If you’re a homeowner, you will run into clogs, leaks, and other common plumbing problems –even if you maintain your system well. No system is foolproof, and these common problems often seem simple enough that people think they can solve it themselves. That’s one of the biggest questions homeowners struggle with: can I fix this on my own, or do I need to call professional plumbing services?
Problems that seem simple might be caused by an underlying problem, and trying to repair it yourself could cause an even bigger problem down the line or just patch a recurring issue. We’re ProPlumb NW, an all-purpose plumbing services company serving the Pacific Northwest, and we’re here to make solving your common plumbing issues painless. Read on to discover the most common plumbing problems and whether you need to call a professional.
The Biggest Plumbing Problems and How Plumbing Services Companies Fix Them
Dripping faucets not only waste water, they can also be an annoyance as they make noise and keep you up at night. You can lose hundreds of gallons of water a month, and the issue is often more complicated than tightening the faucet. Many do-it-yourself attempts to fix leaky faucets can damage the fixture further.
A plumbing contractor can get to the root of the issue, looking at common causes like torn or stiff washers or corroded valve seats. While these parts can be replaced by a homeowner, it takes specialized equipment, and experienced plumbers are more equipped to do the job quickly and effectively.
Low Water Pressure
This is a recurring problem that can be caused by issues in the sink or faucet fixtures, or by more complicated issues in your water heater or pipes. It could also be caused by a municipal issue in the larger pipes bringing water to your home, and the only way to know for sure is to call a plumber.
A plumber will check your water heater and your fixtures, and also inspect your pipes for mineral buildup. A better filtration system can be installed to reduce this buildup, and replacing the aerators will also improve water pressure. If the issue is with your municipality, a check of your water meters will make that clear and make it easier to get the attention of the local government.
Clogged Drains and Toilets
This is one of the most common plumbing issues, and the one homeowners try to resolve themselves most often. That’s a double-edged sword, because many clogs are caused by a buildup of debris in the nearest pipes, and cleaning fluids or a plumbing snake can break up the debris without outside help. But if the clog is further down or more serious, DIY solutions can make it worse.
The best approach is to try a drain cleaner and a plumbing snake if applicable, and see if it clears up. If it doesn’t after one attempt, call a plumber whose specialized drain-clearing tools make short work of clogs.
There are two kinds of leaky pipes, but both can drive up your water bill. The first type is those pipes under your sink or toilet, ruining your floor and lowering your water pressure. The second type is the larger pipes in your walls, and these are more dangerous because they can cause unseen water damage to your house.
For both types of pipe leaks, we recommend a professional plumber. While smaller pipes can be replaced with home tools, a professional can secure the new pipes more tightly. For in-wall pipes, we can minimize the damage needed to expose them.
Plumbing Problems? Call ProPlumb NW
A professional plumbing service can resolve your pipe or drain issues and prevent recurrences. Contact ProPlumb NW today for more information or to set up a service call.