Plumbing problems are pretty common for every household. A recent statistic shows that the average number of plumbers that visit each household is once every 3 years. This list will give you an insight into the most common plumbing problems and thus help you direct your attention in the most important places. Some of the problems are pretty basic and you can solve them by watching short YouTube tutorials, but for others calling plumbing, an expert might prove to be necessary.
Here are the 4 most common plumbing problems in the household:
1. Dripping Faucets
This is a great way to waste water and heating energy. A big amount of water can be wasted by a dripping faucet. Did you know that there is a dripping calculator on the Internet? Just calculate the number of drops per minute, write it in the calculator and it will show you how many gallons of water are wasted per year. Fortunately for us leaky faucet is a problem which is easily fixed. There are a bunch of YouTube tutorials on this subject.
2. Running Toilet
There are many causes of a running toilet. Usually, the typical homeowner will find some kind of amateurish trick for a running toilet. But this problem must be solved from the core. Some of the causes are cracks and decay on the toilet flapper, an insufficient chain that connects the flapper, damaged toilet tank float ball or float arm etc. The toilet system is complex so If you have trouble fixing this problem, you should call a plumber as soon as possible.
3. Bad Water Heater
Nobody wants to take a shower with stone cold water. This is a common occurrence since the life span of a water heater is from 8 to 12 years. With time, loose minerals can settle on the bottom of your heater. This makes it harder for hot water to be produced. That is called sediment build-up and is really common in households. A sign that your water heater is going bad is the banging noises you can hear coming from its inside. To avoid these nasty water heater habits and expanding its life span do yearly maintenance and checkup. Sometimes the problem is easy and can be solved by simply relighting the pilot light.
4. Leaky Pipes
Pipe leaks usually happen at their joints. People often put tape, compound, and fillers as temporary problem solvers; but replacing the whole pipe is the general suggestion. A leaky pipe is a gateway to cockroach invasions, floor or furniture damage, and a leaky or flooded basement.
Did you know leaky pipes can cause water damage in your basement? You should look out for low water pressure and wall or floor cracks or leaks. In addition, you should look into adding an extra layer of protection such as basement waterproofing to prevent damages in your basement.
Winter is the number one season for this plumbing problem because of freezing water expansion which causes a sort of mini-explosion for a pipe. You should regularly inspect your pipes for leaks and that you properly prepare them for the winter. Doing this will help to prevent your pipes from freezing and ultimately causing a burst pipe.