Whether you own a home or rent, live in a house, condo, or apartment, your home has the same system of plumbing. There are some common plumbing problems that occur fairly often, which you should be aware of so that you can act before they get worse. Some of them even have fairly easy, simple, and cheap solutions. For those solutions that aren’t easy to fix and require a licensed expert, there are plenty of plumbers in San Angelo, TX to choose from.
1. Clogged Drains
This is a problem that can affect your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and your bathtubs and showers. Drains are where everything accumulates, and over time if not kept clean, or if you let things get flushed down them that shouldn’t, they will clog up on you. They are also an exposed part of plumbing, leaving them more exposed to damage. For a small clog, you can always grab a plunger and unclog the drain. Another solution is to clean out whatever is clogging it using a plumbing snake or a bent wire hanger. While there are a variety of drain openers and cleaners for sale, some products are very harsh and abrasive on your pipes and can cause pipes to break. You should look for softer, less damaging products, or mix together white vinegar and baking soda and pour it down the clogged drain.
2. Blocked Toilet
This is basically the same principle as your clogged drain. Blocked toilets are one of the most common plumbing problems. As parents of young, adventurous children can attest: sometimes things end up in the toilet that shouldn`t, blocking the toilet from flushing. For regular, small clogs a plunger should undo whatever is blocking it and allow you to flush. If not, you may need to open up the trap and retrieve the jammed object (or toy, if you have kids!). Sometimes a blocked toilet might be a result of a faulty ball cock, or a cracked, sagging, or broken pipe.
3. Leaky water taps
This is one of the most common plumbing problems for most people. Since, in the short term, it doesn’t seem to have many consequences, many homeowners ignore a slightly leaky faucet. This is something you don’t want to do, as over time it can drive up your utilities bill. It can even lead to home damage. The good news about this common plumbing problem is that it’s easily fixed. Sometimes it can be as simple as replacing a washer, so that water will stop leaking out. Sometimes, as your taps age, you may need to replace them, as well. These are both fairly easy procedures, with parts easily purchased at your local Jacksonville hardware store.
4. Kitchen Pipes
Kitchen pipes are some of the most prone to leaking, making them another common plumbing problem. This is largely because of the fact that you use them a lot, and they often have to deal with chemicals, substances, and leftovers that shouldn’t be in your plumbing system. If you start noticing humidity in the area under your sink, strange odors, or wetness, then it`s pretty safe to bet that one of your kitchen sink’s pipes has sprung a leak. Since the area under your sink is often used as a storage space, it’s likely that from time to time it gets knocked by objects. A common reason for leaking pipes under the kitchen sink is a pipe getting knocked out of place. Generally this can be easily solved by tightening pipe. If ever you notice a hole, however, in a pipe it is time to call a plumber right away.
Remember, small plumbing problems become big ones over time if you ignore them. You want to make sure to act at the first sign of trouble, to avoid expensive home repairs later on. In the case of doubt, when you aren`t sure how to proceed, make sure to look up a good North Florida plumber to come and help you out.