Most Common Plumbing Problems

Posted by whiteuwn on April 14, 2014 at 1:40 AM

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.


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