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In a perfect world, everything would last forever. Seals would always stay intact, metal would never corrode, your home would always have wonderful water pressure, and pipes would never get clogged. However, here in the real world, every homeowner is going to be faced with a plumbing issue at one time or another. Here at Schroeder Plumbing serving Mesa, AZ, we understand the key issues facing homeowners. Here are a few reasons that you may need a plumbing service.
Leaky, Drippy Faucet
Wasteful and annoying, a leaking faucet could very well be one of the top reasons that you need a plumbing service. All that extra water that is being slowly dropped in the sink can create a series of rust patches in your pipes, or in the faucet fixtures themselves. Many times, this rust is not even noticeable to you the homeowner until it is already a problem. And it’s not just metal pipes that get the brunt of it, the water can seep into your wood and create a breeding ground for mold and rot. This can create health issues with you and your family and structural issues with the house. While a leaky faucet doesn’t seem like a big deal with its little drips every so often, you can see how it can become a huge deal if left unchecked.
Another one of the most seen issues with your plumbing is the clogged toilet. It’s one of those annoying issues that are bad enough with just the mess and smell, but it can also be a sign of a more serious issue with your septic system. While a basic clogged toilet is one thing, you will need to get a plumbing service out to you quickly if you start to notice that there is sewage backing up into other drains such as your sink and bathtub. Backups like that show that there is a blockage that could be in any pipe in your entire home. A quality plumbing service will be able to clear those clogs and assess the damage, making sure that your pipes, toilet, and septic system are all running smoothly and functioning properly.
Water Heater on the Fritz
Water heaters are a special appliance that may need an electrician but also may need a plumber, depending on what is going on. Some of the more frequent problems we see with water heaters include not heating properly, rust or corrosion in the water tank, water tank flooding, and pilot light problems. Some of these could be simple fixes, and some of them could cause you problems down the road. It’s always best to make sure that your system is gone through every so often by a plumbing service professional to make sure that you don’t have bacteria invading the water tank, or faulty issues that could cause a potentially serious problem with the water heater itself. One of the issues a water heater could have is a leak. When that happens, there is no real fix but to get another water heater.
Lawn Soft and Wet Spots
We’ve talked about some of the household problems that could signal your need for plumbing service, but there is another that you may see that takes place outside the comforts of home. If you see soft and wet spots in your lawn, and you know it isn’t from rain, your standing water may be telling you that you have a real plumbing problem. This can be from grading problems, damaged septic systems, leaking sewer pipes, water pipe breaks, and other issues. These are never a “wait and see” problem, but a serious plumbing issue that you need to get a professional out to look at as soon as possible.
Attic Mold or Mildew
You may not think much about it, but seeing mold or mildew in the attic is a sign that you may have plumbing problems. Reasons for this could include leaking pipes in the wall or attic, clogged downspouts, and overflowing gutters. Typically an attic is drier than most any other place in the house, so when you see dampness or signs of long-term water like mold and mildew, it is good to have a plumbing service professional come out and assess the damage. This can help your home stay safe from structural problems and help keep your family safe from the health hazards of mold. You should never waste time when there is already visible mold on any surface.
Bad Water Pressure
It’s a troublesome issue when you step into the shower and there’s only a trickle of water. You can check the showerhead to see if there is buildup but usually, it’s going to be a problem in the plumbing if you aren’t running an overload of water-using appliances. It could be piped are blocked, it could be a host of other issues that we as professionals see and fix on a daily basis. For the best and easiest fixes, keep an eye on each of the faucets and if there are only some with low pressure make a note of it to tell your plumbing service professional. Having all the knowledge can help make sure that you get quality repairs to have you well on your way to a blissful running household once again.
We hope that you have year after year of a well-maintained home, without a care in the world about water issues and pipe problems. However, If you are seeing any of these issues, or you know you need a plumbing service already, call the business that you can trust with all your needs, Schroeder Plumbing. We serve all the Mesa, AZ area and are here for you any time you need us.