Plumbing issues come up periodically and for the most part they are relatively benign. Most homeowners are well equipped to handle the basics, but if you are unfamiliar with your plumbing system and the troubles that can arise even a simple breakdown can be stressful. Here are some of the more common plumbing issues:
Leaks. For a lot of people a dripping or leaking faucet is not a big deal. Unless the drip makes an annoying noise, the leak could go on for months without a second thought. But, these seemingly simple plumbing issues can actually cause a significant amount of damage and waste. Over a year’s time a single dripping faucet can dramatically impact the water bill. Not to mention the waste water that is dripping down the drain. Thankfully, a dripping or leaking faucet is a relatively simple and inexpensive fix. Typically, the problem is with cracked or missing seals or washers, which are easy to find at any home improvement store.
Clogs. Clogged drains are typically found in the kitchen and the bathrooms of the home. Anything from soap and shampoo to food scraps and grease and collect in a plumbing drain and cause a clog. These blockages prevent water from flowing as it should and instead causes the water to rise up and flood the basin. Sometimes, the flood can overflow and cover the countertops and floor with bacteria-laden grey water.
Clogged toilet. When a toilet clogs it is usually because the drain has become overwhelmed by too much toilet paper. But, sometimes the toilet is used inappropriately and items are flushed that the toilet wasn’t designed to manage. Things like diapers, baby wipes, q-tips, and cat litter should never be flushed down the toilet. Also, if you have small children in the home make sure to put a child safety lock on your toilet to avoid the occasional toy from being mistakenly flushed.
Most of these plumbing issues can be addressed with little fuss. For clogs, however, do not use chemical drain cleaners. These don’t work very effectively and can actually cause harm to your pipes and your septic system.