Everyone’s experienced annoying plumbing issues every now and then. There’s nothing worse than having a clogged toilet or leaky faucet that won’t stop dripping. Luckily, these are some of the easiest issues to fix. In today’s post, we’re going to talk about three common plumbing issues and how to fix them. Not only will these tips teach you how to handle common plumbing issues like a pro, but they will show you how to prevent them from happening in the future.
A Leaking Faucet Or Pipe
Did you know that a faucet or pipe that leaks one drop per second adds up to more than 3,000 gallons of water over the course of a year? A leaking faucet is little more than a headache because it is annoying and makes noise. You might wonder: what causes a leaking faucet or pipe. Well, there are a few causes for both. A leaking faucet usually happens because of a faulty washer. The rubber washer that forms a seal for the faucet breaks down over time. Over time, the interaction between the rubber and minerals in the water lead to failure. The most common issue with washers is dislodging. If you’re lucky, all you need to do is seat the washer properly again. On the other hand, if the faucet valve seat is worn out, you may need to replace the whole faucet.
If you have a leaking pipe, it will most likely be at a joint. The main causes for pipe leaks at a joint are weak joints, deterioration, improper water pressure levels, or damage from roots, etc. Another common cause of leaking joints is the absence of purple primer. Purple primer is an adhesive used to glue PVC fittings together. Without it, the joints won’t seal properly, and over time, you will end up with leaking at the joints. If you notice a lack of properly sealed and glued joint, you should call a professional plumber immediately to avoid flooding or damage.The best way to prevent leaking pipes and faucets is to keep an eye on them. It’s best to have a plumbing inspection every year to make sure there’s no damage or leaks.
Clogged Drains Or Toilet
Who doesn’t hate a clogged drain or toilet? There are a variety of causes when it comes to clogs. If your drains are clogged, the first thing to do is reach for the plunger and snake. Run some water into the sink, and then, plunge for at least 1 minute. If that doesn’t work, use a snake. Mechanical methods of unclogging a drain are better than chemicals. Harsh drain cleaning products can cause damage to pipes, are toxic to breathe, and cause severe burns. If plunging or snaking don’t work for you, we offer a drain cleaning service called hydro jetting. This method of unclogging drains uses high-pressure water to safely remove debris, roots, and clogs from old and new drain lines.
To prevent drain and toilet clogs, be aware of what you’re putting down the drain and toilet. Don’t flush things that you shouldn’t, and steer clear of washing grease down the drain. If you do wash oils down the drain, make sure to use cold water.