As a homeowner, you have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to keeping up with regular maintenance and repairs. One of the best things you can do is educate yourself about taking care of your home so you can keep an eye out for problems and get them fixed in a timely manner. When it comes to your plumbing system, the important thing is knowing when it’s time to enlist the services of a professional for your Costa Mesa, CA, home. To help you make that call, here are 8 of the most common plumbing problems you may run into in your home.
Dripping Faucets
Of all the plumbing problems you’re likely to encounter in your home, dripping faucets are definitely one of the most common. While dripping faucets are more of an annoyance than anything, they can also cost you a decent bit depending on how substantial the drip is.
Dripping faucets are usually caused by a problem with a part of the faucet, such as an O-ring or washer. A plumber can easily get this fixed for you.
Low Water Pressure
For most of the things you use water for in your home, you need decent water pressure. This is why it can be such an annoyance when you notice a sudden drop in water pressure in your home. To make matters even more complicated, it can take a plumber a while to figure out what’s causing your low water pressure, so it’s not the type of problem that has a guaranteed cause or fix.
Clogged Toilet
Perhaps the most common problem when it comes to plumbing is a simple clogged toilet. A lot of homeowners don’t realize it, but there are tons of things you could be flushing down your toilet that can cause clogs. In addition to that, you can cause a clog simply by flushing too much toilet paper at once.
The good news about clogged toilets is that they’re easily fixed by a plumber. One important thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t try unclogging serious clogs yourself. You can use a plunger, but you shouldn’t try to do anything too drastic to unclog your own drain.
Clogged Bath/Shower Drain
One of the most susceptible parts of your Costa Mesa, CA, home when it comes to clogging is the bath/shower drain. Drain clogs are often caused by a buildup of soap scum and hair, and those are both incredibly common in showers. Shower drains are even more difficult to clean if you or someone you live with shaves in the shower.
The best thing you can do to prevent a clog in your bath/shower drain is to install a drain grate or screen. A screen can catch hair and soap scum before it gets deep in your drain and causes big problems.
Slow-Draining Sink
If a sink in your home is clogged, it probably won’t drain as fast it normally would. If you notice a slow-draining sink in your home, you should call a plumber to help you get it unclogged.
As far as preventing sink clogs and slow-draining sinks goes, it’s all about knowing what you should and shouldn’t put down drains. Things like grease and oil should never go down the drain, nor should things like celery and bones. If you’re talking about a bathroom sink, chances are it’s clogged because of hair and soap scum, so you might want to consider shaving elsewhere.
No Hot Water
One of the most common reasons people call plumbers is because they don’t have any hot water. If you’re like most people, you depend on hot water for a lot of things every day, so you can’t simply go without it. Unfortunately, water heaters are only made to last about 8 to 12 years, which means water heater problems aren’t all that uncommon. If you haven’t replaced your water heater in well over a decade, you probably need a plumber to replace your water heater to fix your hot water problem.
Pipe Leaks
Pipe leaks are one of the toughest plumbing problems because they vary so much in severity. There are some pipe leaks that don’t cause a lot of damage or a huge spike in your water bill, then there are leaks you need to call an emergency plumber for.
The two biggest worries with pipe leaks are water damage and the leak getting worse. If you notice a leaking pipe somewhere in your home, the best thing you can do is call a plumber to replace the pipe or fitting to minimize water damage in your home.
Running Toilet
This last problem is one of the least harmful in most cases, plus it’s something that can easily be fixed. Just about every homeowner has used the bathroom only to notice that the toilet is still running 15 or 20 minutes later. As a matter of fact, this problem is so common that you can buy basic toilet parts to fix it yourself.
If you’re not comfortable replacing parts in your toilet tank, a plumber can easily fix your running toilet. There are only a few different parts in the toilet tank that could be the cause, so it’s a fairly simple fix.
Make the Call
If you want to keep the plumbing in your Costa Mesa, CA, home in good shape, you need to understand what some of the most common plumbing problems are. While some of these problems aren’t quite as serious as others, it’s best if you have your plumbing problems fixed as quickly as possible.
At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Orange County, we’re here to help you take care of your plumbing. If you notice any of these problems or you simply need a bit of a plumbing tune up, give bluefrog a call at (949) 393-0933 today.
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