Stay Ahead of Plumbing Issues with These Tips
People use hundreds of gallons of water in their homes every day. Whether it’s washing clothes, taking a shower or filling a pot for cooking, you depend on a reliable source of water. The plumbing systems of your home experience problems over time, and sometimes these issues are severe enough that you need to call a professional. Here are five signs that can help you know when to call a plumber.
It’s not uncommon for drains or toilets to get clogged, especially when someone flushes the wrong items. Sometimes all it takes is a plunger or suction to release the clog. However, if you can’t get the debris to budge or the drain continues to get clogged up, there could be more significant problems. Plumbing companies, like this Ohio plumbing company, have tools such as cameras and long probes to look into the pipes and determine what the problem might be. Sometimes grease has solidified, or roots have penetrated the pipe system, which requires special treatment.
No Water At All
It’s very unusual to have the water shut off to the entire home. Sometimes there may be a faucet or shower that doesn’t have a steady water flow, but if no water is coming into the house, this is a sign of a significant problem. Inspect each water outlet in the home, including both the cold and hot lines. If water isn’t coming from the hot faucet side, it could signal a problem with the water heater. If no water is entering the home, there could be a blockage or break in the main water pipe at the main city line.
A small drip may not seem like it’s wasting much water, but hundreds of gallons of water trickle down the drain throughout a year. Sometimes a simple tightening of the joints can fix a drip but sometimes, that is not always the case. There can be cracks in pipes or parts of the faucet that an untrained eye may not be able to see. Having these pieces inspected and repaired or replaced saves water and prevents any sizeable long-term damage.
Low Water Pressure
Cracked or broken pipes can definitely cause problems with water pressure. Although it is often as simple as a clogged aerator in the sink or debris stuck in the toilet, low water pressure may mean that water is flowing out of the pipes elsewhere. If you have low pressure and cannot find a source of the problem, having the pipes inspected can ensure that any significant leak will be detected before the lines break entirely which results in costly repairs.
Water Heater Concerns
If you notice that water has condensed on the outside of the appliance, there could be a leak. Look and see if the ground around it has gotten wet. Some small gaskets and pipes can be leaking water, too. Look for rust, corrosion, or water in the drip pan as signs of leaks. Since goals or electrical systems operate this, dripping water is a safety hazard too. A plumber can inspect all parts of the machine to make sure it is safe to use.
There are many different reasons why homes might have water supply problems. The ability to know when to call a plumber ensures your home always has water when it’s needed.
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