Common Plumbing Issues for Homeowners

So you finally got your dream home. Although you are excited, you know that owning your own home can bring along a whole slew of responsibilities that renting does not. One of those is maintaining your plumbing fixtures. So what problems should you watch out for? Below is a quick list of the most common plumbing issues and what to do about them.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are probably the most common plumbing-related problem. They are generally caused when grease, food, hair, and other items make their way into your pipes. To prevent clogged drains, don't let grease or food find their way into your kitchen drain. Don't put anything but toilet paper into your toilet, and invest in covers to keep hair and other items out of your sink and shower drains. Invest in a snake and a plunger if you have not done so already. If the problem is so severe that you cannot solve it by using a snake or a plunger, it is probably time to call a plumber who specializes in shower drain, bathroom sink, or kitchen sink repair.

Leaky Pipes

Pipe leakage can be caused by different factors and is an all too common issue. Sometimes a simple repair is all that is needed, but if the problem is severe, you may need to get a pipe line replacement specialist to replace the pipes in the problem area. Unlike clogged drains, leaky pipes are often best left in the hands of a professional.

Backed Up Toilet

Most homeowners will encounter a backed up toilet at some point. If the problem is due to too much toilet paper or a small clog, a plunger should be enough to solve the problem. If the problem is more severe and effects the drain line, you will need to contact a professional who deals with drain line repairs.

Water Heater Malfunctions

If your water heater is malfunctioning, you will notice that you water is either completely cold or not as hot as it used to be. You will want to maintain your water heater by regularly flushing it and checking the pressure valve. If there is a persistent problem, contact a professional plumber who has experience with water heaters.

All of these problems are quite common, so do not panic if you encounter them. If you find yourself needing the assistance of a professional to deal with any of these problems, and you are in the South Carolina Area, please contact Dipple Plumbing for an estimate.