5 Plumbing Issues You Shouldn’t Put Off Dealing With
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

When you spot something that doesn’t seem right in your home, it can be really tempting just to ignore it and hope that it goes away… much easier than actually dealing with it, right?

Unfortunately, when it comes to plumbing issues, it never pays off to ignore them. Water can cause a huge amount of damage to your home, and a leak can end up costing you thousands.

Leaky faucet

How many of us notice that a faucet just won’t stop dripping… and then leave the room so that we don’t have to hear it? Not only is it irritating, but a leaky faucet can also cost you a lot of money in wasted water. If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drip per second, this can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water over the course of a year. That’s the same amount of water as you would use, taking 180 showers! Plus, leaks will tend to get worse over time, so it’s really worth fixing them as soon as you notice them, as putting it off will only make the job more difficult.
A leaky faucet is a reasonably easy issue to resolve a lot of the time. In general, a leak can be resolved by replacing the washers or o-rings inside your faucet, as long as you are careful and ensure that the replacement parts you choose are the right size! It’s also really important that you turn off your water before starting any work on your faucet as otherwise, you will have an indoor waterfall on your hands.

Damp patches on walls or ceilings

Damp patches on your walls or ceilings can be an indicator of a few different things. It could be that there is an issue with your building's structure that is allowing damp to get through from the outside. Alternatively, damp patches can also be caused by leaking pipes.
It’s important that you get any damp patches checked by a professional as soon as possible, as they can spread and cause permanent damage to your property, which will cost you a great deal of money to repair.

Low water pressure

Low water pressure is not only annoying when you’re trying to take a relaxing shower; it’s a potential sign that there is something going on in the plumbing of your home.
Low water pressure can be caused by a few things. A good place to check first is your water valve. If it’s not fully open, this will cause the water in your home to run at a lower pressure. Low water pressure can be caused by issues outside of your home, too, like the water's overall pressure in your city or town.
Finally, low water pressure can be caused by old steel pipes that have become corroded and therefore slightly blocked. This is a big issue because corroded pipes may soon start to leak. If you have low water pressure in your home, it’s a good idea to get it checked out by a Plumber as soon as possible.

Problems with your water heater

If you suddenly find that you have no hot water or that your hot water is at a lower temperature than it normally is, then this can indicate an issue with your hot water heater. It’s really important that you never try to resolve a heating system problem yourself, as the systems are complex and often highly pressurized. There is a high risk of injury if you aren’t a professional. It’s important to resolve these issues quickly, with the help of a plumber, because, like leaks, any issues are likely to worsen over time.

Clogged drains

Clogged drains are an annoyance, and they should also be resolved as quickly as you can with a drain snake or drain unblocker. If you leave them, the blockage will likely get worse, and you could end up dealing with a much worse and more unsanitary issue.
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