Top 5 Plumbing Fails and How to Avoid Them

plumbing fail water leak

Top 5 Plumbing Fails and How to Avoid Them

No one likes surprises when it comes to their plumbing. Here are five plumbing problems and how you can protect your home against them.

1. Clogged Drains and Toilets

This is one of the most common and preventable plumbing problems. Hair is a common culprit for clogging bathroom sinks and shower drains. Regularly clean hair from drains to prevent a backup later on. As for toilets, only flush bathroom tissue, as it is designed to break down quickly. Paper towels, baby wipes, and feminine products do not break down quickly and can lead to costly plumbing repairs.

2. Frozen and Burst Pipes

Many homeowners don’t realize that pipes located in garages, basements, and poorly insulated exterior walls are susceptible to freezing and eventually bursting. Before the cold weather hits, make sure your pipes are properly installed and protected from cold temperatures with access to heat. If your pipes do burst, contact your local plumber right away.

3. Gas Leaks

Over time, gas pipes can develop small leaks that could ignite when in contact with even a tiny flame. Have your gas pipes inspected during your annual plumbing maintenance visit.

4. Having Poor Water Quality

If you don’t have a water softener or carbon filter installed, hard water could be subtly damaging your clothes and placing extra wear and tear on your pipes. Hard water’s minerals can chemically bind with laundry detergents, rendering them less effective. If you see white deposits on your tap, you may have hard water and should consider installing a water softener.

5. Water Leaks from Existing Pipes and Fixtures

When water cannot flow through a clogged pipe, it will find other exits. If you notice water leaking from joints or anywhere water shouldn’t be (like ceiling and walls), it’s time to call a plumber. Left unchecked, you could end up with significant water damage.

Even if you aren’t experiencing any issues, it’s a good idea to have your home plumbing and gas pipes checked out periodically. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers well checks for home plumbing systems, as well as 24/7 emergency plumbing services.

Like this post? Share it! Share on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Leave a Reply