Drip Drip Drip: 5 Common Plumbing Problems
There was a time when you could ignore small leaks or dripping pipes, but now when you hear of areas of land under drought and cities losing their sources of water; every drop is valuable. Fortunately, now it’s easier to get help to address these problems before they escalate into something that will cost you more water and more money. Here are 5 common plumbing problems we all face:
#1 Dripping Taps
This is the most common plumbing problem and also the most ignored. It might seem like nothing but all those drops add up to gallons of water. The cause of this problem is mostly some damage to the internal washer. If this issue was ignored for too long, it might have worn out the valve seat as well, so it’s best to call a professional plumber to get it checked and fixed.
#2 Low Water Pressure
Low-water pressure can steal your time and your sanity. Simple tasks like washing your hands or brushing your teeth can take several minutes. This issue is not usually ignored for long and the most common reason for it is the build-up of deposits. If it’s just the showerhead then there are DIY ways to fix that (using vinegar) or you can get it replaced.
#3 Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes can cause damage to your home and if you’re living in an apartment, then it can also damage the apartment below yours. There are quite a few temporary fixes (fillers, tape, etc.) but to take care of the problem for good, you will need a professional to replace the pipe or the fittings around it.
#4 Running Toilet
This is usually caused when the valve that controls the amount of water that comes from the tank to bowl (during each flush), is defective. There might also be a very small trickle of water that keeps flowing and may not even notice it.
#5 Clogged or Slow-Draining Drains
This problem is something most of us have had and probably fixed with store-bought products or our own concoctions. There’s usually some kind of blockage that’s restricting the water flow (most likely hair). If a plunger, home remedies (vinegar and baking soda) and chemical clog removers don’t work, a plumber will be able to open it up and clear it out.
Solving these little plumbing problems might help you from leaks and wasting water which is the responsible thing to do when cities around the world are running out of water. Call a professional as soon as you notice any of these problems.