Top 3 Plumbing Problems You Can Prevent Today
Before typing up this blog post, I was thinking about something one of my good friends said not too long ago. He told me that the answers to the most complicated issues are, in reality, not as complicated as we make them out to be. After reflecting about this for a while, I realized that this concept can be applied to pretty much anything- from stress to managing your finances to even something like plumbing troubleshooting.
When it comes to diagnosing your next drain problem, I’ve noticed that a lot of plumbing problems happen because we have a tendency to ignore the smaller issues before it eventually comes back to bite, or in this case, clog up your piping.
By choosing to stay informed as well keeping track of what you do everyday, you have the power to prevent 99.99% of your plumbing problems (with the 0.01% being 100% being out of your control) before it becomes too way too out of hand (and can end up being pretty expensive, to boot).
In this guide, I’ll share the three most common plumbing problems I’ve personally encountered the most, how it happens, and tips on how to prevent them right now.
Common Plumbing Problem #1 – Clogged Drains
Regardless if it’s in the kitchen sink or in the tub in your bathroom, when your drain is clogged, it typically means something is obstructing the water flow. Usually, these obstructions end up being hair, food, and tons of tissue, just to name a few.
In order to prevent further build up, here are some tips to keep yours drains clean:
- As a preventative measure, do not pour oils, food, and anything else that could block water flow down the drain as much as possible.
- If clogged, try to use a plunger or a drain snake to delodge the obstruction in your pipes instead of a chemical declogger. This way, you won’t damage your pipes in the process.
- If you’ve done the above but nothing seems to work, it’s recommended that you call your local plumber to address the issue.
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Common Plumbing Problem #2 – Smelly Drains
Smelly drains stink, pun intended.
The most common diagnosis for this plumbing issue is a buildup of food particles inside the pipe. The best way to prevent this is to stop sending your food down the drain; instead, throw it into the trash as much as possible.
But let’s say that your sink has a garbage disposal or you’ve accidentally let some food slip down the drain on occasion. If this is the case, just make sure that you continue to keep your drains clean with a degreaser. If the problem continues, call your plumber.
Common Plumbing Problem #3 – Dripping Faucets
Have you ever gotten annoyed by the sound of the seemingly endless drip drops of water coming from your nearby faucet? If you do, I can’t really blame you- not only does it make your home’s overall environment into an uncomfortable one, you’re also sending unnecessary money into the drain, no pun intended.
In fact, one drip per second can waste about 3,000 gallons of water per year, aka about 180+ showers.
How dripping faucets occur is when the washers (usually made of rubber, silicone, or ceramic) become torn, stiff, or dislodged, allowing the drips of water you hear (and see) when you use the faucets throughout your home.
Should you decide to go the DIY path, take in mind that like most repair jobs, you may need to buy specialized tools to make it easier for you.
If you’ve replaced the washer and still notice that your bathroom faucet is leaking, this may indicate a corroded valve or a new faucet replacement. At this point, it’s better to call a professional plumber to address this plumbing problem.
What are some common plumbing problems you’ve dealt with recently?
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