Plumbing problems are bound to happen once in a while. That’s when we realize how badly we depend on our plumbing systems. No one wants to deal with plumbing issues once they arise—but instead of waiting for an issue to occur, see what you can do to avoid common plumbing problems and minimize your future plumbing headaches.
Common Plumbing Problems
Drains can become clogged over time with hair, dirt, grease, sediment or even tree branches. Whatever the reason, clogged drains are inconvenient for homes and can negatively affect businesses (especially restaurants and other food services).
Low Water Pressure
Sometimes low water pressure can be attributed to an old showerhead or a clogged drain. In worse cases, a noticeable drop in water pressure could be a sign of a pipe leak, or even a residential slab leak or commercial slab leak. The damage caused by these types of water leaks can cost thousands of dollars to recover from.
One of the most unpleasant plumbing problems, often caused by foreign materials being flushed down.
Piping is most vulnerable at the joints, making these areas prime spots for water leaks. Once your pipes start leaking, they can cause water damage to the floors, walls and ceilings.
Broken Water Heater
When your 6 a.m. shower suddenly turns freezing, you know you have a problem. Even worse is when you have a water leak, which can lead to costly water damage to your home or business, an can also create an opportunity for mold to foster. See 4 telltale signs of water heater problems.See 4 telltale signs of water heater problems.
Most people think a few drops won’t hurt. But in the long run, you’re wasting water and adding to your monthly bill.
How to Avoid Common Plumbing Problems
1. Get your drains cleaned.
Prevent debris from clogging your drains with regular drain cleaning. This will minimize chances of low water pressure. Less build-up also means less chance of pipe corrosion.
Hydro jetting could be an option for a long-lasting pipe cleaning.
2. Keep up with recommended maintenance.
Debris build-up within pipes is normal. That’s why regular maintenance (and regular plumbing inspections and checkups for businesses) is required to keep drains and pipes in working order.
3. Know your simple fixes.
Sometimes, a nuisance plumbing issue can be easily fixed. For example, knowing when to replace your showerhead is a simple possible fix for low water pressure. A clogged drain can also be fixed at home—see three ways to unblock a clogged drain here.
4. Call a professional plumber as soon as a serious problem occurs.
Always be on the lookout for signs of plumbing problems (leaks, low water pressure, slow draining, etc.). If you’re suspecting an issue, consult with a professional plumber as soon as possible to:
- Ensure the issue is accurately assessed.
- Guarantee the issue is properly solved, instead of fixed in the short-term.
- Avoid water damage, plus damage to your pipes, drains, showers, toilets, etc.