Ensuring your home has a steady and well maintained plumbing system is vital when keeping you and your family in a comfortable living environment. As the family’s bathroom needs rely solely on a constant water supply it is sure that any plumbing problems are identified and fixed as soon as possible. There are many common problems that can cause serious damage to your home if left unattended, so take a little time to think about how you can identify a problem and have it repaired before it gets out of hand.
Hiring plumbers is certainly expensive and there are far too many tales floating around of the typical cowboy plumber who charges three hour’s work for simply taking his time to change a rubber tap washer. Being able to have a basic understanding of plumbing is certainly advisable to anyone looking to hire a plumber, directing them to the problem and showing that you have a basic understanding lowers the risk of suffering any extra charges. Here are a few thoughts that could help you identify common plumbing problems and know what could help.
A leaking tap is a common and frustrating problem, the consistent sound of a dripping tap is a sure fire way to lose sleep and spoil the feeling of a stylish and modern room. This could be cause by a number of things, and a DIY job is only recommended if you are competent with standard tools and are confident in your ability to disassemble and reassemble the tap housing to replace a washer. The most common cause of a leaking tap is the gradual erosion of the rubber washer contained inside the tap; all that this requires is a replacement washed and the careful reassembling of the tap housing. Be careful not to force the tap whilst unscrewing, if you split or damage the metal you could make the problem far worse and have no choice but to hire a plumber.
During the winter, common plumbing problems are caused by frozen pipes. This can potentially cause a lot of damage if left untreated. Frozen pipes can be identified easily if the frozen area of pipe is in plain sight; look for areas of the pipe which have heavy amounts of water droplets or condensation on the outside of the pipe. This can show where the pipes are frozen and require treatment. If you wish to tack this yourself do so with great care, rupturing the pipe can leave to massive water damage. Gradually heat the area, turn up central heating in your home to warm the walls and pipes behind the walls, if you have a mobile heater then place it close to the affected area to gradually warm and melt frozen water.
The most common of all plumbing problems is the pipe blockage; when drains and pipes are blocked with waste or other material, water fails to drain and can cause many household problems. The simplest solution to this problem is the age old method of plunging the drain, this can help to suck up or loosen any debris that may be blocking up the pipe.