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Top 5 Plumbing Problems & Best Tips to Avoid Them

We understand that in most households, plumbing is not a hot topic of discussion – at least not until a major issue arises. The thing is, many don’t realize just how much we rely on plumbing until pesky (and easily avoidable) issues start affecting our everyday life.

Things like flushing the toilet or turning on the faucet are like second nature to us, so when they stop working, it’s easy to get flustered as to what to do about it. And while some plumbing issues happen through no fault of our own, there are plenty of problems that are actually completely avoidable given the proper knowledge and timely action.

Below, we’ll discuss some of those issues, their common causes, and the best way to steer clear of them in the future. Check them out!


Water Heater Issues

Problems with water heaters vary from household to household, but there’s one thing they all have in common: leaving you with no hot water. Some of the main reasons your water heater may be faulty include mineral deposits, leaks, as well as other factors. So how can you keep these pesky issues at bay? 

The first thing you can do is educate yourself a bit about your particular type of water heater and find out what is optimal for it. On top of that, it’s not a bad idea to schedule regular maintenance, as hiring a professional is always your safest bet when it comes to detecting potential issues on time and, thus, saving money. 

Some simple DIY fixes include checking the temperature settings, the pilot light, as well as draining your tank to flush sediment out of your water heater. However, there’s no denying that turning to a professional is the quickest and most effective way to fix any issue.


Low Water Pressure

As we’re sure you already know, low water pressure is among the most common problems many homeowners end up dealing with at one point or another. Unsurprisingly, there are a few potential factors that could be causing this.

The issue may be due to your leaky pipes, a water main break in your area, or an accumulation of minerals and sediment in the pipes. To get to the bottom of it, you first need to be sure which of the factors mentioned above is at the root of your problems. 

While you can easily solve the mineral buildup or sediment by soaking the ends of your faucet in vinegar, other issues should be addressed only by a trained professional.


Leaky Pipes & Faucets

While dealing with a leaky pipe or faucet may seem like a minor issue, it can actually contribute to massive and completely unnecessary water usage. What’s even more surprising is the fact that fixing this problem could save you up to 10% on your water bills.

So, what exactly causes leaky faucets? Typically, this issue occurs when the washer that creates a seal on the tap is damaged due to stiffening, tearing, or dislodging, leading to leaking and dripping. If your pipes are leaky, the problem is usually at a joint and is most likely caused by wear and tear or a poor repair job.

If the extent of your issues is just a damaged washer, you may be able to address it on your own. But leaky pipes are a more complex issue that requires the expertise and skills of a trained plumber.


Running Toilets

While running toilets are fortunately not as common as some of the other issues we’ve discussed here, they are certainly among the most pestering issues in any household.

Not only does a running toilet tend to make annoying sounds, but more importantly – it wastes huge amounts of water. And even though this issue doesn’t necessarily deem your toilet malfunctioned, it still requires professional attention.

To fix this issue, first, you’ll want to check all of your toilet’s components to pinpoint the exact source of the problem. In doing so, you should check whether the fill tube is properly attached, adjust the float if needed, and check the flapper chain.


Slow or Clogged Drains/Toilets

Every homeowner has likely, at some point, had to deal with slow or clogged drains in their household. We all know what a nuisance this can be and how easily a clog can stop any system from working properly. When it comes to clogged drains, the signs are usually subtle, whereas a toilet clog is much more immediate.

The main cause for clogged drains is hair, shampoo, or any number of other bathroom products getting stuck in the drain, unable to pass through. On the other hand, toilet clogs usually occur due to an excessive amount of toilet paper used or when flushing materials that you really shouldn’t.

Both of these issues should be addressed by your go-to plumbing expert that has the necessary training and knowledge to deal with these exact types of issues.


Choose Bynum & Sons Plumbing for All Your Plumbing Needs

No matter how big or small your plumbing issues may be, relying on Bynum & Sons Plumbing is always your best bet. We’ve got hundreds of successfully completed plumbing projects under our belt, and we’d be happy to add you to our long list of happy customers.

When it comes to plumbing, there truly isn’t much we haven’t seen and done. From drain cleaning, pipe replacement to water line repair, we’ve got you covered on all fronts. Our technicians are skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced and have the equipment needed to get the job done every time. 

Call your #1 plumber Lawrenceville GA for quick, efficient, and top-of-the-line plumbing services and great peace of mind.