Common Plumbing Problems New Homeowners Should Expect
As a new homeowner, plumbing may be something you’re not familiar with. Plumbing problems can be costly and aggravating. Not only do you have to pay to fix them, any time an issue with water crops up in your home, you’re likely facing some costly repairs. Keep an eye out for signs of any of these common plumbing problems and don’t ignore them. They can do a lot of damage to your home.
Leaky Faucets: There’s more to a leaky faucet than the maddening drip-drip-drip sound that can keep you awake all night long. The reason a leaky faucet happens is that a cartridge has corroded over time and water is continually going down the drain, raising your water bill and even your heating if it’s hot water that’s leaking. A leaky faucet is always a job for a professional plumber, as most homeowners don’t own the right tools and often end up damaging their plumbing even further.
Clogged Drains: When a drain clogs, emergency plumbing services may be necessary. Clogged drains can quickly make a toilet or a sink unusable. If you only have one bathroom or you’re in the middle of trying to make dinner, suddenly it becomes urgent. Clogged drains can happen for any number of reasons. Grease blockages are a common problem, while leaks in a low-flow toilet can also mean that too little water is trying to flush away too much waste, causing a dangerous blockage in your toilet system. Don’t hesitate to a call a plumber if your pipes have become clogged for one of these reasons.
Running Toilets: Running toilets are a commonplace plumbing problem and one that’s surprisingly easy to ignore. While the sound of a running toilet may give you a few sleepless nights, many learn to ignore it simply because they don’t want to call the plumber. Unless you want to pay for both water damage and a higher water bill, you had better call the plumber sooner than later. Toilets run because a leak means they are constantly being triggered to refill, often leading to high water bills. When you call the plumber, it helps to look inside the tank and find the brand and part number.
Water Heater Relief Valves: This can be an expensive problem to ignore, but a difficult one to uncover. If your water heater relief valve drips or leaks outside of your home, you won’t notice any puddles or water damage and may not realize the problem is ongoing. Meanwhile, your water bill will start to rise. In the future, if you notice your water bill is on the rise for no discernible reason (like adding another person to your household), a dripping water heater relief valve could easily be the culprit.
Wobbling Toilet: A wobbling toilet is likely a sign that your toilet is leaking around the base or underneath it, softening the wood and making it unstable. If there’s a ceiling below that toilet, water stains are a sure sign of a growing problem that should be fixed immediately.
Any of these issues can crop up in your home, and a plumber can fix them all. The sooner you call professional help, the more you can mitigate the damages and the expenses.