Plumbing systems in our homes just like other things does not last forever. They might breakdown due to failures in other external systems like being overwhelmed by overgrown tree roots or being broken by foreign objects. The plumbing system might also fail due to aging. Due to these, it is prudent that you learn how to handle some of the most common plumbing failures in your home to remedy the problem fast and to save the cost that you could have incurred if you called a plumber. The following are some of the plumbing problems that you might encounter in your home and how to handle the plumbing repair service.
It may not be easy to see what is going on underground as far as tree roots growth is concerned. It may also be equally difficult to discern just how far the strong roots have reached and what they have damaged under the soil. Tree roots may sometimes find their way into pipe joints thereby causing breakage, leaks or complete blockages in sewerage systems. This may result into overflowing of the sewerage content on the ground which might be very filthy and a potential health hazard. To remedy this, it is advisable to apply chemicals that kill the roots that grow among pipes to prevent them from overwhelming the system in future. If the damage is already done, the only option is doing an overhaul of all the pipes around there, this time applying the chemicals to stop the roots or cutting trees that may be too close your house.
City Sewer Collapse
A sewage burst that runs its way into your home is no doubt one of the most nauseating potential plumbing problems. It could be as a result of collapsed sewer or corroding pipes outside your home. Aged sewerage pipes made of brittle materials like asbestos and concrete can disintegrate over time. These may result to scam that flows along the course of least resistance including up through your home drainage line. You are responsible only for the sewer lateral, the line connecting your home to the main sewer line. The main sewer system should be repaired by the city authority. You should dig down to locate the collapsed pipes and fix them if the leakage is minimal.
Sewerage pipes can burst or leak due to numerous reasons. For instance when aging underneath pipes leak, they might be overwhelmed by the pressure of the flowing scam and burst. A pipe that have been squeezed for so long by strong tree roots might reach its maximum resistance level and burst thereby releasing all its filthy content on the ground. Repairing the ruptured pipes involves tearing out the broken area as well as inspecting between floors or walls to establish the origin of the leak. If the burst involves pipes with massive content or pipes in complex places like inside septic tanks, it is wise to contact a plumber to fix the problem once and for all.
Leaking taps are the very common and irritating and can also result to escalating cost of water bills. If it is legal for you to do some plumbing repairs by yourself in your state, the following is what to look out for in regard to leaking taps. You should know that there are three pipe washers that could be triggering the tap to drip abnormally and may be requiring replacement. These washers are; the body washer, the O-ring and the jumper valve. Over-tightening of your tap may eventually cause serious damage to the tap seat which can ultimately make it to leak. To avoid damaging your tap washers, you should only tighten them until the water ceases to flow.
Toilets are the most essential fixtures in businesses premises and homes. There are a number of issues that can crop up in toilets. These problems may be in form of flushing difficulties, a constantly running toilet, leaks and toilet blocks. Majority of toilet issues are caused by age and misuse. These minor problems can be repaired by changing individual components or resealing. A pro-active measure for curbing blockages is by ensuring that small amounts of tissue paper are used and no non-decomposing objects find their way into the toilet system.
Blocked drains are other common problems that make one to call the plumbers in his or her home. There are various reasons drains get blocked. These include; deficient gradient to give the scam momentum to flow, hard objects inside the system, misaligned or collapsed pipes damage by tree roots. Most blocked pipes problems are inherited with the houses when you buy or rent it. Hiring licensed plumbers for repair work will help prevent some looming problems, but problems such as tree root invasion may require your personal removal of trees roots or use of root killers.
Hot Water Heater Repairs
Replacement of hot water heaters is another common task for which plumbers get called out for. However, this may be one job that you may not be allow by law to fix yourself and the manufacturer’s guarantee may be of no help to you if you do not have a licensed plumber do the installation. Water heaters should last between 5 and 15 years depending on the type of you buy. The following are some of the signs that suggest that your water heater may need replacement; lower than normal temperature, rust-colored water and moisture around the base of the heater.
Leaky or Clogged Kitchen Faucets
For leaking or completely clogged kitchen faucets, the first place to check is the end of the faucet which is called the aerator. Unscrew the aerator and check if there are any solid particles stuck inside it. If the solid particles are present, this is a good sign that there may be an obstruction in your faucet. Test by letting water run without the aerator for a little while and re-fix it. If the faucet still leaks, the fault could be with the washer inside the faucet. If you are not comfortable disintegrating the faucet yourself, contact a licensed plumber for help.