Your home is prone to things becoming faulty over time – from water leaks to faulty air conditioning units, and blocked drains. When left untreated, these issues can cause extensive damage and be costly to repair. By becoming aware of the most common plumbing issues, you’ll be able to prevent them from happening in your home.
Has your leaky faucet been driving you crazy for months? Make sure the tap is tightly turned “off”. If this doesn’t fix the issue, some of the smaller parts of the faucet, including a washer or the O-ring, can become worn out over time. When this happens, the faucet will begin to leak but replacing these parts is quick and easy with the help of a wrench.
Blocked drains are most common in the bathroom and kitchen and are typically caused by food or hair getting stuck in the pipe. When this happens, the water isn’t able to flow through the pipe properly, making it a longer process from your sink, shower, or bathtub to drain. By keeping an eye out for slow drainage, you’ll be able to stay a step ahead of blocked drains.
Toilets were made to eliminate human waste and toilet paper. When that isn’t respected, the toilet can overflow, causing water damage to the area around the bowl. Products that are put down the toilet that is made to dissolve in water can get stuck in the pipes, causing the water to back up and overflow.
There are two causes of burst pipes: old age and cold weather.
Old, cast iron pipes can be as old as 100 years old and replacing them before they become fatigued and damaged will help avoid serious damage to your home.
The second cause of burst pipes is cold weather. When winter rolls around, the water in your pipes can freeze, expanding the pipe and possibly break it. Once the ice melts back into water, it’ll leak through the hole, causing damage to your home. When your pipes freeze, you will also have limited to no source of water from the faucets connected to the frozen pipe.
If you experience any of these plumbing emergencies, give A+ Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call today at (603) 518-5777.