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Most Common Plumbing Problems

Posted by whiteuwn on April 14, 2014 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

There are several types of plumbing problems that give homeowners the headache. But the most common ones are those that involve signs of dripping, leaks, and plugs. For instance, leaking pipes, clogged sinks, plugged toilets, and dripping faucets usually happen at least once a year in a typical home. But even if they are all different and distinct from one another, one thing that makes them similar is the fact that they all need to be addressed and dealt with immediately. If not, they rapidly get worse over time and you don’t want your home to be flooded. Remember that the failure to solve any signs of leaks, clogging, or dripping will mean you will eventually get no other choice but to call in an emergency plumber, which by the way is quite expensive.

Once a dripping faucet is left out without solution for a long period of time, the water will eventually begin running out of the tap. When this water is coming from the hot water faucet, it’ll be very expensive because it will cost money to heat the water which is wasted due to the problem. But when the same issue is immediately given solution, it’s actually very simple to remedy. In most instances, all you’ve got to do is replace a worn out washer inside the faucet. Be sure you’re using a new washer though. As soon as the sink fitting or washers wear out, the water will find a way to get through the worn edges and then corresponding leaks or dripping occur.

Another common problem in plumbing happens when a leak or drip occurs, the homeowners doesn’t really know what type of washer to use in order to replace the old one. Because there are quite a lot of different sink washers, the best solution to this problem is to remove the old and worn out washer and then bring it to the supply store in order to guarantee the matching washer is purchased. The most popular washers for the sink are modular, ball spring, and cartridge type.

Now other than dripping coming from the spout of the faucet, there’s another traditional plumbing issue. This one is leaks that come from the base of the handles. In this scenario, the metal nuts of the faucet or the rubber o-ring may be in need of a replacement. Experienced plumbing experts will most often tell homeowners that sink parts may actually last longer when they are lubricated using petroleum jelly. Leaks that happen in pipes are quite common and when the same are seen at the pipe’s joints, simply tightening the pipes may solve the problem. If not, there might be a need to use sealant or a new gasket.

Finally, you have plugged toilets. This is another headache for homeowners, but the good news is that it can also be easily solved when given attention right away. In this instance, it is rather sensible to always have a plunger within reach in case this problem happens. This is because whenever toilets overflow, the floors will eventually be damaged. If plunging doesn’t solve the problem, that’s the time you may have to call in the plumber to solve the issue for you.


Basics of Plumbing

Posted by whiteuwn on February 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Plumbing is a very simple system but very essential in every home. It is simple enough that it follows the basic laws of nature in order to work. We’re talking about gravity, pressure, and water searching its own level. By knowing the basics of your plumbing system, you will be able to understand the entirety of it and eventually be able to do plumbing repairs on your own, which certainly translates into saving time, money, and trouble on your part and the rest of the folks living with you.

First of all, you should know that your plumbing system is composed of two separate subsystems. One of the two subsystems is tasked to bring freshwater in while the other one is used to take wastewater out. The water from the outside, in order to come to your home is under pressure. It will enter the home using sufficient pressure for it to be able to travel upstairs, in corners, or in higher ground. The moment water comes into your home, it will past through a water meter which will serve as the measuring device of your usage. The main water shutoff or stop valve meanwhile is usually found close to the meter. It is mainly intended for emergencies, when you need to close all water running and you can do it through the main shutoff valve. Without it and when a pipe bursts, it will flood the premises. In cases where the emergency is exclusive to the sink, tub, or toilet, you don’t need to turn off your entire water supply. Hence, there are fixtures, and probably most of them that should have their own stop valves.

Water that comes from the main supply is readily available for the home’s cold water consumption. The hot water supply on the other hand will require one other step. One pipe will be carrying water from the cold water system to the water heater. Now from the heater, there will be a hot water line that will carry the already heater water to its designated fixtures, as well as outlets and appliances that make use of the hot water. There’s also a thermostat on the heater intended to control and maintain temperature. You use it by turning the heating elements on and off.

Drainage System Basics

Even if your home is on a septic or sewer system, the plumbing systems within are basically the same. You must know that drainage systems don’t depend on pressure, unlike supply systems. The waste matter will leave your home since drainage pipes are all angled or directed on a downward position. Hence, it is gravity that is responsible for pulling the waste along. The sewer line will continue in this downward flow, down to the sewage treatment facility or in another system, the septic tank. It may look and sound simple but there are so many components of the drainage system that makes it quite complex on itself. There are parts that you also must learn further such as the vents, traps, and clean outs.