Indoor plumbing is something that most homeowners take for granted and don't think about very often until their is a problem in their home's plumbing. Luckily, most plumbing issues are fairly minor and can be remedied quickly if a plumber is called in a timely manner. But if minor plumbing issues are ignored, they can grow into major problems that can cause damage to other parts of the house and also be costly to repair. If you are a homeowner, it is important to be on the lookout for these common plumbing issues:
Few things can be as annoying as listening to a leaking faucet. But in addition to being annoying, a leaking faucet can greatly increase your water bill, and depending on why it is leaking, it can also allow moisture to damage the area around the faucet and potentially cause mold growth. Most faucets have rubber or silicone washers that prevent faucets from leaking when turned to the OFF position. If any faucet in your home is leaking, a qualified plumber can fix the issue in a timely manner.
Low Water Pressure
When you turn on a sink, bathtub faucet, or shower, it is normal to expect water to gush out. When the water pressure in your home drops dramatically, it is normal to panic. If the water pressure only decreases in one faucet/shower head, it is usually because the aerators have become clogged with the minerals and sediment found in the water from your local source; in most cases, cleaning the aerator with a cleanser designed to remove build-up can solve the problem.
However, when the water pressure for all faucets and shower heads decreases suddenly, it is often a sign of a much bigger plumbing problem. In many cases, a water pressure decrease that effects all water sources in the home can either be a sign of a problem with the water main line or a broken or leaking pipe in the home's plumbing system.
When a home's plumbing system is in good condition, water should drain in sinks and showers/bath tubs without problem, and the toilet should flush without issue. If you begin to notice that drains in your home are not draining properly and your toilet is not disposing waste when you flush it, there may be a blockage in the main pipe that connects your home to the sewer system. Don't ignore signs of a clog in the sewer main line-- the faster it is repaired, the less likely you are to have a sewage back-up inside your home.
For more information, contact companies like Moody Plumbing Inc.