Top 7 Most Common Plumbing Problems
Posted on January 12, 2024 by oozle
Plumbing is one of your home’s most essential systems. Your pipes carry fresh water for cooking, drinking, and washing. Your drains cleanly carry away waste and kitchen scraps so that rot cannot occur inside the home structure. The water heater provides essential heat and comfort. The quality of your home relies on this system, which is also why it can be so catastrophic when the plumbing goes wrong.
Plumbing is used every day. It is a system that must be constantly maintained. Therefore, it is useful to understand the many common problems that can occur in household plumbing, along with how to avoid and fix them. At Pro Serv LV, we are here to help Las Vegas residents get the most from their household plumbing and to provide the plumbing services you need when problems go beyond the scope of DIY solutions.
Let’s take a look at the seven most common plumbing problems and what to do about them.
The single most frequent problem with home plumbing is the drains. This is because we put our drains through a lot. Showers must tangle with hair and soap scum. Kitchen sinks deal with food scraps and cooking grease. Some families even use the toilet as a trash can. Drains clog often. You can tell when water drains slowly, or not at all.
You can prevent most drain clogs using a drain catcher and occasionally flushing your drains with a mix of hot water and vinegar. However, some clogs are too solid or too deep in the drain system to clear DIY. If you develop persistent drains, or systematic clogs (clogs in multiple drains at once), a professional plumber can use their skills and advanced tools to solve the problem. Who knows, it might even be a tree root.
Another common plumbing problem is a faucet that drips. A leaky faucet does not always leak at the spout. You may also notice water leaking around the base of the faucet and handles. This means there is a loose gasket or worn-out seal somewhere in the installation. If you are handy with a pipe wrench, you might be able to tighten the right nut to repair the leak yourself. However, if you can’t find the right place to tighten or if your sink is designed in a hard-to-reach way, a professional plumber can always be of help.
A plumber can replace old worn-out seals and make sure everything else is in working order.
A toilet that runs is likely caused by a broken or stuck float in the toilet tank. The float tells the toilet when to stop filling, so if it doesn’t work, the toilet fills constantly. Often, you can fix a running toilet by jiggling the chain and cleaning the float’s post with vinegar to clear any mineral buildup that could interfere with the process.
After the float, check the flap-stopper to make sure that it seals completely, and adjust the length of the chain just in case. If these don’t do the trick, you may have a more faulty toilet system. A professional plumber can easily address the issue or even install an entirely new toilet tank system in about half an hour.
Low Water Pressure
Water pressure can determine a lot about your quality of life. It determines how hard your showers can be and how fast water can flow out of the sinks. Low water pressure is typically a sign of mineral buildup within your household pipes. This can happen if your house/region has hard water. 90% of US homes have water that has extra minerals like calcium and magnesium which build up inside the pipes.
As your pipes narrow, the water pressure drops. You may need a professional service to improve your water pressure, as fixing inlet pipes is much more difficult than home-treating your drains. If your water pressure is unpleasantly low, call a plumbing service like ProServ Las Vegas. We will flush and descale your water heater and remove built-up minerals from the inside of your pipes.
Water Heater Problems
Speaking of your water heater, are you having trouble getting hot water, or does your hot water have poor water pressure? This is likely also the result of hard water. Minerals from hard water will coat onto the heating elements in your water heater tank and then cook into a hard shell. This makes it take a lot more energy to heat the water. Likewise, when scale builds up on the hot water pipes, you may experience poor water pressure from the hot water lines.
Water heater leaks can be an even more immediate problem. Fortunately, you don’t have to face these issues alone. A professional inspection can tell you what is wrong with the water heater, quickly followed by skillful repairs from a plumber trained in water heater maintenance.
Old and damaged pipes are prone to leaking, and sometimes at the worst possible moment. Pipe leaks can cause extensive water damage. You can temporarily fix a pipe leak with a large piece of pipe wrap tape in an emergency. However, you will need a professional pipe replacement before the plumbing in your house is safe and complete once again.
Sewer Line Blockages
Lastly and often the most upsetting is sewer line blockages. This occurs when not just your drains but the line to the sewer is clogged. It can result in stopped drains, unflushable toilets, and even sewer backup. If none of your typical drain cleaning tricks work, call a plumbing professional from ProServ Las Vegas. They will be able to inspect the issue, find the blockage, and then plan the best course of action to clear the sewer line beneath your home.
Call ProServ Las Vegas for Your Las Vegas Plumbing Services
Plumbing problems can decrease the overall quality of life in your home and, in some cases, stop daily activities completely. If your home is displaying any kind of plumbing problem, you can rely on ProServ Las Vegas for professional and timely plumbing services. Our expert solutions to your plumbing issues will quickly restore your home to full comfort and functionality. Contact us whenever your Las Vegas home needs plumbing maintenance or repair.
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