Why Stalling Plumbing Repairs is Not an Option
There are some things in life that you can put off for another day. Plumbing issues is not one of those things! No matter how big or small the plumbing issue is, it should not be taken lightly. There is a good chance that your smallest problem will eventually lead to your biggest problem.
As a result, you will have to hand over a lot of money and deal with the aggravation of having parts of your plumbing not working anymore. Be proactive in maintaining the plumbing in your home and business and address any issues found immediately.
Common Plumbing Emergencies
Undoubtedly, plumbing problems will occur from time to time. Clogged drains and damaged pipes can be an unfortunate part of life. But, the number of times that happens as well as the damage that follows, as a result, can be somewhat controlled. Some common plumbing emergencies that people run into include:
- Pipes Bursting - Water that rapidly travels through pipes is more likely to eventually cause a pipe to burst. If you run into a pipe that has burst, shut off the water valve immediately.
- Frozen Pipes - During the winter months, homes that are left unattended for a long period of time can end up with frozen pipes. One way to avoid this from happening is to leave a little trickle of water running through your faucets during this cold weather.
- Leaking Plumbing Fixtures - Hair or other objects can get lodged in plumbing fixtures, which can cause a leak. Shut off the water valve and check the drain trap. Drain covers are a way to help minimize the possibility of this occurrence happening. It would be wise to phone in a plumber for this kind of job.
- Blocked Toilets or Drains - Be careful how much “stuff” you flush down the toilet. Overusing toilet paper can lead to a clogged toilet. A plunger is usually all that is needed to handle this situation.
Easy Plumbing Repairs
There are many easy plumbing repairs that homeowners can take care of themselves without having to dish out a lot of money to hire a plumber. Of course, your confidence level in being able to manipulate some of the tools could sway your decision one way or the other. For basic plumbing tasks, you should include a plunger, adjustable wrench, screwdriver, pliers, utility knife, plumbing tape, and a caulking gun.
- Leaky Faucet - A slow drip usually means you need to replace a washer or just a quick tightening up of the pipe.
- Clogged Drain - Hair catchers and bathroom drains are your number one defense against clogged drains. Grease and food particles should not be poured down kitchen drains. A sink plunger or snaking a drain with a cable auger can be a way to remove debris caught in the drain pipes. Finally, use natural solvents to clean your drains (baking soda and vinegar) rather than conventional drain cleaners.
- Running Toilet - A running toilet is usually caused by a faulty stop valve or floater switch. This is referring to the large bulb in the back of the toilet that stops the flow of fresh water once the tank is full. Replacing the entire assembly is a rather easy task.
YouTube is a GREAT resource to use when having to make some minor repairs around the house. There are so many DIY videos available that can walk you step-by-step to complete almost any task you need.
Small Repairs Lead to Bigger Repairs
One of the most important pieces of advice to take from this Blog is to not avoid anything. Even the smaller problems, if left untreated, will lead to much bigger problems down the road. Take care of the regular maintenance described and do your part to not be a part of the problem.
Things happen, but the more caution people take to avoid them happening, the better off everyone will be in the long run. Of course, if you’re dealing with an issue in your home that’s beyond your skill level, it’s always important to work with a pro. Even with the best intentions, a poor-quality plumbing repair can lead to thousands of dollars in expenses down the line.
About The Plumbing Factory, Inc.
The Plumbing Factory, Inc. started out as a family business in 1984 with the idea of bringing quality and integrity to their customers. Their business has grown exponentially over the years and they are proud of their professional plumbers who will always get the job done correctly. All employees are properly trained and registered with the proper licenses to ensure quality work at your home.