Top 5 Plumbing Scares

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Professional plumbers field a lot of different types of plumbing problems. The following are 5 of the most common plumbing scares homeowners face. By understanding how they start, you can take the proper preventative measures to avoid these problems in your own home.

1. Clogged Drains
Clogged drains are caused by a number of things such as hair build-up, grease and fat, debris and foreign objects — including everything from food build-up to toys flushed by young children. Homeowners can treat minor clogs by using plungers or cleaning out strainers and traps regularly. But for bigger problems, it’s important to call an experienced plumber.
Although clogged drains may seem like nothing more than an annoyance, they can create areas of stagnant water that are breeding grounds for bacteria. This can lead to illness if not treated promptly. Also, clogged drains can flood, particularly during rainy periods, causing property damage. It’s important to address clogged drains as you notice them.

2. Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes are often a common problem in older homes but can be found in any house. They are caused by a number of things such as deterioration from rust and corrosion, the natural settling process of a house, temperature changes, water pressure fluctuation, and clogs. They can lead to contaminated water supplies and structural damage if not discovered and treated quickly.
Quick fixes may be a temporary solution but can cause more problems and money in the long run. For best results, having a plumber come out to your home will ensure that the leaky pipes are properly fixed and water damage is avoided.

3. Running Toilet
Running toilets are often caused by small dysfunctions such as incorrect chain lengths, damaged or dirty flappers, or incorrect float positioning. By removing the lid of the toilet tank and doing some investigation, you can determine what the problem is and what might need to be adjusted. The main problem with a running toilet is that it uses a lot of water, increasing your water bill drastically, so it’s a good idea to fix a running toilet promptly.

4. Garbage Disposal Clog
Garbage disposal clogs result from using too little water to flush food down or disposing of problematic items like egg shells, coffee grounds or potato peels. These items then lodge in the drain trap causing a blockage. If clogs are not handled promptly, they cause odors and carry bacteria.

5. Water Heater Leaks
The main problem with water heater leaks is determining where your heater is leaking. The inlet and outlet connections should be checked first, as minor leaks here are often fixable with the proper application of a wrench. Leaks at the temperature and pressure relief valve can be an easy fix but should be watched afterward in case the valve was not the problem. The heater drain valve is another common culprit and is also an easy replacement. If the bottom of the tank is leaking, then your water heater has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. The main danger of a leaking water heater is that the damp areas are breeding grounds for mold and mildew.

As with many home repairs, calling in a professional will help ensure the job is done properly. For more information on your plumbing needs, contact The Eco Plumbers today.

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