5 Common Plumbing Problems (And What to Do About Them)

Plumbing problems in Charlotte, NC

Don’t go down the wrong pipe! A 2022 survey found that 12% of Americans needed a plumber during the previous year.

Plumbing problems are becoming an all-American occurrence. But they don’t have to lead to high bills and headaches. The key is that you familiarize yourself with common issues and think of a few steps to deal with each situation.

What are the most common plumbing problems in America? What products can you buy to resolve the problem? When should you call a plumber, and when should you avoid making repairs?

Answer these questions and you can have a spotless plumbing system in no time. Here are five common problems and solutions.

1. Leaky Pipes

Leaking pipes can occur due to a number of plumbing issues. Your pipes may be corroded, or they may have damaged joints and seals.

You should take a look at your pipes with a magnifying glass as soon as you notice they are leaking. You can create a temporary seal with putty and pieces of metal, but you will need to call a plumber for a permanent solution.

2. Dripping Faucets

Washers and O-rings in your faucet can wear down, causing water to drip through them. You may be able to replace the washer by dissembling your sink and installing a new one.

If your washer and O-ring seem fine, parts of your faucet further into your sink may have corrosion. You should ask your plumber to inspect your faucet and install a new one if the installation was improper.

3. Clogged Drains

If water is not draining from your sink, your drain may have a clog in it. You can unclog any drain by pouring vinegar and baking soda down it. You can also try using a sink snake to break the clog down.

Never pour grease or insert objects like tissue paper and clay into your drain. If the clog is too hard or big, you can replace that part of your pipe.

4. Weak Water Pressure

Many problems can contribute to or create low water pressure. Leaking pipes and clogged drains are two common causes, but corrosion and blocked sewer lines can also block your water. You should perform an inspection of your home to see if your pipes are in order and try flushing your pipes.

5. Cold Water

If your water heater is not providing hot water, the heating element may be broken or electricity may be traveling to your heater. Run your water heater and see if it is connected to your home’s electrical system and pipes. You may need to call an electrician and a plumber in order to have the appliance repaired.

Do not attempt DIY water heater repairs. You risk electrocuting yourself or damaging your heater. Even if you have DIY experience, you should call a water heater technician for support.

Fixing Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems do not have to wear you and your home down. Keep your eye on your pipes and monitor them for leaks, corrosion, and damaged joints. When your pipes are leaking or dripping, you can make repairs by sealing holes and replacing parts.

You can also unclog drains with vinegar and baking soda. But professionals should handle problems with your water pressure and water temperature. They should also fix any burst pipes or damaged appliances.

When you’re in doubt, call expert plumbers. Pathmaker Plumbing serves homeowners in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contact us today.

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