There are many different plumbing issues that can arise in a home. In some cases, they are minor nuisances that won't take too much time or effort to fix. However, no matter how big or small an issue may seem, it is important to diagnose it and take care of it as soon as possible. Let's look at some common problems and how you can go about remedying them in a safe and affordable manner.
The Water Heater Is Leaking
Like any other item in your home, the water heater is not going to last forever. Unfortunately, you can't predict when it will stop functioning properly, and it is possible that it will leak without warning. The good news is that there are some signs that your water heater isn't working like it should. For instance, there likely won't be hot water in your house. You may also notice a large puddle near the heater itself if water heater leakage is occurring.
A Drain Is Slow or Blocked Completely
Over time, you will send a lot of hair, grease and other gunk down the shower, toilet and sink drains. Eventually, you will notice that the water is not draining quickly or not draining at all. This may result in taking showers while standing in dirty water or seeing your kitchen sink overflow with minimal use. If this is happening to you, it can be a good idea to contact a kitchen or shower repair services company at your earliest convenience. You may also be able to buy or repair kitchen sink plugs, if necessary, to fix or prevent a problem from happening again.
A Frozen Pipe Has Burst
Pipes are made from material that will expand and contract when it gets cold out. If the temperatures drop low enough, they can freeze. This could result in cracking that may allow water in the pipes to spill into your kitchen or basement. Fixing a broken pipe is a relatively easy process but finding the source of the leak can be difficult.
Therefore, it may be best to call a professional to diagnose the problem as opposed to trying to do it yourself. To prevent your pipes from leaking when it is cold out, drain the water until the weather takes a turn for the better. You can also prevent freezing by keeping proper air flow through the house. This can be done by keeping a cabinet open or by installing extra vents throughout the home.
Roots Are Growing in the Pipes
If you live in a home that had been neglected prior to purchasing it, there is a chance that you will have vegetation growing throughout the property. It is possible that grass or tree roots will start to take hold in the pipes that run through your home. In the event that this happens, it may be necessary to dig into the ground or otherwise do extensive work on the home to properly fix the issue.
Pipes Are Old and Corroding
As they get older, your pipes could start to corrode, which means that the water passing through them may be tainted with chemicals. It is also possible that the pipes become weaker as they start to rust. Eventually, they may start to crack or flake away, which means that they need to be replaced as soon as possible. In some cases, this means replacing the pipes for the entire home. However, if the home has been upgraded since it was built, it may be possible to get away with only replacing the oldest pipes instead.
You Opted for a Fast Fix
When you see a pipe leaking, it is easy to simply tape it and forget about the issue. However, electrical or other types of tape are not meant to be a permanent solution for a leak or other issue. Instead, they are meant to seal the leak for a day or two until you can get a new pipe installed. In addition to not doing the job properly, you could be considered negligent by your insurance company if the temporary fix leads to other problems.
If you notice a water leak or a slow drain in your home, don't ignore the problem. Instead, take some time to find the source of the leak or hire someone to do so for you. Problems are easier to fix when they are caught sooner rather than later.
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