiencing this problem, turn off as many things as possible and call a professional plumber right away.

Main water line break

Waterline breaks are some of the most dramatic and dangerous plumbing emergencies. A broken water line can be frightening and cause lots of damage. The best course of action is to stay calm and call a professional plumber as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the break, you may also want to call 911.

The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of water main breaks. The first is a public water supply line failure. The second is the connection between your home’s public supply line and the city central that provides water to your house.

If the public water supply line breaks, then it is your city’s responsibility to fix it. However, if your water line breaks, then it is your responsibility. These are not “do it yourself” jobs. This requires heavy equipment, major repairs, and lots of training.

Main Water Line Leak

Water main leaks are slightly less severe than breaks, but they still require immediate attention. A leak will eventually become the main break. It is best to jump on this as soon as possible.

One way to prevent water main issues is to replace your aging pipes with brand new ones. This will make a main break a lot less likely in the future. Always contact a professional plumber if you have any concerns about your main.

Sewer line issues

Having issues with your sewer stinks. It may not be as dramatic as a water line break, but it can still cause a lot of damage. A backed-up sewer can overflow and ruin your yard, basement, or even the street. Overall it just creates a mess that nobody wants to deal with.

Fortunately, sewer line issues are usually fairly minor blockages. However, in the case of older homes, your sewer pipes will need to be replaced. It is highly recommended to get a professional opinion before doing something rash.

Contact Certified Plumbing of Brevard today!

If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed above, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re here to help, and our expert technicians are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Plumbing emergencies are a real pain, but we’ll work hard to get them taken care of as quickly as possible.

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