Did you know that nearly a quarter of all homeowner claims in Australia are water damage claims? It probably makes you wonder about the state of your own plumbing, and it should.
Most of those claims don’t stem from natural disasters like flooding or serious storms. The common culprits are ordinary plumbing issues most homeowners face that get out of hand on you.
Not sure what you should expect in terms of plumbing complications? Keep reading for five of the most common plumbing problems.
1. Leaky Taps
One of the most common plumbing problems you’ll face as a homeowner is a leaky tap. That drip-drip noise isn’t just the sound of wasted water, but can also test your mental metal.
The causes for a leaky tap vary, but some top contenders include:
- Bad O-ring
- Worn washer
- Corroded valve seat
For the first two, you can often repair them yourself with a little effort and a new O-ring or washer. For the corroded valve seat, you may want professional plumbing repair.
2. Clogged Pipes and Drains
Sooner or later, every homeowner must deal with clogged pipes or drains. It’s usually something that happens over time as things build up in the pipe or drain, such as grease or hair. Other times, it means something went into a toilet that shouldn’t go into a toilet, such as:
- Feminine Hygiene products
- Paper towels
You can sometimes fix these problems with drain cleaners or a plunger. If the problem persists, you’ll want pro plumbing services.
3. Leaking Pipes
One of the most potentially destructive plumbing issues you’ll face is a leaky pipe. Slow leaks are less destructive in the short term but may go unnoticed.
Major leaks can trigger flooding, which can damage anything from floors, ceilings, and walls to furniture and other personal items. Leaking pipes almost always need professional attention.
4. Running Toilet
Another routine problem facing homeowners is the running toilet. This usually happens because part of the mechanism in the tank wears out, such as the flapper valve seal. Most homeowners can deal with the problem themselves with a repair kit.
5. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is often a problem in old homes. Causes range from leaking pipes to corrosion inside your pipes.
Finding the cause and repairing it is not a do-it-yourself task. Call in help from a pro for this one.
Plumbing Issues and You
Plumbing issues are an inescapable part of owning your home. Even very lucky homeowners will find themselves confronting leaky taps, clogged drains, and running toilets. The good news is that homeowners can often affect repairs for these problems.
Some problems, such as low water pressure and leaky pipes, are not manageable as do-it-yourself problems. You need a professional who can find the problem, fix the problem, or both, and get it right the first time.
OP Plumbing Services is available for your domestic, commercial, and emergency plumbing needs in the Sutherland Shire area. To schedule your plumbing appointment, contact OP Plumbing services today.