Everyone experiences plumbing issues at some point in their life, especially if you are a homeowner or business owner. But for those who are trying to be frugal, these problems present a particularly frustrating situation. An annual inspection on your plumbing can help identify pre-existing problems that may exist within the plumbing of your home or business. There are many common plumbing problems that you may be oblivious to on your property.
1. Running Toilets
A running toilet is a seemingly small problem that can cost you a lot of money. A running toilet wastes 200 gallons of water per day. The source of this issue is typically an internal water leak. A running toilet ultimately raises your water bill, and it can become a very expensive problem if not repaired.
2. Clogged Drain
A clogged drain is a very frustrating problem to have. Luckily, it can be one of the easiest to fix. If you notice that your sink, bathtub, or shower is draining slowly, you can remedy this with an over the counter drain cleaner. The number of drain cleaners on the market can be overwhelming, so it is important to do your research. For more serious clogged drains, call your local plumber immediately as this can lead to further problems.
3. Low Water Pressure
Many older homes and properties suffer from low water pressure. Low water pressure can be the symptom of many different issues. It may be due to a minor problem, such as clogging in your faucets and showerheads or an outdated showerhead. Low water pressure can also be re-occurring due to potentially serious plumbing issues such as corrosion in the pipes or an unidentified leak in your home. Check your faucets and showerheads, and contact your local plumber for an inspection as soon as you can.
4. Leaking Pipes
Finding wet areas on the ground or ceiling of your property is a potential sign of leaking pipes. If you believe a pipe may be leaking in your home, it is important to take action at once. This issue can cause severe water damage to your home or business. Water damage is a very costly issue, so stay attentive to potential wet spots in your home.
5. Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are a common household problem that often gets completely ignored. Like running toilets, this issue wastes a lot of water and ultimately increases your water bill significantly. While this is not typically a serious issue with respect to potential physical damage, the money spent on wasted water will be more costly than fixing the issue.
6. Leaking Hose Bibb
A hose bibb, or hose spigot, is especially susceptible to leaking in the spring and summer time. In the winter time, the cold temperatures may cause the hose bibb to crack creating a leak. Like all leaks, this becomes an expensive issue regarding your water bill. Leaks can also decrease the functionality of your house as it reduces the overall water pressure.
7. Water Heater Replacement
The average life of a water heater is eight to twelve years. A sudden water heater issue can be extremely frustrating, so it is important to keep track of its lifespan. We recommend that you receive annual maintenance on your water heater. Most plumbing companies offer water heater maintenance as a part of their regular services for very affordable prices.
There are many benefits to annual maintenance, including:
- Decreasing the potential for breakdowns
- Saving you money on repairs
- Increasing the efficiency of your water heater
- Helping you keep track of the overall state of your water heater.