5 Common Plumbing Issues That Can Be Prevented

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5 Ways to Prevent Plumbing Problems

Are plumbing problems preventing you from completing your daily activities or making it harder for you to complete tasks? Some of the most common problems homeowners face with plumbing are clogged drains and toilets, water heater problems, leaking faucets, and more.

When your plumbing issues get too big to handle, calling in a plumber to the rescue can be your best solution. And, while a plumber is always only one call away, you can still prevent some of these very common plumbing problems that won’t hold up your daily activities.

Clogged Tub and Shower Drains

Have you ever found yourself rushing to the store to buy the first drain cleaner you can find because your tub or shower is stopped up? When your drains are clogged, it’s usually caused by things that can slip down your drains, get stuck, and absorb water, making it hard for the water to pass through. Hair, dirt buildup, soap scum, and hard water can clog your drains.

When your tub and shower get clogged you can easily prevent this by installing a hair stopper when you wash your hair and using the plunger to remove buildup as soon as you notice it. If your drains are especially dirty, you should call your local plumber and schedule drain cleaning services that can help remove months of buildup.

Slow Draining Sink

When running water in your sink, you shouldn't have to worry about whether or not you have to wait a little longer for the water to go down the drain. A slow draining sink is an indication that your sink’s drain is blocked.

Blocked drains in places like the kitchen could be caused by congealed grease, food scraps, soap, and dirt. Always be sure to properly dispose of any grease and food scraps properly. This means tossing food scraps in the trash, especially hard food waste like bones and eggshells.

If your sink is slowly draining, you can remove less severe clogs by using a drain snake, plunger, or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

Running Toilet

A running toilet can cost you a pretty penny. Toilets that run can waste around 200 gallons of water each day until your toilet is fixed. You can easily fix a running toilet by investing in a toilet repair kit that can be used as many times as you need.

Sometimes running water is caused by sediment that affects the flushing and filling components inside the toilet. One way to know if your toilet is running water is by listening to how long it takes for the water to flush. If it still sounds like water is running after a few minutes — or if hours go by— you may need to whip out your toilet repair kit or call a plumber.

Water Heater Issues

Hot water is an essential part of life. We need it to cook, clean, bathe, and other tasks we take up on a daily basis. When your water heater breaks, there should be a little cause for concern. Sometimes, water heater issues can go undetected for long periods of time.

Small issues with your water heater can turn into even bigger problems that will result in your water heater losing its ability to heat water. However, most of the time the issues are easy to notice pretty quickly. Water heaters can have problems like leaks, mineral deposits reducing the efficiency of the water heater, and more.

You can easily avoid these kinds of problems by having regular maintenance on your heater. We know that for most homeowners, getting their water heater maintained won’t always be at the top of your list. However, scheduling maintenance at least once or twice a year can make a huge difference in how well your water heater performs and how long it lasts.

Avoiding Plumbers

We know this may sound obvious coming from us, but avoiding calling an expert plumber to help fix major plumbing issues can really have an impact on your plumbing system as a whole over time. Our team at Green Planet Plumbing & Sewer, LLC wants to help you keep your home’s plumbing working properly at all times. We can provide regular maintenance services, repair services, install or replace plumbing, or whatever plumbing-related help you may need!

Call our team today at (206) 207-7625 for more information on how we can help you!

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