Unfortunately, water fixtures and appliances in our homes and places of business do not run optimally forever. Invariable, at some point in time they wear down, lose integrity, or break. That’s when plumbing problems occur. Those are the times when you will need a competent and professional plumbing service, unless, of course, you are a plumber yourself.
The following plumbing concerns are likely to crop up in most buildings as time goes on. It may be helpful for you to use these items as a checklist for reference when you look over your property.
Pipes That Leak
Pipes that are leaking are never a good thing. It indicates that the pipe’s integrity has been compromised. Water, sewage, and other liquids will spill into your home or business, affecting the integrity of the floors and lower walls, not to mention being a health hazard in some instances.
At times, a pipe’s connection with another pipe develops a small crack or leak. These can be easy to overlook until the signs of water damage become apparent.
Symptoms of common drain pipe issues include warped floorboards or other wooden surfaces, discolored drywall, musty odors, mold growth, and the sound of dripping. Call a professional plumbing service for help. The plumber can use techniques like video camera inspection to find leaks without exposing your pipes’ exterior, even if you are unable to identify the source.
Rust, scale, and other internal damage can develop over time in some pipe materials, particularly in non-plastic pipes. Corrosion can happen for a variety of reasons like pipes simply getting older or from the usage of chemical drain cleaners that eat away at the materials in the pipes. Pipe corrosion is exacerbated by acidic and hard water, and some pipe materials corrode more quickly than others.
If you have an older home with obvious vintage pipes, it may be wise to have them looked at professionally for evidence of corrosion. A local plumbing service will be happy to help with this.
Problems with Tree Roots
You might not think much about this but tree roots can actually break into pipes that service your hose, whether they are outgoing sewage pipes or incoming clean water pipes. The flexibility and strength of tree roots are surprising. They can cause leaks, damage to pipe integrity, and backups in drains.
By removing organic matter and dirt from the roots, some drain cleaning methods can restore water flow. However, unless the roots can be removed by a plumbing service, the problem will likely persist. Tree root infiltration can be difficult to remove without the help of skilled plumbers, who may even need to excavate the area to cut away the roots and remove the pipe.
Burst pipes are common in places that have freezing weather. But freezing is not the only thing that can cause pipes to burst.
Corrosion, high water pressure, or accidents in which a contractor or do-it-yourself homeowner punctures a pipe while drilling or nailing something into a wall or floor are also common causes of pipe bursts.
If your pipes rupture or bust, it’s time to call in a local plumbing service as soon as you notice the problem. The plumber will typically turn off the water supply, remove the burst section of the pipe, and install a new length of pipe in its place.
Drains That Are Clogged or Slow
Drains that are blocked, clogged, or slow can have a variety of causes. Some clogs are easy to fix for most people. Other slow drains, however, are more difficult to remedy.
If a drain has a partial obstruction that allows some water to pass through, it will clear more slowly than usual and may back up if a lot of water flows into it in a short amount of time. When there is an obvious clog at the top of the drain, it may be easy to remove the clogging debris. If the obstruction is not visible, then it may be further down in the drain pipe.
To remove the clog, a plumbing snake or a plunger can be tried. A professional plumber can use diagnostic tools to figure out what is wrong with stubborn clogs. If simple plunging doesn’t do the trick, call a local plumbing service.
Toilets That Clog or Malfunction
Nobody likes a clogged toilet. They often result in wastewater spilling over the rim and cause not only a mess but an unsanitary condition as well. The whole experience can be quite unsettling.
In many cases, a plunger is a tool that you’ll need to use. In some cases, however, repeated plunging does not do the trick. If the problem persists, then it is time to call in a competent local plumbing service.
Installation of New Appliances
Although not technically a problem at the outset, the installation of new fixtures or appliances can quickly become one if you don’t know what you are doing. This is particularly true when dealing with water heaters, pipes behind walls, and new sinks.
If you have started an installation project and are not getting the job accomplished or are feeling overly frustrated, then think about calling a professional. A competent local plumbing service can really help you out in a jiffy.
If you experience any of the forgoing problems in your home or business location and you do not have great plumbing skills, then it is time to call a professional plumbing service. Schroeder Plumbing is the company to call. They have the skills, tools, and local experience to quickly and efficiently clear up your plumbing problem. They pride themselves on their courteous service and want to earn your business. Give them a call today.
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