Knowing The Most Common Plumbing Issues
No one wants to hear that they need to schedule plumbing repairs. The reality is that every Hueytown homeowner will eventually run into plumbing problems that need to be fixed.
While you can’t always escape them, we at Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing want to help you better identify these problems, prepare for them and know when to schedule repairs. Staying on top of this is a good way to minimize costs and save you unnecessary stress, so let’s dive right in.
1. Drain Clogs
Clogs are commonplace problems that appear most often in drains and toilets. With drains, excessive amounts of grime, debris and/or foreign objects can build up and lead to blockages. Homeowners tend to acknowledge blockages in toilets sooner since they can result in overflowing upon flushing.
The best way to prevent clogs is with regular maintenance. For cleaning drains, you can use DIY methods to help get rid of debris. Chemical cleaners are also an option, however they have been known to cause damage to your pipes.
A plunger can be useful in most situations for clearing blockages. You won’t be able to remove every clog yourself though, in which case you should call Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to take care of it for you.
2. Pipe Leaks
Pipe leaks aren’t always easy to notice, but that doesn’t mean they won’t affect you. Even a single leak can cause you to lose (and pay for) gallons upon gallons of water, which is why it’s important to look out for them. These leaks can be caused by all sorts of things, including pipe corrosion, cracked seals and high water pressure.
Some leaks are small and can be patched up yourself with the right tools. Others are more serious and will require an expert plumber to get involved. Regardless of the leak, professional help is the most reliable solution since it ensures that any leaks are repaired right the first time.
3. Dripping Faucets
If you have a dripping faucet, you likely already know because of the bothersome noise. Don’t fool yourself into blocking out this sound, as much like leaky pipes, a dripping faucet will waste a surprising amount of water and cause your water bill to go up fast.
You could try to investigate the cause of your dripping faucet yourself, but you’re much more likely to get good results if you turn to the professionals. Our team can take care of this annoyance and also find out whether or not it’s part of a bigger plumbing problem.
4. Always Running Toilet
The sound of your toilet running on its own is — like a dripping faucet — hard to live with. This problem could be caused by several factors, such as worn flush valves, refill issues and corrosion. As your toilet runs, it wastes both your water and money. It’s not a problem you should let sit.
Fixing your toilet often involves replacing its components. That’s assuming you can properly diagnose the root problem. While some people may know their way around flappers and fill tubes, many homeowners don’t. You can make certain that your toilet is fixed safely and efficiently by calling Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
5. Water Heater Repair
Living without hot water is a nightmare, so when your water heater starts failing, it’s a problem that ought to be fixed quickly. You might notice puddles of water or hear noises coming from your unit. Or perhaps worst of all, step into your shower only for icy cold water to rain down. Imminent action is important to make sure your unit isn’t in serious trouble.
Messing with your water heater can be dangerous, which is why calling the professionals is strongly recommended. You can, however, check your unit’s temperature settings to see if they’re working as intended. But when it comes to fixing the issue, don’t put your water heater and yourself at risk — instead reach out to us.
6. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure makes using any of your plumbing fixtures difficult. It can be caused by anything from a water leak to blocked sewer lines. If nearby homes are also experiencing weak water pressure, it is likely the result of a water main break.
Your water meter can be a good way to start investigating the issue. However, addressing low water pressure should be done by professionals since it is often caused by larger problems.
Schedule Hueytown Plumbing Repair Services
When you find yourself dealing with one of the above issues, you’ll need a reliable plumbing repair company that guarantees success. Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can be exactly that — we have decades of experience with resolving these common plumbing issues. Reach out to us for all your plumbing repair needs!