Common Plumbing Problems and When to Call Professional Plumbing Services
Many plumbing problems can be handled with just a little bit of elbow grease and know-how. Small leaks, clogged drains, and changing a washer on a tap, for example, will usually fall under the DIY umbrella. In the following, we’ll show you how to fix the most common plumbing problems and how to identify when it’s time to call in professional plumbing services.
Dripping taps can cause all kinds of problems, and they can even keep you awake if it is next to your bedroom – not a good situation. Dripping faucets are also a big problem due to the amount of wasted water over a period of time. Changing the washer can usually fix this issue, thereby saving you money, along with hundreds of gallons of water.
However, if your taps are delicate, or you don’t have the correct tools for the job, it’s best to call plumbing services to deal with the problem and fix your dripping tap once and for all. Don’t risk damaging your taps for the sake of a relatively small saving.
It’s possible that on some occasions, you can deal with a blocked drain yourself, especially if leaves and paper that have been swept onto the outlets are the culprits of the clogging.
However, anything more complicated will require the services of a professional plumber. If you have a severely blocked drain, don’t try and use any store-bought drain cleaners, as they can cause more problems than they solve. Many varieties can damage your pipes permanently, requiring replacement. In addition, these products are also often harmful to the environment.
If the water in your bath, toilet or sink is not draining or dispersing properly, try using a plunger. If the plunger doesn’t clear up the clog or you find that you are using a plunger to unclog drains and sinks on a regular basis, then it’s time to call a plumber.
Continuously Running Toilets
Most homeowners will have faced or will be confronted with the problem of a constantly running toilet at some point in their lives. When the tube that fills the toilet isn’t working properly, or a flapper valve is out of place, the water in your toilet will continue to run after it’s been flushed.
Nonetheless, there are a number of reasons why your toilet is always running, which can sometimes be difficult to detect. If putting the flapper valve back into place doesn’t work, the ball is no longer in your court – we recommend calling the experts to implement a safe solution that won’t cause long-term damage.
When you detect that you have leaking pipes, the first step is to try and locate the source of the leak. Once you’ve done that, turn off the water at the mains to stop the leak. Minor leaks can usually be fixed by lagging the pipe with cloth and tape, but this is a temporary solution that needs to be appropriately dealt with at a later date. If a major leak is occurring, then we advise that you call professional plumbing services to address the issue immediately.