Common Plumbing Problems and How to Prevent Them

Common Plumbing Problems and How to Prevent Them

Around the world plumbing issues occur on a daily basis, especially in areas prone to floods and extreme weather conditions such as our wonderful motherland – Canada. Bad plumbing in homes can lead to floods, mold growth, foundation cracks and respiratory infections.

Before you start needing basement waterproofs, pipe replacements or buying a new home, here is how to fix some common issues which if left unrepaired lead to extreme plumbing disasters.

1. Clogged Drain

Clogged drains are the number one plumbing problem in homes. Usually drains become clogged because of debris build up. With time toothpaste, hair, cooking oil and dirt form clogs which block our drains and prevent their functioning. You can avoid this with regular clean ups and proper oil or toothpaste disposal. Depending on the issue you are facing, unclogging the drains can be done with drain snakes or with a simple mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

2. Dripping Faucet

If left unrepaired, a dripping faucet can lead to much more complicated plumbing issues. On top of that, a leaky faucet daily wastes 5 gallons of water or annually 2082. The causes for leaky or drippy faucets usually are corrosion, internal mineral corrosion or malfunctioning parts such as o-ring, washer and gaskets. Homeowners can easily fix these and save up some money by simply following DIY tutorials on YouTube. If the issue is more complicated or you don’t have any plumbing experience then calling a professional is highly recommended.

3. Sewer Back-up

The water from a sewer carries tons of bacteria and infections. This is why sewer back-ups are considered to be the most dangerous plumbing disasters for homeowners. Sometimes sewer pipes can be clogged, damaged or disconnected. This causes sewer water to enter your home through toilets, sinks or basements. To avoid sewer backups, regular camera inspections are highly recommended. These show you the condition of your sewer line, whether you have debris build ups, damaged pipes or blocked pipes from tree roots. Other prevention measures are basement waterproofs, backwater prevention valve installation and frequent sump pump maintenance.

4. Water Heater Issues

There are a number of possible issues linked with the water heater. People are constantly faced with water heater leaks, smelly water, dirty or greenish water and heater malfunctions. A homeowners worst nightmare is having a water heater that cannot heat the water or heats it too much. These issues usually occur because of malfunctioning parts, corrosion or mineral build ups. Some issues with the heater can be health hazards as well, so it is necessary to maintain its functionality. This is done by regularly cleaning and inspecting it.

A home’s plumbing system is vulnerable and can be easily damaged. It can lead to basements leaks so it’s important to take care of your home’s plumbing system. Fortunately, there are things that you can do on how to prevent basement leaks.

About Draintony

We are a locally owned and operated plumbing company, providing residential and commercial owner plumbing services. We specialize in Drain Repair, Drain Cleaning, Basement Waterproofing, Sump Pump Installation, Clogged Toilets and more. Our team at Draintony is dedicated to providing you premier plumbing quality and premier plumbing services. 

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