Plumbing problems are never pleasant, whether they crop up in your home or in your business. In addition to being unpleasant and costly, they can also become a huge inconvenience, especially when you have to take time out of your busy day to find someone who can fix the problem and then get the job done.
In this blog we look at the ten most common plumbing problems and whether there are things you can do yourself to either fix them or stop them from becoming worse. Always remember though, when it comes to working on any gas appliances, then this should only ever be done by a Gas Safe registered professional.
The 10 Most Common Plumbing Problems
- Dripping taps
This can be an irritating issue, not only because of the constant dripping sound day and night and the waste of water. In addition, the drip can cause unsightly staining. Thankfully, it may be as simple a solution as you need a replacement washer or some parts need to be tightened
- Slow-draining sink
It can be pretty annoying when your dirty water won’t go down the sink as quickly as it should. If it takes an extremely long time to drain, it can mean water line marks staining your sink. The answer could be as simple as using a plunger or sink unblocker, but if the problem persists, always consult an expert.
- Clogged bath or shower drain
An unpleasant sight, but in the same way as the problem above, a clogged bath or shower drain could be fixed as simply as you taking measures to clear the blockage yourself, which has most likely been created by a buildup of hair and soap scum.
- Clogged toilet
These plumbing problems are quite common in the UK and can be caused by several factors, such as people flushing too much toilet paper down, or putting inappropriate items down the toilet, such as nappies and baby wipes. Again, if a plunger doesn’t work, call a professional for help.
- Running toilet
Another noisy plumbing problem which can cause a huge amount of water waste and result in unpleasant staining if left. The issue can normally quite easily be fixed by using a replacement part, so don’t put things off and allow them to get worse, just call in a professional to help.
- Faulty boiler
Boiler problems are one of the most inconvenient plumbing problems, especially if you have been left with no heating and hot water in the depths of winter. A boiler which has broken down, or is making strange noises, or causing smoke marks is classed as a plumbing emergency, so call a professional plumber and never try to fix the problem yourself.
- Low water pressure
When your boiler has low water pressure, it can again leave you with no heating and hot water, or it can reduce the strength of your water flow. It may be that you can fix the problem yourself, by repressurising the system to increase the water pressure, however, if this doesn’t work, or it keeps happening, always consult a Gas Safe registered professional.
- Air pockets in radiators
These can be caused by trapped air in your radiator which leaves you with cold spots where the radiator would normally be hot and a home or business which won’t heat up as it should. You can normally fix the problem by bleeding the radiator to release the trapped air. But, if you’re unsure how to do it, just ask a professional.
- Leaky pipes
Leaky pipes can only get worse over time, meaning your water supply will go down and you will end up wasting lots of water in the process. Try to ensure any leaks are fixed as soon as you notice them and beware of leaking pipes over the winter as the leaking water can freeze and cause the pipes to crack.
- Frozen or burst pipes in winter
Frozen pipes are a big problem in the winter and can leave you only able to access the smallest amount of water because it simply can’t get through to where it’s needed. The freezing process can also cause the pipes to burst. Frozen pipes can be prevented by insulating them well before the cold weather kicks in.
Finding Right Plumber To Fix Your Plumbing Problems
The inconvenience of plumbing problems can be avoided by finding the right plumbing professional to fix the issue. One who you know will turn up at the time they say, have the problem fixed quickly and properly and won’t charge you through the nose to get the work done. You can be sure of finding the right person through word of mouth recommendations and online reviews.
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