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Plumbing Problems Homeowners Should Be Aware Of

Plumbing Problems Homeowners Should Be Aware Of

As a homeowner, you have a lot on your plate. You constantly have to make sure that your home is clean and that every system is functioning as well as it should be. Now, whether you've been in your home for 5 months or 10 years, you're probably well aware that if something can go wrong in your home, it will.

That’s why it’s best to educate yourself on the most common problems that could plague your home. And as a result, you’ll be ready to take charge of any problems that come your way (and be able to prevent them from happening again)! When it comes to your home’s plumbing, here are the most common issues to add to the top of your list.

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Clogged Drains

Fact: There probably isn’t a homeowner in the world who hasn’t had to deal with a clogged drain at one point or another. After all, as easy as they can be to prevent, they are very simple to get. The most common places homeowners experience clogged drains are sinks and showers, but it’s possible to clog your garbage disposal as well.

How to Prevent Clogged Drains

There are several steps you can take to ensure that your drains stay clogged free, such as:

  • Using drain traps to catch hair, food, and other items before they have a chance to flow down the drain.

  • Using enzyme-based drain cleaners to flush your drains once a month

  • Never pouring oil or grease down the drain

  • Avoiding putting certain foods down your disposal

If you do find yourself with a clogged drain, you may be able to use a drain snake or natural drain cleaner to solve the problem — stay far away from chemical-based products. Of course, if those methods don’t work, you can always call a professional plumber to take care of the clog for you.

Clogged Toilet

Just like a clogged drain, a clogged toilet is an extremely common plumbing issue found in most homes. Often, clogs are caused by flushing too much at one time or flushing the wrong materials down the toilet.

How to Prevent Clogged Toilets

First and foremost, you should only flush human waste and small amounts of toilet paper. Anything else will not break down properly and will likely form a clog. To refresh your memory, some things to never flush include (but are not limited to):

  • Wipes (it doesn’t matter if the label says “flushable”)

  • Diapers

  • Sanitary products

  • Cotton swabs

  • Dental floss

You could also wait to use toilet paper (flushing waste, first) to avoid having too much going down the drain at one time.

If your toilet clogs, you should try to use a bell-shaped plunger to solve the problem (the flat model is intended for sinks). If that doesn’t work, your best bet is to have a plumber professionally snake the drain. In some cases, you may even want to have the clog video inspected to see exactly what’s causing the problem.

Leaky Faucets

We’ve all heard it — that subtly irritating “drip...drip...drip” coming from the bathroom sink. If left unchecked, this seemingly small issue can end up wasting hundreds of gallons of water each year and raise your utility bill in the process.

Leaky faucets can happen for a number of reasons including:

  • Worn washer

  • O-ring issues

  • Poor washer installation

  • Worn valve seat

Since the causes behind leaky faucets are relatively easy to fix, you should make any necessary repairs as soon as possible to avoid wasting water and money.

Corroded Pipes

Whether your pipes have less-than-ideal water running through them (water that contain sediments) or they just happened to be past their prime, pipes can begin to corrode over time. However, it’s usually very easy to recognize this problem. Common signs that your pipes are corroded include:

  • Frequent leaks

  • Metallic-tasting water

  • Frequent clogs

  • Brown-colored water

Corroded pipes are more at risk for bursting and can add harmful or unfavorable, deposits to the water you and your family use each day. If you don’t already know, try to find out how old your pipes are — depending on the material, they can last anywhere from 20 to 100 years.

If you suspect your pipes may be corroded, don’t ignore the problem. Have your home re-piped to avoid any larger issues down the line.

Poor Water Pressure

Isn't it annoying when you step into the shower in the morning, and all you get is a trickle from your shower head? Poor water pressure is not something you should settle for — especially since it’s typically a sign of a larger problem.

Low water pressure could be caused by a number of different issues, such as:

  • Build-up on Fixtures: If you have hard water, the sediments can build up on the spouts of your plumbing fixtures and not allow as much water to flow out of them.

  • Clogs: If there is build-up inside your pipes, water won’t be able to flow as easily through them, resulting in low water pressure. This build-up can be caused by several things, such as hard water or corroded pipes.

  • Unopened Water Valve: If the valve on your water meter or your water main is not fully opened, you may struggle with poor water pressure.

  • Faulty Pressure Regulator: If your pressure regulator is malfunctioning, you can actually end up with water pressure that is too high and can damage your plumbing.

No Hot Water

Whether it never turns hot or runs out too early, life without hot water is a pretty rough one. You’re not able to take hot showers, wash your clothes properly, or clean and disinfect your dishes. Hot water issues need to be addressed by repairing or replacing your water heater. You may just need a simple tune-up or you could benefit from an entirely new unit.

With nearly 30 years in the industry, Horizon Services can handle your every plumbing need. From routine drain cleaning to water heater repair to emergency plumbing services, our highly-trained plumbers have seen it all!

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