Plumbing problems are an unavoidable part of owning a home. Most problems are due to aging fixtures, normal wear, and tear, improper use, or lack of regular maintenance.
Sump pump failures are either due to an internal unit problem or an external issue.
Causes usually include:
If the water in your sump pit is moving slowly or not at all, the discharge pipe (also known as the drainpipe) might be clogged. Here are a few simple steps to clean the pipe:
There are several reasons a water heater isn’t providing enough/any hot water or is leaking. The most common reasons are an old tank, heating element failure, corrosion or sediment buildup, loose/broke electrical connection, faulty or loose valves, deteriorated anode rod.
Annual maintenance should prevent most water heater problems. Homeowners can perform annual maintenance or have a licensed and insured plumber who will inspect the water heater and the entire plumbing system. A homeowner can easily complete these maintenance tasks:
A running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day. This is not only a huge cost to the homeowner but also a huge cost to the environment. There are three components that could be responsible for a running toilet: the flapper, the fill valve, or the flush valve. Most running toilet fixes are straightforward and can be done by most homeowners.
Test the Flapper
Use a stick (a paint stirrer works well) to push down on the flapper. If the running water stops, that means the flapper isn’t sealing and needs to be replaced. To replace the flapper:
Replace the Fill Valve
Replace the Flush Valve
Drain problems can quickly become plumbing nightmares if they are not dealt with quickly. Here are the most common causes and possible fixes for clogged drains:
A leaky faucet is usually caused by a damaged cartridge, broken washer(s), malfunctioning O-ring, deteriorated valve seat.
Follow these easy steps to fix a leaky faucet:
There can be several reasons for low water pressure. Conduct an inspection to see if one or more of these are the culprit:
Leaking pipes can raise your water bill, disrupt water flow, and cause excessive water damage to your home. Below are the most common leaks, the causes, fixes, and prevention.
Excessively high water pressure can cause pipes to leak and even burst. When the pressure in your pipes is distributed unevenly, it puts unnecessary force on the rest of your pipes and causes leaks. High water pressure can also cause drip leaks from faucets, showers, and toilets. Use a water pressure gauge to test the pressure in your system. The ideal pressure is between 40 and 60 PSI. If the pressure is too high, you will need to repair or replace your home’s water pressure regulator.
Water will always find areas to seep into. If your pipe is clogged, water will escape through any cracks in the pipe or caulking. This will disrupt the flow of water to toilets and showers and cause major water damage to ceilings and walls. Refer to the section on clogged drains above for more information on repair and prevention.
Corrosion in pipes is usually caused by the pH of water. If the pH is too low, it damages the protective layer inside the pipe and causes it to corrode. When there is too much oxygen in the water, it gradually turns metal pipes to rust. Minerals in the water also speed up the corrosion process. Once a pipe is corroded, the only way to fix it is by calling a licensed professional to replace it.
Pipe joints are the parts that connect your pipes together. Joints are the weakest point of a pipeline and deteriorate and eventually leak over time. Repair can be used to repair pipe leaks on PVC and its joints. To repair your pipe or joint using epoxy, first clean and dry the damaged area, ensuring water can’t reach the affected area. Apply the epoxy and let it cure for ten minutes. After curing, let water move through the pipe and check for any leaks.