As a homeowner, it’s difficult to know when equipment issues can be easily fixed or require a professional technician. Nowhere is this more apparent than with your home’s plumbing. Not only is your water supply a necessity for nearly every room in the home, but serious malfunctions and repair can be costly. The average household can leak nearly 10,000 gallons of water per year, running up the utility bill before even factoring in potential maintenance.
If you’ve experienced a plumbing leak or a related issue that could be related to your pipes and plumbing system, a professional plumber should be called right away. However, here we will look at how you can handle a few basic plumbing leaks yourself, saving yourself a lot of time and money on expensive potential pipe replacement.
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Common Plumbing Leaks
Your home’s plumbing affects nearly every area of your home. From the faucets, toilet, and shower to your HVAC cooling system, your pipes are part of a home’s functionality and foundation. With this in mind, there are many early signs that a pipe is leaking somewhere within the house.
For example, if mold or a discoloration and mildew stain appears on your ceiling, it is usually a sign that you have a plumbing leak in ceiling material or its plaster, and the dripping water is impacting the surface area below it. Left unchecked, serious water damage could become a hole in the plaster itself, which could be a much more expensive ceiling repair. If you suspect that the source of the leak is in the plumbing from an upstairs bathroom or a faulty fixture from the air system within the ceiling, it may be a type of water leak requiring a professional plumber before further damage develops. Major ceiling leaks or roof leaks could worsen, ultimately needed the help of a general contractor for any structural damage.
Although some of the basic plumbing problems that may occur in your sinks can sometimes be fixable on your own, it’s still best to be absolutely certain before you rule out a professional plumber’s assistance. The first thing is to remember the cardinal rule: always turn off your home’s water supply before attempting any plumbing project. Once that’s covered, however, your sink issues may be one of the three most common issues: consistently dripping water slowly coming from the tap (a faulty faucet); an old and worn-out aerator, which is the mesh filter in the tip of the spigot (usually noticeable from low water pressure due to a clog in the mesh); or a worn-out “o-ring,” or wax ring, which is a rubber ring that holds the sink’s handle in place.
Plumbing Issues At Home And Work
Almost all plumbing issues are relatively universal for both a residence and a place of business. Burst pipes, ceiling leaks, and faulty faucets can happen anywhere. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses across a wide range of industries began re-opening to the public while integrating renovations and modifications adaptable to post-coronavirus service. For hygiene reasons, this included the plumbing for communal wash stations.
For example, if you consider how new Covid guidelines are affecting salon renovations, installations of communal faucets, bathtubs, and other elements of hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops requiring a water supply, will now all factor some facet of social distancing and new safety guidelines into their design. Even non-essential businesses, such as gyms, retail stores, and restaurants are following numerous guidelines and examples set by the essential workers within hospitals. As the best way of preventing the spread of coronavirus, social distance guidelines will now apply to any food preparation stations, public bathrooms, and shower areas. If for any reason, you spend as much time at your place of business as at home, there are some common plumbing problems that definitely apply to both locations.
Some of the most common plumbing and water supply issues you’d find at home can affect you at work. Leaking pipes can happen anywhere, especially within older buildings where structural damage is common. Water supply pipes and drain pipes used to be commonly constructed of copper, largely due to the material’s durability. However, copper hasn’t proven to hold up as well in extreme temperatures and can be susceptible to corrosion. In effect, holes and deterioration will most certainly cause leaks and require a new plumbing system. In that same way, toilets are equally susceptible to leaks, especially if it is unnoticeably “running” for long periods of time. Broken chains or worn rubber flaps within the tank are easily fixed, but any major issues should be quickly checked by a professional plumber.