What are your common plumbing problems at home?

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It happens to the best of us but remains one of our worst nightmares: plumbing problems. Fortunately, a lot of plumbing problems are fairly easy to identify. Once you know what the problem is, you can find the right plumbers in North London to help you get your plumbing back in proper order.

What are your common plumbing problems at home?

Blocked drains

Blocked drains are one of the most common plumbing problems which isn’t so much of a surprise given how much stuff can find its way down the drain. Hair is a frequent problem that clogs drains, but debris ranging from tissues and bandages to rings and toys always seem to find their way into the drain line. Fortunately, drains are built with a drain trap to make sure anything that goes down the drain aside from dirty water gets caught so that it can be removed.

Leaking fixtures

Faucets and shower heads are known to have problems when handles and gaskets fail to close properly. When this occurs, water continues on its path and out the drain. Fixing a leaking drain is imperative as doing otherwise can lead to a substantial amount of water and money wasted over time.

Leaking pipes

It happens, but pipes break down over time, especially if they weren’t installed properly or encountered some sort of stress during its lifetime, whether from corrosive chemicals or collision. Pipes also tend to leak around the joints or when connected to fixtures, so if you see water dripping off of a pipe or wet spots on the floor or behind walls, it could be a leak. Addressing this issue can prevent the growth of toxic mold.

Toilets that don’t flush or get clogged

Toilets that are clogged are similar to blocked drains given that toilets have a similar trap design within the toilet to block the flow of sewer gases; making sure that only waste goes down the toilet helps to prevent clogs, though sometimes build-up on pipes over time restricts the flow of waste. If your toilet is not flushing properly, it could be due to a faulty flushing mechanism, including a damaged flapper, ineffective floatation device or problems with the incoming water line into the tank.

Water heater not doing its job

If you have a tank water heater, versus on demand, a variety of problems can arise that prevent water from being heated properly. If your water is constantly hot, you need to make sure that the setting was not accidentally changed. Otherwise, it could be from a fault in the heating mechanism that does not cause it to shut off properly. If the water is not heating up at all, it could be the opposite effect where changing water levels don’t trigger the tank to heat or you may have problems with the heating element.

Foul water

Fortunately, this isn’t as common, but sometimes pipes can corrode and enter the water supply. Assuming that you don’t have any lead in your incoming water line, discolored or foul-smelling/tasting water could be due to a leak in the incoming water line, whether from corrosion or even an intruding tree root.

As you can see, a variety of problems can arise with one’s plumbing. Fortunately, whether it’s blocked drains London, a faulty toilet, a leaking faucet or a bad water heater, we can help you get your plumbing flowing.