Homeowners dread residential plumbing problems. However, these issues are usually inevitable If you are a property owner.
Not only can these residential plumbing issues be a cause of a significant headache, but they can also usually get really costly if you don’t address them immediately and adequately.
In today’s post, we’ll list some of the common plumbing issues that homeowners will have to tackle at some point. And of course, we will share the solutions you need to do, so you can be prepared if you have to encounter any of these residential plumbing problems.
While many of these plumbing problems have a quick and straightforward do-it-yourself solution, some of them still need a professional plumber to address the problem.
Turning Off Water When You Go on Vacation
This is a common question among property owners. You already know the drill when it comes to turning off the stove, closing the windows and doors, and turning on the alarm system when you leave for vacation.
What about your water at home? Do you need to turn the line off too?
If you are leaving for an extended period, it would be wise to shut off your water. When you leave it on for a long time, there’s the risk of the pipe leaking or bursting. While this scenario is unlikely, even the most minuscule leak can cause havoc if you’re not going to be at home for days, weeks, or even months.
You wouldn’t want to get back from an out-of-town-trip with a flooded house, would you?
You can avoid this disastrous scenario by turning off the water before you leave. You can prevent water leaks and pipe bursts. You can also enjoy your vacation knowing that you had all your ground covered (and not with water.)
All About the Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal is prone to clogging and breaking down.
It’s because even though we know what not put in it, there are times when we treat the garbage disposal as regular trash cans and throw whatever in it.
For the sake of this article, here are the items you should not throw down the garbage disposal.
- Cooking oil
- Any other type of grease and fat
- Stringy vegetables such as celery
- Animal bones
- Running Toilet
This plumbing problem is not troublesome – it can also lead to a costly residential plumbing repair service. On top of that, you’re not doing the environment a favor with all the wasted water coming from your running toilet.
This issue is usually caused by a faulty floater or flapper inside the toilet’s tank. A fast way to know if you have a running water problem is to drop a few droplets of food dye into the toilet’s water tank.
Wait for about half an hour, then flush the toilet. If you see the color in the bowl, then you have a running toilet.
When you know the cause of the toilet leak, it’s easier to come up with the solution. If it’s due to a faulty floater or flapper, you can simply replace them.
Go to your local hardware store and ask for help from the store attendant.
Chemical Drain Cleaners
Most people think they need a chemical drain cleaner to solve clogging issues.
However, you should be careful when turning to chemical solutions.
Not only are they not recommended by plumbing professionals, but they can also be hazardous to your health and to the environment.
Skip the chemical drain cleaners. There are basic plumbing tools you can get from the local hardware store to unclog a drain.
If it looks like you need to hire a professional plumber, make sure they are experienced in unclogging drains and pipes.