Some Common Plumbing Issues
Some of the most common plumbing issues can really alter your lifestyle if left unhandled. Here are some basic tips you can use to avoid these issues.
Fix Leaking Faucets or Showers
A small leak in a faucet or shower head/handle will get worse over time. The amount of water that is leaking may seem insignificant, however it can add up to hundreds of gallons over time. And even a little water can cause water damage which can be quite costly to repair. Check for faucet leaks regularly to catch them early.
Clear Slow Drains
Debris that collects in sink and tub drains will cause the water to drain slower and slower over time. It only takes a few minutes to clear the debris out of the drain and get it flowing again. This should be done every few months or when you notice poor drainage.
Fix Running Toilets
The working parts of a toilet can start to wear down over time and cause problems. Often this involves running water, such as when the toilet handle sticks and it needs a little jiggle or you hear water running even though the toilet has not been flushed. It may seem like it is not a big issue, however a running toilet can waste an incredible amount of water. Often the repair is surprisingly quick and inexpensive. Fixing a running toilet should be a regular item on your plumbing maintenance check.
Under Sink Garbage Disposals
Check for garbage disposal leaks and maintenance requirements. The garbage disposal can also be a source of leaks that can easily go unnoticed. Check the garbage disposal for signs that it is developing a leak. Also, it is a good idea to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintaining your unit.
Have you ever woken up to take a shower, only to realize there’s no hot water? If so, you know a working water heater is a much more enjoyable experience. Water heaters have an average life span of 10 to 12 years. If your water heater is around this age, it would be a good idea to have a plumbing professional do a flush and check on it. If they find rust and build-up, it’s probably time to purchase a new one.
When it’s the rainy season an unprotected basement could be in danger of water damage. Prolonged periods of heavy rain often cause accumulation of water around and under the home. Adding or replacing a sump pump can keep you safe and comfortable. A best practice is to have your sump pump checked each Spring in order to prevent failure.
No matter the size or complexity of your plumbing issue, FMC can help. Our expert technicians can handle anything and provide you with great service! Call us at (816) 844-9757 today!