Most any homeowner or apartment-dweller has a basic set of plumbing tools kept on-hand in case of minor emergencies. With any luck, that slow drain or clogged toilet will require only a bit of elbow grease and a simple tool to correct an issue, but more often than not, smaller plumbing problems can escalate over time and spell doom for your plumbing system as a whole.
When plumbing problems extend beyond your DIY expertise, contacting a professional to handle your plumbing repair and maintenance needs is the best option to prevent larger-scale issues from occurring in the future.
Keeping your home safe and secure from disastrous plumbing issues may be as simple as scheduling an annual plumbing maintenance and checkup. Plumbing issues tend to sneak up on homeowners and cause problems they've otherwise overlooked or ignored. A thorough, routine inspection can help catch smaller problems before they grow and become more destructive.
Thankfully, most preventative plumbing tasks are easy and straightforward enough to perform on your own. While your experience with your sinks, showers, and tubs are routine, checking in on the quality and condition of your underlying plumbing or infrastructure on a regular basis can help prevent against more significant problems going forward.
A professional plumbing inspection is a bit more in-depth than an informal walkthrough. They'll check your water heater, garbage disposal, drains, pipes, and fixtures as well as every other aspect of your home's plumbing system. Sophisticated plumbing firms may even employ video inspections of pipes and sewer lines to make informed assessments.
Common Plumbing Repairs
Among the most common plumbing issues are slow, leaking faucets. Whether in the bathroom or the kitchen, even the slowest leak can add up to hundreds of dollars in wasted water if left unchecked.
Low Water Pressure
As noticeable as ever when you turn on the shower in the morning, low water pressure can actually be a premonition of larger plumbing issue elsewhere within your home. Most commonly, this signifies a build up of mineral deposits or sediment in your system, but can also point to a break in the main water line.
Whether it's a slow leak discovered during a routine inspection or a sudden and destructive burst, a leaking pipe is among the most costly and potentially damaging plumbing problem you can encounter. Shutting off the system and identifying the problem is a good first step, but most repairs you'll find at your local hardware store will only serve as a temporary fix.
If you're finding yourself needing to jiggle or hold down the handle in order to properly refill the tank or noticing your toilet is running when not in use, it's likely you have a slow leak. Replacing the flapper is a good first step, but the problem may lie in the float apparatus or fill tube. To test if the leak exists between your tank and your toilet, add a few drops of food coloring to the main tank and wait for 15-20 minutes. If any color has moved to the bowl, you've got yourself a leak.
Clogged or Slow-Running Drains
Clogs and slow drains are such a common plumbing occurrence that most plumbers won't assess these problems unless they're significant and extensive. While most commercial drain cleaners and clog removers are effective at removing slight clogs, but usually contain damaging ingredients that can wreak havoc on a home's pipes. If you suspect you have a major clog, consider bringing in a plumbing professional to manage the issue.
For all your everyday household plumbing problems, contact Pioneer Plumbing & Heating today!