Sometimes, the plumbing systems that provide water to your home go wrong, and that can be a major problem. Being stuck without running water can cause all sorts of inconveniences and problems. Getting a plumbing problem fixed is important, and sometimes you might be able to sort that out yourself rather than waiting for a professional to turn up. If it is a complicated plumbing problem, though, you should contact a professional, like the team at Plumber La Crescenta, to help you out. For now, though, let’s take a look at some of the most common problems that can arise with home plumbing systems.
Constantly Running Toilet
Sometimes, you flush the toilet, and water just keeps running into the bowl without stopping like it is supposed to. Even a small toilet will use 20 to 30 gallons of water per day in water waste. A medium-sized toilet uses more, while a running bidet can use as much as 12 tonnes of water per month in waste. You should call a plumber if your toilet is running and a few short handle jiggles are ineffective at stopping it.
Of course, the running toilet could be caused by a faulty flapper. This still wastes water, but at a considerably lower rate.
In either scenario, a plumber will be able to help. The toilet will occasionally run for only a second or two. The majority of the time, this is due to a worn-out stopper. When changing a toilet, it is a good idea to replace all of its internal components. That will save you from having to call out the plumber again in the near future.
Faucet that drips
The most apparent disadvantage of a leaking faucet is that it wastes water. If a faucet drips once per second, that is 86,400 drips each day. At 15,140 drips per gallon, that’s 5.7 gallons of water wasted every day. That is about 2,000 gallons each year, or over 8 tonnes of water actually flowing down the drain. These are the figures for a single faucet. When a house has more than one leaking faucet, the waste soon accumulates. Even with a slow-drip faucet, you are wasting a lot of water. Fixing a leaky faucet can be as simple as installing new O-rings, but this also depends on the type of faucet you have.
Drains that are slow or clogged
Slow drains are one of the most common reasons why individuals contact a professional plumber. These issues frequently arise for the same reasons that blocked toilets do. Who knows what debris accumulates in your pipes. As with toilets, never flush objects that might clog the drain. Unfortunately, it is not always feasible to efficiently plunge a kitchen or bathroom sink — and trying is not a good idea because it is unhygienic.
Slow drains may only need a small amount of drain cleaner, but you may need to call in reinforcements. The main issue with drain blockages is that the obstructed pipes are buried under plaster or drywall. In most cases, calling in professional help is worth the time and money when dealing with blocked pipes!