Having a functioning plumbing system in your home is a necessity. Needless to say, plumbing issues are considered to be one of the most common and most frustrating home repair issues homeowners have to deal with. Here are the top seven most common household plumbing issues and how to prevent them:
1. Clogged or Backed Up Drains
Clogged or backed up drains are notoriously associated with bathroom toilets but are also frequent, if not more frequent issues in the kitchen. The best way to prevent from having a clogged drain is to be mindful of what you put down the drain. When you clean your home, clean your drains too. One way you can do this is to simply pour baking soda or a cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. After that, run the hot water to wash it away.
2. No Hot Water
This plumbing issue has probably happened to just about everyone at some point and can be extremely upsetting, especially when all you want is a hot shower or bath. To prevent this from happening, there are three things you should do:
– Check your water heater’s age. Replace your water heater once it is older than around eight to twelve years old.
– Get routine inspections. Every one to two years you should get an inspection to determine if your water heater needs any repairing or if it’s time to get a new one.
– Clean your water heater. About every six months, your water heater should be flushed. Please note: turn off the power and run hot water until it cools before you try to flush the tank or get a licensed professional.
3. Annoying Drips
As the washers in faucets wear out, the faucets begin to uncontrollably drip. The only way to prolong the life of your washers is to gently turn off the faucet without using excessive force.
4. Running Toilets
When your toilet begins to take on a mind of its own and you begin to hear it running water all day, you are probably dealing with a running toilet. A constantly running toilet can be caused by the fill tube, fill height or the flush handle/flapper chain. Gently flush your toilets and pay attention to signs of problems before the constant running happens. If you don’t get a full flush or if you see a small amount of water in the toilet bowl, these are signs that something is wrong with your toilet’s flushing system.
5. Leaking Pipes
Broken water pipes often lead to excessive water damage to furniture, floors and walls. To prevent leaks from happening, visually check your pipes every once in awhile for rust or white lime deposits.
6. Broken Garbage Disposals
Dealing with broken garbage disposals can be incredibly messy and frustrating. To prevent this, don’t throw large or thick food items into your sink and try not to wear jewelry when washing dishes since a lot of times miscellaneous items like jewelry are to blame for the jam. Here are the top food items to avoid putting down your garbage disposal:
- grease, oil or fat
- egg shells
- stringy or starchy vegetables
- coffee grinds
- fruit pits (like from peaches, avocados, mangoes, etc.)
7. Leaking Water Heater
This usually happens because the water heater is being used past its expiration. As mentioned before, they generally last between eight and twelve years. To extend the life of your water heater, remember to do routine maintenance.
Unfortunately, if you are a homeowner, you will most definitely run into any if not all of these annoying and problematic plumbing issues at some point. It’s important to understand how to prevent these problems but of course, it’s impossible to completely avoid them from happening. But don’t panic. Plumber Map is the easiest way to get the help you need when you have plumbing issues. Contact us today and we’ll connect you to a trusted professional near you to fix your plumbing issues!